Goodbye Shyam

Young player to homegrown coach Shyam Vithlani has been involved with Totally Tennis for a very longtime. In the early days, six year old Vithlani and his sister attended Saturday morning munchkin club and squads, he represented his school and then Queen Mary’s College (QMC). After completing his Sports Development with Coaching BSC (hons) Degree at Sheffield Hallam University he returned to the club to pursue a full-time career in coaching.

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The QMC team reached the mixed doubles National finals and he also played in the Sheffield Hallam that won the university league. He started coaching at Totally Tennis when he was sixteen as a tennis assistant and continued to coach in Sheffield at the Rustlings Club, setting and running his own tennis sessions. He then coached at Hallamshire Tennis Academy as well as in America for two summers while still at University.  During his time at Totally Tennis he has progressed through the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) coaching qualifications and has attained the Level 4 Senior Coach Award.

Vithlani bid farewell to Totally Tennis earlier this month after five years as Head Coach at Hampshire Court to continue his coaching career as Head of Tennis for Multi Sports for the International Schools in Shanghai, China.

 

July In Pictures

See what’s been happening at Totally Tennis in July in pictures 🙂

Coaches Ben Jubin and Shyam Vithlani enjoyed a day at the Wimbledon Championships

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It was the TT Tour Grand Slam Wimbledon event that William (above 2nd right) and Charlie (below 3rd left) won in their respective age groups

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Kirsty Da Silva was runner-up in her first Grade 4 final in the GSM Bampton 12U Girls Summer County Tour in Oxford

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This year’s Totally Tennis team retained the club’s unbeaten record in the annual Festival of Sport event against twin town Euskirchen. Head coach James McIntosh (pictured below) ran the tennis competition at the indoor centre

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McIntosh and Jubin ran the North Waltham Primary Schools Wimbledon event at the indoor centre

WP_20170716_16_46_29_ProKirsty Da Silva (pictured left) and her partner Amelia Pirt won the Grade 4 Leys Junior Doubles 16 and under title at Leys Recreation Ground in Oxford.

image1Isla Hignett was runner-up in the 14 and under Girls singles Road to Wimbledon (RTW) County Finals held at Canoe Lake Leisure in Southsea.

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The Sherfield School Boys team, which consists of four Totally Tennis performance players, completed in the Team Tennis Schools National Championships Finals 2016-2017 (formerly known as the Glanville Cup) at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Totally Tennis played host to a Benenden Tennis Festival with a Summertime Slam event open to both mini red and orange players run by performance players Miles Bromilow and Liam Hignett. 

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Player Profile: Tristian Thapa

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TRISTIAN THAPA

Age: Eight

Squad: Giants

How old were you when you first started tennis?

8 years old

How were you introduced to the sport?

From school

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Wanted to play tennis and it’s the local club

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Friendly matches

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Still learning so not sure yet

How often do you play?

Twice a week

Do you play any other sport?

Golf

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Moving up a level from Dodgers to Giants squad

World Tennis News: Wimbledon 2017

It’s the most anticipated event in the British Tennis calendar and the first week of this year’s Wimbledon Championships has not failed to disappoint, even the weather has been amazing!

After a very early exit from The Aegon Championships at Queen’s Wimbledon defending champion Andy Murray opened up the tournament on Centre Court last Monday against lucky loser Alexander Bublik. The current World and British number one won whom he defeated 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 and continued in good form winning convincly against long-haired (allegedly he’s not cut his hair since 1996) German Dustin Brown 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. He finished up the first week by winning a thrilling four set third-round clash yesterday against Fabio Fognini from Italy 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. The match, that lasted over two and a half hours, thrilled fans and finished just as darkness fell over SW19. Murray is now in last sixteen and will be back in action on Monday against France’s Benoit Paire.

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Joining Murray and Paire in the last sixteen is second seed Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer (3), Rafael Nadal (4), Milos Raonic (6), seventh seed Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem (8), Alexander Zverev (10), Tomas Berdych (11), Grigor Dimitrov (13), Gilles Muller (16), Roberto Bautista Agut (18), Sam Querrey (24), Adrian Mannarinos and Kevin Anderson.

It’s not all been good news on the men’s tour with fifth seed Stan Wawrinka bowing out on the first day beaten 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 by Russian Daniil Medvedev, 21 who was making his debut on Centre Court. Australian Nick Kyrgios who was twentieth seed was forced to retire in the first round due to a hip injury and it was a sad match for American Steve Johnson who was playing after the sudden death of his father Steve Johnson Snr, a respected tennis coach. Johnson lost to Cilic 6-4 7-6(3) 6-4 in the third-round suffering an emotional outbreak during play and finishing the match in tears.

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British women’s number one and sixth seed Johanna Konta reached the second week of competition for the first time in her career after beating Maria Sakkari from Greece 6-4, 6-1, she will now face twenty-first seed Caroline Garcia. In the first round she defeated Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 6-2 followed by Donna Vekic 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-8 in round two. Fellow British player Heather Watson was knocked out yesterday in the third round by former number one Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, Azarenka will now face second seed Simona Halep in her next match.

Elsewhere in the Ladies’s event defending champion Serena Williams is unable to compete this year due to her pregnancy so 2016 runner-up Angelique Kerber is top seed. Kerber made light work of her first round opponent Irina Falconi 6-4, 6-4 in the opening event of the ladies competition and now finds herself in the fourth round against Garbine Muguruza (14). Day four saw Bethanie Mattek-Sands collapsing on court with a severe knee injury which resulted in her being rushed to hospital. Five time champion and tenth seed Venus Williams is also through to the fourth round and will face Ana Konjuh (27). Joining them in the last sixteen is Elina Svitolina (4), Caroline Wozniacki (5), Svetlana Kuznetsova (7), Agnieszka Radwanska (9)Jelena Ostapenko (13)Coco Vandeweghe (24), Petra Martic and Magdalena Rybarikova. 

In the Men’s doubles Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares had their hopes of a Wimbledon title dashed when they were knocked out by Sam Groth and Robert Lindstedt 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. Three-time men’s doubles champions brothers Bob and Mike Bryan also made their exit from this year’s championships after losing to Marcin Matkowski and Max Mirnyi in the second round 3-6, 5-7, 4-6. In the Ladies’s doubles Watson and partner Naomi Broady beat fellow Brit duo Harriet Dart/Katy Dunne 7-5, 6-4 in the first round. In a shock second round victory the British wildcards Jay Clarke and Marcus Willis beat second seeds and defending champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3 in an exciting five set match out on court three to round off middle Saturday.

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There’s still hope for some silverware for Jamie Murray in the Mixed Doubles event where he and partner Martina Hingis are top seeds and through to the third round after defeating the British pairing of Neal Skupski/Anna Smith 6-3, 6-0 in their second round match.

Totally Tennis coaches James McIntosh, Ben Jubin and Shaym Vithlani (Ben & Shyam pictured above enjoying their day yesterday) have all been enjoying Wimbledon this year with all three of them luckily enough to visit this week.

This year’s Wimbledon Championships runs until Sunday 16th July – for all the up-to-date  news and results visit www.wimbledon.com

Three official photos used with courtesy of www.wimbledon.com Additional photos kindly taken by Katherine Catlin and Ben Jubin/Shyam Vithlani.

Player Profile: Napalai Cain

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NAPALAI CAIN

Squad: 50+ and Mixed Morning

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Fifteen

How were you introduced to the sport?

As a child in Thailand I walked past the tennis court in my hometown every day and watched the people play. I then decided to start playing tennis myself and have enjoyed it throughout my life, initially in Thailand and now in the UK.

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Totally Tennis has indoor courts, which are good for the weather in England. There are many people who are available to play during the daytime, which suits my lifestyle.

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about the sport?

Being able to hit accurately to the target and successfully finish the point.

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

How often do you play?

Twice a week regularly but 3 times a week if possible.

Do you play any other sport?

No

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Good forehand, two handed backhand and to be able to have a good time.

Totally Tennis Hampshire Court News

The Totally Tennis Hampshire Court coaching team, who run weekly sessions at Old Basing Tennis Club and an after school club St Mary’s Junior School in the village, were part of last weekend’s annual Old Basing Carnival. Free mini tennis sessions for juniors and adults were offered encouraging lots of of people of all ages to get on court and try tennis.

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In other news, the coaching team are running a summer term exclusive at Hampshire Court for junior players. For the remaining six weeks of the summer term players can play for just £30.00. Spaces are limited so be sure to book quickly – once they are gone, they are gone!

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Adults players aren’t forgotten either with all new players offered a FREE session. Whether you are planning on returning to tennis or are a keen regular tennis player, it’s time to dust off your racket as we have something for everyone every day of the week!

As if that wasn’t enough it’s also competition Time! Like and share the Totally Tennis Hampshire Court Facebook page with your friends and be automatically entered into a free prize draw to WIN a racket bag! Competition closes on Sunday 25th June!

To find out more information call Totally Tennis on 01256 358816 or e-mail shyam.vithlani@totallytennis.co.uk

Open Days Proved a Great Success

Hundreds of children visited the indoor centre last weekend to play in the club’s tennis Open Days. After the success of last week’s Schools Tennis Roadshow that visited local schools across Basingstoke, Totally Tennis opened its doors on Saturday and Sunday to offer primary school age children the opportunity to play on the full size tennis courts in free fun sessions.
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Phil Leighton, from the Tennis Foundation, who ran the roadshow visited ten schools and saw over 1400 children throughout last week and with another ten schools distributed the flyers to their pupils about the free open days, the anticipation was high for fun weekend packed full of tennis. The roadshow introduced tennis to a large audience throughout the week highlighting that it’s not only a great way for kids to get fit and healthy but also develop important motor skills and learn sportsmanship all whilst having lots of fun.
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Tennis Director Nigel Long said, “I’d like to thank Phil, the Tennis Foundation, the whole Totally Tennis team and our squad players for helping us to provide so many children with the opportunity to play in our Open Days last weekend.” he added, “There were a great success with so many of the children deciding to take up tennis in our junior squad sessions.”
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Over 300 children visited Totally Tennis over the course of the sunny weekend to participate in the mixed sessions with Leighton and club coaches James McIntosh, Jordan Frederick, Shyam Vithani, Andrew Dingwall, Simon James and Steph Catlin. The mini tennis sessions offered the groups of players ten different activities from hand-eye coordination to basic tennis skills. They rotated around the stations to try the different skills including throwing and catching, racket skills, target throws, speed of serve and more fun activities. In addition to the free sessions a special roadshow offer encouraged many of the young players to sign up to play in the Pirates and Indians squads which are part of the club’s Junior Development Programme.
Head Coach James McIntosh said, “All of the coaches and helpers over the weekend did a fantastic job in making the open days such a success. I would like to say a big thank you to all the squad players who generously gave up time over their weekend to be involved.” he added “Also a big thank you to Jill, Emily, Karen, Anne, Claire, Kerri, Penny and Sandy for all of the organisation and selling of refreshments over the two days.”
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A large team of squad players gave up their time to be involved in the event encouraging younger children to enjoy playing tennis. A big thanks to Daniel Prickett, Aaron Dawson, Oliver Alemeny, Eddie Lakatos, Dylan Hall-Jones, Isla Hignett, Jas Bromilow, Dessi Bratinova, Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Harry Feast, Louise Mallozi, Lucy Groves, Elinor Banks and Danielle Beckett.

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Steph Catlin (pictured above coaching) added “The roadshow this weekend was a huge success. Speaking on behalf of all the coaches, we had a lot of fun exposing the best sport in the world to hundreds of little ones this weekend.

“We can’t promise that the weather will be as beautiful, but we hope to see them all in our squads to continue the learning and fun! A big shout out to all the current TT players who helped out, they played a huge part in the running and success of the weekend!

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The Tennis Foundation is Britain’s leading tennis charity that strives to make sport inclusive and accessible to everyone. The aim is to provide opportunities to encourage people to maximise their potential through tennis by working closely with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and a wide range of partners from across all sectors to deliver their vision and aim. For more information visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk

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For more information about Totally Tennis please telephone 01256 358816 or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk More information about the junior squad programme can be found here and read all our latest news on our blog here