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20 Sep 2007

Wales has won the seniors competition in the Four Nations Tennis Championships in Belfast.

Wales drew with Scotland before scoring big wins over both England and Ireland to take the honours in the adult section.

Rebecca Llewellyn of Barry and Olivia Scarfi of Newport performed exceptionally well, winning all their matches over the three days.

Wales finished a close second in the U12 competition, third in the U14 and fourth in the U18, to be placed joint second overall with England, and narrowly behind overall winners Scotland.

"This was an encouraging performance by Wales," said captain Nick Lawrence, the new national performance manager at Tennis Wales. "The competition was very close, and the players are now more than aware of how vital every point, game and set can be."

In the younger age groups, Llanelli’s Evan Hoyt was among the top performers – winning all his matches in the U12 competition.

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Notes to editors:

Tennis Wales is the national governing body for tennis in Wales, and forms part of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the governing body for the sport in Great Britain.

Membership of tennis clubs in Wales has grown by 40% in the last six years to almost 12,000.

Wales now hosts some 200 tennis tournaments annually – a figure which has doubled in the last three years.

Wales has 115 licensed professional coaches, double the number of five years ago.