This is the #UniTennis Round Up – Edition 9. This week, we celebrate the announcement from the LTA that two of our universities are to become National Academy venues, as part of the new Performance strategy. There have been some great results for #UniTennis athletes at the professional level of tennis and we look back at this year’s University Team Challenge competition.
LTA Announces 2 British Universities as National Academies
We’re pleased to announce 2 National Academies and 11 Regional Player Development Centres as part of new 10-year vision for performance tennis in Britain!
— British Tennis (@BritishTennis) June 12, 2018
Tremendous news for British universities earlier this week, as British Tennis announced two of our partner universities – University of Stirling and Loughbrough University – as their National Academy venues, recognizing the fantastic development of tennis in the university sector.
THIS. IS. HUGE!!!@lborouniversity has secured a landmark deal with the Lawn Tennis Association 🎾
— Loughborough Sport (@LboroSport) June 12, 2018
This is tremendous news for tennis in Scotland and for the partners involved in the bid
— Tennis Scotland (@tennisscotland) June 12, 2018
In addition to the two National Academies, 11 Regional Player Development Centres have been announced; including that at the University of Bath, home to TeamBath Tennis, as well as MyTennis, who are based out of Nottingham Trent University’s recently developed indoor tennis Centre.
This is fantastic news for university tennis in Britain, as some of the top tennis institutions in the country will play a crucial role in a new seamless player pathway sitting at the heart of the new LTA Performance Strategy. Read more about this announcement from British Tennis here.
Huge congratulations to University of Stirling & GB Universities team member Jonny O’Mara who claimed his third career (second of 2018) ATP Challenger doubles title at Surbiton last week. Continuing from their success at the previous week’s Loughborough Trophy Challenger, O’Mara and Luke Bambridge defeated the world ranked top 50 British pair of Ken & Neal Skupski in the final of the first grass court ATP Challenger event of the season. That brilliant result also lifted Jonny to a career high ranking of 96, breaking the world’s top 100 doubles players for the first time in his career!
— Jonny O’Mara (@Jonny_OMara) June 8, 2018
A solid 2 weeks on the doubles court for current University of Stirling scholar and BUCS Individual Championships 2018 doubles runner-up Scott Duncan on the ITF Futures circuit. Scott made the semi-finals of both of his last two Futures events, in Israel and Turkey, as he looks to surpass his career high doubles world ranking of 711 (current ranking 721) over the summer break from university tennis.
University of Stirling’s Scott Duncan wins through to the semi-finals of Turkey $15k Futures Doubles Event beating the 1st seeds in the process. @TennisFndation @tennisscotland @SportatStirling @BUCSsport @BritishTennis #unitennis #bleedgreen pic.twitter.com/1oP2jpCQ53
— Stir Uni Tennis (@SUTC1) June 7, 2018
Fantastic efforts from University of Sussex and BUCS Individual Championships 2018 singles runner-up Isaac Stoute who has spent the last few weeks competing in ITF Futures events in Harare, Zimbabwe. Isaac finished runner up in the singles event last week, beating two players inside the world’s top 800 en route to the final, where he lost out to a player who had just a month before been ranked inside the world’s top 500. This week, Stoute has had continued success in the singles and significant success in the doubles events in Zimbabwe, reaching the quarterfinals and final respectively.
There has been success on the LTA British Tour for University of Bath’s Ben Jones, who reached the semi-finals of the North Oxford event last week. Ben, who was part of the GB universities team that played the AELTC in a friendly match earlier this year, lost out a tough semifinal against the no.1 seed, eventual winner and current 598 in the world, Jonathan Gray.
We look forward to seeing how all university performance plays get on in various tournaments throughout the summer season, with their time off from university tennis competition!
University Team Challenge 2017/18
The University Team Challenge is a national recreational competition for university students that provides a great opportunity for recreational players to play tennis in a relaxed and informal setting. With the 2017/18 season now at a close, we thought we would look back at this year’s competition.
— University of Portsmouth Tennis Club (@UoPTennis) November 25, 2017
The 2017/18 University Team Challenge has seen over 550 students take part from more than 45 universities throughout the UK.
The competition has seen 30 different Team Challenge events take place, organized by students and staff at individual, which have used a variety of different competition formats, from timed to touch to tiebreak tennis and even one full-blown Davis Cup-style event!
Congratulations to all universities involved in this year’s University Team Challenge competition. Keep your eyes peeled on how to sign up for 2018/19 University Team Challenge, coming soon!
The University of Exeter are recruiting a University Tennis Coordinator! The role will support the tennis club in developing student tennis participation and work closely with the University’s tennis club to support workforce development.
Responsibilities include: raising the profile of tennis at the University, supporting the student club coaching programme and building relationships within the University and other stakeholders to help support the workforce development aspect. This role will also suit a part time postgraduate studying at Exeter University or a graduate wanting to work within different areas of tennis.
For more information and to apply click here.
Want to hear more about the University Tennis Coordinator role, including from a former-Exeter UTC herself? Click here.