Cambridge tennis on a high after thrashing Nottingham

Constantine Markides 30 January 2014

The men’s tennis Blues moved within touching distance of topping the BUCS Division 1A league after they defeated Nottingham 12-0 on Wednesday.

At number one doubles, Tim Prossor (Girton) and Sam Ashcroft (Magdalene) got off to a poor start when they went down an early service break. However, the Light Blues regained their focus and displayed some exquisite touch to wrestle the first set 7-6. The Cambridge duo eliminated any hopes of a Nottingham comeback as they quickly put the match to bed with a 6-2 thumping in the second set.

In the second doubles match, Constantine Markides (Wolfson) and Neil Cordon (Churchill) faced a weak pair. On the back of solid serving and volleying, Cordon and Markides comfortably won 6-1, 6-2.

Taking a commanding 4-0 lead into the singles matches, Prossor extended his unbeaten run this season by winning 6-3, 7-5. He was in his comfort zone throughout the match. Although the second set was closer, he made a crucial service break in the eleventh game of the second set and duly served out the match.

At number two singles, Markides faced an unpredictable and inconsistent Nottingham player. Playing consistent tennis, the Light Blue hardly broke sweat and won 6-1, 6-3.

In the third singles match, Ashcroft held a winning head-to-head record against his opponent. The Light Blue sent strong messages early on with his huge serve and solid returning. The Nottingham player could not offer any resistance and Ashcroft maintained his two-year unbeaten record in BUCS matches by winning 6-2, 6-3.

At number four, the in-form Cordon was far too strong for his opponent. Despite some early negative signs, Neil quickly hit top form to win 6-2, 6-1 and seal an emphatic 12-0 overall win.