Performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby and his Swedish partner Leo Borg, son of Tennis legend Björn Borg, won the Boys Doubles 16 and under title at the Reykjavik Open held last week at the Viking Tennis Club in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The pair, who were top seeds in the latest Tennis Europe event, beat Daniils Snaiders and Markuss Tions from Latvia 6 – 3, 6 – 1 in the quarters followed by a three-set win against Tobias Bo Kudsk (Denmark) and Karol Szczap (Poland) in the semis 4-6, 6-2, 10-7. In the final they faced second seed and Cooper Kirby’s partner from the last doubles event in Iceland Mark Owen Endler (Germany) and his partner Nicolas Moser (Austria) and beat them in another three battle 6-1, 3-6, 10-7 to win the event.
In the singles, Cooper Kirby was third seed and after a bye in the first round he beat Yaroslav Kostyuk from Russia in the second round 7-6(1), 7-5 and seventh seed Tions (Latvia) in the quarters 6-0, 7-5. Top seed and eventual winner Borg then knocked Cooper Kirby out of the competition in the semis 6 – 0, 6 – 4. Borg beat second seed Moser in the final 6 -0, 6 – 3 to win his second title of the tournament.
Congratulations to Dean and Leo for winning the Doubles title 🙂
Totally Tennis mini performance player Guhan Chendhilkumar, 9 won the honour of carrying out the coin toss for semi-finals between Lukáš Lacko versus Marco Cecchinatoat at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne last Friday.
Guhan was entered into the draw to win one of three such experiences, that took place at the series of Nature Valley tournaments, when his father Chendhil signed him and his twin brother Gevin up for their British Tennis Membership. He attended the event with his brother and mother and the three got to watch the matches that took place on Centre Court.
The family enjoyed their day in Eastbourne where they were looked after by the LTA membership manager and were given exclusive tour of players lounge and behind the scenes. Guhan was given a quick training on how to toss the coin by the match referee.
Chendhil said, “Both Guhan and Gevin found the trip very inspirational.”
Photos provided by Chendhil Chendhilkumar and used with courtesy of Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for the LTA
Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh designed to improve your game.
Tip 18: Hitting An Angle To Move Your Opponent Off Court
Try hitting an angle shot from an open stance. Hit around the outside of the ball to hit a wider shot to force your opponent out wide and off court.
Wrong: Closed stance – standing more sideways on
Correct: Open Stance – right foot further across.
Read all the previous tips in the Tennis Tip tab – totallytennis.wordpress.com/tennis-tips/
With the long school summer holidays starting at the end of this month it’s time to think about how to entertain the children in a fun yet active way. Totally Tennis has the perfect solution for parents looking to keep their children fit and healthy and burn off some of their energy.
The club will be running its popular tennis and multi-sport camps at the club in the War Memorial Park. The camps are a great way for juniors to improve their sports skills, fitness and make new friends. With indoor and outdoor courts available the fun continues whatever the British ‘summer’ weather has in store. *Sessions booked by 10th July will avail of 10% discount with the early booking offer.
Packed with opportunities to learn and play tennis, weekly afternoon activities also include basketball, football, rounders, hockey combined with lots of fun and games. The scheme has received OFSTED accreditation and the sessions are run by DBS checked and experienced LTA qualified and fully licensed coaches. Sessions will be available from Tuesday 24th July – Thursday 30th August.
Sessions can be booked for the Morning (9.00am – 12 noon), Afternoon (1.00pm –4.00pm) or Full Day* (9.00am – 4.00pm) and children can be dropped off from 8:30am. Please see booking conditions and sessions prices below including details of the special two and full week package offers.
Children need to bring packed lunches and drinks and be dressed appropriately for the weather (suncream if sunny, warm clothing if it’s cold) as they may be playing inside and outside.
*Children must be aged 5 years or over to stay for the whole day. Please note refunds will only be given with 72 hours notice. Those coming for a full day will be supervised during the lunch break and rackets will be provided for those who don’t have one. All children must be signed in and out at reception. Please ensure any medication/inhalers is readily available and staff have been informed prior to leaving the child/children. Photos make be taken for use on this blog and our social media sites, if you object to your child/children’s images being used please inform reception.
For more information about Summer Holiday Tennis Camps and to book places please telephone the office on 01256 358816, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk
The Championships, Wimbledon 2018 starts tomorrow (2nd July), the most anticipated two weeks in the tennis calender will culminate on Sunday 15th July with the Men’s finals.
The famous grass courts located in SW19, home of The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, will see hundreds of people come through the turnstiles to be part of the action. However, British tennis fans received disappointedly news today as former number one and two-time champion Andy Murray announced his withdrawal from this year’s event due to his ongoing recovery from hip surgery.
Defending champion Roger Federer will begin his campaign for his ninth Wimbledon men’s singles title when he opens play tomorrow afternoon on Centre Court. Last year’s women’s singles champion Garbiñe Muguruza from Spain is third seed in this year’s tournament and opens play on Centre Court on Tuesday against Brit Naomi Broady.
Seven-time champion Serena Williams will back in action at Wimbledon for the first time since giving birth to her daughter and also plays her first match tomorrow. British hopes lie with current number ones Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta who kick start their Wimbledon journey on Tuesday will both be looking for their first Grand Slam title. Jamie Murray and his partner Bruno Soares are fifth seeds and ones to watch in the Men’s Doubles.
To follow all the action and find out the latest news throughout the Wimbledon fortnight visit www.wimbledon.com/
Information and photos sourced from www.wimbledon.com/
Celebrate the great British summer and the tennis season this July at Totally Tennis. Come and join in all the fun and play in the Adult American Doubles tournament taking place on Friday 13th July. This fun event, which will be run by coach Jamie Jordan, will take place from 6:30pm and will be followed by a BBQ and drinks 😉
When: Friday 13th July
Time: 6:30pm onwards
Cost: £15 per player
For more information contact Jamie – to book your spot telephone 01256 358816 or visit reception
Totally Tennis performance players Tillie Reid and Jasmin Bromilow represented Sherfield School and were declared the 16 and under Girls champions at the annual Hampshire Schools Doubles Competition held at Winchester Racquets & Fitness.
In the group stages, the girls who are both Sherfield School tennis scholars and were the top seeds in the event, won all of their three matches in Group A beating Emma Clews/Amira Dart 4-0, Daisy Hollingshead/Hollie Sertin 4-0 and Daisy Milward/Lucy Wilkinson 4-1. In the quarter finals, they beat Maya Gandee Morgan and Pippa Reid 4 – 0 and then faced club mates and third seeds Isla Hignett and Atinuke Adelakun (Robert May’s School) in the semi finals and defeated them 4-1. In the final, they beat Zoe Upcraft and Alice Calder (pictured in blue below) from St. Swithen’s 4 – 3 after a nail-biting tie break.
The boys event was won by Ryan Golesworthy and Daniel Nightingale who were representing Robert Mays School (pictured wearing black) and the runners-up were Jean Mauratille and Finbar Tellwright (also at the back of the photo).
Congratulations Tillie and Jasmin 😉