The Ilkley Trophy tennis tournament has been held at Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club since 2015.
This world-class event attracts elite international players and is played on our grass courts.
After a two-year hiatus the Trophy came home in 2022. The tournament was completed over eight days Sunday 12 June and ending on Sunday 19 June 2022. The Trophy was held alongside Street Food Festival each day, with plenty of food and drink on offer.
The 2022 Men’s Championship came down to a tie-breaker set with Austrian Qualifier Zizou Bergs besting former 8th Ranked in World American, Jack Sock to win the Trophy and secure a wild card in Wimbledon. Previous men’s champions at the Ilkley Trophy have been Denis Kudla (USA, 2015), Yen Hsun-Lu (Chinese Taipei, 2016), Marton Fucsovics (Hungary, 2017), Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukraine, 2018) and Dominik Koepfer (Germany, 2019).
The 2022 Ladies Championship was just as exciting, with hometown favorite Jodie Burrage winning the crowd, but eventually losing the match to World 98 Hungarian Dalma Galfi, top-seeded in the Draw. Galfi may meet Burrage in the 2022 Wimbledon as Burrage secured a wild card spot from All England, which eased the sting of her loss.
Women’s winners have been Anna-Lena Friedsam (Germany, 2015), Evgeniya Rodina (Russia, 2016), Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia, 2017), Tereza Smitkova (Czech Republic, 2018) and Monica Nicolescu (Romania, 2019).#
Men’s Doubles were played on the Saturday with exciting finishes by British wild cards Julian Cash and Henry Patten who won the men’s doubles title, defeating Ramkumar Ramanathan (India) and John-Patrick Smith (Australia) 7-5, 6-4. The opportunity for a double doubles victory for Great Britain in 2022 came so close as Naiktha Bains, of Shadwell, near Leeds, and Glaswegian Maia Lumsden lost the women’s final 6-7 (7-9), 6-0, 11-9 to Lizette Cabrera (Australia) and Sujeong Jang (South Korea).
Winners of both singles events have historically been awarded wild cards into the singles at Wimbledon if their rankings were not high enough to grant them direct entry.
Rybarikova famously went on to reach the semi-finals of the women’s singles at Wimbledon, three weeks after winning at Ilkley.