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Alex in County Cup Success!




The Tennis Sussex U18 Boys County Cup Team (with Captain Barry Fulcher and Assistant Captain Keelan Oakley) won Division 3a of the County Cup played on the 23rd-25th of February 2018 at David Lloyd Southampton. There were four counties in the division and they all played each other in a league, the counties were: Sussex, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, and Hampshire & Isle of Wight.

On each day Sussex played a fixture against another County. This involved 9 matches (6 singles and 3 doubles). 2 points were awarded to the team winning each fixture. The team that topped the league by the end of the weekend would gain promotion to Division 2 and the team at the bottom would get demoted.

On the first two days Sussex played Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire and won these fixtures 6-3. Alex Fox (who is coached by Nigel at Storrington) won both his doubles, and lost both his singles in these fixtures including one three-hour marathon match in which he had three match points.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight also won both of their fixtures on the first two days. This meant that on the final day they competed against Sussex for promotion; the winner of the fixture would get promoted irrespective of the result between Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire. It was 3-3 after the singles which meant it all came down to the doubles (Alex lost his singles 7-6 (7) 7-6 (7) in another marathon match). Alex and his partner (Jamie Costa) won their doubles to get Sussex 4-3 up, then Alex Hyman and Toby Bloomfield won their doubles match securing promotion for Sussex.

This was Alex’s first County Cup, and after the weekend he said:

“It was my favourite competition so far. Even though I lost all my singles matches I competed my hardest and had two of the longest matches I have ever played in which I had opportunities to win. I was also very happy to be able to win all 3 of my doubles matches having played very well with Jamie who I had not played with before, securing the ties on the first two days and winning a vital match on the promotion tie”.


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