The WTA 250 event in Nottingham will go ahead after the city was rocked by tragic events in which three people lost their lives.
The WTA Tour is in Nottingham this week with the event hosting popular grass events with players such as Maria Sakkari and Beatriz Haddad Maia. The latter will play today against Lesia Tsurenko after the event made the decision for the play to ahead despite tragic events that happened in the city earlier this morning.
Earlier this morning a serious tragedy occurred in the city centre of Nottingham in which three people lost their lives and more were injured. According to current reports, a 31-year-old man reportedly killed 3 people earlier this morning while attempting to murder three more. The suspect has been arrested and police are investigating the incident with six roads in the city being closed.
Even so, play today at the 2023 Nottingham will start as planned with the first match set to begin at 11:00 local time which is 12:00 CET. A tournament spokesperson confirmed the news to reporters present around the facility as confirmed by English journalist James Gray.
Play will start at 11 am as normal. Spectators are being asked to allow extra time to travel to the site.
The city is playing host to two events this year. One is the WTA 250 event which will have Haddad Maia play today among others. She's the defending champion in both singles and doubles winning the event last year and today will mark the start of her title defence and it comes after a short turnaround after Roland Roland.
Besides the WTA event, we also have an ATP event though the ATP event is only a Challenger event. Even so, it traditionally features a very strong entry field with Andy Murray set to be part of this year's edition as well.