Goodbye Shyam

Young player to homegrown coach Shyam Vithlani has been involved with Totally Tennis for a very longtime. In the early days, six year old Vithlani and his sister attended Saturday morning munchkin club and squads, he represented his school and then Queen Mary’s College (QMC). After completing his Sports Development with Coaching BSC (hons) Degree at Sheffield Hallam University he returned to the club to pursue a full-time career in coaching.

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The QMC team reached the mixed doubles National finals and he also played in the Sheffield Hallam that won the university league. He started coaching at Totally Tennis when he was sixteen as a tennis assistant and continued to coach in Sheffield at the Rustlings Club, setting and running his own tennis sessions. He then coached at Hallamshire Tennis Academy as well as in America for two summers while still at University.  During his time at Totally Tennis he has progressed through the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) coaching qualifications and has attained the Level 4 Senior Coach Award.

Vithlani bid farewell to Totally Tennis earlier this month after five years as Head Coach at Hampshire Court to continue his coaching career as Head of Tennis for Multi Sports for the International Schools in Shanghai, China.

 

Player Profile: Oliver Brennan

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Squad: Holiday Camp

How old were you when you first started tennis?

I started playing tennis when I was 5yrs old

How were you introduced to the sport?

I saw a Wimbledon match on the TV and thought I should try it out

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

My friend recommended it to me

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Being able to challenge your opponent again and again

What do you consider to be your best shot?  

When I score a shot from the baseline

How often do you play?   

Every other week

Do you play any other sport?  

Table Tennis and Badminton

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?  

Helping my friends to become good tennis players

July In Pictures

See what’s been happening at Totally Tennis in July in pictures 🙂

Coaches Ben Jubin and Shyam Vithlani enjoyed a day at the Wimbledon Championships

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It was the TT Tour Grand Slam Wimbledon event that William (above 2nd right) and Charlie (below 3rd left) won in their respective age groups

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Kirsty Da Silva was runner-up in her first Grade 4 final in the GSM Bampton 12U Girls Summer County Tour in Oxford

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This year’s Totally Tennis team retained the club’s unbeaten record in the annual Festival of Sport event against twin town Euskirchen. Head coach James McIntosh (pictured below) ran the tennis competition at the indoor centre

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McIntosh and Jubin ran the North Waltham Primary Schools Wimbledon event at the indoor centre

WP_20170716_16_46_29_ProKirsty Da Silva (pictured left) and her partner Amelia Pirt won the Grade 4 Leys Junior Doubles 16 and under title at Leys Recreation Ground in Oxford.

image1Isla Hignett was runner-up in the 14 and under Girls singles Road to Wimbledon (RTW) County Finals held at Canoe Lake Leisure in Southsea.

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The Sherfield School Boys team, which consists of four Totally Tennis performance players, completed in the Team Tennis Schools National Championships Finals 2016-2017 (formerly known as the Glanville Cup) at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Totally Tennis played host to a Benenden Tennis Festival with a Summertime Slam event open to both mini red and orange players run by performance players Miles Bromilow and Liam Hignett. 

image5Hayden Cummings and William Durman (pictured above L to R) were the overall winners in the two Benenden Festival events.

 

Player Profile: Trevor Cain

Trevor Cain

TREVOR CAIN

Squad:  50+

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Sixty

How were you introduced to the sport?

By my wife

What made you come to Totally Tennis?  

My wife

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Martina Hingis and Rodger Federer

What do you like most about the sport?

Good exercise and social experience

What do you consider to be your best shot?  

Volley

How often do you play?

Once per week

Do you play any other sport?

Skiing and cycling

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Improvement in my ability due to the coaching at 50+ sessions

 

North Waltham Primary Schools Wimbledon Event

The annual North Waltham Primary Schools Wimbledon event was held this year at Totally Tennis’ centre in the War Memorial Park. There were two competitions, one for the younger year 3 and 4 pupils and a separate event for the older children in year 5 and 6.

Forty-five players entered the year 3 and 4 event with the players split into nine boxes of five players. It was a round robin format where players would play a match tie break to 10 points with the top sixteen players from the boxes progressing through into the knockout stages.

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The final four contested the semi-final matches; Stanley versus Ben and Kirsten against Hector, Stanley and Kirsten progressing to the final which Stanley then won 10-6 to be crowned the champion.

In the year 5&6 competition there were few players with only thirty-five entires with the players split into six boxes of five competitors. The top eight players then progressed through to the quarterfinals. In the semi-finals Faith beat Finn 10-6 and Soloman beat Harry 10-7. The final was a close affair with Faith just edging the win over Harry 11-9 to become the upper school winner.

 Head coach James McIntosh said, “It was great to host the North Waltham Wimbledon event at Totally Tennis.” he added,  “There were so many players involved in the event and some great matches played across the day, everyone really enjoyed the event. “

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Phoebe a teacher from North Waltham said “My colleagues and I were really impressed by the standard of tennis, especially in the last sixteen of the 3 & 4 competition.” she added, “The children really enjoyed it and the weather was on our side!

Totally Tennis Retain Unbeaten Record in Annual Festival of Sport

This year’s annual Festival of Sport event against twin town Euskirchen took place in Basingstoke from Thursday 29th June to Sunday 2nd July. This year was extra special as it was celebrating twenty-five years of competition.
Totally Tennis were defending their unbeaten record in the festival and this year Isla Hignett, Tillie Reid, Jasmin Bromilow, Atinuke Adelakun, Dylan Hall-Jones, Oliver Alemeny, Eddie Lakatos and Josh Furneaux represented the club on home soil at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park. Euskirchen Tennis Club was represented by five players who travelled over from Germany with the rest of the competitors; Eva, Marie, Franziska, Finn and Alex.
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The German players arrived on Thursday night and stayed with their host families before the first training session at the club on Friday morning. In the afternoon the players enjoyed some free time at the Basingstoke Jump Factory before returning to the club for some more training followed by a social pizza and chilli night in the clubhouse.
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Prior to the competition starting on Saturday morning the players were visited by the mayor and mayoress of Basingstoke along with others from the civic party of both Basingstoke and Euskirchen. The tournament then began with players competing in both singles and doubles matches to score points for their respective clubs/towns. The Totally Tennis won all their matches except one where Finn/Alex defeated Oliver/Dylan in a close doubles match 5-4 meaning Basingstoke won overall 10 -1 and Totally Tennis retained their unbeaten record for another year.
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The presentation ceremony took place at Queen Mary’s College (QMC) on Saturday evening where the overall festival winners Euskirchen were crowned 2017 champions. The event was finished with a disco for everyone involved in the festival from all the different sports.
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Two hundred sportsmen and women travelled from Germany to compete in this year’s festival organised annually by the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council. This year’s events included football, athletics, dance, volleyball, judo and of course tennis as well as many social events.
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Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh who co-ordinates the tennis event said, ” It was another excellent weekend of tennis and social activities for the players.” he added, “It was great for some new players to be involved in the festival for the very first time. We look forward to returning to Euskirchen next year for another Festival of Sport and defending our record.”

TT Tour: Wimbledon Winners 2017

As the world’s top tennis players enjoyed a day off from play in SW19 yesterday the juniors at Totally Tennis participated in their own Wimbledon event as part of the TT Tour series.

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The Grand Slam event had a 1,000 points up for grabs so there was lots to play for as as well as the becoming the winner. In the red event, six players were competing in the round robin event; Daisy, Yuvraj and Roksanna were drawn in Box 2 and William, Ayush and Julia were playing in Box 2.

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Box 1 was won by Roksanna after winning her matches against Daisy 10-6 and Yuvraj 10-4, the runner-up spot went to Yuvraj. Ayush won Box 2 beating William 10-6 and Julia 10-3, William was runner-up defeating Julia 10-3.

In the semis William beat Roksanna 10-3 and Ayush defeated Yuvraj 10-6. In the final William beat Ayush to win the event and earn the maximum 1,000 points.

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In the orange event Ansh won Box 1 beating Guhan 10-7 and Charlie 10-7, second place went to Charlie who beat Guhan 10-6. Box 2 was won by Gevin who defeated Vihan 10-1 and Rory 10-6, the runner-up spot went to Rory who beat Vihan 10-6.

In the semis Ansh beat Rory 10-4 and Charlie defeated Gevin. Charlie was declared the winner after beating Ansh in the final 10-8 adding the 1,000 points to his leaderboard total.

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The Totally Tennis Tour is for Development Squads and Mini Performance Squads players who get the opportunity to compete in seven tournaments throughout the year. The top eight players from each squad will be invited back to play in the Grand Final’s in November for the chance to finish as the club champions. Leaderboard’s will show players rankings in each squad and points will be awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as points for entering.

The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points of 1,000 and or the winners 500 for the runners-up. All other events give the winners 250 points, 125 for second place and 75 for third/fourth places, every player gets 100 points for all events they enter, each age group leaderboard will be updated after each tournament.

TT Tour Dates 2017

Sunday 17th September – US Open

Sunday 15th October – Valencia Open

Sunday 15th November – Grand Finals (by invitation only)

PLAYERS MUST BOOK IN BEFORE EACH EVENT. Minimum of FOUR players will be needed per age group otherwise it may get cancelled.

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

Orange (Dodgers, Orange Squad) 10am -12 noon

Green (Giants, Green Squad 1pm – 3.30pm

Yellow (C.B, A SQUAD, Performance) 1pm – 3pm

All players interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816. Each event costs £6.50 per player