Aegon Championships | The Queen’s Club

Summer is officially here with the start of the grass court season. World and British number one Andy Murray, who is also defending champion and top seed, will be looking to win his sixth title at this year’s Aegon Championships which starts at The Queen’s Club in London today until Sunday 25th June.

Murray who won the title in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 will begin the defence of his title against fellow British player Aljaz Bedene tomorrow. Thirty two players are competing in this year’s event including  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5), 2012 winner Marin Cilic (4), John Isner, Nick Kyrgios (9), French Open runner-up Stan Wawrinka (2) and last year’s Queen’s Club runner-up Milos Raonic (3). Other players to watch include British number two Kyle Edmund and wildcards Cameron Norrie and James Ward.

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In the doubles Scottish-Brazilian pairings Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, fresh from winning the Mercedes Cup doubles title in Stuttgart, are third seeds with Murray’s former partner John Peers and Henri Kontinen ranked number one. French duo Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut are second seeds and former world number one pairing of brothers Bob and Mike Bryan are seeded fourth.

The Queen’s Club, named after Queen Victoria, was established in 1886 and hosts the world famous Aegon Championships on its 28 outdoor grass courts. The annual event on the men’s professional ATP World Tour was started in 1890 and is held in West Kensington every June in the run-up to Wimbledon that starts this year on 3rd July. The tournament attracts the world’s best male singles and doubles players, this year ten of the world’s top twenty players are competing. Along with Murray, tennis legends such as Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg and Pete Sampras have all lifted the iconic winner’s trophy.

In other tennis news, Judy Murray has been an awarded OBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Murray, who has worked to grow tennis across Great Britain, has been recognised for services to tennis, women in sport and charity.

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British number one Johanna Konta, 26 missed out on her first grass court title after she finished as runner-up in the Nottingham Open final after losing to Donna Vekic from Croatia 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5.

Information and photos sourced from www.lta.org.uk and www.bbc.com/sport/tennis

 

Cooper Kirby Wins Winchester Open Title

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.

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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.

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First photo used with courtesy of the Basingstoke Gazette

 

 

Winchester Open Runner’s Up Medal For Isla

Totally Tennis performance player Isla Hignett competed in the Girls 14U and 16U singles and doubles events at the Grade 3 Winchester Spring Open that took place last week at Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club.
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In the 14U singles competition sixth seed Hignett had a bye in the first round and then beat Sienna May in the quarter finals 6-1, 6-2 and then Katy Jarvis in their three set semi final encounter 6-2, 0-6, 1-0(9). In the final Hignett was up against former Totally tennis teammate and third seed  Eliza Wheeler who won the match 6-2, 6-1 leaving Hignett collecting the runners-up prize. In the 16U singles Hignett lost to Alana Unitt in the quarter finals 6-3, 6-1 and she then lost in the consolation final match against Samyuktha Manoharan 6-1, 7-5.
Hignett then teamed up with Manoharan in the 16U doubles, they lost in the three set semi final match against another former Totally Tennis player Aisling Mcgrane and her partner Unitt 4-1, 3-5, 1-0(6). In the 14U doubles Hignett partnered club mate Tillie Reid   but they lost to Jessica Holloway/Sophia Huron 4-2, 4-1 and Migraine/Unitt 6-1, 6-1.
Donella Hignett (Isla’s mum) said, “Isla didn’t win a match in the 16Us singles or the 14Us doubles which she played with Tillie as the opponents were just too strong.  It was good experience though.”

A Win for Kirsty in Oxfordshire

Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva won the Grade 5 12 & under Girls event at the Game, Set & Match Play Spring Super Series held at Radley College Sports Centre in Oxfordshire last weekend.

After a bye in the first round, top seed Da Silva defeated Emma Gabriel in the semi-final 4-2, 4-0 and then in the final she beat Beatrice Painter 4-2, 4-2 to win the event and collect yet another medal.

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Sue Da Silva said, “Good consistent play from Kirsty in the event. She had some really clever shots, moving her opponents well.”

What a great start to the Easter holidays, Congratulations Kirsty!

 

Silver Medal For Kirsty

Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva was runner-up in the grade 5 Chesham Bois 12 and under Girls singles tournament held at Chesham Bois Lawn Tennis & Squash Club in Amersham, Buckinghamshire this weekend.

In her first match Da Silva beat Bianca Iacobut 4-3, 4-1 and then defeated her personal nemesis’ and second seed Patricia Radan in a close three set semi-final match  4-2, 1-4, 10-9. In the final her winning streak was halted by Anjali Kotecha who won 4-1, 4-1 and Da Silva finished up with the runner-up’s medal.

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Sue Da Silva (Kirtsy’s mum) said, “Kirsty has never beaten Patricia before although she came close in their last meeting but today was her day, at last! she added, “It’s her first medal for a while, it’s so great to see her back in a final again!

 

Hignett Wins Men’s Singles Title in Southampton

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett is the new David Lloyd Southampton Aegon British Tour FAST4 Mens Singles champion after winning the event last Sunday.

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In the first round Hignett, who was second seed beat Robert Jakubik 4-0, 4-0 followed by Frederick James in the quarters 4-1, 4-1 and then Yusuke Tamaki in the semi-finals 4-0, 4-0. In the final he faced top seed Zack Norman and after a three set battle he won 3-4(3), 4-0, 10-9 and was declared the winner.

Congratulations Liam!

Doubles Victory For Hignett and Reid

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid won the 16 & Under Girls Doubles title yesterday at the Douai Park Tennis Club in Upper Woolhampton, Berkshire.

After a bye in the quarters Hignett and Reid defeated Jessica Pearce and Annalise Smith in a close semi-final match 4-1, 1-4 (15-13) and then fought back after losing the first set in the final to beat 16 and under singles winner Leontina Slovak and her partner Diana Mascenikova 0-4, 4-1 (10-8). Congratulations Girls!

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Also competing in the Grade 5 event was Hampshire Court’s mini performance player Eduard Lakatos who played in the 10 & under Mixed Singles. In round one Lakatos beat Tom Harris 4-2 but lost against Toby Clarke in the quarters 4-0, he then defeated Spencer Moore in the play-off match 4-1 but lost against Etahn Taank 5-3 to finish in seventh place overall.