Hignett Represents Hampshire in the Summer County Cup 2018

Performance player and former Sherfield School tennis scholar Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & IOW men’s team who competed in the LTA Summer County Cup 2018 at the Northern Lawn Tennis Club in Manchester from 23rd to 27 July.

Hignett joined fellow county players Sam Bird, Joshua Girling, Ryan Golesworthy, Austin Gwilliam, George Houghton, Michael Johnson, Miles McDowall and Paul Scullard to compete in Group 3 of the week long doubles competition against five other teams from East of Scotland, Cheshire, North of Scotland, Buckinghamshire and North Wales.

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In their first fixture on day one, Hampshire were pitted against Buckinghamshire where they lost 7 – 2 with only the pairings of Houghton/McDowall and Girling/Johnson winning their matches. Things did not get much better on day two with another 7 – 2 loss against the team from East of Scotland with Houghton/McDowall the only pair to win both their matches. Things did improve on the third day of competition with a win for the Hampshire team against North Wales 5 – 4, Hignett/Golesworthy won their two matches, Houghton/McDowall added another two victories to their overall score and Johnson/Scullard also picked up a win.

On day four things reverted back to earlier in the week with the Hampshire team losing against North of Scotland 6 – 3 with only Houghton/McDowall winning three matches. The final day saw another 6 – 3 defeat against Cheshire that once against saw Houghton/McDowall as the only winning pair securing yet three more matches. The team from East of Scotland were declared the overall winners of the group with ten points and the Hampshire team finished in last place with just two points.

County Cup events give players the opportunity to represent their county in team competition in national/regional stages in various age groups from 9 and under to adult open events. Players are selected to play by their respective county and there are two separate County Cup competitions, one taking place in summer and one in winter.

 

TENNIS TIPS | TIP 21: Using The Lob

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

Tip 21: Using The Lob

Use the lob when your opponent is at the net. Drop your racket head below the ball and swing up the back of the ball with a steeper swing path. This will help you create lots of height to get the ball over the opponent.

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Wrong: Racket head is high

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Correct: The racket head has dropped below the ball.

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Runner-Up Trophy for Hayden in Windsor

Mini performance player Hayden Cummings was the runner up in the 9 and under Grade 3 Boys singles event at the Windsor Open held at Windsor Lawn Tennis Club on Sunday.

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In the group stages, Cummings was competing in Group G where he won both his matches to win the group beating Freddie Law 7-3, 7-0 and Tiger Pearl 7-4, 9-7. In the main draw he defeated Zak Bergandy in the first round 7-2, 9-7 followed by Xavier Bailey 8 – 6, 7 – 4 in the quarters and a semi final victory against Stefan Puiu 7-5, 7-5. He lost in the final against Micheal Wilson in a three set encounter  2-7, 7-1, 7-2 to finish as runner-up.

Well done Hayden!

 

Bromilow Secures Tennis Scholarship to Study in America

Performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar, Miles Bromilow has secured a tennis scholarship to join the Pioneers at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, just outside Chicago in Illinois.

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Bromilow, who was Head Boy at Sherfield School and even modelled on this year’s London Fashion Week catwalk, will leave to start the next stage in his education in America in the middle of August. He will be studying for a degree in engineering as well as training on court and working on his fitness with his new college team mates. He will compete in the Pioneers tennis team, who have just claimed their third straight Region IV Crown, against colleges from other states across the country.

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This is an amazing opportunity for Bromilow that sees him follow in the footsteps of many former Totally Tennis performance players including current coach Steph Catlin, who studied in Colorado.

Bromilow said “On a personal note I would like thank all the coaches and staff at Totally Tennis for their help in my development as a player and a person over the years.” he added, “I will of course be back at the club during the summer breaks.”

Tennis Tips | Tip 20: Returning a First Serve

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

Tip 20: Returning a First Serve

Try to shorten your take back on the return of a first serve – this will help you with timing the ball and getting the contact point out in front when receiving a faster ball

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Wrong: The racket is too far back

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Correct: Shorter take back

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Runner-up spot for Da Silva in County Finals

Performance player Kirsty Da Silva was runner up at the Road to Wimbledon Hampshire & IOW County Finals held yesterday at Canoe Lakes, Southsea after losing in the final to second seed Rina Hayamizu.

Da Silva, who was top seed, had a bye in round one and then beat Katrina Ozeta in the second round 4 – 1, 4 – 2. In the quarters she defeated sixth seed Poppy Marston 4 – 2, 5 – 3 followed by third seed Poppy Savory in the semis 6 -3, 6 – 4 before losing to Hayamizu in the final 7 – 5, 6 – 0.

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Sue Da Silva said, “After a fiercely contested first set Kirsty served for it at 5-4 up but couldn’t quite get over the line and her extremely consistent and more experienced opponent, held on to take the first set.” she added, “The intensity of the first set and extreme heat seemed to affect Kirsty more in the second and she couldn’t quite re-create her highly aggressive, powerful game and despite her best efforts, had to settle for second place.”

The annual 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 tournament having had many players get through to play at SW19 in the past. As runner-up Da Silva will now attend a tennis clinic with Tim Henman at Wimbledon on Saturday 18th August along with all the other county final runners-up.

Well done Kirsty 🙂

Jordan hosts American Doubles Tournament

Coach Jamie Jordan hosted an American Doubles tournament on Friday evening for adults players followed by a BBQ.

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The event, which attracted twelve players, was played in a round robin mixed doubles format where players are initially paired at random. Timed rounds are played on a rotational basis and the winner in this case, Cliff Church (pictured third left in green top) is the player who wins the most games overall.

Jordan said, “Thanks to everyone who entered and stayed for the BBQ, it was great fun and I hope to run more of these events in the future.” he added, “Thanks to my fellow coaches for all your help too.”

To find out more about the Adult Programme at Totally Tennis click HERE or telephone 01256 358816

Photos provided by www.instagram.com/jamiejordantennis/

Kirsty Da Silva Wins Road To Wimbledon Club Event

This year’s Totally Tennis HSBC Road to Wimbledon (U14) club event was won by performance player Kirsty Da Silva who won all her matches beating Amberly Chapman 4-0, 4-0 and Tinuke Adelakun 4-0, 4-1. The runner-up spot went to Adelakun who defeated Chapman 4-0, 4-1. Da Silva, who is also a Sherfield School Tennis Scholar, will now compete in the county finals which will take place over the weekend of 14th and 15th July at Canoe Lakes in Southsea. 

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Fellow performance players and Sherfield Tennis Scholars Dean Cooper Kirby and Aaron Dawson competed in the Road to Wimbledon International 2018 – 14U Boys Singles South West Regional Qualifier held at the East Gloucestershire Club in Cheltenham. This event was open to highly rated British players only. Top seed Cooper Kirby was one of the four qualifiers of the event after beating both Callum Matthew and Sebastian Pasmore 6-1, 6-0 respectively and then defeating club mate Dawson 6-2, 7-6(4).

Coach Jamie Jordan said “Congratulations Kirsty and good luck in the Hampshire County Finals this weekend.  he added, “Congratulations to Dean for winning in the International event.”

The two winners (boy and girl) of each County Final will be invited to play at Wimbledon from 12th – 18th August in the National Finals (an additional four lucky losers from the County Finals will also be invited to the National Finals). Da Silva will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of many her former Totally Tennis players.

The Road to Wimbledon International has expanded in Asia with competitions across China, Hong Kong SAR, India and for the first time this year, in Japan. The UK qualifying leg of The Road to Wimbledon International – open to highly rated British youngsters ran from 23th – 24th June. Two girls and four boys at the GB Regional events will qualify for the grade 2 Finals taking place from Sunday 12 to Saturday 18 August 2018 at Wimbledon. They will be joined at the International Finals by qualifying players from India, China, Hong Kong and Japan events.

The Road to Wimbledon is the biggest junior tournament in British tennis and gives all 14U 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 members/pupils rated between 10.2 and 7.1. For stronger rated players (6.2 or higher) there is the HSBC Road to Wimbledon International event which players can enter directly.

Congratulations Kirsty and Dean 😉

Photo used with courtesy of JamieJordanTennis. Additional information sourced from www.roadtowimbledon.com

 

Tennis Tip | Tip 19: Approaching The Net

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

Tip 19: Approaching the Net.

When moving into the net try to take the approach shot early so you can be more aggressive and give the opponent less time. The video shows a forehand approach down the line and the volley into the space to finish the point.

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Correct: The racket is higher so you can take the ball early.

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June In Pictures

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Isla Hignett won the 18 and under Girls singles title at Bradfield 2018 Open

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Mini Performance player Hayden Cummings won the 10 and Under Mixed title at the South West Summer County Tour held at David Lloyd Southampton

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Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva, 13 was runner-up in the 16 and under Girls singles event held at the Atlantic Racquet Centre in Bideford, Devon.

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The Totally Tennis 9 and under Team Tennis squad were crowned Division 1 Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2018 Mixed champions (L to R Nikes Bommer, Hayden Cummings and twins Guhan and Gevin Chendhilkumar pictured with coach Jamie Jordan)

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Performance player Dean Cooper Kirby (pictured right with TT coach Jordan Frederick in the centre) won the 16 & under Doubles title at the Tennis Europe in Iceland with partner Mark Endler and was runner-up in the singles event

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The Totally Tennis team retain their unbeaten record at the annual Basingstoke versus Eurskirchen Festival of Sport in Germany. 

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00225CA1-54CF-47A1-A1D8-574EAD4534C0Adult friendly matchplay – Totally Tennis versus St. Neots, winning pair below

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Tillie Reid and Jasmin Bromilow win the Hampshire Schools Doubles title while representing Sherfield School where they are both tennis scholars

Mini Performance player Guhan Chendhilkumar performs the coin toss at one of the semi-finals of the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne

June’s Tennis Tips