Term 2 Week 3
Like every week, week 3 proved to be a fantastic week for tennis all across the globe, as well as at the University of Warwick. Thousands of fans re-lived the mid 2000s with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal going head to head in the Australian Open Final, some say in the biggest match since Argent and Matthews faced each other in the 2016 Summer Tournament.
With a return from the Williams Sisters too, truly a precursor to Saturday’s Dev Squad Friendly tournament with an almost, but just about inferior, match. That’s right, Hattie, Annabel, Ben, and Tom beat four of Birmingham’s best boys in a flash, proving that despite being the only university with its own station in the UK, it can’t claim to have a better tennis team in any way, especially since our two girls beat two of their boys.
Good results all round continued into Wednesday night’s Circle, with Ivan and Jamie leading an intimate, but still very strong outing for Tennis’ most dedicated, even if a few were nursing a severe brain injury from a Smack encounter on Tuesday (Let’s see everyone there post Tour Social shall we?). Standout this week was Hickson, who despite starting off as one of the more timid circlers, has evolved into a higher form, outperforming many on the evening, even taking on a gamble, which may have led to going upside down at one point! Hornsey vs Hornsey pint race also featured.
Friday Night also brought Tennis’ most dedicated few to Leamington, some for their third night with Tennis that week, as we traipsed down the Parade visiting the nicest bars along with Badminton, Squash, and Table Tennis. While Tennis didn’t bring their best numbers, we more than made up for it in vigour.
Social Play took place as always, with Crawford, Goodhart, and Joshi too bringing their strongest tennis and organisational skills to the fray. Despite many many hangovers on Wednesday afternoon, somehow balls still made it over the net, and in some cases they also landed inside of the court. Rumour has it Tour Sec Simmo could barely stand, which leads us to question how he’s going to manage five nights in Magaluf! As always our favourite games were played, with a quality Bluff finale as usual.
Considering the weather, there was also a decent turnout on Thursday as they all braved out the extremely cold weather, which managed to drop as low as -3 by the end! Rumour has it that to heat things up an extremely competitive game of bluff was played, with some left with the backs of their legs stinging from some big serves. Next time, win bluff. Lesson learned.
Matches wise the Men’s 1s saw a split against the top university in Britain. Cambridge hold claim to many things but the ability to beat our men at tennis is not one, even when we have to travel all the way to them! Despite his stature Imran was, to quote our Captain Martin, “huge.” We can only assume that to mean he did not grow in size to play the match, but that his performance was fantastic. Well done to him.
The Women’s 1s also faced off against Cambridge (at home this time), and they also got a split! Cambridge are top of Midlands 1A, and with our girls holding a game in hand definitely puts them in contention to possibly win the league, which would leave to a swift promotion up to Premier! Imran did not play for them, and was not huge. Strong results all around. Proving to us all how hard the work to get such strong results, heres a selfie from fitness instructor Chris at one of their S&C sessions!
Next week is a good one for tennis too, with a social on Tuesday night seeing Tour Goers try their hand at an alternative ball sport, one involving much larger balls indeed, in a return to Tenpin - and a Dead Celebrities Circle on Wednesday, as we hope to mourn the biggest losses to the Human Race by dressing up as them.
A new week begins, and with it more balls, more sport, more victory. Varsity draws ever closer.
The Exec xox