The WTA Den Bosch, currently known as the Topshelf Open, takes part in the second week of the grass swing, and offers players a last-ditch opportunity to get in some practise on the turf ahead of Wimbledon. The event takes place in the Autotron Rosmalen exhibition complex, located roughly five miles east of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, one of the few facilities to stage a top level event of this nature.
The competition was initially held by the ATP in 1990, but by 1996 it had become a joint event. We’ve seen some big names on court here, with former winners including Martina Hingis, Kim Clijsters, Mary Pierce and Justine Henin. Michaella Krajicek remains the only Dutch winner of the tournament, having triumphed in 2006.
With Wimbledon looming, this event promises to play a major role in the preparations for many of the world’s best, and so long as the WTA Den Bosch continues to hold its place on the WTA calendar, it will remain a popular tournament. We can expect plenty of great tennis here in years to come, and plenty of intriguing contests as players come to terms with playing on grass.