ATP Tennis returned to Nottingham for the first time in 2015 after the Aegon Open tournament was discontinued in 2008. For six years the ATP Tour joined the WTA Tour in Eastbourne at the Aegon International.
But as part of the extended grass-court swing the ATP 250 tournament returned to the Nottingham Tennis Centre. The Aegon Open is staged in the week leading up to Wimbledon giving players a chance to make some final preparations ahead of the Grand Slam.
"Nottingham is a great city with a rich sporting pedigree," said Michael Downey, chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association.
"I'm delighted that we are bringing this tournament back to the area, which will help to inspire more people to play and follow tennis.
"The weeks in the lead-up to Wimbledon are a vital time for players to find their feet on grass, and the Nottingham Tennis Centre boasts some of the finest grass courts in the country."
An extra week was added to the grass-court swing in 2015, consequently giving players three weeks in between the conclusion of the French Open and the beginning of Wimbledon.
Big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic was the last champion in Nottingham after he won back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008 respectively. But when the tournament made the move to Eastbourne, Spaniard Feliciano Lopez won the most titles, as he triumphed consecutively in 2013 and 2014. Fellow active player Richard Gasquet was also a two-time champion in Nottingham between 2005-2006, however he had no luck in Eastbourne, falling just short against Lopez in 2014.
The Nottingham draw will also be expanded from 28-players to a new 48-draw event in 2015.
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