Totally Tennis performance player and coach Liam Hignett represented Hampshire and Isle of Wight (IOW) in the LTA Mens Winter County Cup 2019.
The Hampshire team of Hignett, James Blair, Timothy Farthing, Oliver Fernandez, Ryan Golesworthy, Austin Gwilliam, George Houghton, Michael Johnson, Miles Mcdowall, Robert Mitchell, Jake Norris, Edward Percival and Paul Scullard were competing in Division 1 Group 4A against teams from Buckinghamshire, Dorset and Shropshire.
On the first day Hampshire beat Shropshire 8-1 with top seed Hignett defeating Luke Henley 6-3, 7-5 in the singles. In the doubles with partner Golesworthy he beat Henley and Thomas Loxley 6-3, 6-2. Things didn’t go so well for the team on day 2 with a 5-4 loss against Dorset in a close fixture, Hignett lost his singles against Toby Samuel 6-4, 6-3 and also lost in the doubles with Golesworthy against Samuel and Sam Bossem in the third set tie-break 6-2, 6-7(2), 10-6.
On the final day things didn’t improve with a 7-1 defeat against eventual group winners Buckinghamshire. Hignett lost his three set singles match against top seed Michael Shaw 6-3 4-6 4-6 but won the doubles with Golesworthy on a walkover against Shaw and partner Roy Knight. The Hampshire team managed to stay again in the division after some tough, tight wins and losses over the weekend.
Hignett said, “As always it’s a pleasure to be a part of this great team and we’ll be looking for promotion next year! It was a privilege to play at number one position this year playing my part in some quality battles particularly against Buckinghamshire’s number 1.” he added, “I love playing in these events as the team atmosphere whilst on court and the off court banter and laughs make it unlike any other tennis event out there. Thanks to all the boys for another great weekend.”
Totally Tennis performance player and coach Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight team that participated in Group 4 of the LTA Summer Mens Doubles County Cup 2019 against teams from Dorset, Leicestershire, North Wales, Nottinghamshire and Somerset.
The Hampshire team finished in third place overall in the event that took place at Cromer Lawn Tennis & Squash Club in Norfolk. The Nottinghamshire team were crowned the winners and Somerset finished as runners-up. Playing alongside Hignett were team mates Michael Johnson, Jake Norris, Ryan Golesworth, George Houghton, Paul Scullard, Austin Gwilliam and Miles Mcdowall.
Hignett (front left) pictured with Hampshire & IOW County Cup team
Hignett and Golesworthy won five matches beating Patrick Foley/Eban Straker-Meads (Nottinghamshire) 7-6, 6-1, Somerset’s Richard Gabb/Daniel Manlow and Samuel Edwards/James Marsalek both 6-3, 6-4 respectively and then won against Leicestershire’s Matthew Howse/Jack Simpson 6-1, 7-6(5) and Aaron Jinks/Alex Solonenko 6-3, 6-2. Hignett then won four more matches with partner Jake Norris defeating Oliver Brown/Mark Laishley (Dorset) 6-0, 6-2, Adam Glynn/James Whike 6-3, 6-3, Nicholas Jones/Simon Morris (North Wales) 6-4, 6-4 and Steven Billington/Mathew James (North Wales) 6-3, 6-4. Hignett and Golesworthy also played against ex-professional and now BBC pundit Andrew Castle (Somerset) and his partner Alistair Felton losing in a close match 7-5 7-6(3).
Hignett said, “Awesome result from the boys to stay in the group this year at county week after a tough first few days. Always a pleasure with this lot!”
Over the team beat Leicestershire 5-4 and North Wales 6-2 and by finishing third retained their place in Group 4.
Performance player and assistant coach Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & IOW Mens team that competed in the LTA Winter County Cup 2018 held at Hills Road Sports and Tennis Centre in Cambridge at the end of last month.
Hignett (pictured front left) was joined in the Hampshire team by Julian Godfrey, Robert Mitchell, Ryan Golesworthy, George Houghton, Michael Johnson, Paul Scullard, Jake Norris and Austin Gwilliam who completed in the Mens Group 4b competition against teams from Durham & Cleveland, Leicestershire and the Channel Islands.
On the first day the Hampshire team were up against the Durham & Cleveland team and lost 6-3. Hignett won his singles match 6-2, 6-2 but lost his doubles match with partner Jake Norris 6-3, 6-4. Day two was much better result with Hampshire beating Leicestershire 6-3. Hignett won his singles and his doubles match with Norris with both matches having the same 6-3, 6-2 scoreline.
On the final day Hampshire notched up another win against the Channel Islands 5-1. Hignett maintained his singles clean sheet winning his final match 6-4, 6-0 and was not required to play his doubles match with Norris as the tie was already decided. Overall the team finished in second place with four points and retained their position in the league while winners Durham & Cleveland, with six points, gained promotion.
Hignett also competed in the Open Mens Singles at the LTA British Tour Edgbaston 2 held at The Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham. Sixth seed Hignett beat Benjamin Stanford in the first round 6-2, 6-1 and then Alex Griffiths in the second round 7-6(4), 6-3 but then lost in the quarters to fifth seed Matthew Hollingworth.
Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett, Jasmin Bromilow and Tillie Reid were part of the victorious Hampshire & IOW team that won the 14 and under Girls County Cup 2018 regional playoffs over the long weekend.
The girls were joined by fellow Hampshire players Hannah Smith, Anna Vinnell and Martyna Ciubatiuk that made up the team of six who competed against Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire in Box B. On the first day the girls won all their matches to beat Northamptonshire 6-0 and then went to win the doubles against Cambridgeshire that evening with Smith/Vinnell winning 6-1, 6-3 and Hignett/Reid winning 6-0, 6-4.
The following day the team contested the singles matches against the Cambridgeshire with Smith and Vinnell winning but as both Hignett and Bromilow lost the overall score was 4-2 to Hampshire. With two wins the team in the group stages the team qualified for the regional play offs against Shropshire, who were the winners of Box A, on Bank Holiday Monday.
In the singles Smith, Vinell and Hignett all recorded wins with only Bromilow unlucky with her result but with a 3-1 scoreline going into the doubles matches the team only needed one more win. Number one player Smith picked up an injury so Hignett/Vinnell were the top pairing and won 6-2, 6-1 and with Bromilow/Reid also winning 7-6(3) 6-2 it was 5-1 overall to the Hampshire team and qualification for the National Finals!
The girls will now compete in those National Finals in Nottingham later this month over the weekend of 18th-20th May – Congratulations Girls 😉
Photos used with courtesy of Donella Hignett.
Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett will be off to study in America next year after securing a tennis scholarship to Tennessee Technological University (TTU)
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Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett (wearing orange shorts) represented Hampshire as part of the Men’s Winter County Cup
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Performance player Liam Hignett represented Hampshire & Isle of Wight (IOW) in the 18U Boys County Cup held at Taunton Tennis Centre in Somerset.
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Hignett with Head Coach James McIntosh at the annual Basingstoke Sport’s Awards.
Totally Tennis mini performance player Aaron Dawson was part of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight (IOW) 10 and under Boys County Cup team that competed last weekend at Weald Lawn Tennis Squash and Rackets club. The Hampshire boys played in Group B along with Sussex and Surrey. On a sunny first day, the team played Sussex first with Louis Bowden beating Jonah Bryant 4-0, 4-0, Dawson defeated Finlay Edwards winning 4-1, 4-0 and Daniel Prickett won 4-1, 4-1 against Darcy Pycroft. Dawson and Prickett won the doubles rubber with a 4-1, 4-1 victory which gave the team a fantastic 4-0 start.
Next up was tougher opposition from the Surrey team. Bowden came from behind in the first set to beat Tom Dunlop 5-3, 4-2, Dawson then won a close first set against Dominik Hagmann before winning the second set convincingly. With overall score at 2-0 to Hampshire, Prickett was up against Surrey number one Freddie Plummer winning the first set 4-1 but Plummer came back to win the second set tiebreak. Prickett stepped up a gear to win 10-2 and secure the team’s position as group winners and put them through to the semi-final stage.
Due to a bad weather forecast for the second day the organisers decided to play the semi-finals singles matches on the first day and Hampshire were up against old rivals Dorset. Undeterred Bowden beat William Pickard 4-1, 4-0 and Dawson recorded the same scoreline against Louis Cunningham. Prickett also kept a clean slate with 4-2, 4-0 victory against James Sclater and after a very day of tennis the team were through to the final!
Due to heavy rain the hard courts were unplayable on day two so the boys played the final on the clay courts against Kent. Prickett kicked things off with a 4-1, 4-0 victory against Matthew Pickering. Dawson battled but was unlucky against Oliver Evans losing 5-4(6), 4-2 and that levelled the score to 1-1. An on form Bowden defeated Hugo Coquelin 4-1, 4-0 to give the Hampshire boys a 2-1 lead after the singles. With a place in the National Finals at Bolton up for grabs there was everything to play for in the the doubles and Prickett and Dawson delivered with a fantastic win against Pickering/Evans 4-0, 4-0.
Congratulations Boys and Good Luck for the National Finals in two weeks time!The Aegon County Cup National Finals will take place at Bolton Arena over the weekend of 12th -14th June.
Information and group pictures provided courtesy of Andy Sheridan. Deputy Captain was James Crawford and the two travelling reserves Toby Blackwell and Owen Martel.