World Tennis News | Andy Murray (Virtually) Wins Madrid Open

With the professional tennis tour currently suspended due the coronavirus pandemic, the world’s top ATP and WTA players are swapping their rackets for Playstation controllers to compete in virtual tournaments. Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal were two of thirty-two players who competed online in the Madrid Open Virtual Pro event.

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Part of the Tennis World Tour video series, the Madrid Open took place yesterday in the digital version of the Manolo Santana Stadium. Both the men’s and women’s events had prize money with each champion deciding on how to distribute their winnings into relief funds.

Two time Madrid Open champion Murray won his third title without leaving his sofa. Murray, who competed in Group 1 alongside five time winner Nadal, defeated Belgian’s David Goffin in the final 7-6 (5) to win the event and claim the prize money. He shared his winnings between the NHS and the tennis player relief fund, a charity for lower-ranked players who are unable to earn  money during the pandemic.

Murray announced on his Instagram, “I’ll be donating half of the 45 thousand dollars prize money to the NHS and the other half to the tennis player relief fund.”

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World number seven Kiki Bertens from Holland won the title after beating France’s Fiona Ferro in the final. Also competing was British number one Johanna Konta, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki among others.

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The event, which was streamed live on the Madrid Open’s Facebook page and the platform’s new gaming app, was the first virtual tennis tournament solely contested by professional tour players.

Information sourced from www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/

March in Pictures | 2020

IMG_6999Performance player Hayden Cummings was runner-up in the Grade 4 South West Winter County Tour 14 & U Boys Singles held at Hale Gardens.

image0-2Former Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Dean Kirby Cooper (right) competed in his first grade 4 ITF doubles event in Tampico, Mexico.

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) boys tennis team enjoyed their first outdoor training session of the season

75baaedb-bb92-4149-a0d3-63288c4d49e1Head Coach James McIntosh will be running the (now postponed) London Marathon and held ‘The Macca’ adult tournament to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK

AAD852A9-752B-42FD-82FC-7E4D8ABECDB7Coach Dom joined the team at Hampshire Court Spa & Leisure ‘Fitness Fanatic 3’ event to raise money for Sport Relief

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IMG_7585Siblings Liam and Isla Hignett are offering a series of self-isolation tennis exercises here on the blog to keep everyone active during the Coronavirus outbreak

Coach Dom Gets Involved with Sport Relief

Coach Dom joined the team at Hampshire Court Spa & Leisure Sport Relief for their efforts to raise money for Sport Relief.

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The club’s Fitness Fiasco 3 event took place on Friday 13th March along with a charity bake sale. Sessions, which took place from 6am to the evening, included bootcamps, combat, spin, aqua sessions, yoga, dance, volleyball, zumba along with the tennis session with Dom.

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Sport Relief was created to harness the power of sport and raise money to help people who need it the most in the UK and around the world. Charities such as mental health, child poverty, domestic abuse and helping people have a safe place to live all benefit from the money raised. Since the last Sport Relief in 2018, £82 million has been invested to support people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and around the world.

Read more about Sport Relief HERE

 

 

The Macca Tournament

Head Coach James McIntosh is running the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise awareness and much needed funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of his father who sadly passed away from the disease just three weeks after diagnoses.

Although the marathon, which was supposed to take place on 26th April, has been postponed due to COVID-19 McIntosh will continue to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK and keep training. The marathon is now scheduled to take place on Sunday 4th October.

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Last Friday saw players gather together to compete in ‘The Macca’, an adult American doubles tournament to raise money towards McIntosh’s £2,500 target. The tournament was played in a round robin mixed doubles format where players are paired at random and rotate collecting games on the way. The event was won by Nick Pogmore who had the most games after the four rotations.

McIntosh said, “Thank you to everyone that came to the tournament on Friday and congratulations to Nick who won the event with the highest score over the four rounds.” he added, “It was a fun evening of tennis followed by drinks and we raised a total of £186 for Pancreatic Cancer UK.”

Read more about McIntosh’s Marathon story HERE

McIntosh Gains PB in Wokingham Half Marathon

Head coach James McIntosh achieved a PB (personal Best) of 1:24:42 in the Wokingham Half Marathon last weekend as he continues to train hard for the Virgin Money London Marathon on 26th April.

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McIntosh is running to raise awareness and much needed funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of his father who sadly passed away from the disease just three weeks after being diagnosed.

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An all day bake sale will be taking place at Totally Tennis this Friday (28th February) to raise money towards McIntosh’s £1,000 target.

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McIntosh said  “I still have plenty of training left to do. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, I’m now at 26% of the target, please keep on donating.”

To donate please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/VirginMoneyLondonMarathon20202-JamesMcIntosh

Pancreatic cancer is a tough disease to diagnose, to treat, to research and even tougher to survive. For too long this disease has been sidelined, it’s important that everyone affected by it gets all the help they need. Pancreatic Cancer UK support those affected by the disease, investing in ground breaking research, lobbying for greater recognition of pancreatic cancer and being a voice for everyone involved in the fight.

Head Coach James will run the 2020 London Marathon

Head Coach James McIntosh will run the 2020 London Marathon in April in memory of his dad who sadly passed away in August 2018 after just three weeks of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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McIntosh will be running the marathon on Sunday 26th April in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK, a tough disease to diagnose, to treat, to research and even tougher to survive. For too long this disease has been sidelined, it’s important that everyone affected by it gets all the help they need. Pancreatic Cancer UK support those affected by the disease, investing in ground breaking research, lobbying for greater recognition of pancreatic cancer and being a voice for everyone involved in the fight.

With just over 100 days to go McIntosh’s marathon preparation have become and he’s on track after continuing his training from running the Oxford half marathon last October. He plans to introduce some longer runs shortly and will post training updates on his JustGiving page (linked below).

McIntosh said, “I am looking forward to running the London Marathon as it’s always been on my bucket list. I know the training will be hard but I am very motivated to do.” he added, “It’s a great test of character and fitness and I know after all the time spent playing and watching sports with my Dad that he would have fully supported me in this next challenge. I embrace this amazing opportunity and would love to raise as much  money as possible for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of my Dad.”

To find out more and to donate please visit McIntosh’s JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/virginmoneylondonmarathon20202-jamesmcintosh

Read more about Pancreatic Cancer UK by clicking www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk

Fundraising Pub Quiz

Join the Totally Tennis team at the fundraising pub quiz on Friday 6th December at The Queen’s College Arms in Pamber End, Tadley.

Pit your wits against your fellow players to be crowned the winning team. All proceeds from the quiz and raffle will go towards purchasing a defibrillator for the indoor centre.

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Coach Steph, who is organising the event said, “We want to get a defibrillator for the courts due to the increased number of people playing and because so many people exercise in the park itself.”

Time: 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Cost: £20 per person (includes dinner)

Team: Maximum of 6 players per team

All players (over 18) and their friends and family welcome. To sign up for the event telephone 01256 358816 or visit reception.

Half Marathon PB for Head Coach McIntosh in Oxford

Head Coach James McIntosh competed in the Virgin Sport Oxford Half Marathon at the weekend, running to raise money for the Alzheimers Society.

This was McIntosh’s second Oxford half marathon where he managed an impressive official race time of 1:26:25 bettering his previous time of 1:30:20, this was also a personal best despite the lashing rain. Overall he finished 267 out of 6,840 runners and 138 out of the 3,366 men competing in the race (31/568 males in the 30-34 age category). McIntosh has raised £355 (his target was £350) via his JustGiving page – click on the link in paragraph below to donate.

McIntosh said, “Thanks to everyone who donated on my Just Giving page to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Despite the rain I enjoyed the run and was happy to get a new PB!“

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The Alzheimer’s Society is a national charity that helps to create a better world for people affected by dementia and is transforming the landscape of the illness forever. Until the day a cure is found, the society offers those affected and their families, support and acceptance to help them live in the community without fear or prejudice.

Donations can be made via McIntosh’s Just Giving page by clicking HERE. Read more about the charity and its fundraising events here.

Well Done James!

Club Held Its Annual Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning

Totally Tennis held it’s World’s Biggest Coffee morning event in support of Macmillan Cancer Support alongside the clubs’ regular Mixed Morning session last Friday. The players enjoyed the matchplay session followed by coffee and a choice of delicious cakes at the indoor centre. The event raised to the charity’s goal to meet its target for this year.

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The club has been a regular supporter of the annual coffee morning event for many years, raising money to donate to the charity which improves the lives of people and their families affected by cancer. Last year the nationwide coffee morning events raised an incredible £26,914,382.

Head coach James McIntosh said, “In total Totally Tennis raised £132 for Macmillan. Thank you to everyone that supported the event by attending the coffee morning donating to this great cause. Also thanks to everyone that baked for the event.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest charity fundraising event raising money to enable the charity to provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care in this country. The money raised at events like the coffee morning funds vital services and enables the charity to work alongside people affected by cancer and improve cancer care, making a real difference in people’s lives.

 

Totally Tennis Hosting Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Totally Tennis are once again hosting a tennis and coffee morning on Friday 27th September in support of the Macmillan ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ campaign. The club will host its mixed morning tennis session from 10am followed by coffee and cakes at 11.30am at the indoor centre, inviting players to join together to contribute to the charity’s target. The annual event has become part of the club’s charity event calendar encouraging players to get fit and healthy whilst raising money for a good cause.

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Macmillan*, the UK’s leading cancer supporter charity, is almost entirely funded by donations and simply cannot support the growing number of people with cancer who need them without the public’s help. Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. There are over 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK and this is set to grow to almost 4 million by 2030. Macmillan are the only charity supporting anyone, no matter their age, where they live and or their cancer diagnosis. They help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support.

We are hosting our annual coffee morning to support this worthwhile cause. Cancer can affect anyone, and it impacts on every part of life. Macmillan provides financial, physical and emotional support for people living with cancer, so that’s why we want to raise money so that everybody gets the help they need.

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Support people with cancer in your community to live life as fully as they can, by joining in Macmillan’s Coffee Morning this September. For more information about the event contact Totally Tennis on 01256 358816.

M&S* have been the headline partner of Macmillan’s Coffee Morning since 2010. Throughout 2018 M&S raised almost £3 million, enough to fund 55 Macmillan professionals for a year. An incredible £2 million came from the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, running throughout September. These professionals are a lifeline for many patients and their families; giving crucial emotional support, helping manage treatment side effects and sharing practical advice like diet and lifestyle tips.

Totally Tennis’ adult morning sessions are 90 minutes and include fitness drills and match play available every week on Mondays and Fridays (10am – 11.30am) at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park.

For more information about the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning: www.macmillan.org.uk/coffeeFor information, support or just someone to talk to, call 0808 808 00 00 or visit macmillan.org.uk.

* Information sourced from macmillan.org.uk