Tillie Takes Top Honours

Mini Performance player Tillie Reid  won the 10 and under Girls Singles title at the Grade 4 Bradfield Junior Winter Open held at the Bradfield Tennis Club at the weekend photo-39In the main draw, Reid beat second seed Natalie Bell in the quarter-finals 5-3, 4-0 followed by Isabelle Ganter in the semis 4-5(9), 4-2, 10-8 and then won the final 3-2 against Liliana Fleming who was forced to retire.

Jamie Jordan  who coaches Tillie said “Tillie played outstanding at the Bradfield event and deserved to win the tournament!” he added “She has had a few frustrating months at tournaments and has been very unlucky but this has made her more determined and she has trained even harder to get where she needs to be! Well done Tillie I’m a very proud coach!”

Fellow Mini Performance player Nina Williams also played in the event coming up against the top seed Zara Burney in the quarterfinals losing 4-2, 5-4(5) and then played in the consolation semi-finals losing against Martyna Ciubatiuk 4-0, 4-0.

Player Profile: Charlie Mead



Age: Five

Squad: Indians

How old were you when you first started tennis?


How were you introduced to the sport?

My mummy brought me

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Mummy told me and wanted me to come

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Coach Jamie Jordan

What do you like most about the sport?

It’s fun

What do you consider to be your best shot?


How often do you play?

Once a week

Do you play any other sport?

Just tennis

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Having a high rally

New Generation of Tennis Leaders

Eighteen candidates attended the LTA Tennis Leaders course held at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre on Sunday. The course was run by Head Coach James McIntosh and Simon James, both young coaches who have made the successful transition from player to coach at the club starting their coaching career on the leaders course whilst still at school.


The three-hour course was the compulsory introductory module which covered elements of leadership and now all the candidates need to gain some work experience at the club in their own time. The course’s full schedule covered warm-ups, qualification structure, communication, organisation, types of feeding the ball for forehands, backhands, volleys and serves as well as a series of practical demonstrations and quizzes.



Totally Tennis players Andrew Dingwall, Liam Hignett, George Turner, Maria Rumpus, Sarah Winkle, Louise Mallozzi, Oria Acosta, Aaron Waters, Alice Belcher, Emily Burke, Josh James, Alex Wood, Jack Tully, Rohith Manikondo and Elinor Bank were joined by Jack Norris, Karen Helbert and Amy Crowley on the course.



Simon James said “It was absolutely fantastic to see so many keen pupils on the course, most of which are players who currently play in the programme at Totally Tennis. We look forward to seeing all of the leaders coming in to complete their work experience over the next few weeks.



Tennis Director Nigel Long identified a need to retain young players in the game since he started Totally Tennis over twenty years ago. Players are retained through coaching and playing, as well as developing leadership skills and the coaches has always mentored younger players. The tennis leaders course increases the awareness of the coaching opportunities available in sport as a career in this country and is a nationally recognised LTA qualification that is great for a players CV regardless of their choice of career.



Becoming a LTA tennis leader is a junior’s first step onto the tennis coaching pathway and available for those thirteen and over. The  course is modular based with a core module and four additional modules. Candidates learn important communication and organisation skills which are needed to be a successful coach. In addition they learn lesson structures, warm-ups, long-term player development, basic technique, diet, customer care and presentation skills taught through the on-court sessions and course booklets. Candidates are offered support and advice by the coaching team, complete ten voluntary on-court hours and are offered follow-on opportunities at the club, continuing their involvement with the game.


World Tennis News: Murray Wins Valencia Open

British number one Andy Murray continued his run of good form claiming his third title in recent weeks in his attempt to book his place in this years World ATP Tour Finals. Murray saved five match points to win the Valencia Open beating Spain’s Tommy Robredo in the longest ATP final of 2014, 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (10-8) in a re-run of last month’s Shenzhen final.


An exhausted Murray wins his third title in the space of five weeks (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

In round one, Murray beat Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-3 followed by Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4 in round two and then a win against Kevin Anderson in three sets in the quarter finals 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and then he defeated closest rival David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5 in the semi finals. He has now moved up to fifth place with 4295 points in the ‘Race to London’ leaderboard with only the Paris Masters left to play this week with 1,000 points up for grabs to the winner, before qualification ends and he will now surely qualify for next months final at the O2 in London.


Murray with the Valencia Open trophy (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

Players are still chasing the last few remaining places and it’s still too close to call with Kei Nishikori in sixth place with 4265 points, Marin Cilic in seventh with 4150 and Tomas Berdych is in eighth place with 4105 points. Ferrer is still chasing a place from ninth position 3865 and Milos Raonic is still in contention with 3840 in tenth place.

You can book tickets for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in London from 9th – 16th November via this link www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/en/tickets

Another Silver for Da Silva

Mini Performance player Kirsty Da Silva played in the 9 and under Girls singles event at the Grade 4 South East Winter County Tour held at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.

In the round robin event, Da Silva won Group A after a tricky first three set match against Caterina Revelli 2-7, 7-4, 7-5 followed by two straight set wins against Emily Marriage 7-3, 7-3 and Dorothy Tyson 8-8, 9-7. In the semi-finals she defeated Kiah Martin 7-5, 7-5 but lost out to Imogen Haddad 7-3, 7-4 in the final to finish in the runners-up spot.

Kirsty’s mum Sue said “Kirsty played a great tournament, winning her box unbeaten, winning the semi in straight sets and played a strong final, with commitment to every shot, but was beaten by a more powerful opponent on the day.

Kirsty 2nd Place National Tennis Centre Grade 4

Kirsty with her silver medal

In other news, mini Performance player Aaron Dawson was the winner of the Grade 4 Birchwood County Tour held at the Birchwood Leisure and Tennis complex in Warrington. Dawson won the 10 and Under Boys singles title after beating Oliver Critchley 4-1, 4-2 in the quarter finals, Alexander McDermott in the semi-finals 4-1, 4-1 and Dominik Larrinovic in the final 4-1, 4-0.

Congratulations to Kirsty and Aaron 😉

Good start for QMC Boys A and Mixed Teams

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) Boys A Team got off to a good start in the new season of this years Senior Students Competition. All the teams who are managed by QMC PE teacher Sarah Goldson train at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre and it’s also the venue for all the college’s home fixtures.

The Boys team of Loic Armstrong, Nick Dingwall, Adam Hod and Luke Watts beat Bedales 10-2. In the singles Armstrong, Dingwall and Watts all won their matches 6-2 and Hood lost 6-1. In the doubles, Armstong/Dingwall won 7-5 and Watts/Hood won 6-3.

Goldson said, “Although it was a good victory in the end, the match could have swung the other way and I was pleased to get this first match done.”

photo-38Dingwall and Watts then played in a Mixed match immediately afterwards the Bedales fixture against Collyers College with Holly Groves and Beth Lowe. Pair one Dingwall/Groves lost against the 2nd pair 6-1 and defeated the top pair 6-1. Watts/Lowe beat the first pair 6-2 but lost against the second pair 6-2 which meant a deciding shoot out! Dingwall/Lowe won the shoot out 10-4 to give QMC overall victory.

Goldson commented, “This match ended up closer than expected. Beth was by far the player of the match and I was relaly impressed with her level of play.”

Girls Senior Students 2014

In the Girls fixture against St Catherine’s School, Guildford the newly formed girls team of Lowe, Groves, Sarah Winkle and Frankie Turner played well even though the final scoreline told a different story. Top player Kelsey Mosquera was unable to compete due to her high rating preventing her inclusion in the team.

In the singles, Lowe lost 6-1, Groves lost 6-3, Winkle lost 6-2 and Turner lost 6-0. In the doubles, Lowe and Groves won 6-4 and Winkle and Turner lost 6-0 so the team lost overall 10-2.

Goldson said, “We have not had a girl’s team for a couple of years, so it was good to get a team in this year. Although Kelsey unable to play as rated too high so our fourth player is really a Badminton player. The girls really did well though and despite the scoreline the games were well contested.”

The Boys B team of Matt Rennie, Joseph Lane, Chris Yarney were joined for Watts who stood in for an injured player, lost against Lancing College 12-0. In the singles, Rennie lost 6-0, Watts lost 6-3, Joseph Lane lost 6-1 and Yarney lost 6-0. In the doubles, Rennie/Lane 6-1 and Yarney/Watts lost 6-0.

Goldson finished “We have a very good record in the Senior Students Competition, particularly the Boys A Team and Mixed Team and it was good to get wins in the first group matches for these two teams.”

The Senior Students Competition is an annual tennis tournament to encourage players in Years 11 – 13 to play competitive tennis and provide teams with an opportunity to compete in a National Final. The entry period runs run June to September with local league matches being played from October to December. Winners of the local leagues progress through to the knockout rounds from January, with the National Finals taking place in March next year at Bolton Arena.

The QMC players have a busy schedule after half-term with more matches in the Senior Students competition, the Association of Colleges competition (formerly British Colleges) and the South East Regional Competition singles tournament run by Goldson at Totally Tennis with Loic Armstrong and Kelsey Mosquera representing the college.


Runner-Up Spots for Rushbrook and Williams

Mini Performance player Jack played in two 10 and under tournaments last weekend where he finished as runner-up in Guildford and consolation runner-up at the event in Bradfield. On Saturday he played at the Bradfield Mini Green 10 and under Mixed singles event held at Bradfield Tennis Club in the compass draw. In the quarter finals of the main draw Rushbrook lost to eventual winner Jamie Bowsher 4-1, 4-0 and went into the consolation draw where he defeated Aoife McGuire 4-2, 4-0 in the semi-finals but lost out to Nathan Patel in the final 4-1, 5-3.

On Sunday he travelled to Guildford Tennis Academy – Ash to compete in the Grade 5 South East Junior Tournament which was again played in the compass draw format. Playing in the 10 and Under Boys event Rushbrook beat Louis Newton Well 5-3, 4-0 in the quarter finals, Sebastian Henkes-McHugh in three sets in the semis 4-2 1-4, 10-9 and finished as runner-up after losing to Carsten Melbye in the final 4-1, 4-0

Mid October Pictures 010Anna Rushbrook, Jack’s mother said “I would like to thank Jack’s coach Jamie Jordan for getting him match fit after the summer holidays and his individual sessions have really helped in his success this weekend.”

Fellow Totally Tennis Mini Performance player Nina Williams also played at the Guildford Ash event in the 10 and Under Girls Tournament also finishing as runner-up. In the quarter-finals, she defeated Daniella Townsend in three sets 1-4, 4-1, 10-5 followed by another three setter against Georgiana Parr 1-4, 4-1, 10-6 in the semis but then in the final she lost out to Evangelia Pieri 5-4(5), 4-0 to finish in the runner-up spot.

IMG_1612[1]Congratulations Jack and Nina!