November in Pictures


Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett will be off to study in America next year after securing a tennis scholarship to Tennessee Technological University (TTU)

FB9BA0A7-ACDD-4188-8C6A-A0082389A076TT Tour Red Runner-uo 2017 Diya Shanmugaras

4D03D79C-0FE8-4908-87FB-0ED3D7B224C5Kevin Karjalainen was crowned TT Town Red champion 2017

88F369BB-8228-4FB7-A5F3-3012E3A52C8CTT Tour 2017 runner-up Guhan Chendhilkumar

024D1173-2451-494A-82EE-DAADF55E5791TT Tour Champion 2017 Hayden Cummings

ABA03FAE-D236-490D-B454-39DC5828B5ACAll the 2017 TT Tour Finalists 

47E175F4-3298-4F15-989B-745445256A1ATotally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett (wearing orange shorts) represented Hampshire as part of the Men’s Winter County Cup


Player Profile: Gregor Stronach

5B039534-A97B-4E70-A171-FDE27E530951GREGOR STRONACH

Age: Twelve

Squad: C

How old were you when you first started tennis?


How were you introduced to the sport?

I saw people playing on holiday and wanted to try it 

Why did you choose Totally Tennis?

Because it’s my local tennis centre and friends recommended it 

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about the sport?

It’s fun to play

What do you consider to be your best shot?


How often do you play?

Once a week

Do you play any other sport?

Yes cricket, football and rugby

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Joining C Squad

Hignett Represents Hampshire in the Men’s County Cup

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett represented Hampshire as part of the Men’s Winter County Cup team in the fixture played at David Lloyd Southampton last weekend.  Second seed Hignett (wearing orange shorts below) joined team members Jake Norris, George Houghton, Ryan Golesworthy, Joshua Gook, Edward Percival, Paul Scullard, Harry Wilmott-Stanton and Michael Johnson to compete in Group 3b. The team, captained by Julian Godfrey (pictured below with the team), played against teams from Dorset (Friday), South Wales (Saturday) and Derbyshire on Sunday.


On Friday Dorset beat Hampshire 5-4 overall. Hignett won his singles match beating Benjamin Battey 6-2, 6-0 along with Norris, Scullard and Johnson who all also won to give the team a 4-2 lead going into the doubles. Unfortunately Hignett and Norris lost in their doubles against Battey and Adam Glynn in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 0-1(9) as did pairing Houghton/Scullard and Gook/Johnson so Dorset won the first tie.

Things did not quite go to plan again on Saturday with the strong South Wales team winning 7-2 overall and all six Hampshire players recording a loss in their singles matches. Golesworthy/Houghton and Johnson/Percival both won their doubles to claw back 2 points but Hignett/Gook lost 6-1, 6-0 against Craig Evans/Christopher Lewis.

There was everything to play for on the final day in the fixture against Derbyshire but things didn’t go in the Hampshire teams favour with another narrow 5-4 loss. Hignett won his singles against Bradley Buckland 6-0, 6-2, Houghton and Johnson also secured singles victories so it was level pegging. Hignett/Norris were the only pair to secure a doubles result against Buckland/Dennis Archer 6-3, 6-1. Golesworthy/Houghton and Johnson/Scullard both lost their matches.

After an unsuccessful weekend on the scoresheet despite some really good matches the Hampshire team will now be relegated to Group 4a. South Wales won the fixture and will be promoted to Group 3a.

TT Tour Champions 2017

The champions in this year’s TT Tour competition have been crowned. After months of events including Grand Slam and other events that shadow the professional tour, the top eight players from their respective coloured leaderboards were invited to compete in finals day to determined the overall 2017 winners.
In the Red event Kevin Karjalainen was crowned champion after beating Neel Chandrasekar 10-6 followed by a win against Diya Shanmugaras in the final 10-5. Shanmugaras defeated Lottie Blackwell 10-6 in their semi-final encounter.
Shanmugaras was runner-up overall, Blackwell was third, Chandrasekar was fourth, fifth place went to Ayush Thondapu and William Durman was sixth.
Hayden Cummings is Orange champion after beating Guhan Chendhilkumar 10-5 in the final. In the semis Cummings defeated Harry Dolman 10-7 and Guhan beat brother Gevin 10-3. Gevin beat Dolman 10-4 to finish third, Rory Thompson was fifth after beating Lottie Blackwell 10-6 and James Blackwell was seventh after winning against Caitlin Manley 10-3.
024D1173-2451-494A-82EE-DAADF55E5791Coach Andrew Dingwall said “A huge well done to everyone that has taken part in the TT Tour this year, there has been some amazing matches and it has been fantastic to see everyone learn and enjoy the tournament experience.”
He added, “A special well done to Hayden Cummings and Kevin Karjalainen for coming 1st on our finals day!
 The TT Tour is a series of tournaments played throughout the year that are open to all squad players running. After the last event in October the top eight players of each leaderboard are invited to play in the Grand Finals in November with a chance to be crowned overall champion. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as for entering. The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points and all points are added to each age group leaderboard.

Congratulations to the 2017 champions and to everyone that participated in all the events throughout the year.

World Tennis News: Dimitrov Crowned Champion at Nitto ATP Finals in London

The 2017 World Nitto ATP Finals took place in London last week from 12th to 19th November 2017 at the O2 Arena. The annual season-ending event brings together the world’s eight highest-ranked singles players and doubles teams competing on the global ATP Tour.

the-groups-are-set-singles_1920x1080.jpgEight different countries were represented in the singles for the second successive year but sadly due to a year blighted with injury British number one Andy Murray did not qualify for the event which consequently saw no British players competing.

After an extremely successful season Rafael Nadal climbed back into the top spot with 10,645 points followed closely by Roger Federer in second place with 9,605. This was the first time these two players had reached the finals since 2010 with both of them seen a resurgence in their playing careers in 2017.

Joining them in the finals event were Grigor Dimitrov (5,150), Alexander Zverev (4,610), Dominic Thiem (4,015), Marin Cilic (3,805), David Goffin (3,775) and Jack Sock (3,165). Fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta was drafted into replace Nadal who was forced to retire with his ongoing knee injury after the second day.


After a week of competition in two groups named after tennis legends Pete Sampras and Boris Becker, Bulgarian Dimitrov, who was making his debut at the event, was declared the champion after beating David Goffin in the final 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

Andy may have been absent but older brother Jamie flew the British flag in the doubles with partner Bruno Soares. The pair were competing in the Woodbridge/Woodforde group (other group called Eltingh/Haarhuis) and made it to the semi-finals. They defeated Ivan Dodig/Marcel Granollers 6-1, 6-1 and Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo 6-2, 6-4 but were beaten by former world number one pair brothers Bob & Mike Bryan 5-7, 8-7, 10-6. In the semis they lost to Murray’s former partner John Peers and Henri Kontinen 7-6, 6-2. Peers and Kontinen went on to win the event and retain their 2016 title after beating Kubot and Melo in the final 6-4, 6-2.


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Player Profile : Adam Fixler



Age: Eleven

Squad: C

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?


How were you introduced to the sport?

I just started playing

Why did you choose Totally Tennis?

Because I didn’t like other tennis clubs

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

I don’t have one

What do you like most about the sport?

I enjoy playing

What do you consider to be your best shot?


How often do you play?

Every week

Do you play any other sport?

No just tennis

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Two silver medals


Hignett off to study in America

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Liam Hignett will be off to study in America next year after securing a tennis scholarship to Tennessee  Technological University (TTU) known more popularly as Tennessee Tech. Hignett will move to Cookeville, Tennessee and become a Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle after he completes his A level studies at Sherfield next summer.

This is an amazing achievement for Liam who will be following in the footsteps of several other Totally Tennis performance players who have over the years also secured tennis scholarships to study in America, including current coach Steph Catlin who studied in Colorado.


Tennis Director Nigel Long said, “I’m really pleased that Liam has gained his scholarship to study and play in America. He has achieved so much in tennis and he will now be able to build on this and continue to develop within the university programme.”

He’s another in a long list of Totally Tennis players who’s tennis has enabled them to gain a University place and we wish him all the best!

Head Coach James McIntosh, who coached Liam individually added, “Liam has worked really hard over the last few years to get to the level he is now. He’s had great success in so many tournaments and has been selected for both the U18’s and Men’s County Cup teams over the last two years.
This is a great opportunity for him to continue with his tennis career in America and I wish him all the best. Well done Liam!
Congratulations Liam from everyone at Totally Tennis