Holcombe Brook teams prepare for national finals

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HOLCOMBE Brook will bid for glory on two fronts this weekend as both the ladies and men’s teams contest the Aegon National Team Tennis finals in Bournemouth.

The opening rounds of the national competition take place on Friday and Saturday, with the finals on Sunday.

The ladies team, who have won the tournament four times, have the best chance of bringing home silverware.

Although final seeding for the championship will not be decided until today, captain Tony Lawson believes they will be ranked in third place.

They will be headed by Anna Fitzpatrick and Yasmin Clarke, who have identical ratings and, as such, can switch between one and two, with Jessica Ren and Nicola George at three and four.

“Being seeded means we won’t meet the very best teams in the opening round, but there will be no easy games,” said Lawson.

“We would like to avoid Edgbaston Priory if they are not seeded. We have had some tough battles with them in the recent past.”

Lawson said the men’s team was the best the club had ever entered the competition, but remained unsure whether they would be seeded.

With the inclusion of Ashley Hewitt, who will play at one with Simon Roberts now at two, Lawson believes it will be tight between themselves and Bromley for the last seeded place.

Jonny Parkes will play three and Imran Aswat four. Chris Nott and captain Andy Davies will be reserve or doubles players.

Davies said: “If we are not seeded we will be the team everyone wants to avoid.

“These matches are not just about the top players, we are hoping Imran Aswat will be too strong for most players at four.”

Whatever the outcome, the players will look the part as sponsors Butcher & Barlow (Solicitors) have paid for new kit for the prestigious event.

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