Totally Tennis squads restarted for the Autumn term
Performance player and former Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett has joined the Totally Tennis coaching team during his gap year where he will be working with both adults and juniors in various sessions
Performance player Dean Cooper Kirby has made the permanent move to America’s sunshine state to live and train full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Naples, Florida.
Gevin, Guhan and Nikesh were the Totally Tennis 10 and under Mixed team who competed in the first match of the Hampshire & IOW Winter Junior League 2018 – 2019 Performance squad fitness session
Coaches Ben Jubin and Steph Catlin won the 2018 Basingstoke League Tournament Mixed Title
Liam Hignett is competing in a series of high profile and ITF pro-circuits tournaments across the countrySaturday morning Munchkin Club
Totally Tennis’ World’s Biggest Coffee Morning aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
Hayden, Nikesh and twins Gevin and Guhan beat Portsmouth Tennis Academy in their second match in the 10 and under Mixed team Hampshire & IOW Winter Junior League 2018 – 2019
September Tennis Tips – click HERE for all the Tennis Tips to date
Totally Tennis performance player and former Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby has made the permanent move to America’s sunshine state to live and train full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Naples, Florida.
As well as training for thirty-eight hours a week, Cooper Kirby will be studying at the school linked to the academy based in nearby Fort Myers. If initial training goes to plan he will be looking to compete at the ITF tournament to be held in Atlanta, Georgia at the end of October.
While resident at the academy Cooper Kirby will be following an intense daily training programme to improve every area of his game including technique, footwork, movement and strategy on an individual and small group basis. The training includes match play and drills as well as mental training and fitness.
Brian Cooper Kirby, Dean’s father said, “After receiving his four year US Visa Dean flew to Fort Lauderdale on 29th August to train full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Naples, Florida.”
Cooper Kirby spent a month at the Florida academy earlier this year in April and while there he won the Spring Tropical Junior and also competed in another 16 and under event but was knocked out in the quarter final stages by a fellow Gomez Academy player.
The Gomez Tennis Academy was founded in 2010 by tennis coach Rene Gomez, his wife Leslie Gomez and her son Chase Muma. Gomez Tennis Academy is a boutique tennis training academy situated in Naples, Florida. Led by Rene’s knowledge and experience, the Gomez team practices a training philosophy based on commitment, consistency and individualized instruction.*
Read more about the academy on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
*All information about the Gomez Tennis Academy and court photo were sourced from www.gomeztennisacademy.com
Read more about Copper Kirby’s time in Florida in previous post totallytennis.wordpress.com/2018/04/28/cooper-kirby-returns-from-florida-to-contest-european-tournaments/
Dean Cooper Kirby travelled to Iceland for his latest Tennis Europe tournament accompanied on this occasion by his Totally Tennis coach, Jordan Frederick. This was the first time that both Cooper Kirby and Frederick had visited Iceland and both were amazed by the extreme weather and lack of darkness.
The Kópavogur Open 16 and under tournament was held at Tennishöllin in Kopavogi, home to the country’s only three indoor courts. After a bye in the first round, Cooper Kirby who was fourth seed, beat Jonathan Sund Nordahl from Denmark 6-3, 7-5 to find himself in the quarters up against seventh seed, a hard hitting Russian named Dmitrii Ivanov whom he defeated 6-2, 6-3.
In the semis, he faced top seed Maximilian Homberg but he was not deterred coming back from 5-4 down in the first set to win 7-5, 6-3 overall. This important win placed Cooper Kirby in his ever Tennis Europe final and he was up against second seed Nicolas Moser who was the stronger player winning the match and the title 7-5, 6-2 and Cooper Kirby took the very respectable runners-up position.
In the doubles, Cooper Kirby teamed up with Mark Owen Endler from Germany and they beat fellow Brit Cameron Timlin and his Danish partner Nordahl in the quarters 6-1, 6-4 and then defeated another Brit Zachary Cox and his partner Ivo Isqueiro from Portugal in a tougher semi-final encounter 7-6(5), 2-6, 10-5. In the final it was retribution time for Cooper Kirby who along with Endler beat the pairing of Homberg/Moser 7-5, 6-3 to win the event.
Frederick said. ” Dean did well to reach both finals after defeating the number one seed in both cases. This tournament was a great learning curve and a very good result to be walking away with a doubles win and runner up in the singles. Great effort Dean!”
Read more about Dean Cooper Kirby’s Tennis Europe and Florida training in previous posts here
Performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby has got his month’s training in Florida at the Gomez Tennis Academy off to a good start by winning the Naples Spring Tropical Junior Level 6 tournament held at the Arthur Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park, Naples.
Despite the 27 degree heat and playing on clay Cooper Kirby won the Boys 14 Singles title knocking out the top three seeds in the process. In the first round he beat Christopher Cucinella 6-0, 6-0 and then defeated top seed Emilio Sanchez 6-1, 6-2 in the quarters followed by third seed Kaj Quirijns 6-3, 6-2 in the semis. In the final he beat second seed Michael Gurgenidze 6-0, 6-0 to win his first American title.
Brian, Dean’s father said, “Dean is really enjoying his six hours a day training and the opportunity to visit Miami with his fellow academy players to watch the Miami Open.”
Congratulations Dean! What an amazing way to start your American adventure with a trophy and a visit to the Miami Open 😉
Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby reached the last sixteen in his latest European tournament in Malta.
On this trip Cooper Kirby was traveling with mum Karen to compete in the main draw of the Grade 3 Boys 16 singles at the San Michel International Tournament in Kordin. In his first round match Cooper Kirby beat Matteo Covato, a wild card player from Italy, 7-5, 6-3 followed by a second round encounter with eighth seed Markus Kosak from Austria which Cooper Kirby won easily 6-1, 6-4.
Next up was the quarter finals where he faced twelfth seed Basilis Voltirakis from Greece who proved to be top strong an opponent and even though Cooper Kirby battled in the three set match and won the second set, Voltirakis won the match 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
Cooper Kirby is now in Florida for a months training with Rene Gomez at his academy in Naples. When he returns to the UK after the Easter holidays he will travel to Moldova to compete in his next Tennis Europe Junior Tour (TEJT) event.
Cooper Kirby is looking for funding for his European Tournaments – read more in previous blog post Cooper Kirby Looking For Sponsorship and more about his European tournaments in previous posts Cooper Kirby Racks Up European Points and More European Points for Kirby in Finland
Visit Cooper Kirby’s GoFundMe page here for more information and his latest news and updates.