Players Compete in Road to Wimbledon National Finals

This years Road to Wimbledon National Finals took place on the Wimbledon practice courts located in SW19 from 12th – 18th August. This year, following in the footsteps of many former Totally Tennis players, performance players Dean Cooper Kirby and Kirsty Da Silva got the chance to compete on the All England Club’s historic grass courts.

In the County 14 & under singles competition Da Silva played well in the group stage but unfortunately lost Willow Hancock 7 – 5, 6 – 2 and group winner Sofia Maine 6 – 2, 6 – 1 on day one and Hima Fernando 6 – 2, 6 – 1 on day two so she did not progress to the knockout stages. She then teamed up with Beatrice Painter to compete in the doubles competition, the pair lost against Jemimah Choi/Jessica Miller in their first match 7 – 5, 6 – 2.

Coach Jamie Jordan said, “Kirsty had a fantastic experience this week at the Road to Wimbledon finals, she got to live the dream of a pro and get a taste of what it can be like at the top which she thoroughly enjoyed with smile on her face!” he added, “Her overall performance in both the singles and doubles was good, she tried new things but did find it hard adapting to the immaculate grass courts.

I’m a very proud coach and couldn’t ask for anything more, hopefully this is the next step of the journey for her. Well done Kirsty!

Cooper Kirby was competing in Group E of the Regional 14U Boys Singles and lost his first matches against tough opponents Matthew Rankin 6 – 0, 6 – 4 on the first day and a three set battle against Chirag Duhan from India 3 – 6, 6 – 0 and 1 – 0 on the second day. He then won his third singles matches against James Griffin 4 – 6, 7 – 6(5), 1-0 but did not qualify for the next stage. In the doubles he partnered up with Luca Pow and they beat Rankin and his partner Luke Mcfarlane 6 – 2, 6 – 3. The pair then faced Duhan and his partner Udit Gogoi in the quarter finals but lost 6 – 4, 6 – 2.

The Road to Wimbledon, the annual tournament for players aged 14 & under is celebrated its 17th year of operation with a larger competition in the UK and further expansion in Asia with events in China, Hong Kong SAR, India, and for the first time, in Japan. This year the initial stage of the competition was held at over 800 tennis clubs, school and parks across the country from April to June. Winners and runners-up of the club stage contested the county finals and the separate Road to Wimbledon International UK tournament, open to highly rated British youngsters, took place from 23rd – 24th June.

 

 

 

 

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Hayden Wins Title at Southampton Junior Open

Totally Tennis mini performance player Hayden Cummings enjoyed a busy week of summer tournaments which got off to the best start when he won the 10 and under Mixed Singles title at the Southampton Junior Open last week held at Totton & Eling Tennis Centre in Southampton.

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The compass draw was contested by eight players and in the first round Cummings beat namesake Hayden Calder 4 – 0, 4 – 0 and then defeated second seed Thomas Allen-Green in the semis 4 – 0, 4 – 0. In the final he beat Hari Walton in three sets 4 – 2, 2 – 4, 10 – 4 to win the event.

Cummings then competed in the 10  & under Boys Singles event at The White Horse Abingdon Open 2018 held at the White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre, Oxford. After losing in the first round of the main draw he went on to win the consolation event beating Rohan Sivanendra 4 -0, 4 -2, Joseph Mccay-Brown 4 – 0, 4 – 1 and  Joe Taylor in the final 4 – 0, 4 – 1.

Yesterday he played in the 9 & under Boys singles at the Winchester Mantis Open 2018 held at the Winchester Racquets and Fitness club. After a bye in the first round he defeated  Zachary Verret 7 – 0, 8 – 6 in round two and Zayn Bellazrak in the quarters 7 – 3, 7 – 4 before losing in the semis against eventual winner Daniel Joita 7 – 0, 7 – 5.

Congratulations Hayden 😉  

 

Tennis Tips | Tip 23: Serve and Volley

Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh designed to improve your game.

Tip 23: Serve and Volley

To serve and volley you must commit to moving forwards after you have hit your serve and continue to move towards the net for the volley. Always split step before you hit the volley as this will help you move to the right direction and improve your timing of the ball.  If you do not stop and split step, you may end up contacting the ball late which will either cause you to hit a poor volley and lose the point or miss the volley completely.

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Wrong: No spilt step

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Correct: Spilt step before you hit the volley

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July in Pictures

Totally Tennis coaches enjoys days at this year’s Wimbledon Championships

image1-9Performance player Dean Cooper Kirby won the 16 & U Boys Doubles title in Reykjavik, Iceland with Leo Borg, son of tennis legend Björn.

img_4105.jpgCoach Jordan spent some time in La Manga, Spain

Performance player Kirsty Da Silva (pictured with winner Rina and coach Jamie) was runner-up in the Road to Wimbledon County Finals and booked herself a place in the National Finals at Wimbledon as a lucky loser – congrats Kirsty!

PHOTO-2018-07-14-00-15-00Coach Jamie hosted an Adult American Doubles Tournament which was won by Cliff Church (3rd left) followed by a BBQ

img_4509.jpgPerformance player, assistant coach and former Sherfield School tennis scholar Miles Bromilow signed his tennis scholarship papers to play and study at Prairie State College in Chicago

IMG_4515Performance player Isla Hignett with her new delivery of Mantis rackets

Screen Shot 2018-07-26 at 12.00.50Mini performance player Hayden Cummings was runner-up in the 9 & U Boys singles event at the Windsor Open

IMG_4896Performance player Liam Hignett (back row far right) competed in the LTA Summer County Cup Men’s Doubles competition

Junior Summer Tennis Camps got underway and will run until 30th August

July’s Tennis Tips 

 

 

Tennis Tips | Tip 22: Hot Dog, Trick Shot

Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh designed to improve your game.

Tip 22: Hot Dog, Trick shot

Keep the contact point through the legs with the racket slightly angled up. Keep legs are apart to give you more balance when striking the ball. Try to run over the ball. If the racket is too far away from the legs you will be off balance and the ball will just dribble along the floor.

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Wrong: Racket is to far away from legs, this will result in less power and no control.

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Correct: Contact point is through the legs and racket is slightly angled up.

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Runner-Up Trophy for Hayden in Windsor

Mini performance player Hayden Cummings was the runner up in the 9 and under Grade 3 Boys singles event at the Windsor Open held at Windsor Lawn Tennis Club on Sunday.

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In the group stages, Cummings was competing in Group G where he won both his matches to win the group beating Freddie Law 7-3, 7-0 and Tiger Pearl 7-4, 9-7. In the main draw he defeated Zak Bergandy in the first round 7-2, 9-7 followed by Xavier Bailey 8 – 6, 7 – 4 in the quarters and a semi final victory against Stefan Puiu 7-5, 7-5. He lost in the final against Micheal Wilson in a three set encounter  2-7, 7-1, 7-2 to finish as runner-up.

Well done Hayden!

 

Bromilow Secures Tennis Scholarship to Study in America

Performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar, Miles Bromilow has secured a tennis scholarship to join the Pioneers at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, just outside Chicago in Illinois.

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Bromilow, who was Head Boy at Sherfield School and even modelled on this year’s London Fashion Week catwalk, will leave to start the next stage in his education in America in the middle of August. He will be studying for a degree in engineering as well as training on court and working on his fitness with his new college team mates. He will compete in the Pioneers tennis team, who have just claimed their third straight Region IV Crown, against colleges from other states across the country.

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This is an amazing opportunity for Bromilow that sees him follow in the footsteps of many former Totally Tennis performance players including current coach Steph Catlin, who studied in Colorado.

Bromilow said “On a personal note I would like thank all the coaches and staff at Totally Tennis for their help in my development as a player and a person over the years.” he added, “I will of course be back at the club during the summer breaks.”