Siblings Liam and Isla Hignett competed in the David Lloyd Southampton Christmas Tournament 2016 at the start of the school holidays. Liam played in the men’s open event where he won his first match beating David Brehme 6-1, 6-4 but lost his second against eventual runner-up Benjamin Battey 7-6(5), 6-0.
Isla also won her first match in the 14U Girls singles defeating Iris Plane 6-1, 6-2 and then lost in her second against overall winner Charlotte Howard 6-0, 6-0. The 16U Girls competition went much the same way with Isla beating Josie Culliford 6-1, 6-1 in her first round match and then losing her second against the overall winner Isabelle Purser 6-3, 6-0. In the 14U Girls doubles Isla and partner Zara Burney were third overall.
Liam also played in the Gosling SP Winter National Tour 18U Boys & Girls held at Gosling Tennis Centre in Hertfordshire after Christmas at the end of December going straight into the main draw without needing to qualify. He won his first match against Jake Penny 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 but was then beaten by Nicholas Brookes 6-2, 6-2 in his second match.