Doubles Win For Dawson

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Aaron Dawson and his partner Alexandru Runcianu won the 18 & under Boys Doubles title at last weekend’s South West Winter County Tour held at the indoor centre.

In the event, run by Liam Hignett, second seeds Dawson and Runcianu (pictured below right) beat Sebastien Muller and Christian Yeates in the quarters 4-2, 4-0 followed by a semi-final win against Elliott Lowe and Freddie Simpson 4-0, 4-3(1). In the final the boys defeated top seeds Charlie and Darcy Pycroft in three sets  3-4(2), 4-1, 10-9 to win the event.

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In the girls event, Totally Tennis’ Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid finished in fourth place overall. The second seeds beat Rebecca Fisher and Lauren Foster in the quarters 4-0, 4-1 but then lost in the semis in three sets against eventual winners Genevieve Doe and Amelia Monteith 4-1, 2-4, 10-7. Number seeds Aleia De Buretel and  Leyla Elmas were runners-up after losing against Doe/Monteith in the final  4-3(3), 4-3(2).

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The next South West Winter County Tour at Totally Tennis Basingstoke is the 12 & U Boys & Girls singles on Saturday 16th February – click HERE for details.

 

 

 

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Runner-Up Medal for Tom Harris

Totally Tennis’ Tom Harris (pictured far right) played in the latest South West Winter County Tour with partner Edward Hewlett in the 12 and under Boys Doubles at the indoor centre last weekend.

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The event, organised and run by Liam Hignett, was won by top seeds Niall Hillwood and Rafe Samuel who beat second seeds Harris/Hewlett in the final 4-2, 4-0. In the quarters Harris/Hewlett beat Milo Burns and Zeb Imber 4-2, 4-1 and Henry Brewer and Edward Draper 4-1, 4-0. 

The next South West Winter County Tour at Totally Tennis Basingstoke is the 18 & U Boys & Girls Doubles on Saturday 9th February (entries closed) and 12 & U Boys & Girls singles on Saturday 16th February – click HERE for details and to enter.

 

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

 

Festive Fun at Totally Tennis

It’s time to get festive at Totally Tennis. Start this Friday with the adult’s annual Drunken Drills and Christmas Jumper Day all week long starting from Monday 10th December?. There’s lots of fun to be had this Christmas season for both Juniors and Adults.

Come celebrate the festive season with us and work off all those mince pies too 😉Drop the children off for some Tennis Camp fun while you do all that last minute shopping.

Friday 7th December

Adults – Drunken Drills 7:00 – 8:30pm (£15 per player)

Monday 10th – Friday 14th December

Juniors – Christmas Jumper Day for squads all week long in aid of Save The Children – click HERE for more information

Saturday 22nd December

Juniors – Festive Fun (4 – 12 years) 9:00am – 12 noon (£15 per player)

**Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day – CLOSED**

Thursday 27th December

Juniors – Tennis Camps 9:00am – 4:00pm (Booking Required) – Click HERE for more information

Friday 28th December

Juniors – Munchkins, Pirates, Indians and Red Squads  1:00 – 2:00pm (£9 per player)

Juniors – Dodgers, Giants, Orange and Green Squads 2:30 – 4:00pm (£9 per player)

Adults – Mixed Morning 10:00am – 11:30am (310 per player)

**New Years Eve 31st December  and New Years Day 1st January 2018 – CLOSED**

Wednesday 2nd – Friday 4th January 2019

Juniors – Tennis Camps 9:00am – 4:00pm (Booking Required) – Click HERE for more information

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Totally Tennis.

Goodbye Jordan

Today we waved a fond farewell to coach Jordan Frederick who leaves to take up a new coaching position in Bath after he returns from a month long trip visiting former Totally Tennis performance player Dean Cooper Kirby in Florida.

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Frederick joined the coaching team on a part-time basis back in 2014, coaching at the indoor centre just doing two days a week alongside his role as Head Coach at a club in Dorchester. He made the move to coach full-time at Totally Tennis in February 2016 and now heads to the University of Bath where he will be coaching on the LPDC (Local Performance Development Centre) and the RPDC (Regional Performance Development Centre) teams. Once he has completed his LTA Level 4 senior performance coach qualification he will be named as Head of Performance for the 11 and under players.

Commenting on his time at Totally Tennis Frederick said, “I have really enjoyed my time at the club, everyone that I have ever worked with has been amazing from my colleagues on court to the receptionists, but the most enjoyable part of my journey has been the players and parents I have worked with who have all been amazing and great fun.”

“I‘ve enjoyed every moment and I’d just like to say a special thank you to the players that I have worked with week in, week out, you’ve all played a massive part in my career and we have all made big friendships along the way.” he added, “I will truly miss them all, and will never forget my time at Totally Tennis, I hope to see many of them at future tournaments.”

Frederick will now fly to Naples in Florida to meet up with Cooper Kirby at the Gomez Tennis Academy. He said, ” I am looking forward to spending time at the academy, not only will it be a nice to see how a former player is getting on but also a really great learning experience for myself to see how they manage and coach players abroad.

Good luck Jordan!

 

October in Pictures

Juniors Squads

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The Tennis Foundation Primary Schools Roadshow Open Weekend at the indoor centre

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Mini performance player Harry Dolman played in his first orange matchplay

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October Half Term at the Tennis Camps 

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Consolation winners medal for Harry Dolman

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Daniel Prickett won the 16 & U Boys Singles title in Southampton

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On-court training day for the coaches

October Tennis Tips – click HERE for all the tips to date

TENNIS FOUNDATION PRIMARY SCHOOLS ROADSHOW 2018

The Tennis Foundation, in conjunction with Totally Tennis, visited ten local schools in Basingstoke last week to give over 1000 key stage 1 children an introduction to tennis in fun short mini tennis sessions. The week long roadshow culminated in two Tennis Open Days at the Indoor Centre over the weekend where the children got to practice their new skills on real tennis courts with all the coaching staff.

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The tennis roadshow is an amazing opportunity for local schools to give their pupils a chance to try tennis during the school day on specially set up mini tennis courts using smaller rackets and lower bouncing balls. All the children involved were then invited to visit the club’s free Open Weekend to practice what they have learnt in three fun sessions.

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Totally Tennis has a very successful mini tennis programme for junior players from the age of four and all the children at the roadshow have been offered follow-on opportunities to play regularly at the club in the Pirates, Indians, Dodgers and Giants squads that make up the Junior Development programme. Mini tennis is not only fun but also helps young players to develop agility, balance and coordination skills and learn a sport that can be continued throughout their live.

Head coach James McIntosh said’ “Over the two days 200 children from all different schools around Basingstoke came down to the indoor centre for the open weekend.” He added, ” It was a great weekend with fun activities and it was good to see so many children trying tennis for the first time.”

The schools involved were Castle Hill (Rooksdown), Rucstall Primary, Castle Hill (Winlebury), Cliddesden Primary School, Great Binfields Primary, Sherborne St John, Winklebury, Manorfield Primary School, St Bedes and North Waltham Primary.

The Tennis Foundation is Britain’s leading tennis charity that strives to make sport inclusive and accessible to everyone. The aim is to provide opportunities to encourage people to maximise their potential through tennis by working closely with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and a wide range of partners from across all sectors to deliver their vision and aim. For more information visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk

For more information about the junior squad programme telephone 01256 358816 or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our website here and read all our latest news on our blog here

Thanks to coach Jamie for all the great photos (follow Jamie www.instagram.com/jamiejordantennis/)