TT Tour 2017

The TT Tour is back for 2017 and kicks off this Sunday (12th February) with the Australian Open event to be held at Totally Tennis’ Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke.

The Totally Tennis Tour is for Development Squads and Mini Performance Squads players who get the opportunity to compete in seven tournaments throughout the year. The top eight players from each squad will be invited back to play in the Grand Final’s in November for the chance to finish as the club champions. Leaderboard’s will show players rankings in each squad and points will be awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as points for entering.

The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points of 1,000 and or the winners 500 for the runners-up. All other events give the winners 250 points, 125 for second place and 75 for third/fourth places, every player gets 100 points for all events they enter, each age group leaderboard will be updated after each tournament.

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TT Tour Dates 2017

Sunday 12th February – Australian Open

Sunday 19th March – Brazil Open

Sunday 30th April – Sony Open

Sunday 21st May – French Open

Sunday 25th June – Wimbledon

Sunday 17th September – US Open

Sunday 15th October – Valencia Open

Sunday 15th November – Grand Finals (by invitation only)

PLAYERS MUST BOOK IN BEFORE EACH EVENT. Minimum of FOUR players will be needed per age group otherwise it may get cancelled.

Red (Pirates, Indians, Red Squad) – 10am -12 noon

Orange (Dodgers, Orange Squad) 10am -12 noon

Green (Giants, Green Squad 1pm – 3.30pm

Yellow (C.B, A SQUAD, Performance) 1pm – 3pm

All players interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816. Each event costs £6.50 per player

World Tennis News:Victory for Murray in the Italian Open

It seems British number one Andy Murray is on a role winning two clay court titles in Europe in a matter of weeks, first in Munich and now in Rome. Murray celebrated his 29th birthday on Sunday by sealing his first clay court victory against World Number One Novak Djokovic at the Rome Masters (ATP Internazionali BNL d’Italia).

_89705546_murray_djokovic_epaMurray beat Djokovic 6-3, 6-3 in the Italian capital to claim his long awaited clay court victory against the Serb after five previous failed attempts. The victory also gave Murray his second Masters title on clay after he won the Munich Open earlier this month beating Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 7-6 (7-4).The win in Rome also gave him his 33rd ATP title and only his second victory against Djokovic in thirteen matches since his Wimbledon victory back in 2013. It wasn’t all smooth sailing though as Djokovic argued with the umpire about the match continuing in wet conditions which he deemed unsafe due to risk of injury.

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On route to the final Murray didn’t drop a set easing past Mikhail Kukushkin in his first match 6-3, 6-3 followed by  Jeremy Chardy in round three 6-0, 6-4 and then he defeated Twelfth seed David Goffin 6-1, 7-5 in the quarters and Lucas Pouille 6-2, 6-1 in the semi-finals.

All eyes will now turn to the French capital for the second Grand Slam tournament of the year as Paris hosts The French Open at Roland Garros starting this Sunday (22nd May). Murray’s latest victory will see him return to the World Number Two spot ahead of the start of the tournament.

Information and first photo sourced from www.bbc.com/sport/tennis. Photo used courtesy of www.dailynews.lk

 

South East Colleges Doubles Event

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) players were in action again at the indoor centre at Totally Tennis. Run by QMC PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson, there was a slight change to the format with the doubles event like the singles event.  This year the tournament was scheduled for one day only rather than two and as such the field was reduced to one pair rather than previous year’s two per event (boys, girls and mixed doubles).

Disappointingly, there were quite a few last minute withdrawals and therefore the boys doubles was only contested by four pairs, the girls doubles by three pairs and the mixed doubles also by four pairs. QMC was represented by Alex Wood and Saul Irwin in the Boys event, Mixed Doubles players were Kelsey Mosquera and Luke Watts but the college withdrew fro the Girls event due to only having one player available, Sarah Winkle.

Boys Doubles final (Saul and Alex to right)

In the boys event, the Peter Symonds pair of David Gwilliam and Will Coward were heavy favourites to take the title, both with ratings in Division 3.  This proved the case in their first two matches which they won comfortably against Worthing and Bexhill for the loss of 2 games.  The QMC pair also served and returned well, to secure two wins 6-2 and 6-4.  This meant the winner between QMC and Symonds would decide the title.  Whilst Wood and Irwin played well, the superior doubles tactics and interceptions at the net, especially by Coward made things very difficult.  The Symonds pair took quick control of the rallies and dominated the net area and making things very diffiuclt for the QMC pair, who lost 6-0.

In the girls event, despite there only being three teams, there were some great matches.  The very first match provded the deciding one, where the Highbury girls (Pink and Kabbani) had a great win over the Peter Symonds team of Gwaze and Craft, 6-3.  The girls then went onto beat Bexhill 6-2 to secure the overall win.  This was a great effort by the Highbury team both of whom who had competed in the singles event.

Girls doubles winners (HIghbury College)

In the mixed event, Goldson was confident that the QMC team had a chance to win the title with Mosquera and Watts, who play together regularly and have been past winners of doubles titles in Basingstoke.  Opened match was against Peter Symonds, which again proved to be the key match.  Mosquera served superbly throughout and was extremely consistent from the back of the court, where Watts also played with great confidence.  The pair soon found themselves with an early break and extended this when they broke the Symonds male player (Harris) to love.  It was a high quality match with probably more play from the back of the court by all four players than the net, somehting that worked in their favour, QMC won 6-2.  The QMC pair also beat the Barton Peveril and Worthing pair quite comfortably losing just one game in each tie.  This was a fantastic was to end the regional events, Mosquera and Watts will go on to represent the South East team in April at Teeside.

 Mixed Team (Kelsey and Luke to right)

Adults News: Basingstoke & District Tennis League Finals

The Basingstoke & District Tennis League finals took place recently and the mens singles was won by Luke Watts from Waverley who defeated Beechdown’s Chris Harrold 3-6, 7-6 (11-9), 6-2 in the final to take the title for the first time. The ladies singles former Totally Tennis players and sisters from Waverley Tennis club, Kelsey Mosquera up against her younger sister Jordan. Kelsey won the match 6-1, 6-0 to be crowned the champion

The Men’s doubles saw a near repeat of last years final with defending champions Dan Cole and Chris Pearce from Kingsclere taking on Old Basing’s Phil Dixon and his new partner James Chamberlin.  The Kingsclere pair took title the title winning the match 6-4, 6-4. The Mosquera sisters teamed up in the ladies doubles to play against defending champions Andrea Butcher and Clare Munns from Beechdown. Kelsey and Jordan won the first set 6-0 but the more experienced pair won the next two sets 6-0, 6-2 to win the event.

In the mixed doubles final, defending champions Watts and Mosquera took on Totally Tennis’ Tim Rice and Emma Barnes. The Waverley pair proved too strong for the first time finalists and they won 6-1, 6-3.

World Tennis News: Shock Defeats For Top Two Seeds

_77420856_77420855Nishikori beat top seed Djokovic to book his place in his first Grand Slam Final

Tenth seed Kei Nishikori pulled off a shock defeat of world number one and top seed Novak Djokovic at the US Open yesterday, winning in four sets 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 to become Japan’s first Grand Slam singles finalist. He will now face fourteenth seed Marin Cilic from Croatia tomorrow, who will also playing in his first Grand Slam final, after he shocked the tennis world as well beating second seed Roger Federer in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

_77420951_77420950An ecstatic Cilic who defeated Federer in their US Open semi-final 

In the Women’s draw top seed Serena Williams will play Caroline Wozniacki in today’s final at Flushing Meadows. Williams will be looking for her sixth US Open title and 18th Grand Slam victory.

_77419786_77418694Williams and Wozniacki will meet in the US Open final later today

All photos in this post were sourced fromwww.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis

Tennis Talk: Surprises at Queens

After a great first match working under new coach Amelie Mauresmo beating Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-4, British number one and defending champion Andy Murray crashed out of the Aegon Championships at The Queens Club in London in the first major shock of the tournament, earlier this week in round three. It was Murray’s first defeat on grass since his Wimbledon final against Roger Federer in 2012 and his nineteen-match winning streak on grass was brought to an abrupt end by Czech player Radek Stepanek who defeated him 7-6 (12-10), 6-2.

_75486986_stapanekmatchpointpicv3Stepanek defeats defending champion Murray at the Aegon Championships (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

With Murray’s hopes of winning a fourth Aegon Championship title dashed he will return to the grass when he opens play as defending champion at Wimbledon on Monday 23rd June. On the plus side he has extra time to work with Mauresmo ahead of the Wimbledon challenge. Murray was not without chances and broke Stepanek’s serve in the first game but then lost his own, not taking advantage of a strong 6-2 lead in the tie-break.

_75498548_mauresmoandmurray_gettyMurray now has time to prepare for his Wimbledon defence with new coach Mauresmo (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

Speaking to BBC sport Murray said, “I have only got myself to blame that I lost the first set. I don’t know how many set points I had, but quite a lot of them were on my serve.” he continued “On this surface especially, you shouldn’t really be losing sets like that. For me, that’s what’s disappointing about the match. Then unfortunately I got broken in the first game of the second set. I couldn’t quite get it back. The tie-break was tough.”

Jamie Murray, brother of Andy is keeping the British dream alive with partner John Peers after winning their doubles semi-match against seventh seed Julien Benneteau/Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-6. They face second seeds Alexander Peya/Bruno Soares in tomorrows final.

_75527980_dimitrov450598426Dimitrov knocks out top seed Wawrinka in the semis (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

In other shock news, top seed and World Number three Stanislas Wawrinka was knocked out of the tournament in today’s semi-final by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-4 in just over an hour. Tenth seed Feliciano Lopez beat Stepanek in the second semi-final 7-6, 6-4. Tomorrow will also see the ‘Rally For Bally’ Doubles Exhibition matches at the three Aegon events at The Queen’s Club in West London, Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham and Devonshire Park in Eastbourne. All funds raised will go to the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis (EBAT) and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity (read more here). To donate please go to www.justgiving.com/RallyForBally.

_75513192_feliciano_lopez_apLopez will feature in tomorrow’s final against Dimitrov (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

French Open champion and top seed Rafael Nadal suffered a shocking straight-sets defeat in his first match on grass this season when Dustin Brown won their match 6-4, 6-1 at the ATP Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany. In the semi-finals today Colombian Alejandro Falla defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 to book his place in tomorrows final against Roger Federer who beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6.

_75492149_75492148Nadal made a very early exit in Germany (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

Over at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, tomorrow’s final will see top seed Ana Ivanovic take on Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova. Ivanovic defeated Shuai Zhang 6-2, 6-2 in their semi-final and Zahlavova-Strycova beat Australian Casey Dellacqua 7-6, 6-1.

2014-ana-ivanovic-forehand-classic-sf-barbora-zahlavova-strycova-620x300-gettyZahlavova Strycova will face top seed Ivanovic in tomorrow’s Aegon Classic final in Edgbaston, Birmingham (source: www.lta.org.uk)