Totally Tennis Charity Pub Quiz Night

Thirty five players and their guests had a great evening at the Totally Tennis charity pub quiz night hosted by coach Steph at The Queen’s College Arms in Pamber End, Tadley on Friday evening.

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Along with the quiz and dinner there were tennis lessons, courts and sessions plus lots of festive prizes raffled off to raise money towards a defibrillator for the courts.

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Tennis Director Nigel Long, “I’d like to say a massive thank you to Steph for organising such a successful evening and to everyone that came for their fabulous support.”

Meet Our Assistant Coaches: Andrew Dingwall

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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?
Rafael Nadal

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/

50+ Christmas Party 2019

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.

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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.”

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November in Pictures

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690AB843-4259-400F-B1C3-A87CA7E7458APerformance player Hayden Cummings enjoyed some sunny clay court training at La Manga in Spain

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Performance players Harry Feast and Ollie Brown made it through the semi-finals of the AOC South East Regional Boys Doubles competition representing QMC

Festive Schedule 2019

Tis the season to get festive at Totally Tennis and enjoy some Chritsmas fun for juniors and adults throughout December. Come celebrate the festive season with us and work off all those mince pies too 😉 Drop the children off for some Tennis Camp fun while you do all that last minute shopping.

Wednesday 4th December

Adults – 50+ Christmas lunch

Friday 6th December

Adults – Fundraising Pub Quiz at The Queen’s College Arms in Pamber End, Tadley – 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm) £20 per person (includes dinner). Maximum of 6 players per team – click HERE for more details

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Monday 9th – Friday 13th December

Juniors – Christmas Jumper Day for squads all week long in aid of Save The Children – click HERE for more information

Coach Christmas CJD

Saturday 14th December 

Christmas TT Tour – Red & Orange 1pm – 3pm (SIGN UP IN RECEPTION)

Sunday 15th December

Christmas TT Tour – Green & Yellow 1pm – 3pm (SIGN UP IN RECEPTION)

Friday 20th December

Adults – Drunken Drills 7:00pm – 8:30pm (£15 per player)

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Sunday 22nd December

Last day of squad term

Monday 23rd December

Juniors – Tennis Camp 9:00am – 4:00pm (Booking Required) – Click HERE for more information

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Tuesday 24th December

Open for court bookings 10:00am – 2:00pm

**Christmas Day and Boxing Day – CLOSED**

Friday 27th December

Adults – Mixed Morning 10:00 – 11:30am

Juniors – Mini Tennis Tournament 1:00 – 3:00pm

Saturday 28th December

Juniors – Munchkin Club 10:00 – 11:00am & Junior Club 11:00 – 12:30pm

Adults – Doubles Tournament (Time TBC)

Monday 30th December

Adults – Mixed Morning 10:00 – 11:30am

Advanced Drills 6:30 – 7:30pm

Improver Drills 7:30 – 8:30pm

Juniors – Tennis Camp 9:00am – 4:00pm (Booking Required) – Click HERE for more information

Tuesday 31st December

Open for court bookings 10:00 – 2:00pm

**New Years Eve 31st December  and New Years Day 1st January 2018 – CLOSED**

Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day photo used with courtesy of www.savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day

 

 

 

 

AOC SOUTH EAST REGIONAL DOUBLES COMPETITION

Following on from the successful AOC South East Regional singles competition on Tuesday 12 November (read about that HERE), the doubles competition was also hosted at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre on Friday 29 November. 

There was a slightly reduced entry list with some last minute withdrawals, leaving just three Colleges competing for the Boys, Girls and Mixed doubles titles; Queen Mary’s (QMC), Richard Collyer’s and Peter Symonds. The match format was the new FAST4 rules.

Six pairs competed in the boy’s doubles with QMC represented by Matt Berry/Chris Bundhoo and Totally Tennis pairing of Harry Feast/Ollie Brown (pictured below). Berry and Bundhoo lost their opening group match against the top seeds from Peter Symonds 4-0, 4-2, they played much better in their second match but frustratingly lost out in two tie-breaks 4-3 (2), 4-3 (4). In the other group, Feast and Brown lost their first match against Peter Symonds but beat Richards Collyer’s to finish second in the group, 3-4 (6), 4-3 (1) and 10-6.  

Goldson said, “Both Harry and Ollie showed greater consistency in this match and a more aggressive approach saw them come back from a first set deficit, to win a highly contested match where with three tie breaks deciding each set.

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Having reached the semi-final, they then had to play the top seeds from Peter Symonds, who played a very solid match to win 4-2, 4-1. Despite the loss, both players enjoyed the experience and both played well, against more highly ranked players. The final saw the two Peter Symonds pairs playing each other, with the number 1 seeds of James Ardley and Paddy Thorne winning comfortably 4-0, 4-2.

In the girls’ doubles, there were only three pairs in the competition and the Peter Symonds number one pairing of Magda Kornijckuz and Loreli Sanderson had a relatively comfortable win, taking both matches in the round robin group to win.  QMC were not represented in the girls’ doubles. Harry Feast and Poppy Goffin represented QMC in the Mixed Doubles and finished in 4th place overall, Calista Muna and Alex Costa from Richard Collyer’s College were the winners.

Goldson said, “Really proud of the efforts from Chris, Matt, Ollie and Harry today.  We always knew it would be tough to get past the Peter Symonds number one pairing but the they all played some great tennis.” she added,  “I was especially pleased to see Harry and Ollie make the semi-final.”

AoC Sport, formed following the merger of British Colleges Sport, English Colleges FA and the Association of Colleges sport policy team, is the membership organisation for colleges, leading the development of sport and physical activity in 16+ education. Sport and physical activity are essential components of college life, giving students significant advantages in education, employment and health. The AoC vision is for every college student to participate regularly in sport or physical activity and their purpose is to promote, support and deliver college sport and physical activity. Read more about AoC sport on their website www.aocsport.co.uk

Hignett invited to play at British Tour Masters 2019

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett has been invited by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to play at the British Tour Masters 2019 to be held the National Tennis Centre (NTC) in Roehampton, London next month.

Hignett has qualified for the two-day event, which will take place on 19th and 20th December, due to his final position on this year’s British Tour leaderboard. His invitation comes after his quarter final finish at LTA British Tour Edgbaston 2 earlier this month where he beat Philip Sikman 6-1, 6-1 in round one, Finley Cook in the second 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 but lost in the quarters in three sets to Harry Skinner 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Last month Hignett won the LTA British Tour Exeter Open Mens Singles title at the Exeter Tennis Centre, lost in the quarters in Glasgow and had a second round finish in Taunton.

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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