January and February in Pictures

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The top placed players in the Australian Open, the first TT Tour of 2017 

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Performance player Liam Hignett represented Hampshire & Isle of Wight (IOW) in the 18U Boys County Cup held at Taunton Tennis Centre in Somerset.

 

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QMC Mixed team who will play in the National Finals in Bolton on 11th March (L to R) Luke Watts, Jordan Mosquera, Dessi Bratinova and Andrew Dingwall.

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Performance player Liam Hignett was third in the Junior Sportsman Category at the annual Basingstoke Sports Awards

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Hignett with Head Coach James McIntosh at the annual Basingstoke Sport’s Awards.

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Hignett Top Seed in 18U County Cup

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett represented Hampshire & Isle of Wight (IOW) in this weekend’s 18U Boys County Cup held at Taunton Tennis Centre in Somerset.

 

The Hampshire & IOW team competed in Group 3a against teams from South Wales, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire. On the first day the Hampshire boys were up against Lancashire and won two of the six singles matches. Top seed Hignett lost but Ryan Goldsworthy and Zizheng Jin both won, in the doubles Hignett and partner Jake Norris won but the other two pairs lost meaning that the team lost 6-3 overall.

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Things went pretty much the same way on day two with the Hampshire team losing to South Wales 5-4. In the singles Hignett won his match along with James Blair, Goldsworthy and Outek Dinapala so the team led 4-2 after the completion of the singles matches. In the doubles all three pairings lost so the end result went against the Hampshire team.

On the final day things were much better with the Hampshire boys beating the team from Nottinghamshire convincingly 9-0. The final results were Lancashire 6, South Wales 4, Hampshire & IOW 2 and the team from Nottinghamshire ended with no points and will be relegated to 3b.

Aegon County Cup events give players the opportunity to represent their county in team competition in national/regional stages, the age group categories range from 9U to Adults.

 

 

November in Pictures

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Performance player and Sherfield School tennis Scholar Liam Hignett became the new David Lloyd Southampton Aegon British Tour FAST4 Mens Singles champion

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TT Tour Finals Orange champion was Hayden Cummings (right) pictured with runner-up Daniel Ward

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Ollie Steer (left) was declared over TT Tour finals Green champion with Jack Moria in second place

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In the yellow event Oliver Alemany (left) was the overall TT Tour Finals winner, runner-up was Noah Lane (right) and Tinuke Adelakun (centre) was third.

image1-9Totally Tennis Performance player Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire and I.O.W Winter County Cup Men’s team that played at the Shrewsbury Club against teams from North Scotland, Sussex and Nottinghamshire.

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qmc-senior-students-boys-2016-2017 QMC boys team of Dan Hutchison, Andrew Dingwall, Saul Irwin and Cam Spears represented the college in the Senior Students Competition

Hignett Represents Hampshire in Men’s County Cup

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett, 16 represented Hampshire & IOW last weekend in the Aegon Men’s Winter County Cup held at the Shrewsbury Club. The team, who were playing in Group 3a of Division, were up against opponents from North Scotland, Sussex and Nottinghamshire.

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The Hampshire team just missed out on promotion as Nottinghamshire won the group overall with six points. On the first day Hampshire beat North Scotland convincingly 9-0 followed by an 8-1 victory against Sussex on day two but they were just pipped at the post 5-4 on the final day by the stronger Nottinghamshire team.

Hignett was number one seed for both his singles matches beating Michael Welsh (North Scotland) 6-2, 6-3 but losing against Marcus Walters (Nottinghamshire) 6-3, 6-3.

The Aegon Winter County Cup is a one-off event played over three days at the end of November. It’s the second oldest County Cup event that was first played in 1946. Surrey are the most successful county with their men’s team winning sixteen times and the ladies a record twenty-six times. The forty-four counties are placed in four counties per group per gender with Group 1 the premier division.

County Cup Call-Up For Two Totally Tennis Girls

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Jasmin Bromilow were selected to play in the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Girls 12 & under County Cup team last weekend. The girls competed against teams from Kent, Dorset, Surrey and Sussex in the tw0-day event held at The Weald Squash and Tennis Club in Hassocks, East Sussex last weekend.

Hignett and Bromilow were joined by ex-clubmate Eliza Wheeler along with Anna Vinnell and Martyna Ciubatiuk under the guidance of captain Fiona Nicolson. Hampshire number one seed Hannah Smith was unable to take part as she was playing in Italy representing Great Britain.

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On Saturday the Hampshire girls played two fixtures against Kent and Dorset. In the singles against Kent the team went 2-1 down with Wheeler beating Caitlin McLoughlin 4-1, 4-0 but Hignett losing to Sofia Johnson 4-0, 4-0 and Vinnell was beaten by Alaia Rubio Perez 4-1, 4-1. Unfortunately this run of luck continued in the Dorset fixture with the exact same scoreline after the singles, Wheeler battled in a three-set match against Kristina Paskauskas 4-0, 2-4, 6-10, Hignett was defeated by Romana Bari 4-0, 4-0 but Vinnell beat Mollie Edge in another three-set match 0-4, 4-2, 10-2. Rain stopped play so both the doubles were carried over to Sunday. As Wheeler was unable to play on Sunday due to a school trip and Vinnell was also absent due to a dance event it was left to Hignett, Bromilow and Ciubatiuk to finish up the competition.

image5The three remaining girls had a tough contest on the final day of play. In Sunday’s first fixture the girls played against Sussex and again the score was 2-1 after the singles with Hignett beating Sophia Rudko 5-3, 5-4 (4) but Bromilow lost a three set encounter against Stephanie Vieira 1-4, 4-1, 10-7 and Ciubatiuk was beaten by Evelyn Thomas 5-3, 4-0. In the final tie against Surrey all three girls were unlucky and were all defeated, Leah Gonzales Edwards beat Hignett 4-0, 4-1, Oriana Parkins-Godwin beat Bromilow 4-0, 4-1 and Lucy Webber defeated Ciubatiuk 4-1, 4-0. Due to the scoreline and time constraints the doubles was not played.

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Hignett and Bromilow paired up to contest the doubles beating Sussex pairing of Vieira and Thomas 5-4(7), 4-0 so with the score levelled to 2-2 it went to a ten point shoot out to decide the overall result which Sussex won 10-7. In the doubles against Dorset, Bromilow and  Ciubatiuk were defeated by Bari and her partner Milly Davis 4-2, 5-3.

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Hignett’s mum Donella said “On the first day the weather disrupted play several times and both Eliza and Isla had to come off and on again, particularly tough for Eliza who had to come of a couple of times against Kristina including during a ten point match tie break.

She added, “So the team finished last but they all tried hard, played lots of matches and supported each other well.  Fiona was a great team captain.”

Thank you to Donella Hignett for the information and for all the great photos 🙂

February In Pictures

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Performance player Liam Hignett was nominated for the Junior Sportsman of the Year in the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council annual Sports Awards (winner announced in March)

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Totally Tennis waved goodbye to coach Jamie Jordan

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Hignett (pictured seated far left) was an integral part of the victorious Hampshire and IOW 18U County Cup Team who beat Berkshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire and gained promotion to the next division 🙂

February Half Term fun at the Tennis Camps

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The latest TT Tour took place at the Indoor CentreIMG_5340

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Hignett Helps Hampshire Win County Cup Competition

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett won all his singles matches in the weekend’s U18 County Cup Tie, helping the Hampshire & IOW team to win the fixture 3-0 and gain promotion to Division 3.

The event which was held at the David Lloyd Club in Southampton from 26th to 28th February saw the Hampshire team compete against teams from Berkshire, Northampshire and Oxfordshire. Second seed Hignett was joined by fellow county players George Barfoot, George Houghton, Jake Norris, Zizheng Jin, Austin Gwilliam, Ryan Hutchinson and William Coward.

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On the first day Hampshire beat Berkshire with a resounding 8-1 scoreline. Hignett defeated higher rated player Lewis Brown 6-4, 6-1 in the singles but lost in the doubles with partner Hutchinson 6-3, 6-4 against Oliver Okonkwo and Sebastian Tong. Overall the team won six singles and two doubles.

On Day 2 the success continued with another 8-1 win for the team against Northamptonshire. Hignett beat Alexander Ballinger 6-2, 6-0 in his singles match and then teamed up with top seed Barfoot (pictured below) to win their doubles match against Henry Masters and Joe Tyler 6-3, 7-5. This time the team won all the doubles matches and five of the six singles with only Barfoot losing his singles match.

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The final day was another success story with the Hampshire boys winning all their matches against Oxfordshire 8-0. Up against another higher rated player, Hignett won his third singles tie of the weekend against Cameron Price 6-4, 6-0 but didn’t play his doubles with Barfoot as the opposition conceded the match. Overall the boys won all their matches played. A very successful weekend of tennis for the Hampshire Boys and a well served promotion. Congratulations to Liam and his teammates for a job well done.

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Thanks to Donella Hignett for all the great photos.