2007 – 2008

Men’s Captain: Matthew Pickles


With former blues captain Mark Carpenter having moved on, little was expected of Queen’s men’s tennis team this year. But the squad’s strength in depth ensured a thrilling run to the Cuppers semi-finals. In the second round, a 9-9 draw with University College led to the match being settled in a play-off a week later, in which Thomas Bowden and James Kelly came from behind to win. A convincing win over Corpus Christi sent Queen’s into the semi-finals, where they lost narrowly to a very strong Exeter team boasting two university second string pairs. Queen’s form in the league was mixed, with losses to New and Wadham counterbalanced by a fine win at Pembroke. Regulars have included Dylan Grainger, Caroline Lawrence, Thomas Bowden, who was approached by the University team after his performance in the semi-finals, Jonty Strachan and next year’s captain, Charles Martin. In women’s tennis a strong new intake bodes well for the future, with Ravic, Durrans, Mountain and Namih bolstering the experienced team Weatherburn, Newnham, Lawrence and Simpson.