Runner-Up Finish for Cooper Kirby in Mexico

Former Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Dean Kirby Cooper competed in his first grade 4 ITF doubles event in Tampico, Mexico at the end of February.

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Cooper Kirby, who is now residing and playing tennis full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Florida, competed in the doubles tournament with his American partner Ethan Muza. In the first round they beat Mexican duo SebastianGarcia Escorcia/Juan PabloLazo Becerril 6-1, 6-1 followed by the eighth seeds GianlucaCitadini/LucioRatti from Argentina 6-4, 6-4 in the second round. 

In the quarters Cooper Kirby and Muza defeated American duo and second seeds Jameson Corsillo & Ekansh Kumar 7-5, 6-2 and in the semis they beat another American pairing Sebastian Sec and EvanWen 7-6(4), 6-3. In the final they faced sixth seeds Felipe Lopez Comper and Benjamín Ignacio Torres Fernandez from Chile, after winning the first set 7-5 they lost the second 6-2 followed by the tie-breaker 10-1 to finish as runners-up.

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 Cooper Kirby’s Florida journey HERE

 

Elvira Represents Poland in the ITF Super-Seniors Championships

Totally Tennis 50+ and Mixed Morning player Elvira Olbrich competed for her native Poland in the Women’s 65 category of the Kitty Godfree Cup at the 39th ITF Super-Seniors championships held last month.

img_7632-1-scaled-2560.jpgPoland were drawn in Group B in the opening rounds where they finished in fourth place after losing to Germany, Australia and Argentina.

In the play-off matches they beat both Turkey and Portugal 3-0 respectivitely and finished in thirteenth place overall. Team USA won overall. Olbrich and partner Sofia Ruminska beat Turkish duo Sevcan Mert and Servet Polat 6-0, 6-0 and she defeated Portugese pairing Carmina Azavedo/Marilia Madeira-Pinto 6-3, 7-6(1).

Olbrich said, ” I was playing for Poland Ladies ‘65 in the Kitty Godfrey Cup. I played doubles against Portugal. The Totally Tennis sessions helped me a lot with my preparation for this tournament.”

 

 

August in Pictures

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Totally Tennis 50+ players Elvira Olbrich and Jill Vaughan won the Senior 65+ Womens Doubles title at the ITF Amsterdam Senior International Open

4D6815ED-620C-4944-AED5-677B4012AD91Olbrich and partner Leo Coene (pictured right) were runners-up in the Mixed Doubles event 

4f6b1024-439c-40ee-9f35-a03ea8d270cbPerformance player and coach Liam Hignett won the Open Mens Doubles title at the Winchester MANTIS Open 2019 with partner William Coward 

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UCoach and Totally Tennis Director Nigel Long delivered Level 1 & 2 courses at the indoor centre – Performance player Harry Feast was one of the candidates starting his Level 1 qualification 

4fe7d332-1a90-419f-b8bb-db06df27b6d4IMG_0721Hignett competed in the premier LTA British Tour Sutton event (above & below)

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The 50+ players enjoyed their regular sessions come rain or shine throughout August

IMG_0934Dean Cooper Kirby competed in the ITF event in the Morocco (Photo used with courtesy of Gomez Tennis Academy)

624976da-837d-4a45-9a32-418deb5361d9Performance player Aaron Dawson was crowned Hampshire & IOW County Championships 2019 16 & U Champion and 16 & U Doubles champion with partner Jack Curtis0F7FACFC-6BF8-4937-8248-DCCA61ECD0F4Hampshire & IOW County Championships 2019 16 & U Girls Doubles champions Isla Hignett & Tillie Reid95040ec2-896f-4775-8671-3ec01ec78851Hampshire & IOW County Championships 2019Open Mens Doubles champions Liam Hignett and partner Ryan Golesworthy

de39d726-d507-4449-b6f4-2d1ca4af171fThree Totally Tennis players competed in the 18 & U Mixed Doubles (L to R) Harry Feast, Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid (also pictured former TT player Chris Adeshina)

08E24D6F-C401-4809-9798-8516841A606BHampshire & IOW County Championships 2019 18 & U Mixed Doubles champions Isla Hignett and partner Chris Adeshina 

Lots of fun was had at the Summer Tennis Camps

Senior Title in Amsterdam for Elvira and Jill

Totally Tennis 50+ players Elvira Olbrich and Jill Vaughan won the Senior 65+ Womens Doubles title at last weeks ITF Amsterdam Senior International Open.

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The ladies won their title on the clay courts at Tennis Centre De Kegel beating German pairing Rotraud Ehm and Johanna Zillies 6-3, 4-6, 10-3 and Dutch duo Marjo Gruisen and Ria Van Dijk-van Miltenburg 1-6, 7-5, 10-7.

4D6815ED-620C-4944-AED5-677B4012AD91In the Mixed Doubles, Olbrich and partner Leo Coene beat Lyneke De Koning and Joep Lievers (Netherlands) 7-5, 6-0 in the quarters followed by a walkover in the semis. The pair finished as runners-up after losing to another Dutch pairing, Thea Rietveld-Esser and Rob Meuwese in the final 6-0, 6-2.

Congratulations ladies!

July in Pictures

IMG_0578Liam Hignett (right) & partner Miles McDowall won the British Tour FAST4 Doubles at the National Tennis Centre

Some of our coaches enjoyed visits to the year’s Wimbledon Championships

IMG_0579Coaches Liam and Jamie (along with Tillie & Isla) played against each other in Warsash

img_8534.jpgDean Cooper Kirby played in the Grade 4 ITF in the Bahamas

1710ac8f-a623-42c9-93ec-45c0f4e2f32eMini Performance player Hayden Cummings (left) and partner Tuna won the 10 & U Doubles in Bath

IMG_0515Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight team that participated in Group 4 of the LTA Summer Mens Doubles County Cup 2019

IMG_0512Isla Hignett won the 16 & U singles title in Woking

IMG_0511Tillie & Isla won the 16 & U doubles title in Woking

Summer Tennis Camp Fun

 

World Tennis News: Tennis World in Mourning For Elena

The tennis world is in mourning today after the announcement that former British number one Elena Baltacha died yesterday of liver cancer, aged just 30. Baltacha, who retired from professional tennis last November, revealed she had the illness just two months ago in March but received the diagnosis in January only a few weeks after marrying her fiancé and coach Nino Severino.

ImageRIP Elena Baltacha who died yesterday of liver cancer. (source:www.BBCsport.com)

Severino said of his wife’s passing “We are heartbroken beyond words at the loss of our beautiful, talented and determined Bally.” He added “She was an amazing person and she touched so many people with her inspirational spirit, her warmth and her kindness.” (BBC Sport)

Despite being diagnosed with a chronic debilitating liver condition aged 19, Baltacha who was born in Ukraine but raised in Perth, Scotland was British number one for nearly three years. She made her debut on the ITF circuit in 1997 and won two ITF tournaments in Felixstowe and Pamplona in 2002. In 2009 she broke into the worlds top 100 and then the top 50 the following year (career high of 49). Her best Grand Slam results came when she reached the third round of Wimbledon in 2002 and the Australian Open in 2005 and 2010. Overall she won eleven singles titles and was part of GB’s Fed Cup team for eleven years.

ImageBaltacha with a young player at the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis in Ipswich

Together Baltacha and Severino developed the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis (EBAT) in Ipswich. British Tennis has announced that they will support the academy and through her legacy and passion to support and enable young children at the academy to play and enjoy tennis, her dream will live on. EBAT is a local grass-roots project designed to help girls from deprived areas of the city to develop their tennis skills.

ImageBaltacha and her squad of ‘Bally Babes’ at the EBAT back in 2010

Tributes are pouring in for Baltacha who was a well loved player on the womens tennis circuit

Current British number one Laura Robson tweeted: “Impossibly sad. Forever a team-mate. Sweet dreams Bally.”

Martina Navratilova, who won a record 18 Grand Slam Singles titles, including Wimbledon nine times, said: “Elena Baltacha was a great fighter on the tennis court. We as tennis players always worry about our bodies, trying to keep injuries at bay. But cancer – you can’t prevent that and you can’t rehab it either – and no matter how much of a fighter you are, sometimes cancer wins. Elena was taken from the world much too soon – fighting to the end and we will miss her.”

Eighteen-time Grand Slam singles champion Chris Evert tweeted: “Rest in Peace, beautiful Elena Baltacha… No words… Thoughts and prayers…

Billie Jean King, six times a Wimbledon singles champion, tweeted: “Saddened to hear about Elena Baltacha’s passing. My fondest memory with Bally was sharing a wonderful chat when we met the Queen at Wimbledon.”

Ian Bates, the Lawn Tennis Association’s head of women’s tennis, said: “We have lost a shining light from the heart of British tennis – a true role model, a great competitor and a wonderful friend. We have so many special memories to cherish, but this leaves a gaping hole for everybody in both British and women’s tennis, and words simply cannot express how saddened we are by this news.”

British number one Andy Murray, Ross Hutchins (himself in remission from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma), veterans Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski, Jamie Murray, Jonny Marray, Anne Keothavong, Heather Watson and Navratilova had all already agreed to take part in a fundraising event, The Rally Against Cancer – Rally For Bally, prior to her death so the event will now go ahead in her memory on 15th June. The mixed doubles exhibition matches at the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club, the Aegon Classic in Birmingham and the Aegon International in Eastbourne will raise money for the Royal Marsden national cancer charity and the Elena Baltacha Foundation.

Queen’s Club tournament director and GB Davis Cup player Hutchins told BBC Sport: “We all wanted the Rally for Bally to lift Elena, but now this special event will be held in her memory. She was a special person who will be remembered for positive things; a hard worker, a true professional and someone who gave so much back to the sport of tennis.”

FROM THE LTA WEBSITE: For more information on the ‘Rally for Bally’ which aims to raise funds for the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis, as well as the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, please click here. Every penny raised will go towards supporting these incredible causes, and if you are able to donate, then please go to www.justgiving.com/RallyForBally or text EBAL60 plus the amount you would like to donate to 70070 (e.g. EBAL60 £10 to donate £10). See more information at the LTA website here

All information for this post has been sourced from BBC Sport/tennis and LTA websites.