3 - 9 June 2019

Surbiton Trophy

Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club

Surbiton Trophy Preview: The grass court season has arrived

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The grass court season gets underway this weekend as the Surbiton Trophy welcomes an array of world class players to the Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club from 3 - 9 June.

Defending men’s champion Jeremy Chardy and women’s champion Alison Riske return, with many other big names already confirmed to take part this year. 

Who are the women?

Heather Watson will lead the British challenge at the Surbiton Trophy, with reigning Australian Open doubles champion Shuai Zhang also in the list of confirmed entrants.

Watson will be keen to build on the solid form that saw her win an ITF tournament in Japan earlier this month, with her prowess on grass courts confirmed by her three appearances in the third round at Wimbledon.

Heather also reached the final of the Surbiton Trophy in 2017, and will lead a strong field that also includes world No.49, Alison Van Uytvanck, world No.52 and defending champion Alison Riske, as well as world No.59 Tatjana Maria.

Who are the men?

Britain's Dan Evans will look to continue his stellar year on the tour after confirming his entry to the Surbiton Trophy. He’ll be joined by compatriots Jay Clarke and James Ward in a strong men's draw.

Spectators will also be excited to see Hull-born teenager Paul Jubb in action after his headline-grabbing victory in the NCAA's National Single tournament in Florida last weekend, with the youngster relishing the chance to play in front of a home crowd.

"I'm delighted the LTA has given me a wildcard into the Surbiton Trophy," said Jubb. "It will be my first time competing at this level of tournament and I'm looking forward to testing myself on grass against some of the best players in the world."

Singles wildcards for the ATP Challenger event have also been awarded to British players Liam Broady, Evan Hoyt, Jan Choinski and Lloyd Glasspool, and they will be joined a field of high-quality players that could include Spanish grass court specialist Feliciano Lopez - a winner at the Fever-Tree Championships at The Queen's Club in 2017.

Lopez's commitments in the Men's Doubles competition at the French Open will dictate whether he plays at Surbiton, with Australia's Matthew Ebden the highest ranked confirmed entrant as he looks to build on his run to the third round of The Championships, Wimbledon last year.

The big-serving duo of Bernard Tomic and Ivo Karlovic will be on court, whilst Dustin Brown is another big-name to look out for in a men's draw that has never been stronger.

Meanwhile in doubles…

Former Wimbledon singles champion Lleyton Hewitt will be returning to the courts at the Surbiton Trophy, after he asked for a wild card to play alongside fellow Australian Jordan Thompson.

Hewitt, 38, has retired from the professional circuit but enjoys playing alongside the players he works with in his role as Australia's David Cup captain, and is relishing the challenge of getting back on grass.

"I always love playing on this surface and am glad to be back at Surbiton again this year," said Hewitt. "I had a chance to play on the new No.1 Court at Wimbledon a few days ago and that was a fantastic experience, so it will be good to play with Jordan in this tournament."

The crowd favourite Nick Kyrgios will be playing alongside fellow Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis, while home-favourite Dan Evans is also an entrant in the doubles event as he is paired with Britain's Lloyd Glasspool.

What can fans expect?

The action on court will coincide with a range of activities taking place throughout the week at the Surbiton Club. Around 1,600 school children will get the chance to experience live tennis and try out their skills, whilst all ticket-holders will have the opportunity to try their hand at Padel tennis for free. 

Families will be competing in the finals of the Quorn Family Cup, whilst junior talent will be battling it out in the 16 & Under County Cup.

Ahead of the start of the tournament on Monday, organisers are offering free play and coaching sessions for all the family during the official practice weekend, where some of the big name players will be on court preparing for the start of their grass court campaigns.

Follow the action

Watch the action live and secure your seats today.

Tickets an be purchased for as little as £9 for adults and £4.50 for children (16 and under).

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