Catlin Attends Tennis For Kids Course in Oxford

Totally Tennis coach Steph Catlin attended the Lawn Tennis Associations (LTA) Tennis for Kids training course at the White Horse Tennis Centre in Oxford on Thursday. Along with the specific training Catlin got to meet World Number One wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett, who is also the current French Open singles champion and Wimbledon doubles champion.  She also met Miles Maclagan, former professional player and coach of British Number One Andy Murray and Laura Robson.


If you are looking for a fun and fitness activity for your children look no further than Tennis for Kids that returns on 5th April 2018. The grassroots initiative gives children, aged between four and eleven, the opportunity to fall in love with tennis by taking part in a six-week introductory course delivered by specially trained and enthusiastic LTA accredited coaches such as Catlin. Each player that signs up for the course will also receive a special Tennis for Kids Babolat racket and ball set as well as a personalised T-shirt delivered right to your door for just £25 (works out to just a little over £4 per week for the six week course).

Tennis for kids 2018

The campaign was launched in 2016 and last year 20,000* children throughout the country took part in the LTA’s tennis starter course for children with 98% of parents stating that they were happy with their child’s experience. Why not find out more and get your family involved in 2018?

Totally Tennis will be running these lessons at the indoor centre …… this space as dates will be coming soon!

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Durman Wins TT Tour Brazil Open Red Event

William Durman was crowned the winner of last weekend’s Brazilian Open, the second tournament in the new 2018 series of the TT Tour.


Durman won all three of his matches in the Red event beating Ayush Thondapu 10 – 5, Need Chandrasekar 10 – 7 and Julia Miksztal 10 – 3 to gain maximum points. Thondapu was runner-up after defeating Chandrasekar 10 – 8 and Miksztal 10 – 3 and Chandrasekar finished in third place altering winning against Miksztal 11 – 9.


The TT Tour is a competition programme for Totally Tennis players. There are seven events overall, six tournaments throughout the year and the Grand Finals in November. 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. The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open (25/2), French Open 20/5), Wimbledon (24/6) and the US Open (16/9) offer higher points and all points will be added to each group leaderboard.


NEXT EVENT – The Sony Open on Sunday 29th April

RED (Pirates, Indians, Red Squad) 10am – 12 noon

GREEN (Giants and Green Squad) 1pm – 3:30pm

ORANGE (Dodgers and Orange Squad) 10 am – 12 noon

YELLOW (A,B,C and Performance Squads) 1 pm – 3:30pm

PLAYERS MUST BOOK IN BEFORE THE EVENT. There must be a minimum of 4 players per age group for each tournament to be played. Each event costs £6.50 per player.

All players interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816. The TT Tour events will be run by coach Miles Bromilow.

Read more about the TT Tour 2018 in previous posts TT Tour 2018 and TT Tour | The Australian Open


Tennis Tips | 2. Using the Left Hand on the Backhand Volley

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

Tip 2: Using the Left Hand on the Backhand Volley

Keep your left hand on the racket for longer when preparing for a backhand volley. This will stop you from taking the racket too far back so it will help you get a better contact point out in front of you.

Wrong –  The left hand has gone behind

Correct –  The left hand is supporting the racket and staying out in front

Read the first Tennis Tip | 1 here


Isla Wins Surrey Tournament

Totally Tennis performance player Isla Hignett won the South East Winter County Tour –  18 and Under Girls singles title last weekend at the event played at Reedham Park in Surrey.

In the quarter finals of the Grade 5 tournament Hignett beat Alexia Litten 4-0, 5-3 followed by Sofie Pickard in the semis 4-0, 2-4, [10-2]. In the final she defeated Saskia Hunter-Thielemann 4-2, 4-2 to win the event.

Congratulations Isla 😉





More European Points for Cooper Kirby in Finland

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby saw his latest European tournament title dreams finish at the quarter finals stage at the Pajulahti Cup in Finland.

Cooper Kirby was accepted into the qualifying stage of the TEJT Boys Singles 16 & under event after being 23rd on the reserve list but with players having withdrawn he was offered his place to compete in the draw. Travelling with his father Brian, the duo flew from Gatwick to Helsinki then travelled 110km via train and bus to the remote Pajulahti located at the Olympic Training Centre in Nastola arriving with just fifteen mins to spare before the 6pm sign-in deadline.

10BC1A96-B81D-4F4E-B41B-84960234980FThe qualifying match was on Saturday against Davis Alksnis from Latvia and with the chilly -23c conditions it understandbly took Cooper Kirby extra time to warm-up but he won the match 6-3, 6-2 and booked himself a place into Monday’s main draw. Sunday was a match-free day that allowed the main draw players to arrive ahead of the start of the tournament and Cooper Kirby took advantage of the rest day to have a practice hit with a player from Germany.
His first main draw opponent was the unseeded Aaron Matikkala from Finland whom he defeated 6-2, 6-2. He then beat fourth seed Andrey Beketov from Russia (60th in Europe for this age group) 6-2, 6-3 in the second round and progressed to the quarter finals where he faced sixth seed Ugnius Biskauskis, a national player from Lithuania. Biskauskis, a recent European Country Championships competitor, proved too strong an opponent on this occassion winning the match 6-0, 6-4 signalling Cooper Kirby’s exit from the event.

Despite the long journey and flight home Cooper Kirby was back at school the next day. He picked up 40 extra points by reaching the quarter final stage in Finland and that’s seen him move up another 400 places up the leaderboard. Next stop is the San Michel International Tournament in Kordin, Malta this coming weekend where he has been placed straight into the main draw.

Good Luck Dean!

Cooper Kirby is looking for funding for his European Tournaments – read more in previous blog post Cooper Kirby Looking For Sponsorship and his European tournaments in previous post Cooper Kirby Racks Up European Points

Visit Cooper Kirby’s GoFundMe page here for more information and his latest news and updates.



Isla and Tillie Attend Mayors Reception

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid attended the second part of the annual Basingstoke Sports Awards this week, the Mayors reception at the Civic Offices. Both girls received cheques for grant aid donation and certificates presented by Mayor Paul Frankum. They then joined fellow local sportsmen and women to celebrate their sporting achievements and enjoyed a buffet.

D5671C57-B3FD-4CD1-A193-ECBA7F4D5BF865F9AAB3-1F0D-47DE-9E76-DD5DEC67A7D5The annual Basingstoke and Deane Sports Awards event is a highlight of the local sporting calendar organised and hosted by sports council chairman Kevin Laing. The awards, which have been going for over twenty-five years celebrate the success of clubs, teams, coaches, officials, volunteers and individuals involved in sport in the Basingstoke and Deane area. Alongside the awards and scholarships, sportsmen and women can receive funding, like the girls, via the Sports Grant Aid scheme, which is funded by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The funds can be used to help with everything from travelling and coaching expenses to competition entry fees, equipment and clothing requirements.


Tennis Tips | 1. Creating More Topspin on Your Forehand

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

Tip 1: Creating More Topspin on your Forehand 

Make sure you drop your racket head below the ball before hitting and accelerate your racket up the back of the ball to create more topspin on your forehand.

Wrong – Racket is too high
Correct:  The racket is dropping below the ball