World Tennis News | Djokovic Wins Seventh Australian Open Title

Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic have taken the first Grand Slam titles of the 2019 season at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Djokovic won his 15th major and seventh Australian Open title defeating Rafael Nadal in the final 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. It was a second Grand Slam title for twenty-one year old Osaka who now also becomes world number one after she defeated Petra Kvitova in the final 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-4. Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert won the men’s doubles final 6-4, 7-6(1) and Samantha Stosur and Shuai Zhang claimed the women’s doubles title 6-3, 6-4.

In sad news for British Tennis former number one Andy Murray announced before the start of the tournament that he plans to retire after Wimbledon in the summer after a year of injuries if he makes it that far. The three-time Grand Slam champion, who is still struggling to recover from his hip surgery of twelve months ago, lost his first-round match against Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6, 6-2.

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Information and photos used with courtesy of www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/

 

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Harry Dolman Wins Gold

It was the turn of the younger players to compete last weekend in the latest South West Winter County Tour held at the indoor centre by coach Liam Hignett.

img_3431Two Totally Tennis players, Harry Dolman and Kevin Karjalainen competed in the 9 and under Mixed Singles along with six other players. Dolman (pictured above with former TT coach Jordan Frederick who returned for the event) was declared the winner after beating Ralph Du Boulay in the quarters 10-5, Karjalainen in the semis 10-7 and Haohan Lu in the final 11-9.

Congratulations Harry!

Photo used with courtesy of Jordan Frederick.

Hignett Competes in Bath

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett competed in the main draw of the Men’s Singles at the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) British Tour held at the University of Bath last week. Hignett won his first match against qualifier Archie Graham 6-3, 6-1 but lost in the second round against sixth seed Sean Hodkin 6-1, 7-5. The event was won by Luke Johnson from Yorkshire.

3e35f7ca-d35e-46bf-9919-85ccb3416f31.jpgHignett said. “It’s good to be back playing some tournaments in 2019 and mixing with some top players who have had or currently have ATP rankings, so great to be competing at this level as always.”

The LTA British Tour is a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience in their quest to become professional tennis players, to provide competition for professional players in between competing in professional events at home and abroad, as well as providing a national level open competition circuit.*

*Information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk

 

Doubles Win On Home Soil For Isla and Tillie

The latest South West Winter County Tour event, run by coach Liam Hignett, took place last weekend at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre in Basingstoke. There were two events, the 16 and under Boys and Girls Doubles.

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In the girls event Totally Tennis was represented by performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid who were crowned winners of the event after beating Ivana Maynard and Gabriella Rawles 4-1, 4-0 and a walkover against Giulia Caturano and partner Jogaile Juknaite.

In the boys event second seeds Martino Colabella and Adrian Leung from Kent were declared the winners. In the quarters they defeated Dennis and Philip Dimov 4-0, 3-4(3), 10-8 followed by Ben Deller and Rory Hodge in the semis  4-2, 4-3(2) and Oliver Brooker and James Stanley (who had defeated the top seeds Elliott Lowe and Freddie Simpson in the semis) 4-2, 2-2, 10-2.

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Congratulations Isla and Tillie 😉

The next South West Winter County Tour at Totally Tennis Basingstoke is the 9 & under Mixed Singles on Sunday 20th January – click HERE for details

 

How To Make Sure 2019 Is YOUR Year

January, traditionally the month of new beginnings and fresh starts. How many times have you heard (or even said), My new years resolution is to Lose weight” oGet to the gym a minimum of 4 times a week.”

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Words we hear every January, empty promises that usually always end with the same outcome. By the time February comes around, most people have forgotten their new years resolutions. So how can we make sure that’s not you in 2019?

If you are successfully going to get thinner or fitter this year, whichever your goal – You must ENJOY the journey you embark on. You need to be able to see yourself sticking to it for the whole year, rain or shine  

How can I enjoy losing weight, or exercising more I hear you ask…?

Solution 1: Struggle to lose weight, or stick to a diet?

Join the next 8-week (fully online) Lean Bean Course run by our very own coach Steph Catlin from Food Is Life. The Lean Bean course is a nutrition based weight/fat loss course designed to empower you, via science-based education, to lose weight and keep it off for the rest of your life.

Follow Steph on Facebook and Instagram or visit www.foodislifeuk.com

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Solution 2: Don’t like the gym, or find them intimidating?

Join a sports club. A sports club that places high values on a community environment Learn a new skill, make new friends and achieve the same fitness levels as you would if you spent an hour on the treadmill at your local gin (I mean gym)

Your local tennis club is the perfect place to start and Totally Tennis has sessions available for Juniors and adults of all ages and abilities – there’s even a new adult beginner’s course starting on Saturday mornings in February. For more information telephone 01256 358816 or visit www.totallytennis.co.uk 

January is the month with the highest motivation and the biggest failure rate. Every day you have a chance to rewrite your story. Let’s make 2019 your year. 

Follow Totally Tennis on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Read all the previous Sports and Nutrition posts from Steph HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year from Totally Tennis

Happy New Year from the team at Totally Tennis. The coaching team, which includes three new members, are looking forward to welcoming everyone on court to get 2019 off to a fit and healthy start.

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Junior squads re-start from 7th January (tomorrow) and new team members Jane Timmis, Jamie Barry and Julia Moore will be involved in coaching the junior sessions as well as adult sessions.

Jane Timmis is an LTA Accredited+ Level 5 Coach, the top coaching level available and she has extensive experience in coaching individuals and groups across all age ranges.  With a lifelong love of tennis, she has recently returned to coaching and is keen to impart her knowledge and enthusiasm for the game onto others.  Jane plays competitively for her club and county and in 2018 she represented England as well as a member of her club team that won the European Club Championship title in her age group.

Julia Moore is an experienced player who is ranked top ten in her county and 125 in the world for her age group. As a coach, she ensures players enjoy themselves while improving technical and tactical techniques and their mental game. Jamie Barry has played for seventeen years and was in fact previously coached by a former Totally Tennis performance player and coach Jason Jokhoo.  He has won many titles and currently represents Wiltshire in County Cup Events, Jamie has chosen coaching as a career as he loves to help players reach their full potential. 

Tennis Director Nigel Long said. “We would like to welcome our new coaches  Jane, Jamie and Julia to the team.  They have a great tennis pedigree and we are more than delighted that they have decided to join Totally Tennis in 2019.”

He added, “Jordan, Jamie and Ben have decided to move on with their careers elsewhere and we wish them all the best in their new ventures.”

Happy New Year !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December in Pictures

IMG_1699Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & IOW Mens team that competed in the LTA Winter County Cup 2018

Totally Tennis Christmas Charity Event this year was Christmas Jumper week during junior squads to raise funds for Save The Children

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4CDA9075-E09E-49E0-ADCA-23F83031DCAAMini performance player Nikesh Reddy Bomma won the 10 and under Boys title at the South East Winter County Tour

D1266806-F9D8-4C42-BB3C-7D3793E06007The 9 & under team tennis of Hayden Cummings, Nikesh Bomma and twins Gevin & Guhan Chendhilkumar won the Division 1 County Tier mixed title

img_3122.jpgLots of fun at the Christmas holiday tennis camps