TT Tour 2016 – Australian Open

The young players at Totally Tennis emulated their tennis heroes and competed in their very own Australian Open at the end of last month. The first TT Tour event of 2016 kicked off this years series at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park with both Red and Orange competitions.

IMG_5330In the orange competition Daniel Ward won Box 1 defeating Ansh Annareddy 10-1, Luke Shattock  10-0 and Dinobi Okafor 10-8. Shattock finished in second place beating Annareddy 10-5 and Okafor 10-2. Box 2 was won by Hayden Cummings who beat Rutendo Mufiri 10-4, Thorsten Richter 10-3 and Carmen Vinuales 10-3. Vinuales was runner-up defeating Mufiri 11-9 and Richter 10-0. In the semi-finals Cummings beat Shatterk 10-5 and Ward defeated Vinuales 10-4. Ward won the final beating Cummings 10-4 to gain maximum points on the leaderboard.

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In the Green ball competition Daniel Shattock was crowned the overall winner after winning all his matches. He beat Mikun Adeniran 5-0, Ryan Farr 5-1, Alistair Horobin 4-2 and Pugh Grant 3-2. Horobin and Grant were joint runner-ups after both winning two matches. Horobin defeated Adeniran 3-1, Farr 3-1 but lost against Grant 4-3 and Grant defeated Farr 3-2 but lost to Adeniran 3-2.

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In the Yellow ball event was won by Noah Langer (not pictured) who beat Chi Chi Okafor 3-1, Fechi Okafor 4-1 and Diego Vinuales 4-2. Chi Chi was runner-up after beating her sister Fechi 2-1 and Vinuales 3-1.
Coach Ben Jubin who ran the TT Tour event 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 Totally Tennis Tour is for Development Squads and Mini Performance Squads players. There are six tournaments throughout the year and then the Grand Final where the top eight players from each squad will be invited back to play for the chance to finish as the club champions. There will be an up to date leaderboard showing players rankings in each squad. 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.

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TT Tour Dates 2016

Sunday 28th February – Australian Open

Sunday 20th March – Brazil Open

Sunday 24th April – Sony Open

Sunday 22nd May – French Open

Sunday 11th September – US Open

Sunday 16th October – Valencia Open

Sunday 13th November – Grand Finals (by invitation)

PLAYERS MUST BOOK IN BEFORE EACH EVENT. Minimum of FOUR players will be needed per age group otherwise it may get cancelled.

Red (Pirates, Indians, Red Squad) – 10am -12 noon

Orange (Dodgers, Orange Squad) 10am -12 noon

Green (Giants, Green Squad 1pm – 3pm

Yellow (C.B, A SQUAD, Performance) 1pm – 3pm

All players interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816. Each event costs £6.50 per player

Hignett Helps Hampshire Win County Cup Competition

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett won all his singles matches in the weekend’s U18 County Cup Tie, helping the Hampshire & IOW team to win the fixture 3-0 and gain promotion to Division 3.

The event which was held at the David Lloyd Club in Southampton from 26th to 28th February saw the Hampshire team compete against teams from Berkshire, Northampshire and Oxfordshire. Second seed Hignett was joined by fellow county players George Barfoot, George Houghton, Jake Norris, Zizheng Jin, Austin Gwilliam, Ryan Hutchinson and William Coward.

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On the first day Hampshire beat Berkshire with a resounding 8-1 scoreline. Hignett defeated higher rated player Lewis Brown 6-4, 6-1 in the singles but lost in the doubles with partner Hutchinson 6-3, 6-4 against Oliver Okonkwo and Sebastian Tong. Overall the team won six singles and two doubles.

On Day 2 the success continued with another 8-1 win for the team against Northamptonshire. Hignett beat Alexander Ballinger 6-2, 6-0 in his singles match and then teamed up with top seed Barfoot (pictured below) to win their doubles match against Henry Masters and Joe Tyler 6-3, 7-5. This time the team won all the doubles matches and five of the six singles with only Barfoot losing his singles match.

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The final day was another success story with the Hampshire boys winning all their matches against Oxfordshire 8-0. Up against another higher rated player, Hignett won his third singles tie of the weekend against Cameron Price 6-4, 6-0 but didn’t play his doubles with Barfoot as the opposition conceded the match. Overall the boys won all their matches played. A very successful weekend of tennis for the Hampshire Boys and a well served promotion. Congratulations to Liam and his teammates for a job well done.

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Thanks to Donella Hignett for all the great photos.

 

World Tennis News: Wawrinka Wins Dubai Tennis Championships

World number four and second seed Stanislas Wawrinka from Switzerland was crowned the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships winner after beating Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in the final 6-4, 7-6 (15-13).

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French Open champion, Wawrinka saved five set points in a tense tie-break against Baghdatis that thrilled the crowds. The victory was Wawrinka’s ninth straight final win and his second ATP World Tour title of the year after he won the Chennai title in January. Semi-final opponent Nick Kyrgios retired with a back injury giving Wawrinka a pass through to the final. In a tournament shocker, World Number One and four time Dubai champion Novak Djokovic had been forced to retire during his quarter final match against Feliciano Lopez due to an ongoing eye problem.

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In the women’s event Sara Errani defeated Barbora Strycova 6-0, 6-2 in the final to become the first Italian player to win the Dubai Women’s title. Fourth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor won the Men’s Doubles title beating the unseeded pairing of Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Nenad Zimonjic 6-4, 6-1 in the final. The Women’s doubles title was won by Darija Jurak and Chia-Jung Chuang.

Photos used courtesy of Dubai Duty Free Championships

 

Player Profile: Amy Charlesworth

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AMY CHARLESWORTH

Age: Seven

Squad: Pirates/Indians

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Six

How were you introduced to the sport?

Totally Tennis came to my school

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

I really liked the lessons at my school

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Not yet

What do you like most about the sport?

Playing games especially Dodgeball

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

How often do you play?

Every Monday

Do you play any other sport?

Swimming, Ice Skating, Dancing, Trampolining and Gymnastics

Greatest achievement so far?

Mastering my forehand

Hignett Wins Half Term Doubles Title

Totally Tennis Performance player Liam Hignett won the 16 and under Boys doubles title at last week’s Grade 3 Salisbury Junior Open with partner Zizheng Jin from Winchester Tennis Club.

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After a bye in the quarter finals, Hignett and Jin defeated Harry Pickard and Luke Chappell in the semi-finals 4-1, 4-1 and the pair then beat Ryan Goldsworthy and Ben Smith in the final 4-1, 5-3 to win the title.

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Congratulations Liam!

Salisbury Tennis Club used courtesy of www.salisburytennisclub.com

Player Profile: Imogen Edwards

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IMOGEN EDWARDS

Age: Seven

Squad: Pirates

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Five

How were you introduced to the sport?

Recommended by a friend

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

My friends Megan and Amelia

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Learning new things

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Volley

How often do you play?

Once a week but more in the summer

Do you play any other sport?

Swimming

Greatest achievement so far?

Volleys

Totally Tennis Bids Farewell To Jamie

Homegrown player to coach Jamie Jordan bids farewell to Totally Tennis today to continue his coaching career at Surbiton Tennis Club in Surrey.

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Jordan, 25 started playing at the club at the age of ten, progressing through the squad programme and he was one of the first players to complete the Tennis Leaders Award whilst aged just fourteen. After leaving school Jordan joined the coaching team and has worked his way up the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) coaching qualification leader to become a level 4 Senior Club Coach teaching both juniors and adults.

With fellow coach Ben Jubin he twice won the Doubles Exhibition Match title beating Head Coach James McIntosh and Simon James. He has also represented the club in the Basingstoke and District Tennis Leagues in the adult teams.

Tennis Director Nigel Long said, “Jamie has been at Totally Tennis ever since he was a young player in squads and we wish him every success for the future now that he is moving on.

Good luck with your new job Jamie!