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CU Tennis Club to meet the board

February 7, 2011

Members of the Coventry University Tennis Club have been given the opportunity to have their say over the future of their club as they took part in a feedback meeting. The event took place on Friday, January 28 in William Morris building and was chaired by Rob Wills, Sports & Societies Development Manager and by Coventry University Director of Sport, Vince Mayne. The aim of this was not only to inform about the current progress of the club, but also to encourage its members to actively involve in the organization of the society they are part of.

The committee members of the University declared themselves pleased with the way the club is currently managed and regarded the present achievements as a solid ground on which to build in the future. Vince Mayne said: “You’ve done really well so far, we have to make sure we help you keep this going.” However, in order to keep the club on the right track, “it is important that all the Coventry University Tennis Club members be aware of the advantages they have as well as their responsibilities as part of a community”, Coventry University Director of Sport has added.

Coventry University Tennis Club is one of the eight selected Focus Sports within the University, among other sports like football, rugby, hockey or badminton. A Focus Sport Club concentrates on the development of sports practice at a both socially and competitive level, encouraging prospective and already existing members to engage in activities and represent the University in competitions. By paying a membership fee, students have all the facilities provided and several advantages, like financial support for coaching, preferential access to training or marketing support.

Being in the focus of the University as a sports club involves, nevertheless, greater responsibilities and higher expectations. Students must involve both in and off the court, by regularly attending the club meetings, as well as showing a good commitment during training and competition matches. Rob Wells stressed the importance and significance of the statute of Pheonix Team, which Coventry University Tennis Club had earned last year: “Phoenix Team is the pinnacle of University Sport at Coventry. We will be looking at you as the ambassadors of sport, a model for others by showing professionalism and impeccable behavior in everything you do. It is important to create good news stories in order to keep the reputation of the University to a very high level. We offer you in exchange our full support. “

Coventry University Tennis Club is now in its third year of existence and has gathered almost one hundred members. The club includes three men’s teams to play in local competitions, a women’s team and a recreational group, which practices tennis at a social level. It encourages the participation and pleasure of tennis and promotes the practice of this sport at any standard of performance.


UEFA Champions League – Matchday 4 preview

November 4, 2010

We are half way through the group stages of the UEFA Champions League and the battle seems fiercer than ever. Six teams are leading the chase, at the top of their group, for a place in the last-16 and will try to secure the victory which will take them through with two games to spare. Arsenal FC, FC Barcelona, FC Bayern Munchen, Chelsea FC, Real Madrid FC and FC Internazionale are all on the brink of qualifying, while clubs like Bursaspor or Hapoel Tel-Aviv must earn their first points in the competition this year, should they want to get something out of their European campaign. Do expect lots of goals in what should be a thrilling Matchday 4 on the big stage of UEFA Champions League.

Tottenham Hotspurs – FC Internazionale Milano

The Italian Champions and the trophy holders, Internazionale FC should expect a different affair from that which easily brought them three points at San Siro, two weeks ago, against a rather listless English side. Tottenham has managed to score no less than four goals in its last European match at White Hart Lane and this time promises its fans a far more convincing display. The seven-goal thriller in their previous encounter is an indicator of what to expect in this highly anticipated clash.

AC Milan – Real Madrid

In what could easily be the Wembley Final, the competition’s most decorated clubs, AC Milan and Real Madrid FC top the billing on Matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League. With the Spanish side looking to continue their perfect start in Group G and secure a place for the later stages, “The Devils” are trying to consolidate their second position and maybe reopen the battle for the group’s top spot. However, the Italians have the difficult mission of breaking a record for which Jose Mourinho is to be blamed: the first coach in Real Madrid’s history to remain unbeaten in his first 11 games

Shakhtar Donetsk – Arsenal FC

Having been put in the same group with Sporting Braga and Shakhtar Donetsk, Arsenal realized they had tough competition to face. The Portuguese had managed to impress everyone by stylishly securing a place into the group stage after a double win against a more fancied Sevilla side, while the winners of the last edition of the UEFA Cup, in 2008, need no further presentation.

Immediately after the draw, Arsenal’s manager, Arsene Wenger, declared that in order to secure a place in the upper stages, his team needs to rise to the challenge on every match. And so far they did. Six goals against a stunned Braga side, along with the 5-1 sitter at Emirates, against Mircea Lucescu’s Sakhtar Donetsk just confirm the Londoners’ brilliant form and place them among the favorites to gain Champions League glory this year.


In a match counting for group B, Olympique Lyon travel to Benfica, while Hapoel Tel Aviv try to win their first points in Europe this year as they host the German side Schalke 04. Highly expected match in group C, where Valencia take on Rangers, while in group E, a wounded AS Roma team is looking to turn the tide against the Swiss football club FC Basel.


January 15, 2010

Over fifty tennis players from Coventry University Tennis Club have battled yesterday for officially earning a place among the best tennis players in the city, at   “The Warwickshire Health and Racquets Club”.

The tournament was a round-robin, with the first two from each group qualifying for the knock-out phases. In order to make the contest “more fun and fair”, players were then split in three draws regarding their level of play, for everybody to have a chance to win and try to play their best.

The battle was fierce; powerful serves, smashing forehands and strong nerves were the qualities needed for players to win. “I felt extremely stretched. Alexandru Mihalache, draw 3 Champion said. “Everybody played at a high very standard.”

There were many tense moments, with unexpected comebacks. “In my first match from the group stage, I was leading 6-0 at tie-break and I was sure that the victory was sealed. In a blink I found myself being equalized and with the opponent having a match point. This was the moment I realized I really can lose this one, so I focused more and managed to win it in the end “. Alex then concluded: “In the Final I learned from my previous mistakes and didn’t give the opponent any chance at all. Therefore, a 6-0 win.”

 Apparently, there was the Romanian player’s night, as three out of four finals were won by people from this country. Oana Vasilescu, Victor Clipa and Alexandru Mihalache, all were on the winner’s list after easy victories with convincing scores: 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, in the case of Victor. In the women’s Final, Oana, the Romanian 20 year-old defeated Clare Green, while in the third draw, Alex managed to grab the win against Luke Pinks.

The event was organized by the club, with the purpose of “encouraging the participation and pleasure of tennis by promoting, growing and providing it in a both social and competitive environment.”