DS Sessions at Indoor Centre

Totally Tennis has teamed up with DSActive, a programme run by the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA), to provide opportunities for children with Down’s Syndrome to play tennis at the indoor centre.

This sessions, run during term time, take place on Sunday mornings with coach Dom and the group young players between the ages of 10-18 years learn the basic strokes and tactics of tennis as well as developing agility, balance and coordination.

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Head Coach James McIntosh said “It’s great to see so many smiling faces and the players enjoying their sessions. He’d added, “Since they have started we have seen a significant improvement in developing their co-ordination skills and their ability to rally with the coach.”

As well as the DS session’s Totally Tennis offers coaching specifically designed for players with disabilities as part of the club’s community programme. The coaches have many aids to help children with disabilities along with fun games and drills to aid learning.

October in Pictures

IMG_3128Coach Liam Hignett won the LTA British Tour Exeter Open Mens Singles title 

IMG_3101Head coach James Mcintosh ran the Oxford Half Marathon

4f76318e-dd7f-494c-b4f0-8835764bd3e0The latest Adult Course graduates

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Hayden Cummings won the 12 & under Boys singles title at the Portsmouth Tennis Centre Winter County Tournament 

956525df-d8b4-4134-83d4-a05e9e450ef7Red and Orange TT Tour5f4983ec-3506-4891-8385-16460d64b2a9IMG_3467Aaron Dawson won the 16 & U Boys singles title at Birchwood Junior & Senior Open

1B927363-7C9A-404F-9F0C-9E906DA3195DOctober Half Term Tennis CampsIMG_3470Coach Liam captained the Hampshire & IOW 9 & U team to victory at the West Hants Club

8e777b9b-bbd2-4649-b7b7-9a1748e65980Meet performance player and assistant coach Harry Feast  – read more about all the coaching team HERE

Halloween victory for Dawson in Cheshire

Totally Tennis performance player Aaron Dawson won the 16 & under Boys singles title at the Birchwood Junior & Senior Open held at Birchwood Leisure & Tennis Complex in Cheshire on halloween.

img_3467.jpegAfter a bye in the first round, second seed Dawson beat Harry Lumb in the quarters 6-2, 6-0 and fourth seed James Ashworth in a three set semi-final match 7-6(4), 2-6, 1-0(7). In the final he defeated third seed Edward Appleyard (who defeated top seed Wemer Zimmermann in the semis) 6-4, 7-5 to win the title.

Congratulations Aaron 😉

TT Tour – October 2019

The latest Red and Orange TT Tour events took place last Saturday with Tobi Adeniran being crowned the Red winner and Ayush Thondapu claiming overall Orange victory.

956525df-d8b4-4134-83d4-a05e9e450ef7.jpgAdeniran won all his matches beating Shrihan Chakraborty, Freddie Stokes and Shrayan Subash all 10-4 respectively and Maximus Perez-Lockley 10-1. Chakraborty finished in the runner-up position defeating Perez-Lockley 10-3, Stokes 10-6 and Subash 10-5. Stokes was third overall, Subash fourth and Perez-Lockley was in fifth place.

5f4983ec-3506-4891-8385-16460d64b2a9Due to less entries in the Orange event the players all played each other twice. Thondapu beat Charlotte Salt 10-3 and 10-7 and Finley Chivers 10-6 but then lost against him in a close match 12-10. Chivers was runner-up after defeating Salt 10-5 and 10-3.

Head coach James Mcintosh said, “Well done to everyone that competed in the TT Tour, it was great to see some players competing for the first time.” he added, “The competition is designed to give the players in the squads an opportunity to compete in a fun environment. We look forward to seeing some more competitors at the next event on the 23rd November.

The TT Tour is a competition programme for Totally Tennis junior players with several tournaments held throughout the year.  An up-to-date leaderboard will show each player’s rankings in each group. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as additional points for entering. See schedule below for full list of tournament dates.

Date

Tournament

Ball Colour

Time

Saturday 23rd November

World Tour Finals

Red & Orange

1pm – 3pm

Sunday 24th November

World Tour Finals

Green & Yellow

1pm – 3pm

Saturday 14th December

Christmas Tour

Red & Orange

1pm – 3pm

Sunday 15th December

Christmas Tour

Green & Yellow

1pm – 3pm

RED (Pirates, Indians, Red Squad) and ORANGE (Dodgers and Orange Squad)

GREEN (Giants and Green Squad) and YELLOW (A,B,C and Performance Squads)

 

 

 

 

 

Elvira Represents Poland in the ITF Super-Seniors Championships

Totally Tennis 50+ and Mixed Morning player Elvira Olbrich competed for her native Poland in the Women’s 65 category of the Kitty Godfree Cup at the 39th ITF Super-Seniors championships held last month.

img_7632-1-scaled-2560.jpgPoland were drawn in Group B in the opening rounds where they finished in fourth place after losing to Germany, Australia and Argentina.

In the play-off matches they beat both Turkey and Portugal 3-0 respectivitely and finished in thirteenth place overall. Team USA won overall. Olbrich and partner Sofia Ruminska beat Turkish duo Sevcan Mert and Servet Polat 6-0, 6-0 and she defeated Portugese pairing Carmina Azavedo/Marilia Madeira-Pinto 6-3, 7-6(1).

Olbrich said, ” I was playing for Poland Ladies ‘65 in the Kitty Godfrey Cup. I played doubles against Portugal. The Totally Tennis sessions helped me a lot with my preparation for this tournament.”

 

 

Singles Title for Cummings in Portsmouth

Totally Tennis performance player Hayden Cummings won the Portsmouth Tennis Centre Winter County Tournament (WCT) 12 & under Boys singles title.

In the grade 5 tournament held at Portsmouth Tennis Centre last week, Cummings had a bye in the quarters and then beat former Totally Tennis player Nikesh Reddy Bomma in the semis 4-3(5), 4-1 and then defeated Jamie Holligon in the final 4-3(2), 4-1 to win the title.

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Earlier this month Cummings was runner-up at the Grade 4 Sherborne Grade 12 & under Boys event. He beat Reece Taylor in the semi finals 4-1, 4-0 but after a three set battle he lost to Harry Cornhill 4-2, 1-4, 10-8.

Congratulations Hayden 😉

Try our Adult Courses

As part of our popular adult programme we run a number of seven-week adult Beginner and Improver courses on Monday and Thursday evenings throughout the year.  With our indoor courts rain never stops play so courses continue all year round.

4f76318e-dd7f-494c-b4f0-8835764bd3e0Our Beginners course is an introduction to tennis, ideal for those who are new to the game or those who are rusty and want to get back into playing. Basic skills of forehands, backhands, volleys and serves as well as techniques and  tactics of singles and doubles matchplay.  Players can repeat the beginners course if they want to up their confidence before moving onto improvers. 

Improvers is the course that provides progression for confident beginners or is equally challenging for those players who have previously received coaching but have not played in a while. The course offers coaching to improve technique and tactics as well as matchplay tips and fine tuning skills. 

The Intermediate course (Mondays and Thursdays 7:30pm – 9:00pm) is a 10-week course offering technical and tactical coaching to players moving on from Improvers, for those who have had previous coaching and for those players who have played for a club in a local league. The sessions include a mixture of drills and points play with an end of session doubles match. This course is £135 for ten weeks or you can pay-and-play for £15 per session.

Seven week adult courses cost £77 per player and can be booked in reception or by telephone on 01256 358816. The next block of Monday courses will start from 16th December until 10th February (excluding 23rd and 30th December). There are still some spaces on the next Thursday Beginner course starting on 28th November until 9th January 2020 (excluding 26th December). Book now to avoid disappointment. 

Read more about all our adult coaching sessions and pay-and-play options HERE