A team representing Cardiff Met University has won this year's National Premier League Tennis event - scooping a first for both Wales and a university-based team.
The team at the final consisted of Chris Lewis and Jordan Helyer who both coach at Cardiff Met as well as Craig Evans who is based at a club in Neath and professional player Marcus Willis of Reading who is currently ranked at 390 in the world.
Cardiff Met qualified directly for the finals by finishing top of the South West group. Players involved in this stage of the competition included Cardiff Met students James Rowe, James Haywardd-Browne, Wyn Lewis, Mikey Cox and Mike Castle as well as Cardiff Met Academy players Matt Story, Ricky Hernandez-Tong, Callum Findlay and Matt Lloyd. The top pro in Wales, Josh Milton, also played during the qualifying stages.
The team was seeded 2nd and won through to the final by beating Millfield in the QFs followed by Virgin Active Chiswick in the SFs. In the final they beat the top seeds and the champions of the last two years, Gosling. The match was tied at 1-1 after the first round but Cardiff Met won both of the 2nd round matches to win the match 3-1 and take the title.
Founded in 2002, The National Premier League event is the only domestic club team event to run through the winter season in the UK and is a doubles only event. Over 100 teams around the country enter the group stages and compete in regional divisions to qualify for the finals.
Congratulating the team, Director of Sport at Cardiff Met, Dave Cobner said:
"This is the only team event that Cardiff Met Tennis competes in outside of BUCS and the level at the finals is very high – well above university championship level. With the combination of players drawn from the University, The Tennis Academy and our coaching staff it creates an opportunity for the students involved to gain access to a fantastic experience."