Anyone for tennis? Ilkley Trophy returns in June


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Ilkley is set to be Yorkshire’s No.1 tennis and social destination (as well as the Sunday Times Best Place to Live) thanks to the Ilkley Trophy grass court tennis tournament, held at Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club from Sunday 12 to Sunday 19 June.


Tickets for the men’s and women’s tournament, which will see some of the world’s best male and female players compete ahead of Wimbledon, are already selling fast. More than half of the available general admission tickets for the tournament have already been sold as locals and tennis fans flock to the first live tennis event held in Yorkshire since 2019. The event was not held in Ilkley in 2020 and 2021 due to the Pandemic.


A limited number of luxury hospitality packages are still available, offering local businesses and groups a day out for up to 10 people including world class food and drink, fun games and special guests as well as the best Centre Court seats in the house. Food worthy of champions – including the Wimbledon favourite strawberries and cream - will be provided by award-winning local luxury caterers Shoot the Bull, while there will be plenty of Tattinger champagne flowing throughout the day.


General admission ticket holders to this year’s tournament will also be treated to some of the best cuisine from Yorkshire and around the world thanks to a special Street Food Festival being held alongside themed days aimed at making sure the event offers something for everyone. Specialities will include Wagu burgers, gourmet fish and chips (including vegan fish and chips), hand-stretched sourdough pizza and authentic Indian street food.


General admission tickets for a day at the tennis start from £12 per adult and £6 for children. Play will start at 11am on most days, with a complete schedule of matches released prior to each day’s play.


“A day at the tennis in Ilkley is such a special day out for the whole family,” said Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club Chairman Rik Smith. “At Ilkley we’ve got one of the most picturesque locations on the whole tennis tour and people are guaranteed a lovely Yorkshire welcome thanks to our friendly volunteers, plus fantastic food and drink to suit every taste. There’s no better place to be on a sunny summer’s day!”


Here’s the daily schedule for the 2022 Ilkley Trophy:


Sunday 12th June - Family Day including barbecue and family fun

Monday 13th June - Silver Day aimed at more mature visitors

Tuesday 14th June - Ilkley Day celebrating our amazing town

Wednesday 15th June - Yorkshire Business Day a chance to celebrate local businesses

Thursday 16th June - Ladies Day celebrating women and bringing friends together

Friday 17th June - Quarter-finals Day as the tennis action hots up ahead of the weekend

Saturday 18th June - Semi-Finals Day get a taste of Wimbledon on your doorstep

Sunday 19th June Patrons Day and Finals see history being made as the Ilkley Trophy crowns its 2022 champions


For tickets to this year’s Ilkley Trophy, please go to: www.lta.org.uk/fan-zone/international/ilkley-trophy/tickets/


For more information about what’s on offer at this year’s Ilkley Trophy go to www.iltsc.co.uk/trophy


For more information on hospitality packages, please email: Nicola@iltsc.co.uk