Totally Tennis coach and performance player Liam Hignett competed in the Mens singles at the British Tour Corby held at Corby Tennis Centre in Northamptonshire.
Hignett competed in the main draw and was up against sixth seed Lamar Bartley in his first match which he lost 7-6(4), 6-4. His next event is the British Tour Loughborough at the beginning of March.
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.
Good luck Liam
*British Tour information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/britishtour
Performance player and coach Liam Hignett competed in the main draw of the Men’s Singles at the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) British Tour held at the University of Bath last week. Hignett won his first match against qualifier Archie Graham 6-3, 6-1 but lost in the second round against sixth seed Sean Hodkin 6-1, 7-5. The event was won by Luke Johnson from Yorkshire.
Hignett said. “It’s good to be back playing some tournaments in 2019 and mixing with some top players who have had or currently have ATP rankings, so great to be competing at this level as always.”
The LTA British Tour is 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.*
*Information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk
Today we waved a fond farewell to coach Jordan Frederick who leaves to take up a new coaching position in Bath after he returns from a month long trip visiting former Totally Tennis performance player Dean Cooper Kirby in Florida.
Frederick joined the coaching team on a part-time basis back in 2014, coaching at the indoor centre just doing two days a week alongside his role as Head Coach at a club in Dorchester. He made the move to coach full-time at Totally Tennis in February 2016 and now heads to the University of Bath where he will be coaching on the LPDC (Local Performance Development Centre) and the RPDC (Regional Performance Development Centre) teams. Once he has completed his LTA Level 4 senior performance coach qualification he will be named as Head of Performance for the 11 and under players.
Commenting on his time at Totally Tennis Frederick said, “I have really enjoyed my time at the club, everyone that I have ever worked with has been amazing from my colleagues on court to the receptionists, but the most enjoyable part of my journey has been the players and parents I have worked with who have all been amazing and great fun.”
“I‘ve enjoyed every moment and I’d just like to say a special thank you to the players that I have worked with week in, week out, you’ve all played a massive part in my career and we have all made big friendships along the way.” he added, “I will truly miss them all, and will never forget my time at Totally Tennis, I hope to see many of them at future tournaments.”
Frederick will now fly to Naples in Florida to meet up with Cooper Kirby at the Gomez Tennis Academy. He said, ” I am looking forward to spending time at the academy, not only will it be a nice to see how a former player is getting on but also a really great learning experience for myself to see how they manage and coach players abroad.”
Good luck Jordan!
After competing in the 8 & under singles at the Berkshire Junior County Championships 2018 at the end of the summer (where he won two of his four matches), Totally Tennis mini performance player Harry Dolman played in his first orange matchplay at David Lloyd Southampton West End at the beginning of this month. In the group stages he competed in Box C and won all his five matches beating Freddie Bosworth 10-1, Tom Casella 11-9, George Conway 10-3, Elliot Latham 10-6 and Scott Yates 10-5.
Dolman then competed in the Portsmouth Tennis Club 9 & under Winter Regional Tour and although he lost all his group matches he paid really well against more experienced players. He has also been selected for county training which is great news considering he has only just started competing.
Coach Jordan Frederick said, “Harry played his first grade 3 at Portsmouth Tennis Centre, although he didn’t win a match he came very close to winning most of them and was competing with some of the best orange ball players in the southwest.” he added, “I have been working with Harry for the last year now, his improvement rate has been incredible and always has a great attitude while training and competing.”
Dolman will next compete in the East Winter County Tour – David Lloyd Royal Berkshire 9 & under Boys singles event (20th October) followed by the David Lloyd Southampton October Half Term Tournament 2018 (from 21st October).
Performance player Liam Hignett, who is now coaching at the club during his gap year, is competing in a series of high profile and ITF (International Tennis Federation) pro-circuits tournaments across the country.
His first event at the beginning of the month was the LTA British Tour Paddington Open Mens Singles held at Paddington Sports Club. In the first round Hignett beat eighth seed Jack Gibbens 6-4, 6-4 followed by Jamie Caprice 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the quarters before losing in the semi finals against Sean Hodkin 6-2, 7-5.
He then starting competing in the ITF Futures events. His first event was the Great Britain F4 Futures event held at Nottingham Tennis Centre where he lost in the first round of singles qualifying draw against George Davies 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 7-5. The second tournament was the F5 Futures event held at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, London where he lost to Jonathon Binding in the first round of the singles qualifying 6-3, 7-6(6). This coming week he will play in the F6 Futures tournament in Barnstaple at the Tarka Tennis Centre.
Hignett, who is current Hampshire & IOW County Championships Men’s champion, will be coaching at Totally Tennis sharing his experience and expertise with both adult and junior players as well as offering private lessons and hitting sessions for performance players looking for that extra practice. He will also be studying for his LTA level 3 coach qualification and continuing to run competitions at the club.
Read more about Hignett’s gap year plans here
Head Coach James McIntosh competed in his first half marathon at the weekend, the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon on behalf of Heart FM Global’s Make Some Noise charity.
McIntosh was signed up for the event by his wife Charlotte after she heard an advert on the radio leaving him only three weeks notice before the race in Oxford on Sunday. With his busy tennis coaching schedule and late notice McIntosh only trained for two weeks prior to the race but still managed an impressive official race time of 1:30:20.
McIntosh said, “I really enjoyed taking part in the Oxford Half Marathon and was pleased with the time I did it in. The biggest challenge was to keep going just after the 11 mile mark as that’s when my body started to tire.” he added “I will definitely look to do another half marathon and see if I can improve on my time.“
Global’s Make Some Noise is a national charity that helps disadvantaged children and young people in the UK, supporting small but brilliant charities across the county who help youngsters and their families living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity. Read more about the charity and its fundraising events here.
Well Done James!
Photos used courtesy of Charlotte McIntosh
Qualification: Level 3 Tennis Coach/BTEC Diploma in Tennis Coaching
How old were you when you first started playing tennis?
How were you introduced to the sport?
My local club came to my school
What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?
To progress in my career, become a better coach, gain more qualifications and join a well known tennis establishment
Who is your favourite professional tennis player?
Andy Roddick and Genie Bouchard
What do you like most about coaching tennis?
The buzz on court, improving myself as a coach and watching the progress of the people that I coach
How often do you coach?
40+ hours a week
Do you play any other sport?
I used to play every sport I could, now I just play tennis and every now and then I go sailing.
What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?
Achieving top 3 in the UK for apprentice of the year. Competing regional and national competitions.