February in Pictures | 2020

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It was Bring A Buddy week for the development squad players (pictured above & below)

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IMG_6833Tennis Director and UCoach tutor Nigel Long (pictured back row far left) with the latest LTA Level 2 candidates who completed their final assessment at the indoor centre

IMG_6525Lots of junior players enjoyed the February Half Term Tennis Camps

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Head coach James McIntosh had a PB at the Wokingham half marathon ahead of his London Marathon debut in April in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of his father and there was a bake sale at the club to boast his sponsorship funds

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IMG_6997Liam and Isla Hignett both received funding and gym scholarships at the Basingstoke Sports Awards 2020

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Performance player Aaron Dawson was part of the Hampshire & IOW team

Bring A Buddy Week | February 2020

It was Bring a Buddy week at Totally Tennis last week where junior development players were invited to ask siblings and friends to join in their session.

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Head coach James McIntosh said, “It was great to see some of our squad players bring along their friends or siblings to join in with their session, especially those that hasn’t played tennis before. We look forward to doing another Bring a Buddy week next term.” 

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Look out for the Bring A Buddy week next term 😉

 

TT Tour 2020

The TT Tour is back for 2020 giving all Totally Tennis squad players the opportunity to play in regular competitions held at the indoor centre. Tournaments will be held throughout the year and the top eight players from each squad will be invited back for the Grand Finals in November for a chance to finish as the club’s champion in each age group!

The tournament dates for the first months of the year have been released with the first events scheduled for next weekend (Saturday 25th/Sunday 26th January). Players are invited to compete in the different tournaments based on ball colour and squads –  RED (Pirates, Indians, Red Squad), ORANGE (Dodgers and Orange Squad), GREEN (Giants and Green Squad) and YELLOW (A,B,C and Performance Squads).

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The TT Tour is a competition programme for Totally Tennis junior players with several tournaments held throughout the year. See the schedule below for full list of date of competitions for Red & Orange and Green & Yellow players. An up-to-date leaderboard will show each player’s rankings in each group. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as additional points for entering.

Date

Squads

Ball Colour

Time

Saturday 25th January

Pirates, Indians & Red

Dodgers & Orange

Red & Orange

1pm – 3pm

Sunday 26th January

Giants & Green

A,B,C & Performance

Green & Yellow

1pm – 3pm

Saturday 22nd February

Pirates, Indians & Red

Dodgers & Orange

Red & Orange

1pm – 3pm

Sunday 23rd February

Giants & Green

A,B,C & Performance

Green & Yellow

1pm – 3pm

Saturday 26th March

Pirates, Indians & Red

Dodgers & Orange

Red & Orange

1pm – 3pm

Sunday 27th March

Giants & Green

A,B,C & Performance

Green & Yellow

1pm – 3pm

Saturday 25th April

Pirates, Indians & Red

Dodgers & Orange

Red & Orange

1pm – 3pm

Sunday 26th April

Giants & Green

A,B,C & Performance

Green & Yellow

1pm – 3pm

PLAYERS MUST BOOK IN BEFORE THE EVENT. There must be a minimum of 4 players per age group for each tournament to be played. Each event costs £6.50 per player. All players interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816.

Read more about the TT Tour in previous posts HERE

Christmas TT Tour 2019

The last TT Tour event of the year saw Carter Grout, Dylan Mills, Tobi Adeniran, Yvie Martyn, Shrayan Subash, Lewis Gambrill and Shauna Rana compete in some festive fun.
In the semi finals Subash beat Grout 10 – 2 and Adeniran beat Gambrill 10 – 8. In the 3rd/4th play-off Gambrill beat Grout 10 – 2 and Adeniran was crowned the winner after beating Subash 10 – 2.
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Coach Loic Armstrong who run the event said,  “I have taught everyone who was at the TT Tour, their progression and confidence has shone through over the last few months.” He added, “Putting everything they have learned into practice this way has really helped the players grow overall.”
The TT Tour is a competition programme for Totally Tennis junior players with several tournaments held throughout the year.  An up-to-date leaderboard will show each player’s rankings in each group. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as additional points for entering. See schedule below for full list of tournament dates.
Congratulations to all our winners this year and to everyone who competed in the TT Tour 2019 – see you in the New Year 😉

Christmas Jumper Week 2019

Coaches and players of all ages joined in with the club’s festive charity event ‘Christmas Jumper Week’ in support of Save The Children‘s now annual official Christmas Jumper Day that took place across the country on Friday 13th December.

5e9bf327-0ba4-48e2-aba5-1701cfed97fbDonations can STILL be made via the Totally Tennis Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day Just Giving page – click www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CJD190038133 to donate £2 (or more if you’re feeling generous) to help us reach our team target.

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Christmas Jumper Day raises money to help create a brighter future for children. Find out more about the Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day by clicking HERE. Every pound donated will give children in the UK and around the world the chance to grow up healthy and happy, so they can become who they want to be! Just £2 could pay for antibiotics for eight children suffering from pneumonia, one of the biggest killers of children, whilst £5 could provide a winter jacket for a child in Syria. Read more about Save The Children and how their annual Christmas Jumper Day campaign helps children HERE05adcb34-047f-484c-b014-2620b2f7bf46

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Official photos and additional info used with courtesy of savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day

TT Tour Grand Finals 2019

Development squad players Tobi Adeniran (Red) and Luca Dharwar (Orange) were crowned the winners at last weekends TT Tour Grand finals held at the indoor centre.fd76b7a7-d492-4274-9d3d-f1b76e7561f7.jpeg

In the Red event Adeniran won all five of his round robin matches to book his semi-final place beating Gabriella Dyer 10-6, Carter Grout 10-3, Hamish Harwell 10-4, Dylan Mills 10-5 and Maxim Perelighn 10-2. Runner-up Mills joined him in the next round after winning three matches against Grout 10-6, Harwell 10-6 and Perelighn 10-4.

In the second group Shrihan Chakraborty also won all of his five matches to progress to the semis; he beat Lewis Gambrill 10-6, Ivy Grout 10-1, Jasmine Paul 10-4, Rakshit Saiavanakumar 10-2 and Elliot Wrench 10-0. Gambrill beat Grout 10-8, Paul 10-7, Saiavanakumar 10-4 and Wrench 10-4 to earn the fourth semi-final place. In the semi finals Adeniran defeated Lewis Gambrill 10 – 9 and Chakraborty beat Mills 10 – 2. Adeniran then beat Chakraborty in the final ** – * to become the Red champion.

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In the Orange competition Dharwar beat Charlie Burridge 4-2, Liam Durangparang 4-0 and Kaian Harris- Piper 4-0 to win the title.

Coach Loic said, “Great to see a growing number of children from squads take part in the TT tour. It gives them something to work on and put the practice into play at the end of every month.” He added,” I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part and  look forward to seeing them on the 14th December for the Christmas event.

 

Christmas Jumper Week 2019

The Totally Tennis festive charity event this year will be Christmas Jumper day to raise funds for Save The Children.  To coincide with the official ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ on Friday 13th December, players and coaches are encouraged to wear their festive jumpers in squads all week long from Monday 9th December onwards to give all squad players the chance to join in.

Donations can be made via the Totally Tennis Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day Just Giving page – click www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CJD190038133 to donate £2 (or more if you’re feeling generous) to help us reach our team target. Save the Children have also given us a personal QR code (see below)  – anyone who scans the code and then donates will contribute to our fundraising total. (Not sure how it works? Here’s a link to the handy guide on using QR codes claim.savethechildren.org.uk/guide. You will be billed £2 plus standard rate text message). Save the Children receive 100% of your donation.

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On Friday 13th December thousands of people up and down the UK will start their day by pulling on a Christmas jumper for a great cause – to help create a brighter future for children. Find out more about the Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day by clicking HERE

Every pound donated will give children in the UK and around the world the chance to grow up healthy and happy, so they can become who they want to be! Just £2 could pay for antibiotics for eight children suffering from pneumonia, one of the biggest killers of children, whilst £5 could provide a winter jacket for a child in Syria. Read more about Save The Children and how their annual Christmas Jumper Day campaign helps children HERE

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Official photos and additional info used with courtesy of savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day

September Squad Term

With the summer holidays now over it’s back to school and the return of the Totally Tennis Junior Squads which form part of the club’s junior programme coached by our team of LTA licensed coaches. Totally Tennis juniors squads are run throughout the year designed for children aged from four years upwards that start with mini tennis nets and sponge balls and work up to full sized courts and yellow balls. Every child is given an appropriate squad to join, usually guided by age.

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Mini Development Squads (Under 10’s) include Pirates (4-6 years), Indians (6-8 years), Dodgers (8-9 years) and Giants (9-10 years). Development Squads (Over 10’s) include A, B and C squads are for older players aged eleven and over. Performance Squads include the invitational mini performance squads of Red, Orange and Green for talented players and Yellow squads are for older players in the U12 to U18 categories.

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The 2018 autumn term started on 4th September and will run for sixteen weeks until Friday 20th December 2019 (sessions run throughout half term). There are Open Weeks held during the last week of term in March, July & December where parents are invited to watch their children’s progress during an on court session. Sessions take place at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park as well as some sessions at Hampshire Court.

For more information about the squad programme and session fees telephone 01256 358816 or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk/squads 

 

 

 

 

Player Profile: Nathan Dolman

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Age: Eleven

Squad: C & B

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Ten

How were you introduced to the sport?

By my brother

Why did you choose Totally Tennis?

My coach Jamie said it’s the best

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Rallies

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Backhand

How often do you play?

Every week

Do you play any other sport?

Football

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Beating James

 

TT Tour – US Open

The TT Tour US Open tournament took place at the indoor centre last weekend with events for the red and orange players run by coaching assistant Andrew Dingwall.

In the red event there were lots of really close matches and players were learning much about competing in matches. Kevin Karjalainen was the winner beating William Durman in the final 10-3. Neel Chandrasekar and Ayush Thondapu were joint third and fourth overall, other players who competed were Julia Mikztal, Roksanna Jelonek, Andrew Smith, Owen Hammond, Diya Shanmugaras and Luke Porter.

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Dingwall said, “For many players this was their first ever competition and everyone did very well by helping each other keeping score.” he added “William did incredibly well to fight through and beat Ayush 14-12 in one of the semi finals to progress to the final but was then beaten by Kevin who became TT Tour champion!

In the Orange competition there was some great tennis played with some fantastic rallies and well deserved winners. Hayden Cummings was the overall winner once again beating Guhan Chendhilkumar in the final 10-4. James Blackwell and Megan Fisher were third and fourth, Harry Dolman was fifth, sixth place went to Rory Thompson followed by Caitlin Manley and Lottie Blackwell. Special mention to Harry who battled through and beat Rory 16-14 in their very close fought match.

Dingwall commented “A special well done to Caitlin, Harry, James and Lottie for competing in their first ever TT Tour!” he continued, “Congratulations to Hayden on coming out the victor against Guhan to become the champion of the day.”

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The Totally Tennis Tour is for Development Squads and Mini Performance Squads players who get the opportunity to compete in seven tournaments throughout the year. The top eight players from each squad will be invited back to play in the Grand Final’s in November for the chance to finish as the club champions. Leaderboard’s will show players rankings in each squad and points will be awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as points for entering.

The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points of 1,000 and or the winners 500 for the runners-up. All other events give the winners 250 points, 125 for second place and 75 for third/fourth places, every player gets 100 points for all events they enter, each age group leaderboard will be updated after each tournament.

TT Tour Dates 2017

Sunday 29th October – Valencia Open

Sunday 15th November – Grand Finals (by invitation only)