Taking place at the North Oxford Lawn Tennis Club this Saturday and Sunday, the 1st and 2nd of July, are the men’s and women’s blues varsity tennis matches! Split over the two days, there are two rounds of singles matches and three rounds of doubles matches.
Captain Jerry Ganendra described the weekend as ‘nail biting’ with a ‘raw, intense, competitive atmosphere’, and filled in some of the details about the tennis team.
How has your season been so far?
Solid. We beat IC and have taken a lot of positive results against county squads as well as the occasional loss that we have learned a lot from. We also got to the BUCS Trophy finals.
What is your favourite Cambridge tennis memory?
Making the BUCs trophy finals this year, beating Loughborough 2s and bath 2s, both of whom are getting promoted from our league and another parallel league.
What was last year’s outcome?
Oxford played better over the weekend and took the win. A lot of tight three set matches where they ground out the win.
How is the team looking this year?
Strong, but will have to work hard to get the win nonetheless.
What are your expectations for this years varsity match?
Quietly confident that the light blues will take the victory. The critical rounds will be the earlier ones, so try to make it down for those.
Jerry is the 2016/2017 Captain of the CULTC Men’s Blues. He has played tennis since the age of 10 and competed in and won national level tournaments in Malaysia, County level tournaments in the UK and Sectional level tournaments in the US. As Captain of Winchester College Tennis, he led the team to the most successful season since WW2. He is confident in the team’s abilities, work ethic and commitment, to retake the Doherty Cup this summer.
Jack is the Vice-Captain of the Blues squad and is in his second year at the university. He has been a keen tennis player for quite some time, and competed frequently in national level competitions as a junior. He has also regularly represented Norfolk at junior level, having played at no. 1 for the 18/u team at County Cup, and has an LTA rating of 3.2. Jack hopes that he can make as big a contribution to 1st team tennis as possible this year and beyond and, of course, is eager to right the terrible wrongs of last year’s Varsity result.
Tim is a veteran of the team, having matriculated at Girton College in 2012, he is now in his 5th year of Medicine. Tim was Men’s Captain in 2014/5. He is currently a 2.2 rating, having been ranked Top 200 in Europe 14&U, Top 8 in GB 16&U and 1000 ITF 18&U. Tim has represented the Dorset Men’s county team since age 15. Tim has represented Oxbridge in Prentice Cup matches in 2014 and 2016. He hopes to help the Light Blues reclaim the Doherty Cup in the coming summer at the Varsity match.
James is a new member of the team, having started at the university this year. He has been playing competitive tennis for some time and as a junior represented Scotland in matches against England, Wales and Ireland. Now, James plays regularly for the West of Scotland county team. In joining the Cambridge team, James hopes to contribute to a successful season and to a victory in the Varsity match.
Michal is a first year member of the team, doing an MPhil in Materials Sciences. He hails from Poland where he was the top player in his district and was a member of the Polish national squad. He was full time until the age of 16. He is keen to contribute to a successful season for the Blues this year, doing whatever he can to help the team win back the Doherty Cup.
Joe is a first year member of the Blues squad and is reading for an MBA. He competed at the NCAA Division I level in the United States for Drexel University playing a combination of first and second singles and doubles. He was selected to Colonial Athletic Association’s All-Conference team in 2007 (doubles) and 2009 (singles). Joe hopes to be a valuable contributor to the 1st team in its quest to win at Varsity.
Martin is a member of the Blues squad and is currently pursuing his postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge. He has been playing tennis for more than a decade now and competed in both national and international tournaments as a junior and adult respectively. He achieved the highest national level in men’s tennis in Germany (LK1), which is the equivalent of an LTA ranking of 1.1. He is very eager to add value to the Blues and is confident that they will capture the win in this year’s Varsity match.
Toni is a fresher reading modern languages who has come into the Blues squad full of enthusiasm. Toni took up the game when he was 4 years old and played at county level for numerous years. Toni continued to play to a high standard before arriving to university, playing for the 1st pair 1st VI of Eton College for 4 years and captaining the team in his last year. Toni is committed to putting in a shift for the team and looks forward with bated breath to play the Varsity match for the first time.