Congratulations to the 2017 champions and to everyone that participated in all the events throughout the year.
The TT Tour is a competition programme for Development Squads and Mini Performance Squads players. There are six tournaments throughout the year and the Grand Finals in November where the top eight players from each squad are invited to play for the chance to finish as the club champions. There’s an up-to-date leaderboard showing players rankings in each squad. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as for entering. The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points and all points will be added to each age group leaderboard.
TT Tour Dates 2017
Sunday 19th November – Grand Finals (by invitation)
Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Liam Hignett won two matches in the 18 and under Boys Grade 2 event at the University of Bath Winter National Tour.
Hignett (pictured recently at the World Athletics Championships in London) competed at the Winter Nationals at Bath University
In the first round he beat Oscar Glenister 7-5, 6-0 followed by Aaron Trainer 7-6(1), 6-3 in round two but then lost in the quarter finals to wild card and overall tournament winner Connor Thomson 6-3, 7-6(1).
Well done Liam.
Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid were runners-up in the 14 and under Girls Doubles event held at the David Lloyd Southampton October Half Term Tournament. In the round robin event the girls played three matches beating Magda Kornijczuk and Thea Sprawson 4-1, 4-1, Grace Williams and Katy Jarvis 5-3, 4-2. but lost to overall winners Paulina Jurkowska and Annalise Smith 4-0, 4-2.
The pair were also third in the Haslemere 16U Doubles Winter County Tournament held earlier this month. In the quarters, the girls beat Giulia Lesa and Valentina Carrier 4-1, 4-2 but unfortunately then lost in the semis to eventual runners-up Grace Williams and Katy Jarvis 4-3(4), 4-2. The girls went onto win the third/fourth playoff match beating Kira Turpin and Elle Wright 4-0, 4-0 to finish in third place overall.
Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett and his partner former Totally Tennis junior player Ryan Golesworthy won the Men’s Grade 3 Doubles Title at the David Lloyd Southampton October Mens Open Tournament.
After a bye in the quarters, the pair beat Henry Bowden and Andrew Laurel 4-0, 4-1 in the semis and then defeated Zizheng Jin and Darius Perkins 4-1, 4-1 in the final to win the event.
The TT Tour US Open tournament took place at the indoor centre last weekend with events for the red and orange players run by coaching assistant Andrew Dingwall.
In the red event there were lots of really close matches and players were learning much about competing in matches. Kevin Karjalainen was the winner beating William Durman in the final 10-3. Neel Chandrasekar and Ayush Thondapu were joint third and fourth overall, other players who competed were Julia Mikztal, Roksanna Jelonek, Andrew Smith, Owen Hammond, Diya Shanmugaras and Luke Porter.
Dingwall said, “For many players this was their first ever competition and everyone did very well by helping each other keeping score.” he added “William did incredibly well to fight through and beat Ayush 14-12 in one of the semi finals to progress to the final but was then beaten by Kevin who became TT Tour champion!“
In the Orange competition there was some great tennis played with some fantastic rallies and well deserved winners. Hayden Cummings was the overall winner once again beating Guhan Chendhilkumar in the final 10-4. James Blackwell and Megan Fisher were third and fourth, Harry Dolman was fifth, sixth place went to Rory Thompson followed by Caitlin Manley and Lottie Blackwell. Special mention to Harry who battled through and beat Rory 16-14 in their very close fought match.
Dingwall commented “A special well done to Caitlin, Harry, James and Lottie for competing in their first ever TT Tour!” he continued, “Congratulations to Hayden on coming out the victor against Guhan to become the champion of the day.”
The Totally Tennis Tour is for Development Squads and Mini Performance Squads players who get the opportunity to compete in seven tournaments throughout the year. The top eight players from each squad will be invited back to play in the Grand Final’s in November for the chance to finish as the club champions. Leaderboard’s will show players rankings in each squad and points will be awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as points for entering.
The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points of 1,000 and or the winners 500 for the runners-up. All other events give the winners 250 points, 125 for second place and 75 for third/fourth places, every player gets 100 points for all events they enter, each age group leaderboard will be updated after each tournament.
TT Tour Dates 2017
Sunday 29th October – Valencia Open
Sunday 15th November – Grand Finals (by invitation only)
Twins Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar completed in the 9 & under Mixed Singles at the Bradfield Orange tournament with Kevin finishing in 3rd place.
Coaches Ben Jubin and Steph Catlin won the Basingstoke & District Tennis League Mixed Doubles title
The Chendhilkumar twins competed in the Tennace at Gxltc Red Orange Starter Red 9 & under mixed singles tournament at the Gerrard’s Cross Lawn Tennis Club where Gevin finished as runner-up
Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett won the Men’s Hampshire & IOW Champion of Doubles Champions 2017 with partner Jake Norris.
The ladies enjoyed coffee and cake after the Friday Mixed Morning session as part of this year’s Totally Tennis Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event
The Chendhilkumar twins took gold (Gevin) and silver (Guhan) in the 9 and under Mixed singles event at the David Lloyd US Open tournament held at the David Lloyd Club Worthing, West Sussex.