DSU’s tennis players – in their own words – are confident they can ‘pull out a win’ against the old enemy in their Varsity fixture.
And having all four first team members in their BUCS league’s top ten players will stand the squad in good stead for the matches at Carisbrooke Tennis Club this Saturday, according to club chair Aaron Macdonald.
He said: “Varsity is what we build up to all year and is the biggest match that we have.
“We’ve laid on extra training sessions and informal matches against one another to ensure we are in peak condition and good form and of course we’re on the infamous drinking ban too.
“It s a fairly inexperienced team this year compared to previous matches, with a fresher – George Bott – playing at number two, who is currently top of the league standings in terms of league wins and Dominic Roe at number four who is in his first full season of tennis.
“He’s a handy little player and has won seven out of nine of his games.
“Then with George Taylor playing at three and then with me at one we have four players in the league’s top ten.”
Despite not being able to field a women’s team this year – and having one less Varsity point available as a consequence – Aaron has set his sights high.
“I am confident we can pull out a win,” he said.
“We are currently seven games unbeaten in the [BUCS] league and consistently performing well, which makes me very excited for the match ahead.
“We have many supporters plus both current and past DMU Tennis members coming to watch the game where year on year we outnumber the University of Leicester support.
“Everyone is welcome, and we are already likely to pack out our side of the tennis ‘bubble’.”
And Aaron’s advice for how you can help #TeamDMU?
He said: “I encourage all students to try and get down to as many games as possible as #TeamDMU needs you!”
The men’s tennis matches take place from 1:00pm on Saturday 12 March at Carisbrooke Tennis Club. Click here for the full list of Varsity fixtures and get behind #TeamDMU.