Hignett Features in Tennis Head Magazine

Prior to lockdown, performance player and coach Liam Hignett worked with Tennis Head magazine to test and review some rackets and ASCIS tennis shoes.IMG_8968Hignett, along with three other players tested the ASICS Solution Speed FF shoe with Rene, the top product designer from ASICS – Hignett said, “It felt like I didn’t have anything on but I did have to loosen the laces to avoid a small amount of rubbing in the heel.” The article, which was published in June, can be read in full online by visiting tennishead.net/asics-solution-speed-tennis-shoe-review/

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Read more about the Head Prestige Tour tennis racket review online here tennishead.net/head-prestige-tour-2020-tennis-racket-review/

Tennis Head magazine has been the World’s leading destination for tennis fans & players for 15 years with the best news, analysis, opinion, writers, tennis racket & gear reviews, videos, competitions & social media commentary.

Information and photos used with courtesy of tennishead.net

Runner-up Spot for Hignett at British Tour Edgbaston

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett was runner-up in the Men’s singles at the British Tour Edgbaston event held at the Edgbastom Priory Club last week.

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Third seed Hignett beat William Mclenneghan 7-5, 6-4 in the first round followed by Euan Wilson-Baig in round two 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-0. In the quarters he defeated eighth seed Tom Welsh 7-6(10), 6-4 and then sixth seed Mattias Southcombe in the semi-finals 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. In the final Hignett lost to top seed Jake Hersey 6-3, 6-2 to finish as runner-up.

Congratulations Liam 😉

Read more about Hignett competing in British Tour events 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

Hignett played in the LTA British Tour Masters

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett was invited to compete in the LTA British Tour Masters held at the National Tennis Centre (NTC) in Roehampton, London last week.

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Hignett was one of the eight players who competed in the event. In the quarters he beat Michael Shaw  4-2 (retired) but was drawn against top seed Sean Hodkin in the semis and lost 6-2, 6-2. Hodkin went on to will the event. Hignett then played in the Tiebreak Tens competition beating Hodkin 10-8 and Joshua Rose 10-7.

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) British Tour 2019* provides a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience in their quest to become professional tennis players, to provide competition for professional players in between competing in professional events at home and abroad, as well as providing a national level open competition circuit.

Read more about Liam’s previous British Tour events HERE

*British Tour information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/britishtour

Hignett invited to play at British Tour Masters 2019

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett has been invited by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to play at the British Tour Masters 2019 to be held the National Tennis Centre (NTC) in Roehampton, London next month.

Hignett has qualified for the two-day event, which will take place on 19th and 20th December, due to his final position on this year’s British Tour leaderboard. His invitation comes after his quarter final finish at LTA British Tour Edgbaston 2 earlier this month where he beat Philip Sikman 6-1, 6-1 in round one, Finley Cook in the second 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 but lost in the quarters in three sets to Harry Skinner 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Last month Hignett won the LTA British Tour Exeter Open Mens Singles title at the Exeter Tennis Centre, lost in the quarters in Glasgow and had a second round finish in Taunton.

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The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) British Tour 2019* provides a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience in their quest to become professional tennis players, to provide competition for professional players in between competing in professional events at home and abroad, as well as providing a national level open competition circuit.

Read more about Liam’s previous British Tour events HERE

*British Tour information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/britishtour

Hignett represents Hampshire & IOW in Winter County Cup

Totally Tennis performance player and coach Liam Hignett represented Hampshire and Isle of Wight (IOW) in the LTA Mens Winter County Cup 2019.

The Hampshire team of Hignett, James Blair, Timothy Farthing, Oliver Fernandez, Ryan Golesworthy, Austin Gwilliam, George Houghton, Michael Johnson, Miles Mcdowall, Robert Mitchell, Jake Norris, Edward Percival and Paul Scullard were competing in Division 1 Group 4A against teams from Buckinghamshire, Dorset and Shropshire.

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On the first day Hampshire beat Shropshire 8-1 with top seed Hignett defeating Luke Henley 6-3, 7-5 in the singles. In the doubles with partner Golesworthy he beat Henley and Thomas Loxley 6-3, 6-2. Things didn’t go so well for the team on day 2 with a 5-4 loss against Dorset in a close fixture, Hignett lost his singles against Toby Samuel 6-4, 6-3 and also lost in the doubles with Golesworthy against Samuel and Sam Bossem in the third set tie-break 6-2, 6-7(2), 10-6.

On the final day things didn’t improve with a 7-1 defeat against eventual group winners Buckinghamshire. Hignett lost his three set singles match against top seed Michael Shaw 6-3 4-6 4-6 but won the doubles with Golesworthy on a walkover against Shaw and partner Roy Knight. The Hampshire team managed to stay again in the division after some tough, tight wins and losses over the weekend.

Hignett said, “As always it’s a pleasure to be a part of this great team and we’ll be looking for promotion next year! It was a privilege to play at number one position this year playing my part in some quality battles particularly against Buckinghamshire’s number 1.” he added, “I love playing in these events as the team atmosphere whilst on court and the off court banter and laughs make it unlike any other tennis event out there. Thanks to all the boys for another great weekend.”

 

First LTA British Tour Win for Hignett in Exeter

Totally Tennis performance player and coach Liam Hignett won the LTA British Tour Exeter Open Mens Singles title at the Exeter Tennis Centre in Devon.

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After a bye in the opening round, Hignett beat Maximillian Relic 6-1, 6-2 in teh second round followed by Luke Quaynor in the quarters 6-2, 6-2. In the semis he defeated county  club mate Ryan Golesworthy in three sets 6-4, 1-6, 6-1. In the final he beat Julian Cash (who retired in the third set) 4-6, 6-3, 2-1.

Hignett said, “This was my first national level singles win, it’s a massive milestone for me after some tough battles this week. Thanks to all of those around me who have helped me to achieve this.”

Congratulations Liam!

img_3127.jpegThe Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) British Tour 2019* provides a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience in their quest to become professional tennis players, to provide competition for professional players in between competing in professional events at home and abroad, as well as providing a national level open competition circuit.

Read more about Hignett’s previous British Tour events HERE

*British Tour information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/britishtour

Meet Our Assistant Coaches: Isla Hignett

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Assistant Coach Profile: Isla Hignett

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

I was four years old and started competing at the age of seven

How were you introduced to the sport?

My brother Liam played and I decided I would give it a go

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

I have trained at Totally Tennis since I was eight and I wanted to help kids find that the love for tennis that I have and have had since a young age

Who is your favourite professional tennis player/s?

Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

Being able to see the kids progress and I love to see them enjoying the sport

How often do you coach?

I coach on Mondays and a Fridays 

Do you play any other sport?

No just tennis

What’s your greatest achievement/s in tennis so far?

Being in the  Hampshire team from the age of 10, being sponsored by Mantis and having the opportunity to play at Wimbledon with Tim Henman

Read more about the Totally Tennis coaching team on the COACHING TEAM tab or click totallytennis.wordpress.com/meet-the-team/

 

 

Coach Steph Retains Title

Totally Tennis coach Steph Catlin and former coach Ben Jubin successfully defended their 2017 and 2018 Basingstoke Open Mixed Doubles titles by beating Peter Blyth and Gill Stone in Sunday’s final held at Beechdown Health Club 6-0, 6-1.

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On their way to the final of this annual competition the former Totally Tennis performance players and college National champions Catlin and Jubin beat former club coach Andrew Ridgers and Aimee Patterson in one of their fixtures.

Congratulations Steph and Ben!