THE North West has claimed a historic victory at the recent NSW tennis teams championships.
Competing for the Wendy Saville Cup, the region's best under-16 players pulled out all the stops to take home the region's first teams trophy in more than 20 years.
The team consisting of Tamworth's Zachery Adams, Inverell's Ben Butler, Gunnedah's Anna Bishop and Lucy Gainsford, the team went through the competition undefeated to bring home the Cup.
North West Tennis president and team manger Jarrod Campbell said the win was "historic for the North West".
"I could be wrong, but in my time involved with Tennis in the North West, this is our first teams Cup win," Campbell said.
"It is certainly our first win at under-16 level, which is fantastic.
"The team put in a great effort throughout the competition and thoroughly deserved the win."
Fresh off an impressive display at the Country Championships in Forster, the regional stars came together for the Davis Cup-style tournament.
"These kinds of teams events are so important for the kids' development," Campbell said.
"The competition is modelled on the Davis Cup, so the team's manger can be out on the court with them to give them advice.
"It enables the kids to learn in a hands-on way and hopefully take what they learn back into their regular singles games."
Campbell said the Cup victory was a reflection of the sport's growing popularity in the region.
"Tennis is certainly growing and hopefully that continues," he said.