The grasshoppers headed up into the grey dullness of Loughborough this Wednesday to try and claim their first win of the season. Having just about found the courts, the doubles commenced. Nickhil and Ned kicked off against the first pair with a tight first set which eventually fell 6-4 against them. The Loughborough pair then gained momentum and took the second more comfortably. Meanwhile, Dom and Cam were busy fighting having lost the first set 6-4 after being a break up. Being broken fired them up as they broke back and took it into a tiebreaker. Some solid serving from Loughborough saved them a set point before some classy returning got them the breaker 8-6. The team then went into the singles hungry for revenge as Loughborough revamped their team with fresh legs. At 1, Nickhil fought hard against a very solid opponent eventually losing 6-0 6-2. Ned had lost his first set 6-2 and as his opponent kept finding right shots, he couldn’t find enough ryethm to claim the second, losing it 6-1. Dom faced a very athletic and strong player at 3. In a match dominated by string serves and returns, he lost 6-0 6-0. Finally, Cam was up against a crafty player at 4. Despite lots of opportunities throughout the match and his continuation of the serve and volley game from the doubles match, he lost 6-1 6-1. The scores don’t really reflect the fight given by the team and the quality of tennis which was high from both teams. The Grasshoppers have a lot of positives to take away from this fixture and a few pointers of where we need to improve.