Performance player Isla Hignett played in the 16 & under girls singles at the Eastleigh Open 2019, held at the David Lloyd Club in Southampton, finishing in the runner-up spot.
Second seed Hignett had a bye in the first round and then beat Daisy Doherty 6-1, 6-1 in the quarters and fourth seed Isabella Hope in the semis 6-1, 6-2 before losing in the final against third seed Nora Khediri 6-3, 7-5. In the 16 and under Girls Doubles Hignett and partner Tillie Reid defeated Olivia Higgs and Polina Ivanushkina in the quarters 4-0, 4-0 but lost out in the semis to top seeds Helen Coomber and Amelia Monteith 4-1, 4-0. Reid also competed in the singles but lost in the first round against Scarlett Doman 6-1, 6-0.
In the 12 & under boys singles Hayden Cummings lost in the first round against second seed Olivier Paris 7-6(2), 6-1. He also played in the 12 & under Boys Doubles with partner Oliver Rycroft losing in the quarters to Jack Ford and Henry Hughes 4-2, 4-2. The pair were runners-up in the 12 & under Boys Doubles consolation event after losing to Thomas Hargreave and Noah Mayers in the final 4-2,2-4, 10-6.
Head coach James McIntosh ran the Christmas Mini Tennis tournament at the indoor centre in the period between Christmas and New Year.
Eight players entered the event and the tournament was played across two robin robin boxes with both the winner and runner-up from each box progressing to the semi-final stage. Box 1 was won by Lewis Gambrill who beat Ivy Grout 10-1, Carter Grout 10-7 and Jasmine Paul 10-8. Carter was runner-up after he defeated Ivy 10-1 and Jasmine 10-4.
Gabriella Dyer was the winner of Box 2 beating Shauna Rana 10-4, Fred Gambrill 10-2 and Shrayan Subash 10-5. Shrayan was in second place after winning two matches against Shauna 10-2 and Fred 10-4.
In the semi finals Shrayan beat Lewis 10-7 and Gabriella beat Carter 10-2. Shrayan was declared the winner after he defeated Gabriella in the final 10-5.
McIntosh said, “Well done to everyone that competed in the tournament, there were some great matches. Look forward to seeing you all compete again next year at the first TT Tour event on Saturday 25th January.”
Congratulations Shrayan 😉
Performance player Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid won the 18 and under Girls Doubles title at the White Horse Indoor Junior Winter Tennis Tournament held in Oxford.
In the round robin event the pair beat Lola-Juliet Omran and Youka Togashi 4-1, 4-3(3) and Kirsty Da Silva and Darcy Herring Johnson 4-1, 4-1 to win the event.
The girls will return to the White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre in the New Year to compete in the 18 and under Girls Singles on the 4th January where Hignett is second seed and Reid is fourth.
Congratulations girls and good luck in the singles event next month.
Performance player and coach Liam Hignett was invited to compete in the LTA British Tour Masters held at the National Tennis Centre (NTC) in Roehampton, London last week.
Hignett was one of the eight players who competed in the event. In the quarters he beat Michael Shaw 4-2 (retired) but was drawn against top seed Sean Hodkin in the semis and lost 6-2, 6-2. Hodkin went on to will the event. Hignett then played in the Tiebreak Tens competition beating Hodkin 10-8 and Joshua Rose 10-7.
The 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 Liam’s previous British Tour events HERE
*British Tour information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/britishtour
The last TT Tour event of the year saw Carter Grout, Dylan Mills, Tobi Adeniran, Yvie Martyn, Shrayan Subash, Lewis Gambrill and Shauna Rana compete in some festive fun.
In the semi finals Subash beat Grout 10 – 2 and Adeniran beat Gambrill 10 – 8. In the 3rd/4th play-off Gambrill beat Grout 10 – 2 and Adeniran was crowned the winner after beating Subash 10 – 2.
Coach Loic Armstrong who run the event said, “I have taught everyone who was at the TT Tour, their progression and confidence has shone through over the last few months.” He added, “Putting everything they have learned into practice this way has really helped the players grow overall.”
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.
Congratulations to all our winners this year and to everyone who competed in the TT Tour 2019 – see you in the New Year 😉
Performance player Hayden Cumming has been busy competing in different tournaments in both singles and doubles competitions.
Last weekend he won the 12 & under Boys title at the Bucks Indoor Winter County Tour held at the Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre in High Wycombe. In the quarter final he beat Theron Mixides 4-1, 4-2 followed by Gabriel Hall 4-1, 4-2 in the semis and then defeated Gabriel Riminton in the final 4-0, 4-2 to win the event.
At the South West Winter County Tour held at Totally Tennis last month Cummings and partner Thomas Allen-Green competed in the 14 & under Boys Doubles event finishing in 5th place. In the first round, of the event run by coach Liam Hignett, the pair beat Edward Hewlett/Tom Harris 3-4 (4), 4-1, [10-6] but then lost to eventual runners-up Aidan Fletcher/Dennis Dimov in the quarters 3-4 (11), 4-1, [10-2]. They then played Daniel Joita/Conrad Plum in their first play-off match winning 4-0, 4-1 and then beat Christian Rowbotham/Cesar Muresan 4-1, 4-1 in their second play-off match to finish in 5th position overall.
In the East Winter County Tour, held at Maidenhead Lawn Tennis Centre, Cummings competed in the 12 & under Boys Doubles event with partner Theodor Kraytchev. Unfortunately the boys lost in the first round against eventual winners James Parnwell/Conrad Plum 4-2, 3-4(4), [11-9] but went on to win the consolation event after beating Thomas Taylor-Widgery/Ben Shaer in the semis 4-3(3), 4-0 and Zac Peters/Joshua Fienberg in the final 4-0, 4-0.
Congratulations Hayden 😉
Coaches and players of all ages joined in with the club’s festive charity event ‘Christmas Jumper Week’ in support of Save The Children‘s now annual official Christmas Jumper Day that took place across the country on Friday 13th December.
Donations can STILL be made via the Totally Tennis Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day Just Giving page – click www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CJD190038133 to donate £2 (or more if you’re feeling generous) to help us reach our team target.
Christmas Jumper Day raises money to help create a brighter future for children. Find out more about the Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day by clicking HERE. Every pound donated will give children in the UK and around the world the chance to grow up healthy and happy, so they can become who they want to be! Just £2 could pay for antibiotics for eight children suffering from pneumonia, one of the biggest killers of children, whilst £5 could provide a winter jacket for a child in Syria. Read more about Save The Children and how their annual Christmas Jumper Day campaign helps children HERE
Official photos and additional info used with courtesy of savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day
Coach Profile: Andrew Dingwall
Coaching Qualification: Level 2
How old were you when you first started playing tennis?
Four years old
How were you introduced to the sport?
My family all played and were passionate about tennis
What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?
The friendly atmosphere of the team
Who is your favourite professional tennis player?
What do you like most about coaching tennis?
The players looking forward to tennis each work and having fun whilst improving at the sport
How often do you coach?
One day a week
Do you play any other sport?
Only skiing once a year
What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?
Getting to the sixth form national finals
Read more about the Totally Tennis coaching team on the COACHING TEAM tab or click totallytennis.wordpress.com/meet-the-team/
The 50+ players, who play together every Wednesday morning at the indoor centre, enjoyed their annual Christmas Party after their regular session earlier this week. Lots of fun was had on court followed by festive food and a glass of bubbly or two around the Christmas tree.
The on-court session was led by coaches James MacIntosh and Jamie Barry who then joined the players for the festive party, a great way to celebrate another great year of tennis together.
McIntosh said, “Thank you to everyone that came along to the Christmas party and a special thanks to those that helped organise and cook for the event. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all back on court soon.”
Cheers to all the players and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2020