TICKETS for the 2010 AEGON Barnstaple women s tennis tournament are now on sale via the official website at http://www.barnstapleopen.net. It is hoped the higher level $75,000 prize money this year will attract more top 100 overseas players to compete a

TICKETS for the 2010 AEGON Barnstaple women's tennis tournament are now on sale via the official website at http://www.barnstapleopen.net.

It is hoped the higher level $75,000 prize money this year will attract more top 100 overseas players to compete against the best of the British Women for the Dartington Vases, increased prize money and valuable ranking points.

There are hopes of seeing both new and familiar faces returning to North Devon later this year, including Sweden's Johanna Larsson to defend both of her 2009 titles, singles and doubles, which she won in a spectacular afternoon's tennis with Britain's Anna Smith (GB7).

Colin Gibbs, from the Team Tarka promotion team said: "All the profits from the hosting of this tournament go straight back into the coaching of tennis here in North Devon, for children from all backgrounds and walks of life. There has been a lot of talk recently about the state of British tennis and the lack of success at the Grand Slam events. By coming along to this tournament, fans can support the majority of the top British women trying to improve their world rankings and at the same time help Team tarka to continue to provide the great coaching programmes that have already resulted in of its players reaching Number 1 in Devon rankings over the past year.