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19 November 2009 | PR 09/162

Loughborough crowned European tennis champions

Loughborough University Men's tennis team

Loughborough University Men's tennis team

Loughborough University men’s tennis team have made British history by winning the European title at the Barclays ECTA Champions League Finals over the weekend (13-15 November).

The quintet of Jony Kinsella, Scott Dickson, Josh Miller, Stuart Searle and Javi Ramos beat number one seeds Rouen of France to become the first ever British side to claim the men’s European University Tennis League title.

Loughborough’s ladies also recorded their best ever result at the grand finale of the annual league competition; reaching the final two but losing out to British rivals Leeds Metropolitan.

“I’m really proud of both teams both on and off the court,” said Loughborough tennis coach John Pankhurst. “Everyone pulled together really well and that showed by them achieving the best ever results from our University tennis teams. 

“To win an event like that is exceptional and for the women to also get to the final is a really great achievement. I’m so pleased with how they all did.”

Both teams left it until late on the Saturday to clinch their spots in their respective finals with both matches being decided on a tiebreak shoot out.

With all sides level after the sixth match, Loughborough’s men overcame Leeds Metropolitan and the women beat Rouen in the third 10-point tie break which was played late into Saturday night.

In Sunday’s finals the men’s team took an early 3-0 lead and, despite losing a thrilling fourth rubber on the third set tie-break, recovered for an historic 4-1 victory.  

Loughborough University Women's tennis team

Loughborough University Women's tennis team

The women were unable to make it a Loughborough double when number one seed Julia Bone withdrew with a chest injury. Emma Magson joined Lucy Fletcher, Zoe Bambridge and Becky Scrivins for the thrilling final which went down to the final match. Loughborough won two of the four singles matches, but Leeds claimed both doubles to score 4-2 for the title.

Loughborough’s students were amongst eight men’s and seven women’s teams representing universities from England, Ireland, Scotland, France and Croatia at this year’s competition held at the Gosling IHPC.

The European Champions League organised by ECTA, supported by British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) – the national organisation for higher education sport – and sponsored by Barclays, offers tennis players the opportunity to study and play in Europe while combining a first-class academic education with high-level competition.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Amanda Overend
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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