Tennis aces scoop series of awards

Dom Beesley (front left) celebrates.
Dom Beesley (front left) celebrates.

Boston Tennis Club’s Dom Beesley was left beaming from ear-to-ear after leading his Durham University team to the Championship title at BUCS Big Wednesday.

Taking place at the University of Bath, the event saw hundreds of students from 14 sports descend on the West Country for an action-packed day of sport.

The event marked the culmination of this season’s team sport competitions, with teams from more than 800 leagues having battled it out for a berth in the season finale.

Durham eased to an 8-2 victory over the University of Stirling, with Beesley, 21, triumphing in straight sets in the men’s singles.

And while the competition proved stronger than the scoreline suggested, Beesley couldn’t have been more thrilled.

“It’s an unreal feeling having won it, we went in as favourites but we have some really close matches with Stirling University in the past, so we knew it would be tough,” he said.

Remarkably, Beesley has gone unbeaten throughout his university career on court, winning all 37 singles ties he has played wearing the purple of Durham.

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for Higher Education (HE) sport in the UK, organising leagues and competitions for more than 150 institutions across 52 different sports.

BUCS has over 800 leagues across the country, with BUCS Big Wednesday the culmination for premier divisions each year.

Boston Tennis Club members were among the winners at the Lincolnshire Tennis Annual Awards and Aegon British Tennis Awardson Saturday night.

At Lincoln’s Showroom, Lucy Hull, Henry Beesley and the Boston Community Tennis Partnership all received accolades for successes that year.

Lucy won titles at the Lincolnshire Junior County Closed Championships above her own age group while Henry played some impressive tennis in tournaments around the country and claimed some excellent results.

The Boston Community Partnership, in existence for 20 years, introduces people to tennis through Open Days and free taster sessions.

Many Boston teams received trophies on Saturday evening for Lincolnshire Slazenger Doubles League success in 2016 – Boston Ladies, the league champions for the second successive year - and Boston Ladies 2, Boston Ladies 4 and Boston Men 3.

There was a clean sweep of the youngest age groups when Boston Tennis Club won all three age groups this winter in the Lincolnshire Mini Tennis Winter League.

This was a repeat of the summer Aegon Team Tennis winners with Boston winning at eight and under, nine and under and 10 and under.

The girls’ under 12 B team won their division, as did the 14 and 16 and unders and the Mens’ Third team.

This winter the Boston Ladies’ Seconds won the second division of the Senior Winter League.

There were numerous Boston Tennis Club winners in the Lincolnshire Autumn League.