#UniTennis Round Up – Edition 7

#UniTennis Round Up – Edition 7

Loughborough Trophy Challenger

Next week sees the inaugural ATP Challenger Loughborough Trophy tournament, hosted by one of our partnership universities, Loughborough University. It’s great to see one of our fantastic facilities hosting a world-class, professional tennis event where players as high as 100 in the world, including some of Britain’s top talent will compete. Find out more, here!


The 80-strong volunteer workforce for the event includes around 30 Loughborough University students supporting the delivery of what is sure to be a brilliant event.

University of Nottingham and Repton School building university-school relationships

This is great to see from one of our partner universities, University of Nottingham, who played a friendly match against teams from one of the top UK school tennis programs this week. The two faced off in a number of highly competitive matches, allowing the potential future #UniTennis athletes to see and understand the great offer that British universities have for competitive tennis!

#UniTennis recognized at all levels of British tennis & university sport

Congratulations to the University of Nottingham for their regional Education Venue of the Year award, recognised by British Tennis. The award celebrates the university’s excellent contribution to and outstanding achievements within Nottinghamshire tennis at all levels of the education system.

The Tennis Foundation also congratulates all the university tennis clubs that were recognized at their internal university sports awards, including Loughborough University acknowledging the tennis program’s industry-leading coach and volunteer academy and to Leeds Beckett University tennis club for being recognized by their university as the best sports club of the year, for the second year running!

Performance

Team Tennis

Congratulations to Cardiff Metropolitan University who were crowned champions of the National Premier League (NPL) 2018 last week. The NPL competition is played in by the best men’s club doubles players in the country and saw seven different university tennis teams involved – including University College London and Exeter Tennis Centre. Leeds Beckett University performed excellently themselves to reach the national finals. It was also great to see many #UniTennis athletes representing their home club teams.

International

#UniTennis alumna Olivia Nicholls continues to make a splash on the professional circuit, as she and partner Beth Grey reached the final of the ITF $25K event in Monzon (Spain), losing out in a tough third set match-tiebreak. Following the pair’s recent success, they have since moved onto a higher level of competition – taking on the $60K-level event at Saint-Gaudens (France), where the British duo performed exceptionally to reach the quarter-finals.

Current University of Stirling scholar Maia Lumsden has also had success on the ITF Pro Circuit, most recently in Korea. Maia made the quarter-finals in Goyang and the last 16 in Incheon – both $25K-level events – as she aims to break the world’s top 400 singles players!

#UniTennis Twitter takeover

We love seeing all the activity on the #UniTennis hashtag on twitter and instagram. Many universities are doing a great job of telling their club’s story on social media and the hugely diverse program offers within higher education – from performance tennis, to workforce development and disability tennis – all as shown on Cardiff Metropolitan University’s channels. Check them out by clicking on their account below and see all the activity on #UniTennis!