British players Harriet Dart, Katie Dunn, Katie Swann and Gabriella Taylor have been awarded Main Draw Wildcards for the Aegon Manchester Trophy which runs from Sunday 11 – Sunday 18 June at The Northern Lawn Tennis Club in Didsbury.
The Brits will join local star Naomi Broady in the Main Draw which starts on Tuesday 13 June. Broady, who lives in Stockport can’t wait to play at her home club and welcome international players to the city.
She said: “It’s really special for me to play at home. It’s my home club and I’ll get to have all my friends and family who don’t get to come and watch me very often. My grandma has never watched me at all so this will be her first time. Obviously, although people say Wimbledon is the home tournament for Brits, for a Northerner it’s quite far away. So this is my home tournament and I’m excited to play. I’ve told all the girls I’m the official tour guide and I’m just excited to have everyone come to my city as well, I’m such a proud Manc.”
Samantha Murray, another Stockport local, will be competing in the qualifying event. Murray, who reached a career high ranking of 165 at the end of 2013 and played against Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2014 is working her way back up the rankings after undergoing wrist surgery in 2014.
Tickets start from £7 for the other days. All ticket holders can travel to and from the tournament FREE on the day of their visit on the Metrolink network and will arrive at the tennis-themed West Didsbury tram stop, adjacent to The Northern.
Families can have fun throughout the week by trying their hand at the Metrolink Fastest Serve competition, meeting players at autograph sessions and getting on court at inclusive tennis sessions.
Local Didsbury caterers Thyme Out will be providing delicious onsite food and drink throughout the week.
Visitors on Thursday 15th June can do some shopping and get a preview of Beaumont Organic ethical fashion brand, ahead of their first store opening in Manchester city centre.
The Northern will be displaying its rich tennis history with an exclusive range of postcards and historical souvenirs on sale throughout the event. Law firm Irwin Mitchell is also a supporter of the Aegon Manchester Trophy.
Tickets for this year’s Aegon Manchester Trophy are on sale now and can be purchased here: https://www.theticketfactory.com/ltacm/online/ or by calling 0844 581 1530