Performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby and his Swedish partner Leo Borg, son of Tennis legend Björn Borg, won the Boys Doubles 16 and under title at the Reykjavik Open held last week at the Viking Tennis Club in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The pair, who were top seeds in the latest Tennis Europe event, beat Daniils Snaiders and Markuss Tions from Latvia 6 – 3, 6 – 1 in the quarters followed by a three-set win against Tobias Bo Kudsk (Denmark) and Karol Szczap (Poland) in the semis 4-6, 6-2, 10-7. In the final they faced second seed and Cooper Kirby’s partner from the last doubles event in Iceland Mark Owen Endler (Germany) and his partner Nicolas Moser (Austria) and beat them in another three battle 6-1, 3-6, 10-7 to win the event.
In the singles, Cooper Kirby was third seed and after a bye in the first round he beat Yaroslav Kostyuk from Russia in the second round 7-6(1), 7-5 and seventh seed Tions (Latvia) in the quarters 6-0, 7-5. Top seed and eventual winner Borg then knocked Cooper Kirby out of the competition in the semis 6 – 0, 6 – 4. Borg beat second seed Moser in the final 6 -0, 6 – 3 to win his second title of the tournament.
Congratulations to Dean and Leo for winning the Doubles title 🙂
Totally Tennis Mini Performance player Theo Harrison has had a run of good luck in the later end of 2015, winning two titles at events in Horsham and Portsmouth.
At the Grade 5 South East Junior Tour held at Horsham Lawn Tennis Club, Harrison won the 10 and under Boys singles title. In the round robin stages he won all his matches defeating Hugo De-Zilva 4-2, 4-1, William Zlattinger 4-2, 4-1, Patrick Collins 4-0, 4-0 and Theo Billson 4-3(3), 4-2 to finish top of the table and be crowned the overall winner.
In the Portsmouth Tennis Centre Grade 5 Red, Orange and Green Competition, Harrison was declared winner of the 10 and under Mixed singles tournament. He finished runner-up in Box A in the group stages after beating Jonas Waktare 4-0 but losing against Callum Matthew 4-2. In the main draw, he defeated Lizzie Scarborough 4-1 in the semis and got his revenge over Matthew by beating him in the final in a close three set match 4-3(3), 2-4, 1-0(6) to take the title.
Totally Tennis mini performance player Aaron Dawson Competed in the Grade 2 Scottish Junior Open Championships 10 and under Boys singles tournament last weekend held at Scotstoun Community Indoor Tennis Centre in Glasgow on the eve of Wimbledon, finishing a fantastic third overall.
The weekend long event commenced on Saturday with the Group matches to qualify for the main draw. Dawson won Group C defeating Sean Neveling 4-1, 5-4 (2) and Scottish number one Euan Mackenzie 4-2 4-1 followed by a main draw first round match against Daniel Agranovsky 4-1, 4-2. On Sunday he beat Matthew Pickering 4-0, 4-0 in the quarter-finals but lost in the semi-final to top seed J’Quon D-Richards 4-2, 5-4(2). He then won the third/fourth play-off match against former box opponent Mackenzie 4-0, 4-1 to finish in their place overall.
Dawson’s mum Lisa commented, “Aaron played some great tennis and did not drop a set until the semi-finals where he came up against the number one seed and then he only narrowly missed out on taking the match to a championship tie-break.” she added “In the third/fourth play-off match he beat the Scottish No.1 for the second time during the weekend. A successful weekend followed by a very long late night drive home.”
Head Coach James McIntosh said, “It’s such a great achievement for Aaron to come 3rd in a National Event, his best result so far. He has worked really hard to get to this level and this result should see him qualify for the Grade 1 competition in August. Well done Aaron.”
Totally Tennis Performance player Harry Feast won the Grade 4 Thornden 12 and under Boys title at last weeks A & A Business Supplies Thornden Junior open held at the club located in Chandlers Ford. After a bye in the first round Feast defeated Lewis Maftah 4-1, 4-0 in the quarter-finals and Billy Stacey 6-2, 6-2 in the semis. In the final he beat Nishant Talpallikar 6-2, 7-6 (5) to win the event and collect the trophy. Well done Harry!
Feast also completed in the 16 and under Doubles with partner Ollie Brown where they beat Talpallikar/James Ardley 4-2, 2-4, 10-5 in their first match but lost in the semis against higher rated and much taller Luke Chappell/Harry Pickard 4-0, 4-1.
Coach Ben Jubin said, “Harry did really well and winning a Grade 4 event should be a real confidence boost for him. Well done Harry!”
Totally Tennis performance player and tournament top seed Liam Hignett won the 16 and under Boys Singles Grade 4 event in the A & A Business Supplies Thornden Junior Open held at Thornden Tennis Club in Chandlers Ford this week. After a bye in the first round, Hignett beat Peter Borodicz 4-0, 4-0 in the quarter-finals and in the semis he beat third seed Max Holland 6-2, 6-0. Fellow finalist unseeded William Thompson defeated fourth seed Harry Dunnett in the quarters and then second seed Harry Neate in the semis. Hignett beat Thompson in the final 6-1, 6-0 to win the event. Congrats Liam 😉
Head coach James McIntosh said “Liam did really well to win the tournament at Thornden. He was the number 1 seed and did well not to drop a set throughout the match.”
Younger sister Isla was due to compete in the 12 and under girls but as it was cancelled due to insufficient players so she played in the 14 and under event, even though she is just eleven. After a bye in round one, Hignett played the higher rated second seed in the semi-finals, playing really well winning the first set 5-4 ( 7-4) but losing the second 5-3 and then losind the ten point tie break decider 10-1. Hignett finished fourth after losing the third/fourth playoff match 4-0, 4-1 against Magda Kornijczuk.
Mini Performance player Jack played in two 10 and under tournaments last weekend where he finished as runner-up in Guildford and consolation runner-up at the event in Bradfield. On Saturday he played at the Bradfield Mini Green 10 and under Mixed singles event held at Bradfield Tennis Club in the compass draw. In the quarter finals of the main draw Rushbrook lost to eventual winner Jamie Bowsher 4-1, 4-0 and went into the consolation draw where he defeated Aoife McGuire 4-2, 4-0 in the semi-finals but lost out to Nathan Patel in the final 4-1, 5-3.
On Sunday he travelled to Guildford Tennis Academy – Ash to compete in the Grade 5 South East Junior Tournament which was again played in the compass draw format. Playing in the 10 and Under Boys event Rushbrook beat Louis Newton Well 5-3, 4-0 in the quarter finals, Sebastian Henkes-McHugh in three sets in the semis 4-2 1-4, 10-9 and finished as runner-up after losing to Carsten Melbye in the final 4-1, 4-0
Anna Rushbrook, Jack’s mother said “I would like to thank Jack’s coach Jamie Jordan for getting him match fit after the summer holidays and his individual sessions have really helped in his success this weekend.”
Fellow Totally Tennis Mini Performance player Nina Williams also played at the Guildford Ash event in the 10 and Under Girls Tournament also finishing as runner-up. In the quarter-finals, she defeated Daniella Townsend in three sets 1-4, 4-1, 10-5 followed by another three setter against Georgiana Parr 1-4, 4-1, 10-6 in the semis but then in the final she lost out to Evangelia Pieri 5-4(5), 4-0 to finish in the runner-up spot.
Congratulations Jack and Nina!
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Jasmin Bromilow was the 10 and Under Summer Leaderboard winner
50+ player Mike Gilbert featured in the weekly Player Profiles
Totally Tennis donated prizes to local charity The Pink Place for their latest event in memory of founder Julia Dingwall
Totally Tennis supported Macmillan’s Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning event during Friday Ladies Morning
Kirtsy Da Silva was 9 and Under Kingsley Mixed Singles champion
Liam Hignett was 16 and under Oxstalls Boys Singles champion
In her second winners medal of the weekend, Kirsty Da Silva was 9 and under West Hants Champion
Dylan Allenby-Ryan was a winner at the Hampshire Club Match Play Boys Singles