Local and International Summer Tennis Competitions Cancelled

Sadly Totally Tennis will be unable to contest their unbeaten record in the Annual Festival of Sport against Basingstoke’s twin town Euskirchen in 2020 after the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council announced that it’s been cancelled due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

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It’s the first time in twenty-seven consecutive years that the twin-town competition, which was scheduled to take place in Euskirchen in June, has been cancelled. Last year Basingstoke won 22-7 overall on home soil but the local clubs/teams will have to wait until June 2021 to contest the title in the rescheduled event in Germany.

Head Coach James McIntosh (pictured above with last year’s competitors) said, “It’s such a shame that the festival will not take place this year, much like many other events which have been cancelled.” he added “Some of the players who had previously been on the trip were looking forward to meeting up with their friends and others were excited to be part of the Festival of Sport for the first time. We look forward to going to Germany next year.”

It’s not just local sporting events being affected by COVID-19 but also prestigious international sporting competitions such as the Tokyo Olympics, Euro 2020, Tour de France and the F1 calendar all being cancelled or postponed. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) recently announced that this summer’s Wimbledon Championships has been cancelled for the first time since World War Two.

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The 134th tournament, that was due to be played between 29th June – 12th July in London, is not the only one to be cancelled with the news that the whole grass-court season including Queen’s and Eastbourne, will not go ahead in the UK. There will be no professional tournaments happening elsewhere in the world this summer, including the French Open which has been re-scheduled to September. It remains to be seen what will happen with the US Open later this year.

For more information about the cancellation of this year’s Wimbledon Championships, click HERE. Members of the public who paid for tickets in the Wimbledon Public Ballot for this year’s Championships will have their tickets refunded and will be offered the chance to purchase tickets for the same day and court for The Championships 2021.

Wimbledon photo used with courtesy of http://www.wimbledon.com/

 

 

 

Totally Tennis Retain Their Unbeaten Record in the Festival of Sport 2019

This year’s annual Festival of Sport, organised by the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council,  against twin town Euskirchen took place over weekend in Basingstoke in the sun. Totally Tennis were defending their unbeaten record in the festival and they were successful again this year winning 13 – 1.

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Jasmin Bromilow, Tillie Reid, Josh Furneaux, Charlie Mackenzie, Tinuke, Dylan Hall Jones, Ollie Brown, Nathan Dolman and brother Harry and Alex Feast represented the club on home soil at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park. Euskirchen Tennis Club was represented by eleven players Lupo Alexis, Schatz Bastian, Hanna Friese, Alex Heyne, David Caspers, Henri Feuser, Johannes Püllen, Marie Schneider
Eva Heyne and siblings Justus and Amrei Lingscheidt travelled over from Germany with the rest of the competitors for the weekend event.

Head Coach James McIntosh said, “Another successful year for Totally Tennis in the Festival of Sport as we retained our unbeaten run. All of the kids that have previously been involved with the festival had a great time and got to meet up with their German friends.”

There were also a few players that took part in the festival for the first time who enjoyed themselves and are already looking forward to next year’s trip to Euskirchen. Thanks to all the parents that hosted and to the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council that organise the annual event.”

Results were a draw for Basingstoke Academy of Dance and along with Totally Tennis’ victory in the tennis competition there were wins for Basingstoke & Mid Hants Athletics, St Mary’s School Rounders team, Challoner School Tennis, Sherborne St John U11 & U14 Football and Summit & AWE Judo. Euskirchen beat Vyne School at Rounders whilst the Euskirchen Civic Party won their event event against the Basingstoke Mayor’s team.

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Basingstoke won 22-7 overall and retained the trophy which they will defend in Germany next June.

Third place for Hignett at Annual Basingstoke Sports Awards

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Liam Hignett was third in the Junior Sportsman category at last weekend’s annual Basingstoke Sports Awards.

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After another successful year in 2016 Hignett was recognised along with other young sportsmen for his successes and contribution to sport in the area. He is the 16U Nike Junior National Doubles Champion and was a singles quarter-finalist in the Bournemouth British Tour. He represented Hampshire and IOW playing for U18 and the men’s teams and the County Cup. He won the Hampshire Championships singles cup and is ranked No. 1 in Hampshire for 16U and 18U. Hignett trains at Totally Tennis and also plays for Overton Tennis Club, winning every singles match in the regional tennis league.

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Totally Tennis was also up for Club of the Year award which was won by Chineham Park Running Club and Head Coach James McIntosh was nominated in the professional Coach of the Year category.

The annual Basingstoke and Deane Sports Awards event is a highlight of the local sporting calendar organised and hosted by sports council chairman Kevin Laing. The awards, which have been going for over twenty-five years celebrate the achievements of clubs, teams, coaches, officials, volunteers and individuals involved in sport in the Basingstoke and Deane area. Alongside the awards and scholarships, sportsmen and women can receive funding via the Sports Grant Aid scheme, which is funded by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The funds can be used to help with everything from travelling and coaching expenses to competition entry fees, equipment and clothing requirements.

Basingstoke Sports Awards 2016

Happy New Year from Totally Tennis!

Everyone at the club is not only celebrating the start of 2017 but also the announcement that Totally Tennis are one of sixteen nominees in the prestigious ‘Club of the Year’ category at the annual Basingstoke Sports Council awards. The award, which the club last won in 2004, will be part one of the many awards that will be presented by Basingstoke Sports Council chairman Kevin Laing at the Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke in early March.

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It’s a double whammy as well as the ‘Club of The Year’ nomination Head Coach James Macintosh has been selected as a nominee in the professional ‘Coach of the Year‘ category too. Other awards include the Voluntary Sports Coach of the Year, Senior and Junior Team, Service to Sport, Sports Official, Senior and Junior Volunteer, Disabled Sportsperson, Primary and Secondary School of the Year, Junior and Senior Sportsman or Woman and Veteran Sportsman and Woman of the Year.

The annual Basingstoke and Deane Sports Awards event is a highlight of the local sporting calendar organised and hosted by Laing. The awards, which have been going for over twenty-five years celebrate the success of clubs, teams, coaches, officials, volunteers and individuals involved in sport in the Basingstoke and Deane area. Alongside the awards and scholarships, sportsmen and women can receive funding like the Hignetts, via the Sports Grant Aid scheme, which is funded by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The funds can be used to help with everything from travelling and coaching expenses to competition entry fees, equipment and clothing requirements.

Visit www.basingstokelsc.org.uk and Facebook for more information.

Isla Meets The Mayor

Totally Tennis performance player Isla Hignett attended the second part of the annual Basingstoke Sports Awards this week, the Mayors reception at the Civic Offices where she received a cheque for grant aid donation presented by Mayor Anne Court. She then joined fellow local sportsmen and women to celebrate their sporting achievements and enjoyed a buffet.

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The annual Basingstoke and Deane Sports Awards event is a highlight of the local sporting calendar organised and hosted by sports council chairman Kevin Laing. The awards, which have been going for over twenty-five years celebrate the success of clubs, teams, coaches, officials, volunteers and individuals involved in sport in the Basingstoke and Deane area. Alongside the awards and scholarships, sportsmen and women can receive funding like the Hignetts, via the Sports Grant Aid scheme, which is funded by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The funds can be used to help with everything from travelling and coaching expenses to competition entry fees, equipment and clothing requirements.

Hignett Recognised at Local Awards

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Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett was presented with a certificate, t-shirt, and a cheque towards his coaching and travelling expenses in the Junior Sportsman Awards category at this year’s Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council Annual Awards. As well as his achievements of 2015 being recognised, he was also selected by the Basingstoke Sports Centre for a scholarship for the rest of the year.

Congratulations Liam!

Hignett Nominated for Junior Sportsman of The Year

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett has been nominated as Junior Sportsman of the Year in the upcoming Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council Annual Awards taking place on 4th March at the Apollo Hotel

Hignett had a very successful 2015. He won the Hampshire & IOW County Closed Championship (regional) event at the end of the summer season for the 16 and under age group.  He was Runner Up in the U18’s and also Runner Up in the Mens event even though he was only fifteen at the time, he and his partner were also Runners Up in the U16 doubles event.

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Hignett also won another two regional events in the summer, one in Woking and the other in Poole, and along with his partner he also won the U18 doubles in Poole.  This season he has been semi finalist twice in Regional Mens Events, one in Cheltenham and the other in Sutton and he been ranked number one in Hampshire & IOW since July 2015 in the U16 age group, 2nd in the U18’s and 3rd in the Men’s which is a fantastic achievement. He is fifth in the South West region for the U16’s and ranked forty-one Nationally, this is the highest ranking he has achieved in his tennis career so far.

Hignett is the highest rated and ranked player both at school and at Totally Tennis so was once again the number one seed this year in club and school events.  He won every singles match in the Aegon Team Tennis Hants & IOW U16’s, along with every match in the county schools events.  He was a contributing factor the the school winning the Yr 10 boys county title and qualifying for the regional play offs.  He also plays in the Men’s & Mixed  league for Overton in the Basingstoke & Deane District League, in division one.  This year Hignett has also played in the Southampton & Portsmouth Adult Leagues for Warsash and has proved to be a great asset to the team, winning the league recently.

This year Hignett aims to better his rating and raise his regional and national ranking by continuing to work hard alongside studying and taking his GCSE’s this summer. In latest news he has just been selected to play in the 18U County Cup team representing Hampshire & IOW at the end of this month – read more about that here.

Head Coach James McIntosh said “Liam has worked extremely hard in 2015 and achieved by far his best results.  He won 3 regional events, reached the semi-finals of 2 men’s events. He won the county closed for Hants & IOW at the end of the season in the 16’s, finished 2nd in the 18’s and second in the Men’s.”

He added “He has achieved his highest rating (3.1) and highest ranking (Number 1 in the county, 5th regionally, 41 Nationally).  He has been competing regularly in Mens events, including regional and national level.”

Good Luck Liam!