Third time’s a charm for players and punters at Aegon Ilkley Trophy 2017
Over nine mostly rain-free days in June, Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club [ILTSC] welcomed record numbers of tennis fans, thousands of school children and hundreds of enthusiastic amateurs to pristine grass courts to enjoy world class tennis, making the 2017 tournament the most successful Aegon Ilkley Trophy yet selling over 7,500 tickets, an increase of 20% on 2016.
As well as being an incredible opportunity for audiences to see professional tennis up close, the tournament and club also offer the chance for schools from across the region to get involved and this year a record breaking 2,000 children from 54 local schools took part. A further 350 young people attended open days spanning the event, taking advantage of the facilities and free coaching sessions
British tennis rising star Jay Clarke has played at the club several times during his career and had his biggest ever win at Ilkley this year, making the quarter finals of the tournament. He commented: “The organisers have put a lot of time and money into this tournament and the rewards from the investment are obvious to see: the event just gets better every year.”
ILTSC hosts three other significant summer tournaments: County Week (Monday 24th July – Friday 28th July), the Ilkley Open (Saturday 29th July – Sunday 6th August) and the British Tour (Tuesday 1st August – Sunday 6th August) offering further chances to witness the next generation of players take to the courts as they strive to reach and rise through the global rankings.
ILTSC Manager Charlie Maunder said: “The Aegon Ilkley Trophy kicked off a packed summer of tennis events for us, spanning a wide range of player abilities from learner to elite. It’s fantastic to see how the tournament has grown in stature so quickly. Ilkley’s place on the international tennis tour has been secured this year and we’re helping to put the club and the town on the national sporting map.
We know that players love playing on our courts and the warm Yorkshire welcome they get from the crowds here. We love to follow those that have been coming to Ilkley since they were on the lower-tier tours, like Jay Clarke, as they emerge into the highest levels of the sport.”
A growing appetite for world class tennis means that several days during the tournament– Ladies Day and the finals weekend – were fully sold out and plans already are in place to further enhance the event for 2018, with the addition of two further grass courts and upgrades to the players’ changing rooms.
16-24 June 2018. Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Aegon Ilkley Trophy via www.lta.org.uk/major-events/aegon-trophy-series/aegon-ilkley-trophy/2018-tickets
For further information about other events taking place at ILTSC visit www.iltsc.co.uk/tennis