Cardiff Metropolitan University enjoyed a hugely successful night at this year's Tennis Wales Awards evening, with players and coaches based at Cardiff Met featuring heavily in many of the award categories.
Chris Lewis, head tennis coach at the university, made a winning start to the evening picking up the prestigious Coach of the Year Award. Chris has enjoyed a fantastic year, with his players achieving notable National, European and international success. Josh Milton achieved a 284 ATP ranking (as defined by the Association of Tennis Professionals). Evan Hoyt moved up from 1200 to 700 ATP ranking and won his first futures titles in Tunisia in 2015.
Matthew Story, ranked No.1 in UK (U16s), No.3 (U18s) in the winter mid-season ratings. He also achieved the title of British National Junior Doubles Champion 2015 and was a singles bronze and doubles silver medallist with Rick Hernandez-Tong in the Commonwealth Youth Games. Ricky, also coached by Chris, was ranked No1 in the UK in the winter ratings for U18s and is currently playing for the University of New Mexico. Rebekah O'Loughlin, was summer season No. 7 (U16s), British Seasonal Leader Board and No.9 (U18s) and is currently ranked No.1 in Wales at Open and under 18s. She also won gold in the girls doubles in the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Matthew Story, who had been based at Cardiff Met for close to a decade before recently continuing his journey at the University of Memphis, won Player of the Year. Matt has had a fantastic year, with achievements including reaching the final of a junior International Tennis Federation event and winning the Great Britain U18 National Doubles title. He was also part of the team that travelled to Samoa with Team Wales to compete in the Commonwealth Youth Games winning a bronze and silver medal. Matt rounded off his incredible year by being crowned the Sport Wales, Carwyn James Sportsman of the Year.
The Team of the Year Award had two Cardiff Met nominees. Firstly, a team representing Cardiff Met University which had won this year's National Premier League Tennis event. This team was captained by Cardiff Met's Head Tennis Coach, Chris Lewis. Players involved during the competition included Cardiff Met students James Rowe, James Hayward- Browne, Wyn Lewis, Mikey Cox and Michael Castle as well as Cardiff Met Academy players Matt Story, Ricky Hernandez-Tong, Callum Findlay and Matt Lloyd. Secondly, Cardiff Met's Director of Tennis, Ellen Jones was nominated for the award as a member of the South Wales Ladies Over 35s Team. The senior team won Group 1 Senior Ladies County Cup held in Eastbourne. This was a fantastic achievement and a first for South Wales. The men's team was pipped at the post with the ladies taking the award on this occasion.
The evening showcased another year of high profile success for Cardiff Met in Welsh tennis and promises a bright future for Cardiff Met Tennis.