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Watson heads up field for Manchester Trophy

British star Heather Watson is to headline the player field at the Manchester Trophy taking place from 10-16 June at the historic Northern Lawn Tennis Club, West Didsbury.  

Watson, whose father is from Swinton, Manchester is eager to return to the city where half her family are from. The tennis star, who won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title in 2016 with partner Henri Kontinen has found form recently with a tournament win in Fukuoka, Japan defeating 2017 Manchester Trophy champion Zarina Diyas in the final 7-6(1) 7-6 (4). She was also part of the winning Fed Cup team that successfully secured promotion to the World Group for the first time since 1993.

Joining Watson in the main draw will be 2017 Manchester Trophy champion Diyas from Kazakhstan as well as former world junior No.1 and 2017 Roland Garros junior champion Whitney Osuigew from USA.

View the full player entry list. 

Tennis fans will also get to try out their own skills ahead of the tournament at a pop up tennis event in Albert Square on Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June. Everyone is invited to stop by and give tennis a go.

Alongside the main event from 10-16 June a host of activities for children and ticket holders will be taking place throughout the week including the Quorn Family Cup for parents and children, the Team Challenge, giving local players an opportunity to play on world-class grass courts and She Rallies, aimed at getting more women and girls engaged in the sport. Around 700 local school children will also have the chance to visit the event and experience world-class live tennis.

Who said what? 

LTA Tournament Director, Richard Joyner said: 

“Now the acceptance list is out, it really brings home how close we are to the event. This is the third year of this $100,000 event in Manchester and is the highest prize money on offer for a women’s professional event in the north west. This year’s initial player list looks like it’s our strongest to date, and the Manchester Trophy is a great opportunity to see the players in action close up. Our winners from the past two years both went on to good performances at Wimbledon. The players seem to really enjoy coming to Manchester to compete on the great grass courts at the Northern, with a number of them returning for a third consecutive year.”

Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said:

“We're proud to celebrate and encourage tennis here in Manchester and the Manchester Trophy is an important part of our strong calendar of world-class sporting events. This event provides a great chance to watch elite players like Heather in action and also offers plenty of opportunities for women and girls to try the sport for themselves.

"Encouraging more women and girls to get active is one of our key priorities and the Manchester Trophy adds to a long list of top women's sporting events hosted here this year, to help us achieve this goal."

What happened last year? 

Ons Jabeur dropped just three games as she cruised to victory over No.5 seed Sara Sorribes Tormo in the singles final. The Tunisian has been in imperious form all week, not dropping a set on her way to the title, and was too powerful for her Spanish opponent, triumphing 6-2, 6-1 in 62 minutes.

Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum and India’s Prarthana Thombare won the doubles final, defeating Stockport’s Naomi Broady and her partner Asia Muhammad (USA), the top seeds, 7-6(5), 6-3 to lift the trophy. The No. 4 seeds had needed a match tiebreak to prevail in their three previous matches but recorded a more straightforward victory in Sunday’s first match on Centre Court.

Catch courtside action this summer 

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Nature Valley Open: Clarke and Ward confirmed for Nottingham

British tennis stars Jay Clarke and James Ward are part of the main draw for next month’s Nature Valley Open, taking place at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

The ATP Challenger - which runs alongside the women’s WTA International tournament featuring last year’s champion Ash Barty and British No.1 Johanna Konta - runs from 8-16 June 2019.

Ward was part of the Great Britain team that famously won the Davis Cup in 2015, while Clarke made his Grand Slam singles debut at Wimbledon last year.

Former World No.8 and crowd favourite Marcos Baghdatis will join Clarke and Ward and the Cypriot is no stranger to success in Nottingham, having won it in 2014, and reached the semi-final in 2015 and quarter-final in 2016 when it was an ATP 250 tournament.

Australia's Bernard Tomic, a Wimbledon quarter-finalist in 2011, is also in the draw, along with Mikael Ymer who was a Junior Wimbledon finalist in 2015 - check out the full player list

Tournament Director, Rebecca James, said: “This is an exciting men’s line-up and it is great to have two British stars coming to the event. The quality of the men’s event increases year on year and I am sure a lot of the home fans will be looking forward to seeing the British players.

“Some of these players are the stars of the future - while there are some popular experienced players returning - so it is a great mix for fans and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the Nottingham Tennis Centre to enjoy some quality tennis during the week.” 

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Watch world class tennis in Nottingham and secure your seat today - Centre Court tickets are available from £28 per person (£17 for children under 16).  

Fever-Tree Championships: Evans awarded wild card

Britain’s Dan Evans has been awarded a wild card into the Fever-Tree Championships, which takes place at The Queen’s Club, 17-23 June.

Evans, 28, is currently ranked No.77 in the world, a rise of more than 1000 places over the past 12 months. 

He finished as runner-up in the ATP 250 event in Delray Beach in February, and successfully qualified for the main draw of the Australian Open, and in Indian Wells and Miami. Evans joins fellow Brits Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie, Top 10 players Stefanos Tsitsipas, Juan Martin del Potro and Kevin Anderson, and defending champion Marin Cilic in the line-up. Rising stars Felix Auger Aliassime, Frances Tiafoe, Alex De Minaur and Denis Shapovalov will also compete for the title -  discover the full player list

Wild cards have been reserved for Andy Murray, who has a career-long commitment to the tournament, in case he is fit enough to play, and last year’s runner-up Novak Djokovic and 2008 champion Rafael Nadal, should they want to join the line-up nearer the time of the event. 

A world class field of teams will also compete for the doubles title at The Queen’s Club, the Fever-Tree Wheelchair Tennis Championships will be held, and the inaugural Paul Hutchins Trophy - an 18-and-under match between Great Britain and the United States - will be staged.

Who said what? 

Dan Evans

“I’m grateful for the wild card and excited to be playing at Queen’s again this year as the Fever-Tree Championships is one of the best events on tour. The grass season is a great time of year, especially for the Brits, and I am looking forward to competing against many of the best players in the world.”

Leon Smith, LTA Head Coach of Men's Tennis and GB Davis Cup captain

"Dan has put together an impressive year of results to get inside the world’s top 100 and he is rising all the time. The Fever-Tree Championships is one of the strongest ATP 500 tournaments on the calendar, and he deserves his opportunity to take on the best players in the world and improve his ranking further.”

Tournament Director Stephen Farrow and LTA Director of International Events and Professional Game

“The player field for this year’s Fever-Tree Championships is incredibly strong, with top 10 players, champions from previous years and some of the most exciting young stars in the world competing for our iconic trophy. Dan Evans is capable of brilliant tennis as he has shown a number of times this year and he has done really well to get back inside the top 100. He has earned this wild card and we are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Catch courtside action this summer! 

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World class fields confirmed for Surbiton Trophy

Feliciano Lopez, Alison Riske, Marcos Baghdatis and Heather Watson are just a few of the world class names confirmed for the Surbiton Trophy from 3 - 9 June.

The opener to the grass court season, the Surbiton Trophy has once again drawn a stellar field to the ATP Challenger and ITF World Tennis Tour events taking place at the Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club. 

Former winner of the Fever-Tree Championships at The Queen's Club Feliciano Lopez joins former Wimbledon semi-finalist and Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis in the ATP Challenger event which includes ten players ranked within the top 100. Defending champion Alison Riske and Britain’s in-form Heather Watson are highlights in the ITF World Tennis Tour main draw which counts twelve top 100 players.

Taking place simultaneously on seven courts at the Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club the two events make up the Surbiton Trophy, an event that has a rich tradition of grass court tennis.

In 2018 former Wimbledon Champion Lleyton Hewitt and ATP World Tour star Nick Kyrgios both played in the men's doubles event with the singles events being won by Alison Riske, who has a career high ranking of 36 and Jeremy Chardy, who has reached 25 on the ATP World Tour.

British talent on display this year will include Jay Clarke, Dan Evans and James Ward, all main draw acceptances on the men’s side and Watson, in the women’s main draw with Fed Cup team mate Harriet Dart in the qualifying draw.

With wildcards to be added to the player lists there is also always the possibility of a big name surprise or two and as well as the main men's and women's events there will be lots of activities on site for young tennis fans with over 1600 children from local schools attending throughout the week.

LTA Tournament Director George Donnelly said:

“We are delighted to have attracted such a high-quality field once again to the Surbiton Trophy.  As the first event of the grass court season it is always exciting to welcome the players and watch them start their preparation for The Championships, Wimbledon.  This is a great family-friendly event that epitomises the LTA vision of Tennis Opened Up, providing an enjoyable day out for anyone who wants to come along and experience the thrill of live tennis.” 

Check out the full player entry list.

What happened last year?

Jeremy Chardy battled past Alex De Minaur and Alison Riske overcame Conny Perrin to be crowned 2018 Surbiton Trophy champions.

French top seed Chardy has been in fine form all week, but he faced a tough battle against Australian 19-year-old De Minaur, eventually prevailing 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 after one hour 39 minutes.  

American second seed Riske defeated Switzerland's Perrin 6-2, 6-4 to lift the trophy in the women’s ITF Pro Circuit event. The world No.83 didn’t drop a set on her way to the title in what was her first appearance at Surbiton. 

Riske secured a double break to claim the opening set and then survived a comeback in the second as her Swiss opponent battled back from 5-1 to 5-4.  Nevertheless, she remained resilient to claim victory and was presented with the trophy by Australia's Judy Dalton - an eight-time Grand Slam doubles champion and 1968 Surbiton winner.

Catch courtside action this summer 

Watch the stars in action and secure your ticket today. Tickets start from £6 for children aged 16 and under, and £10.50 for adults. 

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