Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett won all his singles matches in the weekend’s U18 County Cup Tie, helping the Hampshire & IOW team to win the fixture 3-0 and gain promotion to Division 3.
The event which was held at the David Lloyd Club in Southampton from 26th to 28th February saw the Hampshire team compete against teams from Berkshire, Northampshire and Oxfordshire. Second seed Hignett was joined by fellow county players George Barfoot, George Houghton, Jake Norris, Zizheng Jin, Austin Gwilliam, Ryan Hutchinson and William Coward.
On the first day Hampshire beat Berkshire with a resounding 8-1 scoreline. Hignett defeated higher rated player Lewis Brown 6-4, 6-1 in the singles but lost in the doubles with partner Hutchinson 6-3, 6-4 against Oliver Okonkwo and Sebastian Tong. Overall the team won six singles and two doubles.
On Day 2 the success continued with another 8-1 win for the team against Northamptonshire. Hignett beat Alexander Ballinger 6-2, 6-0 in his singles match and then teamed up with top seed Barfoot (pictured below) to win their doubles match against Henry Masters and Joe Tyler 6-3, 7-5. This time the team won all the doubles matches and five of the six singles with only Barfoot losing his singles match.
The final day was another success story with the Hampshire boys winning all their matches against Oxfordshire 8-0. Up against another higher rated player, Hignett won his third singles tie of the weekend against Cameron Price 6-4, 6-0 but didn’t play his doubles with Barfoot as the opposition conceded the match. Overall the boys won all their matches played. A very successful weekend of tennis for the Hampshire Boys and a well served promotion. Congratulations to Liam and his teammates for a job well done.
Thanks to Donella Hignett for all the great photos.