Congratulations to all teams that qualified for what was the most competitive BUCS Big Wednesday Team Tennis finals to date. The event, hosted by the University of Nottingham was a real showcase of the high level of tennis being played around the country in British Universities.
Men and Women’s Championship finals saw a double header between the best Durham University and University of Stirling, as both their first teams played out two equally exhilarating finals, where there was revenge in each respective showdown following the competitive National League campaign from 2017-18.
Durham managed to react to their 2nd placed finish to the league by beating champions Stirling Men 1st 8-4 in the cup final with important wins for Filip Veger and – player of the match – Kirill Sinitsyn in the doubles and team captain Dom Beesley in the singles helping them secure the crown. Dom said on his team’s victory “we are over the moon” and that his BUCS Big Wednesday was “one of the best days he’s had on a tennis court”.
Stirling’s women finished runners-up in the Women’s National League this season but finished the season strong and with silverware, coming through a close battle with Durham 1st on BUCS Big Wednesday. Patricia Skowronski secured the trophy for her side with a gutsy performance against Jessica Ren in the final match of the day. Patricia showed her grit, determination and professionalism to pick herself up after narrowly losing the second set in a tiebreak to Jess to come through the 3rd 6-1 to take the title for her team.
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In the Trophy, Durham University male and female 2nd teams took both finals. The men came through an exhilarating final with Imperial College London 1st by the narrowest of margins. Nothing could separate the two sides in the doubles and singles rubbers as the fixture ended 6-6 and headed into a tiebreak shootout.
In BUCS knockout matches, a fixture finishing 6-6 goes to a shootout where two singles and one doubles match tiebreaks are played to decide the winner. A fantastic atmosphere on courts 3 and 4 late in the day on Wednesday helped Durham’s Henry Parocki and Cameron Lambden through their singles tiebreaks to take the crown in the closest match of the day. In the women’s final University of Bath competed extremely well against Durham as the match went down to the final singles rubber – Alisa Cole narrowly losing to Grace Dixon as Durham University claimed their 3rd title of the day.
It was a relatively quiet fortnight for #UniTennis athletes around the globe due to the heavy recent BUCS Tennis schedule. There was success for Loughborough University alumni Olivia Nicholls – partnered by Alicia Barnett – in Israel as they teamed up to win a $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Ramat Hasharon.
Olivia had great success in her years playing university tennis, winning the national BUCS Individual Championships in 2015 and finishing runner-up in her final year in 2016. She has since gone on to join the ITF Pro Circuit tour focusing predominantly on her doubles play, recently achieving a career high world ranking of 444.
In other news… Loughborough University to host ATP Tour event
Great news coming from Loughborough University last week, as they announced they are to host a new $100,000 ATP Challenger Tour event – 19-27 May 2018 – ahead of the British Tennis grass court season. Read more about this fantastic news here, which highlights the level of world-class facility provision at British universities.
The Tennis Foundation continues to support higher education institutions in enhancing their tennis offer to current and prospective students including the building of some fantastic new facilities. We will delve into this in further detail in an upcoming edition of the #UniTennis Round Up.