At MUTC, we are always working towards creating and maintaining competitions that are challenging and fun. We've got a variety of events at different levels of tennis to cater to everyone. Check out what we do below! If you have any ideas that you would like us to consider, don't be afraid to shoot us an email!
Social Doubles is a competition that runs every year at MUTC. The competition aligns with the university semesters and is played in a team format. Semester 1 and 2 are separate competitions that both last around 8-10 weeks, with each team playing once a week. All players who enter this competition are graded and placed in appropriate levels in an intermediate or advanced section. Players are put into teams of 5-6 members and compete against other teams in a round-robin format. Each team has a captain and a rotating roster where 6 sets are played per round. Whilst this is a competition, the objective is to keep a fun and engaging environment with great sportsmanship amongst all players and to make friends with fellow club members.
Social Singles is a similar competition to Social Doubles, but is run in Singles format. This means that players will not have a team, but rather, play solo against other players in the same draw in a round-robin format. Players who enter this competition are also graded and put into a draw of their own skill level. The objective of this competition is also to have fun, however, there is a slightly more competitive edge since players will be clashing against others on their own. This competition is suitable for those who would like to improve their singles game.
UTR Powered by Oracle is a global rating system that promotes fair and competitive play across the tennis world. All players, regardless of age, gender, geography or skill level, are rated on the same scale between 1 and 16.50 based on actual match results. Melbourne University Tennis Club is partnering with UTR providers to bring these amazing tournaments to you at the convenience of our local courts. UTR tournaments will be catering for all levels from social to national.
These events will be played in varying formats where all players will be guaranteed at least 2 matches in a tournament style format. UTR provides a real-time view of a player’s true skill level. Having a UTR enables you to track your progress, find level-based play, and expand your tennis network to play with people across age, gender and tennis skill.
MUTC Club Championships is where players can write Melbourne University Tennis Club history. The Club Championships standard begins at an intermediate level and goes up to the advanced/elite level. All players are guaranteed at least 2 matches with a main and consolation draw available. Players who win the events get their names etched in our MUTC board and receive some valuable prizes! Events covered are usually Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men’s and Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles, with different grade categories to cater to the levels mentioned above.
State Level Competitions
Pennant is a competition where Melbourne Uni Tennis Club plays against other clubs in the state of Victoria to try and bring home the title of State Champions. MUTC usually takes part in the winter season, which starts at the end of April and ends with finals at the end of August, with matches being played weekly. This is a high-commitment competition where all players are graded and entered into appropriate teams. The teams then represent MUTC as they play against other clubs. Sectional, regional, and state finals are played at the end of the season, followed by the crowning of the State Champions. Pennant skill levels start at advanced players and range all the way up to elite-level players.
University National Championships
Pac National Championships
Pac Intervarsity National Tennis Competition is UniSport Australia’s newest intervarsity competition and involves Australia’s biggest and best Universities playing each other in March. Matches are played in a home-and-away fixture, with interstate travel needed, culminating in a final round in Brisbane for the title.
All Pac players are representatives for the University and are held to the highest standard of competition. This is an exciting opportunity for selected student-athletes to be at the forefront of a new frontier in intervarsity sport in this mini US-college style program. Pac players minimum level is equivalent to Grade 2 Pennant or higher, Australian National Ranking of 200 or higher and/or UTR of +7 for females & +10 for males. All players are graded and a team of 6 gets the exciting opportunity and access to Elite Athlete perks at the University.
UniSports National University Games
The UniGames is the pinnacle of Australian University sport where the best of the best compete in the Gold Coast over an intense one week round-robin and knockout event. Melbourne University was the crowned tennis champion in the 2018 UniGames in both the Men’s and Women’s events, creating history as the first-ever university to achieve this incredible feat. In 2019, this feat was almost repeated, where both our teams came to a close runner-up.
Just as in the Pac, there is a grading process where we choose the best male and female players to form a squad to represent the University. The squad will be part of the Elite Athlete Program at Melbourne Uni and are held to the highest standards with coaching, fitness, and physiotherapy being part of this amazing program. Grading begins with players minimum level equivalent to Grade 2 Pennant or higher, Australian National Ranking of 200 or higher, and/or UTR of +7 for females & +10 for males.
Players who are chosen on the team have a rigorous training schedule lead by University Tennis Academy. Training is weekly with fitness sessions and physiotherapy involved to get the best preparation for the championships. During the competition, players will partake in a week-long battle, in the sunny climate of Queensland, against other qualified universities, for the title of National Champions.