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Silver & Bronze medal for Men’s & Mixed Doubles Tennis at World University Games 11/07/2009

Max Jones (New Mexico) and Dominic Inglot (University of Virginia) secured Great Britain’s 5th World University Games medal in the Men’s Doubles Tennis Final in Belgrade, Serbia today, winning a Silver medal.  Only a few hours past before Inglot teamed up with Sam Murray (Northwestern) for a Semi Final in the Mixed Doubles, and although lost out to Kim and Kim of Korea, returned with a Bronze medal.

Max Jones (New Mexico) and Dominic Inglot (University of Virginia) secured Great Britain’s 5th World University Games medal in the Men’s Doubles Tennis Final in Belgrade, Serbia today, winning a Silver medal.  Only a few hours past before Inglot teamed up with Sam Murray (Northwestern) for a Semi Final in the Mixed Doubles, and although lost out to Kim and Kim of Korea, returned with a Bronze medal.

Max JonesJones and Inglot won 5 matches on their way to the final of the Men’s Doubles, including victories over the 3rd seeds from the Ukraine (in the first round) and the 6th seeds from Australia (in the Quarter Final), before losing out to 2nd seeds Lee & Yi from Chinese Taipei who won the Gold medal in a 6-4, 7-6 victory. 

Jones was the winner of the British Tour in January 2009 and has consistently been ranked inside the top 10 in the NCAA division 1 this year.  Inglot has travelled to Belgrade after winning the NCAA National Championship and is ranked 26 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association this year.

The standard of the tennis competition was very high in Belgrade and the opposition of Yee and Li, from Chinese Taipei, were very strong for the Great British pairing. 

“It is great to win Silver at the World University Games and it has been a great experience.  The opposition in the finals were very tough and the humidity of the day made it hard, but I cannot be disappointed with a Silver medal” said Jones

The calibre of the athletes faced enroute to the Final highlighted the impressive performance from the two athletes.  Ukraine posed a great threat in the first round but was overcome in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.  The Ukraine pairing were seeded 3rd in the draw with their two players, Sergeyyev and Smirnov, ranked inside the top 300 in the ATP rankings.  In the Quarter Final Inglot faced some old rivalry when he met his singles opponent from the NCAA National Final this year, JP Smith (AUS).  Once again Smith ended up on the losing side with a 2-6 7-6(4) 1-0(7). Semi Finalists Spain are known as the clay court specialists, but Great Britain looked impressive and defeated them with a 2-6 7-6(4) 1-0(7) scoreline. 

Only two hours after winning the Silver medal Inglot paired with Murray for their Semi Final Mixed Doubles match with the Korea’s Kim and Kim, but lost out in a third set tie break 4:6, 6:3, 0-1 (3).  Murray, who lost out in the third round of the women’s singles draw, was part of the Team GBR squad who travelled to Bangkok in 2007.  

Medalists with James Andell (Team Manager) and Eve Langley (Team Coach)The route to the Semi Final for Murray and Inglot had also been one that included some extremely talented tennis players.  In the second round they defeated Senica and Jurman from Slovenia 4-6 6-2 1-0(7). Jurman, who studies at London Met, is the 2007 and current Barclays BUCS Individual Men’s Tennis Champion and has dominated UK university men’s tennis for the last three years.   In the Quarter Final they faced Matsukevich and Makarova from Russia, who they defeated on a third set tiebreak 4-6 6-3 1-0(6).  Makarova is a Wimbledon 2009 Quarter Finalist in the women’s doubles competition and is ranked 41st both the WTA singles and doubles rankings.   

Inglot returned to the university village with two medals, the second athlete to win two medals for Team GBR at these Games, following Beth Tweddle’s double Gold in Gymnastics.

 “I am a little disappointed to lose in both matches but to get Silver and Bronze medals after defeating some tough opponents enroute is very satisfying.  Jones and Murray played excellent and I couldn’t have done it without them, I am thrilled for the whole tennis team.  I would like to thank the whole Team GBR for their support at these Games” said Inglot

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