The public will have a chance to get involved in the Aegon Open by joining some of the stars of world tennis, Robin Hood and The Sheriff of Nottingham for the main draw ceremony in the heart of the city on Saturday, 4 June at 3pm.

World No. 19 Karolina Pliskova will be the player to headline the draw ceremony, hosted by none other than Robin Hood, with The Sheriff of Nottingham Councillor Jackie Morris also involved in the event taking place at Smithy Row.

The draw ceremony will see players mingle with the public as they are called upon to dip their hand into The Elena Baltacha Trophy (held here by current champion Ana Konjuh) and participate in the making of main draw of the WTA International event – one of the major pre-Wimbledon grass-court events.

Ana Konjuh with Elena Baltacha Trophy
Ana Konjuh with Elena Baltacha Trophy

Players will also pick up racquets to get involved in the Free Tennis Have a Go Day taking place at Smithy Row which is being supported by Nottingham Building Society.

The Aegon Open Nottingham (WTA) Tournament Director Rebecca James said: “This is the first time we have taken the main draw ceremony to the city centre and asked the general public to play a part. It is really exciting to be able to do this as it is something that is often carried out behind the scenes, so this gives us the opportunity to share this important part of the tournament.”

Fans can watch action at the Aegon Open Nottingham for as little as £5. Please visit the LTA website  for more details.