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/

 

 

 

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.”

Euskirchen Festival of Sport 2016

This year’s Festival of Sport took place in Basingstoke’s Twin Town Euskirchen last week and some of the Totally Tennis junior players were part of the team that represented the town in the annual sporting competition.

Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson, Andrew Dingwall, Harry Fest, Ollie Brown, Isla Hignett, Jasmin Bromilow and Tillie Reid travelled to Germany with head coach James Macintosh to compete in the event which was celebrating its 24th year of competition . The group arrived onThursday morning and had a day out at the theme park Phantasialand before meeting their weekend host families.

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On Friday morning the players had a training session at Rotweiss Tennis Club where they played on the clay courts, a new experience for some of the players. Friday afternoon was a social event at a natural outdoor lake where the players enjoyed swimming, diving boards, a trampoline in the lake and beach volleyball followed by a BBQ at the organisers house in the evening.
The tennis competition was held on Saturday with Totally Tennis maintaining their unbeaten record in the competition winning 13 – 6 overall. In the singles Ollie beat Moritz 6-0, Liam beat Max 6-0, Miles beat Hendrik 6-0, Harry beat Moritz 6-0, James beat Paul 6-0, Tillie beat Eva 6-0, Alex beat Johannes 6-0, Ollie beat Eric 6-2 and Harry beat Eric 6-0 but Isla lost to Miriam 2-6, Tillie lost to Hannah 1-6 and Andrew lost to Hendrik 1-6.
In the Doubles Alex & Andrew beat Johannes & Alex 6-3, brother and sister Liam & Isla beat Hendrik & Miriam 6-3, Isla & Tillie lost to Max & Hendrik 2-6, Isla & Jas lost to Johannes & Hendrik 2-6 and a second brother and sister combo Miles & Jas lost to Johannes & Hannah 1-6 which gave the Basingstoke team the outright win.
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The four-day annual event, organised by Kevin Laing from the Basingstoke Sports Council, included training and competition in a variety of sports culminating in the final presentation on Saturday evening and despite the winning tennis team result Euskirchen beat Basingstoke 21 – 15 to be declared this years Festival of Sport overall winners.
The other clubs involved in the festival were Basingstoke Dance Academy, Basingstoke Athletics Club, St Marys Junior School, Bishop Challoner School, Cube School of Judo, Sherborne St John Football Club and Calleva Boys Football Club.
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Macintosh said, “Overall the weekend was a great success, all of the players enjoyed their trip, not only experiencing playing on the German clay courts but also enjoying all the social events and making new friends.” he added “For Harry, Ollie, Isla, Jas and Tillie it was their first trip to Germany and they would love to do it again in two years time.”

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)