Professional tennis comes to Ilkley

The Aegon Ilkley Trophy

8:00am 17th June 2017

Professional tennis players from all over the world are competing in Ilkley as the 3rd Aegon Ilkley Trophy gets underway today. 

The Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club says more players than ever before ranked by the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) as within the top 100 in the world will compete this year. 

Wild card entries to the tournament which has a total prize fund of £250,000 have just been announced, securing the players a direct route into the main draw rather than through the qualifying rounds.

The women currently confirmed to be joining the 22 already announced are Brits Harriet Dart who earlier this week made the semi-finals at the Aegon Surbiton Trophy, and Freya Christie who is returning to Ilkley after attending the Trophy last year.

The four main draw wild cards for the men’s side of the tournament have been confirmed as being offered to Australian-born British player and world #209 Brydan Klein as well as Derby native Jay Clarke, currently ranked at a career high of #384. Marcus Willis, renowned for his inspiring run at Wimbledon 2016, will hope to reproduce the same magic again this year at Ilkley. The final wild card has been given to Lloyd Glasspool, who made his Grand Slam debut in the 2016 Wimbledon men’s doubles.

109 players have registered to take part in the nine day tournament. Leading the pack is Malek Jaziri, currently ranked #71 but with a career high of #47 earlier this year, Jaziri will be aiming to climb back into the top 50 with strong performances on the Challenger Tour.

World #90, Victor Estrella Burgos is also a former top 50 player. Burgos will come to Ilkley looking for another tour title, following his third consecutive win at the Ecuador Open, Quito, in February this year.

Charlie Maunder, club manager of ILTSC, commented: "The line-up of players for this year's tournament is seriously impressive. Add into this list, all of whom are ranked in the global top 150, the wild cards and those that enter the tournament main draw through qualifying and we're on track for another stunning championship."

Tickets can be purchased online at www.lta.org.uk/major-events/aegon-trophy-series/aegon-ilkley-trophy/tickets/

 

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