Team Tennis: National Open Finals: Everything you need to know

05/09/2019

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Raynes Park competing in Team Tennis

It’s been yet another smashing year for Team Tennis with 25,000 players taking part in the annual competition.

From Friday 6 September, The West Hants Club in Bournemouth will play host to the Team Tennis National Open Finals, with the top eight men’s and women’s teams ready to compete for the national year-end Team Tennis crown.

Follow the draws and keep up-to-date with the action, or come along to watch some of Britain's best players battle in the largest domestic team competition. 

What is it?

Team Tennis aims to provide players of all ages (8U – Open) the opportunity to compete in regular league fixtures against similar standard players in a competitive team environment. This year has seen 1,053 LTA registered venues take part in the singles-based team competition and the action is all set to conclude this weekend in Dorset.

The majority of the 5,824 teams compete in local leagues within their county. The competition follows a promotion/relegation strucutre which means teams can progress through county and regional stages before they can play for the National League. All teams playing in the National League have an opportunity to earn one of their eight places in the National Open Finals. 

The top 32 teams play in each of the four National Open Women’s and Men’s Divisions - divsions are categorised based on region (Midlands, North, South East, South West). 

The National Open Finals feature the top eight men’s and women’s teams who have qualified through their respective divisions between April and July. Each of the four National Division winners received direct qualification, while the other four finalists qualified through the National Open play-offs in July.

Quarter-finals will take place on Friday 6 with the semi-finals on Saturday 7 September, and the finals scheduled for Sunday 8. Play starts from 09:30 on Friday and Saturday, and 10:00 on Sunday. Each match consists of four singles rubbers and two doubles rubbers, and will be played on outdoor green clay (with indoor acrylic courts on-site as backup).

Who’s playing?

A number of top British professional players have been nominated including Jack Draper, Liam Broady, Jonny O’Mara, Joe Salisbury, Jack Findel-Hawkins, Lloyd Glasspool, Emily Appleton and Beth Grey.

Men

Ladies

Carisbrooke TC, Leicestershire

Cumberland LTC, Middlesex

Cardiff LTC, Wales

David Lloyd Raynes Park, Surrey

David Lloyd Raynes Park, Surrey

Holcombe Brook SC, Lancashire

Thorpe Bay LTC, Essex

Woodford Wells, Essex

The Roehampton Club, Surrey

Halton TC, Buckinghamshire

West Hants, Dorset

Letchworth, Hertfordshire

Northern LTC, Lancashire

Edgbaston Priory Club, Warwickshire

Sutton T&SC, Surrey

West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire

Who said what?

LTA Team Tennis Tournament Director, Rory McCutcheon

"2019 has been another fantastic year for the competition, with some exceptionally close matches being played up and down the country throughout the season. I can't wait to see the action unfold this weekend in Bournemouth and if last year is anything to go by, we're in for some nail-biting tennis! 

"With a field of top juniors, and current and former professional players taking part, there will be some very exciting match ups - we look forward to welcoming the teams and their fans!"

What happened last year?

In 2018, the men from David Lloyd Raynes Park won the title, while Wilton Tennis Club ladies successfully defended their 2017 trophy to win the event for a record fourth consecutive year. 

Check out how the action played out over the weekend…

New this year... the Paul Hutchins Commitment Award 

Team Tennis - originally known as the National Club League - began in 1993 and was set up by none other than British tennis legend Paul Hutchins. Since 1993, it's gone on to become the biggest team competition in the country. 

Paul was a true hero of tennis in Britain, first as a player, then as a coach, captain, commentator and administrator – dedicating over 50 years of loyal service to the sport. He is also Britain’s longest standing Davis Cup Captain. 

In memory of Paul, who passed away earlier this year, the LTA is introducing the ‘Paul Hutchins Commitment Award’ to recognise individuals who have shown real commitment to Team Tennis. The award will be presented at the draw ceremony on Thursday 5 September.

For this year, the inaugural award-winner will be chosen by a panel made up of colleagues from the LTA Competitions team. 

Fun facts

  • The competition first started in 1993, when it was originally known as the National Club League. Around 800 teams took part in the competition at this time
  • In 2019, 25,000 players (8U - Open) played in the competition
  • In 2019, over 50,000 matches (singles and doubles) were played throughout the season

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