Tennis captain Phil Rudd.

Tennis captain Phil Rudd.

University of Sunderland tennis captain Phil Rudd is confident they can push on for promotion next season.

Andrew Waddell has been one of Sunderland’s best players this season, but is leaving after Christmas. “Losing Andrew is a very big loss, he has been an important player for us this season but hopefully we can cope without him,” said Rudd.

Sunderland are yet to win a league match this season, but the team have struggled for players and both Rudd and Konstantinos Avelos have had injuries.

“On a personal level I haven’t performed as well as I’d hoped this season. But with me and Konstantinos back from injury hopefully we can get some wins and stay safe in the division.

“I would encourage anyone thinking about playing tennis to just give it a go.”