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Tennis scholars the Masters in Lille

7 December 2017
Jonny O'Mara holds the coveted BNP Paribas Master'U trophy aloft whilst Stirling teammates Scott Duncan and Maia Lumsden (3rd and 4th from right) join in the Team GB celebrations.

Jonny O'Mara holds the coveted BNP Paribas Master'U trophy aloft whilst Stirling teammates Scott Duncan and Maia Lumsden (3rd and 4th from right) join in the Team GB celebrations.

Three University of Stirling tennis scholars have won the 'the world event of university tennis' with Team GB after defeating the USA in the final of the BNP Paribas Master'U in Lille.

Scott Duncan, Maia Lumsden and Jonny O’Mara were part of the first ever group of British players to bring home the gold after their victory at the Ligue des Flandres de Tennis. The win shows the continuing improvement within UK university tennis with Team GB superseding its bronze from 2016 and previous World University Games medals.

It was a dominant display from start to finish from the Brits as they defeated Ireland 6-1 and China 7-0 in the earlier rounds before going on the defeat USA, who were going for their seventh consecutive title, 4-2 in an intense final.

Commenting on the event, MSc Psychology of Sport student, Duncan, said: “I really enjoyed the weekend and felt the team atmosphere and spirit provided a great platform for us all to play our best tennis. I’m absolutely delighted to get the gold medal and help make history!”

Sport Studies student, Lumsden, who is enjoying a rich vein of form both on the singles and doubles circuits, added: “It’s been an amazing few days with unforgettable experiences on and off the court.”

O’Mara, who is in his first year of a Sport Studies degree, was also ecstatic to represent his country and come away with the result. He said: “It's been an incredible few days with some special moments and really great to share the win with the team.”

The Stirling trio were joined by Philippa Horn and Emma Hurst from the University of Bath as well as University of North Florida athlete, Jack Findel-Hawkins.

Speaking at the event, Universities Manager at the Tennis Foundation and proud Team Captain of the Great Britain Master’U team in France, Alistair Higham, said:  "It was an incredible day with the whole team contributing to a magnificent victory. Defeating the USA team with the best of the US College system including former US Open Champion and their No.1 ranked girl and No.1 ranked boy was very special. The team spirit we have is second to none and the players found levels of performance and mental strength required to defeat the champions of six years in a row. This has been the result of a lot of hard work and investment behind the scenes from the Tennis Foundation for the past six years.”

The Tennis Foundation is Great Britain’s leading tennis charity, supporting University tennis via numerous methods including: generating the future tennis workforce; providing support to get more students playing tennis; offering enhanced support for institutions engaged in a broader programme of tennis provision and supporting the sharp end of performance.

Visit the Tennis Foundation’s website to find out more about its involvement in UK university sport.