Hignett Features in Tennis Head Magazine

Prior to lockdown, performance player and coach Liam Hignett worked with Tennis Head magazine to test and review some rackets and ASCIS tennis shoes.IMG_8968Hignett, along with three other players tested the ASICS Solution Speed FF shoe with Rene, the top product designer from ASICS – Hignett said, “It felt like I didn’t have anything on but I did have to loosen the laces to avoid a small amount of rubbing in the heel.” The article, which was published in June, can be read in full online by visiting tennishead.net/asics-solution-speed-tennis-shoe-review/

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Read more about the Head Prestige Tour tennis racket review online here tennishead.net/head-prestige-tour-2020-tennis-racket-review/

Tennis Head magazine has been the World’s leading destination for tennis fans & players for 15 years with the best news, analysis, opinion, writers, tennis racket & gear reviews, videos, competitions & social media commentary.

Information and photos used with courtesy of tennishead.net

Runner-up Spot for Hignett at British Tour Edgbaston

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett was runner-up in the Men’s singles at the British Tour Edgbaston event held at the Edgbastom Priory Club last week.

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Third seed Hignett beat William Mclenneghan 7-5, 6-4 in the first round followed by Euan Wilson-Baig in round two 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-0. In the quarters he defeated eighth seed Tom Welsh 7-6(10), 6-4 and then sixth seed Mattias Southcombe in the semi-finals 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. In the final Hignett lost to top seed Jake Hersey 6-3, 6-2 to finish as runner-up.

Congratulations Liam 😉

Read more about Hignett competing in British Tour events HERE

Runner-Up Finish for Cooper Kirby in Mexico

Former Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Dean Kirby Cooper competed in his first grade 4 ITF doubles event in Tampico, Mexico at the end of February.

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Cooper Kirby, who is now residing and playing tennis full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Florida, competed in the doubles tournament with his American partner Ethan Muza. In the first round they beat Mexican duo SebastianGarcia Escorcia/Juan PabloLazo Becerril 6-1, 6-1 followed by the eighth seeds GianlucaCitadini/LucioRatti from Argentina 6-4, 6-4 in the second round. 

In the quarters Cooper Kirby and Muza defeated American duo and second seeds Jameson Corsillo & Ekansh Kumar 7-5, 6-2 and in the semis they beat another American pairing Sebastian Sec and EvanWen 7-6(4), 6-3. In the final they faced sixth seeds Felipe Lopez Comper and Benjamín Ignacio Torres Fernandez from Chile, after winning the first set 7-5 they lost the second 6-2 followed by the tie-breaker 10-1 to finish as runners-up.

The ITF Junior World Tennis Tour* gives young players all over the world an opportunity to compete, develop and travel the world, with many of the best players going on to be hugely successful on the professional tours. The ITF Junior Circuit provides opportunities at all levels of the game and to develop the stars of the future.

*Information used with courtesy of www.itftennis.com/juniors/

Read more about Cooper Kirby’s Florida journey HERE

 

Runner-up medal for Cummings at Hale Gardens

Performance player Hayden Cummings was runner-up in the Grade 4 South West Winter County Tour 14 & U Boys Singles held at Hale Gardens on 1st March.

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In the quarters Cummings beat William Addleton 4-1, 4-0 followed by Oliver Hopper in the semis 1-4, 4-3(7), [10-3]. In the final he lost to Olivier Paris 4-2, 4-2 to finish in second place.

In the recent Oxstalls SP Winter Regional Tour, Cummings finished fifth in the 12 & under Boys singles. In the first round he defeated Ethan Scott 6-1, 6-1 but lost in the quarters against Sebastian Griffiths 6-4, 6-1. In the first play-off match Cummings beat Harrison Vickery 1-6, 6-4, [10-8] and in the second Felix Mihaylov 6-3, 6-2.

Cummings Wins Muswell Hill Title

Performance player Hayden Cummings won the 12 & under Boys singles event at the Our Lady of Muswell Christmas Tournament in Middlesex.

After a bye in the first round Cummings beat Daniel Ben Yair 3-4(5), 4-2, 1-0(6) in round two, Dylan Powell 4-1, 4-2 in the quarters and Obi Budworth in the semis 4-2, 4-0. In the final he defeated former clubmate Nikesh Reddy Bomma 4-2, 4-1.

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Congratulations Hayden 😉

Runners-up Medal for Isla at the Eastleigh Open

Performance player Isla Hignett played in the 16 & under girls singles at the Eastleigh Open 2019, held at the David Lloyd Club in Southampton, finishing in the runner-up spot.

Second seed Hignett had a bye in the first round and then beat Daisy Doherty 6-1, 6-1 in the quarters and fourth seed Isabella Hope in the semis 6-1, 6-2 before losing in the final against third seed Nora Khediri 6-3, 7-5. In the 16 and under Girls Doubles Hignett and partner Tillie Reid defeated Olivia Higgs and Polina Ivanushkina in the quarters 4-0, 4-0 but lost out in the semis to top seeds Helen Coomber and Amelia Monteith 4-1, 4-0. Reid also competed in the singles but lost in the first round against Scarlett Doman 6-1, 6-0. 

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In the 12 & under boys singles Hayden Cummings lost in the first round against second seed Olivier Paris 7-6(2), 6-1. He also played in the 12 & under Boys Doubles with partner Oliver Rycroft  losing in the quarters to Jack Ford and Henry Hughes 4-2, 4-2. The pair were runners-up in the 12 & under Boys Doubles consolation event after losing to Thomas Hargreave and Noah Mayers in the final 4-2,2-4, 10-6.

 

 

Hignett played in the LTA British Tour Masters

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett was invited to compete in the LTA British Tour Masters held at the National Tennis Centre (NTC) in Roehampton, London last week.

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Hignett was one of the eight players who competed in the event. In the quarters he beat Michael Shaw  4-2 (retired) but was drawn against top seed Sean Hodkin in the semis and lost 6-2, 6-2. Hodkin went on to will the event. Hignett then played in the Tiebreak Tens competition beating Hodkin 10-8 and Joshua Rose 10-7.

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

Win for Cummings in Buckinghamshire

Performance player Hayden Cumming has been busy competing in different tournaments in both singles and doubles competitions.

Last weekend he won the 12 & under Boys title at the Bucks Indoor Winter County Tour held at the Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre in High Wycombe. In the quarter final he beat Theron Mixides 4-1, 4-2 followed by Gabriel Hall 4-1, 4-2 in the semis and then defeated Gabriel Riminton in the final 4-0, 4-2 to win the event.

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At the South West Winter County Tour held at Totally Tennis last month Cummings and partner Thomas Allen-Green competed in the 14 & under Boys Doubles event finishing in 5th place. In the first round, of the event run by coach Liam Hignett, the pair beat Edward Hewlett/Tom Harris 3-4 (4), 4-1, [10-6] but then lost to eventual runners-up Aidan Fletcher/Dennis Dimov in the quarters 3-4 (11), 4-1, [10-2]. They then played Daniel Joita/Conrad Plum in their first play-off match winning 4-0, 4-1 and then beat Christian Rowbotham/Cesar Muresan 4-1, 4-1 in their second play-off match to finish in 5th position overall. 

In the East Winter County Tour, held at Maidenhead Lawn Tennis Centre, Cummings competed in the 12 & under Boys Doubles event with partner Theodor Kraytchev. Unfortunately the boys lost in the first round against eventual winners James Parnwell/Conrad Plum 4-2, 3-4(4), [11-9] but went on to win the consolation event after beating Thomas Taylor-Widgery/Ben Shaer in the semis 4-3(3), 4-0 and Zac Peters/Joshua Fienberg in the final 4-0, 4-0.

Congratulations Hayden 😉

Clay Court Training for Hayden at La Manga

Totally Tennis performance player Hayden Cummings told a break from the chilly weather in the UK earlier this month for some clay court training at the winter training camp at La Manga Club in Spain.

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Cummings dad Ben said,” It was amazing for Hayden to spend time in the most fantastic learning environment and be on court spending time with Jo Durie.”

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La Manga Club Tennis Centre in Murcia is one of the most important and prestigious outdoor tennis centres in Europe. It’s home to prestigious tournaments such as the Davis Cup, the Fed Cup and ATP/ITFevents, boasts a total of 28 tennis courts: 20 clay courts, including a show court and a main centre court.

Photos used with courtesy of Ben Cummings. La Manga information sourced from lamangaclub.com/en/sports/tennis

Halloween victory for Dawson in Cheshire

Totally Tennis performance player Aaron Dawson won the 16 & under Boys singles title at the Birchwood Junior & Senior Open held at Birchwood Leisure & Tennis Complex in Cheshire on halloween.

img_3467.jpegAfter a bye in the first round, second seed Dawson beat Harry Lumb in the quarters 6-2, 6-0 and fourth seed James Ashworth in a three set semi-final match 7-6(4), 2-6, 1-0(7). In the final he defeated third seed Edward Appleyard (who defeated top seed Wemer Zimmermann in the semis) 6-4, 7-5 to win the title.

Congratulations Aaron 😉