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

LTA Summer Tournaments at Totally Tennis

Performance player Liam Hignett is running a series of Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) tournaments at Totally Tennis this summer.

The first two events are now open for entries (click on the links below to enter)

Saturday 30th June – 16U Boys and Girls Doubles (Grade 4)

16U Doubleshttps://www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/Competition/?ctn=1-FKZ5P80

Sunday 1st July – 12U Boys and Girls Singles (Grade 5)

12U Singles – https://www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/Competition/?ctn=1-FKZEKOA

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Further tournaments will be held in July and August as per the table above – for more information visit www3.lta.org.uk/competitions
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Hignett and Reid Win Doubles Title in Witney

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid won the 18 and under Girls doubles title at the Witney Open Junior Tennis Tournament 2018 held at the Witney Lawn Tennis Club in Oxfordshire last week.

The Grade 4 tournament was played in a round robin format and the winning pair beat club mates Jasmin Bromilow and Kirsty Da Silva 4-0, 4-2 and Michaela Shakespeare and Susanna Wright 4-2, 4-3(1) to win overall. Bromilow and Da Silva were runners-up after beating Shakespeare/Wright in three sets 4-2, 2-4, 10-7.

image1.jpegBoth Reid, who was top seed and Da Silva also competed in the 14 and under Girls singles event. Reid finished runner-up after defeating Isabella Taylor in the quarters 4-0, 4-1 followed by Patrisia Radan in the semis 4-3(4), 4-3(3) but losing out in the final against second seed  Alisha Tejrar 4-1, 4-1. Da Silva lost in the quarters against Shakespeare 4-1, 4-1. 

Well done Girls 😉

Da Silva Wins Doubles Title in Oxford

Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva (pictured left) and her partner Amelia Pirt won the Grade 4 Leys Junior Doubles 16 and under title at Leys Recreation Ground in Oxford on Sunday.

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Da Silva, 12 and Pirt, 11 were the only pair to win all their three matches in the round robin competition. They beat Isabel and Georgia Black 4-2, 2-4 [10-7], Michaela Shakespeare and Oyinkansolami Durowoju 5-4(1), 2-4, [10-6] and Holly Craig and Beatrice Painter 4-1, 4-1 to win the event.

Congratulations Girls 😉

Silver Medal For Kirsty in Oxford

Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva reached her first Grade 4 final on Sunday while competing in the GSM Bampton 12U Girls Summer County Tour in Oxford.

In the quarter finals she beat Gigi Ifil 3-4(3), 4-1,10-6 followed by Katie Baker in the semis 4-2, 4-1 but then lost against the number one seed Patricia Radan 4-3(3), 4-0 in her first Grade 4 12U final.

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Kirsty’s mum Sue Da Silva said, ” Kirsty played a great tournament sadly losing to the number one seed in the final.” she added, “Her first round match was terrific against a very talented player who has played in many national tournaments, Kirsty played a clever match and eventually won in three sets.  Some of her best tennis so far!”

Congratulations Kirsty!

Win for Jasmin in London

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Jasmin Bromilow won the Girls 14 and under singles title at the South East Junior Tour – Will to Win Pitshanger tournament that took place on Saturday 14th May.

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The Grade 4 outdoor event was held at The Will to Win Tennis Centre in Ealing, London and was played in a compass draw format. Second seed Bromilow had a bye in round one then defeated Sienna May 4-0, 3-4(3), 10-7 in the quarters followed by third seed Valentina Walsh in the semis 3-4(1), 4-3, 10-9 and then she beat top seed Holly James in the final 0-4, 4-1, 10-8 to win the title.

Congratulations Jasmin!

Hignett Busy In Winter Events

Totally Tennis Performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Liam Hignett kept busy in the run up to the festive season playing in a variety of tournaments with varying results. Most recently he competed in the David Lloyd Southampton Christmas Grade 3 event where he beat Darius Perkins 6-4, 6-4 in round one followed by the number 2 seed Daniel Connell 6-1, 6-2 but then lost out to overall event winner Harry Butler in the quarter finals 6-2, 6-1.

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Hignett was runner-up at the Grade 4 Virgin Active Hampshire 16 and under Boys singles event again beating Perkins in the quarter finals 4-2, 4-2 and then Zizheng Jin 4-1, 4-1. In the final he lost to Sebastian Harris 4-0, 5-3 to finish in second place overall. His next event was the Grade 3 Bucks Indoor Tennis Club Regional 16 and under Boys event, where he won against Oliver Mayo 6-2 before his opponent retired in the second set and then lost in the quarters in three sets against Florian Hagnaann 2-6, 6-0, 10-6. At the Aneel Sports Junior Grade 3 Xmas Tournament held at David Lloyd club in Heston, Hignett unluckily lost in the first round of the 16 and under Boys Singles against Jack Middleton 6-4, 6-3.

Head Coach James McIntosh said, “Congratulations to Liam on a great 2014 with many fantastic successes and highlights including becoming a Sherfield Tennis Scholar, winning County Closed Titles and playing in the Road to Wimbledon event at SW19 itself. Good Luck for 2015!