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Tennis: Kent men crowned national champions

PUBLISHED: 16:02 01 August 2019 | UPDATED: 16:02 01 August 2019

Kent's men celebrate their national title (pic Kent LTA)

Kent's men celebrate their national title (pic Kent LTA)

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The Kent men's team were crowned national champions after winning the County Cup Division One competition at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne.

The squad produced high quality tennis throughout the week to remain unbeaten and claim the title, beating Hertfordshire 6-2 on day one, followed by a 6-3 success over Essex.

The third day saw Kent draw with defending champions Suffolk, which proved a must-win clash, and Kent did not disappoint their supporters as they came through 7-2 winners.

Day four saw Kent involved in some very lengthy matches with Middlesex, with one lasting over three hours, and they were 4-2 up when play was abandoned due to thunderstorms.

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Heavy overnight rain meant the match had to be moved to astroturf courts, but Kent kept their focus and went on to secure another 7-2 win.

They eased into an unbeatable 5-0 lead over South Wales in their last match to complete a perfect week.

Kent Ladies were forced to dig deep at the Northern Lawn Tennis Club in Manchester to remain in Division Two.

Beaten 5-4 by Leicestershire on day one, they bounced back to beat Cheshire by the same margin the following day and then saw off Lancashire in similar fashion.

They lost 8-1 to Hampshire & Isle of Wight, though, on day four to set up a must-win match with Norfolk and a 5-4 victory ensured their survival.

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