JORDAN Thompson, top seed two years ago, heads a quality field for the Fuzion 100 Ilkley Trophy.

The world No 91 is part of a strong Australian contingent for the $150,000 pre-Wimbledon tournament, which is being held on June 16-24.

Thompson hit the headlines last summer when, as a lucky loser, he defeated five-times winner and world No 1 Andy Murray 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in the first round at Queen's Club.

However, this season the 24-year-old, who often plays doubles with his idol Lleyton Hewitt, has been operating chiefly at Challenger level.

Thompson won in Chennai, reached the finals in Kyoto and Seoul and the semi-finals in Keio, Nanchang and Anning, mainly on hard courts, as he broke back into the world's top 100.

Fellow Australian James Duckworth, who has a protected world ranking of 105, is the second highest entry and is recovering after a year out with a foot injury.

The 26-year-old, who faced Roger Federer in the first round of the 2014 Australian Open, has played little in the past 18 months, also suffering injuries to his right elbow and left wrist, and only played two tournaments in 2018 prior to losing to Marin Cilic in the first round of the French Open.

Thompson, Norbert Gombos, Darian King, Liam Broady and Adrian Menendez-Macieras apart, the Fuzion Ilkley Trophy will be an opportunity for first-time entrants to the Stourton Road venue.

They include Italian Thomas Fabbiano, India's Ramkumar Ramanathan, Canada's Peter Polansky and the Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky.

The latter, who has a world ranking of 127, stunned the tennis world in 2013 when he defeated Federer in the second round at Wimbledon, thus ending the Swiss' run of 36 consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final appearances.

Another entry with Wimbledon connections is Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik, who was entertaining in defeat in a first-round match against Murray last summer.

American Donald Young is another well-known entrant.

The former world junior No 1, who attained that feat as a 16-year-old, is still only 28 and has twice reached the fourth round of the US Open.

More Britons will gain entry to the tournament, either through wild cards or via the qualifying, but at the moment Broady is the sole home player.

The 24-year-old left-hander from Stockport, who made his Davis Cup debut in February, qualified for the prestigious Miami Open in March and won a round.

The entry for the $100,000 women's ITF tournament, which runs alongside the men's event, will be announced tomorrow.