Introducing the Tennis Foundation’s #UniTennis round up – a new bi-weekly article that will update on all activity in British university tennis!
We’ll cover headline news from universities’ workforce and recreational programmes, and on the court success from the BUCS competition to national and international achievements of the top players in our program, where we focus this first review.
To kick off this edition, we dive into the business end of the BUCS Team Tennis competition, which sees the culmination of leagues in the higher tiers of the programme.
The National League competition completed on 7 February. We already knew our men’s champions – University of Stirling – who secured the title at the BUCS Super Weekend at the National Tennis Centre in January. However, the women’s league officially wrapped up on Wednesday with University of Bath 1st overcoming University of Bristol 1st to complete the fixture list, as Durham University 1st retained their title for the third season in a row.
Elsewhere in the BUCS competition, University of East London 1st team claimed the Premier South title, going the whole season unbeaten and, in doing so, securing a spot in the play-offs for the National League 2018/19 season. Leeds Beckett University 1st and University of East London 1st claimed top spot in their respective corresponding leagues on the women’s side. The winner of their play-off will go into a second play-off for the National League against University of Bristol 1st in term 3.
— UELSports (@UELSports) February 7, 2018
Other standout results through the leagues include five Leeds Beckett titles across men’s and women’s competitions and two Cardiff University men’s tennis teams claiming their respective league top-spots. Many leagues from Tier 1 of the BUCS Tennis Team competition still have loads to play for. Updates from those will follow in future editions so be sure to check them out!
A typical @BUCSsport Wednesday at Leeds Beckett. @AlistairHigham1 @TennisFndation @PRYZMleeds@lea_danny it has your name right and everything now.#Leeds #headingley #unitennis #bucs #bleedpurple #becketttennis pic.twitter.com/OaH7sXR4BN
— Leeds Beckett Tennis (@BeckettTennis) January 25, 2018
If you want to learn more about the BUCS Team Tennis competition, click here.
High performance players involved in the British university tennis system have had a number of successes over the past fortnight. The University of Stirling were the hosts of the LTA British Tour between 22 – 28 January 2018 and had an abundance of home success as University 1st team coach Nicolas Rozensweig claiming the men’s title and 1st team top-ranked player Maia Lumsden beating teammate Ingrid Vojcinakova to the women’s crown. In total, 40% of players that qualified for the main draws of their respective competition competition are currently involved in British university tennis, showing the strength and depth of players and staff in our competitions.
The ITF Pro Circuit arrived in Glasgow on 29 January 2018 with both men’s futures and women’s $25K events running side by side until Sunday finals day. University of Stirling’s Scott Duncan and Nicolas Rosenzweig did well to come through a tough qualifying draw but fell to tough opponents in rounds 1 (6th seed) and 2 (3rd seed) in the men’s main draw respectively. Undoubtedly, the story of the week for British university tennis was the success of Maia Lumsden in the women’s $25K event. Maia beat 3 top 300 world ranked players on her magnificent run to the final, which ended in defeat to a player ranked almost 300 places above her in the world rankings.
— Tennis Scotland (@tennisscotland) February 3, 2018
The ITF Pro Circuit continues its tour of Britain to Loughborough University 05 – 11 February 2018 followed by a Futures event at the Shrewsbury Club week commencing 12 February 2018. See how the players in the British university tennis programme get on in the next edition!
— Maia Lumsden (@maialumsden) February 5, 2018
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