Win for Boys in Portsmouth

The Totally Tennis 10 and under Mixed team competed in their second match of the Hampshire & IOW Winter Junior League 2018 – 2019 against Portsmouth Tennis Academy today.

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The team of Hayden Cummings, Nikesh Bomer and twins Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar travelled to Portsmouth with coach Jamie Jordan. In the singles Nikesh won 4-0, 4-1 Gevin won 4-0, 4-0 Guhan lost 4-0, 4-1 and Hayden lost 4-0, 4-1 so the team had a 3-1 lead going into the doubles. Hayden and Guhan lost their match 4-1, 5-3 and Nikesh and Gevin won 4-0, 4-2 then in the shootout Nikesh and Hayden won 10-7 in singles to win the fixture.

Jordan said, “It’s amazing how the boys have become a team in a individual sport and all cheered and supported each other all the way through the competition.”

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Other teams competing in the league are David Lloyd Southampton A, David Lloyd Southampton B, Winchester Racquets and Fitness and Portsmouth Tennis Academy. Totally Tennis’ next match is home against Winchester Racquets & Fitness on 29th October.

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Three Titles at this years Hampshire & IOW County Championships

Keeping up Totally Tennis’ record of having consecutive County Champions for over twenty years Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid were crowned 14 and under Girls Doubles champions, Hayden Cummings won the 9U Mixed Doubles with his partner Oliver Cole and Liam Hignett won the Men’s Open title. The week long Hampshire & IOW County Championships 2018, held at Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club, finished yesterday.

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Top seeds Hignett and Reid were crowned champions after defeating Lily Bebbington and Darcey Clarke in the semi finals 4-0, 5-3 followed by second seeds Sienna Boyce and Ivana Maynard in the final 4-1, 4-0. Fellow Totally Tennis player Kirsty Da Silva and her partner Poppy Marston were beaten by Boyce and Maynard 4-2, 4-1 in the semi finals.

Second seed Hignett was runner-up in the 16U Girls singles, after a bye in the quarters she beat Lucy Peer 6-2, 6-0 in the semis and faced Rina Hayamizu, who had previously beat Reid 6-1, 6-1, in the final losing 7-5, 6-2. Reid and Da Silva competed in the 14U Girls Singles, top seed Reid had a bye in the first round then beat Marston 6-2, 1-6, 1-0(7) in the semis before losing to Hayamizu in the final 6-0, 6-2. Da Silva lost in the quarters against Ivana Maynard 6-2, 6-1. 

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Also collecting top honours was Isla’s older brother Liam who won the Men’s Open title after defeating James Ardley 6-1, 6-3 in the quarters, third seed Henry Bowden in the semis 6-0, 5-7, 1-0(4) and fourth seed  James Blair 7-6(2), 6-3 in the final. Top seeds Hignett and Bowden teamed up and were runners-up in the 18U Boys Doubles beating Ardley and Milan Bharadia in the semis 4-0, 4-2 before losing to second seeds James Blair and Mats Colling in the three set final 5-4(3), 4-5(5), 10-5.

Harry Feast competed in the 18U Boys Singles and beat Paddy Thorne in the first round 7-6(1), 7-5 but then lost in the quarters against third seed Colling 6-2, 6-1. Feast also played in the 16U Boys Singles along with Ollie Brown but unfortunely both boys were knocked out in the first round by Egan Daborn and George Copplestone 3-6, 6-4, 1-0(3)  and 6-2, 6-2 respectively.

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9U Mixed Doubles champions Cummings and Cole won all four of their matches on their way to winning the title. They beat James Graham/Noelle Elrick 10-2, Dillon James Bowden/Cameron Jeffries Keel 10-1, Ellis Fox/Riley Webb 10-3 and Aleksija Blow/Amalia Sargent 10-2. Cummings and club mate Dylan Cooper Kirby were runners-up in the 10U Mixed Doubles event after beating Malgorzata Krajewski/Florence Savory 4-1, Thomas Allen-Green/Dennis Dimov 4-2 and Cole/Felix Inglis 5-1.

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Cummings was also runner-up in the 9U Boys Singles, after a bye in the first round he defeated William Vincent 7-2, 7-1 in round two, Marcin Kornijczuk 7-3, 7-3 in the quarters and Xinghan Zhao 7-2, 7-3 in the semis before losing in the final to wildcard Cole 7-5, 7-3. Nikesh Bomma also played in this event, after a bye in the first round he beat Riley Webb in round two 8-6, 7-0 but lost against eventual winner Cole in the quarters 7-5, 7-3. 

Cummings and Cooper Kirby also both competed in the 10U Boys Singles. Cooper Kirby lost in the first round against Cole 5-3, 4-2 and Cummings beat Felix Inglis in the first round 4-1, 4-1 and was then knocked out in the quarters by Thomas Allen-Green 5-3, 4-1. 

Congratulations to all the winners, runners-ups and everyone that entered this years County Championships 🙂

 

 

 

 

Performance Players Compete in the Junior National Tennis Championships

Totally Tennis performance players Dean Cooper Kirby along with siblings Liam and Isla Hignett travelled to Nottingham to compete in the Grade 1 Junior National Tennis Championships 2018 held at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

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Accompanied by coach Jordan Frederick, Cooper Kirby played in 14U Boys Singles event where his first round opponent was second seed Roan Jones who is number 2 for his age group in the UK and a team GB player. Even though he won the first set 6-2, Cooper Kirby lost the second set 6-0 and then fought hard in the close tie-break set before eventually losing 7-6(3) to make an early exit from the competition.

Brian Cooper Kirby said, “Jordan accompanied Dean to the event and witnessed him totally controlling the first set before taking his foot off the gas in the second. In the deciding set Dean and Roan were neck and neck with most of the spectators watching the game.” He added “Dean was level 4-4 serving to take lead but was broken by Roan to lead 5-4 and serving for match, Dean stepped up again and broke Roan to level 5-5 then they both won their next games to level the set 6-6 for a set tie-breaker which Dean lost 7-3

Cooper Kirby has now left the UK having made a permanent move to Florida to train full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Naples, Florida and attend a school linked to the academy based in Fort Myers.

Liam competed in the 18U Boys Singles but also lost in the first round against third seed Daniel Martin 6-1, 7-6(4). He then played in the 18U Boys Doubles with partner Kyle Stocker but the pair were knocked out in the first round by  Deji Thomas-Smith and Patrick Young with a 6-2, 6-2 scoreline. Younger sister Isla played in the 16U Girls Doubles competition partnered with Maisie Wood and together they were beaten in their first match by Jessica Dawson and Jayanne Palma 6-2, 6-3.    

Runner-up place for Harry Feast on home turf

Performance player Liam Hignett run the 16 & under Boys singles event of the LTA South West Summer County Tour held at the indoor centre on Saturday.

Nine players entered in total including three from Totally Tennis; Harry Feast (1), Ollie Brown (4) and Joshua Furneaux (3). All three home players benefited from a bye in the first round then top seed Feast beat William Morrell (North Lonsdale Tennis Club) 4-0, 4-0 in the quarters followed by club mate Brown in the semis 4-0, 4-3(2) before losing in the final to second seed Thomas Russell (Benson Tennis Club) in a close match 4-3(4), 4-3(4).

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Brown defeated Luca Sassow (Winchester Racquets and Fitness) in the quarters 4-1, 4-3(2) and third seed Furneaux beat Cameron Marshall (Liphook Lawn Tennis Club) in his quarter final match 4-2, 4-1 before losing to Russell in the semis 4-2, 4-1. Fourth seed Brown then beat Furneaux in the third/fourth place play-off match 4-1, 4-1.

Hignett said of the event, “All matches were played in good spirit and were enjoyable to watch. The final in particular, won on a sudden death 4-4 point in the tiebreak of both sets, brought an exciting end to the tournament. Well played everyone.”

 

 

 

 

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 😉  

 

Enter the South West Summer County Tour at Totally Tennis

Performance player and former Sherfield School Tennis scholar Liam Hignett is running the final three events of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) South West Summer County Tour at Totally Tennis on Saturday 25th August.

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Entries close for both the 9 and under Boys and Girls events and 16 and under Boys competition at 10am on Tuesday 14th August – click www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/ to enter.

Earlier events in the series, also hosted by Hignett, have already been completed with Emma Cohen and Georgiana Parr winning the 16 and under Girls Doubles (Grade 4) title at the end of June, Totally Tennis’ Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid finished in third place.  July events saw Maximilian Waucquez declared the winner of the 12 and under Boys (Grade 5) title was and The Open Mens Singles champion was Jamie Thomas.

For more information visit www3.lta.org.uk/competitions

 

 

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