Wimbledon winner Liam Broady bids for title

Wimbledon winner Liam Broady is the top name at the $10,000 Aegon GB Pro-Series tennis tournament starting in Shropshire on Monday.

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Liam Broady

Broady, who won the boys’ doubles at SW19 in 2010 with Tom Farquharson, will be bidding to come through qualifying at the Shrewsbury Club to reach the main draw.

The 19-year-old Brit is now plying his trade in the pro game having reached the US Open junior singles final in 2012 and the Wimbledon junior singles final in 2011.

Tournament director Richard Joyner said: “It is great for the series to be heading to the Shrewsbury Club and it provides a great opportunity for tennis fans in the area to come and watch.”

“Ed Corrie has won more singles titles than any other British tennis player in 2013 and he will be looking to add to his haul.

The British No.8 claimed his maiden victory in Preston in January before adding another triumph in Wirral last month, successes which have seen him rise 132 places in just six weeks to a career-high 386th in the world.

But he will face stiff competition from British No.4 Josh Goodall.

Compatriots Richard Bloomfield, Neil Pauffley, Alexander Slabinsky and Tom Burn are also in strong contention for the title being among the top 10 ranked players in the tournament.

With the likes of Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal all having made the step up from the ITF Pro-Circuit, youngsters such as Broady could provide a glimpse into the future.

Shrewsbury Club sales and marketing manager Andy Thomas said: “We have the ladies’ Aegon tournament each year but this is the first time we’ve had the men’s well, which is great news for us.”

Qualifying is on Monday and Tuesday, while the main draw starts on Wednesday.

The doubles final is next Saturday and the men’s singles final at noon on Sunday, March 10.

Admission is free throughout the week.