Since the beginning of the year Performance player and coach Liam Hignett has been competing in LTA British Tour tournaments held across the country. Over the last month he has played in the Open Mens Singles events in Bournemouth, Woking, Connaught and North Oxford.
In the Bournemouth event he won his first two matches beating George Russell in the first round 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-3 followed by Finely Cook in round two 6-4, 6-1. He then lost in the quarters against eventual winner Toby Samuel 6-3, 6-4. It was a similar story at the Woking event with Hignett getting knocked out at the quarter-final stage, after winning his first two matches, by James Mackinlay in a three set battle 7-6(5), 6-7(6), [1-0](9).
After a bye in the first round of the Connaught event, Hignett lost in the second round to Alexander Jochim 7-5, 3-6, [11-9]. In the North Oxford tournament he made an early exit in the first round after losing to Yujiro Onuma 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) British Tour 2019* provides a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience in their quest to become professional tennis players, to provide competition for professional players in between competing in professional events at home and abroad, as well as providing a national level open competition circuit.
Read more about Liam’s previous British Tour events HERE
*British Tour information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/britishtour
Performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid won the 18 and under Girls Doubles title at the Woking Whitsun FAST4 Tournament held at Woking Tennis Club during half term.
After a bye in the quarters, the Totally Tennis duo beat Olivia Falkner and Nancy Jenkins in the semis 4-1, 1-4, 10-2 and went on to win the final defeating Sophie Thompson and Isabella Calvert 4-2, 4-0.
The girls also both competed in the 18 and under Girls singles event with Hignett finishing as runner-up. She had a bye in the first round and then beat Talitha Mitchell in three sets 2-4, 4-1, 10-7 in the quarters, Thompson in the semis 4-1, 4-2 and then lost in the final against Isabelle Barfoot 3-4(3), 4-1, 7-10 to finish in second place overall. Reid was 6th after losing in the quarters to Eloise Bancilhon 4-0, 4-0 she beat Nina Williams in the playoff matches 4-1, 4-3(0) but then lost to Talitha Mitchell 4-1, 4-3(1).
Congratulations girls 😉
The annual primary schools tournament was held at the indoor centre and won by followed by the Sherborne St John 1st team (pictured below)
Hayden Cummings won the 10 & under Grade 3 Cardiff Mini Tennis tournament
Cummings and partner Tuna Lokman were runners-up in the 10 & under Sutton Tennis Academy Easter Grade 2 Tournament
The American Adult Doubles Tournament was followed by the club’s annual Wimbledon Draw
Sherfield School tennis scholar Tillie Reid won the 15 & under title at the annual Independent Schools Association (ISA) tournamentLiam Hignett has been competing in various LTA British Tour events
Twelve players competed in our Adult Doubles Tournament last week that was followed by the club’s annual Wimbledon Draw.
The tournament format was timed twenty-minute doubles matches where players had to score as many games as they could in the timed match that accumulated towards their total score on the leaderboard. After each round everyone would change partners and play against different people.
After three rounds the scores were very close for the top three places on the leaderboard and after the final round the top 3 players were 1st Jenny Vaux, 2nd Chris Farrer and 3rd Fawad Amin.
After the competition the players got into the Wimbledon spirit by enjoying some strawberries & cream and the ballet was drawn.
Head coach James McIntosh said, “Congratulations to Jenny! It was a great finish to the event as some of the players were lucky enough to win tickets in the Wimbledon ballot.”
Totally Tennis mini performance player Hayden Cummings has been competing in some tournaments over the past couple of months. At the beginning of this month he won the 10 & under Grade 3 Cardiff Mini Tennis tournament held at David Lloyd Club Cardiff in South Glamorgan. In the first round he beat Tom Bewley 5-3, 4-1, Nathan Shore in the quarters 4-0, 4-0 and then Matthew Mclain in the semis 5-4, 1-4, 10-8. In the final he defeated Edward Bennett 4-0, 4-1 to win the event.
Last month he competed in both the 10 & under singles and doubles at the Sutton Tennis Academy Easter Grade 2 Tournament. In the doubles, Cummings and partner Tuna Lokman were runners-up after losing in the final against Rhys Lawlor and Jacob Cairncross 5-3, 4-0. In the quarters they beat Harry Cornhill and Conrad Plum 5-4(10), 4-1 followed by Nathaniel De Mariveles and Pavana Nrshinga in the semis 4-1, 4-2. In the singles event he competed in the qualifying stages in Group F but did not progress to the main draw after losing to both Jacob Cairncross and Alexander Farmanbar.
He also finished third at the Finchley Manor Junior Open Tournament in Middlesex after wining the third/fourth place playoff match against Charlie Ripp 4-0, 4-1. After a bye in the first round he beat Giorgio Giliberti 4-2, 4-1 before losing in the semis in a three-set battle against Denzell Darkey 2-4, 5-4(3), 1-0(4).
Head coach James McIntosh said, “Hayden has continued to progress in his lessons to improve his game and his hard work has paid off by qualifying for the National Grade 2 event and winning the Grade 3 tournament in Cardiff.” he added “Well done Hayden, keep up the good work.”
Cummings will be representing Hampshire in the 10 & under County Cup at the end of May.
The annual Primary Schools Tournament took place at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre last week. This year saw the highest number of entires for the event with a total of nine schools involved and some of them bringing three teams.
The tournament was split into four boxes of group matches where teams play each other and the top two teams from each box qualified for the quarter finals. Each team had four players and they all played a singles match with timed tie breaks.
The eight teams who made it through the quarter final stage were all three teams from Sherborne St John, St Johns 1 and 3, St Mary’s Primary 1 and 2 and Winklebury 2. The St Johns 1 team beat Sherborne 2, St Mary’s 1 beat Winklebury 2, Sherborne 1 defeated St Johns 3 and St Mary’s 2 beat Sherborne 3.
In the semis St Marys 1 defeated St Johns 3-1 and Sherborne 1 beat St Marys 2 4-0 and Sherborne were declared tournament winners after beating the St Mary’s 1 team 4-0.
Head coach James McIntosh said, “The final was a repeat from last year but This time it was the Sherborne team that came out top with each player winning their matches.” he added, “All of the players enjoyed competing for their respective school. The standard of the competition was good and there were some very close matches played throughout the day. Congratulations to the Sherborne team!”
Good luck to Sherborne team who will now go on to compete in the Hampshire Games taking place in June.