Tennis Foundation Primary Schools Roadshow

The Tennis Foundation, in conjunction with Totally Tennis, are visiting ten schools in Basingstoke this week to see over 1000 key stage 1 children and introduce them to playing tennis in fun short sessions. The week long roadshow will culminate in two FREE Tennis Open Days at the Indoor Centre this coming weekend (17th & 18th June – details below).

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The schools that will be visited this week are:

Monday 12th  June – St Marks and Chalk Ridge

Tuesday 13th June – Great Binfields and North Waltham

Wednesday 14th June – Castle Hill and Silchester

Thursday 15th June – Winklebury and Hatch Warren Infants

Friday 16th  June –  St Johns and St Bedes

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Totally Tennis’ director Nigel Long said “This is an amazing opportunity for local children to try tennis at their respective schools and then visit the club to practice what they have learnt on real tennis courts.”

We have a fantastic mini tennis programme for junior players from the age of four. We hope to see lots of players signing up to play regularly in our Pirates, Indians, Dodgers and Giants squads and start enjoying a fun new activity.”

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The Tennis Foundation is Britain’s leading tennis charity that strives to make sport inclusive and accessible to everyone. The aim is to provide opportunities to encourage people to maximise their potential through tennis by working closely with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and a wide range of partners from across all sectors to deliver their vision and aim. For more information visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk

For more information about the Schools Tennis Roadshow and the FREE sessions this weekend at Totally Tennis’ Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park please telephone 01256 358816 or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk More information about the junior squad programme can be found here and read all our latest news on our blog here

St Mary’s Junior School Wins Year 3 and 4 Tournament

Fourteen teams competed in the Year 3 and 4 primary schools tournament hosted by in the Totally Tennis at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park earlier this month. The teams competing came from six different schools including Great Binfields Primary (3 teams), St Mary’s Juniors (3 teams), North Waltham Primary (3 teams), Sherborne St John (2 teams), Castle Hill (2 teams) and St Johns.
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Each team had four players who were ranked in order of 1 to 4, they played their opposing number from opposing schools. The format of the matches were tie-breaks to 10, each players individual score would count towards the teams overall score. The teams were divided into three groups with the top two teams from each group going through to the Quarter Finals along with the best 2nd and 3rd placed teams.
In the Quarter Final matches North Waltham (1) beat North Waltham Team (3) 3 – 1, St Johns Primary beat Castle Hill (1) 3 – 1, Sherborne St John (1) beat St Mary’s (2) 2 – 2 (Sherborne won on points) and St Mary’s (1) defeated St Mary’s Team (3) 4 – 0.
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In the semi-finals St Mary’s (1) beat St Johns 3 – 1 and Sherborne St John beat North Waltham (1) 3 – 1.  The overall winners were St Mary’s (1) who defeated Sherborne St John 3 – 1 in the final. In the third/fourth play off match St John’s beat North Waltham (1) 2 – 2 (St John’s won on points won 30 – 29) to finish in third place overall. The St Mary’s (1) team will now go onto compete in the Hampshire Games held next month.
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Head Coach James Macintosh who ran the event said “It was great to have fourteen teams compete in this year’s competition and some new teams who have not entered within the last couple of years.”
He added, “The overall standard of this year’s competition was very good and higher than in previous years. It was also nice to see how much some of the less experienced players improved and gained confidence as the day went on.”

TT Tour – Sony Open 2017

The latest TT Tour competition, The Sony Open, took place at the indoor centre last Sunday (30th April) with seven junior players competing in the Orange event.

Hayden Cummings won all his matches to take the top spot, Gevin Chendhilkumar was runner-up after playing in his first TT Tour final and third place went to Charlie McKenzie. Ash Annareddy finished in fourth place, Guhan Chendhilkumar was fifth and first time TT Tour competitors Conor Stevens and Rory Thompson finished in sixth and seventh place respectively.
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Coach Andrew Dingwall who ran the tournament said, “Congratulations to all players that competed in the Sony TT Tour, each player produced some great tennis. A special well done to Conor and Rory in playing in their first ever event, both holding their own against the other players.” he added “Congratulations to Gevin for making it to his first final and producing some great tennis in a hotly contested final of which Hayden came out the victor.”
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The Totally Tennis Tour is for Development Squads and Mini Performance Squads players who get the opportunity to compete in seven tournaments throughout the year. The top eight players from each squad will be invited back to play in the Grand Final’s in November for the chance to finish as the club champions. Leaderboard’s will show players rankings in each squad and points will be awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as points for entering.

The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points of 1,000 and or the winners 500 for the runners-up. All other events give the winners 250 points, 125 for second place and 75 for third/fourth places, every player gets 100 points for all events they enter, each age group leaderboard will be updated after each tournament.

TT Tour Dates 2017
Sunday 21st May – French Open

Sunday 25th June – Wimbledon

Sunday 17th September – US Open

Sunday 15th October – Valencia Open

Sunday 15th November – Grand Finals (by invitation only)

PLAYERS MUST BOOK IN BEFORE EACH EVENT. Minimum of FOUR players will be needed per age group otherwise it may get cancelled.

Red (Pirates, Indians, Red Squad) – 10am -12 noon

Orange (Dodgers, Orange Squad) 10am -12 noon

Green (Giants, Green Squad 1pm – 3.30pm

Yellow (C.B, A SQUAD, Performance) 1pm – 3pm

All players interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816. Each event costs £6.50 per player

Winchester Open Runner’s Up Medal For Isla

Totally Tennis performance player Isla Hignett competed in the Girls 14U and 16U singles and doubles events at the Grade 3 Winchester Spring Open that took place last week at Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club.
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In the 14U singles competition sixth seed Hignett had a bye in the first round and then beat Sienna May in the quarter finals 6-1, 6-2 and then Katy Jarvis in their three set semi final encounter 6-2, 0-6, 1-0(9). In the final Hignett was up against former Totally tennis teammate and third seed  Eliza Wheeler who won the match 6-2, 6-1 leaving Hignett collecting the runners-up prize. In the 16U singles Hignett lost to Alana Unitt in the quarter finals 6-3, 6-1 and she then lost in the consolation final match against Samyuktha Manoharan 6-1, 7-5.
Hignett then teamed up with Manoharan in the 16U doubles, they lost in the three set semi final match against another former Totally Tennis player Aisling Mcgrane and her partner Unitt 4-1, 3-5, 1-0(6). In the 14U doubles Hignett partnered club mate Tillie Reid   but they lost to Jessica Holloway/Sophia Huron 4-2, 4-1 and Migraine/Unitt 6-1, 6-1.
Donella Hignett (Isla’s mum) said, “Isla didn’t win a match in the 16Us singles or the 14Us doubles which she played with Tillie as the opponents were just too strong.  It was good experience though.”

A Win for Kirsty in Oxfordshire

Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva won the Grade 5 12 & under Girls event at the Game, Set & Match Play Spring Super Series held at Radley College Sports Centre in Oxfordshire last weekend.

After a bye in the first round, top seed Da Silva defeated Emma Gabriel in the semi-final 4-2, 4-0 and then in the final she beat Beatrice Painter 4-2, 4-2 to win the event and collect yet another medal.

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Sue Da Silva said, “Good consistent play from Kirsty in the event. She had some really clever shots, moving her opponents well.”

What a great start to the Easter holidays, Congratulations Kirsty!

 

Easter Holiday Tennis Camps at the Indoor Centre

Do you want your child to burn off some energy and have a fantastic time this Easter Holiday? For a healthy and challenging experience, our Tennis Camps give junior players the opportunity to improve their skills, fitness and make new friends while having lots of fun. The scheme has OFSTED accreditation and the sessions are run by our experienced Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) qualified and licensed coaches during the Easter Holidays at our two venues.

Screen Shot 2017-04-02 at 23.17.06Packed with opportunities to learn and play tennis the sessions at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park will be running from Monday 10th to Thursday 13th April and again from Tuesday 18th to Friday 21st April. Sessions are available as morning, afternoon options and there are also both two and five-day packages for children aged from four years old.

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Tennis camps will also be running at Hampshire Court from Monday 3rd – Thursday 13th April designed for children aged from four years to fifteen years and will include tennis activities and multi sports activities such as football, rounders, hockey and much more. Sessions are bookable as morning, afternoon or full-day options with two and five-day packages available. (Children must be 5 and over to stay for the full day.)

Each child should dress appropriately for tennis activities and need to bring a packed lunch and drinks, Children will be supervised throughout the day, including lunch breaks. Rackets will be provided for those who need one. Please note refunds will only be given with 24 hours notice and sessions need a minimum number of participants in order to take place. As a result of a cancellation by Totally Tennis an alternative will be offered.

For more information about the Tennis Camp programme please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, email tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk

Player Profile: Louis Smith

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LOUIS SMITH

Age: Seven

Squad: Indians

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Five

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

It is fun

What do you consider to be your best shot?  

Forehand

How often do you play?

Once a week

Do you play any other sport?

Football

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?  

None as yet