“There is no way around hard work, embrace it.” – Roger Federer
Who plays? There are a number of high performing individuals, as well as a large number of novice and intermediate athletes. There are 10 universities currently competing in tennis.
What is there? There is a focus on every ability, from the four men’s and three women’s BUCS leagues, housing some of the best players in the UK, to monthly give-it-a-go days which involve those who don’t quite make the teams and introduces them to fun, competitive tennis.
The seven BUCS tennis leagues are of a very high standard with teams from nine institutions battling it out to be the best student team in Scotland. The best Scottish teams compete in the Premier league and further to that is the National Championships in which Stirling University have won for the past two years. The SSS Tennis Championships were reintroduced and the best Scottish student tennis players can compete in singles and/or doubles for the final trophy of the year while representing their respective universities. Various other tournaments are held throughout the year for all standards of team players such as the Scottish Conference Cup.
For those who don’t quite make the teams or are new to the game there are many opportunities to participate with fun competitions in different venues every month. These vary from timed singles and doubles events, mixed doubles, touch tennis (a new variation on tennis which allows skilful play to flourish on a smaller court) and racketlon (a tournament played over four racket sports). These events are great days out representing your university or college and getting a taster for competitive tennis.
When does all this happen? All the events are generally on the weekends and spaced throughout the course of the academic year.