County Week 2016

Aegon Summer County Cup 2016

This year's County Week has to go down as one of the Club's events of the year and beyond. It featured a high moment in the history of the club with the visit of The Davis Cup. Enthusiasts were photographed with the trophy and visitors young and old were made to feel welcome by the Avenue members who supervised things so well. Numerous wheel chairs took advantage of the well organised access arrangements.

The tennis was of a very high standard. Several of the players, aged from 16 years up to not very many, can boast international and Wimbledon experience. Some headed off to prepare to for Junior International team matches. The winning team was Hertfordshire. Their first pair, Emily Arbuthnott and Amanda Elliott join the '15-15 club'. They played and won all fifteen matches, albeit surviving several match points in a their 6-2,6-7(5),7-6(5) victory over Hannah Brett and Sophie Drakeford-Lewis of Berkshire. Who would not wish to be in Emily's shoes as she heads off, with a string of high academic achievements, to take up a full tennis scholarship at Stanford University in California? This is Mc Enroe's old 'school' and rated as the top tennis college. He thanks his time as a student there for keeping him, very briefly, out of the limelight.

The weather played an important part in allowing a high standard of play on our beautiful courts set in the lovely surroundings of well kept hedges and our neighbouring elegant buildings and trees. The courts attracted universal praise. Yet again our grounds team have reached a new high.

Avenue members, as ever, played their part, not only in the extensive preparation of various parts of the club and court surrounds each day, but in making the players and their travelling supporters feel welcome.

Things went with a swing starting with the drinks reception on Sunday.

A Tuesday evening BBQ was well received by the teams and members. The Wednesday quiz likewise, with an extremely tight finish, and a hearty buffet supper.

The bar provided outstanding service throughout the week.

The visiting LTA match officials did a great job.

We have repeatedly enjoyed the very best of catering at this event. The quality of the food, the efficiency and charm of the service was of the very highest order. It provides a brilliant opportunity to entertain guests.

The office and service staff, supported at one critical moment by the services of Dynarod, provided an invaluable engine to drive events.

The club is indebted to all who helped and supported in this outstanding event.

The club benefits from a direct £4000 facility fee and other support from the LTA.

A small display of photos is on show in the bar.

Doug Yelland, Avenue County Week Representative.

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Ladies' Doubles

Doug Yelland

County week Representative