|April 23, 2016||2015/16|
|The Queen’s Club||5||Win|
|University of Cambridge Men’s 1st||1||Loss|
The Queen’s club was founded in 1886, and was the first home of the Oxbridge tennis Varsity match. The Club is well known for the prestigious grass court tournament taking place just prior to the Wimbledon Championships, Great Britain’s Andy Murray has won this event four times. Arriving in West Kensington, the Cambridge team were ready for some great tennis against tough opposition. The Cambridge team had grown renewed confidence in this fixture with a 4-2 win two years ago and 2-2 draw the year before. The Queen’s team were fielded a strong side wanting to end this run of success.
The pairings for the Cambridge team were as follows:
- Tim Prossor (Girton) and Sam Ashcroft (Magdalene)
- Gerald Wu (Selwyn) and Jack Long-Martinez (Magdalene)
- Alex Cole (Downing) and Sergey Yelnik (Hughes Hall)
The first round saw three close losses for all pairs. Prossor/Ashcroft were up against a strong Queen’s second pair, consisting of a high ranked international ITF seniors player partnering a Loughborough graduate. They were unable to take their chances in the first set and unfortunately were broken in the business end of the second set, losing 7-6 (3) 6-4.
Wu/Long-Martinez fought hard in both sets but again were also ousted in two close sets of tennis. Losing 7-6 (5) 6-4 in a closely contested match with the Queen’s third pair.
Cole/Yelnik were facing a very strong Queen’s club first pair, with a former top 300 ranked professional doubles player and former ITF Seniors doubles number 3. The Cambridge pair were inspired by the occasion and competed well throughout the match, unfortunately losing 6-4 6-3 against very strong opposition.
The second round the Cambridge pairs were set to play their opposite numbers, the team needed 3 wins to salvage a draw. Prossor/Ashcroft had a slow start against the first pair with an early break going against them. They fought hard from a losing position in the second set to unexpectedly take the set to a tiebreak. The Queen’s pair showed their experience to hold off the challenges of the top Cambridge pair, to win 6-2 7-6 (4).
Wu/Long-Martinez struggled to find their form at the start of the match against the 2nd Queen’s pair, with a swift 6-1 first set. The pair regained momentum in the second but it was not enough, leaving the overall score 6-1 6-4 to Queen’s Club.
The Queen’s Club team with an overall 5-1 win over the Cambridge team.
Overall an enjoyable day of doubles at one of the most prestigious tennis venues in the world, granting valuable experience for the Blues to take into the summer season in preparation for Varsity. With thanks to the former Cambridge captain Jonathan Tassell and the rest of the Queen’s players for organising and hosting us.