Brit pack bid to shine in series

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SHEFFIELD is set to welcome world class tennis to the city next week as the AEGON GB Pro-Series continues at the Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre.

The men’s $15,000 tournament features strong British interest with a host of international players out in force as they look to kick off 2012 in style.

Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz heads up the draw and is currently ranked at 221 in the world while he is sure to face stiff opposition from the Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Mirza Basic, Russian Fritz Wolmarans and Sweden’s Michael Ryderstedt.

Home grown talent will be on display in the form of Dan Evans, Alex Ward, Chris Eaton, David Rice and Richard Bloomfield.

The tournament starts tomorrow with the doubles final on Friday, January 20, and the singles final scheduled for the following day. Entry is free.

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