One of the beloved and enduring occasions within the nationwide tennis calendar takes position subsequent week as county groups struggle it out within the LTA’s Summer season County from Monday 22 to Friday 26 July, with Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park as soon as once more set to degree the head of the contest.
First performed in 1895, ‘County Week’, as it’s fondly identified, is among the oldest tournaments within the tennis calendar. County groups are organised into seven ladies’s teams and 7 males’s teams, with groups for every tie consisting of 3 doubles pairs. This 12 months will see over 200 ties and nearly 2,000 rubbers performed all through the week, as groups from 44 counties throughout Nice Britain compete to earn promotion and steer clear of relegation from their respective teams.
The premier staff suits in each the boys’s and girls’s occasions will happen at the remarkable courts at Devonshire Park, the standard house of the development, with unfastened access for spectators. Six ladies’s and 6 males’s groups shall be combating it out for the 2019 County Cup titles within the distinctive and atmospheric atmosphere of the seashore tennis venue.
Suffolk shall be aiming to shield the boys’s name they received for the primary time ever final 12 months, with them going through newly promoted Kent and South Wales, in addition to groups representing Essex, Hertfordshire and Middlesex. Within the ladies’s pageant, reigning champions Surrey received the name for a report 50th time final 12 months – promoted Middlesex and Yorkshire will sign up for Essex, Hertfordshire and Warwickshire in looking to take the name from them.
The provisional nominations for the twelve groups characteristic a variety of well known gamers, together with each Evan Hoyt (South Wales) & Eden Silva (Essex), who reached the Quarter-Finals of the Blended Doubles in combination at Wimbledon final week, in addition to Anton Matusevich (Kent) who reached the Quarter-Finals of the Junior Boys Tournament at The Championships.
LTA Event Director Julie Piper stated: “We’re as soon as once more excited to be returning to Eastbourne to convey this best elegance tournament again to the improbable courts at Devonshire Park. The gamers all really feel an excellent sense of satisfaction representing their County and the crowds in reality get in the back of them. There may be all the time an excellent setting which is a part of what makes this tournament any such particular a part of the tennis calendar. It’s unfastened to wait and we’d love to look as many native other folks as conceivable come alongside to revel in some entertaining, top of the range and hard-fought tennis.”
Jo Craven, Staff Captain of Yorkshire Women who’re again within the best department for the primary time since 2002 this 12 months, stated; “We’re excited to be again taking part in in Eastbourne – it’s been 17 years since Yorkshire Women had been in Crew 1. I’m very pleased with the workforce who’ve labored so demanding to get us again to the highest flight of County Cup tennis and we’re very a lot having a look ahead to the week”.
The Eastbourne tournament is the head of the County Cup, with an additional 12 grass courtroom venues across the nation staging occasions for Teams 2-7 in every of the boys’s and girls’s occasions. The main two counties in every staff earn promotion to the gang above them for the 2020 pageant, with the ground two counties relegated to the gang underneath.
The County Cup tournament at Devonshire Park follows on from every other a success version of the LTA’s Nature Valley World match held within the distinctive and atmospheric atmosphere of the seashore tennis venue final month. Proceeding to be decided on to degree occasions like those is a mirrored image of the exceptional high quality of the grass courts at Devonshire Park, which received the ‘Skilled Tennis Courts Grounds Staff’ award on the prestigious Institute of Groundsmanship Awards final 12 months.
Climate allowing; play begins no later than 10.30am on a daily basis and access is unfastened for all. For more info, together with the attracts and orders of play, head to the LTA County Cup web site.