TT Tour – US Open

The TT Tour US Open tournament took place at the indoor centre last weekend with events for the red and orange players run by coaching assistant Andrew Dingwall.

In the red event there were lots of really close matches and players were learning much about competing in matches. Kevin Karjalainen was the winner beating William Durman in the final 10-3. Neel Chandrasekar and Ayush Thondapu were joint third and fourth overall, other players who competed were Julia Mikztal, Roksanna Jelonek, Andrew Smith, Owen Hammond, Diya Shanmugaras and Luke Porter.

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Dingwall said, “For many players this was their first ever competition and everyone did very well by helping each other keeping score.” he added “William did incredibly well to fight through and beat Ayush 14-12 in one of the semi finals to progress to the final but was then beaten by Kevin who became TT Tour champion!

In the Orange competition there was some great tennis played with some fantastic rallies and well deserved winners. Hayden Cummings was the overall winner once again beating Guhan Chendhilkumar in the final 10-4. James Blackwell and Megan Fisher were third and fourth, Harry Dolman was fifth, sixth place went to Rory Thompson followed by Caitlin Manley and Lottie Blackwell. Special mention to Harry who battled through and beat Rory 16-14 in their very close fought match.

Dingwall commented “A special well done to Caitlin, Harry, James and Lottie for competing in their first ever TT Tour!” he continued, “Congratulations to Hayden on coming out the victor against Guhan to become the champion of the day.”

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The Totally Tennis Tour is for Development Squads and Mini Performance Squads players who get the opportunity to compete in seven tournaments throughout the year. The top eight players from each squad will be invited back to play in the Grand Final’s in November for the chance to finish as the club champions. Leaderboard’s will show players rankings in each squad and points will be awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as points for entering.

The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points of 1,000 and or the winners 500 for the runners-up. All other events give the winners 250 points, 125 for second place and 75 for third/fourth places, every player gets 100 points for all events they enter, each age group leaderboard will be updated after each tournament.

TT Tour Dates 2017

Sunday 29th October – Valencia Open

Sunday 15th November – Grand Finals (by invitation only)

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October Half Term Tennis Camps

Looking for healthy alternative for your children in the upcoming October Half Term break? Want your children to have fun and learn a new sport in the holidays? Then Totally Tennis has just the answer and places are filling up fast. Children can keep active whilst having lots of fun and learn a new sport with the club’s popular Holiday Tennis Camps.

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Packed with opportunities to learn and play tennis the sessions will take place at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke. Tennis Camps will running all week from Monday 23rd – Friday 27th October from 9.00am – 4.00pm (full day*) and bookable in various options (morning, afternoon and full-day).

IMG_1382 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.

September in Pictures

20170909_151646Twins Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar completed in the 9 & under Mixed Singles at the Bradfield Orange tournament with Kevin finishing in 3rd place.

IMG_6013Coaches Ben Jubin and Steph Catlin won the Basingstoke & District Tennis League Mixed Doubles title

20170917_151209The Chendhilkumar twins competed in the Tennace at Gxltc Red Orange Starter Red 9 & under mixed singles tournament at the Gerrard’s Cross Lawn Tennis Club where Gevin finished as runner-up

IMG_6146Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett won the Men’s Hampshire & IOW Champion of Doubles Champions 2017 with partner Jake Norris.

IMG_6407The ladies enjoyed coffee and cake after the Friday Mixed Morning session as part of this year’s Totally Tennis Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event

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13602D3B-B3E2-4185-A9C6-14C16060F1BDThe Chendhilkumar twins took gold (Gevin) and silver (Guhan) in the 9 and under Mixed singles event at the David Lloyd US Open tournament held at the David Lloyd Club Worthing, West Sussex.

Gold for Gevin in Worthing

The Chendhilkumar twins were back in action in the 9 and under Mixed singles at the David Lloyd US Open tournament held at the end of last month at the David Lloyd Club Worthing, West Sussex.

20170924_120638.jpgBrothers Gevin and Guhan both played really well and made it through to the final with Gevin beating his brother to take the gold medal. Both boys had a bye in the first round followed by wins in the quarters, Gevin defeating Benjamin Casse 7-5, 7-4 and Guhan beating Ethan Clark 7-5, 7-5.

20170924_120548In the semis Gevin beat Paul Staton 7-5, 7-3 and Guhan won in three sets against Oscar Douse 5-7, 7-3, 7-6. In the final Gevin beat Guhan 7-3, 7-3 to win the event and lift the trophy.

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Player Profile: John Heather

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JOHN HEATHER

Squad:  50+

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Eighteen

How were you introduced to the sport?

I can’t remember

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

The coaching

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about the sport?

Great social interaction and exercise

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

How often do you play?

2 – 3 times per week

Do you play any other sport?

Dancing

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Reaching the mixed doubles final in St Marybourne

Macmillan World’s Biggest 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. Players enjoyed the drills and matchplay session followed by coffee and cakes, with the club raising just over £83 (to date) to contribute to the charity’s goal to meet its 2017 target. Coffee and cakes were served throughout the day for parents of squad players too.

IMG_6408The 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 want to be there for them all, their 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.

IMG_6407Totally Tennis’Mixed Morning sessions 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

Hignett wins Champion of Doubles Champions 2017

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett won the Men’s Hampshire & IOW Champion of Doubles Champions 2017 with partner Jake Norris in Southampton.

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In the first round the pair, who were top seeds and representing Warsash Tennis Club, won all their matches in the group stages. They beat Adrian Allsopp and Chris Titterington 4-0, 4-0 followed by Aaronn Blackman and Scott Salway 4-2, 4-2, and Henry and Tom Forsyth 4-0, 4-0. In the main draw they defeated Jonathan Clift and Harry Wilmott-Stanton 4-2, 4-2 and Chris Bixley and Jake Macey 4-1, 5-3 to win the title.

Congratulations Boys!