Aegon Trophy: Naomi Broady says Manchester tournament will be 'emotional'


Naomi Broady is currently ranked 123 in the world, with a career-best ranking of 76

British tennis player Naomi Broady says it will be “emotional” when she plays on her home court in Manchester for the 2017 Aegon Trophy.

Broady, 27, was a family friend of Martyn Hett, who died during the attack at Manchester Arena on 22 May.

She now hopes to produce a positive performance in front of her family and friends at the Northern Tennis Club.

“Even though we’re a big city, we’re like a village community,” said Broady.

“I think it’s good that we can hold such positive events so close to the tragedy of Manchester Arena.

“My grandmother’s coming to watch me play for the first time, so it’s going to be an emotional event for many reasons.”

Broady, who is currently ranked 123rd in the world, was in Paris at the time of the attack. Her sister was close to Martyn Hett, but Broady said the strong, emotive response to such a tragic event made her feel close to home.

“My sister went to school with Martyn,” Broady told BBC North West Tonight.

“She was a good friend of his, so everyone in our local area did a vigil for him. It was so overwhelming, the response and the messages that were received by the families.

“It really hit home in Manchester. You either knew someone who was involved or someone that was affected by it.

“I was in Paris but the stories I read about how people reacted made me proud to be a Manc.”

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