Herts aces to serve up a double treat

PUBLISHED: 17:08 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 26 October 2009

Herts' tennis teams together last year

Herts' tennis teams together last year

HERTS county tennis teams are looking forward to displaying their skills in the art of doubles at a tournament next week. The county will have a men s and women s side competing in the annual team championships at Devonshire Park in Eastbourne between Mo

HERTS' county tennis teams are looking forward to displaying their skills in the art of doubles at a tournament next week.

The county will have a men's and women's side competing in the annual team championships at Devonshire Park in Eastbourne between Monday, July 21 and Friday, July 27.

Sarah Donovan, captain of the ladies' side, said: "There is some fantastic tennis played at this event, and everyone involved really enjoys the tournament.

"We have a really strong men's team who should do well, and I am pleased with how the ladies' side is developing."

Both teams will be competing in their respective Championship Division One league of the Summer County Cup national event, with the title on the line.

This is the annual pinnacle of county tennis.

Across the country during that week teams will be competing in their various divisions, fighting for promotion.

Six men's and six ladies' teams will play doubles against each other across five days.

On the Friday afternoon, the top men's and top ladies' teams will be crowned champions and the bottom two teams in each will be demoted to group two.

Each day consists of nine doubles rubbers whereby three pairs in a team play the opposing team's three pairs.

The county men's squad includes North Mymms cricketer and former Wimbledon doubles player Neil Bamford and Hatfield hitter George Coupland.

Former Davis Cup and Wimbledon player Arvind Parmar is also set to play.

The women's squad is captained by Sarah Donovan and includes Brookmans Park ace Kate Elliott and South Mimms ace Holly Bagshaw.

Gosling Ladies' duo Katy Williams and Claire Ricketts are also in the squad.

"Our aim is just to stay in this league, that's definitely the main goal, and I am confident," added Donovan.

"Kate (Elliott) is a great team player and brings a wealth of experience.

"We will be giving it our best shot, and competing in this league last year will have given the girls good experience."

Herts' men were champions in 2005 and runners-up in 2006 and 2007, so they will be aiming to challenge for the championship again.

Herts' ladies were in the top division about 10 years ago and finally made it back there from the depths of group four.

Last year the ladies held their own, managing to stay in the top tier and will be looking forward to another bite of the cherry.

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