Sussex Open - History

Sussex Open - History

Pre-2010

The history of the Sussex Open is summed up in an article by Steve Pound for the 2013 Sussex Open Programme. In summary its stretches back to the sixties where the venue was the Corn Exchange in Brighton and also the Hastings Sea Front.

In 2004 and 2005 it was resurrected by a Paul Andrews and accounts by him of those events are included in the programme.

So for more detail about Sussex Open events prior to 2012 please access the Sussex Open 2013 Programme here.  

Post 2010

In 2010 the Sussex County TT Association perceived a lack of top quality events in the SE of England and so Steve Pound the County Tournamant Organiser was looking to resurrect the Sussex Open again with cash prizes to encourage top class entries. A series of events took place during 2011 and 2012 building up credibility and entry numbers through 2* and 4* events culminating in the Sussex Open on the 28th October 2012 at the K2 which was won by Gavin Rumgay - please see report and pictures here

During the same period, from 2010/2011, Rory Scott started to hold within Sussex Satellite Grand Prix Events and has held 4 to-date. They also had Sussex Open in the title but are distinct from the County Sussex Opens.  

2013

Steve Pound as Tournament Organiser for Sussex County then went on to organise the Sussex Open for 2013 obtaining sponsorship from Heritage Oil in the process amongst other sponsors. It was highly successful taking place at the K2 - please see Report on this event. Part of the success of the Tournament was the number of overseas players that participated along with the top players from the UK.

2014

This year the event is taking place over the weekend of the 5th/6th July and Steve has gone many steps forward with more overseas players participating as well as additional sposnsorship and screening of the SF and Finals for both Men and Women by BT Sport Studios on the Monday evening of the 7th July. Many players are using it as a preamble to the Commonwealth Games. So the Sussex Open has evolved and is now the Heritage Oil Open this year.

For this year please see the Draw.