Adult Doubles Tournament

Twelve players competed in our Adult Doubles Tournament last week that was followed by the club’s annual Wimbledon Draw.

The tournament format was timed twenty-minute doubles matches where players had to score as many games as they could in the timed match that accumulated towards their total score on the leaderboard. After each round everyone would change partners and play against different people.

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After the competition the players got into the Wimbledon spirit by enjoying some strawberries & cream and the ballet was drawn.

Head coach James McIntosh said, “Congratulations to Jenny! It was a great finish to the event as some of the players were lucky enough to win tickets in the Wimbledon ballot.”

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Cummings Wins Cardiff Tournament

Totally Tennis mini performance player Hayden Cummings has been competing in some tournaments over the past couple of months. At the beginning of this month he won the 10 & under Grade 3 Cardiff Mini Tennis tournament held at David Lloyd Club Cardiff in South Glamorgan. In the first round he beat Tom Bewley 5-3, 4-1, Nathan Shore in the quarters 4-0, 4-0 and then Matthew Mclain in the semis 5-4, 1-4, 10-8. In the final he defeated Edward Bennett 4-0, 4-1 to win the event.

567d1626-b875-4af5-a31f-6572338f78ab.jpgLast month he competed in both the 10 & under singles and doubles at the Sutton Tennis Academy Easter Grade 2 Tournament.  In the doubles, Cummings and partner Tuna Lokman were runners-up after losing in the final against Rhys Lawlor and Jacob Cairncross 5-3, 4-0. In the quarters they beat Harry Cornhill and Conrad Plum 5-4(10), 4-1 followed by Nathaniel De Mariveles and Pavana Nrshinga in the semis 4-1, 4-2. In the singles event he competed in the qualifying stages in Group F but did not progress to the main draw after losing to both Jacob Cairncross and Alexander Farmanbar.

a1023167-1056-424f-81f2-c8ad7f719fdfHe also finished third at the Finchley Manor Junior Open Tournament in Middlesex after wining the third/fourth place playoff match against Charlie Ripp 4-0, 4-1. After a bye in the first round he beat Giorgio Giliberti 4-2, 4-1 before losing in the semis in a three-set battle against Denzell Darkey 2-4, 5-4(3), 1-0(4).

Head coach James McIntosh said, “Hayden has continued to progress in his lessons to improve his game and his hard work has paid off by qualifying for the National Grade 2 event and winning the Grade 3 tournament in Cardiff.” he added  “Well done Hayden, keep up the good work.”

Cummings will be representing Hampshire in the 10 & under County Cup at the end of May.

Primary Schools Tournament 2019

The annual Primary Schools Tournament took place at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre last week. This year saw the highest number of entires for the event with a total of nine schools involved and some of them bringing three teams.

b537c9fb-b305-416f-832c-f9661c11f811The tournament was split into four boxes of group matches where teams play each other and the top two teams from each box qualified for the quarter finals. Each team had four players and they all played a singles match with timed tie breaks.

The eight teams who made it through the quarter final stage were all three teams from Sherborne St John, St Johns 1 and 3, St Mary’s Primary 1 and 2 and Winklebury 2. The St Johns 1 team beat Sherborne 2, St Mary’s 1 beat Winklebury 2, Sherborne 1 defeated St Johns 3 and St Mary’s 2 beat Sherborne 3.

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Head coach James McIntosh said, “The final was a repeat from last year but This time it was the Sherborne team that came out top with each player winning their matches.” he added, “All of the players enjoyed competing for their respective school. The standard of the competition was good and there were some very close matches played throughout the day. Congratulations to the Sherborne team!

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Good luck to Sherborne team who will now go on to compete in the Hampshire Games taking place in June.

 

Easter Trophy Haul for Karjalainen

Mini performance player Kevin Karjalainen was busy over the Easter break playing in a number of tournaments. In his first event, the Fowler Architecture and Planning Pewsey Junior Open held at the Pewsey Tennis Club in Wiltshire Karjalainen won his first three matches in the 9 & under Mixed singles event to win Group B and progress to the main draw.

In the group stages he defeated Arthur Beck 7-4, 7-3, William Adams 8-6, 2-7, 7-3 and Vrishan Pandya 6-8, 7-4, 7-3.  He then beat Martin Gil-Rueda 7-5, 7-5 in the semis but finished runner-up after losing in the final against Harry Mitchell 7-2, 7-3.

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He then competed in the Bradfield Easter Open 2019 at the Bradfield Tennis Centre competing in the 9 & under Boys singles where he won Group C in the qualifying stages. He beat Harry Dolman 12 – 10, Arjun Tahiliani 13-11 and Theo Lane 10-7 but then lost in the semis against Joshua Church 10 – 5. He finished in fourth place overall after losing the 3rd & 4th place playoff match against William Lamb 10 -5.

In the Ash Manor Easter Open held at the Ash Manor Tennis Centre in Surrey Karjalainen played in the 9 and under mixed singles beating George Cardy 8-6, 7-2, Thomas Nickson 7-5, 11-9, Zoe Grabowska 7-3, 7-2 and Wynne Chen 2-7, 7-5, 7-5 to win Group B. In the semi finals he defeated Lyla Read 7-3, 11-9 but lost to Wynne Chen in the final 8-6, 7-5 to finish in the runner-up position.

Congratulations Kevin.

World Ranking For Dean Cooper Kirby

Former Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby competed in the  ITF Junior Masters Grade 4 tournament at La Libertad in El Salvador.

Cooper Kirby, who is now residing and playing tennis full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Florida, won all three of his qualifying matches to gain a place in the main draw.  He won his first round match against Rodrigo Zelaya 6-1, 6-1 and moved into round two where he found himself up against Alvin Tudorica, a giant 6ft 6 Canadian ranked 551th in the world and although he played really well he lost 6-4, 6-4.

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Dean’s Columbian coach Raul said, “I am very pleased with Dean and he could of won.” After his first ITF tournament everyone now knows Cooper Kirby’s ability is to the standard needed for these world level tournaments. If he had won this match he would have won five games in a row and gained ITF points and a world ranking but unfortunately four wins didn’t result in any points so he now had to win two doubles matches to win any points.

He played doubles with Sam Scherer, a player from the IMG Academy in Sarasota, Florida. The pair won their first match, a close and evenly matched game against a pair from the home nation, El Salvador 6-2, 6-0. Their second match was against a Mexican duo who last month had played in two quarter finals for Grade 4 ITF’s so it was always going to be a tough match. This match was not only crucial for the pair to progress into the quarters but would also guarantee Cooper Kirby earning those important ITF points. The boys won the first set, lost the second 6-3 so it went to a tie-breaker but they held strong and gained a two point lead 9-7 with Cooper Kirby serving for the set and the match, he held his nerve and they won 10-7.

Cooper Kirby said “I was nervous going into the serve knowing this point would win the match and more importantly ITF points.”

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The pair were then in the the quarter finals but sadly lost against a South American pairing 6-1, 6-2. Cooper Kirby now has those much needed ITF points and a world ranking which will make it a lot easier for him to plan his tournament schedule as he knows he will be accepted.

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 Dean Cooper Kirby in previous posts HERE

Hignett Competes in Corby

Totally Tennis coach and performance player Liam Hignett competed in the Mens singles at the British Tour Corby held at Corby Tennis Centre in Northamptonshire.

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Hignett competed in the main draw and was up against sixth seed Lamar Bartley in his first match which he lost 7-6(4), 6-4. His next event is the British Tour Loughborough at the beginning of March.

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.

Good luck Liam

*British Tour information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/britishtour

 

Doubles Win For Dawson

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Aaron Dawson and his partner Alexandru Runcianu won the 18 & under Boys Doubles title at last weekend’s South West Winter County Tour held at the indoor centre.

In the event, run by Liam Hignett, second seeds Dawson and Runcianu (pictured below right) beat Sebastien Muller and Christian Yeates in the quarters 4-2, 4-0 followed by a semi-final win against Elliott Lowe and Freddie Simpson 4-0, 4-3(1). In the final the boys defeated top seeds Charlie and Darcy Pycroft in three sets  3-4(2), 4-1, 10-9 to win the event.

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In the girls event, Totally Tennis’ Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid finished in fourth place overall. The second seeds beat Rebecca Fisher and Lauren Foster in the quarters 4-0, 4-1 but then lost in the semis in three sets against eventual winners Genevieve Doe and Amelia Monteith 4-1, 2-4, 10-7. Number seeds Aleia De Buretel and  Leyla Elmas were runners-up after losing against Doe/Monteith in the final  4-3(3), 4-3(2).

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The next South West Winter County Tour at Totally Tennis Basingstoke is the 12 & U Boys & Girls singles on Saturday 16th February – click HERE for details.