Totally Tennis Players Pitted Against Each Other in College Match

Local tennis history was made last week when Queen Mary’s College (QMC) team came up against local rivals Sherfield School for the very first time in the regional rounds of the year’s Team Tennis Schools National Championships 2018 (formerly known as the Glanville Cup) .

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(L to R) Aaron and Alex Dawson, Miles Bromilow, Liam Hignett (Sherfield), Andrew Dingwall, Dan Hutchison, Euan Rixson and Alex Gray (QMC)

It was tough opposition for the QMC team of Andrew Dingwall, Dan Hutchison, Euan Rixson and Alex Gray as they were up against the team of performance players from Sherfield; brothers Aaron and Alex Dawson, Liam Hignett and Miles Bromilow.

QMC PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson said, “It was the first time we have every played Sherfield School at Tennis, it was a good natured match given the links with Totally Tennis.” she added, ” We knew what to expect but despite the heavy defeat and scoreline, we actually played some good tennis given the gulf in calibre of the two teams, so was very pleased with our effort.”

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The fixture was played at Totally Tennis’ indoor courts where the QMC team train on a weekly basis and most of the boys from both train. The QMC team only managed to win one game and the Sherfield boys won convincingly 12-0 knocking the local college team out of the competition.

Goldson said, “A very impressive team whom I am sure will go far and we know they also have Dean Kirby Cooper who did not play today. I will be watching their progress with interest, after all have Totally Tennis in common.”

Last year the Sherfield Team made it to the finals of the competition (read more about that here)

 

 
 
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Cooper Kirby Returns From Florida To Contest European Tournaments

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby is back from his month’s training at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Florida and is already competing again in Europe. After his intense Florida training routine, where he played five hours of tennis and as well as an additional two and half hours of fitness/core training everyday, he is well prepared for the summer tennis season.

After his success winning his first Florida tournament Naples, the Spring Tropical Junior, he competed in another 16 and under event but was knocked out in the quarter final stages by a fellow Gomez Academy player. His opponent has been playing at the academy on a full time basis for the last four years but that didn’t deter Cooper Kirby from putting up a good fight, he won the first set, lost the second and then lost match tie-breaker 10-4.

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Brian Cooper Kirby said, ” Dean played a full-time academy player, who is due to start playing in ITF’s this year, at the beginning of his Florida training and he lost 4-2 but by the end of his stay he won 4-2 which is great progress.”

With little time to get customized back to the UK timezone Cooper Kirby was straight off to Cyprus where he was accepted straight into the main draw of his first 16 and under Grade 2 Tennis Europe event at the Herodotou Tennis Academy in Larnaca. He faced a tough first round opponent in Jaime Faria from Portugal who had previously beaten players Cooper Kirby had lost against so he knew it would not be easy. Although he lost the match 6-2, 6-2 he learnt a lot especially that it will take time to master the new techniques he learnt in Florida in match environments.

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He also played in the doubles with his German partner Mark Owen Endler who trains full-time in Tenerife. The pair (pictured above) reached the semi-finals after beating Cypriot duoAndreas Lottides/Stavros Pamboris in the first round 6-1, 6-2 followed by Ioannis Kountourakis/Evangelos Kypriotis from Greece 6-2, 4-6, 10-8. They lost in the semis against eventual winners Nikita Petrusenko/Justas Trainauskas from Lithuania 7-6(6), 6-2. 

The semi final placing gained Dean another 20 points. He now has a total of 135 points and his ranking has moved from 661th to 575th. Within the group of UK players who compete in Tennis Europe events Cooper Kirby is now 17th on the leaderboard. As well as his Tennis Europe Ranking Cooper Kirby also has a Race to Masters ranking which is the ranking used for draws/selection that shows the current form of any player (in week 12/2018 he was 98th in Europe which accounts for his direct acceptances into tournament main draws). In the 16 and under category, after his recent semi-final position in the doubles, he is currently ranked 102nd in Europe with 110 points.

Cooper Kirby is looking for funding for his European Tournaments – read more about Dean in previous blog posts here

Visit Cooper Kirby’s GoFundMe page here for more information and his latest news and updates.

Chandrasekars Win The Quorn™ Family Tennis Cup

Neel Chandrasekar and his father Chandri were the winners of The Quorn™ Family Tennis Cup that took place at the indoor centre on Saturday run by performance player and assistant coach Miles Bromilow.

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Even thought there was a disappointing turnout in terms of entries the juniors and their respective parents enjoyed their matches. The Chandrasekars beat Roksana Jelonek and her father Chris 10-6 and Aaditya Kumar and his father Raj 10-2. The Jeloneks were runners-up after they defeated the Kumars 10-6.

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The Chandrasekars have won the opportunity to spend a day at a LTA grass court major event in June. In addition to watching all the on court action, they will also have the chance to play against other winners on the day.

Bromilow said of the event, “I would like to congratulate all of the competitors and especially Neel and his father for winning this Years Quorn Family Cup” he added, “The winning pair will now enjoy one of the LTAs premier grass court events and play against other event winners. Good Luck!!

The Quorn™ Family Tennis Cup is a nationwide Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) event designed to give families the opportunity to play tennis in an informal, fun competition run at their local venue such as Totally Tennis. It not only encourages families to play more tennis together but also to eat healthy food to complement an active lifestyle.

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Read more about The Quorn™ Family Tennis Cup events at Totally Tennis in previous posts The Quorn™ Family Tennis Cup 2018 and The Quorn Family Tennis Cup

 

 

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Tennis Tips | 8: Hitting a more aggressive slice backhand

Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh designed to improve your game.

Tip 8: Hitting a more aggressive slice backhand
Set up with the racket higher and take the ball early. Hit through the ball with good racket head speed. This will help you hit the ball deeper and with a lower flight path.

2018-04-24-PHOTO-00000071Wrong: Racket too low and elbow is tucked in to the body

2018-04-24-PHOTO-00000070Correct: Good set up with the racket higher

Read all the previous tips –  Tennis Tip | 1Tennis Tip | 2, Tennis Tip | 3Tennis Tip | 4,  Tennis Tip | 5, Tennis Tip | 6 and Tennis Tip |7

First Win For Hayden

Totally Tennis mini performance player and reigning TT Tour orange champion Hayden Cummings competed in his first green ball tournament at the Maidenhead Junior Open 2018 earlier this month and he WON it!

Cummings, who was playing in the Grade 4 tournament held at Maidenhead Lawn Tennis Club, competed in Group B in the first stage of the 10 and under Mixed Singles competition. He won all his four of his matches defeating Jasper Tong 4-0, Pavana Nrshinga 4-3(3), Gabriel Riminton 4-1 and Flora Hodge 4-0. In the main draw, Cummings beat Alexander Bruce in the semi-finals 4-2 and then beat Marcel Jesenko in the final 4-2 to win the event and collect the winners medal.

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Head coach James McIntosh said, “Hayden works really hard in his lessons and is progressing all the time, he has done really well to win his first green ball tournament. Well done Hayden, keep up the good work!

Last week Cummings competed in the Winchester Spring Open 2018 in both the 9 & under and 10 & under Boys singles events. After a bye in the first round of the 9 & under competition   he defeated Aidan Hewitt in the second round 7-2, 7-3 followed by a three set defeat of namesake Hayden Mundy 6-8, 7-3,7-4 in the quarters before losing in the semi-final to eventual winner Matteo Mirone 7-3, 8-6.

In the 10 & under event Cummings lost in the first round of the main draw against Michael Mitchell 5-3, 4-2 but then went on to be crowned consolation winner after beating Feliciano Ayala De Carolis 4-0, 4-1, Oliver Flynn 4-1, 4-1 and Jaydan Mitchell in the final  2-4, 4-1,1-0(2).

Congratulations Hayden 😉

Read more about the Winchester Spring Open 2018 in previous post Trophies for Performance Players at Winchester Spring Open

Trophies for Performance Players at Winchester Spring Open

Performance player an Sherfield School Tennis scholar Liam Hignett and his partner Ryan Golesworthy won the Open Men’s Doubles title at last weeks Winchester Spring Open 2018.

In the Grade 3 event which was held at Winchester Racquet sand Fitness club, Hignett and Golesworthy defeated Matts Colling and Oliver Fernandez in the semis 6-3, 7-5 and then Neil Pauffley and Josh Lawson in the final 7-6(3), 6-3 to win the event.

image1-3.jpegIn the Men’s singles Hignett and fellow tennis scholar and club mate Miles Bromilow were both contesting the title. Bromilow beat Olivier Drinkwater 6-0, 6-1 in the first round but then lost in the quarters in a close match against Eliot Glaysher 6-4, 5-7 [1-0](5), Hignett progressed further after a bye in the first round he beat Ben Hart in the quarters 6-1, 6-2 and then knocked Glaysher out of the tournament in the semis 6-2, 6-1 but lost in the final to Louis Allen 7-6(1), 6-3 to finish as runner-up.

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It was then the turn of the younger sisters with Isla Hignett and Jasmin Bromilow also competing in the Hampshire event alongside club mate Tillie Reid. Hignett was runner-up in 18 & under Girls singles; she had a bye in the quarters and then defeated Emma Mcmahon 6-4, 6-0 in the semis but lost in the final against Katy Jarvis 6-1, 6-1.

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All three girls competed in the Girls 16 & under doubles competition. In the semis Bromilow and partner Genevieve Doe beat Jessica Longjohn and Sophie Quagraine 4-5(5), 4-2, [1-0](3) and Hignett and Reid lost against Sienna May and Katy Jarvis 4-1, 4-0. In the final Bromilow and Doe lost to May and Jarvis 1-4, 5-4(4), [1-0](4) to finish as runners-up. 

image2-2.jpegHignett and Bromilow also played in the 16 & under Girls singles and after winning one match each against Sienna May 4-2, 4-0 and Genevieve Doe 5-3, 4-0 they were both knocked out in the quarter final stage.

Bromilow and Reid also played in the 14 & under Girls singles competition where they both had a bye in the first round. Reid beat Poppy Marston in the quarters 4-0, 4-0 but was then beaten by Jessica Longjohn 6-1, 6-1 in the semis. Bromilow defeated Maya Gupta in the quarters 4-0, 4-0 followed by a semi final win against Martyna Ciubatiuk 6-3, 6-2 but missed out on the winners trophy when she was beaten in the final by Longjohn 6-0, 6-1.

Congratulations to all the players who competed 😉

 

 

 

Tennis Tips | 7: Doubles Court Positioning When Returning Serve

Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh designed to improve your game.

Tip 7: Doubles Court Positioning When Returning Serve

If you are the net player and your partner is returning serve you should stand close to the T around the service line. This is to cover the middle between yourself and your partner if the opposite net player intercepts the return of serve. Standing too close to the net will leave a big gap between you down the middle for the net player to hit in to. If your partner does return the ball cross court you can then close into the net.
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Correct – Good court positing for the return, the net player is back by the service line close to the middle.

Read all the previous tips –  Tennis Tip | 1Tennis Tip | 2, Tennis Tip | 3Tennis Tip | 4,  Tennis Tip | 5 and Tennis Tip | 6