Cooper Kirby Racks Up European Points

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby travelled to Bergen, Norway to in his second overseas tennis event. Accompanied by his father Brain, he competed in the TE U 16 Paradis tournament playing in the Boys Singles 16 event. He won his first match against Anders Parr (Norway) 6-0, 6-3 but lost in round two after a close first set to third seed Evangelos Kypriotis (Greece) 7-5, 6-2.

Cooper Kirby played in his first European event in September last year in the Republic of Moldova in Eastern Europe. He competed in the Chisinau Open Boys Singles Under 14 event where after a bye in qualifying he played in the main draw. He beat Alexander Pundel (Russia) 7-6(9), 7-6(0) in round one then defeated second seed Dan Vasile Duta (Romania) in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the second before losing in the quarters to Aleksander Chayka (Russia) 7-5, 6-4. Cooper Kirby teamed up with Mikhail Rimskii (Russia) for the doubles competition but the pair were knocked out in the semis by top seeds Viacheslav Bielinskyi/Andrey Shutov 6-0, 6-3. He was awarded 25 points for reaching the quarter final stage.

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Totally Tennis’ Jordan Frederick who coaches Cooper Kirby said, “I’ve been working with Dean now for the past 18 months and he is a great player to work with, his rate of improvement has been fantasticHis effort while training is superb and he always goes the extra mile.” 

He added, “Dean is also working with a strengthening and conditioning coach to help him improve his physical performance on courtAnother key part of Dean’s improvement has been fellow performance player Liam Hignett. Liam spends 3-4 hours a week hitting with Dean on court.

Well done Dean! Great job so far keep up the hard work! Let’s go bigger this year.

The twenty points gained in Norway means he will move up 400 places on the European leader board and now has a total of forty-five points to date from both events. As it’s the 16 and under age group he still has another two years to play in this age group. Next stop for Cooper Kirby is Finland in six weeks time and then Malta, accompanied by his mum Karen, before he leaves for a solo trip to Naples, Florida for a month’s training at a tennis academy.

Frederick commented, “These types of competitions are aimed at some of the best players in Europe. The next big step for Dean will be to start competing on the Junior ITF Circuit and gain a Junior World Ranking.”

The tournaments are organised by Tennis Europe, which has fifty European member nations, making it the largest regional association of the sport’s governing body, the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Congratulations Dean! Good Luck in your next events from everyone at Totally Tennis.

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December in Pictures

img_3030-e1515488873563.pngHere’s the Hampshire Court players enjoyed some off court fun at Drunken Drills img_3031-e1515488617878.png

7ECE4144-BFAC-4575-8B3D-BBC4EDB72C9EThe 50+ squad enjoying some festive fun at the idol session post their on-court session89FF09C4-752F-45A8-8A07-154355679C91

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20171223_135025Liam Hignett (L) and Dean Cooper Kirby (R) both won titles at the Virgin Active Riverside Chiswick tournament on 23rd December

image1-2Performance players Tillie Reid and Isla Hignett were runners-up in the Eastleigh Open Girls 16 and under Doubles event

September in Pictures

20170909_151646Twins Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar completed in the 9 & under Mixed Singles at the Bradfield Orange tournament with Kevin finishing in 3rd place.

IMG_6013Coaches Ben Jubin and Steph Catlin won the Basingstoke & District Tennis League Mixed Doubles title

20170917_151209The Chendhilkumar twins competed in the Tennace at Gxltc Red Orange Starter Red 9 & under mixed singles tournament at the Gerrard’s Cross Lawn Tennis Club where Gevin finished as runner-up

IMG_6146Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett won the Men’s Hampshire & IOW Champion of Doubles Champions 2017 with partner Jake Norris.

IMG_6407The ladies enjoyed coffee and cake after the Friday Mixed Morning session as part of this year’s Totally Tennis Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event

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13602D3B-B3E2-4185-A9C6-14C16060F1BDThe Chendhilkumar twins took gold (Gevin) and silver (Guhan) in the 9 and under Mixed singles event at the David Lloyd US Open tournament held at the David Lloyd Club Worthing, West Sussex.

Jubin and Catlin Win Local Mixed Doubles Title

Totally Tennis coaches Ben Jubin and Steph Catlin resurrected their successful mixed doubles partnership and won another trophy. The former National Mixed Doubles champions won the Basingstoke & District Tennis League Mixed Doubles title beating Chris Harrolds and Clare Munns in the final played at Beechdown 6-2, 6-4.

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In previous rounds Jubin/Catlin beat Totally Tennis players (and Jubin’s uncle) Rex Groves  and his partner Sharon DeBott 6-2, 6-1. Fellow Totally Tennis duo Tim Rice and Emma Barnes also played in the competition.

 

 

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. 

image5Hayden Cummings and William Durman (pictured above L to R) were the overall winners in the two Benenden Festival events.

 

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