Ladybirds vs Anglia Ruskin 1sts

11th October 2017

In celebration of today’s victory W2 wrote an acrostic: Today’s match vs ARU 1s was fab Everyone played really well Nobody missed the bus Nice to be home by 3pm In spite of good opponents Straight set wins all round   Results: 1st singles – Yasmin Shah – win 6-3 7-5 2nd singles – Magda Danowska – win 6-0 6-2 3rd singles – Anna Ratcliff – win 6:0 6:0 4th singles – Katharine Curran – win 6:0 6:0 1st doubles – Yasmin&Magda – win 6:0 6:1 2nd doubles – Anna&Katharine – win 6:0 6:0

Men’s Blues vs Loughborough 3rds

11th October 2017

The Men’s Blues have started the season with a comfortable win over Loughborough’s 3rd team away from home. The tie started with two doubles matches, the first of which was won by captain Jack Long-Martinez and vice-captain James Shemilt, 6-2 6-3. While the result of the first match never looked in doubt, at second pair Michal Kaminski and Niklas Kreft, who made his Blues debut, had to save a set point in the first set tiebreak before coming through to take the win 7-6 6-3. These results put Cambridge in a very strong position going into the singles rubbers. On court 1, Shemilt led throughout the match and recorded a 6-2 6-3 win. Kaminski, at 2, overpowered and outmanoeuvred his opponent, winning 6-4 6-4. Playing at number 3, Long-Martinez played in his trademark style, dominating with the serve and rushing the net. His opponent was simply no match and succumbed 6-3 6-4. Finally, Kreft started slowly in his match, losing... read more

CULTC in Monte Carlo

6th October 2017

Rafael Nadal made history this year by winning the Roland Garros for a 10th time. A few weeks before this he won the Monte Carlo ATP Masters event for a 10th time over Ramos-Vinolas. The CULTC team were invited to compete at this spectacular venue, the Monte Carlo Country Club (MCCC), in a European University tennis competition. The HEC Clay Court Challenge, was organised by HEC Paris, with six teams competing for the title: HEC Paris, University of St Gallen, Bocconi University, Trinity College Dublin, Oxford University and the University of Cambridge. The Cambridge team consisted of Kadi Liis Saar, Cassandra Dix, Tim Prossor and Michal Kaminski. Between them they had achieved much success in the Varsity matches, and were hoping to claim victory on the clay. The format of the event involved three teams in each group, with two qualifying for the semi-finals. Each match was best of three: a ladies’ singles, a men’s singles and mixed doubles. The... read more

Varsity Match – Gentlemen

1st July 2017

Varsity 2017 was held at North Oxford Lawn Tennis Club over the weekend of July 1st and 2nd. Of the 8 players on the Cambridge squad, only one had experienced the last Light Blues victory, 2 years ago. This hunger motivated the team both on and off court, committing three early mornings per week, hundreds of hours in the gym and on court, thousands of practice serves and sacrificing many Sunday night Life sessions to the vision. The 18-3 victory by the Grasshoppers in the previous week and wins for all Men’s Varsity teams set the Light Blues up for what would be a very memorable weekend. After arriving in Oxford on Friday night, assessing the courts and eating much more pasta than comfortable, the team retired, dreaming of their matches and the Doherty Cup. The first round of singles kicked off at 11am sharp. Michal smashed through his first match against the Oxford captain Kushal Kansagra 6-3, 6-4. No... read more

Varsity Match – Ladies

1st July 2017

  This year the Varsity match reverted to the classic ‘Home’ and ‘Away’ format due to difficulties securing a neutral venue for the fixture. The North Oxford Lawn Tennis Club proved to be the perfect setting with 6 beautifully kept grass courts available to host both the Men’s and Women’s 1st teams. The Women’s 1st team started slowly with only 1 victory out of 6 in the first round of singles matches. This was followed by 2 rounds of doubles in which both teams played very competitive tennis. Oxford were, however, the best team on the day, clinching wins in some very tight matches to end day 1 with a 10-2 lead. With one round of singles and one round of doubles to play on Day 2 the Cambridge side made it their goal to narrow the scoreline as much as possible. Unfortunately the Oxford team were too strong with all their players performing consistently in both singles and doubles... read more