Tennis Talk | Wimbledon Championships 2019

Tomorrow sees the start of this year’s Wimbledon Championships and a return to the famous grass courts of the All England Club of former British number one and two-time singles champion Andy Murray.

Murray, 32 will return to Wimbledon to play in the doubles (men’s and maybe mixed) after missing the 2018  Championships with an ongoing hip injury.  The Scot, who announced that he may have to retire after this years event, is now playing pain free after having a hip resurfacing operation five months ago.


Other British hopes lie with British number one Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund, who followed Murray as British number one last year, is seeded 30th seed at Wimbledon this year. British wildcards include Jay Clarke, James Ward and Paul Jubb in the men’s draw and Heather Watson, Harriet Dart and Katie Swan in the ladies event.

Defending champion and top seed Novak Djokovic will kick things off tomorrow on Centre Court at 1:00pm against Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany.  Tuesday will see the start of the women’s competition with last year’s winner Angelique Kerber on Centre at 1:00pm. French Open winner Rafael Nadal will be looking for his 19th Grand Slam title, Roger Federer is playing for his 21st title and Djokovic will be on sixteen titles if he wins this years Wimbledon crown. Collectively the top trio have won an impressive fifty-three of the past sixty-four major titles.

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The women’s tournament is more unpredictable. Top seed is American Ashleigh Barty and fellow American is eleventh seed Serena Williams who will be bidding for her eighth Wimbledon title. An ongoing knee injury may scupper her chances to achieve an all-time record of twenty-four Grand Slam titles.

The 133rd Wimbledon Championships will take place from 1st – 14th July 2019 on the grass courts at SW19 – Visit for all the news and up-to-date information.

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World Tennis News: Federer Wins Eighth Wimbledon Title

Another Wimbledon Championships is over after a great fortnight of tennis in SW19 that saw third seed Roger Federer (3) became the first man to win Wimbledon a record eight times.

b_aerial_778_140717-2 Federer, who last won the prestigious in 2012, defeated an injured and emotional Marin Cilic (7) from Croatia 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to become the oldest man in the Open Era to win at the All England Club. This latest victory takes him to an impressive total of nineteen Grand Slam titles with Rafael Nadal behind on fifteen.

b_federer_1117_160717_jm.jpgWorld and British number one Andy Murray (1) struggled with a hip injury and crashed out of this year’s Wimbledon Championships in the quarter-final defeated by Sam Querrey (24) in five sets 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(7-4), 1-6, 1-6. His exit was swiftly followed by Women’s British number one Johanna Konta (6) in the semis who lost to five-time champion Venus Williams (10) 6-4, 6-2.


Spain’s Garbine Muguruza (14) beat Williams in Saturday’s ladies final 7-5, 6-0 to win her first Wimbledon title.



 It wasn’t all bad news for the British players however with top seeds Jamie Murray picking up the Mixed Doubles title with his partner Martina Hingis beating unseeded fellow Brit Heather Watson and her partner Henri Kontinen 6-4, 6-4 in the final.


Two more titles for British players came in the wheelchair competition. Britain’s Jordanne Whiley and her partner Yui Kamiji won their fourth successive Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles title after beating Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot (2) 2-6, 6-3, 6-0. Defending champions Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid (2) beat top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer from France  6-7(5-7), 7-5, 7-6(7-3) to claim their second consecutive Wimbledon men’s wheelchair doubles title.


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Coaches and Players train with Wimbledon Boy Balls and Girls

Totally Tennis coaches Ben Jubin and Shyam Vithlani were joined by fellow Totally Alumni and current players at Wimbledon last weekend. The players were there to play while this year’s ball boys and girls candidates practice their skills ahead of the start of this years Championships in early July.

Steph Catlin, Simon James, Ali Olrog and Alex Dawson all played with Rubin and Vithlani at the famous SW19 location. In her other role as manager of the Wimbledon Championships ball boys and girls (BBG’s), Queen Mary’s College (QMC) PE Teacher Goldson invited the coaches and players to participate in the training process.

Goldson Meets Her Tennis Hero

Queen Mary’s College (QMC) PE teacher Sarah Goldson has had a busy couple of weeks in her role as manager of the ball boys and girls (BBGs) at The Championships, Wimbledon. A huge tennis fan herself, this year she had the opportunity to meet her hero, Men’s singles finalist Roger Federer in person as he opened the new BBG complex before the start of this year’s event.


Goldson said “It was an amazing experience to have Roger Federer open the new BBG Complex and the BBGs who were present were so excited to meet him. On a personal note, it was also a real privilege for me as I have admired and followed his progress for many years.” she added “It certainly made for a very exciting start to this year’s Championships!

Goldson starts training with the selected boys and girls in February at All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC). Each prospective ball boy/girl will train once a fortnight and also attend four brief court training sessions at the Covered Courts before Easter and after the Easter break all training takes place at Wimbledon (mainly on the Covered Courts) and lasts until mid June apart from school holidays. 250 Ball Boys and Girls (BBGs) from around 700 applicants work at The Championships, Wimbledon and most of them spend two years as a BBG. Four teams of six selected to be responsible for Centre and No.1 Courts and six teams of six rotate around the other show courts.

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On the Road To Wimbledon

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett spent all last week playing on the famous grass courts at Wimbledon in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon (RTW) 2014 Nationals held at The All England Club in SW19. On the opening day last Monday eighty-six box matches took place and history was made when four Indian junior tennis players competed in the national finals for the first time after winning their own national finals at the Road to Wimbledon in Delhi.

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Hignett played in Regional Group F where he had three matches. He lost to box winner and National number two in his age group Oscar Cutting 6-1, 6-1, runner-up and 20th nationally David Brehme 6-3, 6-2 and Zachary Phillips 7-5, 7-5. In the Regional Consolation event he lost in  round one against higher rated Callum Findlay in three sets 6-4, 4-6, 10-3. In the 14 and under Boys Doubles event Hignett and partner Timothy Goodman, who were seeded fourth, unfortunately lost in round one to Jake Norris/Pierce Widdecombe 4-0, 4-0.


Despite the score lines and the intermittent weather that interrupted play, Hignett had a fantastic week and enjoyed himself and as well as his memories he has a souvenir hoody, water bottle, T-shirt to remember his experience and was also given a £30 Wimbledon shop voucher. On Wednesday night the competitors enjoyed the players party held in The Terrace restaurant on the east side of Centre Court with an Indian themed party with Indian cuisine and entertainment provided by Award Winning Celebrity Magician and Mind Reader, Robert Fox.

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On the final morning Hignett attended the grass court clinic with former British number one Tim Henman, where he and  Head Coach Dan Bloxham put the junior competitors through their paces and inspired them with great games and advice. HSBC Ambassador Henman also gave the juniors an opportunity to ask him questions on tennis and he was happy to share his experiences with the next generation of young players.

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Donella Hignett, Liam’s mother said, “Although it was unfortunate that he didn’t win a match, Liam came close on a couple of occasions, with a 7-5, 7-5 loss in one of his box matches and a three-set 4-6, 6-4, 10-3 loss in the first round of the consolation.  It was a good experience, despite the weather!”

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Head Coach James McIntosh said “It was such a fantastic opportunity and experience for Liam to play at Wimbledon and follow in the footsteps of other young Totally Tennis players. Competing in the Road to Wimbledon National Finals are a great way to inspire and motivate players. Well done Liam!”

Twenty thousand juniors from over seven hundred and fifty clubs and schools competed in the Road to Wimbledon event. The competition is held in three stages and encourages boys and girls of all standards to play and enjoy competitive tennis. The tournament is open to all boys and girls who are 14 & under during the year and have not reached the age of 15 that year.

Proof that the new international event was a great success came when 14-year-old Siddhant Banthia from Pune, India took the 2014 boys singles crown after defeating the top one seed from Middlesex, Maxine Trenakhin, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-0. Last years semi-finalist Kent’s Nell Miller, 14 won the girls title defeating second seed Jodie Lawrence-Taylor from Surrey in straight sets 7-6(5), 6-4. In another fantastic result for India, Banthia and partner Adil Kalyanpur were crowned doubles champions and Miller with partner Emily Appleton defeated Indian girls duo Aarja Chakraborty and Shivani Ingle in straight sets to win the Girls Doubles title.

World Tennis News: Wimbledon Week One Round Up

British number one and defending champion Andy Murray eased into the second week at Wimbledon after winning all  matches in the first three rounds without dropping a set. The third seed beat Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 and will now play twentieth seed Kevin Anderson from South Africa in the last sixteen tomorrow. Murray open proceedings at this years Championships with a first round win against David Goffin 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 followed by a convincing display against Blaz Rola in round two 6-1, 6-1, 6-0

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World Number One Rafael Nadal lost the first set but came back to beat Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 playing under the Centre Court roof in front of the Royal Box filled with sporting celebrities on Super Saturday. He will now play Australian teenage wildcard Nick Kyrgios in his next match. Fourth seed Roger Federer, who followed Nadal playing under the roof defeated Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. Eighth seed Milos Raonic also went through after beating Poland’s Lukasz Kubot 7-6 (7-2,) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. Top seed Novak Djokovic beat Gilles Simon on Friday to book his place in the fourth round 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Queens Club champion Grigor Dimitrov became the first Bulgarian player to reach the last sixteen beating Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.

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Over in the women’s draw, current women’s singles champion Marion Bartoli was joined on Centre Court by a young player from the Elena Baltacha Tennis Academy (EBAT) to remember the former British number one who died from liver cancer in May at the age of 30. Bartoli performed the coin toss at the start of the second day’s play at the championships as she has retired from the game in 2013 and will not be defending her title. The draw opened up yesterday after the shock defeat of five-time champion Serena Williams who suffered her earliest Wimbledon defeat since 2005. Williams lost to France’s Alize Cornet 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in their third round match that was interrupted by rain delays. 2004 champion Maria Sharapova, who is fifth seed this year reached the fourth round with a convincing 6-3, 6-0 win over American Alison Riske and will now face ninth seed Angelique Kerber who defeated British Number One Heather Watson in round two 6-2, 5-7, 6-1. Romanian third seed and French Open finalist Simona Halep and thirteenth seed Canadian Eugenie Bouchard are also through to the last sixteen.

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British number four Naomi Broady’s tournament ended in the second round as she lost 6-3, 6-2 to former world number one Caroline Wozniacki after she defeated Hungary’s Timea Babos on Monday in round one. British number six Tara Moore was beaten 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 9-7 by Russian Vera Zvonareva in the first round. Current Australian Open Champion Li Na, former champion Venus Williams and two-time Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka all made early first week exits.

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In the Mens Doubles, Fourteenth seeds Britain’s Jamie Murray and partner Australian John Peers beat Britain’s Dan Evans and James Ward 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round. Murray and Peers then beat another Brit Jamie Delgado and partner Gilles Muller from Luxembourg in the next round  6-3, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3. In his interviews after the match Andy Murray joked that he is the number two son in the family after his mother Judy watched brother Jamie win his doubles match before catching the end of his match win over Bautista Agut on Centre Court.

TheBBC has the sport presenters at Wimbledon and the World Cup in Brazil fighting it out in a keep-uppy challenge  and currently Murray is leading with an incredible number of 78 tennis ball keepy-uppies during practice. He heads the leaderboard of BBC 5 live’s Copa-Uppy challenge, way ahead of challengers such as Clarence Seedorf and Alan Shearer. Click out Murray’s skills here. The BBC is asking – Can you do better than Andy Murray? Film your own attempt and tweet it using #copauppy


Tennis Talk: Local PE Teacher and her Dream Wimbledon Job

Queen Mary’s College (QMC) PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson is a busy lady as along with her teaching and tennis duties, she also manages the ball boys and girls (BBGs) at The Championships, Wimbledon. Goldson said, “It has been a busy couple of weeks in the run up to the Championships, although the programme started in October with new BBGs training from January onwards. It has been a great experience again this year working with such dedicated kids from Merton and Wandsworth Schools as well as others from surrounding areas.”

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Goldson landed the Ballboy/Ballgirl Manager position at the Wimbledon Championships in 2011 after refereeing for about seven years for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) alongside her job at the college. Goldson’s position at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) involves selecting, recruiting and managing the training of all the BBGs. The job as Ballboy/Ballgirl Manager involves working at the All England Club approximately one hundred days a year, including the Championships fortnight.

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The college’s tennis players also benefit from Goldson’s involvement with Wimbledon as they have the opportunity to play during some of the training sessions so that the BBGs are able to practice their set pieces that they work on in insolation in actual match situations (tie break, ball change etc). This is Goldson’s third year in charge of the BBGs, she commented “It’s always a real privilege to be working at such a prestigious tournament. I particularly enjoy the week prior to the tournament as it is about finalising the teams for approximately 250 BBGs, completing final practices on grass and making the selections for teams who will be working on the show courts.” she added ” It’s also an opportunity to get a glimpse of the top players practising in the relevant quiet of the grounds before the public arrives on Monday.”

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QMC Boys A team player Nick Dingwall completed his voluntary hours at Wimbledon for his Community Sports Leaders Award course, as part of the BBG team with Goldson. The BBGs were working at the Wildcard pre-qualifying event held over two days and Dingwall attended on the second day assisting with registering and supervising the BBGs to and from court as well as with general operational duties during the day. He also got to watch the British players in action and was able to learn about some of the key aspects of the BBGs on court work.

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Goldson said “I am really looking forward to this year’s tournament and am confident that the Ballboys and Girls will do us proud. It will be great to see the College Tennis players at Wimbledon on Tuesday, as we got tickets for Court One on that day  and most of them are coming.”