Adult American Doubles

Celebrate the great British summer and the tennis season this July at Totally Tennis. Come and join in all the fun and play in the Adult American Doubles tournament taking place on Friday 13th July. This fun event, which will be run by coach Jamie Jordan, will take place from 6:30pm and will be followed by a BBQ and drinks ūüėČ


When: Friday 13th July

Time: 6:30pm onwards

Cost: £15 per player

For more information contact Jamie – to book your spot telephone 01256 358816 or visit reception

Totally Tennis Girls are Hampshire Schools Champions

Totally Tennis performance players Tillie Reid and Jasmin Bromilow represented Sherfield School and were declared the 16 and under Girls champions at the annual Hampshire Schools Doubles Competition held at Winchester Racquets & Fitness.


In the group stages, the girls who are both Sherfield School tennis scholars and were the top seeds in the event, won all of their three matches in Group A beating¬†Emma Clews/Amira Dart 4-0,¬†Daisy Hollingshead/Hollie Sertin 4-0 and¬†Daisy Milward/Lucy Wilkinson 4-1. In the quarter finals, they beat¬†Maya Gandee Morgan and¬†Pippa Reid 4 – 0 and then faced¬†club mates and third seeds Isla Hignett and Atinuke Adelakun (Robert May’s School) in the semi finals and defeated them 4-1. In the final, they beat Zoe Upcraft and Alice Calder (pictured in blue below) from St. Swithen’s 4 – 3 after a nail-biting tie break.


The boys event was won by Ryan Golesworthy and Daniel Nightingale who were representing Robert Mays School (pictured wearing black) and the runners-up were Jean Mauratille and Finbar Tellwright (also at the back of the photo).

Congratulations Tillie and Jasmin ūüėČ



Tennis Tips | Tip 17 : Returning a Higher and Deeper Ball

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

Tip 17: Returning a Higher and Deeper Ball

Move behind the baseline to allow the ball to drop so you can hit up the back of it with good height – this will help you to keep the ball deeper.


Wrong: Didn’t move back enough so the contact point is too high


Correct: Moved back behind the baseline to hit the ball at waist height

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Totally Tennis Maintain Unbeaten Record in Euskirchen

The annual Festival of Sport¬†took place in¬†Basingstoke‚Äôs Twin Town Euskirchen last week and a team of Totally Tennis junior players travelled to Germany to defend the club’s unbeaten record in the competition.


The team, who were representing both the club and Basingstoke in the annual sporting competition organised by the Basingstoke Sports Council, were just some of the nearly two hundred representatives that made the trip over to the twin town this year to compete in a variety of sports.

The tennis team of Harry Fest, Ollie Brown, Josh Furneaux, Dylan Hall-Jones, Isla Hignett, Jasmin Bromilow, Tillie Reid, Kirsty Da Silva, Amberly Chapman and Tinuke Adelakun  travelled with head coach James Macintosh to compete in the event which was celebrating its 26th year of competition . The group arrived on Thursday morning and had a day out at the theme park Phantasialand before meeting their host families who they stayed with for the weekend.


On Friday morning the players had a training session on the clay courts at Rotweiss Tennis followed by an afternoon of social events and a BBQ. The tennis competition was held on Saturday with Totally Tennis maintaining their unbeaten record in the competition winning a convincing 14 Р0 overall. In the singles, Ollie won 6 Р4, Josh 6-3 and 6 Р1, Dylan 6 Р4, Tinuke 6 Р1, Harry 6 Р3, Kirsty  6 Р1, James 6 Р0 and 6 Р1 and Isla 6 Р0. In the doubles Amberly/Kirsty won 6 Р0 and 6 Р2, Tillie/Tinuke 6 Р0 and Dylan/Amberly 6 Р2.


The four-day annual event, organised by Kevin Laing from the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council, included training and competition in a variety of sports culminating in the final presentation on Saturday evening. Basingstoke claimed overall victory beating Eurskichen 26 – 8 to be declared the 2018 Festival of Sport winners.


Each year sports teams from Basingstoke and Euskirchen meet for the sporting event on an annual reciprocal hosting basis and each sport competes against each other with the overall scores deciding which town wins the overall trophy. The other teams competing were Basingstoke Academy of Dance,¬†Basingstoke & Mid Hants Athletics Club,¬†Summit and¬†AWE Judo Clubs, the Vyne Secondary School,¬†Sherborne St John Boys U12 and U14 Football Club,¬†Bishop Challoner Secondary School,¬†St Mary’s Junior School and¬†Basingstoke Volleyball Club.

Tennis Tips | Tip 16: Using The Slice Backhand Approach Shot

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

Tip 16: Using The Slice Backhand Approach Shot

With Wimbledon approaching you will see players looking to move into the net on a faster court surface. A good shot to use is the backhand slice approach as the ball will stay low making it difficult for your opponent to pass, setting you up for a finishing volley.


Wrong – Racket is too low so you will not get underneath the ball and it will go to high giving your opponent more time.


Correct – The racket is higher to come down on the ball to keep it lower over the net

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Winners and Runners-Up Trophies For Cooper Kirby in Iceland

Dean Cooper Kirby travelled to Iceland for his latest Tennis Europe tournament accompanied on this occasion by his Totally Tennis coach, Jordan Frederick. This was the first time that both Cooper Kirby and Frederick had visited Iceland and both were amazed by the extreme weather and lack of darkness.


The¬†K√≥pavogur Open 16 and under tournament was held at¬†Tennish√∂llin in¬†Kopavogi, home to¬†the country’s only three¬†indoor courts. After a bye in the first round, Cooper Kirby who was fourth seed, beat¬†Jonathan Sund Nordahl from Denmark 6-3, 7-5¬†to find himself in the quarters up against seventh seed, a hard hitting Russian named Dmitrii Ivanov whom he defeated 6-2, 6-3.

In the semis, he faced top seed Maximilian Homberg but he was not deterred coming back from 5-4 down in the first set to win 7-5, 6-3 overall. This important win placed Cooper Kirby in his ever Tennis Europe final and he was up against second seed Nicolas Moser who was the stronger player winning the match and the title 7-5, 6-2 and Cooper Kirby took the very respectable runners-up position.

In the doubles, Cooper Kirby teamed up with Mark Owen Endler from Germany and they beat fellow Brit Cameron Timlin and his Danish partner Nordahl in the quarters 6-1, 6-4 and then defeated another Brit Zachary Cox and his partner Ivo Isqueiro from Portugal in a tougher semi-final encounter 7-6(5), 2-6, 10-5. In the final it was retribution time for Cooper Kirby who along with Endler beat the pairing of Homberg/Moser 7-5, 6-3 to win the event.

07F86D2C-5816-4242-B87A-8F168EE6A424Frederick said. ” Dean did well to reach both finals after defeating the number one seed in both cases. This tournament was a great learning curve and a very good result to be walking away with a doubles win and runner up in the singles.¬†Great effort Dean!

Congratulations Dean!
Read more about Dean Cooper Kirby’s Tennis Europe and Florida training in previous posts here

Tennis Tips | Tip 15: Using the Drop Shot

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

Tip 15: Using the Drop Shot

Some of you would have seen the drop shot used at the French Open. The drop shot is very effective on a slower surface when you have a shorter ball and the opponent is far back behind the baseline. To hit an effective drop shot try to get your racket face to come under the ball to create backspin so the ball will slow down, you want to get the ball to land shorter on the court and not to go too high over the net.

Wrong –¬†
Racket face is too open and the ball will go too high, giving the opponent more time to get there.


Correct –¬†Racket angle is in a good position to create the backspin on the ball.

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