Performance player and assistant coach Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & IOW Mens team that competed in the LTA Winter County Cup 2018 held at Hills Road Sports and Tennis Centre in Cambridge at the end of last month.
Hignett (pictured front left) was joined in the Hampshire team by Julian Godfrey, Robert Mitchell, Ryan Golesworthy, George Houghton, Michael Johnson, Paul Scullard, Jake Norris and Austin Gwilliam who completed in the Mens Group 4b competition against teams from Durham & Cleveland, Leicestershire and the Channel Islands.
On the first day the Hampshire team were up against the Durham & Cleveland team and lost 6-3. Hignett won his singles match 6-2, 6-2 but lost his doubles match with partner Jake Norris 6-3, 6-4. Day two was much better result with Hampshire beating Leicestershire 6-3. Hignett won his singles and his doubles match with Norris with both matches having the same 6-3, 6-2 scoreline.
On the final day Hampshire notched up another win against the Channel Islands 5-1. Hignett maintained his singles clean sheet winning his final match 6-4, 6-0 and was not required to play his doubles match with Norris as the tie was already decided. Overall the team finished in second place with four points and retained their position in the league while winners Durham & Cleveland, with six points, gained promotion.
Hignett also competed in the Open Mens Singles at the LTA British Tour Edgbaston 2 held at The Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham. Sixth seed Hignett beat Benjamin Stanford in the first round 6-2, 6-1 and then Alex Griffiths in the second round 7-6(4), 6-3 but then lost in the quarters to fifth seed Matthew Hollingworth.
The latest South West Winter County Tour event run by performance player and coach Liam Hignett took place at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre last weekend.
Two of the clubs mini performance players Hayden Cummings and Nikesh Bomma competed in the 10 and under Boys competition along with nine other players. Top seed Cummings beat Cameron Bagha in the quarters 4-0, 4-0 but was then knocked out of the competition by eventual winner Michael Cooke in the semis 4-1, 4-3(3). Bomma defeated Alexander Bruce 4-2, 4-3(2) in his quarter final match followed by Marcin Kornijczuk in the semis 4-0, 4-2 before losing to Cooke in the three set final 4-3(1), 3-4(4), 10-3 to finish in second place overall. Cummings finished in fourth place.
Bomma’s coach Jamie Jordan said. “Nikesh played unbelievably well in his second ever tournament and second time he got to the final.” He added, “He’s really enjoying competing and working on getting his rating higher. Great effort Nikesh, keep up the good work.”
In last month’s South West Winter County Tour Men’s event held last month, also run by Hignett, Totally Tennis’ Loic Armstrong was in action. Armstrong beat Paul Stavely 4-0, 4-1 in the first round but lost against third seed Sam Li 4-1, 3-4(1), 10-6 in the quarters. Top seed George Russell won the event.
Mini performance player Harry Dolman was runner-up in the Team Bath Mini Red & Orange tournament held at Bath University last weekend.
Playing in Group D of the 9 and under Mixed Singles B DRAW, Dolman won two of the three matches in the group stages beating Thomas Keeler 10-4 and Kian Alizadeh 10-3 but losing against Louis Derwent in a close match 10-9. In the main draw he defeated Isabella Lieve Morgan 10-5 and William Powell 10-7 but lost to Dominic Cooper 10-3 to finish in second place.
Well done Harry!
Mini performance player Hayden Cummings picked up the runners-up medal in the 10 and under Boys singles event at the Bradfield East Winter County Tour held at Bradfield Tennis Centre last weekend.
In the first round Cummings knocked top seed James Parnwell out of the tournament in the quarters beating him 4-2, 4-0 followed by Castor Chute in the semis 4-1 before losing to second seed Oliver Cole in the final 4-2.
The previous weekend Cummings competed in the David Lloyd Southampton West End Winter Regional Tour 10 and under Boys singles. In the quarters he defeated Felix Inglis 4-2, 4-1 but lost in the semis against overall winner Casey Drake 5-3, 4-0.
Well doen Hayden!
The Totally Tennis 10 and under Mixed team won their latest fixture against Winchester Racquets and Fitness 6-0 in the Hampshire & IOW Winter Junior League 2018 – 2019. The dream team of Hayden Cummings, Nikesh Bomer and brother Guhan and Gevin Chendhilkumar kept a clean sheet in the home match winning all the singles and doubles matches.
In the singles Cummings won 4-0, 4-2, Guhan 4-0, 4-2, Gevin 4-1, 4-0 and Nikesh 4-0, 4-0. In the doubles Cummings/Guhan won their match 4-0, 4-1 and Bomer/Gevin were victorious 4-2, 4-0.
Coach Jamie Jordan said, “The boys all played very well dominating every point. They continually work hard in the tennis lessons with James and myself and results like this show how much they are all improving together.” he added, “Totally Tennis are very proud of these boys please keep the good work up!“
Other teams competing in the league are David Lloyd Southampton A, David Lloyd Southampton B, Winchester Racquets and Fitness and Portsmouth Tennis Academy. Totally Tennis’ next match is away against David Lloyd Southampton A on 25th November.
Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid competed in the 18 and under Girls Doubles event, part of the latest South West Winter County Tour, at Totally Tennis Basingstoke run by coach Liam Hignett.
Five pairs entered the event and the Totally Tennis pair beat Ridah Nayeemullah and Lucy Peer 4-3(1), 4-1 but were unlucky in their other three matches and finished fourth overall. Second seeds Martyna Ciubatiuk and Magda Kornijczuk were the overall winners.
The next event in the series is the Mens and Womens Open that takes place on 11th November
The Totally Tennis 10 and under Mixed team competed in their second match of the Hampshire & IOW Winter Junior League 2018 – 2019 against Portsmouth Tennis Academy today.
The team of Hayden Cummings, Nikesh Bomer and twins Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar travelled to Portsmouth with coach Jamie Jordan. In the singles Nikesh won 4-0, 4-1 Gevin won 4-0, 4-0 Guhan lost 4-0, 4-1 and Hayden lost 4-0, 4-1 so the team had a 3-1 lead going into the doubles. Hayden and Guhan lost their match 4-1, 5-3 and Nikesh and Gevin won 4-0, 4-2 then in the shootout Nikesh and Hayden won 10-7 in singles to win the fixture.
Jordan said, “It’s amazing how the boys have become a team in a individual sport and all cheered and supported each other all the way through the competition.”
Other teams competing in the league are David Lloyd Southampton A, David Lloyd Southampton B, Winchester Racquets and Fitness and Portsmouth Tennis Academy. Totally Tennis’ next match is home against Winchester Racquets & Fitness on 29th October.