Maxime Noyer (left) and Phil Rudd (right)

Maxime Noyer (left) and Phil Rudd (right)

University of Sunderland’s tennis 1sts drew 3-3 at home to Bradford on Wednesday despite having to concede two matches.

While facing an uphill task from the start due to the absence of captain Phil Rudd, which resulted in the two forfeits, the home side played well throughout and managed to secure a draw to keep their promotion hopes alive.

Andrew Waddell has performed well all season, and quickly took command in his singles match, winning the first set 6-2. The second set was also one way traffic as the Sunderland man won 6-1.

Nick Scott, a stand-in for the missing Rudd, lost his singles match 6-1 6-3. Another comfortable victory followed for Sunderland in the final singles match. The away man battled throughout, but fell to a 6-2 6-0 defeat.

Sunderland also won the doubles match in style, running out 6-2 6-1 winners.

It was a frustrating day for Sunderland, who undoubtedly had the more talented players, but had to accept the draw following the two forfeits.

When asked about their promotion chances, Paddy Horne said: “I think it’s very unlikely, we lost and drew our first two games, so we would have to win ever other game to go up now. Andrew [Waddell] is leaving after Christmas to and were struggling for numbers.”