May in Pictures | 2020

COVID-19 – May 2020 saw the return to socially distanced tennis on the outdoor courts. Our performance players were straight back on court practising and enjoying the Spring sunshine.

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In news from the professional game, the LTA announced that seven-times Grand Slam doubles and mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray has organised a six-day tennis event that will be screened on Amazon Prime Video. The ‘Schroders Battle of the Brits‘ will take place behind closed doors from 23rd – 28th June at the National Tennis Centre to raise money for NHS Charities Together – read more HERE (photo used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk

 

Mark Your Calendar | Tennis Will be Back on TV from 23rd-28th June

Are you missing the tennis summer season? The French Open, Wimbledon Championships and the grass court season may have been cancelled but you can still get your tennis fix on Amazon Prime Video watching ‘Schroders Battle of the Brits‘ taking place behind closed doors from 23rd – 28th June.

The six-day event, organised by seven-times Grand Slam doubles and mixed doubles champion, Jamie Murray, will be held at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, London to raise money for NHS Charities Together. The mens only fixture will have singles and doubles events and feature top players such as former British and World number one Andy Murray (Jamie’s brother for those who are not aware) alongside other top British players such as Kyle Edmund, Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans.

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Jamie told BBC Sport “The last few months have been incredibly challenging times for everyone and we see this event as our way of giving back,” he added, “A lot of work has gone in to make sure this could happen and we are excited to be able to bring an action-packed week of tennis, while raising valuable funds for NHS heroes to say thank you for the amazing work they have done.”

In conclusion, “I’m really excited to be, for the first time, bringing together the current generation of British male players to compete against one another while raising significant funds for charity.” It is hoped the event will raise at least £100,000 for the NHS charities.

Andy Murray has not played since the Davis Cup Finals last November due to a bruised pelvic bone so this event will be testing out his hip in preparation for the start of the professional tennis season whenever that may be.

This will be the first competitive domestic tournament since coronavirus stopped play and will see the top eight British male players battle against each other.  In the singles, two groups of four players will compete for a place in the semi-finals and ultimately to be crowned the singles champions. The doubles competition will see six pairs compete to become the overall doubles winners.

The tournament will be followed by four new British Tour events that will take place over consecutive weeks from 3rd-26th July at the LTA’s National Tennis Centre in Roehampton. The venue has been approved as an elite training venue and the LTA has been working with the Government to undertake the necessary preparations and risk assessments to enable these events to happen.

Scott Lloyd, LTA Chief Executive, said: “The LTA is looking forward to bringing tennis back into people’s lives this summer, and are excited about events like this inspiring fans to get involved in our sport and pick up a racket.

Watch the live action exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the UK and Ireland and on Eurosport and Tennis Channel in the US.

If you are not already an Amazon Prime member click HERE to find out more information. Keep up-to-date on all future tournaments and news from the LTA on TwitterFacebook and Instagram

Information and photos sourced and used with courtesy of the www.lta.org.uk and www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April in Pictures | 2020

IMG_8062At Home with The Hignetts – a series of fun games and challenges to keep active at home from our very own performance players and coaches Liam & Isla Hignett (see full series on Facebook and Instagram)

IMG_8071The viral toilet roll challenge (see video in full on Facebook)

 

Liam & Isla completed Andy Murray’s 100 Volley Challenge demonstrated by him and his wife Kim in their garden

Coach Dom tried out Roger Federer’s volley drill against the wall

IMG_8067Some of our performance players put together a fun TikTok (see video in full on Facebook)

Our team starred in fun Easter video (see full video on Facebook)

IMG_8064Another day, another challenge with Head Coach James (see full video on Facebook)

Andy Murray and Kiki Bertens swapped their rackets for playstation controllers and won the ‘virtual’ Madrid Open titles from and then donated their winnings to charity

Challenges and Games to try at Home

If you need some inspiration to keep the family occupied while in self-isolation check out the #AtHomeWithTheHignetts series on our Facebook page with some challenges and fun games demonstrated by our very own brother and sister duo performance players and coaches Liam & Isla Hignett – click HERE to see more.

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The challenges and games can be  performed at home, some solo and others with a member of your household. You just need rackets and a ball (plus a wall for the solo exercises). Got a mini tennis net? Set up a makeshift court in the garden and keep practising you shots.

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Feeling lethagic and lacking motivation? There’s lots of challenges on our Facebook page to keep you entertained and active. Check out the TikTok made by some of our performances players and our team attempting some fun tennis challenges. Join in with the professional players like Liam and Isla completing Andy Murray’s 100 volley challenge and Roger Federer’s volley drill against a wall like coach Dom. Can you beat Head coach James 30 second racket game? Visit our Facebook page HERE to see all the videos.

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Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you back on court soon.

World Tennis News | What Are The Professional Players Doing During Self-Isolation?

The current COVID-19 pandemic has impacted so many people across the globe in both their health and professional life. While most people are luckily enough to be able to work from home, professional tennis players, like most people involved in sport, have seen all their tournaments either cancelled or postponed until further notice.

In the tennis, the three remaining Grand Slam tournaments of 2020 have been disrupted, the French Open has currently been re-scheduled to September, the Wimbledon Championships have been cancelled (the first time since World War Two) and the US Open maybe re-scheduled for later in the year. This summer’s grass-court season has also been cancelled and there will be no professional tournaments happening elsewhere in the world as both the men’s and women’s professional tours are suspended until at least mid-July.

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So what are the professional players doing to keep active during self-isolation ? Former British and World number one Andy Murray challenged fellow professionals and tennis fans to try his 100 volley challenge. Murray took to his Instagram with wife Kim to complete the challenge in his back garden – Totally Tennis performance players Liam and Isla Hignett rose to the  challenge, see their video on our Facebook and Instagram

Tonight (17th February) Murray and current world number one Novak Djokovic will be live on Instagram (6pm BST) to answer any questions. Got a question? Comment on Murray’s Instagram post for a chance to be featured. Djokovic himself challenged his fans to try some acro yoga with a partner, he demonstrated the move with is wife Jelena on his Instagram page and they also completed Murray’s volley challenge.

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Meanwhile another former World Number One and 20-time singles champion Roger Federer gave his fans a social media tennis lesson. Federer took to Twitter and Instagram to offer his followers a solo drill to improve their volley skills, he tested his reflexes hitting the ball more than 200 times – the video has already been viewed over 3 million times. Federer asked his fans to video themselves in a hat and recreate his drill with the hashtag #tennisathome and then he shared a selection on his feed. Fellow champion Serena Williams took up Federer’s challenge posting her volley video to her page.

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The ATP Tour has been forced to suspend the 2020 Tour so the rankings have been frozen until it’s resumed, Djokovic still sits in the No. 1 spot but the frozen weeks will not count towards his reign.

If you need some inspiration to keep you occupied while in self-isolation check out the #AtHomeWithTheHignetts series with some challenges and fun games demonstrated by Liam and Isla Hignett – click HERE to see more.

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Local and International Summer Tennis Competitions Cancelled

Sadly Totally Tennis will be unable to contest their unbeaten record in the Annual Festival of Sport against Basingstoke’s twin town Euskirchen in 2020 after the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council announced that it’s been cancelled due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

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It’s the first time in twenty-seven consecutive years that the twin-town competition, which was scheduled to take place in Euskirchen in June, has been cancelled. Last year Basingstoke won 22-7 overall on home soil but the local clubs/teams will have to wait until June 2021 to contest the title in the rescheduled event in Germany.

Head Coach James McIntosh (pictured above with last year’s competitors) said, “It’s such a shame that the festival will not take place this year, much like many other events which have been cancelled.” he added “Some of the players who had previously been on the trip were looking forward to meeting up with their friends and others were excited to be part of the Festival of Sport for the first time. We look forward to going to Germany next year.”

It’s not just local sporting events being affected by COVID-19 but also prestigious international sporting competitions such as the Tokyo Olympics, Euro 2020, Tour de France and the F1 calendar all being cancelled or postponed. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) recently announced that this summer’s Wimbledon Championships has been cancelled for the first time since World War Two.

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The 134th tournament, that was due to be played between 29th June – 12th July in London, is not the only one to be cancelled with the news that the whole grass-court season including Queen’s and Eastbourne, will not go ahead in the UK. There will be no professional tournaments happening elsewhere in the world this summer, including the French Open which has been re-scheduled to September. It remains to be seen what will happen with the US Open later this year.

For more information about the cancellation of this year’s Wimbledon Championships, click HERE. Members of the public who paid for tickets in the Wimbledon Public Ballot for this year’s Championships will have their tickets refunded and will be offered the chance to purchase tickets for the same day and court for The Championships 2021.

Wimbledon photo used with courtesy of http://www.wimbledon.com/

 

 

 

March in Pictures | 2020

IMG_6999Performance player Hayden Cummings was runner-up in the Grade 4 South West Winter County Tour 14 & U Boys Singles held at Hale Gardens.

image0-2Former Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Dean Kirby Cooper (right) competed in his first grade 4 ITF doubles event in Tampico, Mexico.

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) boys tennis team enjoyed their first outdoor training session of the season

75baaedb-bb92-4149-a0d3-63288c4d49e1Head Coach James McIntosh will be running the (now postponed) London Marathon and held ‘The Macca’ adult tournament to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK

AAD852A9-752B-42FD-82FC-7E4D8ABECDB7Coach Dom joined the team at Hampshire Court Spa & Leisure ‘Fitness Fanatic 3’ event to raise money for Sport Relief

501A0B31-F8C6-4365-9A5D-FB11F3B0BEEFPerformance player and coach Liam Hignett was runner-up in the Men’s singles at the British Tour Edgbaston

IMG_7585Siblings Liam and Isla Hignett are offering a series of self-isolation tennis exercises here on the blog to keep everyone active during the Coronavirus outbreak