Another Busy Week For Hignett

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett had a busy week competing in the Grade 3 Frost & Co. Dorset Open 2017 as well as volunteering at the IAFF World Athletic Championships in London.

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In the tournament held at the East Dorset Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club Hignett competed in both the Open Men’s singles and the doubles with Dorset based partner Louis Allen. In the singles, second seed Hignett had a bye in the first round then he beat Joshua Kean 6-2, 6-1 in round two followed by fifth seed Jack Oswald 6-2, 6-3 in the quarters. In the semis he defeated seventh seed Thomas Watkinson 6-4, 6-1 but then lost to top seed Alex White 7-5, 6-1 in the final to finish in the runner-up spot.

In the doubles, second seeds Hignett and Allen had a bye in the first round then beat Adam Watkinson/Thomas Watkinson in the quarters 4-0, 4-2 and then beat third seeds  Benjamin Battey/David Hill in three sets 7-6(3), 6-7(8), 10-6 in the semis. In the final they were due to face top seeds Adam Glynn/Toby Samuel but due to the match scheduling and Hignett’s IAFF commitments the pair had to concede leaving them as runners-up. 

At the televised World Athletics sessions Hignett had the honour of carrying Usain Bolt’s bag before the 4 x 100 metre relay final.

 

Two Runner-Up Finishes for Bromilow in Liverpool

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield Tennis Scholar Miles Bromilow finished as runner-up in two events at this week’s Grade 3 HEAD Merseyside Tennis Open held at the Liverpool Tennis Centre.

In the 18 and under Boys singles event, Bromilow who was seeded third, beat James Griffin in the first round 6-3, 6-1 followed by  Zak Buchli-Sagoo in the quarters 6-1, 6-2. In the semis he defeated second seed  William Morley-Cotterell in three sets  6-7(3), 6-2, 12-10 before losing in the final to top seed  Harrison Birch 6-2, 6-2.

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Bromilow (pictured left) with winner Harrison Birch

It was a similar story in the Open Men’s Singles competition with top seed Birch beating third seed Bromilow in the final but this time in a much closer three set match 1-6, 6-2, 10-2. Bromilow also competed in the 18 and under Boys Doubles with partner Reuben Warwick finishing in joint third/fourth place. After a bye in the first round the boys lost in the semis to second seeds  Raza Ghaus/Samuel Reeve 4-0, 4-2.

Girls Win Premier 14 & U Aegon Team Tennis League

The Totally Tennis performance players have been completing in the Aegon Team Tennis Premier league in a series of home and away fixtures. The girls 14 & under team have won the Premier 14&U Girls Tier 2 South West (East) League after drawing on points with second place Woking but winning on number of games won.

The team of Tillie Reid (3), Kirsty Da Silva (4), Isla Hignett (1), Jasmin Bromilow (2) got off to a tricky start after losing their first fixture in the  against Woking LTC 8-4. Bromilow was the only player to win her singles 6-4-6, 6-2 and with partner Hignett their won their doubles match 6-3, 6-3. The additional two member son the team are Amberley Chapman and Atinuke Adelakun.

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The girls then had a tense fixture against Oxtails Tennis Club were they won on a shoot out after the scoreline was tied. Bromilow and Reid both won their singles 6-1, 6-3 and 6-2, 6-4 respectively but Hignett and Da Silva lost, in the doubles that followed Reid/Da Silva won their match in three sets 6-7, 7-5, 1-0 to secure victory for the team after Hignett/Bromilow were beaten.

In their final fixture played at the weekend in Oxford, the girls beat White Horse 8-4. Hignett and Reid won their singles 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-3 respectively but with Bromilow and Da Silva losing the score was level. In the doubles Hignett/Bromilow won in three sets 6-3, 2-6, 11-9 and Reid/Da Silva won 6-4, 6-4 to secure overall victory.

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Donella Hignett said “The team finished as winners in the premier division, with Woking finishing in second place.  This is the first time the girls have played in the premier league, so it’s an amazing result.”

Congratulations girls 🙂

The Totally Tennis 18 & under boys team of Dylan Allenby-Ryan, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson, Liam Hignett and Josh Lawson have been competing in the Premier 18 & Under Boys (Tier 2 – South East). The boys lost in their first fixture against Westside Lawn Tennis Club (LTC) 8-4 with only Hignett and Bromilow winning their singles matches. They bounced back to beat Woking Lawn Tennis Club (LTC) 10 – 2 with Hignett, Bromilow and Allenby-Ryan all winning their singles and the team winning both doubles matches. The team’s next fixture is against DL Raynes Park.

Aegon Team Tennis is a singles based team competition that provides players of all ages (8&U – Open) with regular league matches, against similar standard players in a competitive team environment. A total of 6,158 teams from over 1,050 venues are playing in Aegon Team Tennis 2017, last year there were a record number of 9,837 fixtures completed across the country. The Premier 12U-18U tier provides the opportunity for teams to compete outside of their county on a regional and national level. This allows stronger players and teams to play in a more appropriate league. Teams are accepted to the Premier 12U-18U events based on the ratings of nominated players at entry stage, there are three age groups 12U, 14U and 18U.

 

Two Trophies For Tillie

Even when visiting her grandparents in Devon for the Easter holidays performance player Tillie Reid still managed to win not one but two trophies to add to her collection.

image1-15Sherfield School tennis scholar Reid competed in the Grade 4 North Devon Spring Open 14U Girls singles and doubles events in the tournament held at the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple. After a bye in the first round of the singles she beat Grace Vowles 4-0, 4-0 in the semi-finals and then won the final against Amelia Pirt 4-0, 4-1.\

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The following day she joined forces with Pirt to compete in the doubles which was played in the round robin format. Together they defeated Evie Norris-Bishop/Ruby Davis 4-0, 4-0 followed by Katie Rowe/Martha Macdonald 4-1, 4-1 and then won the final against Lucy Ward/Vowles 4-0, 4-2 to collect the winners trophies.

Congratulations Tillie! What a great start to the summer season!

Winchester Open Runner’s Up Medal For Isla

Totally Tennis performance player Isla Hignett competed in the Girls 14U and 16U singles and doubles events at the Grade 3 Winchester Spring Open that took place last week at Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club.
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In the 14U singles competition sixth seed Hignett had a bye in the first round and then beat Sienna May in the quarter finals 6-1, 6-2 and then Katy Jarvis in their three set semi final encounter 6-2, 0-6, 1-0(9). In the final Hignett was up against former Totally tennis teammate and third seed  Eliza Wheeler who won the match 6-2, 6-1 leaving Hignett collecting the runners-up prize. In the 16U singles Hignett lost to Alana Unitt in the quarter finals 6-3, 6-1 and she then lost in the consolation final match against Samyuktha Manoharan 6-1, 7-5.
Hignett then teamed up with Manoharan in the 16U doubles, they lost in the three set semi final match against another former Totally Tennis player Aisling Mcgrane and her partner Unitt 4-1, 3-5, 1-0(6). In the 14U doubles Hignett partnered club mate Tillie Reid   but they lost to Jessica Holloway/Sophia Huron 4-2, 4-1 and Migraine/Unitt 6-1, 6-1.
Donella Hignett (Isla’s mum) said, “Isla didn’t win a match in the 16Us singles or the 14Us doubles which she played with Tillie as the opponents were just too strong.  It was good experience though.”

World Tennis News: Murray Wins First Dubai Title

World and British number one Andy Murray won his first Dubai Duty Free Championship title after beating Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in straight sets in the final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.

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Murray secured the title in just over an hour winning in two sets 6-3, 6-2. This is his first title of 2017 and his 45th career title which keeps him firmly at the top of the world ranking above nearest rival Novak Djokovic.

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In other news, big brother Jamie and his partner Bruno Soares won their first ATP doubles title of 2017 at the Mexican Open in Acapulco. The duo beat John Isner (USA) and Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 6-3 6-3 in the final to give them their fourth title, including the Australian Open, since they teamed up in 2016. In a shock defeat American Sam Querrey defeated second seed Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the Mexican Open men’s final 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

Photos and info sourced from www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/

 

 

 

Tennis Talk: Team GB Win Latest Davis Cup Tie

Team GB join Belgium, Serbia, USA, France and Australia in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas after they beat Canada 3-2 in this weekend’s fixture at the TD Place Arena in Ottawa.

It was all square after the first day of play with Team GB’s Dan Evans beating reigning junior Wimbledon champion Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 and Canadian Vasek Pospisil defeating Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(3). Day two saw Britain’s Jamie Murray and Dominic Ingot beat Canadian pairing of Daniel Nestor and Pospisil in a tough four set clash 7-6(1), 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 6-3 giving Team GB a 2-1 lead going into the final day of singles matches.

Evans lost against hard hitting Pospisil 7-6(3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5)so it was all square with the scores back level at 2-2. The fate of Team GB lay in the hands of Edmund who was playing against Shapovalov. In a bizarre moment of madness Shapovalov was defaulted for unsportsmanlike conduct after striking the ball at the umpire and Edmund, who was already two sets in the lead, won the match 6-3, 6-4, 2-1 and overall victory for the British players.

Canada v GB: Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round - Day 3

Third seeds Team GB will now travel to France in April to compete in the quarter-finals against the host nation who are sixth seeds. In a shock defeat top seeds Russia were knocked out by eighth seeds Serbia who now face Spain, Italy will play Belgium and Australian take on Team USA.

For more information about the Davis Cup visit www.daviscup.com. Photo used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk