Aegon Championships | The Queen’s Club

Summer is officially here with the start of the grass court season. World and British number one Andy Murray, who is also defending champion and top seed, will be looking to win his sixth title at this year’s Aegon Championships which starts at The Queen’s Club in London today until Sunday 25th June.

Murray who won the title in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 will begin the defence of his title against fellow British player Aljaz Bedene tomorrow. Thirty two players are competing in this year’s event including  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5), 2012 winner Marin Cilic (4), John Isner, Nick Kyrgios (9), French Open runner-up Stan Wawrinka (2) and last year’s Queen’s Club runner-up Milos Raonic (3). Other players to watch include British number two Kyle Edmund and wildcards Cameron Norrie and James Ward.

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In the doubles Scottish-Brazilian pairings Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, fresh from winning the Mercedes Cup doubles title in Stuttgart, are third seeds with Murray’s former partner John Peers and Henri Kontinen ranked number one. French duo Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut are second seeds and former world number one pairing of brothers Bob and Mike Bryan are seeded fourth.

The Queen’s Club, named after Queen Victoria, was established in 1886 and hosts the world famous Aegon Championships on its 28 outdoor grass courts. The annual event on the men’s professional ATP World Tour was started in 1890 and is held in West Kensington every June in the run-up to Wimbledon that starts this year on 3rd July. The tournament attracts the world’s best male singles and doubles players, this year ten of the world’s top twenty players are competing. Along with Murray, tennis legends such as Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg and Pete Sampras have all lifted the iconic winner’s trophy.

In other tennis news, Judy Murray has been an awarded OBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Murray, who has worked to grow tennis across Great Britain, has been recognised for services to tennis, women in sport and charity.

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British number one Johanna Konta, 26 missed out on her first grass court title after she finished as runner-up in the Nottingham Open final after losing to Donna Vekic from Croatia 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5.

Information and photos sourced from www.lta.org.uk and www.bbc.com/sport/tennis

 

FREE She Rallies ‘Lil Miss Hits’ Workshop – 4th June 2017

After the success of the first FREE She Rallies course held at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre yesterday (photo below) it’s now time to sign up for the second workshop, Lil Miss Hits, that will take place this Sunday (4th June).

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Lil Miss Hits

Date:     Sunday 4th June 2017

Time:     10:00am – 1:00pm

Lil Miss Hits is designed to introduce girls aged 5-8 years to starter tennis in a fun environment. The sessions will develop the skills needed to play tennis and a group of friends to play with. It’s a non-technical course so you don’t need to be a qualified coach to deliver it. Each session lasts 45 minutes and is full of simple skill building activities and games. Perfect for teachers, students, mums, sports leaders, community workers and club members. Lil Miss-Hits makes starter tennis delivery simple and fun.

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To book onto these free courses please visit sherallies.com/get-involved/

Read more about She Rallies here and for more information please contact Sarah Rutherford by e-mail info@hampshireiowlta.uk or telephone 07850 862929.

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FREE She Rallies Courses at Totally Tennis

She Ralliesthe initiative to encourage women and girls to get involved in tennis was launched earlier this year by Judy Murray, mother of top British players Andy and Jamie. Two FREE She Rallies workshops, supported by the Lawn Tennis Association, will be running at Totally Tennis’ Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke.

Fun Day

Date:     Tuesday 30th May 2017

Time:     10:00am – 1:00pm

The Fun Day course will give attendees a whole range of ideas for running sessions aimed at whatever age and stage is targeted, beginners, improvers and advanced players of all ages from U10 to 60+ . Participants will be shown how to run drop in sessions for new starts or old hands, bring a friend days, mums and daughters days, themed days…using whatever space, time and equipment that is available. These days are great for bringing girls of any age together.

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Lil Miss Hits

Date:     Sunday 4th June 2017

Time:     10:00am – 1:00pm

Lil Miss Hits is designed to introduce girls aged 5-8 years to starter tennis in a fun environment. The sessions will develop the skills needed to play tennis and a group of friends to play with. It’s a non-technical course so you don’t need to be a qualified coach to deliver it. Each session lasts 45 minutes and is full of simple skill building activities and games. Perfect for teachers, students, mums, sports leaders, community workers and club members. Lil Miss-Hits makes starter tennis delivery simple and fun.

To book onto these free courses please visit sherallies.com/get-involved/

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Read more about She Rallies here and for more information please contact Sarah Rutherford by e-mail info@hampshireiowlta.uk or telephone 07850 862929.

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Photos used with courtesy of bbc.com/sport and sherallies.com

 

 

She Rallies

Judy Murray, mother of Andy and Jamie, coach and Fed Cup captain has launched a new tennis initiative supported by the Lawn Tennis Association. ‘She Rallies‘ was introduced last month, its goal is to empower and expand the number of women and girls playing tennis and involved in coaching across the UK.

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Sarah Rutherford, ambassador for Hampshire & IOW, will be running four free workshops that are available within the She Rallies programme; Lil Miss-Hits, Teen Girls Starter Tennis, Fun Days and Recreational Competition – full details are available on the website sherallies.com

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Lil Miss-Hits – Six sessions designed to introduce girls aged 5-8 years to starter tennis in a fun environment. Lil Miss-Hits will develop the skills needed to play tennis and a group of friends to play with. It’s a non-technical course so you don’t need to be a qualified coach to deliver it. Each session lasts 45 minutes and is full of simple skill building activities and games. Perfect for teachers, students, mums, sports leaders, community workers and club members. Lil Miss-Hits makes starter tennis delivery simple and fun.

Teen Girls Starter Tennis – The aim is to increase the number of teenage girls trying tennis and keeping them in the game. Teachers, students, club members, parents and sports/youth leaders with be provided with lots of individual, paired and team activities for developing the skills needed to play tennis, along with many fun games that provide a basic introduction to tactical doubles play and court positioning. Teen tennis is for girls aged 11+, it does not require a tennis court and will focus on delivering to big numbers in whatever space is available. This course will make tennis both simple and fun to deliver in schools, parks and clubs.

headerbackground_judyfinalsherallies2Fun Days – The Fun Day course will give attendees a whole range of ideas for running sessions aimed at whatever age and stage is targeted, beginners, improvers and advanced players of all ages from U10 to 60+ . We will show you how to run drop in sessions for new starts or old hands, bring a friend days, mums and daughters days, themed days…using whatever space, time and equipment you have available. These days are great for bringing girls of any age together and for boosting your numbers at the club or park.

Recreational Competition – This course will show you how to bring fun into competition. Team events, doubles events – all with a twist. Funky rules and out of the box scoring systems. We need more girls competing in school, club and county teams so we must make it fun. Girls like being with their friends so team events are our goal. We will show you how to maximise your numbers and your court space by running skills stations alongside the matches.To take part in these workshops you must be 16 or over and keen to be involved but you don’t have to be a coach, you can be a player, parent, teacher, volunteer or a committee member. After attending a workshop, if you are then going to deliver a course/Fun Day/Recreational Competition and you could be eligible for a free kit bag.

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Judy Murray said, ““There is still a significant gender gap in terms of players and coaches at all levels of the game. By rallying together, we can create opportunities in tennis from the grassroots up.” she added, “Whether you’re an existing tennis coach, teacher, parent, student, youth worker, brownie leader or an enthusiastic club member, I have designed 4 courses as part of ‘She Rallies‘, supported by The LTA, which will give you the skills and ideas to deliver starter training and fun competition to girls and women in your community.”

“If we rally together – pun intended – we will make a difference.”

Dates and venues for the workshops will soon be finalised and bookings can be made via sherallies.com/get-involved

For more information please contact Sarah by e-mail info@hampshireiowlta.uk or telephone 07850 862929.

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Tennis Talk: Strictly Judy

Judy Murray, Tennis Coach, British Fed Cup Captain and mother of British Number One Andy Murray and Doubles Champion Jamie has swapped tennis balls for glitter balls and sequins as she steps into the limelight on this years Strictly Come Dancing reality show.

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Murray, 55 has been paired with Strictly favourite and all round cheeky chappie Anton De Beke on the dancing reality show that was launched on the BBC on Sunday evening.

Murray said on the BBC One Strictly website ‘I think that Jamie and Andy will be nervous in a ‘Don’t you dare embarrass us’ kind of way!

Murray who trained as tennis coach inspired both sons to start playing tennis at a young age, and now they’re Britain’s top players, with Andy being the first British male player to win the Wimbledon singles title in seventy seven years in 2013.  Murray herself won sixty-four tennis titles in Scotland during her playing career, but choose her education over competing on the International tennis circuit.

In 2012 Murray created Set4Sport, an initiative to get families more active. Inspired by her experience playing with her own boys, the scheme is all about playing games and having fun in a family environment, using everyday household objects as equipment.

Read more about Judy Murray, her strictly bio and video on BBC here

Photo and info sourced from http://www.bbc.co.uk