County Tennis Gets Underway In Eastbourne

Monday 24th July 2017

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The country’s top county players will come together on the grass courts of Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park this week to compete in Group One Event of the Aegon Summer County Cup Event from today until Friday (24-28 July).

Six men’s and six women’s teams will compete on some of the best grass courts in the country with, the pride of representing their county at stake, in the traditional and atmospheric setting of the seaside tennis venue. First played in 1895, ‘County Week’, as it is more fondly known, is one of the oldest tennis tournaments on the domestic calendar and this year will see 44 counties competing in the doubles-only tournament. There will be 7 groups in total, taking place at 13 venues across the country. 

Eastbourne will host Group One, the premier level of the competition which will see the likes of Joe Salisbury (Surrey), Dominic Inglot (Middlesex), Harriet Dart (Middlesex) and Jasmine Asghar (Surrey) all provisionally nominated to represent their counties.

LTA Tournament Director Julie Piper said, “I am once again excited to be returning to Eastbourne to bring this top class event back to the fantastic courts at Devonshire Park. The players all feel a great sense of pride representing their county and the crowds really get behind them. There is always a great atmosphere which is part of what makes this event so special in the British tennis calendar and with the introduction of the County Cup Race last year, all competing counties will be aiming to gain valuable points to add to their current tally to see who, at the end of the year, are overall county Champions.”

In the men’s competition, the following counties will be represented:

  • Kent
  • Hertfordshire
  • Surrey
  • Essex
  • Middlesex
  • Suffolk

The women’s event will feature teams from:

  • Surrey
  • Kent
  • Warwickshire
  • Lancashire
  • Middlesex
  • Hertfordshire

Last year in the men’s event, Middlesex and Suffolk were promoted back to Group 1 - Middlesex returning for the first time in over 30 years and on the ladies’ side, Middlesex and Hertfordshire also gained promotion. On re-gaining promotion to Group One Andy Fyfe, Team Captain of Middlesex Men said, “We are so excited to be back playing in Eastbourne – it’s been over 30 years since Middlesex Men have been in Group 1. I am very lucky that I have managed to build a great team with a most magnificent spirit and refusal to lose’.

Kent men and Surrey ladies are the defending champions.

Weather permitting; play starts no later than 10.30am each day and entry is free for all. 

 

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