TENNIS TIPS | TIP 34: BE IN A GOOD READY POSITION

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Tip 34: Be In A Good Ready Position

Make sure you are ready with your racket up and in front of you. This will help your set up when preparing for your forehand.

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Wrong:  Racket down and not prepared

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Correct: Good ready position with racket in front

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Prickett Wins Half Term Title

Totally Tennis performance player Daniel Prickett won the 16U Boys Singles title at David Lloyd Southampton October Half Term Tournament 2018.

In the first round he beat Franko Stoman 6-0, 6-3 followed by a tough match against second seed Connor Turner 6-2, 6-7(6), 10-4 in round two. He then defeated eighth seed Jed Voysey 7-5, 6-4 in the quarters and third seed George Russell in the semis  6-3, 0-6, 10-4. In the final he beat fourth seed Owen Martel 7-5, 6-2 to win the title.

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Totally Tennis mini tennis players Hayden Cummings, Harry Dolman and twins Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar also all competed in the half term event. Cummings was the consolation runner-up in the 10U Boys Singles event. He lost in the first round of the main draw against Aidan Hewitt 4-1, 4-2 but then defeated wild card Marcin Kornijczuk in the consolation quarters 4-1, 4-0 followed by  Theodor Kraytchev 4-1, 4-0 in the semis before battling in the three set final against Yinghan Ho 4-0, 2-4, 13-11 to finish as runner-up.

The Chendhilkumar brothers were both also knocked out of the main draw in the first round. Gevin lost to Felix Inglis 5-3, 4-1 and then Jaydan Mitchell 4-0, 4-0 in the consolations quarters. Guhan was beaten by Alec Vaughan 4-0, 4-0 and then by eventual consolation winner Ho in the consolation quarters 4-0, 4-0. In the 9U Boys Singles Dolman played in group D and went out of the competition after coming third in the box.

 

 

Consolation Medal for Dolman

Totally Tennis mini performance player Harry Dolman won the  9 & under singles consolation event at the East Winter County Tour held at David Lloyd Royal Berkshire.

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In the main draw he lost in the first round to eventual runner-up Xavier Bailey 10-3 and then competed in the consolation draw where he defeated both Theo Lane and Arjun Tahiliani 10-7 and then beat Oscar Callaghan 10-5 in the final. He also played three extra matches which he won.

Coach Jordan Frederick said, “Harry is genuinely improving week in week out. In this event he beat a player that he recently lost to in the Red County Closed event so he’s making progress in his game.”

Well done Harry!”

TENNIS TIPS | TIP 33: Stepping In With The Left Foot On A Forehand Volley

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Tip 33: Stepping In With The Left Foot On A Forehand Volley

Make sure you step in with your left foot on your forehand volley. This will help you move forwards and make sure you get your contact point out in front of your body.

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TENNIS TIPS | TIP 32: Recovering After Hitting A Forehand Down The Line

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Tip 32: Recovering After Hitting A Forehand Down The Line

After you have hit a forehand down the line recover to the other side of the centre. You will then be covering the space on the court and be in the best place for your opponents return.

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Wrong: Recovered to the same side of the centre line

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Correct: Recovered further to the other side of the court

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First Orange Matchplay For Dolman

After competing in the 8 & under singles at the Berkshire Junior County Championships 2018 at the end of the summer (where he won two of his four matches), Totally Tennis mini performance player Harry Dolman played in his first orange matchplay at David Lloyd Southampton West End at the beginning of this month. In the group stages he competed in Box C and won all his five matches beating Freddie Bosworth 10-1, Tom Casella 11-9,  George Conway 10-3,  Elliot Latham 10-6 and Scott Yates 10-5.  

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Dolman then competed in the Portsmouth Tennis Club 9 & under Winter Regional Tour and although he lost all his group matches he paid really well against more experienced players. He has also been selected for county training which is great news considering he has only just started competing.

Coach Jordan Frederick said, “Harry played his first grade 3 at Portsmouth Tennis Centre, although he didn’t win a match he came very close to winning most of them and was competing with some of the best orange ball players in the southwest.” he added, “I have been working with Harry for the last year now, his improvement rate has been incredible and always has a great attitude while training and competing.”

Dolman will next compete in the East Winter County Tour – David Lloyd Royal Berkshire 9 & under Boys singles event (20th October) followed by the David Lloyd Southampton October Half Term Tournament 2018 (from 21st October).

TENNIS TIPS | TIP 31: Setting Up Your Racket For A Two-Handed Backhand

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Tip 31: Setting Up Your Racket For A Two-Handed Backhand

Turn your shoulders sideways and push the racket away from the body. This will help you create space away from the ball giving you a better contact point and will allow you to hit through the ball more.

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Wrong: Racket too near the body and wrong stance

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Correct: Shoulders turned sideways and racket pushed away from the body

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