Five girls competed in this year’s Totally Tennis HSBC Road to Wimbledon (U14) club event which was won by Isla Hignett with Tillie Reid finishing as runner-up. Hignett won all her matches beating Reid 4-1, 4-0, Amberly Chapman 4-0, 4-0, Atinuke Adelakun 4-0, 4-0 and Kirsty Da Silva 4-0, 4-0. Reid beat Da Silva 4-0, 5-3 and both Adelakun and Chapman 4-0, 4-0. Hignett will now play in the county finals which will take place over the weekend of 15th & 16th July at Canoe Lakes in Southsea. Reid will have to wait and see if she makes the final as one of the lucky runners-up.
Head Coach James Macintosh said “Congratulations to Isla who has managed to qualify for the county event for the second year running.” he added, “Also well done to Tillie who was the runner up this year and hopefully she will get the opportunity to take part in the county finals for the first time“.
The two winners (boy and girl) of each County Final will be invited to play at Wimbledon from 14th – 19th August in the National Finals (an additional four lucky losers from the County Finals will also be invited to the National Finals). Hignett will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of her former Totally Tennis players and her older brother Liam who played at the National Finals in 2014.
The HSBC Road to Wimbledon is the biggest junior tournament in British tennis and gives all 14U players the opportunity to progress through to compete on the world famous grass courts at Wimbledon. Local clubs, parks and schools are encouraged to enter and stage a tournament for their members/pupils rated between 10.2 and 7.1. For stronger rated players (6.2 or higher) there is the HSBC Road to Wimbledon International event which players can enter directly.
Congratulations Isla and Good Luck in the County Finals next month 🙂
From the archives
Isla Wins HSBC Road To Wimbledon Club Tournament and Hignett On Road to Wimbledon
All the family can play tennis for free at Totally Tennis on Sunday 18th May and 22nd June as part of the Lawn Tennis Associations (LTA) Great British Tennis Weekends. Along with other tennis centres across the country, including 42 events taking place in Hampshire and Isle of Wight, the club will be offering free tennis and coaching for people of all ages and abilities ~ the perfect day out for family and friends. Sessions will be available for adults, juniors and families at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park in Basingstoke on 18th May and at Stratton Park in Kempshott on 22nd June.
Adult Drills 1.30pm – 2.15pm and 3.00pm – 3.45pm
The adult drills taster session is ideal for everyone new to the sport or those who haven’t picked up a racket in a long time. Rackets can be borrowed if you don’t have your own, just come prepared to hit a few balls and have some fun.
Mini & Junior Tennis 2.15pm – 3.00pm
No matter what your ability you will have fun on court with other junior players of your age. Totally Tennis Coaches will be on hand to offer tips to help your game and advice on how you can continue to play to improve and for further enjoyment.
Family Time 1.30 – 4.00pm on the outside courts
It’s time to get on court with your family and have some fun. Modified balls and rackets will be provided for the younger ones and coaches will be on hand to give the whole family some pointers if you want them.
All sessions can be booked online here by clicking on this link www.clubhouse.lta.org.uk. Please telephone the office on 01256 – 358816 for more information and to join in all the fun.
Cakes and tea will be available in the Pavilion after the sessions. As an added incentive ten players every weekend participating in Great British Tennis Weekends throughout the country have the chance to win a Babolat racket.