Families were invited to play tennis for FREE at Totally Tennis on Sunday 17th July at Stratton Park as part of this year’s Lawn Tennis Associations (LTA) Great British Tennis Weekend (GBTW). Along with other tennis centres across the country, the club offered free tennis and coaching for people of all ages and abilities, the perfect day out for family and friends. The sessions at Stratton Park followed on from the first event held at the War Memorial Park back in May.
The GBTW scheme is designed to get people outdoors and trying tennis for free this summer at various locations countrywide on three summer weekends. Thousands of free events took place across the country for the whole family offering players the chance to experience Highland Spring Mini Tennis, Cardio Tennis, coaching and relaxed free play.
This weekend’s Davis Cup quarter finals fixture featured top seeds Team GB against Serbia and should have seen a meeting of the world’s top two tennis players Novak Djokovic and British number one Andy Murray, but neither were on court in Belgrade.
As an exhausted Murray cheered from the sidelines after his recent Wimbledon victory it seemed that Team GB didn’t need his expertise on the occasion as they roared to victory. It was left to a young Kyle Edmund, 21 playing at the number one spot to secure Team GB’s place in the semi-finals with his final day straight set victory over Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). This result gave the team an unassailable 3-1 lead with the final scoreline finishing at 3-2 as James Ward lost 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 to Janko Tipsarevic in the final match of the day.
This latest victory gives captain Leon Smith fourteen out of sixteen Davis Cup victories since he took over the reigns back in 2010 and it was the first time the team have won a World Group match without their number one player. The team will now play against sixth seeds Argentina in a home fixture in September and Murray should return to his position, France who are fifth seeds will take on Croatia to decide the two opponents that will challenge each other in the finals due to take place at the end of November.
The score was 1-1 at the end of day one after singles wins from Edmund against Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 and Lajovic beat Ward 6-1, 6-3, 6-2. Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot defeated Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic in the crucial doubles match 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-4 to give Team GB a 2-1 lead and Edmund delivered his thrilling victory to secure the team’s spot in the semi-finals.
Kirsty Da Silva with her 10 & U Hampshire & Isle of Wight LTA County Leaderboard for the Winter season and her winners medal from her first 12 and under tournament at the King’s College, Wimbledon Open tournament 2016 in London
Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett won the 18U Boys Doubles with partner Louis Allen at the Darren Toop Junior Open
Isla Hignett won the club’s Road to Wimbledon event
George Thomas joined the coaching team
Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid added even more trophies to their collections at the Bracknell May Open 2016 held over the half term holiday at Bracknell Lawn Tennis Club.
Totally Tennis performance players Isla and Jasmine represented Hampshire in the 12 & Under County Cup competition
The juniors competed in this month’s Grand Slam TT Tour – Wimbledon event on the eve of the Championships in SW19
Head coach James Macintosh accompanied the Totally Tennis team to Germany where they won the tennis competition at the annual Festival of Sport that took place in Basingstoke’s Twin Town EuskirchenThe team of Dylan Allenby-Ryan, Miles Bromilow, Liam Hignett, Alex Dawson and James Blair (not pictured) finished as runners-up in the Premier U18 Boys Aegon Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW competition
British number one Andy Murray thrilled tennis fans ensembled in SW19 and the millions watching on TV around the world when he picked up his second Wimbledon title on centre court yesterday. Murray, 27 beat Canadian Milos Raonic in three sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2) to win his second Wimbledon title and his third Grand Slam.
As the crowd went wild an emotional Murray wept into his towel as the result sank in and then vowed that he would enjoy this one more than his first title in 2013, even coach Ivan Lendl raised a rare smile from his position in the players box. Top seed and world number one Novak Djokovic made a surprise early exit from the tournament and Raonic defeated third seed Federer in the semi’s so it was left to a replay of the Queen’s club final to close out this year’s Wimbledon men’s singles event. On route to the final Murray beat fellow Brit Liam Broady in the first round 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 followed by a three set defeat of Yen-Hsun Lu in round two 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. Next up were two Australians opponents, John Millman and Nick Kyrgios whom he beat 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 and 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 respectively. His first real challenge of the tournament came against twelfth seed Jo-Wilfred Tsonga who took him to five sets with Murray forced to step up in the fifth set to secure the victory 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1. His semi-final win against tenth seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 secured his place in the final.
It was a great tournament for Team GB all round as along with Murray picking up the prestigious men’s singles title on final’s Sunday, Heather Watson won her first ever Grand Slam title in the Mixed Doubles with partner Henri Kontinven, Gordon Reid won the inaugural Men’s wheelchair singles event and Jordanne Whiley won her third consecutive Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles title.
After a very disappointing loss in the first round of the women’s singles Watson became the first woman to win a Wimbledon doubles title since Jo Durie in 1987. She and Kontinven, who comes from Finland, beat Colombian Robert Farah and German Anna-Lena Gronefeld 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in the final that followed Murray on Centre Court. Earlier that day Reid picked up his second Wimbledon title after he beat current Paralympic champion Stefan Olson from Sweden 6-1, 6-4 out on court seventeen which attracted a larger crowd worthy of a more prominent court. The previous day along with partner Alfie Hewett, Reid had won the men’s wheelchair doubles title. Top seeds Whiley and partner Yui Kamiji beat second seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot 6-2, 6-2 to win their title also out on court seventeen.
In the women’s singles event top seed and defending champion Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon title with a straight-set victory over German Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 which also gave her an impressive twenty second Grand Slam singles title. Williams then won her sixth women’s doubles title later that afternoon with sister Venus again on Centre Court. They won the match and claimed their 14th Grand Slam trophy by beating Timea Babos and Yaroslavl Shvedova 6-3, 6-4.
The men’s doubles was an all French affair as top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeated fellow countrymen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 to win the title.