Hignett represents Hampshire & IOW in Winter County Cup

Totally Tennis performance player and coach Liam Hignett represented Hampshire and Isle of Wight (IOW) in the LTA Mens Winter County Cup 2019.

The Hampshire team of Hignett, James Blair, Timothy Farthing, Oliver Fernandez, Ryan Golesworthy, Austin Gwilliam, George Houghton, Michael Johnson, Miles Mcdowall, Robert Mitchell, Jake Norris, Edward Percival and Paul Scullard were competing in Division 1 Group 4A against teams from Buckinghamshire, Dorset and Shropshire.

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On the first day Hampshire beat Shropshire 8-1 with top seed Hignett defeating Luke Henley 6-3, 7-5 in the singles. In the doubles with partner Golesworthy he beat Henley and Thomas Loxley 6-3, 6-2. Things didn’t go so well for the team on day 2 with a 5-4 loss against Dorset in a close fixture, Hignett lost his singles against Toby Samuel 6-4, 6-3 and also lost in the doubles with Golesworthy against Samuel and Sam Bossem in the third set tie-break 6-2, 6-7(2), 10-6.

On the final day things didn’t improve with a 7-1 defeat against eventual group winners Buckinghamshire. Hignett lost his three set singles match against top seed Michael Shaw 6-3 4-6 4-6 but won the doubles with Golesworthy on a walkover against Shaw and partner Roy Knight. The Hampshire team managed to stay again in the division after some tough, tight wins and losses over the weekend.

Hignett said, “As always it’s a pleasure to be a part of this great team and we’ll be looking for promotion next year! It was a privilege to play at number one position this year playing my part in some quality battles particularly against Buckinghamshire’s number 1.” he added, “I love playing in these events as the team atmosphere whilst on court and the off court banter and laughs make it unlike any other tennis event out there. Thanks to all the boys for another great weekend.”

 

Hignett Represents Hampshire in Men’s County Cup

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett, 16 represented Hampshire & IOW last weekend in the Aegon Men’s Winter County Cup held at the Shrewsbury Club. The team, who were playing in Group 3a of Division, were up against opponents from North Scotland, Sussex and Nottinghamshire.

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The Hampshire team just missed out on promotion as Nottinghamshire won the group overall with six points. On the first day Hampshire beat North Scotland convincingly 9-0 followed by an 8-1 victory against Sussex on day two but they were just pipped at the post 5-4 on the final day by the stronger Nottinghamshire team.

Hignett was number one seed for both his singles matches beating Michael Welsh (North Scotland) 6-2, 6-3 but losing against Marcus Walters (Nottinghamshire) 6-3, 6-3.

The Aegon Winter County Cup is a one-off event played over three days at the end of November. It’s the second oldest County Cup event that was first played in 1946. Surrey are the most successful county with their men’s team winning sixteen times and the ladies a record twenty-six times. The forty-four counties are placed in four counties per group per gender with Group 1 the premier division.