LTA Press Release, May 31, 2018
World No.23 Nick Kyrgios is set to join a field of top British talent at the Fuzion 100 Surbiton Trophy, a British Tennis event, taking place from 2 – 10 June.
Australian Kyrgios, 22, will join Jay Clarke, Alex Ward and James Ward, who have been awarded wildcards for the ATP Challenger event.
Meanwhile, Harriet Dart, Katy Dunne and Katie Swan receive wildcards for the ITF Pro Circuit women’s event.
Nineteen-year-old Jay Clarke from Derby, currently ranked 224, is rapidly establishing himself on the pro tour whilst Northampton’s Alex Ward, ranked 327 proved his prowess on grass by qualifying for Wimbledon in 2017. Londoner James Ward recently made a huge step forward in his comeback from knee surgery in 2017 thanks to his runner-up position at the Loughborough Trophy, he is now ranked 403.
Londoner Harriet Dart, ranked 203, reached the semifinals at the 2017 Surbiton Trophy and also recently won an ITF Pro Circuit title in April. Hertfordshire’s Katy Dunne and Bristol’s Katie Swan have both reached reached career-high rankings this week, Dunne at 212 and Katie Swan at 237.
The ATP Challenger and ITF Women’s Pro Circuit events run simultaneously at the Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club and are the first of the series of British grass court events which lead into The Championships, Wimbledon.
The Fuzion 100 Surbiton Trophy, featuring 32 singles qualifying draws followed by 32 singles main draws, as well as 16 pair doubles draws for both men and women provides the perfect start to the grass court season and will also feature former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt who has been awarded a wildcard into the doubles draw.
The 2017 singles titles were won by Japan’s Yuichi Sugita and Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova, the Slovak beat Heather Watson in the final and went on to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon.
There will also be fun for all the family at the Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club with the opportunity to get on court and play for free across the weekend of 2nd and 3rd June as well as great food and the chance to relax and watch the stars of tennis up close.