Grand Prix dates announced for 2015/16

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Paul Stimpson

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Chris Doran and Karina Le Fevre will start the defence of their Grand Prix titles in Liverpool.

The Lifestyles Tennis Centre will again host the first event of the series, on August 22 and 23.

The 2015/16 series will feature seven more full Grand Prix events. Doncaster is back on the circuit after a two-year absence, while Aldershot hosts a Grand Prix for the first time.

Also on the series are Bristol, South Shields, Nottingham and Blackpool, while the finale will once again be at Redbridge Sports & Leisure Centre in London.

In addition, a number of Satellite Grands Prix will operate – the dates and venues will be confirmed in the next few weeks.

The Grand Prix series is open to players of all levels – the ‘banded’ events on Saturday are based on ranking points, so players will face opponents of a similar standard.

The showpiece Men’s and Women’s Singles, plus categorised events for Under-21s, Veterans and Doubles, take place on Sundays.

Players win points according to how they perform at the event, and points won throughout the season’s tournaments are totalled to determine the final positions in the standings.

Prize money is payable to the top five players who have played in a minimum of 50 per cent of the MAIN Grand Prix tournaments. The player with the highest number of points and who has played in enough events will be the Grand Prix series champion.

Don’t forget, since last season, equal prize money has been paid to male and female players in the series.

Click here for more information on how the bands are calculated and how points are awarded. Please note, the banding points have changed for 2015/16, so please check which band(s) you are eligible for before entering. You may play in the band which covers your ranking and/or the band immediately above.

Entry fees for the season have been frozen, although there has been a small increase in ranking levies for all tournaments. Nevertheless, this represents the lowest increase in Grand Prix fees since 2009/10.

Meanwhile, many thanks to everyone who filled in our Grand Prix survey at one of last season’s events – your feedback was valuable as we seek to improve the series.

All survey respondents were entered into a prize draw and the winner was Josh Reynolds, who wins free entry into a GP of his choice.

Will Josh be in Liverpool? If he or anyone else wants to join the competition, the entry form is now available.

Click here to download entry form

Click here to enter online

Paul Stimpson
July 3, 2015

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