Loughborough Alumni


21 Jun 2022

Loughborough tennis contingent set for Wimbledon

Loughborough University will have a large presence at Wimbledon this month as several of its athletes and are set to compete at the major Grand Slam event.

Alumna Olivia Nicholls (Sports Science with Management 2016) received a wildcard entry, ensuring her feature in the Women’s Doubles. Olivia recently made her WTA debut at the 2022 Lyon Open, where the alumna reached the final with her partner Alicia Barnett, who she will be playing with at Wimbledon. The alumna is currently ranked No.4 in the GB doubles women’s rankings.

Six players from the Loughborough University National Tennis Academy (LUNTA) and two others with University links will join Olivia as all eyes turn to the prestigious grass court tournament in SW19. 

In the Ladies Qualifying (21June onwards), Mimi Xu, Ranah Stoiber, and Talia Neilson-Gatenby are all set to play, and will be joined by fellow LUNTA player Given Roach in the Girls Juniors event. 

Luca Pow will feature in the Men’s Qualifying (20 June) and will also form part of the Boys Juniors competition that gets underway on 2 July. Another LUNTA player, Henry Searle, has also been selected to appear in the draw.

Julian Cash and Lloyd Glasspool are also expected to make their mark at the tournament. Cash, a TASS Player/Coach at Loughborough Sport, is set to play in the Men’s Doubles while current student Lloyd Glasspool will also compete in the Men’s Doubles. Glasspool, 28, who is currently studying at the School of Business & Economics on The Loughborough Executive MBA programme, has enjoyed an impressive season so far.  

Lloyd impressed at the French Open last month by reaching the quarter-final stage alongside partner Harri Heliövaara. He also reached the final of the Queen's Club Championships last weekend – the tournament widely recognised as an ideal preparation event for Wimbledon – before being beaten by Croatia pair Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, 6-3, 6-7, 6-10.

The 2022 Wimbledon Championships will begin on Monday 27 June until Sunday 10 July. 

Photo: Ranah Stoiber by Ben Lumley Photography.

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