Miami Open; Gleneagles line-up
Konta claims biggest prize with Miami victory
Johanna Konta became the first British woman to win the Miami Open as she clinched he biggest victory of her career.
The 25-year-old defeated former world number one Caroline Wozniacki- 6-4 6-3 to claim the £940,000 first prize.
Konta, who in June 2015 was the world number 146, will climb from 11th to seventh in the world rankings.
It was her third WTA Tour success from a fourth final.
A clearly emotion British number one told the crowd: “You guys were incredible through the whole week. Miami is such an energetic city and you guys really bring that to the court.
Brodies Invitational joins ATP Champions Tour
The Brodies Invitational tennis tournament held at Gleneagles in June will be part of the ATP Champions Tour for the first time.
Former high-ranking seniors will compete in the Tennis Scotland backed event alongside some of Scotland’s most promising juniors to raise money for Maggie’s cancer care centres and Cancer Research UK.
Featuring this year are former British number one Tim Henman (pictured), former world number one Mats Wilander, former world number four and reigning Brodies Invitational Champion Thomas Enqvist, former world number 19 Xavier Malisse and former Wimbledon quarter-finalist Colin Fleming, who is currently National Coach for Scotland. They will compete in four matches across the two days.
Henman, a six-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, said: “I’m really looking forward to competing in the Brodies Invitational again, helping to build on the success of last year’s hugely-popular tournament and putting Scotland firmly on the map as a venue for world-class tennis.
“We’ve got a great line-up of players again this year at Gleneagles, who will showcase a highly-entertaining mix of skills and competitive tennis that is sure to appeal to sports fans of all ages.”
Established in 1997, the ATP Champions Tour spans the globe with former champions competing in tournaments in cities including London, Mexico City, Seoul, Stockholm and Palma de Mallorca.
Jan Felgate, CEO of the ATP Champions Tour, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Brodies Invitational into the family of the ATP Champions Tour. The tour is about legendary players in iconic locations, and this event at Gleneagles captures the essence and vision of the tour. We look forward to many great events here.”
The tournament also aims to encourage grassroots involvement in the game. The Gleneagles event will feature a family fun tennis session, hosted by former Fed Cup Captain Judy Murray as part of her Tennis on the Road programme. The parents and children who take part will be the winners of a draw open to ‘early bird’ ticketholders.
She said: “It’s great to have top class tennis in Scotland and last year’s event was exciting, fun, and very popular with the crowd.”
Bill Drummond, managing partner at Brodies, said: “The Brodies Invitational at Gleneagles is once again giving tennis fans, business people and budding players an opportunity to get together and enjoy watching stars of the game compete in a world-class setting.
“We’re hoping to build on the considerable success of last year’s tournament with the addition of our event to the ATP Champions Tour, which will add an extra competitive edge.”
Pete Nicolson, chief executive at Tennis Scotland, added: “The profile of tennis in Scotland is currently at an all-time high and Brodies Invitational at Gleneagles will be a great opportunity to show off the young talent that we have here, and encourage others to take up the sport.
“This year I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our nation’s top juniors test their skills against players who were world-class at their peak.”
The event is also being supported by Brewin Dolphin, Wilson and full-service marketing agency The Gate.
Due to the popularity of last year’s tournament, the number of tickets has been increased to almost 1,000 across both days.