BUCS Individual Champions crowned in Loughborough

BUCS Individual Champions crowned in Loughborough

Image caption: Emma Hurst and Milan Pokrajac BUCS 2016 Individual Champions.

Emma Hurst from the University of Bath and Durham University’s Milan Pokrajac were crowned BUCS Individual Champions following a weekend of intense competition at Loughborough University.

The event attracted a record 446 entries to 5 qualifying draws around the country, with the finals taking place at the start of March.

In the women’s event Hurst faced fellow Great Britain team-mate Olivia Nicholls in the final, clinching the title with an impressive 6-2 6-0 win/ Rounding off a strong season for the University of Bath student who is currently at aa career high of 1147 in the world.

In the men’s competition Durham postgraduate student, Milan Pokrajac saw off defending champion Mark Whitehouse in the final, winning 6-4 6-2. The Canadian Pokrajac, previously world ranked inside the top 500 in the world, played some aggressive tennis on the way to the win over Imperial College London’s number one.

In the women’s doubles, Nicholls gained revenge over Hurst, teaming up with Louise Holtum to represent Loughborough University they defeated the University of Bath pairing of Hurst and Tash Starling 10-7 in a deciding match tie-break.

In the men’s doubles there was more success for Milan Pokrajac who teamed up with Kirill Sinitsyn to take the title.

Alistair Higham, Universities Tennis Manager for the Tennis Foundation said: “It’s great to see the standard rising year on year, as well as our numbers increasing through the 5 qualifying events to a record 446 entries. University tennis continues to thrive and this year was no exception with excellent competition all round.”

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