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 fantastic. His 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 court. Another 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.