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Bigger prizes at Ilkley tennis tournament

Bigger prizes at Ilkley tennis tournament

Published at 6:40pm 7th April 2016. (Updated at 6:45pm 7th April 2016)

Prize money for next year's Aegon Ilkley Trophy has been more than doubled to $225,000.

It means that Yorkshire's premier international tennis tournament becomes the world's biggest joint ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Women's Pro Circuit event.

The tournament is staged at Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club in the run-up to Wimbledon.

Chairman Stephen Hepplewhite said: "We are absolutely delighted with this news. Following the success and the tremendous enthusiasm for our first Challenger last year, hosting an upgraded event will undoubtedly further increase interest and participation throughout the whole of Yorkshire.

"Combined with the recently announced extension of the event contract for a further two years, improvements to our court infrastructure and coinciding with a major clubhouse development, we are thrilled to be awarded the status of one of the world's largest Challenger events. We look forward to world-class tennis, a Yorkshire welcome and some sunny weather for the Aegon Ilkley Trophy this June."

Michael Downey, Chief Executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, added: "After delivering an outstanding event in 2015, we are delighted to see Ilkley rewarded moving forward. This is all about delivering a bigger and better set of grass court tournaments for the players and our fans. It represents another major step in the evolution of the British grass court circuit.

"Ultimately, we want to jump-start the important summer season of participation by trying to 'own the month of June' with an extensive and high-quality series of major tennis events to help inspire more people to pick up a racket and play tennis. At the same time, this new-look calendar will help optimise the players' preparation for competing in the world's premier tennis tournament, The Championships, Wimbledon."

More information about the Aegon Ilkley Trophy at www.lta.org.uk/aegonilkleytrophy