This weekend saw the final BUCS Individual Championship Regional event taking place in Buckinghamshire. Players came predominantly from universities in London and the Home Counties.
Players studying at universities across the UK compete in five regional tournaments to qualify for the finals next weekend. There were four qualifying spots available for both the men and the women in Bucks this weekend.
Bizarrely, only two players that fly the British flag qualified for the finals next weekend, with six players from five other countries making up the eight qualifiers.
Both British qualifiers came in the Men’s draw, with second seed Lewis Thompson, representing the University of East London, beating classmate Sebastian Kay in the final round to reach the finals. Jared Linzell, the fifth seed and another student from the University of East London, was the other British qualifier, beating Surrey’s John Thornhill in the deciding match.
Top seed Julien Belair from Canada and sixth seed Patrick Eichler from Germany, both also from the University of East London, were the other two male qualifiers.
Brits were shut out in the women’s draw, with all four qualifiers (and, as it happened, the top four seeds) flying the flag for other countries in Europe. Winde Janssens of Belgium, Lauren Wagenaar of Germany, Demi Rodrigues of Portugal and Tatiana Zheleznyak of Russia were the four qualifiers, all four needing just two wins to make the finals next weekend.
In the finals, the most represented university will be the University of Durham, who have five men and five women involved. The University of Bath has seven entrants in total, while Leeds Beckett, Loughborough, East London and Stirling all have six representatives.