Welcome to our latest edition of our fortnightly #UniTennis round-up!
Student Tennis Network student Kieran Matthews is taking full advantage of the fantastic program, highlighted by his recent successes in running the British Social Challenge recreational tennis event.
Kieran – University Tennis Ambassador at Robert Gordon University – wanted to host a recreational tennis event that brought students from all over Great Britain together. His vision was ignited when talking to other delegates of the Student Tennis Network at its national launch at the National Tennis Centre in January.
— Paul Cummins (@Cummins01Paul) April 4, 2018
The British Social Challenge event in Aberdeen saw 11 teams compete over a weekend of fun and social tennis competition, where 8 universities and colleges were represented, coming from as far as Bristol and Cardiff!
One participant said, “it was the best event I’ve been to in the 5 years of being at university”.
Speaking on his vision for the event moving forward, Kieran said he would like to make the British Social Challenge a staple part of the university tennis calendar, developing it into “an annual event with even more universities from all around the UK getting involved”.
Read more about the event here.
BUCS Individual Championships
After 450 entries and 5 qualifying events, the BUCS Tennis Individual Championships 2018 crowned its men’s and women’s singles and doubles champions at the competition’s national finals in Loughborough 19-22 April.
Reflect on the recent BUCS Individual Championships Finals 2018 here.
#UniTennis in Video
The Tennis Foundation have produced new short films to promote all aspects of the fantastic and diverse tennis offer in higher education in the United Kingdom.
Read more about the thriving university tennis in Great Britain and see the brilliant new films capturing it all here.
Success for Stirling
University of Stirling’s Jonny O’Mara has been having great success on the ATP Challenger Tour since taking his second professional title at the Bergamo Challenger in Italy earlier this year with Scott Clayton. Jonny has been on the road again over the last month, this time with Luke Bambridge. The pair have made 2 semifinal appearances in the US and made the final at the Mexico City Challenger.
— Jonny O’Mara (@Jonny_OMara) April 15, 2018
This has helped O’Mara rise to a career high doubles ranking of 132 in the world as he aims to break the top 100 in 2018 with a busy summer schedule of tournaments in and around the UK!
Jonny is back in action this week, slightly closer to home in the inaugural Glasgow Trophy ATP challenger, where he and Scott Clayton are the top seeds and favourites to take the title.
Scotstun Leisure Centre is where we find more fantastic #UniTennis news two further University of Stirling athletes also reached the quarterfinals! The pair of Scott Duncan – who was part of the gold medal winning GB University Students team at the Master‘U in December – and Kieran Macarty were handed a wildcard into the event and took the opportunity brilliantly with a great run to the last 8 of the competition. They eventually lost out to an experienced Spanish team who have both had career high rankings inside the world’s top 160. A great achievement by the Stirling duo nonetheless!
They’ve only just gone and done it!!!
First win in an ATP Challenger Doubles Event!!! World ranked(17pts!) duo Scott Duncan and Kieran Macarty!!! @BritishTennis @TennisFndation @SportatStirling @ITA_Tennis @ScotlandTennis @SUTC1 @BUCSsport @CathyTyrone #unitennis #bleedgreen pic.twitter.com/XZ9fAcHZyw
— Stir Uni Tennis (@SUTC1) April 30, 2018
Loughborough University alumna Olivia Nicholls has been making waves in the women’s professional game. Over the last two months on the ITF Pro Tour, Nicholls amassed seventeen straight doubles victories, securing four titles with partners Alicia Barnett (2) and Sarah Beth Grey (2). This unstoppable form has seen the 23-year-old rise to a career high doubles ranking of 313 in the world.
— Loughborough Tennis (@LboroTennis) April 23, 2018
Closer to home there was success for Isabelle Hearnshaw and Henry Beesley at the LTA British Tour Newcastle, as they both reached the semi-finals of the women’s and men’s singles competitions respectively.
With a busy summer of tennis ahead in the UK, where many of our #UniTennis athletes will be featuring in the country’s top regional and national tournaments, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for future editions of the #UniTennis Round-Up – the place for all things University Tennis!