Runner-Up Finish for Cooper Kirby in Mexico

Former Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Dean Kirby Cooper competed in his first grade 4 ITF doubles event in Tampico, Mexico at the end of February.

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Cooper Kirby, who is now residing and playing tennis full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Florida, competed in the doubles tournament with his American partner Ethan Muza. In the first round they beat Mexican duo SebastianGarcia Escorcia/Juan PabloLazo Becerril 6-1, 6-1 followed by the eighth seeds GianlucaCitadini/LucioRatti from Argentina 6-4, 6-4 in the second round. 

In the quarters Cooper Kirby and Muza defeated American duo and second seeds Jameson Corsillo & Ekansh Kumar 7-5, 6-2 and in the semis they beat another American pairing Sebastian Sec and EvanWen 7-6(4), 6-3. In the final they faced sixth seeds Felipe Lopez Comper and Benjamín Ignacio Torres Fernandez from Chile, after winning the first set 7-5 they lost the second 6-2 followed by the tie-breaker 10-1 to finish as runners-up.

The ITF Junior World Tennis Tour* gives young players all over the world an opportunity to compete, develop and travel the world, with many of the best players going on to be hugely successful on the professional tours. The ITF Junior Circuit provides opportunities at all levels of the game and to develop the stars of the future.

*Information used with courtesy of www.itftennis.com/juniors/

Read more about Cooper Kirby’s Florida journey HERE

 

Share of the prize money for Hignett in Sutton

Totally Tennis performance player and coach Liam Hignett competed in the LTA British Tour Sutton in the Open Mens Singles and Doubles events at Sutton Tennis & Squash Club last week.

In the opening round of the singles Hignett beat ninth seed Tom Hands 2-6, 7-5, 10-5 and then defeated Oscar Glenister in their second round match 7-5, 6-2. He was then beaten in the quarters by second seed and eventual runner-up Alexis Canter 6-4, 6-1.

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It was a similar story in the the doubles where Hignett teamed up with fellow Hampshire teammate Austin Gwilliam to beat Glenister and his partner Oliver Matthews 7-5, 6-0 in the first round before losing in the quarters to fourth seeds Sean Hodkin and Millen Hurrion 6-2, 4-6, 10-2 .

Hignett said, “The Sutton tournament is a premier tier British Tour event and the biggest of the year so offers the best prize money. I was very happy to get to the quarters in both singles and doubles.”

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) British Tour 2019* provides a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience in their quest to become professional tennis players, to provide competition for professional players in between competing in professional events at home and abroad, as well as providing a national level open competition circuit.

This week Hignett will be competing in the British Tour in Cumberland followed by the Roehampton event early next month. Read more about Hignett’s previous British Tour events HERE

*British Tour information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/britishtour

 

July in Pictures

IMG_0578Liam Hignett (right) & partner Miles McDowall won the British Tour FAST4 Doubles at the National Tennis Centre

Some of our coaches enjoyed visits to the year’s Wimbledon Championships

IMG_0579Coaches Liam and Jamie (along with Tillie & Isla) played against each other in Warsash

img_8534.jpgDean Cooper Kirby played in the Grade 4 ITF in the Bahamas

1710ac8f-a623-42c9-93ec-45c0f4e2f32eMini Performance player Hayden Cummings (left) and partner Tuna won the 10 & U Doubles in Bath

IMG_0515Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight team that participated in Group 4 of the LTA Summer Mens Doubles County Cup 2019

IMG_0512Isla Hignett won the 16 & U singles title in Woking

IMG_0511Tillie & Isla won the 16 & U doubles title in Woking

Summer Tennis Camp Fun

 

Summer Titles for Isla and Tillie

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid won the 16 & under Girls Doubles title at the 92nd Woking Open held at Woking Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.

After a bye in round one, the girls, who were top seeds, beat  Ellen Alliston and Allegra Hodson in the quarters 4-1, 4-0 followed by third seeds Rebecca Fisher and Daniella Scotland in the semis 6-4, 6-3. In the final they defeated Sofia Maine and Sienna Rolland from The Bourne Club 6-0, 6-3 to win the title.

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It was a double celebration for Hignett who also won the 16 & under girls singles title beating eighth seed Hodson in the final 6-4, 6-0 to win her second trophy of the tournament. A first round bye top seed Hignett defeated Sofia Maine  6-4, 6-2 in round two, Raga Ram in the quarters 4-0, 4-2 and sixth seed Anya Hamilton in the semis 4-1, 4-2.  Third seed Reid also had a bye in the first round and then beat Isabella Calvert 6-3, 6-3 in  round two but was then knocked out of the competition by Hamilton in a three set quarter final match 2-4, 5-4(5), 1-0(6).

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In the 18 & under Girls Singles competition Hignett beat Rebecca Scofield 6-3, 6-0 in the quarters but was then knocked out in the semis by second seed and eventual winner Jorja Reynolds 6-4, 6-1. Reynolds, who plays at Manor Park Tennis Centre, also defeated Reid in the quarters 6-0, 6-2. 

Well done girls!

More Titles for Cummings

Totally Tennis mini performance player Hayden Cummings and partner Tuna Lokman from Portsmouth won the  10 & under Boys Doubles title at the 22nd TeamBath CoMpete G2 Tennis Festival 2019.

The Grade 2 event was held last weekend at the University of Bath and after a bye in the first round, top seeds Cummings and Lokman beat Evan Lendrum and Takunda Muzvarwi 4-1, 4-1 in the quarters. In the final the Hampshire pair defeated Daniel Joita and Conrad Plum 1-4, 5-3, 10-6 to win the title.

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Cummings also competed in the 10 & under Boys singles event where he finished in seventh place. In the group stages he beat Niall Pickerd-Barua 4-0, 4-0 but lost against Group winner Pavana Nrshinga 4-0, 4-1. He progressed to the main draw where he won his first round match against Daniel Joita 4-2, 4-2 but then lost in the quarters to Rocco Richardson 4-1, 4-1. He then competed in some extra ratings matches beating Kaaviyan Pradhaban 4-2, 4-1 and losing to Tommy Cuomo in three sets 2-4, 5-3, 10-4.

Cummings also played in the 10 and under Boys Singles at the Windsor Open held last week at Windsor Lawn Tennis Club. He won Group A beating Adhrit Rajagopalan 4-0, Harry Cartledge 4-0 and Joseph Gibbard 4-1. In the main draw he defeated Zak Bergandy 4-1 in the quarters, Finlay Plummer 4-0 in the semis but lost in the final against Castor Chute 4-2 to finish in the runner-up spot.

British Tennis FAST4 Doubles Title for Liam

Totally Tennis performance player and coach Liam Hignett won the British Tour FAST4 Doubles title with partner Miles Mcdowall at the National Tennis Centre in London.

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The pairing were top seeds in the Open Mens Doubles event winning all their matches to claim the title. After a bye in the first round they beat Andreas Whelan Merediz and
Kian Yazdi in the quarters  4-3(2), 4-1, Eliot Glaysher and Josh Reynolds 4-1, 4-2 in the semis and then defeated second seeds Alex Fox and Elliot Stevens in the final 4-1, 4-2.

Congratulations Liam and Miles 😉

Hignett also competed in the LTA British Tour in Nottingham where he went out in the first round in a three set match against qualifier James Davis 6-3, 4-6,6-0. Next up is the LTA British Tour Sutton on 11th August.

 

Isla and Atinkue Win Hampshire Schools Doubles Title

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Atinuke Adelakun from Robert Mays School won the Hampshire Schools U16’s Doubles Event beating club mates with Tillie Reid and Jasmin Bromilow (Sherfield School) in the final.

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The girls won their first match against the Hampshire Collegiate pair, then beat a pair from St Swithen’s and won the semi-final against Toynbee. They won 10-8 against Tillie and Jasmin in the final.  Aaron Dawson and Daniel Prickett (Sherfield School) were winners of the boys event beating the pair from Wilderness School in the final. There were fourteen girls and sixteen boys pairs competing and overall a great day for Totally Tennis as six of the eight finalists were from the club.

It was the first time ever that a Robert Mays girls pairing have won the competition, Tillie and Jasmin had won the event in the previous two years.

Totally Tennis Players Scoop ISA Titles

Totally Tennis performance players and Sherfield School tennis scholars collected a prize haul in the annual Independent Schools Association (ISA) tournament. Tillie Reid won the U15 Girls singles title at the annual National Tennis Event last week, Daniel Prickett won the U15 Boys Singles title and Prickett and Aaron Dawson won the U15 Doubles event.

Th event, held at Queenswood School in Hatfield, saw many of the club’s players representing Sherfield School. In the early stage of the competition, Reid won Group E winning both her matches 4-0. Fellow Totally Tennis clubmate Jasmin Bromilow won Group A and Kirsty Da Silva won two matches and drew her third in Group D. In the semi finals Reid beat Bromilow 3-1 and won the final 5-3 against Helsby from Tower College. 

After winning Group C in the U15 Girls Doubles Reid and Da Silva lost to Tower College pairing Helsby/Yared in the semis 10-7.

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Dawson and Prickett won Group C in the U15 Boys Doubles and then beat Schaetlin Coffey/Torres from ISA School in the semis 7-4. In the final they beat Em Tan and Er Tan fromNorth Bridge House School 10-9 to win the event.

In the Boys U15 singles event Dawson won Group E, Prickett won Group B and Oliver Almany won Group D in the Boys U13 event. In the U15 semis Dawson beat Martei from The Gregg School 3-1 and Prickett defeated Shahar from Tettenhall College 3-0. In the all Sherfield final Prickett emerged the victor beating Dawson 5-4. Almany lost in the U13 semis against Mcmillan from Wetherby Senior School.

Congratulations to all our Sherfield tennis scholars 😉 

 

Doubles Win On Home Soil For Isla and Tillie

The latest South West Winter County Tour event, run by coach Liam Hignett, took place last weekend at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre in Basingstoke. There were two events, the 16 and under Boys and Girls Doubles.

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In the girls event Totally Tennis was represented by performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid who were crowned winners of the event after beating Ivana Maynard and Gabriella Rawles 4-1, 4-0 and a walkover against Giulia Caturano and partner Jogaile Juknaite.

In the boys event second seeds Martino Colabella and Adrian Leung from Kent were declared the winners. In the quarters they defeated Dennis and Philip Dimov 4-0, 3-4(3), 10-8 followed by Ben Deller and Rory Hodge in the semis  4-2, 4-3(2) and Oliver Brooker and James Stanley (who had defeated the top seeds Elliott Lowe and Freddie Simpson in the semis) 4-2, 2-2, 10-2.

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Congratulations Isla and Tillie 😉

The next South West Winter County Tour at Totally Tennis Basingstoke is the 9 & under Mixed Singles on Sunday 20th January – click HERE for details

 

Hampshire County Cup Call Up For Hignett

Performance player and assistant coach Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & IOW Mens team that competed in the LTA Winter County Cup 2018 held at Hills Road Sports and Tennis Centre in Cambridge at the end of last month.

Hignett (pictured front left) was joined in the Hampshire team by Julian Godfrey, Robert Mitchell, Ryan Golesworthy, George Houghton, Michael Johnson, Paul Scullard, Jake Norris and Austin Gwilliam who completed in the Mens Group 4b competition against teams from Durham & Cleveland, Leicestershire and the Channel Islands.

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On the first day the Hampshire team were up against the Durham & Cleveland team and lost 6-3. Hignett won his singles match 6-2, 6-2 but lost his doubles match with partner Jake Norris 6-3, 6-4. Day two was much better result with Hampshire beating Leicestershire 6-3. Hignett won his singles and his doubles match with Norris with both matches having the same 6-3, 6-2 scoreline.

On the final day Hampshire notched up another win against the Channel Islands 5-1. Hignett maintained his singles clean sheet winning his final match 6-4, 6-0 and was not required to play his doubles match with Norris as the tie was already decided. Overall the team finished in second place with four points and retained their position in the league while winners Durham & Cleveland, with six points, gained promotion.

Hignett also competed in the Open Mens Singles at the LTA British Tour Edgbaston 2 held at The Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham. Sixth seed Hignett beat Benjamin Stanford in the first round 6-2, 6-1 and then Alex Griffiths in the second round  7-6(4), 6-3 but then lost in the quarters to fifth seed Matthew Hollingworth.