Tennis Tips | 2. Using the Left Hand on the Backhand Volley

Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh designed to improve your game.

Tip 2: Using the Left Hand on the Backhand Volley

Keep your left hand on the racket for longer when preparing for a backhand volley. This will stop you from taking the racket too far back so it will help you get a better contact point out in front of you.

Wrong –  The left hand has gone behind

Correct –  The left hand is supporting the racket and staying out in front

Read the first Tennis Tip | 1 here


Isla and Tillie Attend Mayors Reception

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid attended the second part of the annual Basingstoke Sports Awards this week, the Mayors reception at the Civic Offices. Both girls received cheques for grant aid donation and certificates presented by Mayor Paul Frankum. They then joined fellow local sportsmen and women to celebrate their sporting achievements and enjoyed a buffet.

D5671C57-B3FD-4CD1-A193-ECBA7F4D5BF865F9AAB3-1F0D-47DE-9E76-DD5DEC67A7D5The 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 girls, 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.

Tennis Tips | 1. Creating More Topspin on Your Forehand

Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh to improve your game.

Tip 1: Creating More Topspin on your Forehand 

Make sure you drop your racket head below the ball before hitting and accelerate your racket up the back of the ball to create more topspin on your forehand.

Wrong – Racket is too high
Correct:  The racket is dropping below the ball

February in Pictures

image1-4-e1517830587840.jpegLiam Hignett competed in the National Tennis Centre Invitational Winter National Tour Finals

27332274_1625534180826309_3235901063579480812_nLiam Hignett and partner Freya Davies won the second annual Chris Whiting Annual Mixed Doubles Cup

Kirsty 1st place Wilton 14UPerformance player Kirsty Da Silva won the 14 and Under Girls singles title at the 35th Wilton Open

Lots of fun was had in the February Half Term tennis camps


24CE723B-DB06-461A-BEF2-46BE593736B5Head Coach James McIntosh and performance player Liam Hignett attend the annual Basingstoke Sports Awards

Miles Bromilow and Liam Hignett played in the Boys 18U Hampshire County Cup Team 

TT Tour Poster(1) 2The new TT Tour 2018 was launched

TT Tour | The Australian Open

The winners have been decided in the first TT Tour event of 2018, the Australian Open held at the indoor centre last weekend.

In the Red event 2017 champion Kevin Karjalainen was the winner and collected the maximum 1,000 Grand Slam points. William Durman was runner-up, Neel Chandrasekar was third, Lottie Blackwell fourth and Ayush Thondapu finished in fifth place. Harry Dolman picked up the maximum points in the Orange event with James Blackwell in second place and Caitlin Manley in third position.

Last years Orange champion Hayden Cummings won the Green event with Nikes Bomma in the runner-up spot, twins Gevin and Guhan Chendilkumar finishing third and fourth respectively and Jack Moria was in fifth place. Tinuke Adelakun won the Yellow competition and Luke Davies was second and Nathan Dolman was third overall.

The TT Tour is a competition programme for Totally Tennis players. There are seven events overall, six tournaments throughout the year and the Grand Finals in November. An up-to-date leaderboard will show each player’s rankings in each group. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as additional points for entering. The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open (25/2), French Open 20/5), Wimbledon (24/6) and the US Open (16/9) offer higher points and all points will be added to each group leaderboard.

NEXT EVENT – The Brazil Open on Sunday 11th March

RED (Pirates, Indians, Red Squad) 10am – 12 noon

GREEN (Giants and Green Squad) 1pm – 3:30pm

ORANGE (Dodgers and Orange Squad) 10 am – 12 noon

YELLOW (A,B,C and Performance Squads) 1 pm – 3:30pm

PLAYERS MUST BOOK IN BEFORE THE EVENT. There must be a minimum of 4 players per age group for each tournament to be played. Each event costs £6.50 per player.

All players interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816. The TT Tour events will be run by coach Miles Bromilow.

Read more about the TT Tour 2018 in previous posts TT Tour 2018

Player Profile: Michael Gilbert

Mike Gilbert 2018


Squad: 50+

How old were you when you first started tennis?


How were you introduced to the sport?

My two sons played

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Indoor courts

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Johanna Konta

What do you like most about the sport?


What do you consider to be your best shot?

Back spin chop

How often do you play?

Two/Three times a week

Do you play any other sport?


What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Still playing!


Tough Opponent for Hignett at NTC

Performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Liam Hignett competed in the National Tennis Centre Invitational Winter National Tour Finals held over the weekend at the NTC in London.


Hignett was competing in the 18 and under Boys singles event in the grade 1 competition but unluckily he came up against third seed (and eventual winner) Kai Maxted in the first round and lost 6-4, 6-3 despite an excellent performance.

He recently competed in the Mens Open Singles at the British Tour Bath held at the University of Bath but lost in the first round of the main draw to Luke Johnson 6-1, 6-3.