Department of Sport

Performance Tennis

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Performance Tennis


Tennis players studying at The University of Nottingham join one of the most ambitious set ups in the country. The programme is supported with Tennis Foundation funding, boasts an experienced coaching team and is one of only five universities in the UK to host a TASS player/coach. Frequent team training and individual sessions allow talented young players to drive their game forwards, whilst studying for a degree at a global top 70 university. 

We're proud to partner with the Nottingham Tennis Centre, located adjacent to our University Park Campus, to offer unrivalled training facilities for our student athletes. The venue, which boasts 34 courts total, hosts multiple major tournaments including a WTA Tour and ATP Challenger Event (Nature Valley Open) before Wimbledon.

With several university league titles won in 2017/18, it's an exciting time to join the University of Nottingham team!

Tennis at The University of Nottingham

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Performance coaching

Our Head of Tennis is Matt Wildt, who has led our programme full-time for over six years. A Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Senior Performance Coach, Matt was also named the 2016 Nottinghamshire Coach of the Year at the Aegon British Tennis awards. 

Supporting the programme are fellow coaches Ash Broomhead, Carl Saxby and TASS player/coach Andy Higham.

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Performance training 

  • 6 weekly court sessions (90 min each)
  • 3 weekly strength & conditioning sessions (60min each)
  • options for individual sessions
  • regular performance video analysis 


  • 2017/18 - BUCS North A 3rd place (Men 1)
  • 2017/18 - BUCS North A 4th place (Women 1)
  • 2016/17 - BUCS North A champions (Men 1)
  • 2015/16 - BUCS Midlands 1A champions and promotion to BUCS North A (Men 1)

Performance facilities



Athlete profiles

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William O'Connell

Studied: MSc Communication and Entrepreneurship (Business School)

Tennis background: Team captain for Tennis Fiji. Played two years at the New Mexico Military Institute in the US. 

Top achievements: Winning the Men's Doubles bronze medal at the 2015 Pacific Games representing Tennis Fiji. 

I chose Nottingham based on the connection I made with Matt Wildt and the performance staff here. I knew I'd be part of a team not afraid to set ambitious goals and do everything in its power to achieve them.
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Bernard Cassar Torreggiani

Studying: BSc Biotechnology (School of Biosciences)

Tennis background: Current senior international for Malta, including Davis Cup selection

Top achievements: Selection for the Independent Schools' Tennis Association (ISTA) Wimbledon event

The tennis club at The University of Nottingham is a growing programme with very high profile coaching staff - I love being part of the club family here!

University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000