Held at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire, the Boodles Tennis Challenge started back in 2002 and it has always gathered a great field of players ahead of Wimbledon. The 18th edition will take place between June 25-29, providing the last chance for the players to practice on grass ahead of Wimbledon and face each other in entertaining clashes.
With an open field and the opportunity for many competitors to come and enjoy Boddles for a day or two, the organizers are hoping to gather many big tennis stars, signing the first three contacts on Tuesday. Juan Martin del Potro, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Denis Shapovalov are confirmed to play the Boodles Tennis Challenge in 15 days, offering the crowd a possibility to watch a well-established Grand Slam champion and the upcoming young stars who have already proved themselves on the Tour.
The US Open champion from ten years ago, Juan Martin del Potro has dropped out from the top-10 this week for the first time since January 2018, struggling with a knee injury between October 2018 and May this year, playing only 11 matches so far in 2019.
In Rome, the Argentine wasted two match points against world no. 1 Novak Djokovic and was defeated in the fourth round at Roland Garros to Karen Khachanov, taking some rest before kicking off grass season at Queen's next week.
Three years ago, Denis Shapovalov and Stefanos Tsitsipas were the rivals in the semi-final at junior Wimbledon (the Canadian went on to win the title) and they could face again at Boodles in what could be one of the matches of the tournament.
Tsitsipas is world no. 6 and the leader with 32 wins in 2019 together with Nadal, winning two titles and playing in the semi-final at the Australian Open and the final in Madrid. The young Greek will open grass season in s-Hertogenbosch while Denis Shapovalov already lost in the first round in Stuttgart on Tuesday, dropping eight of the last ten matches and hoping to find the form in the upcoming weeks ahead of Wimbledon.
A year ago, the Boodles Tennis Challenge gathered the names like Kevin Anderson, Victoria Azarenka, Juan Martin del Potro, Fabio Fognini, Taylor Fritz, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Nick Kyrgios, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev.