June in Pictures | 2020

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Our junior players enjoying the smaller squad sessions with Tennis Director Nigel

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Adult drills was also back in June, smaller socially distanced sessions (book sessions online clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/Coaching)

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Jasmine is enjoying being back on the outdoor courts and has been practising hard since they have re-opened

Before lockdown Performance player and coach Liam Hignett reviewed rackets and ASCIS tennis trainers for Tennis Head Magazine – the article was published in June (read more here tennishead.net)

Coach Liam was part of the Kempshott Junior School (KJS) virtual sports providing tennis activities for the multi-sport event.

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Professional tennis returned last month with the ‘Schroders Battle of the Brits‘ taking place behind closed doors at the National Tennis Centre (NTC) and raising money for NHS Charities Together. The singles title was won by Dan Evans and event organiser Jamie Murray and partner Neal Skupski were doubles champions. Murray is gathering Britain’s best women’s and men’s players to take part in another team competition at the NTC from 27th July.

Tennis Talk | Schroders Battle of the Brits Draws Announced

The stage is set and the now the draws have taken place for ‘Schroders Battle of the Brits‘ tournament that’s taking place later this month at The National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, London. The event will not only bring much-missed live tennis to fans but also aims to raise a minimum of £100,000 for NHS Charities Together.

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The event has been organised by seven-times Grand Slam doubles and mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray, alongside Schroders and Amazon Prime Video. The eight male singles players will compete in two groups that have been named after British tennis legends, Tim Henman and Greg Rusedki.

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Former British and world number one Andy Murray will face Kyle Edmund in the Henman Group on his return to competitive tennis after seven months. Liam Broady and James Ward will also compete in this group while current British number one Dan Evans, Cameron Norrie, Jay Clarke and Jack Draper will all play in the Rusedski Group.

Competing in the Paul Hutchins doubles group are Liam Broady & Cam Norrie, Dan Evans & Lloyd Glasspool and Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski. Kyle Edmund & Jack Draper, Dom Inglot & Jay Clarke, and Joe Salisbury & Jonny O’Mara will play in the Cathie Sabin group.

Tune into watch the tournament, which will take place behind closed doors at the NTC from 23rd – 28th June, on Amazon Prime for UK and Ireland viewers and Eurosport and Tennis Channel from the US – click HERE for more details.

Read more in previous post MARK YOUR CALENDAR | TENNIS WILL BE BACK ON TV FROM 23RD-28TH JUNE

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Information and photos sourced and used with courtesy of the www.lta.org.uk and www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/

May in Pictures | 2020

COVID-19 – May 2020 saw the return to socially distanced tennis on the outdoor courts. Our performance players were straight back on court practising and enjoying the Spring sunshine.

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In news from the professional game, the LTA announced that seven-times Grand Slam doubles and mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray has organised a six-day tennis event that will be screened on Amazon Prime Video. The ‘Schroders Battle of the Brits‘ will take place behind closed doors from 23rd – 28th June at the National Tennis Centre to raise money for NHS Charities Together – read more HERE (photo used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk

 

Mark Your Calendar | Tennis Will be Back on TV from 23rd-28th June

Are you missing the tennis summer season? The French Open, Wimbledon Championships and the grass court season may have been cancelled but you can still get your tennis fix on Amazon Prime Video watching ‘Schroders Battle of the Brits‘ taking place behind closed doors from 23rd – 28th June.

The six-day event, organised by seven-times Grand Slam doubles and mixed doubles champion, Jamie Murray, will be held at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, London to raise money for NHS Charities Together. The mens only fixture will have singles and doubles events and feature top players such as former British and World number one Andy Murray (Jamie’s brother for those who are not aware) alongside other top British players such as Kyle Edmund, Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans.

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Jamie told BBC Sport “The last few months have been incredibly challenging times for everyone and we see this event as our way of giving back,” he added, “A lot of work has gone in to make sure this could happen and we are excited to be able to bring an action-packed week of tennis, while raising valuable funds for NHS heroes to say thank you for the amazing work they have done.”

In conclusion, “I’m really excited to be, for the first time, bringing together the current generation of British male players to compete against one another while raising significant funds for charity.” It is hoped the event will raise at least £100,000 for the NHS charities.

Andy Murray has not played since the Davis Cup Finals last November due to a bruised pelvic bone so this event will be testing out his hip in preparation for the start of the professional tennis season whenever that may be.

This will be the first competitive domestic tournament since coronavirus stopped play and will see the top eight British male players battle against each other.  In the singles, two groups of four players will compete for a place in the semi-finals and ultimately to be crowned the singles champions. The doubles competition will see six pairs compete to become the overall doubles winners.

The tournament will be followed by four new British Tour events that will take place over consecutive weeks from 3rd-26th July at the LTA’s National Tennis Centre in Roehampton. The venue has been approved as an elite training venue and the LTA has been working with the Government to undertake the necessary preparations and risk assessments to enable these events to happen.

Scott Lloyd, LTA Chief Executive, said: “The LTA is looking forward to bringing tennis back into people’s lives this summer, and are excited about events like this inspiring fans to get involved in our sport and pick up a racket.

Watch the live action exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the UK and Ireland and on Eurosport and Tennis Channel in the US.

If you are not already an Amazon Prime member click HERE to find out more information. Keep up-to-date on all future tournaments and news from the LTA on TwitterFacebook and Instagram

Information and photos sourced and used with courtesy of the www.lta.org.uk and www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Tennis News: Australian Open 2018 Preview

The first Grand Slam of the 2018 tennis season, The Australian Open will be played in Melbourne from 15th – 28th January. The world’s top players will be in action at the newly upgrade Melbourne Park battling it out on court to lift the first Grand Slam trophy of the year.

o_redevelopment_pre_08012018_05Defending Men’s champions Roger Federer will be back in action this year, hoping to win his sixth Australia Open championship title. Seven time champion and 2017 winner Serena Williams, who is back on court after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia, has sadly withdrawn from this year’s event. Williams played her first match since giving birth at the beginning of September on 30th December at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi. After losing that exhibition match against current French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko 2–6, 6-3, [5–10] she decided to withdraw from the Australian Open

After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be.” Williams said, “Even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year. 

Former champion (2009) Rafael Nadal is back at the top of the World rankings and looking to win another Grand Slam title after losing to Federer in last year’s final. Six time champion Novak Djokovic will also be biting at Federer’s heels for another crack at the title. The Women’s event is wide open after Williams withdrawal but there are plenty looking to talk their place on the podium.

In disappointing news for patrotic tennis fans British number one and former World number one Andy Murray, who is actually in Melbourne after hip surgery in the city, will not be competing this year. His subsequent post-op recovery and rehabilitation will see him off court in competition mode for some time, maybe even until the summer’s grass court season. Murray, who has now dropped to 16th in the world rankings, has been dogged with injury since last year’s Wimbledon Championships when he last won a competitive match.

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Murray said in an interview with the BBC, “I’m not finished playing tennis yet. I’m going to be competing at the highest level again,” he added, “I’m very optimistic about the future – the surgeon is very happy about how it went.”

British interests now lies elsewhere with eyes trained on British number one and tenth seed Johanna Konta who has enjoyed success in both her previous Australian Open campaigns. Konta, who was forced to retire from the quarters in the Brisbane International last week due to hip problems, is in Sydney where she hoped to defend her 2017 Sydney International title. Things didn’t go to plan for the defending champion who was beaten in the first round by Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 7-5 to in a repeat of last year’s final.

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British No.2 Kyle Edmund also got to the quarters of the Brisbane event but has withdrawn from this week’s Auckland Open to assess his ankle injury ahead of the Australian Open. Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares who were runners-up at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha and are now in Adelaide to compete for Team International in the World Tennis Challenge ahead of the Australian Open where they won the doubles title in 2016.

For a full player line-up, schedules and all the latest news ahead and during the tournament visit www.ausopen.com

Photos and information used courtesy of www.ausopen.comwww.lta.org.uk and www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/ Featured image used courtesy of www.ausopen.com/news-media/

World Tennis News: Federer Wins Eighth Wimbledon Title

Another Wimbledon Championships is over after a great fortnight of tennis in SW19 that saw third seed Roger Federer (3) became the first man to win Wimbledon a record eight times.

b_aerial_778_140717-2 Federer, who last won the prestigious in 2012, defeated an injured and emotional Marin Cilic (7) from Croatia 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to become the oldest man in the Open Era to win at the All England Club. This latest victory takes him to an impressive total of nineteen Grand Slam titles with Rafael Nadal behind on fifteen.

b_federer_1117_160717_jm.jpgWorld and British number one Andy Murray (1) struggled with a hip injury and crashed out of this year’s Wimbledon Championships in the quarter-final defeated by Sam Querrey (24) in five sets 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(7-4), 1-6, 1-6. His exit was swiftly followed by Women’s British number one Johanna Konta (6) in the semis who lost to five-time champion Venus Williams (10) 6-4, 6-2.

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Spain’s Garbine Muguruza (14) beat Williams in Saturday’s ladies final 7-5, 6-0 to win her first Wimbledon title.

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 It wasn’t all bad news for the British players however with top seeds Jamie Murray picking up the Mixed Doubles title with his partner Martina Hingis beating unseeded fellow Brit Heather Watson and her partner Henri Kontinen 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

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Two more titles for British players came in the wheelchair competition. Britain’s Jordanne Whiley and her partner Yui Kamiji won their fourth successive Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles title after beating Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot (2) 2-6, 6-3, 6-0. Defending champions Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid (2) beat top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer from France  6-7(5-7), 7-5, 7-6(7-3) to claim their second consecutive Wimbledon men’s wheelchair doubles title.

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Tennis Talk: Jamie Murray Scoops Doubles Title at Queen’s

When Andy, his younger brother and defending champion, got knocked out in a shock first round defeat it was left to Jamie Murray to win a trophy at this year’s Aegon Championships held at The Queen’s Club in London.

2017-aegon-championships-murray-soares-final-800x300-gettyMurray and partner Bruno Soares lift the doubles trophy on Sunday after beating French duo Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 6-3 in the final. Not only was it a great victory but one for the history books too as Murray the first British man to win the Aegon Championships doubles title since Jeremy Bates back in 1990.

The final was the pair’s second match on Sunday after they first won an unfinished semi final clash that was previously interrupted due to rain against Marin Cilic and his partner Marcin Matkowski 1-6, 6-4, 10-8.

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Singles champion was Feliciano Lopez, 35 who became the tournament’s oldest winner in the Open Era beating fourth seed Cilic 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(8) with a crowd thrilling final set on Centre Court. Top seed Andy Murray, second seed Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic ranked third all made unpredicted early exits from the tournament.

Photos used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/

Tennis Talk: Bad News for Team GB

The Aegon GB Team were defeated  in their latest Davis Cup by BNP Paribas fixture playing on the indoor clay courts at Le Kindarena in Rouen last weekend. The team, who were without World Number one Andy Murray who is out due to injury, were beaten in the quarter-finals convincingly by France 4-1 .

The team of Jamie Murray, Dom Ingot, Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans were once again captained by Leon Smith. On the opening day the team did not win a single set (for the first time since they were defeated by Argentina in 2008), Edmund lost against World Number seventeen Lucas Rouille 7-5, 7-6(6), 6-3 and Evans was beaten by Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.

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On the second day Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau beat Murray and Ingot in the doubles 7-6 (9-7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 to take an unassailable 3-0 lead. The final two dead rubbers were played on the final day, Edmund lost against Chardy 6-4, 6-4 but Evans beat Benneteau 6-1, 6-2. This final victory give Team GB one point but it wasn’t enough to make any difference, it is the first time the team have failed to make the semi-finals in three years.

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France will now face Serbia in the semi-finals, Team GB are however assured of a place in the 2018 World Group.

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World Tennis News: Murray Wins First Dubai Title

World and British number one Andy Murray won his first Dubai Duty Free Championship title after beating Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in straight sets in the final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.

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Murray secured the title in just over an hour winning in two sets 6-3, 6-2. This is his first title of 2017 and his 45th career title which keeps him firmly at the top of the world ranking above nearest rival Novak Djokovic.

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In other news, big brother Jamie and his partner Bruno Soares won their first ATP doubles title of 2017 at the Mexican Open in Acapulco. The duo beat John Isner (USA) and Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 6-3 6-3 in the final to give them their fourth title, including the Australian Open, since they teamed up in 2016. In a shock defeat American Sam Querrey defeated second seed Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the Mexican Open men’s final 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

Photos and info sourced from www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/

 

 

 

Tennis Talk: Team GB Win Latest Davis Cup Tie

Team GB join Belgium, Serbia, USA, France and Australia in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas after they beat Canada 3-2 in this weekend’s fixture at the TD Place Arena in Ottawa.

It was all square after the first day of play with Team GB’s Dan Evans beating reigning junior Wimbledon champion Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 and Canadian Vasek Pospisil defeating Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(3). Day two saw Britain’s Jamie Murray and Dominic Ingot beat Canadian pairing of Daniel Nestor and Pospisil in a tough four set clash 7-6(1), 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 6-3 giving Team GB a 2-1 lead going into the final day of singles matches.

Evans lost against hard hitting Pospisil 7-6(3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5)so it was all square with the scores back level at 2-2. The fate of Team GB lay in the hands of Edmund who was playing against Shapovalov. In a bizarre moment of madness Shapovalov was defaulted for unsportsmanlike conduct after striking the ball at the umpire and Edmund, who was already two sets in the lead, won the match 6-3, 6-4, 2-1 and overall victory for the British players.

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Third seeds Team GB will now travel to France in April to compete in the quarter-finals against the host nation who are sixth seeds. In a shock defeat top seeds Russia were knocked out by eighth seeds Serbia who now face Spain, Italy will play Belgium and Australian take on Team USA.

For more information about the Davis Cup visit www.daviscup.com. Photo used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk