Welcome to our round-up of all things #UniTennis! In this week’s edition, we delve into the magic of the BUCS cup! Rounding up the results from a busy week of knockout action throughout the competitions across the country. We will also look further afield as British university tennis players achieve some great results on the international stage.
The BUCS Team Tennis Knockout Competition is now underway! The competition is split into seven mini competitions – two national (Championship and Trophy) and five regional (Conference Cup) tournaments. The best university tennis 1st teams in the National and Premier Leagues of the BUCS league structure qualify for the Championship. The remaining teams in the Premier League and all teams in Tier 1 of the structure are eligible for the Trophy knockout competition. The finals of these competitions are played at a centralized location on the same day alongside over 50 finals from 13 other BUCS sports at BUCS Big Wednesday. This year, the event is hosted by University of Nottingham on 21 March 2018 – we will have plenty of coverage so keep your eyes peeled!
#BUCSBigWednesday | 2 weeks to go until the nations best university athletes descend on Nottingham for an action-packed day of sport
— BUCS (@BUCSsport) March 7, 2018
In the Championship, it was double success for University of Stirling as both their men’s and women’s 1st teams progressed to the finals in Nottingham with tight wins in highly competitive matches against Loughborough University Men’s 1st and University of Bath Women’s 1st respectively. With both teams playing at home, Stirling put on a show! The tennis club invited local schools to spectate and volunteer to support the running of the event, including helping score for some of the best university tennis players in the country…
Well done University of Stirling and Beaconhurst School for a great day! @beaconhurst @TennisFndation @StirUni @SportatStirling @BritishTennis @BritishTennis @tennisscotland @Stir_Sports #BleedGreen #UniTennis pic.twitter.com/YTNPg67EwT
— Stirling Uni Tennis (@SUTC1) March 7, 2018
Other Championship semi-finals were unfortunate fallers to the Beast from the East! Durham University Men’s and Women’s 1st teams will take on Bath Men’s and University of Exeter Women’s 1st teams next Wednesday for a place at BUCS Big Wednesday in the final of the Championship.
In the Trophy competition, Imperial College London Men’s 1st nudged past UCL Men’s 1st in an extremely close encounter to book their place in the final. They will face the winner of Durham Men’s 2nd and Leeds Beckett University Men’s 2nd, postponed due to the weather. On the women’s side, next week sees Durham 2nd host Loughborough 2nd and Bath 2nd host Nottingham 3rd to decide who will complete the BUCS Big Wednesday line-up.
Teams in tier 2 and below of the BUCS league structure qualify for regional Conference Cup knockout competitions, where finals are played independently from BUCS Big Wednesday, at regionalized centres. Numerous Conference Cup competitions have crowned their winners this week – we look into these successes across the country.
#BUCSConfCup | The pinnacle of the BUCS calendar for many, it’s Conference Cup Finals day
Good luck to all teams competing and a special thanks to all our host institutions pic.twitter.com/nH3ikoletX
— BUCS (@BUCSsport) March 7, 2018
Congratulations to Leeds Beckett Men’s 4th team who claimed the Northern competition with a narrow victory against Northumbria University 1st and to Loughborough Men’s 4th, who are the 2017-18 champions in the midlands, coming out on top against Nottingham Trent University 1st on home turf. The Western Conference Cup winners were Exeter 3rd and University of Southampton 1st in the men’s and women’s competitions respectively. University of East London Men’s 2nd were victorious in the South Eastern final against Imperial 2nd whilst we can be sure that the Women’s winners will be from King’s College London. We will have to see which out of their 1st and 2nd team comes out on top in the next edition! The same applies in Scotland, where finals are scheduled for 21 March.
Huge congratulations to University of Stirling’s Jonny O’Mara, who has claimed his first ATP Challenger title of the year in Bergamo, Italy. Jonny – currently ranked at a career high doubles ranking of 150 in the world – and partner Scott Clayton came from a set down to take the title, their second as a team at ATP Challenger level.
There was also international success for University of Stirling scholar Scott Duncan and Durham University alumnus Jonny Binding as they teamed up in Tunisia. The pair put in a great effort to beat a strong South American team in the semi-finals but fell just short in the final against a higher ranked pair – both in the top 800 in the world – from France. Both Brits currently hold career high doubles rankings and we anticipate further successes from them on the Pro Circuit throughout the year.