The Liverpool International was launched with a fanfare of publicity in 2002 – and the presence of the then world number one andTennis - Liverpool International - Final - Marat Safin v Jan-Michael Gambill former US Open champion, Marat Safin

Local sports fans loved the idea and flocked to Calderstones Park . . . where Safin underlined his world number one ranking by lifting the inaugural trophy.

Winner: Marat Safin bt Jan-Michael Gambill 6-7 7-6 6-4