Player Profile: Samantha Smith

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Squad: Holiday Camp

How old were you when you first started tennis?

I was 10 years old

How were you introduced to the sport?

A school club

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

I came with my friend

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Being on my feet

What do you consider to be your best shot?  

Forehand

How often do you play?   

Most weekends

Do you play any other sport?  

Basketball, football and netball

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?  

Playing matches

Player Profile: Oliver Brennan

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Squad: Holiday Camp

How old were you when you first started tennis?

I started playing tennis when I was 5yrs old

How were you introduced to the sport?

I saw a Wimbledon match on the TV and thought I should try it out

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

My friend recommended it to me

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Being able to challenge your opponent again and again

What do you consider to be your best shot?  

When I score a shot from the baseline

How often do you play?   

Every other week

Do you play any other sport?  

Table Tennis and Badminton

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?  

Helping my friends to become good tennis players

Player Profile: Trevor Cain

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TREVOR CAIN

Squad:  50+

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Sixty

How were you introduced to the sport?

By my wife

What made you come to Totally Tennis?  

My wife

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Martina Hingis and Rodger Federer

What do you like most about the sport?

Good exercise and social experience

What do you consider to be your best shot?  

Volley

How often do you play?

Once per week

Do you play any other sport?

Skiing and cycling

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Improvement in my ability due to the coaching at 50+ sessions

 

Player Profile: Tristian Thapa

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TRISTIAN THAPA

Age: Eight

Squad: Giants

How old were you when you first started tennis?

8 years old

How were you introduced to the sport?

From school

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Wanted to play tennis and it’s the local club

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Friendly matches

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Still learning so not sure yet

How often do you play?

Twice a week

Do you play any other sport?

Golf

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Moving up a level from Dodgers to Giants squad

Player Profile: Napalai Cain

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NAPALAI CAIN

Squad: 50+ and Mixed Morning

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Fifteen

How were you introduced to the sport?

As a child in Thailand I walked past the tennis court in my hometown every day and watched the people play. I then decided to start playing tennis myself and have enjoyed it throughout my life, initially in Thailand and now in the UK.

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Totally Tennis has indoor courts, which are good for the weather in England. There are many people who are available to play during the daytime, which suits my lifestyle.

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about the sport?

Being able to hit accurately to the target and successfully finish the point.

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

How often do you play?

Twice a week regularly but 3 times a week if possible.

Do you play any other sport?

No

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Good forehand, two handed backhand and to be able to have a good time.

Player Profile: Penny Bates

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PENNY BATES

Age: Not disclosed

Squad: Over 55’s

How old were you when you first started tennis?

A child

How were you introduced to the sport?

Through my family

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Friend’s recommendation

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about the sport?

Friendly competition

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Slice backhand

How often do you play?

Two or three times a week

Do you play any other sport?

Pilates and yoga

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Centre Court Ladies Singles Champion

Player Profile: Aaron Dawson

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AARON DAWSON

Age: Twelve

Squad: Performance Yellow

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Three

How were you introduced to the sport?

By my brother who played here

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

It has a good quality of tennis

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Rafael Nadal

What do you like most about the sport?

Winning!

What do you consider to be your best shot?  

My backhand

How often do you play?   

Five days a week

Do you play any other sport?  

No

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?  

Reaching number six in the country