Week 8 was a big one for the club, featuring the notorious ‘Old Boys weekend’.
It was also ‘This Girl Can’ week, highlighting the aims for gender equality in sport! Various clubs put on different activities throughout the week to get people involved, and some female members of the club decided to join in the 100-catch challenge on the piazza. Well done to everyone who took part!
Social play on Wednesday featured some unbelievable skills and even more unbelievable chat for everyone to enjoy. Come down to the Westwood courts every Wednesday 1:30-3:30 and Sunday 2:30 – 4:00 for more chilled tennis. Circle in the evening was a chance for everyone to practice for the big one on Saturday. With the theme being Families, first years were babies, second years were mid-life crisis, third years were grandparents and fourth years were pets. Clement and Arjun’s attempts to start chants were described as ‘inspirational’ by some and ‘a bit cringe’ by others.
The Women’s team continued their impressive start to the season by absolutely demolishing De Montfort in the cup, not even dropping a game in the process (may or may not have been thanks to a walkover). As for the guys, the 1s won against Glasgow 1s 8-4 in the cup. Notable performances included wins from Vlad, Martin and Lewis whilst Imran was coasting his way to victory before having to abandon due to court time running out. The Men’s 2s lost an unbelievably close shootout against Leeds Beckett 3s and the Mens 3s smashed Coventry 1’s 10-2, also in the cup, showing absolutely no mercy.
Friday saw the return of everyone’s favourite radio show, Rawger Federaw. After a three-week absence, the show returned with a bang. Keeping in with the theme of ‘This Girl Can’, Abbie Smart and Tess Askins provided their thoughts as guests, with a wonderful story about the girls toilets in the copper rooms on a Wednesday. Congrats to Abbie Smart for winning a very controversial game of ‘no more tennis’ – her detailed knowledge of Tess’ life proving to be the difference. If for some reason you didn’t get a chance to listen, the podcast is now up on the Facebook page.
The first official event of the Old Boys weekend was a club meal at Voujon Bari, featuring big catch ups and endless naan bread. Kelseys followed and I’m reliably informed that everyone enjoyed themselves. Two of Warwick Tennis’ favourite graduates, Connor and Ollie, took home the prizes from the mini-tennis tournament on Saturday, showing that mini-tennis is just bluff with soft balls.
The highlight of the weekend was circle and Skool Dayz on the Saturday. Despite the unusual location within the copper rooms and the fact that the circle did not even in the slightest resemble a circle, the Old Boys of UWTC showed us what we’re missing with a typically rowdy display. Marcus was one of the main focuses of rowdy corner and even decided to spice things up a bit by doing a sneeze pint halfway through, as well as a shirtless double shoe pint. ‘Baaaadaaalooooonaaaa’ was sung a ridiculous number of times, purple angels happened and as per usual Tennis got some very dodgy looks from other circles after gecko master. What happened in the four hours after circle I’m not too sure about, but according to other members, it was exactly what you’d expect. Sunday social play was a chance to reminisce about the night before and complain about hangovers – some more than others (looking at you James Kraven).
See you all next week !!