Totally Tennis performance player and coach Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight team that participated in Group 4 of the LTA Summer Mens Doubles County Cup 2019 against teams from Dorset, Leicestershire, North Wales, Nottinghamshire and Somerset.
The Hampshire team finished in third place overall in the event that took place at Cromer Lawn Tennis & Squash Club in Norfolk. The Nottinghamshire team were crowned the winners and Somerset finished as runners-up. Playing alongside Hignett were team mates Michael Johnson, Jake Norris, Ryan Golesworth, George Houghton, Paul Scullard, Austin Gwilliam and Miles Mcdowall.
Hignett (front left) pictured with Hampshire & IOW County Cup team
Hignett and Golesworthy won five matches beating Patrick Foley/Eban Straker-Meads (Nottinghamshire) 7-6, 6-1, Somerset’s Richard Gabb/Daniel Manlow and Samuel Edwards/James Marsalek both 6-3, 6-4 respectively and then won against Leicestershire’s Matthew Howse/Jack Simpson 6-1, 7-6(5) and Aaron Jinks/Alex Solonenko 6-3, 6-2. Hignett then won four more matches with partner Jake Norris defeating Oliver Brown/Mark Laishley (Dorset) 6-0, 6-2, Adam Glynn/James Whike 6-3, 6-3, Nicholas Jones/Simon Morris (North Wales) 6-4, 6-4 and Steven Billington/Mathew James (North Wales) 6-3, 6-4. Hignett and Golesworthy also played against ex-professional and now BBC pundit Andrew Castle (Somerset) and his partner Alistair Felton losing in a close match 7-5 7-6(3).
Hignett said, “Awesome result from the boys to stay in the group this year at county week after a tough first few days. Always a pleasure with this lot!”
Over the team beat Leicestershire 5-4 and North Wales 6-2 and by finishing third retained their place in Group 4.
Performance player and assistant coach Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & IOW Mens team that competed in the LTA Winter County Cup 2018 held at Hills Road Sports and Tennis Centre in Cambridge at the end of last month.
Hignett (pictured front left) was joined in the Hampshire team by Julian Godfrey, Robert Mitchell, Ryan Golesworthy, George Houghton, Michael Johnson, Paul Scullard, Jake Norris and Austin Gwilliam who completed in the Mens Group 4b competition against teams from Durham & Cleveland, Leicestershire and the Channel Islands.
On the first day the Hampshire team were up against the Durham & Cleveland team and lost 6-3. Hignett won his singles match 6-2, 6-2 but lost his doubles match with partner Jake Norris 6-3, 6-4. Day two was much better result with Hampshire beating Leicestershire 6-3. Hignett won his singles and his doubles match with Norris with both matches having the same 6-3, 6-2 scoreline.
On the final day Hampshire notched up another win against the Channel Islands 5-1. Hignett maintained his singles clean sheet winning his final match 6-4, 6-0 and was not required to play his doubles match with Norris as the tie was already decided. Overall the team finished in second place with four points and retained their position in the league while winners Durham & Cleveland, with six points, gained promotion.
Hignett also competed in the Open Mens Singles at the LTA British Tour Edgbaston 2 held at The Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham. Sixth seed Hignett beat Benjamin Stanford in the first round 6-2, 6-1 and then Alex Griffiths in the second round 7-6(4), 6-3 but then lost in the quarters to fifth seed Matthew Hollingworth.
Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett represented Hampshire as part of the Men’s Winter County Cup team in the fixture played at David Lloyd Southampton last weekend. Second seed Hignett (wearing orange shorts below) joined team members Jake Norris, George Houghton, Ryan Golesworthy, Joshua Gook, Edward Percival, Paul Scullard, Harry Wilmott-Stanton and Michael Johnson to compete in Group 3b. The team, captained by Julian Godfrey (pictured below with the team), played against teams from Dorset (Friday), South Wales (Saturday) and Derbyshire on Sunday.
On Friday Dorset beat Hampshire 5-4 overall. Hignett won his singles match beating Benjamin Battey 6-2, 6-0 along with Norris, Scullard and Johnson who all also won to give the team a 4-2 lead going into the doubles. Unfortunately Hignett and Norris lost in their doubles against Battey and Adam Glynn in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 0-1(9) as did pairing Houghton/Scullard and Gook/Johnson so Dorset won the first tie.
Things did not quite go to plan again on Saturday with the strong South Wales team winning 7-2 overall and all six Hampshire players recording a loss in their singles matches. Golesworthy/Houghton and Johnson/Percival both won their doubles to claw back 2 points but Hignett/Gook lost 6-1, 6-0 against Craig Evans/Christopher Lewis.
There was everything to play for on the final day in the fixture against Derbyshire but things didn’t go in the Hampshire teams favour with another narrow 5-4 loss. Hignett won his singles against Bradley Buckland 6-0, 6-2, Houghton and Johnson also secured singles victories so it was level pegging. Hignett/Norris were the only pair to secure a doubles result against Buckland/Dennis Archer 6-3, 6-1. Golesworthy/Houghton and Johnson/Scullard both lost their matches.
After an unsuccessful weekend on the scoresheet despite some really good matches the Hampshire team will now be relegated to Group 4a. South Wales won the fixture and will be promoted to Group 3a.
Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett has been selected for the Hampshire & IOW Men’s Winter County Cup Team that will compete this coming weekend.
Hignett, 16 will play in the three-day event that starts on Friday at the Shrewsbury Club and will see the Hampshire team playing in Group 3a against teams from North Scotland, Sussex and Nottinghamshire.
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.
Good Luck Liam and the Hampshire team!