Dan Evans returns to court on an action-packed Monday at the Aegon Open Nottingham looking to be the first player through to the third round, while four other Brits get their campaigns under way in the East Midlands.
British No. 4 Evans had to come from a set down and save three match points to beat fellow countryman Liam Broady 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(6) on Sunday, and now goes on to face Lithuanian 16-seed Ricardas Berankis on at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.
Evans got through on a rain-interrupted first day of main draw action at the ATP World Tour 250 event, as play finished with Teymuraz Gabashvili up 6-4, 3-3 against Mikhail Youzhny.
A busy 16-match schedule recommences on Monday with the all-Russian affair first on Centre Court, followed by British wild card James Ward against Malek Jaziri of Tunisia, with British No. 3 Kyle Edmund then up against Czech Lukas Rosol on the back of a narrow defeat against Andy Murray in the quarter-finals of the Aegon Championships.
Elsewhere, Court 1 will feature wild card Alex Ward’s first round match against qualifier Frank Dancevic, and Brydan Klein – last week’s semi-finalist at the Aegon Ilkley Trophy – will face Frenchman Stephane Robert, who also came through qualifying on Sunday. Reigning Aegon Open champion Denis Istomin will begin his title defence against Bosnian Damir Dzumhur fourth on Centre Court.
Scheduled last up on Centre Court is World No. 92 Evans, after his first victory in an ATP World Tour main draw since round one of the Aegon Championships in 2014 set up a meeting with Berankis.
On defeating another Brit on home soil, Evans said: “It’s not easy playing him. I’m good friends with him so it’s a shame we had to play each other first round. It’s a bit of a bummer that it was against him, but obviously I’m happy to come through and live to fight another day.
“The crowd was good, the atmosphere got bigger as the match got closer,” the 26-year-old added. “I really enjoyed it and I hope he doesn’t feel too down, because I played well and he pushed me all the way.”
AEGON OPEN NOTTINGHAM – NOTTINGHAM, GBR
19-25 JUNE 2016
ORDER OF PLAY – MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
M. Youzhny (RUS) vs T. Gabashvili (RUS) 46 33
Not Before 12:00 noon
M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [WC] J. Ward (GBR)
L. Rosol (CZE) vs K. Edmund (GBR)
D. Istomin (UZB) vs D. Dzumhur (BIH)
 R. Berankis (LTU) vs D. Evans (GBR)
COURT 1 start 11:00 am
T. Bellucci (BRA) vs J. Millman (AUS)
[WC] A. Ward (GBR) vs [Q] F. Dancevic (CAN)
[WC] B. Klein (GBR) vs [Q] S. Robert (FRA)
COURT 2 start 11:00 am
[Q] E. Escobedo (USA) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)
Not Before 12:30 pm
V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs R. Ram (USA)
[PR] J. Benneteau (FRA) vs I. Dodig (CRO)
COURT 4 start 11:00 am
J. Thompson (AUS) vs B. Becker (GER)
[Q] J. Hernych (CZE) vs D. Sela (ISR)
H. Zeballos (ARG) vs J. Vesely (CZE)
COURT 3 start 11:00 am
P. Lorenzi (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) vs N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL)
 T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL)
The Aegon Open Nottingham
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The Aegon Open Nottingham sees two tournaments take place in June, with the men’s ATP event staged from 18-25 June 2016. Both the WTA and ATP tournaments are an integral part of the British grass-court season, which features 11 international grass-court tournaments in eight venues across the country.
2017 Grass Court Tournament Calendar
Earlier this year the LTA announced exciting changes to the three week 2017 grass court tournament calendar. Nottingham will host a combined men’s and women’s tour-level tournament in the same week for the first time in 44 years. The pre-existing ATP 250 tournament will move back to Eastbourne, merging with the WTA Premier Aegon International to form a combined event (as it was from 2009-2014) featuring the following format: a 28-player main draw men’s event and 48-player main draw for the women staged across nine days. Other changes include a doubling of prize money at the Aegon Trophy Series (ATP Challenger & ITF Women’s Pro Circuit) creating the highest value circuit at this level in world tennis.