Aaron Dawson crowned 16 & U County Champion

Keeping up Totally Tennis’ record of consecutive County Champions for over twenty five years, performance player Aaron Dawson was crowned the 16 & under Boys Singles champion at last weeks annual Hampshire & IOW County Championships 2019 held at Winchester Racquets & Fitness club. Overall the club had five winners and six runners-ups across all the age groups.


After a bye in the first round top seed Dawson beat Oliver Hopper 6-0, 6-1 in round two and then defeated eighth seed Matthew Dillon 6-4, 6-1 in the quarters followed by third seed Aaron Butcher 6-2, 6-1 in the semis. In the final Dawson beat fourth seed Jed Voysey 6-3, 6-3 to win the title. Club mate Harry Feast also competed beating William Dyer 6-0, 6-0 in the first round but lost out in round two against Butcher  5-7,6-3, 1-0(8)

Dawson also won the 16 & under Doubles title with partner Jack Curtis.  In the quarters the top seeds beat Voysey and partner Egan Daborn 4-1, 4-1, Sam Ardley and Freddie Swain in the semis 4-0, 4-0 and second seeds Butcher and Owen Martel in the final  1-4, 4-0, 1-0(4). Fellow performance player and coach Liam Hignett won the Men’s Doubles title with partner Ryan Golesworthy defeating William Coward and David Darrock in the semis 4-0, 4-1 and second seeds James Blair and Mats Colling in the final 4-2, 4-1.


Younger sister Isla Hignett and partner Tillie Reid won the 16 and under Girls Doubles title beating Scarlett Doman and Poppy Marston 4-1, 4-0 and Charlotte & Evangeline Howard 4-2, 4-1. Isla also won the 18 & under Mixed Doubles with partner Chris Adeshina after beating Aaron Butcher and Martyna Ciubatiuk 4-2, 4-1 and Feast and Reid 4-0, 4-0. Hignett.

0F7FACFC-6BF8-4937-8248-DCCA61ECD0F408E24D6F-C401-4809-9798-8516841A606BMini performance player Hayden Cummings finished in the runner-up spot in the 10 and under Boys Singles after a three set battle in the final against Tuna Lokman 2-4, 4-1, 10-1. Following a bye in the first round Cummings beat Cameron Jeffries Keel 4-2, 5-3 in the quarters and Xinghan Zhao in the semis 4-0, 4-2. Clubmate Harry Dolman was knocked out in the first round against Felix Inglis 4-0, 4-1. In the 12 and under Boys Singles, Cummings beat Zhao in the first round before losing in round two to top seed Sam Cawood 6-1, 6-1.

In the 10 & under Mixed Doubles Cummings and Lokman were runners-up and Dolman and partner Cameron Jeffries Keel finished in  fourth place. Dolman was runner-up in the 9 & under Mixed Doubles with partner Riley Webb. Dolman finished third in the 9 and under singles after beating Zachary Kleiner in the second round 7-4, 7-1, Cameron Jeffries Keel in the quarters 7-5, 7-5 but then lost in the semis against Percy Weston 7-2, 3-7, 7-4. 

In the 14 & under Girls Singles third seed Kirsty Da Silva was runner-up defeating Camille Phillips in the first round 6-2, 6-4 and Katie Hart in the quarters 6-0, 6-1 and top seed Ivana Maynard in the semis 2-6, 6-4, 1-0(5). In the final Da Silva lost against second seed Scarlett Doman 6-1, 6-3. In the 14 & under Girls Doubles second seeds Da Silva and partner Ivana Maynard were runners up after beating Harriet Burley and Holly Cann 4-0, 4-0 but lost to top seeds Sienna Boyce and Ciubatiuk in the three set final 1-4, 4-2, 1-0(4). Da Silva was also runner-up in the 14 & under Mixed Doubles with partner Joshua Furneaux.

Reid, Da Silva and Isla Hignett all competed in the 16 and under Girls Singles. After a bye in the first round, second seed Hignett beat Scarlett Doman 6-1, 6-1 in the quarters but lost to third seed  Ciubatiuk in the semis 6-3, 6-3. Both fourth seed Reid and Da Silva lost in the first round to Mia Gerty 6-2, 6-1 and Sienna Boyce 7-5, 6-4 respectively. Isla also competed in the Open Womens Singles losing in the first round to second seed Freya Davies 6-2, 6-1. In the Womens Doubles, Hignett and partner Magda Kornijczuk went out in the semi final stages against second seeds Natalie Sayer and Summer Colling 1-4, 4-2, 1-0(3). 

In the 18 & under Boys singles Feast defeated William Woolnough in the first round 6-2, 6-1 before losing against top seed and former Totally Tennis player Golesworthy in round two 6-0, 6-0. Fourth seed Dawson beat Sam Morgan 6-0, 6-0 in round two and seventh seed Milan Bharadia 6-3, 6-2 but lost in the semis to Golesworthy 6-0, 6-1. In the 18 and under Boys Doubles Dawson and partner Jack Curtis beat George Copplestone and Franko Stoman in the quarters 4-1, 4-0 but lost to top seeds Golesworthy and his partner William Jones in the semis 4-1, 4-0.


Congratulations to all the winners, runners-ups and everyone that entered this years County Championships 🙂


World Tennis News: Top Players Compete in Dubai

It’s the Men’s turn to compete in the second week of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships being held at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium until 4th March. Last week the ladies were in action with seventh seed Elina Svitolina crowned the winner after she beat tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki in the final.


Recently crowned Australian Open champion, Roger Federer was looking to secure his eighth Dubai title but he suffered a shock defeat yesterday by Russian qualifier Evgeny Donskoy in their second round encounter. Donskoy, who is ranked 116 in the world beat Federer 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-5) to progress to the next round.

World number one and British number one Andy Murray is back on court after losing in the fourth round of the Grand Slam in Melbourne and recovering from a bout of shingles. Murray, who is top seed, defeated Tunisian Malek Jaziri 6-4, 6-1 and then Guillermo Garcia-Lopez  from Spain 6-2, 6-0 and will now face German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarter finals

Second seed Stanilsas Wawrinka also made an early exit with another shock defeat by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Damir Dzumhur 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. Joing Murray, Kohlschreiber, Dzumhur and  Donskoy in the final eight are fourth seed Gael Monfils, seventh seed Lucas Pouill, Fernando Verdasco and Robin Haase. These matches will take place later today, teh semi-finals tomorrow and the final on Saturday.

Find out all the latest news here . Photos used courtsey of dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com




Tennis Talk: Second Wimbledon Title For Murray

British number one Andy Murray thrilled tennis fans ensembled in SW19 and the millions watching on TV around the world when he picked up his second Wimbledon title on centre court yesterday. Murray, 27 beat Canadian Milos Raonic in three sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2) to win his second Wimbledon title and his third Grand Slam.


As the crowd went wild an emotional Murray wept into his towel as the result sank in and then vowed that he would enjoy this one more than his first title in 2013, even coach Ivan Lendl raised a rare smile from his position in the players box. Top seed and world number one Novak Djokovic made a surprise early exit from the tournament and Raonic defeated third seed Federer in the semi’s so it was left to a replay of the Queen’s club final to close out this year’s Wimbledon men’s singles event. On route to the final Murray beat fellow Brit Liam Broady in the first round 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 followed by a three set defeat of Yen-Hsun Lu in round two 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. Next up were two Australians opponents, John Millman and Nick Kyrgios whom he beat 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 and 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 respectively. His first real challenge of the tournament came against twelfth seed Jo-Wilfred Tsonga who took him to five sets with Murray forced to step up in the fifth set to secure the victory 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1. His semi-final win against tenth seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 secured his place in the final.


It was a great tournament for Team GB all round as along with Murray picking up the prestigious men’s singles title on final’s Sunday, Heather Watson won her first ever Grand Slam title in the Mixed Doubles with partner Henri Kontinven, Gordon Reid won the inaugural Men’s wheelchair singles event and Jordanne Whiley won her third consecutive Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles title.



After a very disappointing loss in the first round of the women’s singles Watson became the first woman to win a Wimbledon doubles title since Jo Durie in 1987. She and Kontinven, who comes from Finland, beat Colombian Robert Farah and German Anna-Lena Gronefeld 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in the final that followed Murray on Centre Court. Earlier that day Reid picked up his second Wimbledon title after he beat current Paralympic champion Stefan Olson from Sweden 6-1, 6-4 out on court seventeen which attracted a larger crowd worthy of a more prominent court. The previous day along with partner Alfie Hewett, Reid had won the men’s wheelchair doubles title. Top seeds Whiley and partner Yui Kamiji beat second seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot 6-2, 6-2 to win their title also out on court seventeen.


In the women’s singles event top seed and defending champion Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon title with a straight-set victory over German Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 which also gave her an impressive twenty second Grand Slam singles title. Williams then won her sixth women’s doubles title later that afternoon with sister Venus again on Centre Court. They won the match and claimed their 14th Grand Slam trophy by beating Timea Babos and Yaroslavl Shvedova 6-3, 6-4.

The men’s doubles was an all French affair as top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeated fellow countrymen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 to win the title.


Photos used courtesy of www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/ and www.wimbledon.com/

Tennis Talk: QMC At World Tour Finals and Djokovic Wins Title

Queen Mary’s College PE teacher and tennis team manager took thirteen of the college’s tennis and former tennis players for an outing to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London last week.

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The O2 hosts the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (source:Sarah Goldson)

A lucky fourteen players, Nick Dingwall, Adam Hood, Luke Watts, Michael Thompson, Joseph Lane, Patrick Lincoln-Ohstrand, Chris Yarney, Sarah Winkle, Kelsey Mosquera, Holly Groves, Ellis Wyles, Harvey Stuart, Ali Olrog and Matt Rennie, accompanied Goldson on the trip to London to watch the world’s top players in action.


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The court at the O2 from the QMC groups perspective (source: Sarah Goldson)

Goldson said “It was a great day out with all the tennis players and it was good to have everyone together to watch the Tennis. The doubles was probably a better match than the singles, we saw the Bryan brothers, just edge out their opponents in a 10 point tie break. In the singles, we saw Berdych beat Cilic.” she added “The students really enjoyed the event and even though we were on the back row, the view was fantastic and for some of them it was the first time they had attended the event.”


Federer tells a disappointed crowd that he won’t be able to compete in the final (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

There was disappointment for Goldson yesterday who is a massive fan of Roger Federer as he had to pull out of the final against Novak Djokovic due to injury, handing the defending champion and world number one his fourth season ending crown. Swiss Federer, 33 who has won the title six times previously, announced he was not able to compete as he was not ‘match-fit’ and apologised in person on court to the packed 02 after World number one doubles players twins Bob and Mike Bryan won the Doubles title. Federer said “I’m sorry I’m not fit to play,” he said. “I hope you understand. I wanted to come out personally and explain. I did everything I could. I took pain-killers, had rest until the very end, but I just cannot compete at this level with Novak.” (BBC sport)


Murray on court with tennis legends McEnroe, Cash and Henman (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

In an attempt to pacify the obviously disappointed crowd, the organisers had drafted in British number one Andy Murray to return to the O2 and step into the fray to play Djokovic in an exhibition pro-match which Djokovic won 8-5. Murray then paired up with tennis legend John McEnroe to beat Tim Henman and Pat Cash 8-6 in a doubles match. Serbian Djokovic, 27, who only had an incredible eight defeats from sixty-six matches this year collected the ATP World Tour Finals trophy before his exhibition match with Murray.


Champion Djokovic who would have preferred to play to win his fourth title (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

It’s clearly not the way I wanted,” he said. “It’s an incredible achievement, but at this moment it’s hard to talk about it. I’m not one of the players that celebrate this particular type of win.” (BBC Sport)

World Tennis News: Pre-Wimbledon Round-up

Last weekend saw Grigor Dimitrov crowned Aegon Championships champion, Ana Ivanovic won her first grass court title at the Aegon Classic and Roger Federer won his seventh Gerry Weber Open title in Halle, Germany.

_75543756_grigor_dimitrov2_paA very happy Dimitrov with the Aegon International trophy (source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)

Dimitrov,23 who was fourth seed became the only male player this year to win titles on three different surfaces after beating Feliciano Lopez 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (8-6) in a dramatic final at The Queen’s Club in London. French Open Champion Maria Sharapova was in the crowd to watch her boyfriend win his fourth career title.

_75540701_ana_ivanovic_trophy_paIvanovic with her first grass court trophy(source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)

Serbian Ivanovic, 26 won the Aegon Classic title defeating Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-3, 6-2 in the final at Edgbaston in Birmingham. This was the former World number one Ivanovic’s third title this year and her fourteenth overall in her career to date.

D4157AF59E7B4A55A4285ED291ED1C76.ashxFederer wins his seventh Gerry Weber Open title (source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)

Federer beat Alejandro Falla 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3) in the Gerry Weber Open final to give him his fourteenth grass court title and a career total of seventy-ninth titles. The finals day at the Aegon Championships and Aegon Classic and in Eastbourne ahead of the Aegon International saw top names in tennis come together in Mixed Doubles Exhibition matches to ‘Rally For Bally’. British number one Andy Murray was joined on court at Queen’s Club by former Wimbledon mixed doubles champion brother Jamie, Ross Hutchins, British number one Heather Watson, five-times Grand Slam winner Martina Hingis and two-times Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka. Laura Robson who is currently unable to play due to injury was instead on-court interviewer for the event which also featured young players from the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis (EBAT) in Ipswich joining the stars on court to play.

IMG_5426Stars of the tennis world unite to Rally For Bally in memory of Elena Baltacha (source:www.lta.org.uk)

Martina Navratilova, winner of multiple Grand Slams in singles and doubles played at Edgbaston with former British number one Tim Henman, current British number three James Ward and another former British number one Anne Keothavong. Down in Eastbourne Greg Rusedski was joined by 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Britain’s doubles number one Colin Fleming with proceeds from all the matches going to support the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and EBAT. See more photos from the three matches on the BBC website here

dx-murray0_2942785bRally For Bally selfie Murray brother, Robson, Hutchins, Hingis, Watson and Azarenka. (source:www.telegraph.co.uk)

Nino Severino, husband and coach of Elena Baltacha praised his wife’s “incredible strength” during her treatment for liver cancer in an interview ahead of the ‘Rally For Bally’ charity fundraiser matches, “I literally spent every second with Bal fighting all the way. It was horrendous cancer that she had, the worst you can get, in the liver. The fight was brutal.” he added “I loved her, more than anything and she felt the same. We were just utterly devoted to each other, utterly.” Severino continues to run EBAT which he set up with Baltacha, the former British tennis number one who died at the age of 30 last month. She retired from playing in November 2013, having struggled with injury and illness throughout her career where she won eleven singles titles, made the third round of Wimbledon in 2002 and was part of Great Britain’s Fed Cup team for twelve years, under the captaincy of Andy’s mother Judy.

_75544227_baltacha_olympics_gettyBaltacha in her playing days (source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)

Today nineteen-year-old unseeded American Madison Keys beat Angelique Kerber in a three set battle to win the Aegon Inetrnational final in sunny Eastbourne, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 and register her first tournament win on the WTA Tour. Unseeded Keys defeated Britian’s Watson in their semi-final 6-3, 6-1. In the Men’s final defending champion Lopez beat top seed Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 7-5 to take the title again this year.

_75714389_kerberAegon International winner Keys with the trophy and runner-up Kerber (source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)

The draw has been announced for this years Wimbledon Championships which starts on Monday with British number one and reigning Wimbledon champion Murray opening the proceedings on Centre Court against David Goffin from Belgian at 1pm. Murray, who is seeded third for this years tournament, will be hoping to replicate last years success and has been busy practising on grass with new coach Amelie Mauresmo. Novak Djokovic, who is top seed faces Andrey Golubev in round one, second seed Rafael Nadal will play Martin Klizan and seven-time champion Roger Federer opens his 2014 campaign against Paolo Lorenzi. Britain’s James Ward plays seventeenth seed Mikhail Youhzny in his first match.

_75667863_h_50909572British hopes at Wimbledon lie with defending champion Murray (source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)

Top seed in the Women’s draw is Serena Williams who faces Anna Tatishvili in her first match and current Australian Open Champion Li Na, who is seeded second will face Paula Kania. Sharapova will lay British wildcard Samantha Murray in round one and while British number one Watson will play Alja Tomljanovic.