Tennis Tips | 13. Creating topspin on your backhand

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

Tip 13:  Creating topspin on your backhand

Make sure your racket head drops below the ball before you hit. Then try to accelerate the racket up the back of the ball to help create topspin.

 

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Wrong – Racket head too high.

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Correct – Racket head is dropped.

Read all the previous tips in the Tennis Tip tab – totallytennis.wordpress.com/tennis-tips/

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Totally Tennis Girls Reach County Cup National Finals

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett, Jasmin Bromilow and Tillie Reid were all part of the Hampshire & IOW team that played in the 14U County Cup 2018 National Finals held at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

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Fellow Hampshire players Hannah Smith, Anna Vinnell and Martyna Ciubatiuk made up the team of six who had previously won the 14 and under Girls County Cup 2018 regional playoffs at the beginning of May. The girls travelled up to Nottingham to compete in the 3-day finals event from 18th – 20th May along with team captain Fiona and vice-captain Taz wearing team hoodies provided by Mantis Sport.

The Hampshire girls were competing in Box B against teams from Surrey, Avon and Lancashire. On the first day the girls faced second seeds Surrey in the morning fixture and lost 5-1 with only Smith managing to win her singles 7-5, 6-4. Things didn’t get much better in the afternoon with another 5-1 loss against Avon with the pairing of Ciubatiuk/Vinnell winning their three set doubles match 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.

On the second day the girls faced Lancashire and even though they had another loss it was a better 4-2 scoreline with Smith winning her singles 6-1, 6-0 and Hignett/Smith winning their doubles match 6-4, 6-4.

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The team finished fourth in their box and on the last day they played the team from Leicestershire who finished fourth in Box A. The Hampshire girls won the match 4-2 overall with Smith, Bromilow and Vinnell all winning their singles matches and Smith/Vinnell winning their doubles 6-4, 6-4 to end on a positive note. The Hampshire team finished in seventh place overall and top seeds Middlesex were crowned the 2018 winners.

Commiserations girls – better luck next year 😉

Read more about the girls regional win in previous post Totally Tennis Girls Through To County Cup National Finals

 

Tennis Tips | 12. Slice Serve

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

Tip 12: Slice serve

Try to use the slice serve on the deuce side of the court to move your opponent out wide. Make sure you use your chopper grip and get the racket angle coming around the outside of the ball to help get the slice and direction.

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Wrong – Racket angle is too straight facing down the middle.
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Correct – Racket angle will come around the outside of the ball.

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Tough Match for Totally Tennis 10U Team Against Portsmouth

The Totally Tennis 10 and under team have moved to second place in the Mixed Division 1 of the Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2018 league, just behind Winchester Racquets and Fitness, after losing their away match against Portsmouth Tennis Academy (PTA) last weekend.

The team of Hayden Cummings, Dylan Cooper Kirby, Guhan Chendhilkumar and Charlie Mackenzie travelled to Portsmouth with coaches Jamie Jordan and Jordan Frederick to compete in the fixture that took place on Sunday. In the singles Cummings was the only player to win his match beating Savva Sujetov 4-2, 5-3 so the scoreline was 3-1 to the home team going into the doubles.

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Unfortunately things didn’t go to plan in the doubles either with the pairing of Cummings/Cooper Kirby losing against Sujetov/William Harrison 5-3, 4-2 and Chendhilkumar/Mackenzie being beaten by Meru Shrivastva/Zachary Cocker 4-1, 4-2. The final score was 10-2 to PTA and with Winchester beating David Lloyd Southampton A 12-0 in their fixture on Sunday they have moved to the top of the table.

Jamie said, “I thought the team played very well but unfortunately couldn’t get the win but we are all very proud of them.”

The Totally Tennis team now have one more away match to play this season on Sunday 17th June against Winchester. There’s everything to play for as all three teams at the top (Winchester, TT and PTA) level on 4 points each, but it’s going to be a tough match and Winchester have a game in hand. Good Luck boys 😉

Photo credit: www.instagram.com/jamiejordantennis/

 

 

LTA Summer Tournaments at Totally Tennis

Performance player Liam Hignett is running a series of Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) tournaments at Totally Tennis this summer.

The first two events are now open for entries (click on the links below to enter)

Saturday 30th June – 16U Boys and Girls Doubles (Grade 4)

16U Doubleshttps://www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/Competition/?ctn=1-FKZ5P80

Sunday 1st July – 12U Boys and Girls Singles (Grade 5)

12U Singles – https://www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/Competition/?ctn=1-FKZEKOA

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Further tournaments will be held in July and August as per the table above – for more information visit www3.lta.org.uk/competitions
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Tennis Tips | 11. Attacking The Return of a Second Serve

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

Tip 11: Attacking The Return of a Second Serve

Move up inside the court to attack the second serve return. Try to take the ball early to give the opponent less time and get on top of the point early.

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Wrong – Standing too far back behind the baseline.

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Correct – Court position inside the court.

Read all the previous tips in the Tennis Tip tab – totallytennis.wordpress.com/tennis-tips/

Tennis Camps – May Half Term 2018

Looking for healthy alternative for your children in the May Half Term break? Want your children to have fun and learn a new sport in school holidays? Then Totally Tennis has just the answer ……….

Children can keep active whilst having lots of fun and learn a new sport in the school holidays with the clubs popular Tennis and Multi Sport Camps that will be running at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre in the War Memorial Park (9am – 4.00pm) from Tuesday 29th May until Friday 1st June with morning and afternoon sessions as well as full-day options.

The scheme has OFSTED accreditation and the sessions are run by our experienced Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) qualified and licensed coaches. Sessions at both venues will include tennis and multi-sports activities. Children must be 5 and over to stay for the full day. Each child should dress appropriately for tennis activities and need to bring a packed lunch, drinks and wear sunscreen if the weather is good. Children will be supervised throughout the day, including lunch breaks and swimming sessions.

Rackets will be provided for those who need one. Please note refunds will only be given with 24 hours notice and sessions need a minimum number of participants in order to take place. As a result of a cancellation by Totally Tennis an alternative will be offered.

For more information about the Tennis Camps at either venue please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, email tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk