Runners-up Medal for Isla at the Eastleigh Open

Performance player Isla Hignett played in the 16 & under girls singles at the Eastleigh Open 2019, held at the David Lloyd Club in Southampton, finishing in the runner-up spot.

Second seed Hignett had a bye in the first round and then beat Daisy Doherty 6-1, 6-1 in the quarters and fourth seed Isabella Hope in the semis 6-1, 6-2 before losing in the final against third seed Nora Khediri 6-3, 7-5. In the 16 and under Girls Doubles Hignett and partner Tillie Reid defeated Olivia Higgs and Polina Ivanushkina in the quarters 4-0, 4-0 but lost out in the semis to top seeds Helen Coomber and Amelia Monteith 4-1, 4-0. Reid also competed in the singles but lost in the first round against Scarlett Doman 6-1, 6-0. 


In the 12 & under boys singles Hayden Cummings lost in the first round against second seed Olivier Paris 7-6(2), 6-1. He also played in the 12 & under Boys Doubles with partner Oliver Rycroft  losing in the quarters to Jack Ford and Henry Hughes 4-2, 4-2. The pair were runners-up in the 12 & under Boys Doubles consolation event after losing to Thomas Hargreave and Noah Mayers in the final 4-2,2-4, 10-6.



Another Title For Cummings

Totally Tennis mini performance player Hayden Cummings won the 10 and Under Mixed title at the South West Summer County Tour held at David Lloyd Southampton at the beginning of the month.


In the group stages, Cummings won Box C beating Zoe Totolici 4-1 and Thomas Allen-Green 4-0. Club mates Guhan and Gevin Chendhilkumar played in Box A and B respectively and both won and lost a match so all three boys progressed to the main draw.

In the quarter finals, Cummings defeated Guhan 4-0 and Kevin lost to Group D winner Oliver Cole 4-2. Cummings then beat Aleksander Kudla 4-0 in the semis and Finley Betteridge-Hanson 4-2 in the final to win the tournament.

Congratulations Hayden!

Photo used with courtesy of jamiejordantennis

Another Trophy For Hignett

Performance player and Sherfield Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett and partner Freya Davies won the second annual Chris Whiting Annual Mixed Doubles Cup played at David Lloyd in Southampton and sponsored by HRG Tree Services.


In the round robin event Hignett/Davies (2017 winner with partner Austin Gwilliam) won all of their matches beating Jamie Donaghy/Kelly Burge, Mats and Summer Colling  and a third pairing in their group.   Each pair played eight games and each game won counted as a point.  As Hignett and Davies won their box they qualified for the main draw where they played the runners up of Box 3 in a full set and won 6-1.

In the semis they beat Harry Wilmott-Stanton and his partner Arianna Kennedy 6-1 to secure their place in the finals where they faced former Totally Tennis players Esther Adeshina and Ryan Golesworthy. They won the match 6-3 to win the event overall, collect the huge trophy and some prize money.


Hignett Represents Hampshire in the Men’s County Cup

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett represented Hampshire as part of the Men’s Winter County Cup team in the fixture played at David Lloyd Southampton last weekend.  Second seed Hignett (wearing orange shorts below) joined team members Jake Norris, George Houghton, Ryan Golesworthy, Joshua Gook, Edward Percival, Paul Scullard, Harry Wilmott-Stanton and Michael Johnson to compete in Group 3b. The team, captained by Julian Godfrey (pictured below with the team), played against teams from Dorset (Friday), South Wales (Saturday) and Derbyshire on Sunday.


On Friday Dorset beat Hampshire 5-4 overall. Hignett won his singles match beating Benjamin Battey 6-2, 6-0 along with Norris, Scullard and Johnson who all also won to give the team a 4-2 lead going into the doubles. Unfortunately Hignett and Norris lost in their doubles against Battey and Adam Glynn in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 0-1(9) as did pairing Houghton/Scullard and Gook/Johnson so Dorset won the first tie.

Things did not quite go to plan again on Saturday with the strong South Wales team winning 7-2 overall and all six Hampshire players recording a loss in their singles matches. Golesworthy/Houghton and Johnson/Percival both won their doubles to claw back 2 points but Hignett/Gook lost 6-1, 6-0 against Craig Evans/Christopher Lewis.

There was everything to play for on the final day in the fixture against Derbyshire but things didn’t go in the Hampshire teams favour with another narrow 5-4 loss. Hignett won his singles against Bradley Buckland 6-0, 6-2, Houghton and Johnson also secured singles victories so it was level pegging. Hignett/Norris were the only pair to secure a doubles result against Buckland/Dennis Archer 6-3, 6-1. Golesworthy/Houghton and Johnson/Scullard both lost their matches.

After an unsuccessful weekend on the scoresheet despite some really good matches the Hampshire team will now be relegated to Group 4a. South Wales won the fixture and will be promoted to Group 3a.

Hignett’s Christmas Tournaments

Siblings Liam and Isla Hignett competed in the David Lloyd Southampton Christmas Tournament 2016 at the start of the school holidays. Liam played in the men’s open event where he won his first match beating David Brehme 6-1, 6-4 but lost his second against eventual runner-up Benjamin Battey 7-6(5), 6-0.

Isla also won her first match in the 14U Girls singles defeating Iris Plane 6-1, 6-2 and then lost in her second against overall winner Charlotte Howard 6-0, 6-0. The 16U Girls competition went much the same way with Isla beating Josie Culliford 6-1, 6-1 in her first round match and then losing her second against the overall winner Isabelle Purser 6-3, 6-0. In the 14U Girls doubles Isla and partner Zara Burney were third overall.

Liam also played in the Gosling SP Winter National Tour 18U Boys & Girls held at Gosling Tennis Centre in Hertfordshire after Christmas at the end of December going straight into the main draw without needing to qualify.  He won his first match against Jake Penny 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 but was then beaten by Nicholas Brookes 6-2, 6-2 in his second match.


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.


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.


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.


Thanks to Donella Hignett for all the great photos.