Player Profile: Gregor Stronach

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Age: Twelve

Squad: C

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Four

How were you introduced to the sport?

I saw people playing on holiday and wanted to try it 

Why did you choose Totally Tennis?

Because it’s my local tennis centre and friends recommended it 

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about the sport?

It’s fun to play

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Smash

How often do you play?

Once a week

Do you play any other sport?

Yes cricket, football and rugby

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Joining C Squad

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Open Days Proved a Great Success

Hundreds of children visited the indoor centre last weekend to play in the club’s tennis Open Days. After the success of last week’s Schools Tennis Roadshow that visited local schools across Basingstoke, Totally Tennis opened its doors on Saturday and Sunday to offer primary school age children the opportunity to play on the full size tennis courts in free fun sessions.
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Phil Leighton, from the Tennis Foundation, who ran the roadshow visited ten schools and saw over 1400 children throughout last week and with another ten schools distributed the flyers to their pupils about the free open days, the anticipation was high for fun weekend packed full of tennis. The roadshow introduced tennis to a large audience throughout the week highlighting that it’s not only a great way for kids to get fit and healthy but also develop important motor skills and learn sportsmanship all whilst having lots of fun.
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Tennis Director Nigel Long said, “I’d like to thank Phil, the Tennis Foundation, the whole Totally Tennis team and our squad players for helping us to provide so many children with the opportunity to play in our Open Days last weekend.” he added, “There were a great success with so many of the children deciding to take up tennis in our junior squad sessions.”
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Over 300 children visited Totally Tennis over the course of the sunny weekend to participate in the mixed sessions with Leighton and club coaches James McIntosh, Jordan Frederick, Shyam Vithani, Andrew Dingwall, Simon James and Steph Catlin. The mini tennis sessions offered the groups of players ten different activities from hand-eye coordination to basic tennis skills. They rotated around the stations to try the different skills including throwing and catching, racket skills, target throws, speed of serve and more fun activities. In addition to the free sessions a special roadshow offer encouraged many of the young players to sign up to play in the Pirates and Indians squads which are part of the club’s Junior Development Programme.
Head Coach James McIntosh said, “All of the coaches and helpers over the weekend did a fantastic job in making the open days such a success. I would like to say a big thank you to all the squad players who generously gave up time over their weekend to be involved.” he added “Also a big thank you to Jill, Emily, Karen, Anne, Claire, Kerri, Penny and Sandy for all of the organisation and selling of refreshments over the two days.”
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A large team of squad players gave up their time to be involved in the event encouraging younger children to enjoy playing tennis. A big thanks to Daniel Prickett, Aaron Dawson, Oliver Alemeny, Eddie Lakatos, Dylan Hall-Jones, Isla Hignett, Jas Bromilow, Dessi Bratinova, Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Harry Feast, Louise Mallozi, Lucy Groves, Elinor Banks and Danielle Beckett.

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Steph Catlin (pictured above coaching) added “The roadshow this weekend was a huge success. Speaking on behalf of all the coaches, we had a lot of fun exposing the best sport in the world to hundreds of little ones this weekend.

“We can’t promise that the weather will be as beautiful, but we hope to see them all in our squads to continue the learning and fun! A big shout out to all the current TT players who helped out, they played a huge part in the running and success of the weekend!

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The Tennis Foundation is Britain’s leading tennis charity that strives to make sport inclusive and accessible to everyone. The aim is to provide opportunities to encourage people to maximise their potential through tennis by working closely with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and a wide range of partners from across all sectors to deliver their vision and aim. For more information visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk

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For more information about Totally Tennis please telephone 01256 358816 or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk More information about the junior squad programme can be found here and read all our latest news on our blog here

Player Profile: Nima Bahri

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NIMA BAHRI

Age: Eight

Squad: Indians

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Five

How were you introduced to the sport?

My Dad

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

By watching tennis on TV

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Serena Williams

What do you like most about the sport?

Everything

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

How often do you play?

Once a week

Do you play any other sport?

Yes

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Going up to Indians

Player Profile: Binta Bahri

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Age: Five

Squad: Pirates

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Five 

How were you introduced to the sport?

My Dad

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Because my sister is playing there

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

 Serena Williams

What do you consider to be your best shot?

None yet

How often do you play?

Once a week

Do you play any other sport?

No

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?   

 

TT Tour – French Open

As the world’s top players prepared for the second Grand Slam of the professional tennis calendar, The French Open in Paris our very own junior players at Totally Tennis competed in their own TT Tour French Open held at the indoor centre over the weekend.

image1Three events took place Red, Orange and Green with proceedings run by coach Nick Dingwall. The winners all picked up the Grand Slam maximum points towards their already accrued leaderboard points scores. Dylan Cooper Kirby was declared winner in the Red event with Megan Fisher as runner-up, Henry Terry in third and Sophie Barlow finishing fourth.

image3Winner of last months TT Tour The Sony open Orange event Hayden Cummings kept up his winning streak with another victory at this event with runner-up Daniel Ward also retaining his Sony Open position of runner-up. Faith Tompkins was third, Carmen Visuals fourth, Dinobi Okafor fifth and Dihiyah Khan finished in sixth place.

image2The Green event followed suit with Chi Chi Okafor collecting the winner’s title again this month, sister Fechi was runner-up, Jack Moria finished in third, Tinuke Adelakun and Mikun Adeniran were fourth and fifth respectively, Zarieh Shaw was sixth and Diego Visuals finished in seventh.

image4Dingwall said of the event, “It was a great turn out for the French Open event, congratulations to everyone who participated, it was good to see all the players continuing to learn the format of the matches and enjoying the tennis games too.” he added “Well done to Dylan, Hayden and Chi Chi for winning the various categories, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the next TT Tour Grand Slam event, Wimbledon in June.”

image5The Totally Tennis Tour is for Development Squads and Mini Performance Squads players. There are six tournaments throughout the year and then the Grand Final where the top eight players from each squad will be invited back to play for the chance to finish as the club champions. There will be an up to date leaderboard showing players rankings in each squad. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as for entering. The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points and all points will be added to each age group leaderboard.

TT Tour Dates 2016

Sunday 26th June – Wimbledon
Sunday 11th September – US Open
Sunday 16th October – Valencia Open
Sunday 13th November – Grand Finals (by invitation)

PLAYERS MUST BOOK IN BEFORE EACH EVENT. Minimum of FOUR players will be needed per age group otherwise it may get cancelled.

Red (Pirates, Indians, Red Squad) – 10am -12 noon
Orange (Dodgers, Orange Squad) 10am -12 noon
Green (Giants, Green Squad 1pm – 3pm
Yellow (C.B, A SQUAD, Performance) 1pm – 3pm

All players interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816. Each event costs £6.50 per player

Player Profile: Nieve London

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Age: Ten

Squad : Dodgers at Hampshire Court

How old when you started tennis?

Ten

How were you introduced to the sport?

I was inspired to play by my mum

What made you come to totally tennis?

It was the closest tennis club

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

That it’s very active

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

How often do you play?

Once a week so far

Do you play any other sport?

I dance and play netball

What is your greatest achievement so far?

 

Player Profile: Katie Neville

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KATIE NEVILLE

Squad:   Dodgers

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Seven         

How were you introduced to the sport?      

By my brother

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Because my Mum’s a member

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

 Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?            

You get to play games with my friends

What do you consider to be your best shot?          

Forehand

How often do you play?        

Every Saturday

Do you play any other sport?       

Swimming, Gymnastics and Free running

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?  

Winning the lobbing game