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2022-23 Season Update

Singles Individual Championships
The BUCS Tennis Individual Championships is the single biggest individual-based tennis competition in British university tennis. The competition is comprised of 5 regional singles qualifying events followed by national finals for singles, doubles and wheelchair events.

Midlands Qualifier: 11 -12 February, Nottingham Trent University

Northern Qualifier: 18- 19 February, Leeds Beckett University 

South Eastern Qualifier: 25 - 26 February, BUCKS Indoor Tennis Centre 

Western Qualifier: 4 - 5 March, Coombe Dingle 

Scotland Qualifier: 4-5 March, Stirling University 

Finals: 17 - 19 March, Loughborough University 

Doubles Championships: 19 - 20 November, Shrewsbury Tennis Club 

Leagues and Knockouts 2022-23 

Monday11 April 

Team Entries open on BUCS Play 

Friday 06 May 

Team Entries close on BUCS Play 

Wednesday 01 June 

Provisional Leagues & Appendix 2a published for feedback 

Friday 24 June 

Provisional Leagues & Appendix 2a feedback window closes 

Knockout Opt-Out Window Closes 

Wednesday 29 June 

Updated Provisional Leagues & Appendix 2a published 

Friday 22 July 

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 2022-23 season (particularly in Term 1), 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. 

BUCS Fast4 

For the 2022-23 season the bottom tier of each conference will be played in FAST4 format. There will be no LTA FAST4 development league this year.

FAST4 Tennis provides a simple, exciting way of speeding up a conventional tennis match. The fundamentals of tennis remain the same, but there are four rules that ensure matches are fast, competitive, exciting and can be completed in a reasonable period of time meaning your court booking time and cost will be reduced

  • First to 4 games win
  • Tiebreaker at 3 games all
  • Match tiebreak at 1 set all
  • No ad scoring

Entries open for new FAST4 teams: 27 June 

Entries close for new FAST4 teams: 23 September. 

Please note this is for new fast4 teams only  


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 2022-23 season, please contact [email protected]

BUCS Tennis Season

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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