Performance player Liam Hignett run the 16 & under Boys singles event of the LTA South West Summer County Tour held at the indoor centre on Saturday.
Nine players entered in total including three from Totally Tennis; Harry Feast (1), Ollie Brown (4) and Joshua Furneaux (3). All three home players benefited from a bye in the first round then top seed Feast beat William Morrell (North Lonsdale Tennis Club) 4-0, 4-0 in the quarters followed by club mate Brown in the semis 4-0, 4-3(2) before losing in the final to second seed Thomas Russell (Benson Tennis Club) in a close match 4-3(4), 4-3(4).
(L to R) Winner Thomas Russell, Runner-up Harry Feast, Liam Hignett, Ollie Brown and Joshua Furneaux
Brown defeated Luca Sassow (Winchester Racquets and Fitness) in the quarters 4-1, 4-3(2) and third seed Furneaux beat Cameron Marshall (Liphook Lawn Tennis Club) in his quarter final match 4-2, 4-1 before losing to Russell in the semis 4-2, 4-1. Fourth seed Brown then beat Furneaux in the third/fourth place play-off match 4-1, 4-1.
Hignett said of the event, “All matches were played in good spirit and were enjoyable to watch. The final in particular, won on a sudden death 4-4 point in the tiebreak of both sets, brought an exciting end to the tournament. Well played everyone.”
Totally Tennis mini performance player Hayden Cummings enjoyed a busy week of summer tournaments which got off to the best start when he won the 10 and under Mixed Singles title at the Southampton Junior Open last week held at Totton & Eling Tennis Centre in Southampton.
The compass draw was contested by eight players and in the first round Cummings beat namesake Hayden Calder 4 – 0, 4 – 0 and then defeated second seed Thomas Allen-Green in the semis 4 – 0, 4 – 0. In the final he beat Hari Walton in three sets 4 – 2, 2 – 4, 10 – 4 to win the event.
Cummings then competed in the 10 & under Boys Singles event at The White Horse Abingdon Open 2018 held at the White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre, Oxford. After losing in the first round of the main draw he went on to win the consolation event beating Rohan Sivanendra 4 -0, 4 -2, Joseph Mccay-Brown 4 – 0, 4 – 1 and Joe Taylor in the final 4 – 0, 4 – 1.
Yesterday he played in the 9 & under Boys singles at the Winchester Mantis Open 2018 held at the Winchester Racquets and Fitness club. After a bye in the first round he defeated Zachary Verret 7 – 0, 8 – 6 in round two and Zayn Bellazrak in the quarters 7 – 3, 7 – 4 before losing in the semis against eventual winner Daniel Joita 7 – 0, 7 – 5.
Congratulations Hayden 😉
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.