Girls Contest Road To Wimbledon County Final

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Jasmin Bromilow played in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon Hampshire & IOW County 14 U Girls Singles final held in Southsea after finishing winner and runner-up respectively in the club event last month.
Even though the windy conditions made it tricky, Hignett won her first match convincingly 4-0, 4-0 against Poppy Marston but then faced top seed and last year’s winner Estella Hurlock in her next match where she was beaten by the older and higher rated player 4-0, 4-0.  Second seed Bromilow beat Imogen Sillitoe 4-0, 4-0 in her first match and Chloe Tarling in the quarter finals 5-3, 4-o but lost in the semis to Mia Gerty 4-2, 5-3. Hurlock then beat Gerty in the final 4-0, 5-3 to progress to the next stage and play at Wimbledon next month.
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Isla and her dog Lilly enjoying Southsea Beach after the tournament had finished
Donella Hignett (Isla’s mum) said of the event “It was played at the Southsea Tennis Club which is closer to the beach on hard courts as the grass wasn’t ready.  It was extremely windy making conditions quite tricky.” she added “Both girls received bottles and headbands as participation prizes.
The HSBC Road to Wimbledon competition is the biggest junior tournament in British Tennis and gives all 14 and under players the opportunity to progress through to compete on the world famous grass courts at Wimbledon. Local clubs, parks and schools are encouraged to enter and stage a tournament for their junior players and Totally Tennis is a keen supporter of this annual tournament having had many squad players get through to play at SW19 in the past including Hignett’s older brother Liam.

Liam Shines in Windsor Event

Performance player and Sherfield Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett added even more trophies to his collection last week after being crowned the winner of the Boys 18U singles title at the Windsor Open tournament held at the Windsor Lawn Tennis Club in Berkshire. He also finished as runner-up  in the Men’s Open singles events and was third overall in the Boys 18U doubles with partner Ryan Hutchinson.
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After a bye in the first round of the Boys 18U Singles completion, top seed Hignett, 16 beat Marley Silcott 6-3, 6-3 in round two, Harry Neate in the quarters 6-2, 6-0 followed by Anthony Pero in the semis 7-5, 6-3 to book his place in the final. He then faced a tougher three set match in the final but after losing the first set he came back strongly to win the next two defeating opponent Sahej Maker 7-5, 6-2, 10-6 to win the event and collect the trophy and a Head tennis backpack
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In the Boys 18U Doubles event Hignett and Hutchinson beat Oliver Macritchie and Otto Sterner in their first match 4-0, 4-1 but then lost to the eventual winners Freddie O’Brien and Luke Stevenson in the semis 4-1, 4-2. They then won the third/fourth place play offs against  Taylor Papworth and Nathan Richelle 5-4, 4-1 to finish in third place overall.
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In the men’s event Hignett was second seed and faced tough and older opposition including the Windsor LTC coaches. After a bye in the first round he defeated Head Coach Andrew Mustill 6-2, 6-3 in round two followed by James Gibbens 6-2, 6-3 in the quarter finals and after playing three doubles matches he then had to play the semi final against Ingimar Tomaason which he won 6-4, 6-3. In the final Hignett was up against coach Keiran Muir who had beaten top seed Freddie O’Brien in the semis the previous day, Muir proved too strong and he lost lost 6-4, 6-3 but it was a close battle with many deuces and the large local crowd were supporting Muir. Hignett received a runners-up trophy and some prize money.
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Congratulations Liam for another all round fantastic performance and a great start to the summer!

Great British Tennis Weekend at Stratton Park

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.

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There were three seasons run by Head Coach James Macintosh, Munchkins  and Adults, Juniors and players with disabilities and Family time which was attended by forty people overall.
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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.

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Tennis Talk: Davis Cup Victory For Team GB

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.

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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.

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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.

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Photos used courtesy of www.daviscup.comwww.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/ and www.lta.org.uk

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June in Pictures

Kirsty double goldKirsty 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 Londonimage1-3

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett won the 18U Boys Doubles with partner Louis Allen at the Darren Toop Junior Open

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Isla Hignett won the club’s Road to Wimbledon event 

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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.

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IMG_0619Head 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 EuskirchenIMG_0609The 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

 

 

Tennis Talk: Second Wimbledon Title For Murray

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photos used courtesy of www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/ and www.wimbledon.com/

Juniors Compete in Team Tennis Competition

Two teams from Totally Tennis have been competing in the South East Division of the Aegon Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW competition. The team of Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson, Dylan Allenby-Ryan and James Blair played in the Premier U18 Boys competition and Isla Hignett, Jasmin Bromilow, Tillie Reid, Kirsty Da Silva and Tinuke Adelakin played in the U12 Girls event.

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The boys team played in Tier 2 of the South East Division and won three out of their four matches. Their beat Beckenham Tennis Club in a doubles tie-break 7-6 after a shootout by top seed Liam and James when the match was tied at three sets each. Their next win was against Highgate which they won 8-4 and their final victory was a close encounter against Sutton Tennis Academy. Unfortunately Alex got injured during his singles match and had to retire so this left the tie at three sets all which meant a deciding shootout needed to be played, Liam and Dylan stepped up and won sealing another 7-6 victory for Totally Tennis. The boys only defeat came against the overall winners of the division, Woking Tennis Club who won the fixture 10-2, Totally Tennis finished in the runner-up spot.
Head coach James Macintosh said “The boys this year did really well in the Premier Aegon team tennis and finishing second in the league is a great result. Well done!
The girls played four matches in their league against Winchester Racquets Club, David Lloyd Ringwood, Wickham Tennis Club and Compton & Shawford winning every match convincingly 12-0.
Macintosh said “It’s a fantastic achievement for the girls to win every match in the division, not only did they win all of their matches they didn’t drop a set in the whole competition.” he added, “Well done girls, next year we will enter into the premier division where the competition will be stronger.”