The Men's Blues team start training just before Michaelmas Term gets underway. The Blues squad usually consists of around 10 players, who train together all winter, the final squad of 8 for Varsity being chosen in Trinity Term. The Blues train indoors during the winter at White Horse Leisure Centre in Abingdon and on the grass courts at Iffley Road Sports Ground during the summer under the excellent Abingdon coach Jon Maskens. They also have regular fitness and conditioning sessions each week.
The focus at the start of the year are the BUCS League fixtures against other universities, which run each Wednesday for all of Michaelmas term and the first half of Hilary. The Blues are now in their seventh consecutive year of being in the British Universities' Premier Division, having finished 2nd last year in the strongest finish for several years. After the conclusion of the League, the team plays in the BUCS Cup, where last year the Blues reached the semi-finals, only losing to a strong Durham side.
The Blues play many matches throughout Hilary and Trinity terms against prestigious clubs such as the All England and Charlton. They also attract friendlies against large clubs such as Roehampton and Cumberland as well as strong Senior County teams. All these matches are in preparation for the most important match of the season against Cambridge, The Varsity Match.
Men's Blues Training Times
Men's Blues Winter Training Times 2015/2016
Tuesday 6.45-8.15am Coaching - White Horse Leisuire Tennis Centre
Thursday 2.30-4.00pm Coaching - White Horse Leisuire Tennis Centre
Sunday 2.30-4.00pm Hitting - Iffley Road
Men's Blues Summer Training Times 2014/2015
Monday 5.30-7.00pm Coaching - Iffley Road
Tuesday 6.15-8.00pm Fitness - Iffley Road Track
Wednesday 12.30-2.00pm Coaching - University Parks
Thursday 5.30-7.00pm Fitness - Iffley Road Track
Friday 12.30-2.00pm Coaching - University Parks
BUCS table and fixtures
Click on a team name in the 'Home - Away' column to see the result of each rubber played in a fixture.
|7/11/15||Army||Aldershot Tennis Centre||12pm||W 8-1|
|31/1/16||Town||White Horse Leisure Tennis Centre||10am||W 4-3|
|28/2/16||Old Blues||Roehampton Club||4pm||W 5-4|
|6/3/16||AELTC||AELTC (combined OULTC/CULTC team)||10am||L 0-12|
|15/5/16||Town||North Oxford Lawn Tennis Club||TBC||L 1-8|
|21/5/16||Charlton||Charlton (combined Men's Blues/Penguins team)||TBC||W 5-1|
|4/6/16||International Club of England||North Oxford Lawn Tennis Club||11am||L 2-7|
|11/6/16||Old Blues||Iffley Road||TBC||W 8-1|
|22/6/16||Cumberland Club||Cumberland Club||1pm||cancelled|
|26/6/16||Hertfordshire||University Parks||12pm||L 4-5|
|2-3/7/16||Varsity||Moor Park LTC||TBC||W 11-7|
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