This is the 12th edition of the #UniTennis Round Up – the bi-weekly update of news stories within British university tennis. Our latest round up highlights some of the activity of university student tennis players in international-level competition and more.
University of Stirling’s Scott Duncan partnering Connor Berg(USA) wins his first $15k Doubles Futures Event in Belarus!! @SUTC1 @TennisFndation @tennisscotland @SportatStirling @BUCSsport #unitennis #bleedgreen pic.twitter.com/t4vZHk3V82
— Euan Mcginn (@EuanMcginn) August 17, 2018
A huge congratulations to University of Stirling’s Scott Duncan who capped an extremely successful summer of tennis away from university on the ITF Pro Circuit by claiming his first $15K Futures doubles title in Belarus!
Scott, who had a standout 2017-18 university tennis season at both domestic – winning the BUCS National Premier League title – and international – helping the GB University Student team to a historic gold at the BNP Paribas Master’U event in Lille – level, backed up this fantastic result by reclaiming a singles world ranking a week later. In Minsk, he came through qualifying to reach the last 16 eventually losing out to a player with a career high world ranking well inside the top 500!
The summer has seen two further British universities’ athletes reach professional career milestones as University of Bath and Loughborough University number 1-ranked players Ben Jones and George Houghton taste success at ITF Futures level.
— TeamBath MCTA Tennis (@teambathmcta) August 22, 2018
Ben recorded his first ATP ranking point of his career in Minsk with a gutsy win in the round of 32 having come through qualifying before falling in the last 16 to a player with a career high world ranking of 600 in three tight sets. This backed up a previous week’s run to the final of the Irish Open Futures doubles final – a great August for Ben leading into the 2018-19 university season.
George Houghton has spent his August playing Futures-level competition in Portugal where he managed to qualify for the main draw in two of three tournaments. The most recent of which, he defeated two current world-ranked players to reach the last 32 of the main draw, losing to an established pro ranked inside the world’s top 900 players.
Great work from @georgehoughton7 coming through 3 matches in qualifying in the 15k in 🇵🇹 to qualify for main draw! Here’s match point in today’s final round to seal a 6/3 final set win..@LboroSport @TennisFndation @TalentedAthlete @HantsIOWTennis pic.twitter.com/0AtjsA6Uzm
— Loughborough Tennis (@LboroTennis) August 13, 2018
The excellent level of performance shown by these three #unitennis athletes this summer will go a long way in helping them continue to compete at this level in the British Pro Series events that come to the UK in September.
— Loughborough Tennis (@LboroTennis) August 21, 2018
What a brilliant achievement from Loughbrough University alumni Olivia Nicholls who, last week, reached a career high doubles world ranking of 238. This milestone comes as a result of a title-winning 2018 (with four months to go!) as she has four to her name, significantly two at $25k-level. Additionally, this is supported by a fantastic recent run to the final of the ITF $25k Chiswick event with long-time partner Sarah Beth Gray, suffering a tough defeat – 8-10 in the 3rd set match tiebreak.
Read what Olivia had to say about how the British university tennis system supported her to a professional career in tennis here.
#UniTennis at Junior National Tennis Championships 2018
A number of our partnership universities have been promoting their fantastic tennis programmes at British Tennis Junior Nationals at Nottingham Tennis Centre this week.
— NTU Tennis (@NTU_Tennis) August 20, 2018
What a great occasion for the potential university tennis performance players of the future to hear more about the great opportunities available within British university tennis!
— Exeter Student Sport (@UoEStudentSport) August 21, 2018
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