Ilkley knuckle down for another busy week

Runner-up Lewis Burton (Great Britain) is airborne during the GB Pro-Series final at Ilkley earlier this month

Runner-up Lewis Burton (Great Britain) is airborne during the GB Pro-Series final at Ilkley earlier this month

First published in Sport

ILKLEY Lawn Tennis and Squash Club's Alan Cutts knows it is one down and two to go as far as their summer festival of tennis is concerned.

Having successfully overseen the $15,000 GB Pro-Series event from July 7-13, tournament director Cutts is now involved in the current County Week at the club and is looking ahead to the AEGON GB British Tour, which starts on Monday and finishes on Saturday, August 2, and the Ilkley Open national Grade Three junior event which runs alongside it.

"I am the club's representative this week at Ladies' Group Six, which involves Shropshire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, Cornwall, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Oxfordshire and Herefordshire & Worcestershire, and then the Ilkley Open starts on Saturday, followed by the AEGON GB British Tour."

Cutts, who is also Ilkley LT&SC's junior tennis co-ordinator, said of his debut as an International Tennis Federation tournament director earlier this month: "I had a lot of help from the ITF's Victor Gazo, who was brilliant, but of course the weather helps too.

"We had 98 matches scheduled during the week, and only five were played indoors because of the weather.

"Everything went smoothly and there was nothing that I would have changed. Rain next week will be more difficult but we have got through last year when I was on the control desk."

Leading Yorkshire hopes in the British Tour next week are, among the men, Harry Simpson, Luke Johnson, Peter Ashley and the Ilkley's club performance coach Kyle Brassington and, in the women, Georgia Craven and Rastrick's Nicole Peterson.

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