Welcome to the latest edition of the #UniTennis Round-Up. It has been a busy few weeks and end to the summer for British university tennis’ high performance players. We round up the best of the results below and much more from the world of British university tennis.
National Deaf Tennis Championships
Huge congratulations to Cardiff Met Tennis’ Ewan Allman for his successes last weekend competing in the Tennis Foundation’s National Deaf Tennis Championships at the National Tennis Centre, Roehampton. Ewan made an impressive Championships debut, reaching the men’s singles quarter finals and winning three of his six matches across the weekend.
Ewan, who balances playing national-level competition, training up to 5 days-per-week whilst also studying for a Master’s degree at Cardiff Met, claimed the consolation doubles title with partner Toby Clifton as well as winning the consolation singles!!
— Ewan Allman (@EwanAllman) September 19, 2018
ITF Pro Circuit
September has seen the return of the GB Pro Series Futures events to Nottingham, Roehampton and Barnstaple, where no less than 13 different current and former-#unitennis performance players featured in both qualifying and main draw action. Here are the best bits…
In Nottingham, the standout result of the week was in the doubles competition, where University of Stirling’s Scott Duncan and former-Durham university Jonny Binding lived up to their number one seeding to claim the title. Huge congratulations to the pair, for whom it was their second title at this level of the season, their first together as a team!
University of Stirling’s Scott Duncan and Durham University Alumni Johnny Binding win the Nottingham $15k Futures Doubles Event! Well done boys!! @SUTC1 @tennisscotland @TennisFndation @DULTC #unitennnis @bleedgreen pic.twitter.com/Xt2gVriHgR
— Stir Uni Tennis (@SUTC1) September 14, 2018
Additionally, University of Bath’s Ben Jones, partnered by Billy Harris, also reached the semifinals.
In the singles, Scott Duncan came through a tight first round match up with his doubles partner, Jonny, in three sets to join Imperial College London alumnus Mark Whitehouse in the second round. This would prove the end of the road for both in the singles, as they both came off second best to higher-ranked opponents in round 2.
A Futures event at Roehampton swiftly followed Nottingham, where Whitehouse, currently sitting at a career-high singles world ranking of 847, performed fantastically to reach the semi-finals, losing out to eventual champion Jack Draper. A milestone for Loughborough University’s Michael Shaw in Roehampton, as the 1st year student reached the semifinals of the doubles event and, with this, obtained a world ranking for the very first time. He and partner George Davies gained a great scalp in defeating fellow #unitennis player Ben Jones, partnered by established ITF pro Neil Pauffley (doubles career high ranking 594), in three tight sets in the first round.
Congratulations to @mikes_shaw99 who can now call himself a world ranked doubles player for the 1st time! A nice way to seal the 1st round win with this return… Good luck for the semis of the doubles today! @LboroSport @TalentedAthlete @BritUniTennis pic.twitter.com/JlhSXw7lWR
— Loughborough Tennis (@LboroTennis) September 20, 2018
This week sees the final GB Futures event of September in Barnstaple, where a fantastic 11 players who are studying at British universities make the acceptance list. Make sure to check in with the next edition of the #UniTennis Round Up to see how they get on!
Congratulations to Loughborough University’s George Foster, who won the British Tour event in Nottingham last week. George impressed throughout the week, dropping just one set en route to the title, including a 6-2 7-5 final defeat of Andrew Ponder. Success, too, for University of Nottingham 1st year Manisha Foster on her new home courts, reaching the final of the Women’s Singles as the number one seed without dropping a set. Unfortunately, for Manisha, it wasn’t to be in the final but a great week as her preparations continue for the BUCS tennis season with UoN.
Jonny O’Mara in GB Davis Cup preparations
— Jonny O’Mara (@Jonny_OMara) September 13, 2018
Fantastic to see former Jonny O’Mara – University of Stirling and GB Student Team gold medal winner from the 2018 Master U’ BNP Paribas – joining up with the GB Davis Cup squad for their recent tie against Uzbekistan in Glasgow. Jonny supported the team with their preparations for their World Group play-off match and, shall we say ‘instrumental’ from the bench throughout the weekend’s tie!…
— Tennis Scotland (@tennisscotland) September 14, 2018
Student Workforce – National #StudentTennisNetwork
Please be reminded that the closing date for applications to be a part of the Student Tennis Network for 2019 is this Friday 28 September 2018.
If you would like further information on the program and the opportunities within it, please visit the Student Workforce page on the Tennis Foundation website, here. This is also where you can find details on how to apply to be a part of the Network for the upcoming academic year.
The Tennis Scotland Open Tour returns for 2018!
Following its successful introduction to the British Tennis competition calendar in 2017, the Tennis Scotland Open Tour is back and online entries are still open.
Online entry is now open for the Tennis Scotland Open Tour 2018. The nationwide progressive tournament structure is back for a second year after the fantastic success of the pilot in 2017.
— Tennis Scotland (@tennisscotland) August 29, 2018
The nationwide progressive tournament aims to provide competitive opportunities to all yellow ball players, no matter what age or ability. More than 20% of last year’s competitors were made up of former or current British university tennis students and staff, owing to its open tournament structure and availability to all! 2017 national finalists included players from a wide range of British universities, from University of Stirling to Durham University, University of Leeds to Strathclyde.
If you would like more information on the competition, and to enter, see here.
The University of St Andrews are offering a very exciting position as a full time tennis coach. As well as coaching juniors, adults, students at various levels, the successful candidate will also be assisting in the planning of the university’s programme and running events.
For more information and to apply, click here.