Performance player Liam Hignett made good use of the recent half term break by competing in two tournaments. The first event was the Grade 3 Win Tennis Junior Open held at Win Tennis located at Bisham Abbey. He won his first two matches beating Nicholas Goslar 4-0, 4-0 and William Pearson 4-0, 4-1. In the quarter finals, he lost to eventual runner-up Oscar Glenister (4.1) after playing exceptionally well winning the first set 4-1, he lost the second 4-1 and then lost a close 10 point championship tie break 10-6.
He then played in the A & A Business Supplies Thornden Junior Open held at Thornden Tennis Club in Chandlers Ford. Playing in the 14 and under Boys singles event at the Grade 4 outdoor tournament, he won his first two matches defeating Benjamin Rolfe 4-0, 4-0 and Alex Billingham 4-1, 5-3, but lost in the semi final to eventual overall winner Zizheng Jin 6-2, 7-5 after battling the elements of sun and wind making play challenging. He won the third/fourth play off three set match against James Blair 1-6, 6-3, 10-3 to finish in third place overall. Hignett then teamed up with Jin to contest the 14 and under Boys Doubles where they won their box after beating Blair/Joseph Henbury 4-2, 3-5, 10-5 and Samuel Wrankmore/Peter Borodzciz 4-0, 4-1. In the final they beat Julian Standish/Sam Ellison, winners of the other box, convincingly 4-0, 4-0 and collected their winners medals for all their efforts.
Younger sister, mini performance player Isla played in the 10 and Under Girls singles event at the Grade 4 Bradfield College Junior Spring Open. After a bye in the quarter finals she beat Carly Hunter 4-0, 4-1 in the semis but then lost out in the final to top seed Grace Leigh. After playing some of her best tennis, she won the first set 4-0 but unfortunately when serving for the match at 3-2 up in the second she got rather infuriated over a line call, and went on to lose the set on a tie break at 7-4. She then lost the championship tie break 10-6 although she was 6-1 up at one stage, all-in-all a frustrating result for the young player but she still went home with the runners-up medal.
Liam and fellow Totally Tennis Performance player Miles Bromilow both attended the Under 14 County Cup trial camp at the beginning of February and will attend the second one next Saturday, 8th March. They are both hoping to be picked for team that will represent Hampshire at the annual County Cup event and they will have to await the decision of captain Paul Scullard on who makes the final team sheet.