As Wimbledon reaches its climax, our nostalgia quiz this week focuses on the North West’s very own premier tennis tournament – the Manchester Open at Didsbury.

Sampras, McEnroe, Edberg, Ivanisevic and Rafter all made their way to Manchester to play at the Northern Lawn Tennis Club.

The tournament, also known as the Northern Lawn Tennis Championships, the Northern Championships and the Manchester Trophy, was the perfect grass court warm-up for Wimbledon until it ended in 2009.

How well do you remember the tournament and the stars who played in it? It’s time to test your knowledge and compare your score with friends.

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Goran Ivanisevic, pictured, won the Manchester Open in 1991 defeating Pete Sampras in two straight sets 6-4, 6-4. What is Ivanisevic’s nationality?

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In what year was the Manchester Open, then known as the Northern Lawn Tennis Championships, first played at Didsbury?

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Manchester Open competitor Stefan Edberg, pictured, won two Wimbledon singles titles in 1988 and 1990. Which player did he beat in the final on both occasions?

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Wilfred Baddeley won the Manchester Open title four times in a row from 1894 to 1897. Which family member did he beat in the 1895 final?

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Spectators thought they were seeing double as Baddeley defeated his twin brother Herbert

In what year did American tennis ace John McEnroe, pictured, win his only Manchester Open title, defeating New Zealander Russell Simpson 6-3, 6-7, 10-8 in a fiercely contested final?

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Sydney H. Smith won the tournament six times in succession from 1899 to 1905. As well as tennis, he was a British champion at what other sport?

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Seven-time Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras, pictured, won the first of his grass court titles at Didsbury. In what year?

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Goran Ivanisevic made history when he became the only player to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon as an unseeded wild card. He defeated Australian Pat Rafter 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7 in a five-set thriller. In what year?

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Australian Pat Rafter – a Didsbury winner in 1994 - beat which British player to win the 1997 US Open?

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The powerful and precise serve of Pete Sampras, unleashed at the Manchester Open, earned him which nickname?

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