TT Tour – October 2019

The latest Red and Orange TT Tour events took place last Saturday with Tobi Adeniran being crowned the Red winner and Ayush Thondapu claiming overall Orange victory.

956525df-d8b4-4134-83d4-a05e9e450ef7.jpgAdeniran won all his matches beating Shrihan Chakraborty, Freddie Stokes and Shrayan Subash all 10-4 respectively and Maximus Perez-Lockley 10-1. Chakraborty finished in the runner-up position defeating Perez-Lockley 10-3, Stokes 10-6 and Subash 10-5. Stokes was third overall, Subash fourth and Perez-Lockley was in fifth place.

5f4983ec-3506-4891-8385-16460d64b2a9Due to less entries in the Orange event the players all played each other twice. Thondapu beat Charlotte Salt 10-3 and 10-7 and Finley Chivers 10-6 but then lost against him in a close match 12-10. Chivers was runner-up after defeating Salt 10-5 and 10-3.

Head coach James Mcintosh said, “Well done to everyone that competed in the TT Tour, it was great to see some players competing for the first time.” he added, “The competition is designed to give the players in the squads an opportunity to compete in a fun environment. We look forward to seeing some more competitors at the next event on the 23rd November.

The TT Tour is a competition programme for Totally Tennis junior players with several tournaments held throughout the year.  An up-to-date leaderboard will show each player’s rankings in each group. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as additional points for entering. See schedule below for full list of tournament dates.

Date

Tournament

Ball Colour

Time

Saturday 23rd November

World Tour Finals

Red & Orange

1pm – 3pm

Sunday 24th November

World Tour Finals

Green & Yellow

1pm – 3pm

Saturday 14th December

Christmas Tour

Red & Orange

1pm – 3pm

Sunday 15th December

Christmas Tour

Green & Yellow

1pm – 3pm

RED (Pirates, Indians, Red Squad) and ORANGE (Dodgers and Orange Squad)

GREEN (Giants and Green Squad) and YELLOW (A,B,C and Performance Squads)

 

 

 

 

 

Elvira Represents Poland in the ITF Super-Seniors Championships

Totally Tennis 50+ and Mixed Morning player Elvira Olbrich competed for her native Poland in the Women’s 65 category of the Kitty Godfree Cup at the 39th ITF Super-Seniors championships held last month.

img_7632-1-scaled-2560.jpgPoland were drawn in Group B in the opening rounds where they finished in fourth place after losing to Germany, Australia and Argentina.

In the play-off matches they beat both Turkey and Portugal 3-0 respectivitely and finished in thirteenth place overall. Team USA won overall. Olbrich and partner Sofia Ruminska beat Turkish duo Sevcan Mert and Servet Polat 6-0, 6-0 and she defeated Portugese pairing Carmina Azavedo/Marilia Madeira-Pinto 6-3, 7-6(1).

Olbrich said, ” I was playing for Poland Ladies ‘65 in the Kitty Godfrey Cup. I played doubles against Portugal. The Totally Tennis sessions helped me a lot with my preparation for this tournament.”

 

 

Singles Title for Cummings in Portsmouth

Totally Tennis performance player Hayden Cummings won the Portsmouth Tennis Centre Winter County Tournament (WCT) 12 & under Boys singles title.

In the grade 5 tournament held at Portsmouth Tennis Centre last week, Cummings had a bye in the quarters and then beat former Totally Tennis player Nikesh Reddy Bomma in the semis 4-3(5), 4-1 and then defeated Jamie Holligon in the final 4-3(2), 4-1 to win the title.

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Earlier this month Cummings was runner-up at the Grade 4 Sherborne Grade 12 & under Boys event. He beat Reece Taylor in the semi finals 4-1, 4-0 but after a three set battle he lost to Harry Cornhill 4-2, 1-4, 10-8.

Congratulations Hayden 😉

Try our Adult Courses

As part of our popular adult programme we run a number of seven-week adult Beginner and Improver courses on Monday and Thursday evenings throughout the year.  With our indoor courts rain never stops play so courses continue all year round.

4f76318e-dd7f-494c-b4f0-8835764bd3e0Our Beginners course is an introduction to tennis, ideal for those who are new to the game or those who are rusty and want to get back into playing. Basic skills of forehands, backhands, volleys and serves as well as techniques and  tactics of singles and doubles matchplay.  Players can repeat the beginners course if they want to up their confidence before moving onto improvers. 

Improvers is the course that provides progression for confident beginners or is equally challenging for those players who have previously received coaching but have not played in a while. The course offers coaching to improve technique and tactics as well as matchplay tips and fine tuning skills. 

The Intermediate course (Mondays and Thursdays 7:30pm – 9:00pm) is a 10-week course offering technical and tactical coaching to players moving on from Improvers, for those who have had previous coaching and for those players who have played for a club in a local league. The sessions include a mixture of drills and points play with an end of session doubles match. This course is £135 for ten weeks or you can pay-and-play for £15 per session.

Seven week adult courses cost £77 per player and can be booked in reception or by telephone on 01256 358816. The next block of Monday courses will start from 16th December until 10th February (excluding 23rd and 30th December). There are still some spaces on the next Thursday Beginner course starting on 28th November until 9th January 2020 (excluding 26th December). Book now to avoid disappointment. 

Read more about all our adult coaching sessions and pay-and-play options HERE

Half Marathon PB for Head Coach McIntosh in Oxford

Head Coach James McIntosh competed in the Virgin Sport Oxford Half Marathon at the weekend, running to raise money for the Alzheimers Society.

This was McIntosh’s second Oxford half marathon where he managed an impressive official race time of 1:26:25 bettering his previous time of 1:30:20, this was also a personal best despite the lashing rain. Overall he finished 267 out of 6,840 runners and 138 out of the 3,366 men competing in the race (31/568 males in the 30-34 age category). McIntosh has raised £355 (his target was £350) via his JustGiving page – click on the link in paragraph below to donate.

McIntosh said, “Thanks to everyone who donated on my Just Giving page to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Despite the rain I enjoyed the run and was happy to get a new PB!“

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The Alzheimer’s Society is a national charity that helps to create a better world for people affected by dementia and is transforming the landscape of the illness forever. Until the day a cure is found, the society offers those affected and their families, support and acceptance to help them live in the community without fear or prejudice.

Donations can be made via McIntosh’s Just Giving page by clicking HERE. Read more about the charity and its fundraising events here.

Well Done James!

Meet Our Assistant Coaches: Harry Feast

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Coach Profile: Harry Feast

Coaching Qualification: LTA Level 1

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Four 

How were you introduced to the sport?

I went to Hampshire Court to try a session

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

I already played there

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Juan Martin Del Potro

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

When you see that something you’ve said makes someone play better

How often do you coach?

Mainly at Tennis Camps so far

Do you play any other sport?

I play floor ball

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Getting to the semi-final of a Grade 3 tournament

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

October Half Term 2019

The October half term is already rapidly approaching. Are you looking for healthy alternative for your children in the school holidays where they will have lots of fun and learn a new sport? Totally Tennis has just the answer, the Tennis and Multi-sport camps are the perfect to keep children active whilst having lots of fun, learn a new sport and making new friends.

Packed with opportunities to play tennis and other sports such as basketball, football, hockey and rounders, the sessions will take place at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke. Camps will running all week from Monday 26th October to Friday 1st November from 9.00am – 4.00pm (full day*) and bookable in various options (morning, afternoon and full-day).

Tennis camps are great fun and include lots of games and mini-competitions for both new and experienced players alike for all children aged four to fifteen years. It’s a safe environment with Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) fully qualified, licensed and experienced coaches and the centre has OFSTED accreditation.

For more information about the school holiday programme held at Totally Tennis please call 01256 358816, e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our www.totallytennis.co.uk

*Children must be five years and over to stay all day at Tennis Camps.

First LTA British Tour Win for Hignett in Exeter

Totally Tennis performance player and coach Liam Hignett won the LTA British Tour Exeter Open Mens Singles title at the Exeter Tennis Centre in Devon.

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After a bye in the opening round, Hignett beat Maximillian Relic 6-1, 6-2 in teh second round followed by Luke Quaynor in the quarters 6-2, 6-2. In the semis he defeated county  club mate Ryan Golesworthy in three sets 6-4, 1-6, 6-1. In the final he beat Julian Cash (who retired in the third set) 4-6, 6-3, 2-1.

Hignett said, “This was my first national level singles win, it’s a massive milestone for me after some tough battles this week. Thanks to all of those around me who have helped me to achieve this.”

Congratulations Liam!

img_3127.jpegThe Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) British Tour 2019* provides a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience in their quest to become professional tennis players, to provide competition for professional players in between competing in professional events at home and abroad, as well as providing a national level open competition circuit.

Read more about Hignett’s previous British Tour events HERE

*British Tour information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/britishtour

LTA Big Tennis Weekends

As part of the successful Totally Tennis schools programme Head Coach James McIntosh visited local schools to deliver tennis assemblies, all the pupils involved were then invited to attend a FREE junior tennis open day.  Part of the LTA Big Tennis Weekends initiative, open days are designed to give children an opportunity to try tennis at a club on real tennis courts with LTA qualified coaches.

9a9c066c-f3c0-4fd6-97c1-e5c80c8031f0.jpegHead coach James McIntosh said, “The event went really well and it was great to give so many children the opportunity to play tennis at the centre and for some it was their first time in picking up a racket.” he added, ” Since the event Totally Tennis has managed to expand its schools programme with the introduction of an after schools club at St Johns which we are looking forward to getting started next week.”

4180ba61-0e4b-42ec-b91a-fd822df176a9.jpgThe Totally Tennis schools programme has not only given children the opportunity to play tennis but also produced countless players and coaches over the years. Some of these players have represented their respective schools and the club in many competitions, even winning National titles. The club also runs curriculum and after school sessions as well as the annual schools tournaments at the indoor centre.

Find out more about the Totally Tennis Schools Programme and Junior Development Squads by telephone 01256 358816, e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our website here. Read all our latest news on our blog here

 

 

 

 

Club Held Its Annual Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning

Totally Tennis held it’s World’s Biggest Coffee morning event in support of Macmillan Cancer Support alongside the clubs’ regular Mixed Morning session last Friday. The players enjoyed the matchplay session followed by coffee and a choice of delicious cakes at the indoor centre. The event raised to the charity’s goal to meet its target for this year.

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The club has been a regular supporter of the annual coffee morning event for many years, raising money to donate to the charity which improves the lives of people and their families affected by cancer. Last year the nationwide coffee morning events raised an incredible £26,914,382.

Head coach James McIntosh said, “In total Totally Tennis raised £132 for Macmillan. Thank you to everyone that supported the event by attending the coffee morning donating to this great cause. Also thanks to everyone that baked for the event.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest charity fundraising event raising money to enable the charity to provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care in this country. The money raised at events like the coffee morning funds vital services and enables the charity to work alongside people affected by cancer and improve cancer care, making a real difference in people’s lives.