Nottingham trophy named after Elena Baltacha
The trophy at the inaugural Aegon Open in Nottingham has been named in honour of Elena Baltacha
The winner’s trophy at this year’s inaugural Aegon Open in Nottingham has been named in honour of Elena Baltacha.
Baltacha was just 30 when she died of liver cancer on 4 May 2014, less than four months after being diagnosed with the illness.
Husband Nino Severino said: “The loss of our darling Bally is a heartbreak that will never go away.
“It’s very touching that the British tennis family is remembering her this way.
“We’re all working together to keep her legacy alive through the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis and getting more kids of all backgrounds playing tennis.”
The newly commissioned silver bowl trophy will be played for at the tournament, which runs from 6-14 June at Nottingham Tennis Centre.
Great Britain’s Fed Cup captain Judy Murray added: “She was one of the best competitors I ever saw and had a lot of success at the Nottingham event.
“I know she would be thrilled with this.”