With three new teams added to the field this year, the Atlantic University Tennis League is prepping to be more competitive and exciting than ever as play sets to commence this upcoming weekend.
The growing league will include defending champions Dalhousie University in addition to Memorial University, University of New Brunswick, Acadia University, and three first-timers in University of Prince Edward Island, St. Mary’s University, and St. Francis Xavier University.
With Dalhousie fielding two teams, a total of eight squads will be in attendance this weekend, November 21-22, at the Cougar Dome in Truro, Nova Scotia for the first event of the season. The schedule will then see the Abony Family Tennis Centre in Fredericton host from January 23-24 before the season culminates in the league championships – referred to as the Nestor Cup – at the Daniel Nestor Tennis Centre in Bedford, Nova Scotia from February 26-28.
The format sees each team feature three men and three women and includes men’s and women’s singles and doubles. Ultimately, as the league grows and the schools see more participants, separate men’s and women’s teams will be fielded as they are already in the other regions across Canada.
Created in 2014, the league has brought a national structure to university tennis in the Atlantic provinces. It has already grown substantially with this year’s three new additions and more players vying to make the teams – Acadia saw 60 athletes try out this year.
University tennis leagues are held throughout Canada, with those regional winners coming together to play for the Canadian University Championships each summer at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. This year’s tournament was played at Aviva Centre in Toronto with York University crowned women’s champions and Laval University clinching the men’s title.