2019 Grass court season: A guide to Britain’s biggest summer tournaments

24/04/2019

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Nature Valley International in Eastbourne

From an unbeatable women’s field at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham, to a gripping day out at the Fever-Tree Championships at the Queen’s Club, there’s tennis for every fan to enjoy this summer.  Whether you’re looking for family fun in the sun or dramatic scenes on court, we’ve got you covered! Check out our guide below to Britain’s biggest summer tournaments…

Surbiton Trophy

  • When? 3-9 June
  • Where? Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club
  • What? ITF World Tennis Tour W100 and ATP Challenger  

The Surbiton Trophy kickstarts the British grass court season each year as players dust the clay from their shoes and begin their preparations for The Championships, Wimbledon.

Last year, British fans had plenty to cheer about as Davis Cup champion Dan Evans reached the final, Fed Cup star Harriet Dart made the semis, and Jonny O’Mara and Luke Bambridge won an all-British final against brothers Ken and Neal Skupski.

Lleyton Hewitt also made a surprise comeback, 20 years on from his first and only appearance at the tournament. The Aussie legend teamed up with Nick Kyrgios in the doubles event.

Tickets are available online from £9 per person.

Nature Valley Open, Nottingham

  • When? 8-16 June
  • Where? Nottingham Tennis Centre
  • What? WTA International and ATP Challenger

The Nature Valley Open is a family favourite, complete with a superhero-themed Family Fun Weekend during qualifying (8 and 9 June), a Schools Festival (10 – 14 June) and plenty of on-site activities for families to pick up a racket.

Last year, four Brits made the finals – Johanna Konta and Dan Evans in the singles, Heather Watson with Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu in the women’s doubles and Joe Salisbury and Denmark’s Frederik Nielsen in the men’s doubles, with the latter going the distance to lift the trophy.

British No.1 Johanna Konta announced last month that she’s set to play all three Nature Valley tournaments this summer - Nottingham, Birmingham and Eastbourne – and after making the Nature Valley Open final for the previous two years, she’ll be aiming to go one better in 2019.  

Tickets for qualifying are available online from £6 per person, whilst main draw tickets are available from £11.

Manchester Trophy

  • When? 10-16 June
  • Where? The Northern Lawn Tennis Club
  • What? ITF World Tennis Tour W100

Previously voted Manchester’s event of the year, the Manchester Trophy provides a unique opportunity to catch an exciting women’s line-up courtside - from budding Brits to international players looking to make their mark.

Over previous years, local fans have been able to root for Stockport’s very own Naomi Broady; a tournament regular. After capturing her maiden WTA doubles title early last year, Broady treated fans to her fine form and reached the final with America’s Asia Muhammad.

Tickets to qualifying (10 June) are free, whilst main draw tickets are available online from £9 per person.

Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham

  • When? 17-23 June
  • Where? Edgbaston Priory Club
  • What? WTA Premier

Since 1982, the iconic tournament in leafy Edgbaston has played host to some of the game’s biggest names. Previous champions include Billie Jean King, Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova has lifted the coveted Maud Watson Trophy in 2017 and 2018, and by confirming her attendance for 2019, she will be aiming to make history by joining America’s Pam Shriver in winning it three times.

Last year, the likes of Kvitova, Naomi Osaka, Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova, Ashleigh Barty and Johanna Konta put themselves in contention for the title,  with many likely to make a comeback in 2019.

Tickets to qualifying (15 and 16 June) are available online from £10 per person, whilst main draw tickets are priced from £20 per person.   

Fever-Tree Championships, London

  • When? 17-23 June
  • Where? The Queen’s Club
  • What? ATP 500

Voted the ATP World Tour Tournament of the Year for a fifth time, the Fever-Tree Championships is the ultimate go-to if you’re after epic battles and trick shots on demand.

Each year, it plays host to some of the world's biggest male stars and 2018 was no different. The line-up featured the likes of Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Denis Shapovalov, Feliciano Lopez and British No.1 Kyle Edmund, setting the scene for an unmissable week of action. However, the plot thickened just days before as Novak Djokovic accepted a late wild card into the tournament. 

British hero Andy Murray also made an appearance as he played his first competitive match from injury. It’s no secret that Murray has a special affinity with the tournament, having won the event for a record fifth time in 2016.

The 2019 line-up so far looks like we’re set for another week of world-class action, with Edmund, Cilic, Kyrgios, Shapovalov, Felix Auguer-Aliassime, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Frances Tiafoe all amongst the mix.

Plus, after holding a successful wheelchair tennis exhibition last year, the Fever-Tree Championships Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, will be introduced in 2019, with Grand Slam champions Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid set to compete.

Tickets to qualifying (15-16 June) are free, whilst main draw Centre Court tickets are available online from £69 per person. Ground passes to watch the wheelchair tennis tournament (21-23 June) can also be purchased online for just £10.

Ilkley Trophy

  • When? 17-23 June
  • Where? Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club
  • What? ITF World Tennis Tour W100 and ATP Challenger  

Set on the fringe of the Yorkshire Dales, the Fuzion 100 Ilkley Trophy offers one of the most picturesque settings for tennis in the country. Like Surbiton, it attracts a strong line-up for its male and female draws – from up-and-coming names to familiar faces.

Last year, Harriet Dart continued to make her mark by reaching her third consecutive grass-court quarter-final (after Surbiton and Manchester), whilst grass court entertainer Sergiy Stakhovsky captured the men’s title.

Tickets are available online from £11 per person.

Nature Valley International, Eastbourne

  • When? 21-29 June
  • Where? Devonshire Park
  • What? WTA Premier and ATP 250

Set on the sunny coast of Eastbourne, the Nature Valley International is the perfect summer's day out - complete with a 'festival feel' and a world-class line-up each year for both its WTA Premier and ATP 250 events.

Last year's event was an absolute scorcher, jam-packed with a week-long heatwave, phenomenal fans and sensational performances. During the week, Andy Murray made a winning return by capturing a massive opneing round win against three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, Kyle Edmund unleashed his mighty 'fearhand' to reach the quarter-finals, Jonny O'Mara and Luke Bambridge captured their first ATP Tour doubles title, and Caroline Wozniacki and Mischa Zverev were crowned singles champions. 

Tickets to qualifying* are either free (21 June), £10 (22 June) or £28 (23 June).  Ground passes for the main draw are available online from £22 per person, whilst Centre Court tickets are priced from £27. 

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