Shrewsbury club delighted with success of ITF World Tennis Tour

The ITF World Tennis Tour at Shrewsbury, the UK’s largest indoor tennis tournament for women since 1995, was an outstanding success.

Harrison Gwilt (left), winner of a competition organized by Budgen Motors during the W100 tournament at the Shrewsbury Club, with Luke Tauler, sales manager for Budgen Motors.
Harrison Gwilt (left), winner of a competition organized by Budgen Motors during the W100 tournament at the Shrewsbury Club, with Luke Tauler, sales manager for Budgen Motors.

The Budgen Motors W100 tournament featured five players currently ranked among the top 100 in the world and was well supported by local tennis fans, with more than 500 people in recent days on the final day.

The event also received excellent support from the Shropshire business community.

Dave Cortin, Managing Director of The Shrewsbury Club, said that such high-profile events in the city are only possible because of the support the club receives from across the region.

Part of the Lawn Tennis Association’s competition calendar, which aims to provide more opportunities for British players to play, the tournament featured five of the current top 10 British women’s players.

Dave said: “LTA is delighted with how the tournament was organized. I think it exceeded their expectations in terms of all the interactions and activities we had around tennis in the hospitality tent across from the main entrance of the club.

“This is the key to why they wanted to host the event in Shrewsbury because they know the local community will really respond, including the business community with their great support.

“It was a great event from our point of view and we are grateful to all the sponsors for their support. Without them, the event would not have taken place.

“We have received great feedback from the LTA and they are very eager to return to Shrewsbury for another event.”

Marketa Vondrousova won the tournament in both singles and doubles.

Vondrousova, who reached the final of the 2019 French Open, defeated Eva Lis in the singles final, and then, together with Miriam Kolodzeyova, won the doubles final.

Vondrousova then traveled straight from Shrewsbury to Glasgow to represent the Czech Republic in the Billie Jean King Cup final.

Dave added: “The tournament was a big step up from what we have organized before, both in terms of organization and in terms of the quality of the game.

“We should not underestimate the quality of the tennis we have seen. A number of players competing here will be among the top 40 players in the world over the next year.

“We had a Wimbledon semi-finalist earlier this year, Tatiana Maria, playing at Shrewsbury, so the tennis was incredible and the level of support was amazing.

“We’ve never had this much attendance for an entire week and tickets for the final day sold out as we added extra seats.

“I am grateful to The Shrewsbury Club team for how hard they have worked. We also really appreciate the support from the participants. It was crowded all week and it was a great opportunity to showcase the club.”

Oliver Benbow, COO of Budgen Motors, said the company was delighted to be the main sponsor of the W100 tournament.

The Shropshire-based car group also sponsors The Shrewsbury Club, a popular high school tennis program that sees almost 200 Shropshire Primary School students having fun at the club during the tournament.

Oliver added: “It’s been a great week and it’s great to be back with Dave and The Shrewsbury Club team as they put in a lot of effort to make the event happen.

“It was great to have some of our products on display both on the court and in the hospitality tent, so a lot of people were drawn to them.

“The quality of the tennis was just superb. It was great to have such a tournament in Shrewsbury.”

Budgen Motors ran the competition throughout the tournament and Oliver declared Harrison Gwilt the winner when the raffle took place on the Shropshire breakfast live program hosted by Chris Pritchard and broadcast from the Shrewsbury Club.

Harrison won two tickets to enjoy a day at the Facelift Championships at London’s Queen’s Club next summer, as well as a night at a hotel in the capital. Budgen Motors also loaned a car to Harrison for his trip to London.

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