20 Jul 2023
The Lexus GB Pro-Series returns to Foxhills for a staggering 14th time this weekend, taking place from Sunday 30th July to the finals day on Saturday 5th August.
The GB Pro-Series Foxhills is a women’s ITF World Tennis Tour event with a total prize pot of $25k. There are both singles and doubles with players competing for valuable world ranking points. You can expect to see a mixture of established top-200 world ranked players, together with emerging young talent who are climbing the professional tennis pyramid. Previous participants include British tennis stars Johanna Konta and Laura Robson, while players such as Emma Raducanu will have played this level of event ahead of making their breakthrough to the world's top 20. This is a great opportunity to see these world-class athletes close up in action.
The main draw has now been confirmed with players competing from Australia, Lithuania, India, Poland, Turkey, Japan, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium and, of course, Great Britain.
Here are the top three 'ones to watch':
The highest ranked player is Lily Miyazaki (GBR). Lily is the current British number seven and reached a career high to date of 169 in the world at the start of 2023.
Lily's played in the qualifying events at Wimbledon, French Open and Australian Open this year, whilst, in 2022, she played main draw at Wimbledon where she took current world number five, Caroline Garcia, to a final set tie-break.
In June 2023, Lily reached the semi-final of the W100 Surbiton event where she lost to fellow Brit, Katie Swan, and has so far won five pro singles and six pro doubles titles, with her biggest title being the W60 Glasgow in October 2022 (beating Heather Watson in the final).
Lily returns to Foxhills having last played here in 2019.
The 2023 event sees last year’s singles champion, Joanna Garland, return to defend her title. Having reached a career high of 221 in April this year, 22-year-old Garland was an impressive winner of last year’s event, which was her first title at W25 level.
The Chinese Taipei player, who is based in the UK, has since gone on to win further W25 titles in Aldershot & Swan Hill (Australia), now having six pro titles to her name.
Also returning to Foxhills is former world top 30 player, Tamira Paszek. 2022 saw Paszek come through qualifying to reach the semi-final at Foxhills, before bowing out to eventual champion Joanna Garland.
The popular Austrian reached the quarter-final of Wimbledon in 2011 and 2012, reached a career high of 26 in 2013, and earlier this month won a W25 title in Don Benito, Spain, having beaten Garland in the semi-final.
In addition to Lily Miyazaki, other Brits to look out for include Eliz Maloney and Marni Banks, whilst 17-year-old Isabelle Lacy will this year be making her debut at Foxhills having won the National Junior 18U title in April.
Lacy went on to reach the quarter-final of the Surbiton Trophy in June and played Wimbledon qualifying last month. At a current career high of 592 in the pro game, the teenager from Surrey also reached the final of the girls doubles at Wimbledon this year.
Entry for spectators is free of charge from Sunday to Thursday. If you want to come and watch on the grass bank then please do bring a rug with you to sit on. The seating around the tennis courts is limited.
Tickets will need to be purchased for semi-finals day on Friday 4th August and finals day on Saturday 5th August. Seat-only tickets will be sold on the day for £10 on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring cash to pay for these on the day which will be sold just by tennis courts one to three. The tickets give you a seat in the tiered stands which will overlook court two which is the show court. Hospitality has now sold out.
The matches will be played on courts one to three and A and B. Play starts at 10am on Sunday to Tuesday, 10.30am on Wednesday to Friday and 11am on Saturday (this may change slightly).
To see the order of play, start times and live results as they happen, make sure you're following the link below throughout the week:
This information will also be displayed daily on the noticeboard in The Woodie.