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2020-21 Season Update

Singles Individual Championships

Two qualifying events for the singles championships have taken place - players that qualified from these events (plus those who received direct entry to main draw initially) at Kingsley ITC and Nottingham Trent retain their places in the rescheduled Main Draw. Players who were initially accepted into the rescheduled events (the Western and Scotland Qualifiers) need to re-enter to confirm their place.

Entries for the singles championships event will open on the 13 April 2021. Further information can be found here. 

Bristol Qualifier: The event scheduled for 24-25 April 2021 have now been rescheduled outdoors (due to COVID regulations) to the 22 and 23 May 2021.

Scotland Qualifier: The event scheduled for 10-11 April 2021 have now been rescheduled outdoors (due to COVID regulations) to the 22 and 23 May 2021. 

Main Draw Finals: The main draw finals scheduled for 01-02 May 2021 are postponed due to COVID-19. This event has been rescheduled to the 26 and 27 June 2021 at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Holding the event will be dependant on Government, University, Venue & Lawn Tennis Association advice and guidance in relation to COVID-19. Specifically, guidance relating to the holding of indoor tennis competition involving multiple participants. Currently, the guidance allows us to plan the event with the intention of it being permitted to go ahead. Once the event is confirmed, the guidelines will dictate if indeed the event can go ahead closer to the time, and if so, the form it may take in terms of formats, maximum draw sizes and schedules. 

Doubles Championships

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing difficulties surrounding COVID-19, the following event has been cancelled for the 2020-21 season 

Wheelchair Tennis Championships

This event has been scheduled to take place on the 26-27 June 2021 at Nottingham Tennis Centre 

Leagues and Knockouts

Having reviewed the latest roadmaps of the home nations (with an acknowledgement that this is constantly shifting), BUCS felt it would be possible to deliver some competition in Term Three. An informal league offer was deemed to be the most realistic offer of Term Three, with entries closing on Thursday 1 April.

The Competitions team have completed their assessment of entries into the Term Three Opt-in Competition, and unfortunately are unable to provide an offer due to lack of demand, geographical distances, or competitive imbalances.

Leagues and Knockouts 2021-22 

Team entries for many of our programmes opened on 5 May, with the timelines for these below: 

Wednesday 5 May: Team Entries open on BUCS Play

Wednesday 11 June: Team Entries close on BUCS Play

Friday 25 June: Provisional Leagues & Appendix 2a published for feedback

Friday 16 July: Provisional Leagues & Appendix 2a feedback window closes

Wednesday 28 July: Updated Provisional Leagues & Appendix 2a published 

Friday 13 August: Finalised leagues, knockouts and fixtures live on BUCS Play

Find all the latest on our Return to Play here, along with our FAQs.  

University Internal Competitions

In the 2020-21 season (particularly in Term 1), which is an extraordinary season given current world circumstances, BUCS and the LTA encourage more than ever, University programmes work hard to run their own internal competitions. These should aim to cater for all players in the tennis club, from beginner/social to advanced performance players. The aim is to offer that as much as possible our University players have the opportunity to enjoy competitive tennis. These competitions can be an excellent way to bring all players and the club together. More resources on running internal competitions will be shared with University Tennis Ambassadors and Programmes at the start of term. 

Fast4 Development League

The Fast4 Dev. League is scheduled to commence in Term 2, alongside the BUCS Competitive League Calendar from late Jan to end March. Entries for this league will open on 1st October and close on 1st November. Teams who have previously participated will be contacted by email when entries open on 1st October, or enter by clicking here


Given decisions regarding involvement in the events and leagues mentioned above are complex and vary from institution to institution, we recommend you contact your institution or tennis programme first to get the most up-to-date information on your institutions situation.

For other information on any of the above regarding BUCS Tennis or the 2020-21 season, please contact [email protected]

BUCS Tennis Season (pre COVID-19 for information)

The BUCS league and knockout competitions run from October to March and sees teams play matches every Wednesday across the season.

The pinnacle of BUCS Tennis is the Men's and Women's National Leagues, who play team matches on regular Wednesdays as well as at two showcase Super Weekends. 

Student-athletes can compete internationally, through the GB Students team at the World University Games. Students can qualify through their BUCS league to participate in the European University Student Association (EUSA) Championships. There is also the annual Master'U BNP Paribas event.

For London-based students, the London Universities Sports Leagues (LUSL) also offers more flexible and social league and knockout competitions for men’s and women’s teams. 

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