Meet Our Coaches: Julia Moore

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Coach Profile: Julia Moore

Coaching Qualification?  Level 3, Accredited + coach

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

I was 11 which is a bit late for juniors 

How were you introduced to the sport?

My mum and dad used to play and have me sat at the side when I was very young but eventually I bugged them to let me try. They gave me a very old large wooden racket which was far too big!! No such thing as mini tennis when I started. I taught myself by hitting against a wall. Once I started hitting with my family, my dad used to rush the net after the first shot of every rally. He’s 6’1 so that was quite fun for a kid! Once I started beating him, I tried out for a club scholarship which I got and went on from there.

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

Nigel taught me on my level 3 course and so I know that I’ll continue to develop as a coach with him. I also did some research and knew that Totally Tennis offered a good programme for all sorts of different standards of players and ages. The coaching is well respected in tennis circles – put simply, it’s a proper tennis club and programme.

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Dominika Cibulkova because she’s quite short for a tennis player yet she’s a force to be reckoned with on court. It’s all to do with her athleticism and attitude. She’s got one of the best fighting attitudes out there, in my opinion, plus she makes sure to enjoy her life outside of tennis. I think mental attitude and life balance is sometimes neglected in professional tennis and I think it can help someone have longevity in the game. Her go-getting attitude is very similar to Rafa Nadal who I love too.

Years ago, my favourites were Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi because of their huge groundstrokes, especially forehands! She was always classy on court and treated everyone with respect, while obviously being a hugely competitive player. Andre Agassi likewise; his autobiography is one of the best tennis books I’ve read and such a good story that I even recommend it to people who don’t play tennis.

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I love it when someone suddenly understands something and then they can do it. I also really like it when I can help a good player become better when they realise how important mental toughness is.

How often do you coach?

About 4-5 days a week

Do you play any other sport?

Golf and sometimes skiing

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

I’ve got two – one personal and one due to someone else’s achievement. Firstly, I’m glad I started playing competitively again about four years ago and eventually, I won my first ITF seniors tournament last year. Secondly, I’m so proud of a young girl I sometimes hit with who is a top junior in Britain and has just flown off to play a round of international ITF tournaments – she’s not only talented and ambitious but a kind girl.

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Cummings Win The Quorn™ Family Cup 2019

Father and son duo Hayden and Ben Cummings won the Quorn™ Family Cup 2019 event held at the indoor centre yesterday. The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) event, run by coach Miles Bromilow, is a family tournament that give players the opportunity to compete in an informal and fun competition with an adult family member. The event also promotes playing tennis more frequently and eat healthy food as part of an active lifestyle.

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Sixteen players entered the competition playing in two boxes of four pairings. The top two teams in each box progressed to the semis and the bottom two played consolation matches against each other. The Cummings, who also won the event back in 2016, defeated Roksana and Chris Jelonek in the final 10-5.

Bromilow who said, “We had a great turnout and lots of prizes were given out. Congratulations to our winning pair Hayden and Ben.”

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As club winner’s Hayden and Ben will be invited to a Red Ball Festival Day hosted at an LTA Summer Grass Court event in June. The Festival Days include some more, fun Red Ball tennis as well as goodies and prizes for all the junior players. After enjoying lunch, players and parents are free to enjoy watching the professional players in action.

Read more about The Quorn™ Family Cup HERE

Easter Trophy Haul for Karjalainen

Mini performance player Kevin Karjalainen was busy over the Easter break playing in a number of tournaments. In his first event, the Fowler Architecture and Planning Pewsey Junior Open held at the Pewsey Tennis Club in Wiltshire Karjalainen won his first three matches in the 9 & under Mixed singles event to win Group B and progress to the main draw.

In the group stages he defeated Arthur Beck 7-4, 7-3, William Adams 8-6, 2-7, 7-3 and Vrishan Pandya 6-8, 7-4, 7-3.  He then beat Martin Gil-Rueda 7-5, 7-5 in the semis but finished runner-up after losing in the final against Harry Mitchell 7-2, 7-3.

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He then competed in the Bradfield Easter Open 2019 at the Bradfield Tennis Centre competing in the 9 & under Boys singles where he won Group C in the qualifying stages. He beat Harry Dolman 12 – 10, Arjun Tahiliani 13-11 and Theo Lane 10-7 but then lost in the semis against Joshua Church 10 – 5. He finished in fourth place overall after losing the 3rd & 4th place playoff match against William Lamb 10 -5.

In the Ash Manor Easter Open held at the Ash Manor Tennis Centre in Surrey Karjalainen played in the 9 and under mixed singles beating George Cardy 8-6, 7-2, Thomas Nickson 7-5, 11-9, Zoe Grabowska 7-3, 7-2 and Wynne Chen 2-7, 7-5, 7-5 to win Group B. In the semi finals he defeated Lyla Read 7-3, 11-9 but lost to Wynne Chen in the final 8-6, 7-5 to finish in the runner-up position.

Congratulations Kevin.

Meet Our Coaches: Steph Catlin

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Coach Profile: Steph Catlin

Coaching Qualification: LTA Level 2

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Nine

How were you introduced to the sport?

Holiday camps at TT

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

It’s home from home 🙂

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Serena Williams, she’s a Queen

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

Meeting all different types of people from all walks of life

How often do you coach?

Four times a week

Do you play any other sport?

Does CrossFit count? 

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Obtaining a tennis scholarship to a Division 1 University in the USA

 

Meet Our Coaches: Jamie Barry

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Coaching Qualification:   Level 3

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Two

How were you introduced to the sport?

Through my parents as my mum’s a tennis coach and my dad’s a keen player.

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

My coach and idol growing up was Jason Jokhoo who grew up playing at Totally Tennis and coached there for years before moving to Salisbury. He always spoke really highly of Totally Tennis and Nigel Long so when I got the chance to join the team, learn from great coaches and work with really good players while following in Jason’s footsteps it was a no brainer!

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I really enjoy seeing players enjoying tennis and improving their game at the same time.

How often do you coach?

Six days a week

Do you play any other sport?

Football and Golf

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

As a player I’ve won the county closed doubles three times but my most proud moment was watching a player I’ve coached for years playing at Wimbledon in the Road to Wimbledon competition.

Read more about the Totally Tennis coaching team on the COACHING TEAM tab or click totallytennis.wordpress.com/meet-the-team/

Meet Our Coaches: Liam Hignett

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Coach Profile: Liam Hignett

Coaching Qualification:   Level 3 Accredited

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Ten

How were you introduced to the sport?

Through a school taster session

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

Great, local centre, enthusiastic players and ultimately, a fantastic coaching team who I enjoy working with.

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I love seeing people reach their goals and targets, whatever level they are playing at, and I love supporting them towards this.

How often do you coach?

More or less, every day!

Do you play any other sport?

I used to do cross country, football, hockey and various athletics events during my time in school.

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Certainly 2016 GB National Championships, becoming a National Doubles Champion and being in the top 8 in the singles.

 

 

March In Pictures

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IMG_9237The brownies visited for a fun session with Head Coach James McIntoshIMG_9423

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