#UniTennis Round-Up – Edition 16

#UniTennis Round-Up – Edition 16

In this latest edition of the British University Tennis Round-Up, we preview the upcoming BUCS Tennis National League Super Weekend, hosted by the National Tennis Centre, 27 – 28 October 2018.

The first BUCS National League Super Weekend heads to the National Tennis Centre

The BUCS National League is the highest level of higher education team competition, comprising the 12 best male and female university tennis teams in the UK. Fixtures for the National League are split across regular BUCS Wednesday afternoons as well as two centrally hosted Super Weekends. The Super Weekends are a real showcase for British university tennis, where all teams in the league travel to a central location to compete in two BUCS National League fixtures.

On the weekend of 27 – 28 October 2018, the National Tennis Centre will host the first BUCS Super Weekend of the 2018-19 season, featuring rounds 3 and 4 of the National League.

The 2017-18 campaign saw Durham University Women’s 1st make history in claiming their third consecutive National League crown, suffering just one defeat on route to the title.

They have started the 2018-19 season strongly, with two victories from the first two rounds and will be hoping to maintain this form into the Super Weekend. Durham will face tough tests against Loughborough University and University of Bath, both looking to get a second win of the season on the board.

University of Stirling Women’s 1st closed 2017-18 extremely strongly, claiming the BUCS Championship knockout competition as well as a fantastic gold medal on the international stage at the European University Games 2018 in Portugal, from which they will take great confidence back into this year’s domestic league program.

University no. 1 ranked player Maia Lumsden, who currently sits at a career high singles world ranking of 379, will be hoping to lead her team to a first National League title in 2018-19 and looks forward to making a statement in Roehampton:

“I’m really looking forward to it [the Super Weekend]. There’s always a really great atmosphere with all the teams together all weekend”. They will be looking to bounce back from last week’s close defeat to Loughborough by taking maximum points from their fixtures at the NTC against Bath and league debutants Leeds Beckett University.”

The Men’s National League crowned new champions in 2017-18, as Stirling pipped 2015-16 and 2016-17 champions Durham to the title on the final day of the league season!

Stirling have started the 2018-19 with no sign of let up from last season, with two wins from their two opening fixtures. They’ll take on Loughborough and University of East London on Saturday and Sunday respectively, this weekend. East London, who secured promotion to the National League for the first time last season look forward to their first experience of a Super Weekend. Team captain Dylan Gee said:

“It’s an amazing opportunity for UEL men’s first team to play in the National League Super Weekend. We are all very excited to compete with the best universities in the country!”

It’s been a tough start to the season for Durham men’s 1st, who have suffered two consecutive defeats at the hands of Loughborough Men’s 1st. Led by team captain and university top ranked player George Houghton, Loughborough will be keen to maintain their strong start to the year. George said:

“The Loughborough boys are all really excited for the weekend. We’re feeling good after our strong start with 2 new fresher’s and are looking to keep it going. It’s always a great atmosphere with all the teams there [at the Super Weekend] and we really value the extra support of the girl’s team in London, too.”

You can follow all the action from the first BUCS National League Super Weekend live across social media through the official hashtags: #BUCStennis and #unitennis.