Players Compete in Road to Wimbledon National Finals

This years Road to Wimbledon National Finals took place on the Wimbledon practice courts located in SW19 from 12th – 18th August. This year, following in the footsteps of many former Totally Tennis players, performance players Dean Cooper Kirby and Kirsty Da Silva got the chance to compete on the All England Club’s historic grass courts.

In the County 14 & under singles competition Da Silva played well in the group stage but unfortunately lost Willow Hancock 7 – 5, 6 – 2 and group winner Sofia Maine 6 – 2, 6 – 1 on day one and Hima Fernando 6 – 2, 6 – 1 on day two so she did not progress to the knockout stages. She then teamed up with Beatrice Painter to compete in the doubles competition, the pair lost against Jemimah Choi/Jessica Miller in their first match 7 – 5, 6 – 2.

Coach Jamie Jordan said, “Kirsty had a fantastic experience this week at the Road to Wimbledon finals, she got to live the dream of a pro and get a taste of what it can be like at the top which she thoroughly enjoyed with smile on her face!” he added, “Her overall performance in both the singles and doubles was good, she tried new things but did find it hard adapting to the immaculate grass courts.

I’m a very proud coach and couldn’t ask for anything more, hopefully this is the next step of the journey for her. Well done Kirsty!

Cooper Kirby was competing in Group E of the Regional 14U Boys Singles and lost his first matches against tough opponents Matthew Rankin 6 – 0, 6 – 4 on the first day and a three set battle against Chirag Duhan from India 3 – 6, 6 – 0 and 1 – 0 on the second day. He then won his third singles matches against James Griffin 4 – 6, 7 – 6(5), 1-0 but did not qualify for the next stage. In the doubles he partnered up with Luca Pow and they beat Rankin and his partner Luke Mcfarlane 6 – 2, 6 – 3. The pair then faced Duhan and his partner Udit Gogoi in the quarter finals but lost 6 – 4, 6 – 2.

The Road to Wimbledon, the annual tournament for players aged 14 & under is celebrated its 17th year of operation with a larger competition in the UK and further expansion in Asia with events in China, Hong Kong SAR, India, and for the first time, in Japan. This year the initial stage of the competition was held at over 800 tennis clubs, school and parks across the country from April to June. Winners and runners-up of the club stage contested the county finals and the separate Road to Wimbledon International UK tournament, open to highly rated British youngsters, took place from 23rd – 24th June.

 

 

 

 

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Hayden Wins Title at Southampton Junior Open

Totally Tennis mini performance player Hayden Cummings enjoyed a busy week of summer tournaments which got off to the best start when he won the 10 and under Mixed Singles title at the Southampton Junior Open last week held at Totton & Eling Tennis Centre in Southampton.

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The compass draw was contested by eight players and in the first round Cummings beat namesake Hayden Calder 4 – 0, 4 – 0 and then defeated second seed Thomas Allen-Green in the semis 4 – 0, 4 – 0. In the final he beat Hari Walton in three sets 4 – 2, 2 – 4, 10 – 4 to win the event.

Cummings then competed in the 10  & under Boys Singles event at The White Horse Abingdon Open 2018 held at the White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre, Oxford. After losing in the first round of the main draw he went on to win the consolation event beating Rohan Sivanendra 4 -0, 4 -2, Joseph Mccay-Brown 4 – 0, 4 – 1 and  Joe Taylor in the final 4 – 0, 4 – 1.

Yesterday he played in the 9 & under Boys singles at the Winchester Mantis Open 2018 held at the Winchester Racquets and Fitness club. After a bye in the first round he defeated  Zachary Verret 7 – 0, 8 – 6 in round two and Zayn Bellazrak in the quarters 7 – 3, 7 – 4 before losing in the semis against eventual winner Daniel Joita 7 – 0, 7 – 5.

Congratulations Hayden 😉  

 

Tennis Tips | Tip 23: Serve and Volley

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

Tip 23: Serve and Volley

To serve and volley you must commit to moving forwards after you have hit your serve and continue to move towards the net for the volley. Always split step before you hit the volley as this will help you move to the right direction and improve your timing of the ball.  If you do not stop and split step, you may end up contacting the ball late which will either cause you to hit a poor volley and lose the point or miss the volley completely.

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Wrong: No spilt step

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Correct: Spilt step before you hit the volley

Read all the previous tips in the Tennis Tip tab – totallytennis.wordpress.com/tennis-tips/

Enter the South West Summer County Tour at Totally Tennis

Performance player and former Sherfield School Tennis scholar Liam Hignett is running the final three events of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) South West Summer County Tour at Totally Tennis on Saturday 25th August.

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Entries close for both the 9 and under Boys and Girls events and 16 and under Boys competition at 10am on Tuesday 14th August – click www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/ to enter.

Earlier events in the series, also hosted by Hignett, have already been completed with Emma Cohen and Georgiana Parr winning the 16 and under Girls Doubles (Grade 4) title at the end of June, Totally Tennis’ Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid finished in third place.  July events saw Maximilian Waucquez declared the winner of the 12 and under Boys (Grade 5) title was and The Open Mens Singles champion was Jamie Thomas.

For more information visit www3.lta.org.uk/competitions

 

 

July in Pictures

Totally Tennis coaches enjoys days at this year’s Wimbledon Championships

image1-9Performance player Dean Cooper Kirby won the 16 & U Boys Doubles title in Reykjavik, Iceland with Leo Borg, son of tennis legend Björn.

img_4105.jpgCoach Jordan spent some time in La Manga, Spain

Performance player Kirsty Da Silva (pictured with winner Rina and coach Jamie) was runner-up in the Road to Wimbledon County Finals and booked herself a place in the National Finals at Wimbledon as a lucky loser – congrats Kirsty!

PHOTO-2018-07-14-00-15-00Coach Jamie hosted an Adult American Doubles Tournament which was won by Cliff Church (3rd left) followed by a BBQ

img_4509.jpgPerformance player, assistant coach and former Sherfield School tennis scholar Miles Bromilow signed his tennis scholarship papers to play and study at Prairie State College in Chicago

IMG_4515Performance player Isla Hignett with her new delivery of Mantis rackets

Screen Shot 2018-07-26 at 12.00.50Mini performance player Hayden Cummings was runner-up in the 9 & U Boys singles event at the Windsor Open

IMG_4896Performance player Liam Hignett (back row far right) competed in the LTA Summer County Cup Men’s Doubles competition

Junior Summer Tennis Camps got underway and will run until 30th August

July’s Tennis Tips 

 

 

Tennis Tips | Tip 22: Hot Dog, Trick Shot

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

Tip 22: Hot Dog, Trick shot

Keep the contact point through the legs with the racket slightly angled up. Keep legs are apart to give you more balance when striking the ball. Try to run over the ball. If the racket is too far away from the legs you will be off balance and the ball will just dribble along the floor.

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Wrong: Racket is to far away from legs, this will result in less power and no control.

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Correct: Contact point is through the legs and racket is slightly angled up.

Read all the previous tips in the Tennis Tip tab – totallytennis.wordpress.com/tennis-tips/

Hignett Represents Hampshire in the Summer County Cup 2018

Performance player and former Sherfield School tennis scholar Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & IOW men’s team who competed in the LTA Summer County Cup 2018 at the Northern Lawn Tennis Club in Manchester from 23rd to 27 July.

Hignett joined fellow county players Sam Bird, Joshua Girling, Ryan Golesworthy, Austin Gwilliam, George Houghton, Michael Johnson, Miles McDowall and Paul Scullard to compete in Group 3 of the week long doubles competition against five other teams from East of Scotland, Cheshire, North of Scotland, Buckinghamshire and North Wales.

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In their first fixture on day one, Hampshire were pitted against Buckinghamshire where they lost 7 – 2 with only the pairings of Houghton/McDowall and Girling/Johnson winning their matches. Things did not get much better on day two with another 7 – 2 loss against the team from East of Scotland with Houghton/McDowall the only pair to win both their matches. Things did improve on the third day of competition with a win for the Hampshire team against North Wales 5 – 4, Hignett/Golesworthy won their two matches, Houghton/McDowall added another two victories to their overall score and Johnson/Scullard also picked up a win.

On day four things reverted back to earlier in the week with the Hampshire team losing against North of Scotland 6 – 3 with only Houghton/McDowall winning three matches. The final day saw another 6 – 3 defeat against Cheshire that once against saw Houghton/McDowall as the only winning pair securing yet three more matches. The team from East of Scotland were declared the overall winners of the group with ten points and the Hampshire team finished in last place with just two points.

County Cup events give players the opportunity to represent their county in team competition in national/regional stages in various age groups from 9 and under to adult open events. Players are selected to play by their respective county and there are two separate County Cup competitions, one taking place in summer and one in winter.