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
The Sherfield School Boys team, which consists of four Totally Tennis performance players, completed in the Team Tennis Schools National Championships Finals 2016-2017 (formerly known as the Glanville Cup) at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.
The Boys Team (L to R) Alex Dawson, Liam Hignett, former Sherfield School Head of PE Adam Gibson, Miles Bromilow and Dean Cooper Kirby
The team of Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson and Dean Cooper Kirby were playing in a tough field of the top sixteen teams in the country at the weekend long event. Unfortunately the boys were knocked out in the first round of the main draw by Cheam High School 8-4. Bromilow and Cooper Kirby both won their singles matches 4-1, 3-5, 1-0(6) and 4-2, 4-2 respectively but Hignett and Dawson lost, both pairings were beaten in the doubles.
The boys then competed in the consolation draw beating Queen Elizabeth School, Cumbria 10-0 followed by St.Peter’s RC High School 8-4 in the semis but then lost in the final against St Bede’s 8-2 with Bromilow the only player to win a match.
Top seeds Culford School A were the overall winners beating third seeds Reed’s School in the final 8-2. In the Girl’s event (formerly known as the Aberdare Cup) second seeds Talbot Heath School A beat top seeds Queenswood School in the final 8-4.
Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby recently won the 14 & under Boys Winchester Spring Open 2017 title. After a bye in the first round, Cooper Kirby beat Christian Yeates 6-1, 6-1 in round two followed by Louis Bowden 6-4, 4-6, 10-6 in the quarters and then Joshua Parsons in the semis 4-6, 6-4, 10-5, he then defeated Oliver Fernandez 6-0, 6-2 in the final.
Cooper Kirby and partner Ayaan Haneef then won the 14 & U Doubles title beating clubmate Aaron Dawson/Louis Bowden 4-1, 4-1 in the semis and James Johnson/Alexis Paris in the final 5-3, 4-0.
In the Easter Grade 4 Tournament at Kings House, Chiswick Cooper Kirby won the 18 & U singles titles and was runner-up in the 16 & U event. In the first round of the 16 & U competition he defeated Alexander Pennycooke 4-1, 4-1 followed by wins against Bailey Mcatee 4-3, 4-0 and Warok Rai 4-2, 4-1 but he finished up in second place after losing in the final against Nicolas Sperat Czar 4-3, 4-0. In the 18U’s Cooper Kirby beat Adam Wilkinson 4-1, 4-2 in the quarters and then beat Laurence Woodford 4-0, 4-2 in the semis. In the final he defeated Mathieu Betto 5-3, 4-2 to win the event.
Cooper Kirby is also part of the Sherfield School sixth form team that has won the Hampshire/Dorset/Wiltshire knockout stage of the Glanville Cup. The team has now qualified for the National Finals that will be played at Nottingham Tennis Centre from 11th – 14th July.
Mini performance player Tillie Reid was runner-up in the Grade 4 Haslemere girls Under 12 tournament held at the Haslemere Lawn Tennis Club in Surrey. She won her quarter-final match against Molly Fairbalm 6-1, 6-0 and then defeated Lucy Peer 6-1, 5-7, 10-8 in the semis before losing in the final against Charlotte Howard 6-1, 6-0 to finish in second place. Congrats Tillie 😉
In the recent 30th Eastleigh Open held at Virgin Active Hampshire Health And Racquets Club in Southampton Reid and club mate Isla Hignett competed in the 12 and under Girls Grade 3 singles event. Both girls had a bye in the first round and were knocked out in the quarter finals, Hignett losing to eventual runner-up Chloe Elliott 6-1, 6-0 and Mia Gerty beat Reid 6-2, 6-0. The girls then competed against each other in the consolation final with Hignett winning 4-0, 4-0.