Winners and Runners-Up Trophies For Cooper Kirby in Iceland

Dean Cooper Kirby travelled to Iceland for his latest Tennis Europe tournament accompanied on this occasion by his Totally Tennis coach, Jordan Frederick. This was the first time that both Cooper Kirby and Frederick had visited Iceland and both were amazed by the extreme weather and lack of darkness.

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The Kópavogur Open 16 and under tournament was held at Tennishöllin in Kopavogi, home to the country’s only three indoor courts. After a bye in the first round, Cooper Kirby who was fourth seed, beat Jonathan Sund Nordahl from Denmark 6-3, 7-5 to find himself in the quarters up against seventh seed, a hard hitting Russian named Dmitrii Ivanov whom he defeated 6-2, 6-3.

In the semis, he faced top seed Maximilian Homberg but he was not deterred coming back from 5-4 down in the first set to win 7-5, 6-3 overall. This important win placed Cooper Kirby in his ever Tennis Europe final and he was up against second seed Nicolas Moser who was the stronger player winning the match and the title 7-5, 6-2 and Cooper Kirby took the very respectable runners-up position.

In the doubles, Cooper Kirby teamed up with Mark Owen Endler from Germany and they beat fellow Brit Cameron Timlin and his Danish partner Nordahl in the quarters 6-1, 6-4 and then defeated another Brit Zachary Cox and his partner Ivo Isqueiro from Portugal in a tougher semi-final encounter 7-6(5), 2-6, 10-5. In the final it was retribution time for Cooper Kirby who along with Endler beat the pairing of Homberg/Moser 7-5, 6-3 to win the event.

07F86D2C-5816-4242-B87A-8F168EE6A424Frederick said. ” Dean did well to reach both finals after defeating the number one seed in both cases. This tournament was a great learning curve and a very good result to be walking away with a doubles win and runner up in the singles. Great effort Dean!

Congratulations Dean!
Read more about Dean Cooper Kirby’s Tennis Europe and Florida training in previous posts here
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Tennis Tips | Tip 15: Using the Drop Shot

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Tip 15: Using the Drop Shot

Some of you would have seen the drop shot used at the French Open. The drop shot is very effective on a slower surface when you have a shorter ball and the opponent is far back behind the baseline. To hit an effective drop shot try to get your racket face to come under the ball to create backspin so the ball will slow down, you want to get the ball to land shorter on the court and not to go too high over the net.

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Wrong – 
Racket face is too open and the ball will go too high, giving the opponent more time to get there.

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Correct – Racket angle is in a good position to create the backspin on the ball.

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Isla Wins at the Bradfield Open

Performance player Isla Hignett won the 18 and under Girls singles title at Bradfield 2018 May Open last Friday. The Grade 4 event, which was held on the Bradfield Tennis Club’s clay courts, was played in the compass fast 4 format.

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Second seed Hignett was joined in the draw by club mate Tillie Reid and former club mate Nina Williams. In the quarters Hignett beat Marta Poriete 4-1, 4-1followed by Reid in the semis 4-0, 4-1 and then defeated top seed Maisie Smith in three sets in the final  2-4,4-2,10-1 to win the event and ass yet  another trophy to her growing collection.

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Reid beat Williams in the quarters 4-0, 4-2 and finished a very respectable fourth overall after losing to  Sofia Lejonvarn 4-1, 4-0 in the third/fourth playoff match.  Williams went on to win the consolation event.

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Isla’s mum Donella said ‘ “Isla played really well and although she had lost the first set 4-2 in the final, she pulled it back in the second set to win 4-2 and played an awesome tie break to win 10-1.”

Club mate Kirsty Da Silva was top seed in the 14 and under Girls singles event where she lost in the quarters against eventual winner Serena Manca in three sets 3-4(2), 4-3(1), 10-5.

 

 

 

Tennis Tips | 14. Hitting a Topspin Serve

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Tip 14: Hitting a Topspin Serve

A lot of players will use this for a 2nd serve. To hit a topspin serve you should place the ball slightly further to your left. You want to get the racket to drop and then accelerate up the back of the ball to create topspin.

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Wrong – The racket is too far right and straight.

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Correct – The racket is further over to the left and has slightly dropped.

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Another Title For Cummings

Totally Tennis mini performance player Hayden Cummings won the 10 and Under Mixed title at the South West Summer County Tour held at David Lloyd Southampton at the beginning of the month.

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In the group stages, Cummings won Box C beating Zoe Totolici 4-1 and Thomas Allen-Green 4-0. Club mates Guhan and Gevin Chendhilkumar played in Box A and B respectively and both won and lost a match so all three boys progressed to the main draw.

In the quarter finals, Cummings defeated Guhan 4-0 and Kevin lost to Group D winner Oliver Cole 4-2. Cummings then beat Aleksander Kudla 4-0 in the semis and Finley Betteridge-Hanson 4-2 in the final to win the tournament.

Congratulations Hayden!

Photo used with courtesy of jamiejordantennis

Runner-Up Trophy For Da Silva in Devon

Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva, 13 was runner-up in the 16 and under Girls singles event held at the Atlantic Racquet Centre in Bideford, Devon.

Second seed Da Silva competed in the Grade 4 tournament last Friday beating Evie Norris-Bishop in the third set tie-break of their quarter-final match 1-4, 4-1, 10-6. She then beat Lucy Ward in the semis 4-2, 4-3 before losing to 15-year-old Katie Rowe in the final 4-1, 4-2.  .

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Da Silva (right) pictured with event winner Rowe

Kirsty’s mum Sue said, ” Kirsty played consistently and really deserved to get to the final where she lost against an older opponent. All in all, a pretty good performance.”

Tennis Tips | 13. Creating topspin on your backhand

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Tip 13:  Creating topspin on your backhand

Make sure your racket head drops below the ball before you hit. Then try to accelerate the racket up the back of the ball to help create topspin.

 

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Wrong – Racket head too high.

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Correct – Racket head is dropped.

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