The ITF World Tennis Tour occasion held at The Shrewsbury Membership – the largest indoor ladies’s tennis match staged within the UK since 1995 – has been hailed an impressive success.
The Budgen Motors W100 match featured 5 gamers at the moment ranked on this planet’s prime 100 and was effectively supported by native tennis followers, with a capability crowd of greater than 500 folks not too long ago having fun with finals day.
The occasion additionally attracted wonderful backing from the Shropshire enterprise group.
Dave Courten, The Shrewsbury Membership’s managing director, stated it is solely doable to deliver such high-profile occasions to the city due to the help the membership receives from across the county.
The match, a part of the Garden Tennis Affiliation’s Efficiency Competitions Calendar, which goals to supply enhanced taking part in alternatives for British gamers, featured 5 gamers at the moment ranked within the British ladies’s prime 10.
Dave stated: “The LTA’s delighted with how the match was staged. I feel it exceeded their expectations by way of all of the interplay and the occasions we held across the tennis within the hospitality marquee reverse the principle entrance to the membership.
“That is key in why they wished to deliver the occasion to Shrewsbury as a result of they know the local people actually reply, together with the enterprise group with their wonderful help.
“It was an incredible occasion from our perspective and we’re grateful for all of the help from the sponsors. With out them, the occasion wouldn’t have occurred.
“We’ve got had nice suggestions from the LTA and they’re actually eager to come back again to Shrewsbury with one other occasion.”
Marketa Vondrousova gained each the match’s singles and doubles titles.
Vondrousova, who reached the 2019 French Open remaining, beat Eva Lys within the singles remaining, earlier than partnering Miriam Kolodziejova to victory within the doubles remaining.
Vondrousova then went straight from Shrewsbury to Glasgow to symbolize the Czech Republic within the Billie Jean King Cup Finals.
Dave added: “The match was an enormous step up from something we’re organized earlier than, each by way of the group and likewise the standard of the play.
“We should not underestimate the standard of the tennis we noticed. Plenty of gamers competing right here might be within the prime 40 on this planet throughout the subsequent yr.
“We had a Wimbledon semi-finalist from earlier this yr, Tatjana Maria, taking part in in Shrewsbury, so the tennis was unbelievable and the extent of help was superb.
“We have by no means had such massive attendances all through the week and finals day bought out once we additionally put in additional seating.
“I’m grateful to the workforce right here at The Shrewsbury Membership for the way arduous they labored. We additionally actually respect the help from members. It was so much busier all through the week and an incredible alternative to showcase the membership.”
Oliver Benbow, operations director at Budgen Motors, stated the corporate had been delighted to be lead sponsors of the W100 match.
The Shropshire-based automotive group additionally sponsors The Shrewsbury Membership’s well-liked colleges’ tennis programme, with practically 200 Shropshire major faculty pupils having fun with a enjoyable day on the membership in the course of the match.
Oliver added: “It was an excellent week and nice to be concerned as soon as once more with Dave and the workforce at The Shrewsbury Membership as they put in numerous arduous work to make the occasion occur.
“It was nice to have a few of our merchandise on present, each courtroom aspect and within the hospitality marquee, so lots of people had been drawn to these.
“The standard of tennis was completely excellent. It was unbelievable to have a match like this in Shrewsbury.”
Budgen Motors held a contest all through the match, with Harrison Gwilt introduced because the winner by Oliver when the prize draw came about on the Shropshire Reside breakfast program hosted by Chris Pritchard and broadcast from The Shrewsbury Membership.
Harrison has gained two tickets to get pleasure from a day on the cinch Championships at The Queen’s Membership in London subsequent summer time, in addition to an in a single day lodge keep within the capital, with Budgen Motors additionally loaning Harrison a automobile for his journey to London.