Runner-Up Finish for Cooper Kirby in Mexico

Former Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Dean Kirby Cooper competed in his first grade 4 ITF doubles event in Tampico, Mexico at the end of February.

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Cooper Kirby, who is now residing and playing tennis full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Florida, competed in the doubles tournament with his American partner Ethan Muza. In the first round they beat Mexican duo SebastianGarcia Escorcia/Juan PabloLazo Becerril 6-1, 6-1 followed by the eighth seeds GianlucaCitadini/LucioRatti from Argentina 6-4, 6-4 in the second round. 

In the quarters Cooper Kirby and Muza defeated American duo and second seeds Jameson Corsillo & Ekansh Kumar 7-5, 6-2 and in the semis they beat another American pairing Sebastian Sec and EvanWen 7-6(4), 6-3. In the final they faced sixth seeds Felipe Lopez Comper and Benjamín Ignacio Torres Fernandez from Chile, after winning the first set 7-5 they lost the second 6-2 followed by the tie-breaker 10-1 to finish as runners-up.

The ITF Junior World Tennis Tour* gives young players all over the world an opportunity to compete, develop and travel the world, with many of the best players going on to be hugely successful on the professional tours. The ITF Junior Circuit provides opportunities at all levels of the game and to develop the stars of the future.

*Information used with courtesy of www.itftennis.com/juniors/

Read more about Cooper Kirby’s Florida journey HERE

 

World Ranking For Dean Cooper Kirby

Former Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby competed in the  ITF Junior Masters Grade 4 tournament at La Libertad in El Salvador.

Cooper Kirby, who is now residing and playing tennis full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Florida, won all three of his qualifying matches to gain a place in the main draw.  He won his first round match against Rodrigo Zelaya 6-1, 6-1 and moved into round two where he found himself up against Alvin Tudorica, a giant 6ft 6 Canadian ranked 551th in the world and although he played really well he lost 6-4, 6-4.

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Dean’s Columbian coach Raul said, “I am very pleased with Dean and he could of won.” After his first ITF tournament everyone now knows Cooper Kirby’s ability is to the standard needed for these world level tournaments. If he had won this match he would have won five games in a row and gained ITF points and a world ranking but unfortunately four wins didn’t result in any points so he now had to win two doubles matches to win any points.

He played doubles with Sam Scherer, a player from the IMG Academy in Sarasota, Florida. The pair won their first match, a close and evenly matched game against a pair from the home nation, El Salvador 6-2, 6-0. Their second match was against a Mexican duo who last month had played in two quarter finals for Grade 4 ITF’s so it was always going to be a tough match. This match was not only crucial for the pair to progress into the quarters but would also guarantee Cooper Kirby earning those important ITF points. The boys won the first set, lost the second 6-3 so it went to a tie-breaker but they held strong and gained a two point lead 9-7 with Cooper Kirby serving for the set and the match, he held his nerve and they won 10-7.

Cooper Kirby said “I was nervous going into the serve knowing this point would win the match and more importantly ITF points.”

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The pair were then in the the quarter finals but sadly lost against a South American pairing 6-1, 6-2. Cooper Kirby now has those much needed ITF points and a world ranking which will make it a lot easier for him to plan his tournament schedule as he knows he will be accepted.

The ITF Junior World Tennis Tour* gives young players all over the world an opportunity to compete, develop and travel the world, with many of the best players going on to be hugely successful on the professional tours. The ITF Junior Circuit provides opportunities at all levels of the game and to develop the stars of the future.

*Information used with courtesy of www.itftennis.com/juniors/

Read more about Dean Cooper Kirby in previous posts HERE

Intense training regime for Dean Cooper Kirby at Gomez Tennis Academy

Former Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby is now living and training full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy based in Naples, Florida. After winning the Spring Tropical Junior event and spending a month training at the Florida academy back in April, Cooper Kirby made the permanent move to the academy in the summer. His parents Brian and Karen visited him at his new home in the sunshine state over the recent October half term to check on his wellbeing and progress.
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As well as training for thirty-eight hours a week, Cooper Kirby is studying at the school linked to the academy based in nearby Fort Myers. While resident at the academy Cooper Kirby will be following an intense daily training programme to improve every area of his game including technique, footwork, movement and strategy on an individual and small group basis. The training includes  match play and drills as well as mental training and fitness.

Brian said, “It was great to see Dean and to watch him train but also to understand how hard they are pushed in high temperatures – it was 36 degrees on court when we were there.”

The programme ensures that players are looked after in every way to improve their game, everything they eat and drink throughout the day is recorded and that data is used to analysis performance on court versus food intake to track energy levels.  He needs a massive 8,500 daily calorie intake to cope with a days training, he is weighted in the morning and lunchtime to record how much water he has lost due to the morning training session, so far the most he has lost in a morning session is four pounds.

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Cooper Kirby has two tournaments before Christmas, the Eddie Herr International Junior Championships in Florida starting in mid-November and the Junior Orange Bowl International also in Florida in December. He will then travel back to the UK for just a week for Christmas before heading back to Naples to resume training. His performance will be reviewed after his tournaments and training up to to Christmas and a new tournament schedule will be devised to include ITFs in South and North America.

The Gomez Tennis Academy was founded in 2010 by tennis coach Rene Gomez, his wife Leslie Gomez and her son Chase Muma. Gomez Tennis Academy is a boutique tennis training academy situated in Naples, Florida. Led by Rene’s knowledge and experience, the Gomez team practices a training philosophy based on commitment, consistency and individualized instruction.*

Read more about the academy on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

*All information about the Gomez Tennis Academy and court photo were sourced from www.gomeztennisacademy.com

Read more about Copper Kirby’s time in Florida in previous posts totallytennis.wordpress.com/2018/04/28/cooper-kirby-returns-from-florida-to-contest-european-tournaments and totallytennis.wordpress.com/2018/09/01/cooper-kirby-heads-for-full-time-academy-training-in-florida/

September in Pictures

Screen Shot 2018-09-03 at 19.56.33Totally Tennis squads restarted for the Autumn term

IMG_5528Performance player and former Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett has joined the Totally Tennis coaching team during his gap year where he will be working with both adults and juniors in various sessions

Screenshot_20180831-081900Performance player Dean Cooper Kirby has made the permanent move to America’s sunshine state to live and train full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Naples, Florida.

IMG_5669Gevin, Guhan and Nikesh were the Totally Tennis 10 and under Mixed team who competed in the first match of the Hampshire & IOW Winter Junior League 2018 – 2019 IMG_5696Performance squad fitness session

c8784df7-c2ea-4632-97e5-b4401dcdcb2eCoaches Ben Jubin and Steph Catlin won the 2018 Basingstoke League Tournament Mixed Title 

9d2680aa-e284-410a-9a53-c20fb31948d81.jpgLiam Hignett is competing in a series of high profile and ITF pro-circuits tournaments across the countryb70a746c-6771-41f3-9551-1be9353b88f5Saturday morning Munchkin Club

Totally Tennis’ World’s Biggest Coffee Morning aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

2ba2e3c2-d053-45ca-8165-22ede55917c2Hayden, Nikesh and twins Gevin and Guhan beat Portsmouth Tennis Academy in their second match in the 10 and under Mixed team Hampshire & IOW Winter Junior League 2018 – 2019 

September Tennis Tips – click HERE for all the Tennis Tips to date

 

Cooper Kirby Heads For Full-Time Academy Training in Florida

Totally Tennis performance player and former Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby has made the permanent move to America’s sunshine state to live and train full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Naples, Florida.

As well as training for thirty-eight hours a week, Cooper Kirby will be studying at the school linked to the academy based in nearby Fort Myers. If initial training goes to plan he will be looking to compete at the ITF tournament to be held in Atlanta, Georgia at the end of October.

While resident at the academy Cooper Kirby will be following an intense daily training programme to improve every area of his game including technique, footwork, movement and strategy on an individual and small group basis. The training includes  match play and drills as well as mental training and fitness.

Brian Cooper Kirby, Dean’s father said, “After receiving his four year US Visa Dean flew to Fort Lauderdale on 29th August to train full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Naples, Florida.”

Cooper Kirby spent a month at the Florida academy earlier this year in April and while there he won the Spring Tropical Junior and also competed in another 16 and under event but was knocked out in the quarter final stages by a fellow Gomez Academy player.

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The Gomez Tennis Academy was founded in 2010 by tennis coach Rene Gomez, his wife Leslie Gomez and her son Chase Muma. Gomez Tennis Academy is a boutique tennis training academy situated in Naples, Florida. Led by Rene’s knowledge and experience, the Gomez team practices a training philosophy based on commitment, consistency and individualized instruction.*

Read more about the academy on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

*All information about the Gomez Tennis Academy and court photo were sourced from www.gomeztennisacademy.com

Read more about Copper Kirby’s time in Florida in previous post totallytennis.wordpress.com/2018/04/28/cooper-kirby-returns-from-florida-to-contest-european-tournaments/

Cooper Kirby Returns From Florida To Contest European Tournaments

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby is back from his month’s training at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Florida and is already competing again in Europe. After his intense Florida training routine, where he played five hours of tennis and as well as an additional two and half hours of fitness/core training everyday, he is well prepared for the summer tennis season.

After his success winning his first Florida tournament Naples, the Spring Tropical Junior, he competed in another 16 and under event but was knocked out in the quarter final stages by a fellow Gomez Academy player. His opponent has been playing at the academy on a full time basis for the last four years but that didn’t deter Cooper Kirby from putting up a good fight, he won the first set, lost the second and then lost match tie-breaker 10-4.

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Brian Cooper Kirby said, ” Dean played a full-time academy player, who is due to start playing in ITF’s this year, at the beginning of his Florida training and he lost 4-2 but by the end of his stay he won 4-2 which is great progress.”

With little time to get customized back to the UK timezone Cooper Kirby was straight off to Cyprus where he was accepted straight into the main draw of his first 16 and under Grade 2 Tennis Europe event at the Herodotou Tennis Academy in Larnaca. He faced a tough first round opponent in Jaime Faria from Portugal who had previously beaten players Cooper Kirby had lost against so he knew it would not be easy. Although he lost the match 6-2, 6-2 he learnt a lot especially that it will take time to master the new techniques he learnt in Florida in match environments.

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He also played in the doubles with his German partner Mark Owen Endler who trains full-time in Tenerife. The pair (pictured above) reached the semi-finals after beating Cypriot duoAndreas Lottides/Stavros Pamboris in the first round 6-1, 6-2 followed by Ioannis Kountourakis/Evangelos Kypriotis from Greece 6-2, 4-6, 10-8. They lost in the semis against eventual winners Nikita Petrusenko/Justas Trainauskas from Lithuania 7-6(6), 6-2. 

The semi final placing gained Dean another 20 points. He now has a total of 135 points and his ranking has moved from 661th to 575th. Within the group of UK players who compete in Tennis Europe events Cooper Kirby is now 17th on the leaderboard. As well as his Tennis Europe Ranking Cooper Kirby also has a Race to Masters ranking which is the ranking used for draws/selection that shows the current form of any player (in week 12/2018 he was 98th in Europe which accounts for his direct acceptances into tournament main draws). In the 16 and under category, after his recent semi-final position in the doubles, he is currently ranked 102nd in Europe with 110 points.

Cooper Kirby is looking for funding for his European Tournaments – read more about Dean in previous blog posts here

Visit Cooper Kirby’s GoFundMe page here for more information and his latest news and updates.

Cooper Kirby Wins Florida Tournament

Performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby has got his month’s training in Florida at the Gomez Tennis Academy off to a good start by winning the Naples Spring Tropical Junior Level 6 tournament held at the Arthur Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park, Naples.

IMG-20180327-WA0003Despite the 27 degree heat and playing on clay Cooper Kirby won the Boys 14 Singles title knocking out the top three seeds in the process. In the first round he beat Christopher Cucinella 6-0, 6-0 and then defeated top seed Emilio Sanchez 6-1, 6-2 in the quarters followed by third seed Kaj Quirijns 6-3, 6-2 in the semis. In the final he beat second seed Michael Gurgenidze 6-0, 6-0 to win his first American title.

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Brian, Dean’s father said, “Dean is really enjoying his six hours a day training and the opportunity to visit Miami with his fellow academy players to watch the Miami Open.”
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Congratulations Dean! What an amazing way to start your American adventure with a trophy and a visit to the Miami Open 😉

Tennis Talk: Murray Joins 500 Wins Club

British number one Andy Murray has become the first British player to record 500 career wins after beating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the Miami Open. Murray, seeded three for the Florida event won his 500th match 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and became the ninth still competing layers and 46th man to reach this milestone since the beginning of the open era. The win also sees him book his place in the last eight of the event that he has won twice before and he will now face unseeded Dominic Thiem from Austria later today. After a bye in round one he defeated American Donald Young 6-4, 6-2 in round two followed by win against Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-4 in the third round.

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Murray celebrates his 500 career wins with a giant green cake on court in Miami (source: http://www.bbc.com/sport)

Murray, who made his professional debut back in April 2005 and is currently World Number Four, had earlier surpassed former number British number one Tim Henman’s record of 496 wins when he defeated Feliciano Lopez at the Indian Wells event in California. In his ten years on the professional tennis circuit, Murray 27 has won two Grand Slams and Olympic Gold and Silver medals.

Roger Federer sits at the top of the table with 1,012 matches won by a player still competing but retired five-time US Open Champion Jimmy Connors still has the most career wins with a whopping 1,253. Rafeal Nadal is sitting on 721 and World number one Novak Djokovic is in third place with 625 matches to date.

If you like facts and figures, click here to read BBC.com sport’s round up of Murray’s career to date.