August in Pictures

D9C58204-85DC-46A6-9D18-39D951A1EFA4Mini performance player Hayden Cummings won the 10 and under Mixed Singles title at the Southampton Junior Open held at Totton & Eling Tennis Centre in Southampton

Summer tennis and multi-sport camps

Performance player Kirsty Da Silva competed in the Road to Wimbledon National Finals

Fellow performance player Dean Cooper Kirby competed in the regional Road to Wimbledon finals

IMG_5389Performance player Liam Hignett (centre) ran the LTA South West Summer County Tour  at Totally Tennis – TT’s Harry Feast (second left) was runner-up and club mates Ollie Brown (second right) and Josh Furneaux (right) were 3rd and 4th respectively

IMG_5502Performance players Liam Hignett and Dean Cooper Kirby (pictured with coach Jordan Frederick) competed at the Grade 1 Junior National Tennis Championships 2018 held at Nottingham Tennis Centre

7ec4db00-e48d-4097-8ec7-5c24bb81bdf4Hayden Cummings won the Hampshire & IOW County Championships 9U Mixed Doubles title with Ollie Brown (both pictured above) and was runner-up in the 9U Boys Singles after losing to Brown in the final

IMG_3476Performance players Tillie Reid and Isla Hignett were crowned Hampshire & IOW County Championships 14 and under Girls Doubles champions

IMG_5446Cummings and Dylan Cooper Kirby were runners-up in the Hampshire & IOW County Championships 10U Mixed Doubles

August Tennis Tips

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World Tennis News: Australian Open 2018 Preview

The first Grand Slam of the 2018 tennis season, The Australian Open will be played in Melbourne from 15th – 28th January. The world’s top players will be in action at the newly upgrade Melbourne Park battling it out on court to lift the first Grand Slam trophy of the year.

o_redevelopment_pre_08012018_05Defending Men’s champions Roger Federer will be back in action this year, hoping to win his sixth Australia Open championship title. Seven time champion and 2017 winner Serena Williams, who is back on court after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia, has sadly withdrawn from this year’s event. Williams played her first match since giving birth at the beginning of September on 30th December at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi. After losing that exhibition match against current French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko 2–6, 6-3, [5–10] she decided to withdraw from the Australian Open

After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be.” Williams said, “Even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year. 

Former champion (2009) Rafael Nadal is back at the top of the World rankings and looking to win another Grand Slam title after losing to Federer in last year’s final. Six time champion Novak Djokovic will also be biting at Federer’s heels for another crack at the title. The Women’s event is wide open after Williams withdrawal but there are plenty looking to talk their place on the podium.

In disappointing news for patrotic tennis fans British number one and former World number one Andy Murray, who is actually in Melbourne after hip surgery in the city, will not be competing this year. His subsequent post-op recovery and rehabilitation will see him off court in competition mode for some time, maybe even until the summer’s grass court season. Murray, who has now dropped to 16th in the world rankings, has been dogged with injury since last year’s Wimbledon Championships when he last won a competitive match.

99513070_murray_insta.jpgMurray, pictured with his coach Jamie Delgado, after his hip surgery this week in Melbourne (Source: Andy Murray Official Instagram page)

Murray said in an interview with the BBC, “I’m not finished playing tennis yet. I’m going to be competing at the highest level again,” he added, “I’m very optimistic about the future – the surgeon is very happy about how it went.”

British interests now lies elsewhere with eyes trained on British number one and tenth seed Johanna Konta who has enjoyed success in both her previous Australian Open campaigns. Konta, who was forced to retire from the quarters in the Brisbane International last week due to hip problems, is in Sydney where she hoped to defend her 2017 Sydney International title. Things didn’t go to plan for the defending champion who was beaten in the first round by Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 7-5 to in a repeat of last year’s final.

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British No.2 Kyle Edmund also got to the quarters of the Brisbane event but has withdrawn from this week’s Auckland Open to assess his ankle injury ahead of the Australian Open. Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares who were runners-up at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha and are now in Adelaide to compete for Team International in the World Tennis Challenge ahead of the Australian Open where they won the doubles title in 2016.

For a full player line-up, schedules and all the latest news ahead and during the tournament visit www.ausopen.com

Photos and information used courtesy of www.ausopen.comwww.lta.org.uk and www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/ Featured image used courtesy of www.ausopen.com/news-media/