World Tennis News: Australian Open 2018 Preview

The first Grand Slam of the 2018 tennis season, The Australian Open will be played in Melbourne from 15th – 28th January. The world’s top players will be in action at the newly upgrade Melbourne Park battling it out on court to lift the first Grand Slam trophy of the year.

o_redevelopment_pre_08012018_05Defending Men’s champions Roger Federer will be back in action this year, hoping to win his sixth Australia Open championship title. Seven time champion and 2017 winner Serena Williams, who is back on court after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia, has sadly withdrawn from this year’s event. Williams played her first match since giving birth at the beginning of September on 30th December at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi. After losing that exhibition match against current French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko 2–6, 6-3, [5–10] she decided to withdraw from the Australian Open

After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be.” Williams said, “Even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year. 

Former champion (2009) Rafael Nadal is back at the top of the World rankings and looking to win another Grand Slam title after losing to Federer in last year’s final. Six time champion Novak Djokovic will also be biting at Federer’s heels for another crack at the title. The Women’s event is wide open after Williams withdrawal but there are plenty looking to talk their place on the podium.

In disappointing news for patrotic tennis fans British number one and former World number one Andy Murray, who is actually in Melbourne after hip surgery in the city, will not be competing this year. His subsequent post-op recovery and rehabilitation will see him off court in competition mode for some time, maybe even until the summer’s grass court season. Murray, who has now dropped to 16th in the world rankings, has been dogged with injury since last year’s Wimbledon Championships when he last won a competitive match.

99513070_murray_insta.jpgMurray, pictured with his coach Jamie Delgado, after his hip surgery this week in Melbourne (Source: Andy Murray Official Instagram page)

Murray said in an interview with the BBC, “I’m not finished playing tennis yet. I’m going to be competing at the highest level again,” he added, “I’m very optimistic about the future – the surgeon is very happy about how it went.”

British interests now lies elsewhere with eyes trained on British number one and tenth seed Johanna Konta who has enjoyed success in both her previous Australian Open campaigns. Konta, who was forced to retire from the quarters in the Brisbane International last week due to hip problems, is in Sydney where she hoped to defend her 2017 Sydney International title. Things didn’t go to plan for the defending champion who was beaten in the first round by Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 7-5 to in a repeat of last year’s final.


British No.2 Kyle Edmund also got to the quarters of the Brisbane event but has withdrawn from this week’s Auckland Open to assess his ankle injury ahead of the Australian Open. Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares who were runners-up at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha and are now in Adelaide to compete for Team International in the World Tennis Challenge ahead of the Australian Open where they won the doubles title in 2016.

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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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Hignett Competes at the Winter Nationals

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Liam Hignett won two matches in the 18 and under Boys Grade 2 event at the University of Bath Winter National Tour.


Hignett (pictured recently at the World Athletics Championships in London) competed at the Winter Nationals at Bath University

In the first round he beat Oscar Glenister 7-5, 6-0 followed by Aaron Trainer 7-6(1), 6-3 in round two but then lost in the quarter finals to wild card and overall tournament winner Connor Thomson 6-3, 7-6(1).

Well done Liam.



Player Profile: John Heather



Squad:  50+

How old were you when you first started tennis?


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?


How often do you play?

2 – 3 times per week

Do you play any other sport?


What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Reaching the mixed doubles final in St Marybourne

Third Place for Gevin at Bradfield

Totally Tennis mini tennis player Gevin Chendhilkumar came third in the 9 & under Mixed Singles at last weekend’s Bradfield Orange tournament held at the Bradfield Tennis Centre.


In the initial round robin Gevin competed in Group C winning two of of his three matches to finish as runner-up and progress to the main draw. He beat third seed Sienna Minton 10-5,  Zayn Bellazrak 10-2 but lost to Ruby Marriage 10-6. Twin brother Guhan was playing in Group A where he beat Joshua Date 10-4, had a walkover against  O’Nielle Emanuel and was beaten by top seed Gabriel Riminton 10-7.


In the main draw Gevin was also defeated by eventual winner Riminton in the semis 10-3 but won the third/fourth play deciding match beating Marriage 10-6 to finish in third place overall.

Well done Gevin!



Amazing success for Totally Tennis players at Junior County Championships

Totally Tennis performance players are celebrating after a very successful week at this year’s Hampshire & IOW Junior County Championships 2017 held at the Winchester Racquets And Fitness club last week.


Dean Cooper Kirby won an impressive four titles; the 14 & under Boys Singles, the 16 & under Boys Singles as well as both the 14 & under and 16 & under Doubles titles with partner Alfie Reynolds. Fellow Sherfield School tennis scholars Liam Hignett and Daniel Prickett were also winners; Hignett won three titles and was crowned Men’s singles champion, 18 & under Boys singles champion and the 18 & under Boys doubles title with partner Jake Norris. Prickett won the 12 & under Boys Singles event and was also runner-up to Cooper Kirby in the 14 & under Boys Singles.


Isla Hignett was runner-up in the 16 & under Girls Singles after losing to Magda Kornijczuk in the final 6-0, 6-1, Kornijczuk had also beaten clubmate Jasmin Bromilow in the semis 6-0, 6-1. Kirsty Da Silva won the 14 & under consolation final and Hignett and clubmate Tillie Reid were third in the 14 & under Girls Doubles after beating Da Silva and Bromilow in the playoff match 4-0, 4-0. In his first green tournament Dylan Cooper Kirby was third in the 10 & under Boys Doubles with partner Ami Talpallikar. Harry Feast won the 14 & under Boys singles consolation final beating Leo Gamon 6-1, 6-4.

Congratulations everyone!







Player Profile: Ebony Grzbiela



Age: Twelve

Squad: Holiday Camp

How old were you when you first started tennis?


How were you introduced to the sport?

I was interested from watching TV

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

To play tennis and learn new sports

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Chasing the tennis ball

What do you consider to be your best shot?  


How often do you play?   

I don’t usually play

Do you play any other sport?  

I am a dancer

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?  

Being able to hit the ball