Big Tennis Weekends Open Day – 28th September 2019

As part of the successful Totally Tennis schools programme the club will be visiting local schools next week to deliver tennis assemblies and invite the pupils to attend a FREE junior tennis open day at the club on Saturday 28th September. The LTA Big Tennis Weekends initiative is designed to give children an opportunity to try tennis at the club on real tennis courts with LTA qualified coaches.

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Tennis Director Nigel Long said “Our coaches have been visiting Basingstoke schools for many years and have, over that time, given thousands of children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to try tennis and realise all the benefits that the sport can bring.”

The Totally Tennis schools programme has not only given children the opportunity to play tennis but also produced countless players and coaches over the years. Some of these players have represented their respective schools and the club in many competitions, even winning National titles. The club also runs curriculum and after school sessions as well as the annual schools tournaments at the indoor centre.

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Next week Head Coach James Mcintosh will visit Sherborne St. John, Kempshott and Winklebury. Like your school to be involved? Telephone 01256 358816 for more information. The Open Day will take place from 1:00pm – 2:30pm on Saturday 28th September at the indoor centre located in the War Memorial Park – it’s FREE to attend and everyone is welcome.

Children who attend the open day will be invited to join our junior development squad programme. For more information about the junior squad programme telephone 01256 358816or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our website here and read all our latest news on our blog here

Nature Valley Big Tennis Weekends is a LTA initiative designed to attract new people from the local community to come and try tennis at their neighbourhood venue via fun and welcoming open days. Nature Valley Big Tennis Weekends are taking place across the country on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2019. Read more about the Tennis Weekends at www.lta.org.uk/

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Kirsty Da Silva Wins Road To Wimbledon Club Event

This year’s Totally Tennis HSBC Road to Wimbledon (U14) club event was won by performance player Kirsty Da Silva who won all her matches beating Amberly Chapman 4-0, 4-0 and Tinuke Adelakun 4-0, 4-1. The runner-up spot went to Adelakun who defeated Chapman 4-0, 4-1. Da Silva, who is also a Sherfield School Tennis Scholar, will now compete in the county finals which will take place over the weekend of 14th and 15th July at Canoe Lakes in Southsea. 

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Fellow performance players and Sherfield Tennis Scholars Dean Cooper Kirby and Aaron Dawson competed in the Road to Wimbledon International 2018 – 14U Boys Singles South West Regional Qualifier held at the East Gloucestershire Club in Cheltenham. This event was open to highly rated British players only. Top seed Cooper Kirby was one of the four qualifiers of the event after beating both Callum Matthew and Sebastian Pasmore 6-1, 6-0 respectively and then defeating club mate Dawson 6-2, 7-6(4).

Coach Jamie Jordan said “Congratulations Kirsty and good luck in the Hampshire County Finals this weekend.  he added, “Congratulations to Dean for winning in the International event.”

The two winners (boy and girl) of each County Final will be invited to play at Wimbledon from 12th – 18th August in the National Finals (an additional four lucky losers from the County Finals will also be invited to the National Finals). Da Silva will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of many her former Totally Tennis players.

The Road to Wimbledon International has expanded in Asia with competitions across China, Hong Kong SAR, India and for the first time this year, in Japan. The UK qualifying leg of The Road to Wimbledon International – open to highly rated British youngsters ran from 23th – 24th June. Two girls and four boys at the GB Regional events will qualify for the grade 2 Finals taking place from Sunday 12 to Saturday 18 August 2018 at Wimbledon. They will be joined at the International Finals by qualifying players from India, China, Hong Kong and Japan events.

The Road to Wimbledon is the biggest junior tournament in British tennis and gives all 14U players the opportunity to progress through to compete on the world famous grass courts at Wimbledon. Local clubs, parks and schools are encouraged to enter and stage a tournament for their members/pupils rated between 10.2 and 7.1. For stronger rated players (6.2 or higher) there is the HSBC Road to Wimbledon International event which players can enter directly.

Congratulations Kirsty and Dean 😉

Photo used with courtesy of JamieJordanTennis. Additional information sourced from www.roadtowimbledon.com

 

Isla Wins Surrey Tournament

Totally Tennis performance player Isla Hignett won the South East Winter County Tour –  18 and Under Girls singles title last weekend at the event played at Reedham Park in Surrey.

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In the quarter finals of the Grade 5 tournament Hignett beat Alexia Litten 4-0, 5-3 followed by Sofie Pickard in the semis 4-0, 2-4, [10-2]. In the final she defeated Saskia Hunter-Thielemann 4-2, 4-2 to win the event.

Congratulations Isla 😉

 

 

 

TT Tour | The Australian Open

The winners have been decided in the first TT Tour event of 2018, the Australian Open held at the indoor centre last weekend.

In the Red event 2017 champion Kevin Karjalainen was the winner and collected the maximum 1,000 Grand Slam points. William Durman was runner-up, Neel Chandrasekar was third, Lottie Blackwell fourth and Ayush Thondapu finished in fifth place. Harry Dolman picked up the maximum points in the Orange event with James Blackwell in second place and Caitlin Manley in third position.

Last years Orange champion Hayden Cummings won the Green event with Nikes Bomma in the runner-up spot, twins Gevin and Guhan Chendilkumar finishing third and fourth respectively and Jack Moria was in fifth place. Tinuke Adelakun won the Yellow competition and Luke Davies was second and Nathan Dolman was third overall.

The TT Tour is a competition programme for Totally Tennis players. There are seven events overall, six tournaments throughout the year and the Grand Finals in November. An up-to-date leaderboard will show each player’s rankings in each group. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as additional points for entering. The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open (25/2), French Open 20/5), Wimbledon (24/6) and the US Open (16/9) offer higher points and all points will be added to each group leaderboard.

NEXT EVENT – The Brazil Open on Sunday 11th March

RED (Pirates, Indians, Red Squad) 10am – 12 noon

GREEN (Giants and Green Squad) 1pm – 3:30pm

ORANGE (Dodgers and Orange Squad) 10 am – 12 noon

YELLOW (A,B,C and Performance Squads) 1 pm – 3:30pm

PLAYERS MUST BOOK IN BEFORE THE EVENT. There must be a minimum of 4 players per age group for each tournament to be played. Each event costs £6.50 per player.

All players interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816. The TT Tour events will be run by coach Miles Bromilow.

Read more about the TT Tour 2018 in previous posts TT Tour 2018

Half Term Victory For Da Silva

Performance player Kirsty Da Silva won the 14 and Under Girls singles title at the 35th Wilton Open held at Wilton Tennis Club, Wimbledon last week in the half term break.

Da Silva played her first matches in the Grade 4 tournament at the beginning of the week. After a bye in the first round she defeated Charlotte Thesiger 6-3, 6-3 and Karina Luna Guzman 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(4) in the quarter and semi finals respectively.

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She returned on Saturday to contest the final against former Totally Tennis player Nina Williams. After a slow start, where she lost the first set she then went on to win the second set and the tie break 5-7, 6-2, 10-5 and collect the first place trophy .

Kirsty’s mum Sue said “Kirsty had a slow start to the first set that saw her lose 7-5 but she picked up strongly to dominate the second set and the tie break.”

Congratulations Kirsty!

TT Tour 2018

The TT Tour is back for 2018 giving all Totally Tennis players the opportunity to play in regular competitions held at the indoor centre. There will be seven tournaments throughout the year and the top eight players from each squad will be invited back for the Grand Finals on 4th November for a chance to finish as the club’s champion in each age group!

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The TT Tour is a competition programme for Totally Tennis players. There are seven events overall, six tournaments throughout the year and the Grand Finals in November. An up-to-date leaderboard will show each player’s rankings in each group. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as additional points for entering. The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open (25/2), French Open 20/5), Wimbledon (24/6) and the US Open (16/9) offer higher points and all points will be added to each group leaderboard.

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RED (Pirates, Indians, Red Squad) 10am – 12 noon

GREEN (Giants and Green Squad) 1pm – 3:30pm

ORANGE (Dodgers and Orange Squad) 10 am – 12 noon

YELLOW (A,B,C and Performance Squads) 1 pm – 3:30pm

PLAYERS MUST BOOK IN BEFORE THE EVENT. There must be a minimum of 4 players per age group for each tournament to be played. Each event costs £6.50 per player.

All players interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816. The TT Tour events will be run by coach Miles Bromilow.

  2017 TT Tour champions Hayden and Kevin pictured with coach Andrew Dingwall

 

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