Runner-Up Trophy For Tillie

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Tillie Reid added to her Christmas holiday medal haul after competing in her second event at the Grade 4 White Horse Indoors Winter Tennis Series in Oxfordshire.

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Reid competed in the 12 & under Girls singles event finishing in second place overall. In the quarter finals she defeated Aoife McGuire 4-0, 4-1 followed by a semi-final win against Emma Goodacre 4-1, 5-4 but then lost in final against Leotina Slovak 4-2, 4-0 and collect the runners-up trophy.

Congratulations Tillie 🙂

Read about Reid’s Consolation Doubles result with partner Isla Hignett here.

 

 

Hignett and Reid Win Christmas Doubles Prize

Performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid competed at the Grade 4 White Horse Indoor Winter Tennis Series in Oxfordshire in the 14 and under Girls Doubles event just before Christmas. 

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Unfortunately the girls lost their first round match in the main draw against the much stronger pairing of Maddie Axford and Alexa Wilson 4-0 4-1. The Totally Tennis pair then competed in the consolation draw where after a bye in the semis they won the consolation final beating Phoebe Coleman and Atlanta Peto 4-1, 5-4 (7-3)

Congratulations Girls, love the outfits too 😉

Two Titles for Theo

Totally Tennis Mini Performance player Theo Harrison has had a run of good luck in the later end of 2015, winning two titles at events in Horsham and Portsmouth.

At the Grade 5 South East Junior Tour held at Horsham Lawn Tennis Club, Harrison won the 10 and under Boys singles title. In the round robin stages he won all his matches defeating Hugo De-Zilva 4-2, 4-1, William Zlattinger 4-2, 4-1, Patrick Collins 4-0, 4-0 and Theo Billson 4-3(3), 4-2 to finish top of the table and be crowned the overall winner.

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In the Portsmouth Tennis Centre Grade 5 Red, Orange and Green Competition, Harrison was declared winner of the 10 and under Mixed singles tournament. He finished runner-up in Box A in the group stages after beating Jonas Waktare 4-0 but losing against Callum Matthew 4-2. In the main draw, he defeated Lizzie Scarborough 4-1 in the semis and got his revenge over Matthew by beating him in the final in a close three set match 4-3(3), 2-4, 1-0(6) to take the title.

Congratulations Theo!

Christmas Holiday Tennis Camps 2015

Do you want your child to burn off some energy and have a fantastic time this Christmas holiday?  For a healthy and challenging alternative, the Totally Tennis Holiday Tennis Camps are a great way for juniors to improve their skills and fitness while making new friends.

Packed with opportunities to learn and play tennis, activities also include football, rounders and hockey.  The scheme has received OFSTED accreditation and the sessions are run by experienced Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) qualified and licensed coaches.

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Tennis camps will be running at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park for two days on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th December Sessions can be booked for Morning, Afternoon and Full days and can be booked from 9am – 3.30pm.

Each child needs to bring a packed lunch and drinks and be dressed appropriately for the weather – bring warm clothing as it will probably be cold! Those coming for a full day will be supervised during the lunch break and rackets will be provided for those that need one. Appropriate inhaler or medication must be brought along if needed and the coach informed.

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For more information and to book, please telephone the office on 01256 368816, e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the website http://www.totallytennis.co.uk.

 

Player Profile: Daniel Ward

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DANIEL WARD

Squad: Orange

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Six

How were you introduced to the sport?

I came to a Totally Tennis birthday party and it inspired me to start playing tennis  

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Because the coaches are nice

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

That it uses a lot of energy

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

How often do you play?

Twice a week

Do you play any other sport?

I like a different variety of sports

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Coming first in the TT Tour

South East Colleges Doubles Event

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) players were in action again at the indoor centre at Totally Tennis. Run by QMC PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson, there was a slight change to the format with the doubles event like the singles event.  This year the tournament was scheduled for one day only rather than two and as such the field was reduced to one pair rather than previous year’s two per event (boys, girls and mixed doubles).

Disappointingly, there were quite a few last minute withdrawals and therefore the boys doubles was only contested by four pairs, the girls doubles by three pairs and the mixed doubles also by four pairs. QMC was represented by Alex Wood and Saul Irwin in the Boys event, Mixed Doubles players were Kelsey Mosquera and Luke Watts but the college withdrew fro the Girls event due to only having one player available, Sarah Winkle.

Boys Doubles final (Saul and Alex to right)

In the boys event, the Peter Symonds pair of David Gwilliam and Will Coward were heavy favourites to take the title, both with ratings in Division 3.  This proved the case in their first two matches which they won comfortably against Worthing and Bexhill for the loss of 2 games.  The QMC pair also served and returned well, to secure two wins 6-2 and 6-4.  This meant the winner between QMC and Symonds would decide the title.  Whilst Wood and Irwin played well, the superior doubles tactics and interceptions at the net, especially by Coward made things very difficult.  The Symonds pair took quick control of the rallies and dominated the net area and making things very diffiuclt for the QMC pair, who lost 6-0.

In the girls event, despite there only being three teams, there were some great matches.  The very first match provded the deciding one, where the Highbury girls (Pink and Kabbani) had a great win over the Peter Symonds team of Gwaze and Craft, 6-3.  The girls then went onto beat Bexhill 6-2 to secure the overall win.  This was a great effort by the Highbury team both of whom who had competed in the singles event.

Girls doubles winners (HIghbury College)

In the mixed event, Goldson was confident that the QMC team had a chance to win the title with Mosquera and Watts, who play together regularly and have been past winners of doubles titles in Basingstoke.  Opened match was against Peter Symonds, which again proved to be the key match.  Mosquera served superbly throughout and was extremely consistent from the back of the court, where Watts also played with great confidence.  The pair soon found themselves with an early break and extended this when they broke the Symonds male player (Harris) to love.  It was a high quality match with probably more play from the back of the court by all four players than the net, somehting that worked in their favour, QMC won 6-2.  The QMC pair also beat the Barton Peveril and Worthing pair quite comfortably losing just one game in each tie.  This was a fantastic was to end the regional events, Mosquera and Watts will go on to represent the South East team in April at Teeside.

 Mixed Team (Kelsey and Luke to right)

50+ Christmas Lunch 2015

Last week a group of the regular 50+ players, coaches and admin staff gathered together to celebrate an early Christmas with a lunch at the indoor centre.

Lots of yummy festive food and treats were consumed, a good festive time was had by all 🙂2015 Christmas Lunch 2.001.jpg