Holcombe Brook have confirmed their status as one of the most respected names in British tennis with both the men’s and women’s teams reaching the last-eight of the country’s most prestigious event.

Andrew Davies’s team booked their place in the finals of the Aegon Team Tennis Championship when they beat Wrexham in their final qualifying group game on Sunday.

And with the women already having qualified for the three-day tournament, which takes place in Bournemouth next month, the Bury club’s reputation is as strong as ever.

For 28-year-old Davies, who is in his second year as team captain, the success in this year’s competition is a credit to the determination of the players who have been recruited from across the region to play under the club’s banner.

A Holcombe Brook member himself, Davies has developed a strong team unit including Bolton-based duo Rob Morgan and Simon Roberts, Nathan Jones of Oldham, Chris Nott (Preston) and Chris Parks (Southport).

“Unlike in previous years when they were guaranteed match fees, the players have been playing for nothing – in some cases it has cost them money as well as spare time when they have been either practising or competing,” he said.

“They have been a credit to themselves. Financially, they’ve had no help from anyone, but that seems to have generated a strong team spirit. They are simply playing for a £3,000 prize – and that has been driving them on.”

Brook, who beat two Scottish teams – Linlithgow and Stirling University – Nuffield of Hull and Huddersfield-based Thongsbridge while only losing to Northern (Manchester) in their previous qualifying group games, have a proud record in the Aegon Championships, the Lawn Tennis Association’s flagship team tournament.

But while the women are previous winners, the men have never finished higher than fourth.

Davies said: “Holcombe Brook is renowned for attracting very strong national and county players and, over the past 20 years or so, have had a strong reputation in the Aegon tournament.

“People want to play in this competition. It’s the most prestigious club event in the country, because it’s such a good standard of competition with internationals and world-ranked players taking part “Seeing how determined and dedicated our players have been, it’s not surprising they have done so well so far.”

It was a nail-biting finish for the men’s team against Wrexham. They had to beat Wrexham by at least 5-1 to head the group, and when Morgan lost his singles the pressure was on. Nott and Parkes both won in straight sets. Number one Roberts lost the opening set 6-4 but then pulled back to lead 4-1 in the second before the match was moved to Bolton Arena due to rain.

Roberts took the second set 6-2, then cantered to a 6-1 victory in the decider. Davies and Morgan easily won their doubles.

Nott and Roberts won their game 10-5 on a tie-break to wrap up a victory which makes Brook the only club in the country to have both their men’s and ladies’ teams qualify as group winners.