Stockport’s Naomi Broady and Laura Robson are among the tennis stars heading to Manchester from 11-18 June.
The pair will be competing for the Aegon Manchester Trophy. The grass-court event held at The Northern Lawn Tennis Club in Didsbury will also feature a host of international talent. They will all be honing their game ahead of The Championships, Wimbledon.
Broady, who trains at The Northern, will be looking to use her home court advantage at the $100,000 [£77,790] ITF Pro Circuit Women’s event.
Robson, who won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics with Andy Murray, has struggled with a wrist injury since 2014. However, she looks to be heading back up the rankings with a recent tournament win in Japan.
The Northern Lawn Tennis Club has an illustrious history having hosted the Northern Open Lawn Tennis Championships from 1920 to 1988. Winners include 39-time Grand Slam Champion Billie-Jean King (1966) and French Open champion and TV presenter Sue Barker (1979).
Aegon Manchester Trophy Tournament Director, Richard Joyner, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting a women’s international event at The Northern in Manchester. It is the largest prize-money event ever to be staged in the north-west, and our player line-up reflects this. As well as Naomi and Laura providing British interest, we also have a strong overseas field, which promises to provide some great tennis to view over the week”.
Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council said: “We are really excited to bring yet another prestigious sporting event to Manchester. With free entry for everyone across the qualifying rounds and top British stars to cheer on, this is an unmissable opportunity to enjoy world-class tennis – and yet another highlight in the city’s packed summer calendar”.
Entry is FREE for the qualifying rounds Sunday 11 June and Monday 12 June. Tickets start from £7 for the other days. Tickets holders can travel free on the Metrolink tram network during the event.
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