TT Tour – US Open

The TT Tour US Open tournament took place at the indoor centre last weekend with events for the red and orange players run by coaching assistant Andrew Dingwall.

In the red event there were lots of really close matches and players were learning much about competing in matches. Kevin Karjalainen was the winner beating William Durman in the final 10-3. Neel Chandrasekar and Ayush Thondapu were joint third and fourth overall, other players who competed were Julia Mikztal, Roksanna Jelonek, Andrew Smith, Owen Hammond, Diya Shanmugaras and Luke Porter.

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Dingwall said, “For many players this was their first ever competition and everyone did very well by helping each other keeping score.” he added “William did incredibly well to fight through and beat Ayush 14-12 in one of the semi finals to progress to the final but was then beaten by Kevin who became TT Tour champion!

In the Orange competition there was some great tennis played with some fantastic rallies and well deserved winners. Hayden Cummings was the overall winner once again beating Guhan Chendhilkumar in the final 10-4. James Blackwell and Megan Fisher were third and fourth, Harry Dolman was fifth, sixth place went to Rory Thompson followed by Caitlin Manley and Lottie Blackwell. Special mention to Harry who battled through and beat Rory 16-14 in their very close fought match.

Dingwall commented “A special well done to Caitlin, Harry, James and Lottie for competing in their first ever TT Tour!” he continued, “Congratulations to Hayden on coming out the victor against Guhan to become the champion of the day.”

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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 29th October – Valencia Open

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

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October Half Term Tennis Camps

Looking for healthy alternative for your children in the upcoming October Half Term break? Want your children to have fun and learn a new sport in the holidays? Then Totally Tennis has just the answer and places are filling up fast. Children can keep active whilst having lots of fun and learn a new sport with the club’s popular Holiday Tennis Camps.

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Packed with opportunities to learn and play tennis the sessions will take place at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke. Tennis Camps will running all week from Monday 23rd – Friday 27th October from 9.00am – 4.00pm (full day*) and bookable in various options (morning, afternoon and full-day).

IMG_1382 Tennis camps are great fun and include lots of games and mini-competitions for both new and experienced players alike for all children aged four to fifteen years. It’s a safe environment with Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) fully qualified, licensed and experienced coaches and the centre has OFSTED accreditation.

For more information about the school holiday programme held at Totally Tennis please call 01256 358816, e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our www.totallytennis.co.uk

*Children must be five years and over to stay all day at Tennis Camps.

Jubin and Catlin Win Local Mixed Doubles Title

Totally Tennis coaches Ben Jubin and Steph Catlin resurrected their successful mixed doubles partnership and won another trophy. The former National Mixed Doubles champions won the Basingstoke & District Tennis League Mixed Doubles title beating Chris Harrolds and Clare Munns in the final played at Beechdown 6-2, 6-4.

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In previous rounds Jubin/Catlin beat Totally Tennis players (and Jubin’s uncle) Rex Groves  and his partner Sharon DeBott 6-2, 6-1. Fellow Totally Tennis duo Tim Rice and Emma Barnes also played in the competition.

 

 

Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at Totally Tennis on Friday 29th September

Totally Tennis will be hosting their annual Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 29th September at the Mixed Morning Tennis session from 10:00am to 11.30am.

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Regular players are encouraged to bring their friends and enjoy the tennis session from 10:00 that will be followed by coffee and cake (non-players are welcomed for coffee and cake too) at 11:30am to support the charity that helps people facing cancer and their families. Coffee and cake will also be served in the pavilion from 4:30pm during junior squads. Any budding bakers wishing to bake and donate a cake to the event will be greatly appreciated.

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The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in association with M & S is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. People all over the UK host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan, in 2016 £29.5 million was raised and this year they are aiming to raise even more.

Those unable to attend on 29th September can donate via text using the Text 2 Donate code: JAM EXF2 For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support click here

Totally Tennis’Mixed Morning sessions provides a healthy mixture of coaching and social match play  every Monday and Friday from 10.00am – 11.30am. For more information, please telephone 01256 358816 or visit our website www.totallytennis.co.uk

First photo and additional information used courtesy of coffee.macmillan.org.uk

Player Profile: Ebony Grzbiela

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Age: Twelve

Squad: Holiday Camp

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Twelve

How were you introduced to the sport?

I was interested from watching TV

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

To play tennis and learn new sports

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Chasing the tennis ball

What do you consider to be your best shot?  

Forehand

How often do you play?   

I don’t usually play

Do you play any other sport?  

I am a dancer

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?  

Being able to hit the ball

Player Profile: Ashton Grzbiela

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Age: Nine

Squad: Holiday Camp

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Nine

How were you introduced to the sport?

I watched it on the TV

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

To learn a new sport

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Playing with friends

What do you consider to be your best shot?  

Backhand

How often do you play?   

I don’t usually play

Do you play any other sport?  

Football

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?  

Learning the new skill

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.