The University of Lincoln’s Men’s Tennis team suffered a heavy 12-0 defeat by Leicester on Wednesday.
The tie began with two doubles games and it was an unpleasant way to begin for Lincoln. Despite a late resurgence of sorts, Leicester easily dispatched Tom Charter and Gracjan Sen 6-0 6-1.
In the other doubles game it was far more competitive. Oliver Bailey and Jon Selby won their first 6-4, but Leicester rallied back in the second set and won 6-0.
In university tennis the third set is an automatic tie breaker, which Leicester claimed 1-0-6 after getting off to a great start.
However Lincoln could turn it around in the four singles matches and it looked good when when Tom Charter raced into a 4-2 lead after some impressive rallies. However in what was the tale of the day, the Leicester player battled back and won eight straight games, giving him the 6-4 6-0 win.
And it was much the same for other singles players. Gracjan Sen succumbed to a 6-3 6-1 loss while the team president Adas Bamforth also lost 6-1 6-4. Already, the day was lost and Lincoln would continue not to have a win in the league.
Vice-captain Oliver Bailey was determined to to get some points on the board for Lincoln. After losing the first set 6-1, he completely dominated the second to win 6-1 and take it to the tiebreak. However the Leicester player started the tiebreak well and despite battling back, Bailey couldn’t prevent losing 10-7.
Vice Captain Oliver Bailey
“I’m happy with the effort the lads put in. Couldn’t have put any more in 150% from all of them. Came away with a 12-0 loss but that’s the standard this season.”
“I don’t lose easy, that’s the thing with me, I’m like a Spanish matador. I am basically David Ferrer so it’s like a bullfighter in the ring so I know its going to a tie break it’s inevitable.”
“Couldn’t win today bit disappointed with myself but all the other lads played well.”