LTA Summer County Cup
One of the oldest competitions in the annual British domestic sporting calendar takes place next week, celebrating its 125th anniversary, as the LTA Summer County Cup returns with hundreds of tennis players taking to the courts to represent their Counties all across the country, following the cancellation of last year’s event, owing to the pandemic.
First played in 1895, County Week is one of the longest running tournaments in the tennis calendar – with the pandemic meaning that last year was the first time other than during the two World Wars that the competition had not taken place. With the much loved event making a return this year, Monday 19 to Friday 23 July will see 44 counties across seven groups compete at 13 grass court venues up and down the country.
Several household names have competed in the County Cup over the years in a list that includes Andy, Jamie and Judy Murray, Sue Barker, Tim Henman, Dan Evans, Jack Draper, and Harriet Dart, as well as most recently Andrew Castle, who represented Somerset during the 2019 event.
How County Week works
County teams are organised into seven women’s groups and seven men’s groups, with teams for each tie consisting of three doubles pairs. This year will once again see over 200 ties and almost 2,000 rubbers played during the week, as teams from the 44 counties across Great Britain compete to earn promotion and avoid relegation from their respective groups.
Men's Team - Group 6
Avenue Lawn Tennis & Squash Club
Ladies' Team - Group 5
East Dorset LTC