Totally Tennis performance player and coach Liam Hignett represented Hampshire and Isle of Wight (IOW) in the LTA Mens Winter County Cup 2019.
The Hampshire team of Hignett, James Blair, Timothy Farthing, Oliver Fernandez, Ryan Golesworthy, Austin Gwilliam, George Houghton, Michael Johnson, Miles Mcdowall, Robert Mitchell, Jake Norris, Edward Percival and Paul Scullard were competing in Division 1 Group 4A against teams from Buckinghamshire, Dorset and Shropshire.
On the first day Hampshire beat Shropshire 8-1 with top seed Hignett defeating Luke Henley 6-3, 7-5 in the singles. In the doubles with partner Golesworthy he beat Henley and Thomas Loxley 6-3, 6-2. Things didn’t go so well for the team on day 2 with a 5-4 loss against Dorset in a close fixture, Hignett lost his singles against Toby Samuel 6-4, 6-3 and also lost in the doubles with Golesworthy against Samuel and Sam Bossem in the third set tie-break 6-2, 6-7(2), 10-6.
On the final day things didn’t improve with a 7-1 defeat against eventual group winners Buckinghamshire. Hignett lost his three set singles match against top seed Michael Shaw 6-3 4-6 4-6 but won the doubles with Golesworthy on a walkover against Shaw and partner Roy Knight. The Hampshire team managed to stay again in the division after some tough, tight wins and losses over the weekend.
Hignett said, “As always it’s a pleasure to be a part of this great team and we’ll be looking for promotion next year! It was a privilege to play at number one position this year playing my part in some quality battles particularly against Buckinghamshire’s number 1.” he added, “I love playing in these events as the team atmosphere whilst on court and the off court banter and laughs make it unlike any other tennis event out there. Thanks to all the boys for another great weekend.”
Totally Tennis performance player and coach Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight team that participated in Group 4 of the LTA Summer Mens Doubles County Cup 2019 against teams from Dorset, Leicestershire, North Wales, Nottinghamshire and Somerset.
The Hampshire team finished in third place overall in the event that took place at Cromer Lawn Tennis & Squash Club in Norfolk. The Nottinghamshire team were crowned the winners and Somerset finished as runners-up. Playing alongside Hignett were team mates Michael Johnson, Jake Norris, Ryan Golesworth, George Houghton, Paul Scullard, Austin Gwilliam and Miles Mcdowall.
Hignett (front left) pictured with Hampshire & IOW County Cup team
Hignett and Golesworthy won five matches beating Patrick Foley/Eban Straker-Meads (Nottinghamshire) 7-6, 6-1, Somerset’s Richard Gabb/Daniel Manlow and Samuel Edwards/James Marsalek both 6-3, 6-4 respectively and then won against Leicestershire’s Matthew Howse/Jack Simpson 6-1, 7-6(5) and Aaron Jinks/Alex Solonenko 6-3, 6-2. Hignett then won four more matches with partner Jake Norris defeating Oliver Brown/Mark Laishley (Dorset) 6-0, 6-2, Adam Glynn/James Whike 6-3, 6-3, Nicholas Jones/Simon Morris (North Wales) 6-4, 6-4 and Steven Billington/Mathew James (North Wales) 6-3, 6-4. Hignett and Golesworthy also played against ex-professional and now BBC pundit Andrew Castle (Somerset) and his partner Alistair Felton losing in a close match 7-5 7-6(3).
Hignett said, “Awesome result from the boys to stay in the group this year at county week after a tough first few days. Always a pleasure with this lot!”
Over the team beat Leicestershire 5-4 and North Wales 6-2 and by finishing third retained their place in Group 4.
Performance player and coach Liam Hignett has passed his Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Level 3 Coaching Qualification.
Current Hampshire & IOW County Championships Men’s champion, Hignett will be sharing his experience and expertise with players in the junior and adult programmes. He also offers private lessons as well as hitting sessions for performance players looking for that extra practice.
Hignett started playing at Totally Tennis from the age of ten in the junior performance squads and has gone on to win many titles as a junior and in then in the men’s competitions in both singles and doubles. He played at Wimbledon after winning the HSBC Road to Wimbledon county title and has represented Hampshire & IOW in various County Cup matches across several different age groups. He gained a tennis scholarship to Sherfield School via the club’s ongoing partnership with the school and won more titles with the school team.
He has been a volunteer coach at the club for several years and previously passed both his LTA Level 1 and 2 coaching awards. He has gained plenty of experience coaching juniors, adults and some of the performance players under the mentoring scheme working with all the coaches at the indoor centre. He has learnt many new skills as part of his level 3 course including how to coach beginners and improvers in groups and as individuals, understanding the basics of business management, the competitive structure in the UK and working with level 1 and 2 coaching assistants. Alongside the four modules Hignett undertook coaching experience with a mentor, compiled a portfolio and passed his final on court practical coaching assessment.
Hignett said, “I’m happy to have passed my level 3 course and looking forward to continuing to develop as a coach. I’m thankful to the coaches who have been giving me advice and pointers on how I can improve and also to tutors Nigel Long and Guy Leverton for a great course and for helping me to pass.”
Tennis Director Nigel Long said, ‘Unlike many other coaches having played to such a high level will really benefit Liam’s career as well as our players as he can now share all his playing experiences and tactical and technical knowledge. “
Hignett has also completed the LTA referee development course that enables him to run events at the club such as the recent LTA South West County Tour series. He will be running South West Winter County Tour series at Totally Tennis until March for juniors aged from eight to eighteen – to find out more about the tournaments and to enter visit www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/
For more information about individual lessons with Hignett contact Totally Tennis on 01256 358816 or Hignett himself via Instagram and Facebook
Congratulations Liam! 😉
Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & IOW Mens team that competed in the LTA Winter County Cup 2018
Totally Tennis Christmas Charity Event this year was Christmas Jumper week during junior squads to raise funds for Save The Children
Head coach James McIntosh taking the squad players through their paces
Mini performance player Nikesh Reddy Bomma won the 10 and under Boys title at the South East Winter County Tour
The 9 & under team tennis of Hayden Cummings, Nikesh Bomma and twins Gevin & Guhan Chendhilkumar won the Division 1 County Tier mixed title
Lots of fun at the Christmas holiday tennis camps
Performance player and assistant coach Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & IOW Mens team that competed in the LTA Winter County Cup 2018 held at Hills Road Sports and Tennis Centre in Cambridge at the end of last month.
Hignett (pictured front left) was joined in the Hampshire team by Julian Godfrey, Robert Mitchell, Ryan Golesworthy, George Houghton, Michael Johnson, Paul Scullard, Jake Norris and Austin Gwilliam who completed in the Mens Group 4b competition against teams from Durham & Cleveland, Leicestershire and the Channel Islands.
On the first day the Hampshire team were up against the Durham & Cleveland team and lost 6-3. Hignett won his singles match 6-2, 6-2 but lost his doubles match with partner Jake Norris 6-3, 6-4. Day two was much better result with Hampshire beating Leicestershire 6-3. Hignett won his singles and his doubles match with Norris with both matches having the same 6-3, 6-2 scoreline.
On the final day Hampshire notched up another win against the Channel Islands 5-1. Hignett maintained his singles clean sheet winning his final match 6-4, 6-0 and was not required to play his doubles match with Norris as the tie was already decided. Overall the team finished in second place with four points and retained their position in the league while winners Durham & Cleveland, with six points, gained promotion.
Hignett also competed in the Open Mens Singles at the LTA British Tour Edgbaston 2 held at The Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham. Sixth seed Hignett beat Benjamin Stanford in the first round 6-2, 6-1 and then Alex Griffiths in the second round 7-6(4), 6-3 but then lost in the quarters to fifth seed Matthew Hollingworth.
Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett, Jasmin Bromilow and Tillie Reid were all part of the Hampshire & IOW team that played in the 14U County Cup 2018 National Finals held at Nottingham Tennis Centre.
Fellow Hampshire players Hannah Smith, Anna Vinnell and Martyna Ciubatiuk made up the team of six who had previously won the 14 and under Girls County Cup 2018 regional playoffs at the beginning of May. The girls travelled up to Nottingham to compete in the 3-day finals event from 18th – 20th May along with team captain Fiona and vice-captain Taz wearing team hoodies provided by Mantis Sport.
The Hampshire girls were competing in Box B against teams from Surrey, Avon and Lancashire. On the first day the girls faced second seeds Surrey in the morning fixture and lost 5-1 with only Smith managing to win her singles 7-5, 6-4. Things didn’t get much better in the afternoon with another 5-1 loss against Avon with the pairing of Ciubatiuk/Vinnell winning their three set doubles match 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.
On the second day the girls faced Lancashire and even though they had another loss it was a better 4-2 scoreline with Smith winning her singles 6-1, 6-0 and Hignett/Smith winning their doubles match 6-4, 6-4.
The team finished fourth in their box and on the last day they played the team from Leicestershire who finished fourth in Box A. The Hampshire girls won the match 4-2 overall with Smith, Bromilow and Vinnell all winning their singles matches and Smith/Vinnell winning their doubles 6-4, 6-4 to end on a positive note. The Hampshire team finished in seventh place overall and top seeds Middlesex were crowned the 2018 winners.
Commiserations girls – better luck next year 😉
Read more about the girls regional win in previous post Totally Tennis Girls Through To County Cup National Finals
Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett, Jasmin Bromilow and Tillie Reid were part of the victorious Hampshire & IOW team that won the 14 and under Girls County Cup 2018 regional playoffs over the long weekend.
The girls were joined by fellow Hampshire players Hannah Smith, Anna Vinnell and Martyna Ciubatiuk that made up the team of six who competed against Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire in Box B. On the first day the girls won all their matches to beat Northamptonshire 6-0 and then went to win the doubles against Cambridgeshire that evening with Smith/Vinnell winning 6-1, 6-3 and Hignett/Reid winning 6-0, 6-4.
The following day the team contested the singles matches against the Cambridgeshire with Smith and Vinnell winning but as both Hignett and Bromilow lost the overall score was 4-2 to Hampshire. With two wins the team in the group stages the team qualified for the regional play offs against Shropshire, who were the winners of Box A, on Bank Holiday Monday.
In the singles Smith, Vinell and Hignett all recorded wins with only Bromilow unlucky with her result but with a 3-1 scoreline going into the doubles matches the team only needed one more win. Number one player Smith picked up an injury so Hignett/Vinnell were the top pairing and won 6-2, 6-1 and with Bromilow/Reid also winning 7-6(3) 6-2 it was 5-1 overall to the Hampshire team and qualification for the National Finals!
The girls will now compete in those National Finals in Nottingham later this month over the weekend of 18th-20th May – Congratulations Girls 😉
Photos used with courtesy of Donella Hignett.