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Missed out on Wimbledon tickets? Check out these must-see UK tennis tournaments

From clay courts to grass courts…

Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
Updated: July 1, 2024
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The British summer is upon us, which can only mean one thing - the grass court season is in full swing! With the first Surbiton Trophy kicking off this week, tennis fans are counting down the days till they can watch the likes of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon

The SW19 tournament is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious tennis competitions in the world, with many legends dreaming of lifting that championship trophy. Securing tickets here is no easy feat; much like Glastonbury, they sell out like hotcakes months in advance. However, there are many other exciting events around the UK that tennis fans can enjoy. 

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Wimbledon tickets sell like hot cakes

Here's a guide to some of the best alternative tennis tournaments that offer unique experiences and thrilling matches. From Boodles Tennis to Queen's, take your pick… 

Lexus Surbiton Trophy

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Andy Murray celebrates after his win in the Men's Singles Final at the 2023 Lexus Surbiton Trophy

The Lexus Surbiton Trophy is a key event on the ATP Challenger and ITF Women's Circuit, held at the Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club in London. This tournament is an excellent opportunity to see rising stars and seasoned professionals in a more intimate setting. The grass-court event is a great warm-up for players ahead of the main grass-court season. 

Sarah Beth Grey and Dan Evans were among the players this year. Last year, Andy Murray was again triumphant with a victory at the Lexus Surbiton Trophy, where he was supported by his wife and children.

London, 2-9 June,

Rothesay Nottingham Open

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Katie Boulter won the Women's Singles Rothesay Open Trophy in 2023

The Nottingham Open, also known as the Rothesay Open, is another important grass-court tournament in the lead-up to Wimbledon. Featuring both ATP and WTA events, this tournament is held at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. It offers a mix of top-level tennis and a family-friendly environment, making it a great option for fans looking to enjoy a day out. Defending champion Katie Boulter is set to return to Nottingham to defend her title. 

Nottingham, 8-16 June,

Ilkley Trophy

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A general view of Centre Court at the lkley Trophy

The Ilkley Trophy, held in the picturesque town of Ilkley, West Yorkshire, is another popular grass-court tournament on the ATP Challenger and ITF Women’s Circuit. The event attracts a mix of up-and-coming talent and established players looking to fine-tune their game before Wimbledon. The tournament's scenic location and friendly atmosphere make it a delightful experience for tennis fans.  Former Wimbledon semi-finalist and Paris Masters runner-up Denis Shapovalov will make an appearance along with No.37 Emil Ruusuvuori and Britain's Lily Miyazaki.

Bradford, 15-22 June,

Queen's Club Championships (Cinch Championships)

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A general view of play at the cinch Championships at The Queen's Club

The Queen's Club Championships, also known as the Cinch Championships, is one of the most prestigious grass-court tournaments outside of Wimbledon. Held annually in London, this ATP 500 event is a key warm-up for Wimbledon and attracts many of the world's top players. The tournament's intimate setting allows fans to get close to the action, and its long history and tradition make it a must-visit. 

British No.1 Cameron  Norrie will be joined by Jack Draper, Andy Murray and Dan Evans this summer. Other players to take part include Carlos Alcaraz, Grigor Dimitrov and Alex de Minaur.

London, 17-23 June,

The Boodles Tennis Challenge

Stoke Park is a lovely setting for Boodles Tennis
Stoke Park is a lovely setting for Boodles Tennis

This year, tennis fans will expect to watch the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Hubert Hurkacz in action at the Boodles Tennis Challenge. Taking place just before Wimbledon, it provides players with a final opportunity to hone their grass-court game. 

Stoke Park, 25-29 June,

Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic

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The Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic tournament is held at the Hurlingham Club in London

The Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic is held at The Hurlingham Club, where tennis fans can enjoy an afternoon of world-class tennis from premium grandstand seats, with VIP hospitality. This six-day event in the lead-up to Wimbledon, will showcase some of the best names in tennis today including Cameron Norrie, Holger Rune, Alexander Zverev and Frances Tiafoe. 

London, 25-29 June,

Eastbourne International 

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USA's Madison Keys celebrates winning the Women's singles final match at the Rothesay International Eastbourne

The Eastbourne International, held in the coastal town of Eastbourne, is a combined ATP and WTA event. The tournament's seaside location offers a charming backdrop, and the relaxed atmosphere makes it a favourite among both players and fans. World No.5 and WTA Finals runner-up Jessica Pegula is set to return to Eastbourne, as well as the in-form Danielle Collins, who has captured titles at the Miami Open and in Charleston this year.

Eastbourne, 22-29 June,

Davis Cup

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A fan waves a Union Jack flag during the Davis Cup Finals Group Stage in Manchester

Manchester is one of the four host cities for the 2024 Davis Cup Finals - Group Stage, which will take place from 10-15 September. Bologna's Unipol Arena, Manchester's AO Arena, Valencia's Pabellon Fuente de San Luis and Zhuhai's Hengqin International Tennis Center will be the venues as a host of the world's best players compete for their countries in the teams' event. Each city will host one group of four qualified teams. The group stage is played in a round-robin format, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the Davis Cup Final 8 knockout competition in Malaga from 19-24 November, when the 2024 Davis Cup champion will be crowned.

Manchester and other cities, 10-15 September,

Ons Jabeur's tennis career in numbers

Meet tennis player Ons Jabeur 

Date of Birth: 28 August 1994

Place of Birth: Ksar Hellal, Tunisia

Nationality: Tunisian

Profession: Professional Tennis Player

Highest Singles Ranking: No. 2 (achieved on June 2022) Grand Slam Singles 

Performances: Australian Open: Quarterfinalist (2020) French Open: Quarterfinalist (2020 )Wimbledon: Runner-up (2022, 2023) US Open: Runner-up (2022) 

Notable Achievements: First Arab Woman: To win a WTA title (Birmingham Classic, 2021)To reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam (Australian Open, 2020)To reach the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open

Background and Personal Life: Started playing tennis at the age of three. Trained at the Lycée Sportif d'El Menzah, a national sports high school in Tunisia. Fluent in Arabic, French, and English. Married to Karim Kamoun, a former fencer who also serves as her fitness coach.

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