April in Pictures

Lots of fun was had at the Easter Holiday Tennis Camps 

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Performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid won the 18 and under Girls doubles title at the Witney Open Junior Tennis Tournament 2018 held in Oxfordshire.

Liam Hignett and his partner Ryan Golesworthy (bottom left) won the Open Men’s Doubles title at the Winchester Spring Open 2018, Hignett as runner-up in the Men’s singles (top left).

Isla Hignett was runner-up in 18 & under Girls singles and Jasmin Bromilow was  runner-up in the 14 & under Girls singles (centre)

Bromilow and partner Genevieve Doe were runners-up in the Girls 16 & under doubles competition (right)

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The regular 50+ players enjoying the Spring sunshine in there Wednesday morning session

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Totally Tennis mini performance player and reigning TT Tour orange champion Hayden Cummings competed in and won his first green ball tournament at the Maidenhead Junior Open 2018

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Juniors and there parents took part in the The Quorn™ Family Tennis Cup at the indoor centre and Neel Chandrasekar and his father Chandri (below) were declared the winners

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The 10 & under Team Tennis team beat David Lloyd Southampton 12 – 0 in their first fixture in Division 1 of this year’s Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2018

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Dean Cooper Kirby (left) competed in his latest Tennis Europe event at the Herodotou Tennis Academy in Larnaca, Cyprus.

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Sherfield School (left) beat local rivals Queen Mary’s College (QMC) team (right) in their first ever encounter in the regional rounds of the Team Tennis Schools National Championships 2018

Red and Orange TT Tour Sony Open competitors

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The 10 & under Team Tennis team beat Kingsley 12 – 0 in second first fixture in Division 1 of this year’s Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2018

Here’s the April Tennis Tips from Head Coach James McIntosh – click here for all the tips to date or visit the Tennis Tip tab at the top of the page

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Totally Tennis Players Pitted Against Each Other in College Match

Local tennis history was made last week when Queen Mary’s College (QMC) team came up against local rivals Sherfield School for the very first time in the regional rounds of the year’s Team Tennis Schools National Championships 2018 (formerly known as the Glanville Cup) .

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(L to R) Aaron and Alex Dawson, Miles Bromilow, Liam Hignett (Sherfield), Andrew Dingwall, Dan Hutchison, Euan Rixson and Alex Gray (QMC)

It was tough opposition for the QMC team of Andrew Dingwall, Dan Hutchison, Euan Rixson and Alex Gray as they were up against the team of performance players from Sherfield; brothers Aaron and Alex Dawson, Liam Hignett and Miles Bromilow.

QMC PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson said, “It was the first time we have every played Sherfield School at Tennis, it was a good natured match given the links with Totally Tennis.” she added, ” We knew what to expect but despite the heavy defeat and scoreline, we actually played some good tennis given the gulf in calibre of the two teams, so was very pleased with our effort.”

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The fixture was played at Totally Tennis’ indoor courts where the QMC team train on a weekly basis and most of the boys from both train. The QMC team only managed to win one game and the Sherfield boys won convincingly 12-0 knocking the local college team out of the competition.

Goldson said, “A very impressive team whom I am sure will go far and we know they also have Dean Kirby Cooper who did not play today. I will be watching their progress with interest, after all have Totally Tennis in common.”

Last year the Sherfield Team made it to the finals of the competition (read more about that here)

 

 
 
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QMC Players Ready for the Spring/Summer Season

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) tennis team who train at Totally Tennis have new tennis kit ready for the Spring/Summer season. The players have started training outside on Totally Tennis outdoor courts in the War Memorial Park making the most of the March sunshine.

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The boys team have their first match in this year’s Team Tennis Schools National Championships (previously the Glanville Cup) playing in Group 10 (London South) away against Hampton School from Middlesex tomorrow (29th March).

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The National Championships provides players with the opportunity to compete for their school and become the best team in the country. The winners of the National Championships win the Aberdare Cup (Girls) and Glanvill Cup (Boys). Matches are played from March through to July. Teams first compete in a knockout stage and the finalist play in the four day national final.

Team Tennis Schools Senior Students Finals 2017

Basingstoke’s Queen Mary’s College (QMC) Mixed team travelled with PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson to USN Bolton Arena last weekend to compete in the Team Tennis Schools Senior Students Finals 2017.

The QMC team (pictured below) of  Saul Irwin, Jordan Mosquera, Andrew Dingwall, Dessi Bratinova and Luke Watts played in Group B along with teams from Millfield School, Strathallan School and Canon Slade School (LL). On the first day QMC, who were second seeds, were beaten by Canon Slade School 6-2 with only Mosquera/Watts winning one of their matches 6-3 followed by a 8-0 whitewash courtesy of Millfield School on in their first fixture on day two. The bad luck continued in their final match as they suffered another 8-0 defeat against Strathallan School which meant the team finished in a disappointing fourth place overall.

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Goldson said, “It was quite a tough couple of days for the mixed team but I think it was a good experience for them all and a lesson in consistency.” she added, “Whilst our results were not what we wanted, the team did not feel that the standard needed was out of reach with more experience/practice, especially given we gave the eventual winners a good match in spite of the scoreline.

We hope to qualify again next year and give a stronger performance.

Millfield School then beat top seeds and Group A winners Ellesmere College in the final 6-2 to claim this year’s Senior Mixed team crown. The school than also claimed the Senior Girls title after defeating Ellesmere College again in the final. The Boys event was won by defending champion’s Truro and Penrith College, becoming the first Boys team to ever successfully defend the Senior Students title.

The Senior Students Competition started in October 2016 with events for Boys, Girls and Mixed teams. Each player must has a maximum rating of 7.1 at entry stage and in Years 11, 12 or 13 at their school or college. The QMC Mixed Team of Steph Catlin, Ben Jubin, Jack Nicholson and Aimee Paterson won the National Title back in 2010.

Photo provided by www.lta.org.uk

January and February in Pictures

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The top placed players in the Australian Open, the first TT Tour of 2017 

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Performance player Liam Hignett represented Hampshire & Isle of Wight (IOW) in the 18U Boys County Cup held at Taunton Tennis Centre in Somerset.

 

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QMC Mixed team who will play in the National Finals in Bolton on 11th March (L to R) Luke Watts, Jordan Mosquera, Dessi Bratinova and Andrew Dingwall.

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Performance player Liam Hignett was third in the Junior Sportsman Category at the annual Basingstoke Sports Awards

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Hignett with Head Coach James McIntosh at the annual Basingstoke Sport’s Awards.

November in Pictures

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Performance player and Sherfield School tennis Scholar Liam Hignett became the new David Lloyd Southampton Aegon British Tour FAST4 Mens Singles champion

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TT Tour Finals Orange champion was Hayden Cummings (right) pictured with runner-up Daniel Ward

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Ollie Steer (left) was declared over TT Tour finals Green champion with Jack Moria in second place

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In the yellow event Oliver Alemany (left) was the overall TT Tour Finals winner, runner-up was Noah Lane (right) and Tinuke Adelakun (centre) was third.

image1-9Totally Tennis Performance player Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire and I.O.W Winter County Cup Men’s team that played at the Shrewsbury Club against teams from North Scotland, Sussex and Nottinghamshire.

andrew-and-alex-aoc-singles-qmcAndrew Dingwall and Alex Wood competed in the Association of Colleges (AoC) Tennis – South East Regional Singles Competition held at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre

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Senior Students Competition 2016

The Queen Mary’s College team have started their 2016 Senior Students competition campaign, this year PE teacher and Tennis Team manager Sarah Goldson has entered two teams from the college, one boys and one mixed.

The boys team of Saul Irwin and Cam Speirs have been joined by new college first year recruits Andrew Dingwall and Dan Hutchison. The boys got off to a shaky start losing their first match against Alton Sixth Form, who beat QMC in a shoot out last year in the penultimate knock out round.

It was always going to be a tough opening match against Alton and even though the QMC were on home turf at Totally Tennis’ indoor courts they were unable to capitalise on the home advantage and lost 10-2 overall. In the singles, Dingwall played consistently from the back of the court and served well to win 6-4, Irwin lost 6-4 which was not too bad considering he lost the first four games and managed to fight back to level the score at 4-4 but was unfortunately got broken again. Both Speirs and Hutchison also lost with scores of 6-3 and 6-1 respectively. The doubles were a white wash with Irwin/Dingwall losing 6-2 and Speirs/Hutchison beaten 6-3.

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The team’s second match was away against Bishops Wordsworth School and despite it being held outdoors and not the team’s favoured surface the boys played far more consistently in this match, although they still lost 8-4 there was definite improvement overall.

In the singles Irwin played well especially at the net and won 6-2 but his three teammates lost, Dingwall was unlucky after he fought well throughout the match he lost in the tie-break  7-6 (3), Speirs lost 6-4 and despite the scoreline suggesting otherwise Hutchison had close games but lost 6 – 0.  Irwin and Speirs won their doubles match 6-4 but Dingwall and Hutchison lost 6-1.

Goldson said, “The boys are out of the group stages with two losses out of three matches.  This is the first loss in the group stages of this competition in about seven years.  The team has some experienced players but has not got the strength of depth as yet in terms of match experience at this stage.” she added “I hope for better fortunes for the team later in the season.

In the Mixed doubles Irwin was partnered with Dessi Bratonova while Luke Watts played with Jordan Mosquera. The team’s first match was against King Edwards who the college have been up against in previous years. The match was close, Watts and Mosquera lost 6-1 to top pair but beat pair two 6-3, Irwin and Bratonova beat second pair 6-2 but lost to top pair 6-3 to make things all square.

With things all square the match went to a shoot out with only one player from each pair being eligible to play. Watts and Bratonova were selected and played the shoot out, they won the toss and started well winning the first three points in a row to give a commanding lead which they never relinquised, the final score was 10-5. The next and final mixed match will be against Kingston College which will decide the overall group standings.

Goldson said “It was a tough choice with the boys but Dessi was clearly the stand out player during the first two matches, with a high level of consistency shown both from her serving and from the back of the court.” she added “This was a fantatsic achievement for the pair and team as a whole after a losing streak in shoot outs last year, Dessi was without question the player of the match. Both Jordan and Luke are unable to play regularly due to their timetables, but we were lucky this match was held on an inset day making the players fully available for the tie.”

The aim of the Senior Students Competition is to encourage lower rated players to play competitive tennis and provide the team with an opportunity to compete in a National Final. The entry period runs from June – September with local league matches being played October through to December with the winners of the local leagues progressing through to the knockout rounds from January. The National Final take place in March at Bolton Arena.