BUCS will sanction a Great Britain Tennis team to attend the BNP Paribas Master U Championships 2019. The event is in Grenoble, France from 29 November – 1 December 2019.

Nominations are now closed. 

Any athlete who fails to complete the online registration and submit the supporting hard-copy documentation by the deadline may not be considered for selection. This necessitates your university physically stamping a template eligibility form, and being posted to and received by BUCS in the stated timeframe.

Eligibility Criteria

The following criteria are required to be met

  • Students who are currently officially registered as proceeding towards a Level 4 qualification (on the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or equivalent or above*
  • Be a national of the country they represent (therefore hold a full 10 year UK passport)
  • Be at least 18 and no older than 25 years of age on 31 December of the year of the event (i.e. born between 01/01/1994 and 31/12/2001).

Students graduating in 2018 will be eligible to compete in 2019, as former students who have obtained their qualification in the calendar year preceding the event.

See also detailed eligibility information at the end of this document in Appendix 1.

Sports Criteria

The team for the event will consist of 3 men and 3 women. When selecting the team, the BUCS Selection Panel will take into account which players and/or pairings have the highest prospect of contributing to the team medalling.

This may in certain circumstances mean that the highest ranked players are not selected for this event.

Final selection will be at the discretion of the selection panel and will take into account the following criteria:

  1. Whilst it is not a requisite to be eligible for the World University Games in 2021, in the case of a close selection decision, potential will be given to athletes who are currently both eligible and have the potential to medal in the World University Games 2021.
  2. World Ranking (ATP/ WTA/ITF Transition Tour) (singles/ doubles) – it is desirable that athletes will currently hold or previously have held a ATP/WTA ranking for national team seeding purposes
  3. Composition of overall team and potential to medal taking into account singles or doubles*
  4. Previous track record in international team events
  5. LTA open ranking/ NCAA ranking/Universal Tennis Rating (UTR)
  6. Recent performances in ATP/ WTA /ITF /LTA /BUCS or NCAA competition
  7. Availability
  8. Commitment to a full weekly training schedule
  9. Preparation/competitive schedule in the run up to the event

In selecting doubles teams, BUCS recognises that the best partnership on court must be put forward and this may, in exceptional circumstances, mean that the best ranked individual players may not be paired together. In making this decision, the BUCS Selection Panel shall take into account the previous playing record of the proposed doubles team (if applicable, and with particular consideration being given to performance in relevant tournaments/events), and use its expert knowledge to analyse whether the players under consideration have complementary playing styles.

Athletes are reminded that this is a national representative squad, and they should have realistic aspirations to represent their country at a performance level.

Please do NOT submit a speculative nomination if you do not meet these criteria. If in doubt, please contact Alistair.Higham@LTA.org.uk before submitting a nomination

Selection Panel

The appointed Team Manager and Coach will lead the selection panel. The panel is expected to include:

  • Alistair Higham – BUCS GB Team manager
  • Tom Gibbins – LTA Head of Education
  • Barry Scollo  - BUCS GB Team Coach
  • Helen Reesby - BUCS Tennis Sports Advisory Group
  • Matt Wildt  - BUCS Tennis Sports Advisory Group
  • TBC – BUCS Staff Representative

Any appeal against the decision of the selection panel will be only be considered if made in writing by email to GBStudents@bucs.org.uk by the player who is appealing within 24 hours of being informed. No appeals will be considered by third parties including parents of players.


Appendix 1 - Eligibility for World University Competition 2020

FISU Eligibility Regulations

Only the competitors who satisfy the following conditions may take part in a FISU events:

  • students who are currently officially registered as proceeding towards a degree or diploma at the university or similar institute, the status of which is recognised by the appropriate national academic authority of their country (e.g. the Department for Education in the UK); or former students of the institutions mentioned before, who have obtained their academic degree or diploma in the calendar year preceding the event
  • be a national of the country they represent (i.e. hold a full 10 year passport)
  • be at least 18 and no older than 25 years of age on 31 December of the year of the event

Students studying abroad are eligible for selection provided they satisfy the above criteria.

Students attending courses franchised out from a registered institution providing the also conform to the additional eligibility criteria.

BUCS Academic Eligibility Regulations

The minimum level of study has been set at Level 4 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, or equivalent. Level 4 is equivalent to Higher National Certificates (HNC) and Certificates of Higher Education (CertHE). In Scotland this is generally equivalent to Level 7. Please contact BUCS with any queries.

Exemptions to permit the selection of student athletes studying below Level 4 can be considered where:

  1. The student still meets the FISU eligibility regulations
  2. There is no direct financial implication to BUCS
  3. It can be demonstrated that this inclusion encourages additional benefit to Level 4 students

The inclusion of students studying below Level 4 should not be at the expense of a student studying at Level 4 or above.




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