VARSITY AT A GLANCE

Varsity is the annual two day tennis event played against Cambridge. Here are a few key figures from over the years:

2017

Location: Moor Park Lawn Tennis and Golf Club

Results: Men's 6-15; Women's 11-10

Overall Results

Men's wins: 43 (since 1881)

Women's wins: 13 (since 1946)

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The Men's Varsity Match

The Men's Varsity Match started in 1881, and was won by Oxford. In the years since 1881, the Men's Varsity Match has been played at several venues, including Iffley Road in Oxford, Fenner's in Cambridge, The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, Eastbourne, The Hurlingham Club, The Queen's Club and the National Tennis Centre. The Men's Match was played at Devonshire Park between 1954 and 1963, staged by Eastbourne Borough Council and the Varsity Match returned to Devonshire Park in 2002, being played alongside the professional women's warm-up tournament for Wimbledon. This was the first time the Men's and Women's Varsity Matches shared the same venue. Between 2005 and 2007 the Varsity Matches were played at The Queen's Club, London, and since then have been played at the NTC. In total since 1881 Cambridge have 72 wins and Oxford have 43 wins. There have been 9 ties (up to 1922, the format made it possible to tie) and a solitary washout. Cambridge has the longest run of 13 straight wins between 1975 and 1987. The Varsity Match has 'gone to the wire', with a score of 11-10, nine times. Cambridge triumphed in 6 of those, and Oxford in 3.

The Women's Varsity Match

Taking the same format as the men's competition, the annual varsity match is played over 3 days and a total of 21 matches. Both teams nominate 6 singles players, and up to 2 reserves, who may be substituted in doubles pairings (making teams of a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 8 players). Each player plays 2 singles matches, and each doubles pair plays all 3 of the opposing team's doubles pairs. The women's varsity match has only been played regularly since 1946, and up until 2001 was held alternately in Oxford and Cambridge. In recent years it has been held at the same venue as the men's match at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, and Queen's Club, London. However, in 2008 the match was played at Fenners, Cambridge, over the 25th/26th June. In 2011 the women once again played at the same venue as the men at the NTC, Roehampton.