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qualifying stage of the TEJT Boys Singles 16 & under event after being 23rd on the reserve list but with players having withdrawn he was offered his place to compete in the draw.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.


Cooper Kirby Looking For Sponsorship

Fourteen year old Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby is looking for funding to support the continuation of his European Tennis Tour aspirations.

Cooper Kirby has lived in the Basingstoke area all his life and attended the Priory School in Pamber End before moving to Sherfield School.  He was introduced to tennis when he was five years old when he started playing at an afterschool club at the Priory School and at weekends he played at Manydown, his local tennis club. He has been playing at Totally Tennis, where he is coached individually by Jordan Frederick, since the age of seven and has amassed many tournaments and trophies over that time.

He won his first County Championship, the 8 & under singles title, at the Hampshire & IOW when he was just eight years old and to date he has won twelve county singles titles including 8u, 9u, 10u, 12u, 14u and 16u. In 2017 Cooper Kirby was Number two in the Hampshire & IOW County Cup Team for 14u and has recently been invited to attend selection training for the 18u County Cup Team.

20180116_133258-e1516796497509.jpgIn the last six months Cooper Kirby has played in Moldova where he reached the quarter finals for 14 and u and more recently in Bergen, Norway. The twenty points gained in Norway means he will move up 400 places on the European leader board and now has a total of forty-five points to date from both events. Next stop for Cooper Kirby is Finland and then Malta before he leaves for a solo trip to Naples, Florida for a month’s training at a tennis academy there.

Click here to find out more about Cooper Kirby’s story and his GoFundMe campaign page where you can make donations, any amount would be greatly appreciated.


Tough Opponent for Hignett at NTC

Performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Liam Hignett competed in the National Tennis Centre Invitational Winter National Tour Finals held over the weekend at the NTC in London.


Hignett was competing in the 18 and under Boys singles event in the grade 1 competition but unluckily he came up against third seed (and eventual winner) Kai Maxted in the first round and lost 6-4, 6-3 despite an excellent performance.

He recently competed in the Mens Open Singles at the British Tour Bath held at the University of Bath but lost in the first round of the main draw to Luke Johnson 6-1, 6-3.


Cooper Kirby Racks Up European Points

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby travelled to Bergen, Norway to in his second overseas tennis event. Accompanied by his father Brain, he competed in the TE U 16 Paradis tournament playing in the Boys Singles 16 event. He won his first match against Anders Parr (Norway) 6-0, 6-3 but lost in round two after a close first set to third seed Evangelos Kypriotis (Greece) 7-5, 6-2.

Cooper Kirby played in his first European event in September last year in the Republic of Moldova in Eastern Europe. He competed in the Chisinau Open Boys Singles Under 14 event where after a bye in qualifying he played in the main draw. He beat Alexander Pundel (Russia) 7-6(9), 7-6(0) in round one then defeated second seed Dan Vasile Duta (Romania) in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the second before losing in the quarters to Aleksander Chayka (Russia) 7-5, 6-4. Cooper Kirby teamed up with Mikhail Rimskii (Russia) for the doubles competition but the pair were knocked out in the semis by top seeds Viacheslav Bielinskyi/Andrey Shutov 6-0, 6-3. He was awarded 25 points for reaching the quarter final stage.


Totally Tennis’ Jordan Frederick who coaches Cooper Kirby said, “I’ve been working with Dean now for the past 18 months and he is a great player to work with, his rate of improvement has been fantasticHis effort while training is superb and he always goes the extra mile.” 

He added, “Dean is also working with a strengthening and conditioning coach to help him improve his physical performance on courtAnother key part of Dean’s improvement has been fellow performance player Liam Hignett. Liam spends 3-4 hours a week hitting with Dean on court.

Well done Dean! Great job so far keep up the hard work! Let’s go bigger this year.

The twenty points gained in Norway means he will move up 400 places on the European leader board and now has a total of forty-five points to date from both events. As it’s the 16 and under age group he still has another two years to play in this age group. Next stop for Cooper Kirby is Finland in six weeks time and then Malta, accompanied by his mum Karen, before he leaves for a solo trip to Naples, Florida for a month’s training at a tennis academy.

Frederick commented, “These types of competitions are aimed at some of the best players in Europe. The next big step for Dean will be to start competing on the Junior ITF Circuit and gain a Junior World Ranking.”

The tournaments are organised by Tennis Europe, which has fifty European member nations, making it the largest regional association of the sport’s governing body, the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Congratulations Dean! Good Luck in your next events from everyone at Totally Tennis.

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


Runner-up Spot for Cooper Kirby in Salisbury

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby added yet another trophy to his summer haul after finishing as runner-up in The Kirk Moore Salisbury Junior Open held last week at the Salisbury Lawn Tennis Club in Wiltshire


After a bye in the first round of the Grade 3 tournament second seed Cooper Kirby beat Oliver Martin 6-3, 6-3 in the quarters followed by Oscar Oberoi Jensen 7-6(6), 6-1 in the semis but lost out in the final to top seed Edred Opie 6-2, 6-3 to finish as runner-up.

Well done Dean 🙂