Hignett played in the LTA British Tour Masters

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett was invited to compete in the LTA British Tour Masters held at the National Tennis Centre (NTC) in Roehampton, London last week.

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Hignett was one of the eight players who competed in the event. In the quarters he beat Michael Shaw  4-2 (retired) but was drawn against top seed Sean Hodkin in the semis and lost 6-2, 6-2. Hodkin went on to will the event. Hignett then played in the Tiebreak Tens competition beating Hodkin 10-8 and Joshua Rose 10-7.

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

Christmas TT Tour 2019

The last TT Tour event of the year saw Carter Grout, Dylan Mills, Tobi Adeniran, Yvie Martyn, Shrayan Subash, Lewis Gambrill and Shauna Rana compete in some festive fun.
In the semi finals Subash beat Grout 10 – 2 and Adeniran beat Gambrill 10 – 8. In the 3rd/4th play-off Gambrill beat Grout 10 – 2 and Adeniran was crowned the winner after beating Subash 10 – 2.
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Coach Loic Armstrong who run the event said,  “I have taught everyone who was at the TT Tour, their progression and confidence has shone through over the last few months.” He added, “Putting everything they have learned into practice this way has really helped the players grow overall.”
The TT Tour is a competition programme for Totally Tennis junior players with several tournaments held throughout the year.  An up-to-date leaderboard will show each player’s rankings in each group. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as additional points for entering. See schedule below for full list of tournament dates.
Congratulations to all our winners this year and to everyone who competed in the TT Tour 2019 – see you in the New Year 😉

Win for Cummings in Buckinghamshire

Performance player Hayden Cumming has been busy competing in different tournaments in both singles and doubles competitions.

Last weekend he won the 12 & under Boys title at the Bucks Indoor Winter County Tour held at the Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre in High Wycombe. In the quarter final he beat Theron Mixides 4-1, 4-2 followed by Gabriel Hall 4-1, 4-2 in the semis and then defeated Gabriel Riminton in the final 4-0, 4-2 to win the event.

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At the South West Winter County Tour held at Totally Tennis last month Cummings and partner Thomas Allen-Green competed in the 14 & under Boys Doubles event finishing in 5th place. In the first round, of the event run by coach Liam Hignett, the pair beat Edward Hewlett/Tom Harris 3-4 (4), 4-1, [10-6] but then lost to eventual runners-up Aidan Fletcher/Dennis Dimov in the quarters 3-4 (11), 4-1, [10-2]. They then played Daniel Joita/Conrad Plum in their first play-off match winning 4-0, 4-1 and then beat Christian Rowbotham/Cesar Muresan 4-1, 4-1 in their second play-off match to finish in 5th position overall. 

In the East Winter County Tour, held at Maidenhead Lawn Tennis Centre, Cummings competed in the 12 & under Boys Doubles event with partner Theodor Kraytchev. Unfortunately the boys lost in the first round against eventual winners James Parnwell/Conrad Plum 4-2, 3-4(4), [11-9] but went on to win the consolation event after beating Thomas Taylor-Widgery/Ben Shaer in the semis 4-3(3), 4-0 and Zac Peters/Joshua Fienberg in the final 4-0, 4-0.

Congratulations Hayden 😉

Hignett invited to play at British Tour Masters 2019

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett has been invited by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to play at the British Tour Masters 2019 to be held the National Tennis Centre (NTC) in Roehampton, London next month.

Hignett has qualified for the two-day event, which will take place on 19th and 20th December, due to his final position on this year’s British Tour leaderboard. His invitation comes after his quarter final finish at LTA British Tour Edgbaston 2 earlier this month where he beat Philip Sikman 6-1, 6-1 in round one, Finley Cook in the second 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 but lost in the quarters in three sets to Harry Skinner 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Last month Hignett won the LTA British Tour Exeter Open Mens Singles title at the Exeter Tennis Centre, lost in the quarters in Glasgow and had a second round finish in Taunton.

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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

TT Tour Grand Finals 2019

Development squad players Tobi Adeniran (Red) and Luca Dharwar (Orange) were crowned the winners at last weekends TT Tour Grand finals held at the indoor centre.fd76b7a7-d492-4274-9d3d-f1b76e7561f7.jpeg

In the Red event Adeniran won all five of his round robin matches to book his semi-final place beating Gabriella Dyer 10-6, Carter Grout 10-3, Hamish Harwell 10-4, Dylan Mills 10-5 and Maxim Perelighn 10-2. Runner-up Mills joined him in the next round after winning three matches against Grout 10-6, Harwell 10-6 and Perelighn 10-4.

In the second group Shrihan Chakraborty also won all of his five matches to progress to the semis; he beat Lewis Gambrill 10-6, Ivy Grout 10-1, Jasmine Paul 10-4, Rakshit Saiavanakumar 10-2 and Elliot Wrench 10-0. Gambrill beat Grout 10-8, Paul 10-7, Saiavanakumar 10-4 and Wrench 10-4 to earn the fourth semi-final place. In the semi finals Adeniran defeated Lewis Gambrill 10 – 9 and Chakraborty beat Mills 10 – 2. Adeniran then beat Chakraborty in the final ** – * to become the Red champion.

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In the Orange competition Dharwar beat Charlie Burridge 4-2, Liam Durangparang 4-0 and Kaian Harris- Piper 4-0 to win the title.

Coach Loic said, “Great to see a growing number of children from squads take part in the TT tour. It gives them something to work on and put the practice into play at the end of every month.” He added,” I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part and  look forward to seeing them on the 14th December for the Christmas event.

 

Feast Represents the QMC Team in the AOC Singles Competition

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) team, who train at Totally Tennis, competed in the AOC South East Regional Singles tournament played at the indoor centre on 12th November. Both the boys and the girls draws were round robin groups, where the top two progressed to the semi-finals.  The boys draw has fourteen players and the girls draw seven players.

QMC was represented by Totally Tennis performance player and assistant coach Harry Feast and Matt Berry and in the girls event, former Totally Tennis player Aisling McGrane, who was the top seed.

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The boys event had some great matches in the early group stages, Berry gained an early victory 4-0, 4-0 against one of the Bexhill players but subsequently lost his second match against Mironovic from Havant & South Downs 3-4 (6), 1-4.  In his last group match Berry beat the Richard Collyers player, 4-2, 4-1, to earn himself second spot and progression to the semi-finals.

QMC PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson said,”Having watched Matt play in a number of matches at College during his first year, this was unquestionably the best tennis I have seen him play in competition.  He served exceptionally well, and was aggressive throughout, it really was an impressive level of tennis.”

Feast only had two group matches due to the withdrawal of one of the players prior to the start of the competition.  He had a comfortable win against Taylor from Richard Collyers which effectively put him in a good position to qualify, with his second and final match in the group against the seeded player in the group.  He lost this match 2-4, 1-4 but his level was improving, and he ultimately played his best tennis in the final stages.  

In the quarter finals, Berry was beaten by the number 2 seed, 4-2, 4-0 but Feast had a highly competitive match against Mironovic which he won 4-2, 3-4 (6) and 1-0 (10).  This was a great match from Harry, his defensive skills in particular where excellent and he continued to play aggressively in the deciding tie break, despite the disappointment of losing a close tie break in the second set.  His next opponent, was the number one seed, James Ardley from Peter Symonds, and Feast was disappointed to lose the match having started well and found his form and lost in a ten point tie break. The final was contested by the two Peter Symonds players, which Milan Bharadia won in two tie break sets.

Goldson said’ “I was really impressed with how Harry played.”  

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In the girl’s event, McGrane (pictured left) won through to the final comfortably with the loss of just a handful of games.  In the final, she faced the Peter Symonds player, Magda Konicjzuk and although the initial set was close, with McGrane taking it on a tie break; she raised her level in the second set and closed out the match 4-0 with some excellent serving.

Goldson said, “It’s great to have someone of Aisling’s calibre representing the College at the regional competition and we look forward to see how she gets on at the National Finals in Nottingham.”

AoC Sport, formed following the merger of British Colleges Sport, English Colleges FA and the Association of Colleges sport policy team, is the membership organisation for colleges, leading the development of sport and physical activity in 16+ education. Sport and physical activity are essential components of college life, giving students significant advantages in education, employment and health. The AoC vision is for every college student to participate regularly in sport or physical activity and their purpose is to promote, support and deliver college sport and physical activity.

 

Read more about AoC sport on their website www.aocsport.co.uk

October in Pictures

IMG_3128Coach Liam Hignett won the LTA British Tour Exeter Open Mens Singles title 

IMG_3101Head coach James Mcintosh ran the Oxford Half Marathon

4f76318e-dd7f-494c-b4f0-8835764bd3e0The latest Adult Course graduates

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Hayden Cummings won the 12 & under Boys singles title at the Portsmouth Tennis Centre Winter County Tournament 

956525df-d8b4-4134-83d4-a05e9e450ef7Red and Orange TT Tour5f4983ec-3506-4891-8385-16460d64b2a9IMG_3467Aaron Dawson won the 16 & U Boys singles title at Birchwood Junior & Senior Open

1B927363-7C9A-404F-9F0C-9E906DA3195DOctober Half Term Tennis CampsIMG_3470Coach Liam captained the Hampshire & IOW 9 & U team to victory at the West Hants Club

8e777b9b-bbd2-4649-b7b7-9a1748e65980Meet performance player and assistant coach Harry Feast  – read more about all the coaching team HERE