Bates Wins Most Improved Player at Annual Family Tournament

Penny Bates is a regular at Totally Tennis playing up to three times a week in the adult programme run at the indoor centre, attending weekly ladies mornings and drills sessions.

Tennis is a sport enjoyed by her whole family and back in 1999 Bates’ mother, Margaret suggested that the family kept in touch by holding an annual family tennis tournament. Margaret had played at Wimbledon before the Second World War and her entire family were enthusiastic and very talented tennis players. The tournament has taken place every year since then except one at various locations throughout England hosted by one of the family. This year it took place at St George’s Lawn Tennis Club in Weybridge with thirty-one competitors ranging in age from late teens to mid 70’s.

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The tournament took place on very well kept grass courts and lasted from mid morning to late afternoon in a round robin format. Although Bates did not win overall, she was given the cup for the most improved player thanks to the coaching she receives at Totally Tennis.

Bates said, “I play at Totally Tennis up to three times a week taking part in the Monday and Friday morning drills run by Head Coach James and on Wednesday at the drills session run by James, Jordan and occasionally George.” she added, “I cannot praise the coaching staff enough for their dedication and enthusiasm.”

Bates’ cousin Jenny Cornfield who won the women’s section also has a connection with Totally Tennis as she attended a weekend course run by Shyam Vitlani at Hampshire Court Hotel last year and thoroughly enjoyed it, finding it very helpful.

Congratulations Penny and Jenny 😉

Charity Fundraising Efforts

Totally Tennis held it’s World’s Biggest Coffee morning event in support of Macmillan Cancer Support alongside the clubs’ regular Ladies Morning session last Friday. The ladies enjoyed the drills and matchplay session followed by coffee and a choice of delicious cakes at the indoor centre. The event raised just over £60 which Totally Tennis matched so overall the club contributed £120 to the charity’s goal to meet its target for this year.

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The club has been a regular supporter of the annual coffee morning event for many years, raising money to donate to the charity which improves the lives of people and their families affected by cancer. Last year the nationwide coffee morning events raised £25 million and the charity aims to raise even more this year.

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The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest charity fundraising event raising money to enable the charity to provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care in this country. The money raised at events like the coffee morning funds vital services and enables the charity to work alongside people affected by cancer and improve cancer care, making a real difference in people’s lives. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer, Macmillan can help.

TT1Centre Manager and master cake baker Emily Wootton said, “The Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning is something we have always supported and I pleased that our players had the opportunity to get involved again this year, helping to make a difference whilst enjoying their hobby.

Totally Tennis Ladies Morning sessions provides a healthy mixture of coaching and social match play in a ladies only sessions every Monday and Friday from 10.00am – 11.30am. For more information, please telephone 01256 358816 or visit our website www.totallytennis.co.uk

Player Profile: Hilary Oliver

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HILARY OLIVER

Squad: Drills, Ladies Morning and Matchplay

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Twenty-eight

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Looking for some coaching

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Serena Williams

What do you like most about the sport?

You can enjoy if from 9 – 90 years

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Backhand slice dropshot

How often do you play?

2 – 3 times a week

Do you play any other sport?

Badminton, swimming, netball 

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Still here when others have retired!

Player Profile: Jon Hirst

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JON HIRST

Squad: Tuesday Advanced Drills

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Twelve

How were you introduced to the sport?

School Coaching

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

The excellent coaches

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Beating my dad!

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Backhand cross-court

How often do you play?

Once a week

Do you play any other sport?

Sailing

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far? Moving up to B squad

To be decided …….

Festive Season at Totally Tennis

There are lots of opportunities for festive activities this Christmas season at Totally Tennis for both adult and junior players. Please check out the schedule below and for information pop into reception, telephone 01256 358816 or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk.

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Under 10’s 12 noon – 2.00pm. Over 10’s 2.00 – 4.00pm

When: Sunday 14th December

Where: Bowlplex

Cost: £10.00 ( 2 games)

Please contact reception for more information and to sign up.

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Drunken and Christmas Drills

Come down and join in the festive spirit and keep fit too

Drunken Drills Friday 5th December – 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Cost: £10

Festive Drills Tuesday 16th December  – 8.00pm – 9.00pm followed by mulled wine and mince pies

Cost: £10

50+ Christmas Party

A festive buffet lunch will be served in the Totally Tennis Pavilion after the 50+ session.

When: Wednesday 17th December.

Time: 10am – 11.30am (tennis) followed by lunch

Please contact reception for more information and cost.

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Junior Christmas Party

Please come in fancy dress for some fun and games including tennis, table tennis, music, drinks and snacks. Everyone Welcome.

When: Monday 22nd December 10.00am – 1.00pm

Cost: £15.00

Christmas Junior Activity Days

Do you want your child to burn off some energy and have a fantastic time this Christmas holiday? For a healthy and challenging alternative, our Tennis Camps are a great chance for juniors to improve their skills, fitness and make new friends giving you extra time for that last-minute Christmas Shopping.

When: Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th December

Cost: Morning  £11.00/£13.00

Afternoon £9.50/£11.00

Full day  £19.00/£20.00 (children must be aged 5 years and older to stay for a full day)

2 day package £33.00/£35.00 (must be paid for at time of booking)

For more information please contact reception on 01256 358816, e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the website http://www.totallytennis.co.uk

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TOTALLY TENNIS CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS 2014

Saturday 20th December – End of term for squads

Monday 22nd December – Junior Christmas Party 10.00 – 1.00pm. Adult Programme as normal

Tuesday 23rd December – Yellow Squad Christmas Camp 10.00 – 3.00pm. No Adult Drills

Wednesday 24th December – Indoor Courts pre-booked 10.00am – 2.00pm

Thursday 25th December – CLOSED

Friday 26th December – CLOSED

Saturday 27th December – NO Munchkin or Junior Clubs. Indoor courts pre-booked 10.00am-2.00pm

Sunday 28th December – Indoor courts pre-booked 10.00am – 2.00pm

Monday 29th December – Tennis Camp 9.00am – 3.30pm. Improver & Advanced Drills as normal

Tuesday 30th December – Tennis Camp 9.00am – 3.30pm. Advanced Drills 8.00 – 9.00pm

Wednesday 31st December – Indoor courts pre-booked 10.00am – 2.00pm

Thursday 1st January – CLOSED

Friday 2nd January – Yellow Squad Camp – tbc

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Adult Tennis Summer League Update: Mens A Team Promoted to Divison 1.

Totally Tennis Men’s A team won the Division 2 title in the Basingstoke and District Tennis summer league and will be promoted to play in Division one next summer. The team of Simon James/Tim Rice and Ali Olrog/Ben Jubin beat Andover B with an impressive 8-0 and the team also beat Beechdown A and Odiham with 8-0 score lines. The team keep a season clean sheet winning all seven matches played with a season total of 14 points (52 games won and only losing 4).

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(L to R) Simon James and Ben Jubin were part of the victorious Men’s A team who gained promotion to Division 1. 

The two Hampshire Court teams completely dominated Division 4 both finishing on 16 points overall but the B team took top honours with more games won. Totally Tennis Men’s B were a respectable fourth overall with 9 points, winning four matches, drawing two and losing three. The Totally Tennis Ladies A team finished in sixth place in Division two with a total of 5 points. They won one match with the team of Emma Barnes/Sharon De Botte and Hilary Oliver/Stephanie Hart beating Sherborne 8-0 and they drew three and lost three overall. Mortimer A were the division winners with 11 points.

In the Mixed, Totally Tennis A also finished in fourth place overall with 7 points, winning three matches, drawing one and losing three. Tim Rice/Emma Barnes and Rex Groves/Stephanie Hart completed their season with an 8-0 win against Overton B and a 6-2 result at Beechdown B. Aldermaston A won the Division with a total of 13 points. Totally Tennis B team were sixth with 6 points after winning two, drawing two and losing three matches.

Head Coach James McIntosh said “Congratulations to the Mens A team for a fantastic summer season and a well deserved promotion to the top division next summer. It’s great to have so many of our players competing in the local leagues and good luck to everyone in the current Winter leagues.”

There are plenty of opportunities for adults to play at Totally Tennis and then have the opportunity to represent the club in the local tennis league in the summer and winter seasons. For more information about the Adult Tennis programme at  please visit our new look website www.totallytennis.co.uk, telephone the office on 01256 358818 or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk.

Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Totally Tennis held it’s World’s Biggest Coffee morning event in support of Macmillan Cancer Support alongside the clubs’ regular Friday Ladies Morning session. The ladies enjoyed the drills and matchplay session followed by coffee and cakes, with the club raising just over £80 to contribute to the charity’s goal to meet its 2014 target. The club has been a regular supporter of this annual event, raising money to donate to the charity which improves the lives of people and their families affected by cancer.

IMG_7032The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest charity fundraising event raising money to enable the charity to provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care in this country. The money raised at events like the coffee morning funds vital services and enables the charity to work alongside people affected by cancer and improve cancer care, making a real difference in people’s lives. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer, Macmillan can help.

IMG_7030Centre Manager Emily Clark said “The Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning is something we have always tried to support. It’s a perfect opportunity for our players to get involved with a great charity, helping to make a difference, whilst enjoying their hobby.”

Ladies Morning sessions provides a healthy mixture of coaching and social match play in a ladies only sessions every .
Mondays and Fridays from 10.00am – 11.30am. For more information, please telephone 01256 358816 or visit our website www.totallytennis.co.uk