Local and International Summer Tennis Competitions Cancelled

Sadly Totally Tennis will be unable to contest their unbeaten record in the Annual Festival of Sport against Basingstoke’s twin town Euskirchen in 2020 after the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council announced that it’s been cancelled due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

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It’s the first time in twenty-seven consecutive years that the twin-town competition, which was scheduled to take place in Euskirchen in June, has been cancelled. Last year Basingstoke won 22-7 overall on home soil but the local clubs/teams will have to wait until June 2021 to contest the title in the rescheduled event in Germany.

Head Coach James McIntosh (pictured above with last year’s competitors) said, “It’s such a shame that the festival will not take place this year, much like many other events which have been cancelled.” he added “Some of the players who had previously been on the trip were looking forward to meeting up with their friends and others were excited to be part of the Festival of Sport for the first time. We look forward to going to Germany next year.”

It’s not just local sporting events being affected by COVID-19 but also prestigious international sporting competitions such as the Tokyo Olympics, Euro 2020, Tour de France and the F1 calendar all being cancelled or postponed. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) recently announced that this summer’s Wimbledon Championships has been cancelled for the first time since World War Two.

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The 134th tournament, that was due to be played between 29th June – 12th July in London, is not the only one to be cancelled with the news that the whole grass-court season including Queen’s and Eastbourne, will not go ahead in the UK. There will be no professional tournaments happening elsewhere in the world this summer, including the French Open which has been re-scheduled to September. It remains to be seen what will happen with the US Open later this year.

For more information about the cancellation of this year’s Wimbledon Championships, click HERE. Members of the public who paid for tickets in the Wimbledon Public Ballot for this year’s Championships will have their tickets refunded and will be offered the chance to purchase tickets for the same day and court for The Championships 2021.

Wimbledon photo used with courtesy of http://www.wimbledon.com/

 

 

 

June in Pictures

image2Tillie Reid and Isla Hignett were crowned 18 & under doubles champions at the Woking FAST4 tournament

image1Isla was also runner-up in the 18 and under Girls singles event

b88132ac-9b4e-4b81-ae51-b88a6ac3e291The coaching team visited local schools delivering tennis taster sessions as part of this year’s Totally Tennis Schools Roadshow

b92c55c6-2b1c-4432-a6c1-e736221b4989074deb83-0e8a-4696-a857-c517d42445eaJuniors who attended the schools roadshow were invited to a FREE open day at the club for the chance to play on real courts and enjoy fun games

4903f1a7-e491-4dc8-806b-d63e2670ec137fc711e2-6b80-42a6-befa-2c02376d5b5eTotally Tennis defended their unbeaten record in the annual Festival of Sport against Euskirchen 13 – 1. Overall the Basingstoke sporting community won the event 22 – 7

6da7f53a-5062-4396-bb63-397d76ee7d01IMG_8496Basingstoke & Deane mayor Diane Taylor (left) popped down to the outdoor courts for a game

3D5C5DD2-F0B1-499E-92DD-17C175C77F59Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Atinuke Adelakun from Robert Mays School won the Hampshire Schools U16’s Doubles title

Totally Tennis Retain Their Unbeaten Record in the Festival of Sport 2019

This year’s annual Festival of Sport, organised by the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council,  against twin town Euskirchen took place over weekend in Basingstoke in the sun. Totally Tennis were defending their unbeaten record in the festival and they were successful again this year winning 13 – 1.

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Jasmin Bromilow, Tillie Reid, Josh Furneaux, Charlie Mackenzie, Tinuke, Dylan Hall Jones, Ollie Brown, Nathan Dolman and brother Harry and Alex Feast represented the club on home soil at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park. Euskirchen Tennis Club was represented by eleven players Lupo Alexis, Schatz Bastian, Hanna Friese, Alex Heyne, David Caspers, Henri Feuser, Johannes Püllen, Marie Schneider
Eva Heyne and siblings Justus and Amrei Lingscheidt travelled over from Germany with the rest of the competitors for the weekend event.

Head Coach James McIntosh said, “Another successful year for Totally Tennis in the Festival of Sport as we retained our unbeaten run. All of the kids that have previously been involved with the festival had a great time and got to meet up with their German friends.”

There were also a few players that took part in the festival for the first time who enjoyed themselves and are already looking forward to next year’s trip to Euskirchen. Thanks to all the parents that hosted and to the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council that organise the annual event.”

Results were a draw for Basingstoke Academy of Dance and along with Totally Tennis’ victory in the tennis competition there were wins for Basingstoke & Mid Hants Athletics, St Mary’s School Rounders team, Challoner School Tennis, Sherborne St John U11 & U14 Football and Summit & AWE Judo. Euskirchen beat Vyne School at Rounders whilst the Euskirchen Civic Party won their event event against the Basingstoke Mayor’s team.

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Basingstoke won 22-7 overall and retained the trophy which they will defend in Germany next June.

June In Pictures

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Isla Hignett won the 18 and under Girls singles title at Bradfield 2018 Open

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Mini Performance player Hayden Cummings won the 10 and Under Mixed title at the South West Summer County Tour held at David Lloyd Southampton

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Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva, 13 was runner-up in the 16 and under Girls singles event held at the Atlantic Racquet Centre in Bideford, Devon.

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The Totally Tennis 9 and under Team Tennis squad were crowned Division 1 Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2018 Mixed champions (L to R Nikes Bommer, Hayden Cummings and twins Guhan and Gevin Chendhilkumar pictured with coach Jamie Jordan)

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Performance player Dean Cooper Kirby (pictured right with TT coach Jordan Frederick in the centre) won the 16 & under Doubles title at the Tennis Europe in Iceland with partner Mark Endler and was runner-up in the singles event

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The Totally Tennis team retain their unbeaten record at the annual Basingstoke versus Eurskirchen Festival of Sport in Germany. 

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00225CA1-54CF-47A1-A1D8-574EAD4534C0Adult friendly matchplay – Totally Tennis versus St. Neots, winning pair below

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Tillie Reid and Jasmin Bromilow win the Hampshire Schools Doubles title while representing Sherfield School where they are both tennis scholars

Mini Performance player Guhan Chendhilkumar performs the coin toss at one of the semi-finals of the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne

June’s Tennis Tips 

 

Totally Tennis Maintain Unbeaten Record in Euskirchen

The annual Festival of Sport took place in Basingstoke’s Twin Town Euskirchen last week and a team of Totally Tennis junior players travelled to Germany to defend the club’s unbeaten record in the competition.

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The team, who were representing both the club and Basingstoke in the annual sporting competition organised by the Basingstoke Sports Council, were just some of the nearly two hundred representatives that made the trip over to the twin town this year to compete in a variety of sports.

The tennis team of Harry Fest, Ollie Brown, Josh Furneaux, Dylan Hall-Jones, Isla Hignett, Jasmin Bromilow, Tillie Reid, Kirsty Da Silva, Amberly Chapman and Tinuke Adelakun  travelled with head coach James Macintosh to compete in the event which was celebrating its 26th year of competition . The group arrived on Thursday morning and had a day out at the theme park Phantasialand before meeting their host families who they stayed with for the weekend.

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On Friday morning the players had a training session on the clay courts at Rotweiss Tennis followed by an afternoon of social events and a BBQ. The tennis competition was held on Saturday with Totally Tennis maintaining their unbeaten record in the competition winning a convincing 14 – 0 overall. In the singles, Ollie won 6 – 4, Josh 6-3 and 6 – 1, Dylan 6 – 4, Tinuke 6 – 1, Harry 6 – 3, Kirsty  6 – 1, James 6 – 0 and 6 – 1 and Isla 6 – 0. In the doubles Amberly/Kirsty won 6 – 0 and 6 – 2, Tillie/Tinuke 6 – 0 and Dylan/Amberly 6 – 2.

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The four-day annual event, organised by Kevin Laing from the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council, included training and competition in a variety of sports culminating in the final presentation on Saturday evening. Basingstoke claimed overall victory beating Eurskichen 26 – 8 to be declared the 2018 Festival of Sport winners.

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Each year sports teams from Basingstoke and Euskirchen meet for the sporting event on an annual reciprocal hosting basis and each sport competes against each other with the overall scores deciding which town wins the overall trophy. The other teams competing were Basingstoke Academy of Dance, Basingstoke & Mid Hants Athletics Club, Summit and AWE Judo Clubs, the Vyne Secondary School, Sherborne St John Boys U12 and U14 Football Club, Bishop Challoner Secondary School, St Mary’s Junior School and Basingstoke Volleyball Club.

Totally Tennis Retain Unbeaten Record in Annual Festival of Sport

This year’s annual Festival of Sport event against twin town Euskirchen took place in Basingstoke from Thursday 29th June to Sunday 2nd July. This year was extra special as it was celebrating twenty-five years of competition.
Totally Tennis were defending their unbeaten record in the festival and this year Isla Hignett, Tillie Reid, Jasmin Bromilow, Atinuke Adelakun, Dylan Hall-Jones, Oliver Alemeny, Eddie Lakatos and Josh Furneaux represented the club on home soil at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park. Euskirchen Tennis Club was represented by five players who travelled over from Germany with the rest of the competitors; Eva, Marie, Franziska, Finn and Alex.
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The German players arrived on Thursday night and stayed with their host families before the first training session at the club on Friday morning. In the afternoon the players enjoyed some free time at the Basingstoke Jump Factory before returning to the club for some more training followed by a social pizza and chilli night in the clubhouse.
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Prior to the competition starting on Saturday morning the players were visited by the mayor and mayoress of Basingstoke along with others from the civic party of both Basingstoke and Euskirchen. The tournament then began with players competing in both singles and doubles matches to score points for their respective clubs/towns. The Totally Tennis won all their matches except one where Finn/Alex defeated Oliver/Dylan in a close doubles match 5-4 meaning Basingstoke won overall 10 -1 and Totally Tennis retained their unbeaten record for another year.
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The presentation ceremony took place at Queen Mary’s College (QMC) on Saturday evening where the overall festival winners Euskirchen were crowned 2017 champions. The event was finished with a disco for everyone involved in the festival from all the different sports.
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Two hundred sportsmen and women travelled from Germany to compete in this year’s festival organised annually by the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council. This year’s events included football, athletics, dance, volleyball, judo and of course tennis as well as many social events.
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Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh who co-ordinates the tennis event said, ” It was another excellent weekend of tennis and social activities for the players.” he added, “It was great for some new players to be involved in the festival for the very first time. We look forward to returning to Euskirchen next year for another Festival of Sport and defending our record.”