Junior Development and Performance Squads Restart

As the summer holidays draw to a close it’s time for the return of the Totally Tennis Junior Squads which form part of the the club’s development and performance programme run by our team of LTA licensed coaches. Totally Tennis squads are run on weekdays and designed for children aged from four years upwards that start with mini tennis nets and sponge balls and work up to full sized courts and yellow balls, every child is given an appropriate squad to join, usually guided by age.

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Development squads include Pirates (4-6 years), Indians (6-8 years), Dodgers (8-9 years) and Giants (9-10 years). A, B and C squads are for older players aged eleven and over. Performance Squads include the invitational mini performance squads of Red, Orange and Green for talented players and Yellow squads are for older players in the U12 to U18 categories.

The 2018 autumn term started today (3rd September) and will run for sixteen weeks until 21st December 2018 (sessions run throughout half term). There are Open Weeks held during the last week of term in March, July & December where parents are invited to watch their children’s progress during an on court session. For more information about the squad programme and session fees telephone 01256 358816 or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk/squads 

 

 

 

 

 

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Three Titles at this years Hampshire & IOW County Championships

Keeping up Totally Tennis’ record of having consecutive County Champions for over twenty years Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid were crowned 14 and under Girls Doubles champions, Hayden Cummings won the 9U Mixed Doubles with his partner Oliver Cole and Liam Hignett won the Men’s Open title. The week long Hampshire & IOW County Championships 2018, held at Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club, finished yesterday.

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Top seeds Hignett and Reid were crowned champions after defeating Lily Bebbington and Darcey Clarke in the semi finals 4-0, 5-3 followed by second seeds Sienna Boyce and Ivana Maynard in the final 4-1, 4-0. Fellow Totally Tennis player Kirsty Da Silva and her partner Poppy Marston were beaten by Boyce and Maynard 4-2, 4-1 in the semi finals.

Second seed Hignett was runner-up in the 16U Girls singles, after a bye in the quarters she beat Lucy Peer 6-2, 6-0 in the semis and faced Rina Hayamizu, who had previously beat Reid 6-1, 6-1, in the final losing 7-5, 6-2. Reid and Da Silva competed in the 14U Girls Singles, top seed Reid had a bye in the first round then beat Marston 6-2, 1-6, 1-0(7) in the semis before losing to Hayamizu in the final 6-0, 6-2. Da Silva lost in the quarters against Ivana Maynard 6-2, 6-1. 

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Also collecting top honours was Isla’s older brother Liam who won the Men’s Open title after defeating James Ardley 6-1, 6-3 in the quarters, third seed Henry Bowden in the semis 6-0, 5-7, 1-0(4) and fourth seed  James Blair 7-6(2), 6-3 in the final. Top seeds Hignett and Bowden teamed up and were runners-up in the 18U Boys Doubles beating Ardley and Milan Bharadia in the semis 4-0, 4-2 before losing to second seeds James Blair and Mats Colling in the three set final 5-4(3), 4-5(5), 10-5.

Harry Feast competed in the 18U Boys Singles and beat Paddy Thorne in the first round 7-6(1), 7-5 but then lost in the quarters against third seed Colling 6-2, 6-1. Feast also played in the 16U Boys Singles along with Ollie Brown but unfortunely both boys were knocked out in the first round by Egan Daborn and George Copplestone 3-6, 6-4, 1-0(3)  and 6-2, 6-2 respectively.

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9U Mixed Doubles champions Cummings and Cole won all four of their matches on their way to winning the title. They beat James Graham/Noelle Elrick 10-2, Dillon James Bowden/Cameron Jeffries Keel 10-1, Ellis Fox/Riley Webb 10-3 and Aleksija Blow/Amalia Sargent 10-2. Cummings and club mate Dylan Cooper Kirby were runners-up in the 10U Mixed Doubles event after beating Malgorzata Krajewski/Florence Savory 4-1, Thomas Allen-Green/Dennis Dimov 4-2 and Cole/Felix Inglis 5-1.

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Cummings was also runner-up in the 9U Boys Singles, after a bye in the first round he defeated William Vincent 7-2, 7-1 in round two, Marcin Kornijczuk 7-3, 7-3 in the quarters and Xinghan Zhao 7-2, 7-3 in the semis before losing in the final to wildcard Cole 7-5, 7-3. Nikesh Bomma also played in this event, after a bye in the first round he beat Riley Webb in round two 8-6, 7-0 but lost against eventual winner Cole in the quarters 7-5, 7-3. 

Cummings and Cooper Kirby also both competed in the 10U Boys Singles. Cooper Kirby lost in the first round against Cole 5-3, 4-2 and Cummings beat Felix Inglis in the first round 4-1, 4-1 and was then knocked out in the quarters by Thomas Allen-Green 5-3, 4-1. 

Congratulations to all the winners, runners-ups and everyone that entered this years County Championships 🙂

 

 

 

 

Cooper Kirby Heads For Full-Time Academy Training in Florida

Totally Tennis performance player and former Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby has made the permanent move to America’s sunshine state to live and train full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Naples, Florida.

As well as training for thirty-eight hours a week, Cooper Kirby will be studying at the school linked to the academy based in nearby Fort Myers. If initial training goes to plan he will be looking to compete at the ITF tournament to be held in Atlanta, Georgia at the end of October.

While resident at the academy Cooper Kirby will be following an intense daily training programme to improve every area of his game including technique, footwork, movement and strategy on an individual and small group basis. The training includes  match play and drills as well as mental training and fitness.

Brian Cooper Kirby, Dean’s father said, “After receiving his four year US Visa Dean flew to Fort Lauderdale on 29th August to train full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Naples, Florida.”

Cooper Kirby spent a month at the Florida academy earlier this year in April and while there he won the Spring Tropical Junior and also competed in another 16 and under event but was knocked out in the quarter final stages by a fellow Gomez Academy player.

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The Gomez Tennis Academy was founded in 2010 by tennis coach Rene Gomez, his wife Leslie Gomez and her son Chase Muma. Gomez Tennis Academy is a boutique tennis training academy situated in Naples, Florida. Led by Rene’s knowledge and experience, the Gomez team practices a training philosophy based on commitment, consistency and individualized instruction.*

Read more about the academy on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

*All information about the Gomez Tennis Academy and court photo were sourced from www.gomeztennisacademy.com

Read more about Copper Kirby’s time in Florida in previous post totallytennis.wordpress.com/2018/04/28/cooper-kirby-returns-from-florida-to-contest-european-tournaments/

Performance Players Compete in the Junior National Tennis Championships

Totally Tennis performance players Dean Cooper Kirby along with siblings Liam and Isla Hignett travelled to Nottingham to compete in the Grade 1 Junior National Tennis Championships 2018 held at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

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Accompanied by coach Jordan Frederick, Cooper Kirby played in 14U Boys Singles event where his first round opponent was second seed Roan Jones who is number 2 for his age group in the UK and a team GB player. Even though he won the first set 6-2, Cooper Kirby lost the second set 6-0 and then fought hard in the close tie-break set before eventually losing 7-6(3) to make an early exit from the competition.

Brian Cooper Kirby said, “Jordan accompanied Dean to the event and witnessed him totally controlling the first set before taking his foot off the gas in the second. In the deciding set Dean and Roan were neck and neck with most of the spectators watching the game.” He added “Dean was level 4-4 serving to take lead but was broken by Roan to lead 5-4 and serving for match, Dean stepped up again and broke Roan to level 5-5 then they both won their next games to level the set 6-6 for a set tie-breaker which Dean lost 7-3

Cooper Kirby has now left the UK having made a permanent move to Florida to train full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Naples, Florida and attend a school linked to the academy based in Fort Myers.

Liam competed in the 18U Boys Singles but also lost in the first round against third seed Daniel Martin 6-1, 7-6(4). He then played in the 18U Boys Doubles with partner Kyle Stocker but the pair were knocked out in the first round by  Deji Thomas-Smith and Patrick Young with a 6-2, 6-2 scoreline. Younger sister Isla played in the 16U Girls Doubles competition partnered with Maisie Wood and together they were beaten in their first match by Jessica Dawson and Jayanne Palma 6-2, 6-3.    

Tennis Tips | Tip 26: Hitting To Your Opponents Feet When They Are Moving Into The Net

Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh designed to improve your game.

Tip 26: Hitting To Your Opponents Feet When They Are Moving Into The Net

Try hitting the ball down to the opponents feet when they are moving into the net, take the ball early and hit with good topspin so the ball is dipping as it crosses the net. This is especially effective in doubles when the opponent approaches cross court. Hitting to your opponents feet will force them to hit a more difficult volley as they will have to hit up rather than having a high volley which they have more of a chance to hit a winning return.

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Wrong: Leaning back will force the ball to go upwards, giving the opponent an easy high volley

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Correct: Weight on the front foot and taking the ball early to keep the ball low

Read all the previous tips in the Tennis Tip tab – totallytennis.wordpress.com/tennis-tips/

Runner-up place for Harry Feast on home turf

Performance player Liam Hignett run the 16 & under Boys singles event of the LTA South West Summer County Tour held at the indoor centre on Saturday.

Nine players entered in total including three from Totally Tennis; Harry Feast (1), Ollie Brown (4) and Joshua Furneaux (3). All three home players benefited from a bye in the first round then top seed Feast beat William Morrell (North Lonsdale Tennis Club) 4-0, 4-0 in the quarters followed by club mate Brown in the semis 4-0, 4-3(2) before losing in the final to second seed Thomas Russell (Benson Tennis Club) in a close match 4-3(4), 4-3(4).

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Brown defeated Luca Sassow (Winchester Racquets and Fitness) in the quarters 4-1, 4-3(2) and third seed Furneaux beat Cameron Marshall (Liphook Lawn Tennis Club) in his quarter final match 4-2, 4-1 before losing to Russell in the semis 4-2, 4-1. Fourth seed Brown then beat Furneaux in the third/fourth place play-off match 4-1, 4-1.

Hignett said of the event, “All matches were played in good spirit and were enjoyable to watch. The final in particular, won on a sudden death 4-4 point in the tiebreak of both sets, brought an exciting end to the tournament. Well played everyone.”

 

 

 

 

Tennis Tips | Tip 25: Using Your Legs On Your Serve

Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh designed to improve your game.

Tip 25: Using Your Legs On Your Serve

Bend your knees after your ball placement, this will help you generate more pace on the serve and help you push up to the ball getting a slightly higher contact point.

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Wrong: No knee bend

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Correct: Knees bent to generate more pace on your serve

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