A1 Tennis Academy wins Aegon Team Tennis National Open Final21st July 2014
The Men’s event included some very strong player nominations this year with many of the top players in the country nominated for the Finals. On the opening day of the competition, it was Holcombe Brook Sports Club Men who provided the biggest upset by defeating 3rd seeds David Lloyd Raynes Park 8-0.
Holcombe Brook ran in to defending champions Sutton Tennis & Squash Club in the Semi Finals who proved to be too strong as the Surrey club earned an 8-2 win to advance to the National Open Final for the 3rd consecutive year.
Awaiting Sutton Tennis & Squash Club in the Final was A1 Pharmaceuticals Tennis Academy from Orpington, Kent who overcame top seeds Mackintosh LTC from South Wales in an exciting, high quality semi-final on Saturday afternoon. After splitting the singles rubber 2-2, A1 went on to take both doubles rubbers to book their place in the National Open Final at their first attempt in the National tier of Aegon Team Tennis.
Marcus Willis of A1 Pharmaceuticals Tennis Academy
In Sunday’s Final, A1 started strongly with Toby Martin earning a 6-4 6-4 win over Sutton’s Cameron Norrie at Number 4 singles. However, Jack Carpenter responded for Sutton with a straight sets win at Number 3 singles. The pattern continued at Number 1 and Number 2 singles leaving the match level at 2-2 after singles.
Sutton edged to within one rubber of the title with a win at Number 2 doubles. In one of the matches of the tournament, A1 came through a captivating Number 1 doubles rubber as Matthew Short and Marcus Willis (A1) defeated Josh Goodall and Jathan Malik (Sutton) 6-7 7-6 10-7.
For the 2nd year running the Men’s Final was to be decided by shootout and on this occasion it was A1 who came out triumphant as Matthew Short and Toby Martin earned singles wins in the shootout to claim the National Open title for A1 Tennis Academy for the first time.