December in Pictures

IMG_1699Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & IOW Mens team that competed in the LTA Winter County Cup 2018

Totally Tennis Christmas Charity Event this year was Christmas Jumper week during junior squads to raise funds for Save The Children

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4CDA9075-E09E-49E0-ADCA-23F83031DCAAMini performance player Nikesh Reddy Bomma won the 10 and under Boys title at the South East Winter County Tour

D1266806-F9D8-4C42-BB3C-7D3793E06007The 9 & under team tennis of Hayden Cummings, Nikesh Bomma and twins Gevin & Guhan Chendhilkumar won the Division 1 County Tier mixed title

img_3122.jpgLots of fun at the Christmas holiday tennis camps

Totally Tennis Under 9 Team are County Tier Champions

The Totally Tennis 9 and under team finished 2018 as County tier champions in the Hampshire & IOW Team Tennis competition.

The team of Hayden Cummings (pictured with the winners pendant), Nikesh Bomma and twins Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar finished top of the league with four points overall.

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Head coach James McIntosh said “Well done to all the players in the U9 team. It’s a great achievement for them to win the county tier Division 1 title.” He added, “Their hard work and dedication has paid off. Keep it going boys and good luck for future team tennis events.”

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Congratulations boys 🙂

Runner-up spot for Da Silva in County Finals

Performance player Kirsty Da Silva was runner up at the Road to Wimbledon Hampshire & IOW County Finals held yesterday at Canoe Lakes, Southsea after losing in the final to second seed Rina Hayamizu.

Da Silva, who was top seed, had a bye in round one and then beat Katrina Ozeta in the second round 4 – 1, 4 – 2. In the quarters she defeated sixth seed Poppy Marston 4 – 2, 5 – 3 followed by third seed Poppy Savory in the semis 6 -3, 6 – 4 before losing to Hayamizu in the final 7 – 5, 6 – 0.

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Sue Da Silva said, “After a fiercely contested first set Kirsty served for it at 5-4 up but couldn’t quite get over the line and her extremely consistent and more experienced opponent, held on to take the first set.” she added, “The intensity of the first set and extreme heat seemed to affect Kirsty more in the second and she couldn’t quite re-create her highly aggressive, powerful game and despite her best efforts, had to settle for second place.”

The annual Road to Wimbledon competition is the biggest junior tournament in British Tennis and gives all 14 and under players the opportunity to progress through to compete on the world famous grass courts at Wimbledon. Local clubs, parks and schools are encouraged to enter and stage a tournament for their junior players and Totally Tennis is a keen supporter of this tournament having had many players get through to play at SW19 in the past. As runner-up Da Silva will now attend a tennis clinic with Tim Henman at Wimbledon on Saturday 18th August along with all the other county final runners-up.

Well done Kirsty 🙂

Hignett Represents Hampshire in the Men’s County Cup

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett represented Hampshire as part of the Men’s Winter County Cup team in the fixture played at David Lloyd Southampton last weekend.  Second seed Hignett (wearing orange shorts below) joined team members Jake Norris, George Houghton, Ryan Golesworthy, Joshua Gook, Edward Percival, Paul Scullard, Harry Wilmott-Stanton and Michael Johnson to compete in Group 3b. The team, captained by Julian Godfrey (pictured below with the team), played against teams from Dorset (Friday), South Wales (Saturday) and Derbyshire on Sunday.

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On Friday Dorset beat Hampshire 5-4 overall. Hignett won his singles match beating Benjamin Battey 6-2, 6-0 along with Norris, Scullard and Johnson who all also won to give the team a 4-2 lead going into the doubles. Unfortunately Hignett and Norris lost in their doubles against Battey and Adam Glynn in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 0-1(9) as did pairing Houghton/Scullard and Gook/Johnson so Dorset won the first tie.

Things did not quite go to plan again on Saturday with the strong South Wales team winning 7-2 overall and all six Hampshire players recording a loss in their singles matches. Golesworthy/Houghton and Johnson/Percival both won their doubles to claw back 2 points but Hignett/Gook lost 6-1, 6-0 against Craig Evans/Christopher Lewis.

There was everything to play for on the final day in the fixture against Derbyshire but things didn’t go in the Hampshire teams favour with another narrow 5-4 loss. Hignett won his singles against Bradley Buckland 6-0, 6-2, Houghton and Johnson also secured singles victories so it was level pegging. Hignett/Norris were the only pair to secure a doubles result against Buckland/Dennis Archer 6-3, 6-1. Golesworthy/Houghton and Johnson/Scullard both lost their matches.

After an unsuccessful weekend on the scoresheet despite some really good matches the Hampshire team will now be relegated to Group 4a. South Wales won the fixture and will be promoted to Group 3a.

Girls Contest Road To Wimbledon County Final

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Jasmin Bromilow played in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon Hampshire & IOW County 14 U Girls Singles final held in Southsea after finishing winner and runner-up respectively in the club event last month.
Even though the windy conditions made it tricky, Hignett won her first match convincingly 4-0, 4-0 against Poppy Marston but then faced top seed and last year’s winner Estella Hurlock in her next match where she was beaten by the older and higher rated player 4-0, 4-0.  Second seed Bromilow beat Imogen Sillitoe 4-0, 4-0 in her first match and Chloe Tarling in the quarter finals 5-3, 4-o but lost in the semis to Mia Gerty 4-2, 5-3. Hurlock then beat Gerty in the final 4-0, 5-3 to progress to the next stage and play at Wimbledon next month.
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Isla and her dog Lilly enjoying Southsea Beach after the tournament had finished
Donella Hignett (Isla’s mum) said of the event “It was played at the Southsea Tennis Club which is closer to the beach on hard courts as the grass wasn’t ready.  It was extremely windy making conditions quite tricky.” she added “Both girls received bottles and headbands as participation prizes.
The HSBC Road to Wimbledon competition is the biggest junior tournament in British Tennis and gives all 14 and under players the opportunity to progress through to compete on the world famous grass courts at Wimbledon. Local clubs, parks and schools are encouraged to enter and stage a tournament for their junior players and Totally Tennis is a keen supporter of this annual tournament having had many squad players get through to play at SW19 in the past including Hignett’s older brother Liam.

County Cup Call-Up For Two Totally Tennis Girls

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Jasmin Bromilow were selected to play in the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Girls 12 & under County Cup team last weekend. The girls competed against teams from Kent, Dorset, Surrey and Sussex in the tw0-day event held at The Weald Squash and Tennis Club in Hassocks, East Sussex last weekend.

Hignett and Bromilow were joined by ex-clubmate Eliza Wheeler along with Anna Vinnell and Martyna Ciubatiuk under the guidance of captain Fiona Nicolson. Hampshire number one seed Hannah Smith was unable to take part as she was playing in Italy representing Great Britain.

image4(Left to right) Jasmin, Martyna, Eliza, Isla, Anna and captain Fiona Nicholson 

On Saturday the Hampshire girls played two fixtures against Kent and Dorset. In the singles against Kent the team went 2-1 down with Wheeler beating Caitlin McLoughlin 4-1, 4-0 but Hignett losing to Sofia Johnson 4-0, 4-0 and Vinnell was beaten by Alaia Rubio Perez 4-1, 4-1. Unfortunately this run of luck continued in the Dorset fixture with the exact same scoreline after the singles, Wheeler battled in a three-set match against Kristina Paskauskas 4-0, 2-4, 6-10, Hignett was defeated by Romana Bari 4-0, 4-0 but Vinnell beat Mollie Edge in another three-set match 0-4, 4-2, 10-2. Rain stopped play so both the doubles were carried over to Sunday. As Wheeler was unable to play on Sunday due to a school trip and Vinnell was also absent due to a dance event it was left to Hignett, Bromilow and Ciubatiuk to finish up the competition.

image5The three remaining girls had a tough contest on the final day of play. In Sunday’s first fixture the girls played against Sussex and again the score was 2-1 after the singles with Hignett beating Sophia Rudko 5-3, 5-4 (4) but Bromilow lost a three set encounter against Stephanie Vieira 1-4, 4-1, 10-7 and Ciubatiuk was beaten by Evelyn Thomas 5-3, 4-0. In the final tie against Surrey all three girls were unlucky and were all defeated, Leah Gonzales Edwards beat Hignett 4-0, 4-1, Oriana Parkins-Godwin beat Bromilow 4-0, 4-1 and Lucy Webber defeated Ciubatiuk 4-1, 4-0. Due to the scoreline and time constraints the doubles was not played.

image3Isla, Martyna and Jasmin were the last girls standing on Sunday

Hignett and Bromilow paired up to contest the doubles beating Sussex pairing of Vieira and Thomas 5-4(7), 4-0 so with the score levelled to 2-2 it went to a ten point shoot out to decide the overall result which Sussex won 10-7. In the doubles against Dorset, Bromilow and  Ciubatiuk were defeated by Bari and her partner Milly Davis 4-2, 5-3.

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Hignett’s mum Donella said “On the first day the weather disrupted play several times and both Eliza and Isla had to come off and on again, particularly tough for Eliza who had to come of a couple of times against Kristina including during a ten point match tie break.

She added, “So the team finished last but they all tried hard, played lots of matches and supported each other well.  Fiona was a great team captain.”

Thank you to Donella Hignett for the information and for all the great photos 🙂

Mini Success For The Girls

It was a fantastic week for the Totally Tennis Mini Performance female players at the annual Grade 3 Hampshire and IOW Junior County Championships held at the Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club in Hampshire.

Top seed Kirsty Da Silva collected the silverware in the 9 and under Girls Singles event after beating Ellen Mans 7-3, 7-4 in the final. In the Group stages Da Silva won Group A beating Lizzie Scarborough in a three set battle 5-7, 7-4, 7-0, Totally Tennis club mate Melissa Toner 7-5, 7-5 and Gabrielle Gwilliam 7-2 and then defeated Hannah Buzzard in the semi-final 7-5, 7-4 before going on to win the final.

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Clubmate Amberly Chapman won the 8 and under Girls singles title after winning four of her matches. She beat Scarlett Doman 10-6, Liliya Hastings 10-6, Evangeline Howard 10-6 and Ruby Sky Allen 10-6. She lost to Lily Bebbington 10-3.

Kirsty and AmberleyClubmates Da Silva and Chapman with their winners trophies

Fellow mini performance player Isla Hignett was runner-up in the 10 and under Girls Singles winning three of her four matches. She beat club mates Jasmin Bromilow and Tillie Reid 5-3, 4-2 and 2-4, 4-1, 1-0(3) respectively and Olivia Besant 4-0, 4-0 and lost to overall winner Rina Hayamizu 4-0, 4-0. Bromilow was third overall after beating Reid 4-1, 4-2 and Besant 4-0, 4-0. Reid finished in fourth place after a walkover against Besant.

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Head Coach James McIntosh said “Congratulations to all the girls for their fantastic achievements at the County Championship. It’s great to see so many of our mini girls playing across the three age group events.”

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Hignett was 14 and under Girls Doubles Consolation final winner along with partner and club mate Jasmin Bromilow. The girls lost in the quarter-finals of the main draw against eventual runners-up Aisling McGrane/Lydia Kelly 4-0, 4-1. In the consolation final the girls beat Biblana Shea/Stella Gandee Morgan 4-1, 4-1. Bromilow also competed in the Girls 12 and under event beating Olivia Morgan-Finn 6-1, 6-0 in the first round before losing to runner-up McGrane in the quarter-final 6-0, 6-2.

The County Championships take place in all counties nationwide during the last week of August. All the events offer singles and doubles events across all age groups from mini, junior and adults. There are also social events encouraging all families to be involved and Hampshire is having a BBQ on Finals Day today.

Hampshire Referee, Jenny Sayer commented via The Hampshire & IOW LTA website, “These tournaments are a great opportunity for adults and juniors of all standards to compete locally. Last year was a great success with nearly 7000 players competing across Great Britain and in Hampshire & IOW. The tournament is the ultimate finale to the summer holidays and great fun for all.