After competing in the 8 & under singles at the Berkshire Junior County Championships 2018 at the end of the summer (where he won two of his four matches), Totally Tennis mini performance player Harry Dolman played in his first orange matchplay at David Lloyd Southampton West End at the beginning of this month. In the group stages he competed in Box C and won all his five matches beating Freddie Bosworth 10-1, Tom Casella 11-9, George Conway 10-3, Elliot Latham 10-6 and Scott Yates 10-5.
Dolman then competed in the Portsmouth Tennis Club 9 & under Winter Regional Tour and although he lost all his group matches he paid really well against more experienced players. He has also been selected for county training which is great news considering he has only just started competing.
Coach Jordan Frederick said, “Harry played his first grade 3 at Portsmouth Tennis Centre, although he didn’t win a match he came very close to winning most of them and was competing with some of the best orange ball players in the southwest.” he added, “I have been working with Harry for the last year now, his improvement rate has been incredible and always has a great attitude while training and competing.”
Dolman will next compete in the East Winter County Tour – David Lloyd Royal Berkshire 9 & under Boys singles event (20th October) followed by the David Lloyd Southampton October Half Term Tournament 2018 (from 21st October).
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Tip 24: How To Hit A Drop Volley
Set up for a normal volley, but as you make contact with the ball relax your wrist more and let the racket turn so the strings faces upward so you can create slice on the ball and also keep the ball very close to the net. Remember to keep your contact point out in front and bend your knees.
Wrong: Racket not facing upwards and knees not bent enough
Correct: Racket facing upwards and knees bent
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Dean Cooper Kirby travelled to Iceland for his latest Tennis Europe tournament accompanied on this occasion by his Totally Tennis coach, Jordan Frederick. This was the first time that both Cooper Kirby and Frederick had visited Iceland and both were amazed by the extreme weather and lack of darkness.
The Kópavogur Open 16 and under tournament was held at Tennishöllin in Kopavogi, home to the country’s only three indoor courts. After a bye in the first round, Cooper Kirby who was fourth seed, beat Jonathan Sund Nordahl from Denmark 6-3, 7-5 to find himself in the quarters up against seventh seed, a hard hitting Russian named Dmitrii Ivanov whom he defeated 6-2, 6-3.
In the semis, he faced top seed Maximilian Homberg but he was not deterred coming back from 5-4 down in the first set to win 7-5, 6-3 overall. This important win placed Cooper Kirby in his ever Tennis Europe final and he was up against second seed Nicolas Moser who was the stronger player winning the match and the title 7-5, 6-2 and Cooper Kirby took the very respectable runners-up position.
In the doubles, Cooper Kirby teamed up with Mark Owen Endler from Germany and they beat fellow Brit Cameron Timlin and his Danish partner Nordahl in the quarters 6-1, 6-4 and then defeated another Brit Zachary Cox and his partner Ivo Isqueiro from Portugal in a tougher semi-final encounter 7-6(5), 2-6, 10-5. In the final it was retribution time for Cooper Kirby who along with Endler beat the pairing of Homberg/Moser 7-5, 6-3 to win the event.
Frederick said. ” Dean did well to reach both finals after defeating the number one seed in both cases. This tournament was a great learning curve and a very good result to be walking away with a doubles win and runner up in the singles. Great effort Dean!”
Read more about Dean Cooper Kirby’s Tennis Europe and Florida training in previous posts here