As British Number One Andy Murray battled Novak Djokovic in the first Grand Slam final of the year in Melbourne, the young players at Totally Tennis emulated their tennis heroes and competed in their own Australian Open event last Sunday. The first TT Tour event of 2015 kicked off this years series at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park with both Red and Orange competitions.
The Mini Red Competitors
In the Red event nine players competed in two boxes. Hayden Cummings, Lewis Miller, Jasmin Collins and Harry Rushbrook were all playing in the first box and Daniel Ward, Shay Kemp, Dinobi Okofar, Megan Fisher and Faith Tompkins all played in box two. Rushbrook won Box One Beating Cummings 10-8, Collins 10-1 and Miller 10-1 and Cummings was runner-up defeating Miller 10-5 and Collins 10-3. Miller was third overall beating Collins 10-2.
Box Two winner was Ward who won all four of his matches defeating Kemp 10-7, Okofar (D) 10-3, Fisher 10-2 and Tompkins 10-5. Kemp was runner-up beating Okofar (D) 10-2, Fisher 10-5 and Tompkins 10-8 and third place went to Tompkins who beat Okofar (D) 10-4 and Fisher 10-2. Okofar was fourth with a win over Fisher 10-8. In the semi-finals Cummings beat Ward 10-7 and Kemp defeated Rushbrook 10-6 and in the final Cummings beat Kemp 10-5 to win the event and take the maximum 1,000 Grand Slam points.
The Orange players
The Orange Tournament was also spilt into two boxes of four players competing to win the maximum 1,000 points and 500 for the runner-up. Box One was made up of Harry Bale, Chichi Okofar, Luka Williams and Mohan Thondapu and Ben Hastings, Carmen Vinules, Dylan Hall-Jones and Fechi Okofar all played in Box Two. Williams won Box One after winning all three of his matches beating Bale 10-4, Okofar (C) in a close match 11-9 and Thondapu 10-6 and Bale was runner-up defeating Okofar (C) 10-6 and Thondapu 10-7. Okofar (C) was third after beating Thondapu 10-6.
Hastings won Box Two beating Vinules 10-1, Hall-Jones 10-7 and Okofar (F) 10-4 and Hall-Jones finished in second place after winning two matches against Vinules 10-2 and Okofar (F) 10-7. Third place went to Okofar (F) who beat Vinules 10-6. In the semi-finals Hastings beat Bale 10-5 and Hall-Jones beat Williams 10-8 to make it a Box two final. Hastings then defeated Hall-Jones 10-6 to win the event and rocket straight to the top of the leaderboard. In the third/fourth place playoff Bale beat Williams 10-7.
(L to R) Orange Winner Hastings and runner-up Hall-Jones
Coach Ben Jubin who runs the TT Tour events said, “It was a great turnout for the Australian Open and some good tennis was played. It’s really good getting the new players learning how to score and thank you to the parents for helping them with that. Well done to everyone that took part and I hope to see you all back and keen to play in the Brazil Open next month.“
The TT Tour is a series of tournaments that is open to all squad players and will run until October and the top eight players of each leaderboard will be invited to play in the Grand Finals in November with a chance to be crowned champion. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as for entering. The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points and all points will be added to each age group leaderboard.
Dates for your Diary – TT Tour 2015
Brazil Open – Sunday 8th March
Sony Open – Sunday 12th April
French Open – Sunday 17th May
Wimbledon – Sunday 21st June
US Open – Sunday 13th September
Valencia Open – Sunday 10th October
Grand Finals – Sunday 22nd November (by invitation)
All those who haven’t signed up yet and are interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816. The mini events will take place from 10:00am-12:30pm followed by the Junior event from 1:00pm – 3:30pm. Each event costs £6.50 per player
Hayden Cummings 1100
Shay Kemp 600
Daniel Ward 175
Harry Rushbrook 175
Jasmine Collins 100
Lewis Miller 100
Faith Tompkins 100
Dinobi Okofar 100
Megan Fisher 100
Ben Hastings 1100
Dylan Hall-Jones 600
Harry Bale 175
Luka Williams 175
Carmen Vinules 100
Chichi Okofar 100
Fechi Okofar 100
Mohan Thondapu 100