A PRESTIGIOUS tennis tournament returns to Wirral in March, gathering together some of the world’s top players.

The Aegon GB Pro-Series tournament will take place from March 15 to March 21 at Wirral Tennis and Leisure Centre, Bidston.

Entry is free and open to all. Practice sessions take place on March 14, and are also open to the public.

22-year-old Londoner Tom Farquharson won 2014’s event, capturing his maiden pro singles title against Dan Smethurst. Over 100 spectators watched the final.

More than 100 players from around the world will take part in 2015, with the eventual winner scooping a $15,000 prize.

Cllr Chris Meaden, cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture said: “I am really pleased that we are able once again to welcome this popular event to the borough.

"It’s free to attend, and every year we get hundreds of supporters packing Wirral Tennis and Leisure Centre to see top players in action.

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“Hosting major events such as the Aegon GB Pro-Series helps to inspire young people to get involved in playing sport.”

During the week, local schools will attend to watch the tournament. 

A Mini Tennis Festival will also be held on the morning of the Final.

This free festival is open to anyone aged 3 to 12 who wishes to attend, with interactive tennis games available for players to try. 

Players who attend this event can then watch the singles final, starting at 11.30am on Saturday, March 21.

The AEGON GB Pro-Series events are part of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) men’s circuit and are co-ordinated by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the sport’s governing body in this country.

The first tournament of the year starts in Sheffield in January, before events in Sunderland and Glasgow.

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