Mini performance player Isla Hignett attended the Mayor’s reception at the Civic Offices on 3rd March where she received a cheque for grant aid towards her tennis training.
Isla won the 12 & U Girls Singles title at Weybridge Tennis Academy
The latest TT Tour event in March was the Brazil Open
The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) Boys B team had a tough opener in the National Championships
Former Davis Cup players Jamie Baker and Danny Sapsford held coaching sessions at the Indoor Centre
The professionals then teamed up with the two of the TT coaches for an Exhibition Match
Mini Performance players Kirsty Da Silva and Tillie Reid played points with Baker and Sapsford
Representing the adults was Tim Rice and Rex Groves who played a tie-break with the professionals
Rounding off another successful tennis month, Isla was runner-up in the singles and winner in the doubles (with partner Jessica Matthews pictured below) at the Milton Keynes Junior Easter Open
Two former British Davis Cup players, Jamie Baker and Danny Sapsford visited the indoor centre on Saturday to offer coaching sessions for juniors and adults and then teamed up with two of the coaches in an Exhibition Match. Sapsford (pink top) played in two Davis Cup ties for Great Britain in 1990-1991, amassing a 2-1 record and Baker (green t-shirt) made his debut for the team in September 2006 in the crucial relegation play-off against the Ukraine where the British team won the tie 3–2.
There was an excellent turn out for the event held at the indoor centre, with lots of players and forty or so spectators in attendance. Seventeen mini players (aged from six to ten) were first up in their coaching session followed by twelve older juniors (aged ten-sixteen) and then finally seventeen adult players. In the adult session the players worked on approaching the net in doubles and in the invitational adult session the players worked on intercepting volleys and moving forward.
Jill Gibson who played, commented “I have learnt that no-mans land is bigger than I thought!”
Alongside the tennis there was lots of activities including a Speed Gun Challenge, a Raffle with a chance to get involved and play some points with the professionals and a selection of homemade cakes and refreshments.
Winners of the raffle to play with the professionals was mini performance players Kirsty Da Silva and Tillie Reid who represented the juniors playing with Baker and Sapsford respectively. Adult players Tim Rice and Rex Groves had the honour for the adults, playing a tie-break which Baker/Rice won 8-6 on a lucky last net cord shot much to the opposition and crowds disbelief!
In the exhibition match, coach and performance player Ali Olrog teamed up with Baker to beat Head Coach James McIntosh and Sapsford 6-4. McIntosh said after the match, “I would like more practice on returning Jamie Baker’s kick serve to my backhand!”
All money raised on the day from the event will be used in the Totally Tennis School Community Development programme in local schools.
In exciting news Totally Tennis are pleased to announce that two British former Davis Cup players, Jamie Baker and Danny Sapsford will be visiting the indoor centre on Saturday 28th March. Both players will be offering coaching in different sessions and will then will play an Exhibition Match with two of our coaches! (coaches names to be revealed later…….)
Sapsford played in two Davis Cup ties for Great Britain in 1990-1991, amassing a 2-1 record. Baker made his debut for the team in September 2006 in the crucial relegation play-off against the Ukraine where the British team won the tie 3–2.
Alongside the tennis there will be lots to do on the day including a Speed Gun Challenge, a Raffle with a chance to get involved and play some points in the match and a selection of homemade cakes and refreshments.
We are offering the places for the coaching sessions on a first come first served basis. All coaching session prices include the Exhibition Match.
10.00 – 10.45am 6 – 10 year olds £10.00
10.45 – 11.30am 10 – 16 year olds £15.00
11.30 – 12.30pm Adults £15.00
1.30 – 2.00pm Speed Gun Challenge £2.00
2.00 – 3.00pm Totally Tennis Davis Cup Exhibition Match £5.00
All money raised on the day will be used in the Totally Tennis School Development programme in local schools.For more information please telephone the office on 01256-358816 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org