Basingstoke Sports Awards Club of the Year Finalists

It’s a great start to the year for the team at Totally Tennis as the club have been selected as one of the nine ‘Club of the Year’ finalists for the achievements in 2017 at this years Basingstoke & Deane Annual Sports Awards. In other fantastic news performance players Liam Hignett has been named as a finalist in the Senior Sportsman category while younger sister Isla and Tillie Reid have both been nominated in the Junior Sportswomen category.
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The annual award, which the club have been finalists for fifteen consecutive years and last won in 2004, will be part one of the many awards that will be presented by Basingstoke Sports Council chairman Kevin Laing at the Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke on Friday 23rd February. 

Alongside the host of awards that celebrate local sportsmen, women and clubs there will be the presentation of grant aid cheques and sports scholarships via the Sports Grant Aid scheme, which is funded by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The funds can be used to help with everything from travelling and coaching expenses to competition entry fees, equipment and clothing requirements. In addition some of the Basingstoke finalists will go forward to the county awards.

A panel of six independent judges reviewed and ranked all applications for the 2017 Sports Awards and decisions have now been made it to the final stages, a tough process with such high standard and commitment from many local nominees. Laing said by e-mail of the club’s nomination, “May I take this opportunity to personally congratulate you on your effort and achievements within the local sporting community.” he added “Best wishes for a very successful 2018 and I look forward to seeing you next month at our prestigious local Sports awards.

Totally Tennis will be competing for the prestigious accolade against eight other local clubs;  Basingstoke and Mid Hants Athletics Club, Basingstoke Gymnastic Club, Basingstoke Ice Hockey Development Club, Basingstoke Kickboxing Organisaton, Basingstoke School of Martial Arts, Bluewave (Taekwondo), Rising Phoenix Cheer and Wessex Wyvern Modern Pentathlon Club.

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Other awards include Coach of the Year (won by Tennis Director Nigel Long in 2010), Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, Junior Sportsman and Sportswomen of the Year, Voluntary Sports Coach of the Year, Senior and Junior Team, Service to Sport, Sports Official, Senior and Junior Volunteer, Disabled Sportsperson, Primary and Secondary School of the Year and Veteran Sportsman and Woman of the Year.
The annual Basingstoke and Deane Sports Awards event is a highlight of the local sporting calendar organised and hosted by Laing. The awards, which have been going for nearly thirty years celebrate the success of clubs, teams, coaches, officials, volunteers and individuals involved in sport in the Basingstoke and Deane area.

Visit www.basingstokelsc.org.uk and Facebook for more information.

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World Tennis News: Australian Open 2018 Preview

The first Grand Slam of the 2018 tennis season, The Australian Open will be played in Melbourne from 15th – 28th January. The world’s top players will be in action at the newly upgrade Melbourne Park battling it out on court to lift the first Grand Slam trophy of the year.

o_redevelopment_pre_08012018_05Defending Men’s champions Roger Federer will be back in action this year, hoping to win his sixth Australia Open championship title. Seven time champion and 2017 winner Serena Williams, who is back on court after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia, has sadly withdrawn from this year’s event. Williams played her first match since giving birth at the beginning of September on 30th December at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi. After losing that exhibition match against current French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko 2–6, 6-3, [5–10] she decided to withdraw from the Australian Open

After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be.” Williams said, “Even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year. 

Former champion (2009) Rafael Nadal is back at the top of the World rankings and looking to win another Grand Slam title after losing to Federer in last year’s final. Six time champion Novak Djokovic will also be biting at Federer’s heels for another crack at the title. The Women’s event is wide open after Williams withdrawal but there are plenty looking to talk their place on the podium.

In disappointing news for patrotic tennis fans British number one and former World number one Andy Murray, who is actually in Melbourne after hip surgery in the city, will not be competing this year. His subsequent post-op recovery and rehabilitation will see him off court in competition mode for some time, maybe even until the summer’s grass court season. Murray, who has now dropped to 16th in the world rankings, has been dogged with injury since last year’s Wimbledon Championships when he last won a competitive match.

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Murray said in an interview with the BBC, “I’m not finished playing tennis yet. I’m going to be competing at the highest level again,” he added, “I’m very optimistic about the future – the surgeon is very happy about how it went.”

British interests now lies elsewhere with eyes trained on British number one and tenth seed Johanna Konta who has enjoyed success in both her previous Australian Open campaigns. Konta, who was forced to retire from the quarters in the Brisbane International last week due to hip problems, is in Sydney where she hoped to defend her 2017 Sydney International title. Things didn’t go to plan for the defending champion who was beaten in the first round by Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 7-5 to in a repeat of last year’s final.

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British No.2 Kyle Edmund also got to the quarters of the Brisbane event but has withdrawn from this week’s Auckland Open to assess his ankle injury ahead of the Australian Open. Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares who were runners-up at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha and are now in Adelaide to compete for Team International in the World Tennis Challenge ahead of the Australian Open where they won the doubles title in 2016.

For a full player line-up, schedules and all the latest news ahead and during the tournament visit www.ausopen.com

Photos and information used courtesy of www.ausopen.comwww.lta.org.uk and www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/ Featured image used courtesy of www.ausopen.com/news-media/

December in Pictures

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7ECE4144-BFAC-4575-8B3D-BBC4EDB72C9EThe 50+ squad enjoying some festive fun at the idol session post their on-court session89FF09C4-752F-45A8-8A07-154355679C91

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IMG_2110Totally Tennis Under 9 & Under 10 players beat the visiting team from West Hants Tennis Club, Bournemouth 47-45

20171223_135025Liam Hignett (L) and Dean Cooper Kirby (R) both won titles at the Virgin Active Riverside Chiswick tournament on 23rd December

image1-2Performance players Tillie Reid and Isla Hignett were runners-up in the Eastleigh Open Girls 16 and under Doubles event

Varying Success for Totally Tennis Girls in Christmas Tournaments

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid were 16 & under Girls Doubles runners up at the Grade 3 Eastleigh Open held between Christmas and New Year. The pair beat Sienna May and Grace Williams 4-1, 4-0 but lost against Diana Mascenikova and Leontina Slovak 5-3, 4-1 to finish in second place overall.

Hignett also competed in the 16 & under Girls singles where she defeated Liliana Fleming in the first round round 6-1, 7-6(0) before losing in the quarters against Mascenikova 7-5, 6-4. In the 14 & under Girls singles event Hignett was knocked out in the semis by Williams 6-1, 3-6, [1-0](9) and Reid won the consolation event beating Lucy Peer 4-1, 4-0 in the final.

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Before Christmas fellow performance player Jasmin Bromilow and her partner Graziella Barrett were runners-up in 18 & under Girls Doubles at the White Horse Indoor Junior Winter Tennis Tournament in Oxford. Bromilow/Barrett beat Jasmine Conway and Daniela Kotara in the quarters 5-4(4), 4-5(2), [1-0](8), Leontina Slovak/Rachel Barnett 5-3, 4-2 in the semis before losing in the final against Jessica Matthews and Imogen Haddad 3-5, 4-1, [1-0](5). Bromilow also competed in the 18 & under Girls singles but was knocked out into semi finals but her doubles partner and eventual runner-up Graziella  4-0, 4-0.

Hignett and Reid also competed in this Grade 4 event finishing as 18 & under Girls consolation runners up. They lost to Matthews/Haddad in the quarters of the main draw 5-4(4), 4-5(2), [1-0](8) and then beat Izabella Harte and Lara Frank 4-2, 4-0 in the consolation semi-final before losing in the final against Conway/Kotara 4-0, 4-0.

Great job girls 😉

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Cooper Kirby and Hignett Win Titles at Chiswick Event

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby won the 14 and under Boys Singles title at Virgin Active Riverside, Chiswick.

After a bye in the first round of the Grade 3 pre-Christmas event Cooper Kirby beat Zak Radziwillowicz 6-0, 6-2 in round two followed by Tom Chapman in the quarters 6-2, 6-1 and Tarique Tonge-Bobia 7-5, 6-2 in the semis. In the final he defeated Tommy Poli 6-3, 6-3 to win the event. Cooper Kirby also competed in the 14 & under doubles event with club mate Daniel Prickett but lost in the quarters to Radziwillowicz and his partner Jago Bluett 4-6, 6-2, 1-0(5).

20171223_135025.jpgHignett (L) and Cooper Kirby (R) were both winners at the Chiswick event (also pictured is Hignett’s Doubles partner Golesworthy)

Fellow performance player and tennis scholar Liam Hignett won the Men’s Doubles title with partner and former Totally Tennis player Ryan Golesworthy (also Men’s Singles champion). After a bye in the first round the pair defeated Oliver and Oscar Jacobson 6-3, 6-3 in the second round, Patrick Mpalanyi and Henry Kuteesaakwe 6-1, 6-2 in the quarters and then beat William Fyall and and Totally Tennis veteran Josh Goodall in the semis 7-5, 6-4. In the final they bet James Weller and Oscar Glenister 6-4, 6-3 to win the title.

Congratulations Dean and Liam!

Totally Tennis Juniors beat West Hants Team

The Totally Tennis Under 9 and Under 10 teams got their festive season off to a great start beating the team from West Hants Tennis Club, Bournemouth 47-45 in squad matches at the indoor centre.

The event, run by Head Coach James McIntosh, saw the young players competing in a series of singles matches against their West Hants opponents. Hayden Cummings, brothers Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar, Ansh Annareddy, Charlie McKenzie, Faith Tompkins and Jack Moria all represented the home club. Every match won counted as a point and went towards the overall team score, they also played a couple of fun team games.

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McIntosh said, “All of the players thoroughly enjoyed the matches and it was a good standard of tennis played throughout the day.” He added, “It was a great experience for everyone to play against other players from another club. We look forward to travelling to West Hants later next year for the re-match.”

Congratulations to all the players involved 😉

Get Festive at Totally Tennis

It’s time to get festive at Totally Tennis. Did you miss Drunken Drills and Christmas Jumper Day? Don’t worry there’s still lots of fun to be had this Christmas season for both Juniors and Adults.2693678C-6661-4076-8D43-6F736DEFA262Wednesday 20th December

Juniors – U10’s Mini Christmas Party 4:30 – 6:30pm

(£15 per player)

Adults – Doubles Tournament 6:00 – 8.00pm plus Mulled Wine & Mince Pies

(£15 per player)

Thursday 21st December

Adults – Pay & Play (Intermediate level) 7:30 – 9:00pm

(£13.50 per player)

Friday 22nd December

Juniors – Yellow Squad Camp 5:00 – 7:00pm followed by food and drinks until 8:30pm

(£15 per player)

Saturday 23rd December

Munchkins & Juniors Fun Christmas Tennis 9:30am – 12:30pm

(£15 per player)

**Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – CLOSED**

Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th December

Juniors – Tennis Camps 9:00am – 4:00pm (Booking Required)

Wednesday 27th December

Adults – 50+ Mixed Session 10:00 – 11:30am

Adults – Advanced Doubles 2:00 – 4:00pm

Thursday 28th December

Adults – Drills 2:30 – 3:30pm

Friday 29th December

Adults – Mixed session 10:00am – 11:30am

Saturday 30th December

Juniors – Munchkins 10:00 – 11:00am and Junior Club 11:00am – 12:30pm

Adults – Drills 10:00 – 11:00am

**New Years Eve 31st December  and New Years Day 1st January 2018 – CLOSED**

611DD931-6239-414C-B2F7-A6A8370A3852Come celebrate the festive season with us and work off all those mince pies too 😉 Drop the children off for some Tennis Camp fun while you do that last minute shopping.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Totally Tennis.