Development squad players Tobi Adeniran (Red) and Luca Dharwar (Orange) were crowned the winners at last weekends TT Tour Grand finals held at the indoor centre.
In the Red event Adeniran won all five of his round robin matches to book his semi-final place beating Gabriella Dyer 10-6, Carter Grout 10-3, Hamish Harwell 10-4, Dylan Mills 10-5 and Maxim Perelighn 10-2. Runner-up Mills joined him in the next round after winning three matches against Grout 10-6, Harwell 10-6 and Perelighn 10-4.
In the second group Shrihan Chakraborty also won all of his five matches to progress to the semis; he beat Lewis Gambrill 10-6, Ivy Grout 10-1, Jasmine Paul 10-4, Rakshit Saiavanakumar 10-2 and Elliot Wrench 10-0. Gambrill beat Grout 10-8, Paul 10-7, Saiavanakumar 10-4 and Wrench 10-4 to earn the fourth semi-final place. In the semi finals Adeniran defeated Lewis Gambrill 10 – 9 and Chakraborty beat Mills 10 – 2. Adeniran then beat Chakraborty in the final ** – * to become the Red champion.
In the Orange competition Dharwar beat Charlie Burridge 4-2, Liam Durangparang 4-0 and Kaian Harris- Piper 4-0 to win the title.
Coach Loic said, “Great to see a growing number of children from squads take part in the TT tour. It gives them something to work on and put the practice into play at the end of every month.” He added,” I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part and look forward to seeing them on the 14th December for the Christmas event.“
Totally Tennis has teamed up with DSActive, a programme run by the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA), to provide opportunities for children with Down’s Syndrome to play tennis at the indoor centre.
This sessions, run during term time, take place on Sunday mornings with coach Dom and the group young players between the ages of 10-18 years learn the basic strokes and tactics of tennis as well as developing agility, balance and coordination.
Head Coach James McIntosh said “It’s great to see so many smiling faces and the players enjoying their sessions. He’d added, “Since they have started we have seen a significant improvement in developing their co-ordination skills and their ability to rally with the coach.”
As well as the DS session’s Totally Tennis offers coaching specifically designed for players with disabilities as part of the club’s community programme. The coaches have many aids to help children with disabilities along with fun games and drills to aid learning.
As part of the successful Totally Tennis schools programme Head Coach James McIntosh visited local schools to deliver tennis assemblies, all the pupils involved were then invited to attend a FREE junior tennis open day. Part of the LTA Big Tennis Weekends initiative, open days are designed to give children an opportunity to try tennis at a club on real tennis courts with LTA qualified coaches.
Head coach James McIntosh said, “The event went really well and it was great to give so many children the opportunity to play tennis at the centre and for some it was their first time in picking up a racket.” he added, ” Since the event Totally Tennis has managed to expand its schools programme with the introduction of an after schools club at St Johns which we are looking forward to getting started next week.”
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.
Find out more about the Totally Tennis Schools Programme and Junior Development Squads by telephone 01256 358816, e-mail email@example.com or visit our website here. Read all our latest news on our blog here
Totally Tennis has always been involved with supporting the local community as part of its ongoing Community Tennis Programme so were pleased to host the 2nd Silchester Brownie pack at the indoor centre recently.
Thirty-six girls visited the club after picking tennis as their new sport to try this term. The girls and their leaders enjoyed a fun on-court session with Head Coach James and assistant Loic learning the basics of tennis and playing tennis games.
McIntosh said, “The session was organised for the girls to experience a different sport. It went really well and the girls were all very enthusiastic. It was good to give the opportunity to those who had never played tennis before.”
It seems everyone had a great time and enjoyed the acidity with the girls declaring it fun and wanting to play again. Pack Leader Kirstie Jones said, ‘They had such a great time, the foam balls made it accessible to all in a very safe environment.”
If you are involved with a community group and want to book a tennis session or enquiry about our coaches visiting you as a junior activity or an adult team building session please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358815
Mini performance player Nikesh Reddy Bomma won the 10 and under Boys title at the South East Winter County Tour held at the West Worthing Club in West Sussex
In the quarter finals he beat Eddie Burton 4-0, 4-1 followed by Ivan Pineda Vera in the semis 4-0, 4-2. In the final he defeated Alfie Manson 4-1, 4-3(3) to win his second tournament.
Coach Jamie Jordan said, “Nikesh played very consistently and adapted his style to the different players he met along the way!”
”It’s amazing what he is achieving right now and learning so much from these tournaments great effort Nikesh! Yet again I’m a very proud coach!”
Mini performance player Hayden Cummings picked up the runners-up medal in the 10 and under Boys singles event at the Bradfield East Winter County Tour held at Bradfield Tennis Centre last weekend.
In the first round Cummings knocked top seed James Parnwell out of the tournament in the quarters beating him 4-2, 4-0 followed by Castor Chute in the semis 4-1 before losing to second seed Oliver Cole in the final 4-2.
The previous weekend Cummings competed in the David Lloyd Southampton West End Winter Regional Tour 10 and under Boys singles. In the quarters he defeated Felix Inglis 4-2, 4-1 but lost in the semis against overall winner Casey Drake 5-3, 4-0.
Well doen Hayden!
Totally Tennis mini performance player Hayden Cummings enjoyed a busy week of summer tournaments which got off to the best start when he won the 10 and under Mixed Singles title at the Southampton Junior Open last week held at Totton & Eling Tennis Centre in Southampton.
The compass draw was contested by eight players and in the first round Cummings beat namesake Hayden Calder 4 – 0, 4 – 0 and then defeated second seed Thomas Allen-Green in the semis 4 – 0, 4 – 0. In the final he beat Hari Walton in three sets 4 – 2, 2 – 4, 10 – 4 to win the event.
Cummings then competed in the 10 & under Boys Singles event at The White Horse Abingdon Open 2018 held at the White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre, Oxford. After losing in the first round of the main draw he went on to win the consolation event beating Rohan Sivanendra 4 -0, 4 -2, Joseph Mccay-Brown 4 – 0, 4 – 1 and Joe Taylor in the final 4 – 0, 4 – 1.
Yesterday he played in the 9 & under Boys singles at the Winchester Mantis Open 2018 held at the Winchester Racquets and Fitness club. After a bye in the first round he defeated Zachary Verret 7 – 0, 8 – 6 in round two and Zayn Bellazrak in the quarters 7 – 3, 7 – 4 before losing in the semis against eventual winner Daniel Joita 7 – 0, 7 – 5.
Congratulations Hayden 😉