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 cancelled events (the Western and Scotland Qualifiers), will be contacted in early 2021 regarding their entry and the process for transferring to the newly rescheduled dates if desired.
Entries for the singles championships event are now closed. If we open entries for the Western or Scotland qualifiers under a restricted basis, we shall update the website and the event webpage accordingly and can be found here.
Bristol Qualifier: The event scheduled for 7-8 November 2020 did not take place (postponed due to COVID lockdown). This has been rescheduled to 24 and 25 April 2021.
Scotland Qualifier: The event scheduled for 7-8 November 2020 did not take place (postponed due to COVID lockdown), This has been rescheduled for 10 and 11 April 2021.
Main Draw Finals: The main draw finals scheduled for 14-15 November were postponed due to COVID-19. This event has been rescheduled for 01 and 02 May 2021 at Loughborough University.
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.
This event will be scheduled for 2021, most likely in Term 3. More information will be provided as more is known about holding events and tennis activity across the rest of the 2020-21 season.
Wheelchair Tennis Championships
We intend to hold the Wheelchair Tennis Championships in the 2020-21 season, most likely in Term 3.
Leagues and Knockouts
Following the latest UK and Scottish Government announcements, plus the continuing lockdown measures in place across Wales and Northern Ireland, we have revised our delivery plans for Term Two and Three.
The proposed league and knockout programme for 2020-21 has been cancelled. As a result, we won’t be releasing fixtures on Friday 15 January as previously stated.
A consultation on a potential offer for team sports later in Term Two and/or Term Three will now take place.
Find all the latest on our Return to Play here
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.