University of Bath Tennis Club dominate BUCS

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BUCS Tennis has got off to a great start this season for both the men’s and women’s teams.  With 4 BUCS teams in total (2 men’s and 2 women’s), competing for the top prize is always going to be tough competition. Even tougher when the ladies first, and ladies seconds play in the same division due the exceptional standard of our Bath tennis players.

Week 4 proved this tennis talent to everyone with the men bringing home scores to be proud of. The men’s 2s topped their opponents, Swansea 1s in Tier 1 bringing home a win of 10-2. Good effort boys! The men’s 1s had a more nail biting game against Imperial 1s but managed to hold the score at 6-6 to finish on a draw.

The ladies had a test of team work in week 4 with Bath women’s 1s playing Baths women’s 2s in their premier division. The games were full of skill, agility and most of all determination which brought the women’s 1s home on top, with a final result of 12-0.

Week 5 again brought further success for Bath Tennis with a clean sweep for the both the men’s and women’s teams. Playing against London School of Economics, the men’s 1s won by a compressive 12-0 victory and the women’s 1s followed suit ending their game again with a 12-0 win over Bristol. All in all a successful day!

DSC_0201Week 6 was also saw plenty of Tennis success with the men’s 1s and women’s 1s both claiming 10-2 victories away at Bournemouth and Bristol respectively. With the STV courts being used for the Aegon GB Pro-Series, the men’s 2s team were forced to play their home match against Exeter in Swindon.  The change didn’t affect the team though as they claimed an 8-4 victory.

Last week saw another clean sweep for the club with all four teams claiming victory, the standout results a 12-0 demolition of Cardiff Met 1s by the Bath 2s. These results mean the women’s 1s and men’s 2s are both top of their respective leagues with 100% records and the men’s 1’s are also top after three wins and one draw.

Tennis currently have 16 athletes playing BUCS for Bath which is only the top of what the club have to offer. With 240 members, recreational tennis is by far just as important. These recreational players have a chance to improve their skills on a ladder based programme which enables them to play different members of the club and get some amazing results. These players also receive coaching from the top first team players which adds to their progression and overall club involvement.

Due to the large number of members, the club which describes themselves as a ‘family’ are trying to enter 2 further BUCS teams, one women’s and one men’s, to let the talent from the recreational level flow into the amazing performances that BUCS gets to witness from Bath.

Overall the Tennis Club at Bath is thriving and producing results which hopefully will continue throughout the season. Good luck to all those involved and have a great year to those playing recreationally.

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Michael Powell is the former Sport Editor at bathimpact (2014/15). He covers a variety of University of Bath and TeamBath events, as well as local Bath politics.

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