Dawson Represents Hampshire & IOW in County Cup

Performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Aaron Dawson was part of the team who represented Hampshire & I.O.W at the LTA 18U County Cup 2020 held at Nuffield Tennis Centre in Hull last weekend. The team of Dawson, Oliver Fernandez, William Jones, George Russell, James Ardley, Aaron Butcher, Jed Voysey, Louis and Henry Bowden competed in Division 3 (Boys Group b) against North of Scotland, Cambridgeshire and West of Scotland.


In the first fixture Hampshire & IOW beat West of Scotland 7 – 2 with Dawson winning his singles against Aaron Purba 6-0, 6-2 but losing his doubles match with partner Ardley against Lachie Macintosh and Ross Young 6-4, 4-6, 1-0(4). In the second fixture the Hampshire team defeated Cambridgeshire 6 – 3, Dawson beat Leon Kewney 6-3, 7-5 in the singles. He and partner Ardley won their doubles match against Charlie Adams and Leon Kewney 6-4, 6-4.

In the final fixture the Hampshire team lost against North of Scotland 5-3. Dawson beat Cameron Fryer 7-6(3), 7-6(3) in the singles but he and Ardley were beaten in the doubles 6-1, 6-4 by Jamie Connel and Ross Lyon. North of Scotland were declared the group winners with 6 points, Hampshire & IOW were runners-up with 4 points, Cambridgeshire were third with 2 points and West of Scotland finished in last place.





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Hignett Selected for Hampshire & IOW 18U County Cup Team

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Liam Hignett has been selected to play for the Hampshire & IOW (Isle of Wight) 18U Boys County Cup team. Hignett and the rest of the selected players will be competing at David Lloyd Club, Southampton in Group 4b from Friday 26th until Sunday 28th February against teams from Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Berkshire.


The Hampshire & IOW Girls 18U team will also be competing that weekend in Group 2a against teams from Yorkshire, Warwickshire and South Wales.

Aegon County Cup events give players the opportunity to represent their county in team competition in national and regional stages. The age group categories range from 9U up to adults. The 18U County Cup Event is played as a one-off Event over three days during the last weekend of February. Forty-four counties are placed in twenty-two groups of four counties per gender. These groups are placed in order of the previous year’s results with Group 1 being the premier league. Last year Warwickshire won the boys 18U event and the girls winners were Yorkshire.

Congratulations Liam on your selection and good luck for the event.


Junior County Championships Title for Hignett

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett finished off his fantastic summer of tennis by winning the 16 and under Boys singles title at the annual Hampshire & IOW Junior County Championships 2015.

image1-5In the Grade 3 annual event held at the Winchester Racquets And Fitness club, Hignett who is still just 15, had a bye in the first round and then defeated James Blair in the second round 6-2, 6-3, followed by Noah Bradwell 6-2, 6-1 in the quarter finals and then Matthew Whitehead 6-1, 6-0 in the semis, In the final he beat Zizheng Jin 6-3, 6-2 to win the event and collect his trophy, winners medal and a £40 Amazon voucher. Club mates Miles Bromilow and Alex Dawson also played in the event. Bromilow also had a bye in the first round but lost in the second round against Colling 6-2, 4-6 [1-0](8). Dawson won his first round match against Ned Timms 6-0, 6-0 and then lost to Jin in the second round 6-2, 6-2.

image4All three boys then competed in the 18 and under Boys singles. Again Hignett had a bye in round one and then beat Mats Colling 6-2, 6-1 in round two, Liam Seager 6-0, 6-3 in the quarters and Austin Gwilliam in the semis 6-3, 6-3. He finished as runner-up after losing to George Houghton who is two years older in the well fought final 2-6, 6-4 [1-0] (6). He received a medal and £25 Amazon voucher. After a bye i round one Bromilow won his second round match against James Blair 6-1, 2-6 [1-0] (5) but then lost to Gwilliam in the quarters 7-5, 6-0. Dawson also had a first round bye then lost to William Coward 6-2, 6-0 in the second round.

Donella Hignett, Liam’s mum said, “Liam won the first set of the 18 and under singles 6-2, then lost the second set 6-4 and the 10 point tie break was level at 6-6 but George was the victor 10-6. Liam was flagging slightly toward the end having just played the 16s final. He knew he would have a better chance in the 16’s so he was glad he played that first and I think he surprised himself how close the match was with George.”image2-5Hignett also played in the Boys doubles in both age groups. In the 16’s he partnered Whitehead in the round robin event and Bromilow played with Dawson. Hignett/Whitehead beat Bromilow/Dawson 4-2, 5-5(5), Colling/Harry Dunnett 4-1, 1-4 [1-0](5), Hugh Wilkinson/Thomas Woodcock 4-0, 4-0 and finished as overall runners-up after losing against Gwilliam/Bradwell 5-3, 4-1. Bromilow/Dawson beat Wilkinson/Woodcock 4-0, 4-0 and Colling/Dunnett 4-2, 5-3 but lost to Gwilliam/Bradwell 5-4(6), 4-1 to finish in third place. In the 18’s event, Hignett played with former Totally Tennis player Ryan Goldsworthy and  they finished in third place overall after losing to eventual winners Houghton/Seager 4-1, 4-0 in the semi-finals.


After the presentations Hignett started playing in the Men’s event. He won his first round match against David Darrock 6-2, 6-4 and then the quarter-final match against Harry Wilmott-Stanton 6-1, 6-4 which put him in the semi-final against Gwilliam, whom he defeated 6-4, 6-2. He finished a very respectable runner-up after losing in the final to Zander Woodford-Smith 6-3, 7-5. He received a babolat towel and £20 cash for his efforts. Congratulations Liam on a fantastic performance in all the five events you entered.


Performance Players Shine at County Championships

Its seems the Totally Tennis Performance male players were not going to be outshone by their mini clubmates at the Hampshire & IOW Junior County Championships with Liam Hignett winning the 14 and under Boys Singles, Miles Bromilow picking up the 16 and under Boys Singles Consolation title and together they were the 14 and under Boys Doubles Champions at the Grade 3 annual tournament held this year at Winchester Racquets and Fitness club.

imageHignett won the 14U Boys Singles trophy

Hignett was crowned 14 and under Boys Singles champion after beating top seed Ryan Hutchinson in the final. After a bye in round one Hignett beat club mate Dylan Allenby-Ryan 6-0, 6-1 in round two, who had defeated Felix De Merode in his first round match 6-2, 6-2. In the quarter-final, Hignett beat William Thompson 6-3, 6-3 followed by a win against sixth seed James Blair 6-2, 6-2 in the semi-finals and then a three set victory over Hutchinson 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 in the final. Bromilow, who was seeded fifth also had a bye in the first round and the defeated Noah Pennant 6-0, 6-0 in round two but then lost to Hutchinson 6-4, 6-3. Alex Dawson beat Gerthys Stoman in round one 6-0, 6-0 but then lost to third seed Zizheng Jin 6-2, 6-1 in round two.

IMG_6828Bromilow and Hignett with their 14 and under shield and medals

In the 14 and under Boys Doubles, Hignett and Bromilow were top seeds and after a bye in the quarter finals they defeated Felix De Merode/Samual Hunt 2-4, 4-2, 10-6 to clinch victory and a place in the final. They won the title after beating second seeds James Blair/Joseph Henbury 4-1, 4-1 in the final.

In the 16 and under Boys Singles Dawson, Bromilow and Hignett were all competing. Hignett beat Harry Dunnett 6-0, 6-1 and then lost in the quarter-finals against top seed Austin Gwilliam 7-6(1), 6-0. Hignett won his first round match against Gabriel Shea 6-4, 6-1 and also lost in the quarter-finals to third seed and eventual winner William Coward 6-0, 6-3. Bromilow lost in the first round to fourth seed Angus Mcdowall 7-5, 6-3 and then went on to win the consolation event beating Jonathan Rawat 4-0, 4-1 and Mats Colling 4-1, 4-1.

Read how the Mini Performance Players played here