Watson signs up for Nottingham

The city will be staging a WTA Tour event for the first time this summer and it will take place from June 8-14 as part of an expanded grass-court schedule.

Nottingham is staging two main tour events during the extended three-week stretch between the end of the French Open and the start of Wimbledon – the men’s tournament will start on June 22, the week before the season’s third Grand Slam event.

Watson, ranked 43rd in the world, said: “I’m really looking forward to playing??at the Aegon Open Nottingham in June.

“It’s brilliant that we’ve got a brand new women’s event in Britain in the??run-up to Wimbledon and I’m excited to be part of its debut year.

“I love coming back to play on home soil every summer. The support from the??home crowds for all of the British players is fantastic, which makes it extra??special.”