Double promotion success for Norfolk tennis teams

Norfolk's under-18 boys tennis team have secured County Cup promotion.

Norfolk's under-18 boys tennis team have secured County Cup promotion. - Credit: Submitted

Junior tennis players in Norfolk have been celebrating a double success in the Aegon County Cup.

Both the boys and girls 18-and-under teams have secured promotion in the competition after finishing top of their groups.

The boys finished top of Group 5A in Hull, winning all three of their games, against Durham & Cleveland (7-2), Shropshire (9-0) and East of Scotland (5-4) – for a first promotion in five years.

In action were Jake Rolph, Matthew Samson, Finlay Rowan, Tom Watkinson, Alex McNaughton, Will Davies, with Simon Curtin and Ben Collingwood making their County Cup debuts.

The girls also finished top of Group 4A, after winning all three of their matches on home soil at Easton, against Durham & Cleveland (7-2), Leicestershire (5-4) and Gloucestershire (5-4).

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In action for the girls were Frances Evans, Monica Raviraj, Talitha Rowan, Vianne Palffy, Emily Barrett, Chloe Hunter, Lucy Mckenna and Rosie Pooley.

Next year the boys will compete in Group 4B against Cambridgeshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.

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The girls will be in Group 3B, competing against Sussex, Dorset and Derbyshire.

• Ahead of his County Cup action, Will Davies secured one of the biggest wins of his career, beating Ross Watson 6-4 7-6 in the men's singles final at an Aegon British Tour event at Corby. The 17-year-old, from Norwich, is ranked number one in Norfolk at 18-and-under and number two overall.

Another local success saw Norfolk women's number one Olivia Nicholls win the doubles title at Wirral Tennis Centre, teaming up with Beth Askew to beat number one seeds Veronica Corning and Harriet Dart 6-2 1-6 (10-8).

The 21-year-old Loughborough University student is originally from Acle and is currently ranked 20th in Great Britain.

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