Win for Boys in Portsmouth

The Totally Tennis 10 and under Mixed team competed in their second match of the Hampshire & IOW Winter Junior League 2018 – 2019 against Portsmouth Tennis Academy today.

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The team of Hayden Cummings, Nikesh Bomer and twins Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar travelled to Portsmouth with coach Jamie Jordan. In the singles Nikesh won 4-0, 4-1 Gevin won 4-0, 4-0 Guhan lost 4-0, 4-1 and Hayden lost 4-0, 4-1 so the team had a 3-1 lead going into the doubles. Hayden and Guhan lost their match 4-1, 5-3 and Nikesh and Gevin won 4-0, 4-2 then in the shootout Nikesh and Hayden won 10-7 in singles to win the fixture.

Jordan said, “It’s amazing how the boys have become a team in a individual sport and all cheered and supported each other all the way through the competition.”

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Other teams competing in the league are David Lloyd Southampton A, David Lloyd Southampton B, Winchester Racquets and Fitness and Portsmouth Tennis Academy. Totally Tennis’ next match is home against Winchester Racquets & Fitness on 29th October.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Event 2018 | Macmillan Cancer Support

Totally Tennis held it’s annual World’s Biggest Coffee morning event in support of Macmillan Cancer Support alongside the clubs’ regular Mixed Morning session on Friday 26th September. Players enjoyed the drills and matchplay session followed by coffee and cakes, with the club raising just over £133 to contribute to the charity’s goal to meet its 2018 target. Coffee and cakes were served throughout the day for parents of squad players too.

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Head coach James McIntosh, who ran the session with Jordan Frederick said, “It was a great morning at Totally Tennis with everyone enjoying some cake after the session. Thank you to all of those who donated for such a great cause.”

The club has been a regular supporter of this annual event, raising money to donate to the charity which improves the lives of people and their families affected by cancer. Macmillan’s ongoing goal is to make sure no one faces cancer alone, providing medical, emotional, practical and financial support, as well as campaigning for better cancer care and giving the all important information to help those suffering and their carers.

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Totally Tennis’ Mixed Morning sessions, part of the club’s Adult Programme, provides a healthy mixture of coaching and social match play every Monday and Friday from 10.00am – 11.30am. For more information, please telephone 01256 358816 or visit our website www.totallytennis.co.uk

Tennis Tips | Tip 30: Hitting A Backhand Down The Line

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

Tip 30:  Hitting A Backhand Down The Line

When you hit your backhand down the line make sure you are sideways on and step into the court with your front foot, this will help you control the direction and get your weight transferring forward.

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Wrong: Not standing sideways on

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Correct: Sideways on ready to step forward and transfer weight in the direction of the ball

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Hignett Competes in ITF Futures Events

Performance player Liam Hignett, who is now coaching at the club during his gap year, is competing in a series of high profile and ITF (International Tennis Federation) pro-circuits tournaments across the country.

His first event at the beginning of the month was the LTA British Tour Paddington Open Mens Singles held at Paddington Sports Club. In the first round Hignett beat eighth seed Jack Gibbens 6-4, 6-4 followed by Jamie Caprice 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the quarters before losing in the semi finals against Sean Hodkin 6-2, 7-5.

He then starting competing in the ITF Futures events. His first event was the Great Britain F4 Futures event held at Nottingham Tennis Centre where he lost in the first round of singles qualifying draw against George Davies 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 7-5. The second tournament was the F5 Futures event held at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, London where he lost to Jonathon Binding in the first round of the singles qualifying 6-3, 7-6(6). This coming week he will play in the F6 Futures tournament in Barnstaple at the Tarka Tennis Centre.

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Hignett, who is current Hampshire & IOW County Championships Men’s champion, will be coaching at Totally Tennis sharing his experience and expertise with both adult and junior players as well as offering private lessons and hitting sessions for performance players looking for that extra practice. He will also be studying for his LTA level 3 coach qualification and continuing to run competitions at the club.

Read more about Hignett’s gap year plans here 

Tennis Tips | Tip 29: Hitting A Low Volley

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Tip 29: Hitting A Low Volley

When your opponent hits the ball low to your feet when at the net make sure you use a chopper grip and open up your racket face to hit the ball up.

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Wrong: Closed racket face

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Correct: Knees bent and racket face open

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Coaches Retain Mixed Doubles Title

Totally Tennis coaches Ben Jubin and Steph Catlin are a dream team when it comes to playing mixed doubles and this year is no exception as the duo added yet another title to their collection. They successfully defended their 2017 Basingstoke League Tournament crown by beating Chris Harrolds and Clare Munns (in a re-run of last years match and scoreline) 6-4, 6-2 in the final played at Beechdown Health Club .

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Congratulations 🙂

TENNIS TIPS | TIP 28: Using the right movement to recover from out wide

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Tip 28: Using the right movement to recover from out wide

If your opponent hits a ball which moves you out of court make sure you recover using crossover steps rather than sidesteps. This will help you recover quicker and get back into court before your opponent hits the next ball.

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Wrong: Sidesteps

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Correct: Crossover steps
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Hampshire & IOW Winter Junior League 2018 – 2019

The Totally Tennis 10 and under Mixed team competed in the first match of the Hampshire & IOW Winter Junior League 2018 – 2019 against Portsmouth Tennis Centre yesterday.

The team, who were without a fourth player, of Nikesh Bomer and twins Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar travelled to Portsmouth last weekend. In the singles Guhan won 4-1, 4-0 but both Gevin and Nikesh lost 5-3, 1-4, 10-8 and 4-1, 4-0 respectively. In the doubles the twins lost 4-0, 4-0 and with the missing fourth player’s matches conceded the Portsmouth team won overall 4-2.

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Other teams competing in the league are David Lloyd Southampton A, David Lloyd Southampton B, Winchester Racquets and Fitness and Portsmouth Tennis Academy. Totally Tennis’ next match is away at Portsmouth Tennis Academy on 30th September.

Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2018

Totally Tennis are once again hosting a tennis and coffee morning on Friday 28th September in support of Macmillan Cancer Support ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ campaign. The club will host its ladies morning tennis session from 10am followed by coffee and cakes at 11.30am at the indoor centre, inviting players to join together to contribute to the charity’s target. The annual event, which the club has always supported has become part of the club’s charity event calendar, encouraging players to get fit and healthy whilst raising money for a good cause.

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Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Around 2.7 million people are living with cancer in the UK today, by 2040, this will rise to 5.3 million*.

All donations received go towards Macmillan services and in 2016 alone, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning events raised a whooping £29.5 million. Since 2010, main sponsor Marks & Spencer has raised more than £13 million that helps funds professionals such as nurses, occupational therapists and dietitians who provide essential medical, emotional and practical support for those whose lives are affected by cancer.

Totally Tennis’ adult morning sessions are 90 minutes and include fitness drills and match play available every week on Mondays and Fridays (10am – 11.30am) at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park. For more information and to book your place telephone 01256 358816

If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help. For information, support or just someone to talk to you can call 0808 808 0000 or visit macmillan.org.uk

* Information sourced from macmillan.org.uk

Tennis Tips | Tip 27: Using the slice backhand when under pressure

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

Tip 27: Using the slice backhand when under pressure

When you are under pressure try using the slice backhand to slow the ball down to give yourself time to recover. Open your racket face to create more height over the net and keep the ball deep. This will give you a chance to get back into the point and keep the opponent behind the baseline.

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Wrong: The racket head is flat

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Correct: Has an open racket face

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