Hayden Wins Title at Southampton Junior Open

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.

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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 😉  

 

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Runner-Up Trophy for Hayden in Windsor

Mini performance player Hayden Cummings was the runner up in the 9 and under Grade 3 Boys singles event at the Windsor Open held at Windsor Lawn Tennis Club on Sunday.

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In the group stages, Cummings was competing in Group G where he won both his matches to win the group beating Freddie Law 7-3, 7-0 and Tiger Pearl 7-4, 9-7. In the main draw he defeated Zak Bergandy in the first round 7-2, 9-7 followed by Xavier Bailey 8 – 6, 7 – 4 in the quarters and a semi final victory against Stefan Puiu 7-5, 7-5. He lost in the final against Micheal Wilson in a three set encounter  2-7, 7-1, 7-2 to finish as runner-up.

Well done Hayden!

 

Tennis Tips | Tip 18 : Hitting An Angle To Move Your Opponent Off Court

Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh designed to improve your game.

Tip 18: Hitting An Angle To Move Your Opponent Off Court

Try hitting an angle shot from an open stance. Hit around the outside of the ball to hit a wider shot to force your opponent out wide and off court.

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Correct: Open Stance – right foot further across.

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Tennis Tips | Tip 17 : Returning a Higher and Deeper Ball

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Tip 17: Returning a Higher and Deeper Ball

Move behind the baseline to allow the ball to drop so you can hit up the back of it with good height – this will help you to keep the ball deeper.

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Wrong: Didn’t move back enough so the contact point is too high

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Correct: Moved back behind the baseline to hit the ball at waist height

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Tennis Tips | Tip 16: Using The Slice Backhand Approach Shot

Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh designed to improve your game.

Tip 16: Using The Slice Backhand Approach Shot

With Wimbledon approaching you will see players looking to move into the net on a faster court surface. A good shot to use is the backhand slice approach as the ball will stay low making it difficult for your opponent to pass, setting you up for a finishing volley.

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Wrong – Racket is too low so you will not get underneath the ball and it will go to high giving your opponent more time.

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Correct – The racket is higher to come down on the ball to keep it lower over the net

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Runner-Up Trophy For Da Silva in Devon

Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva, 13 was runner-up in the 16 and under Girls singles event held at the Atlantic Racquet Centre in Bideford, Devon.

Second seed Da Silva competed in the Grade 4 tournament last Friday beating Evie Norris-Bishop in the third set tie-break of their quarter-final match 1-4, 4-1, 10-6. She then beat Lucy Ward in the semis 4-2, 4-3 before losing to 15-year-old Katie Rowe in the final 4-1, 4-2.  .

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Da Silva (right) pictured with event winner Rowe

Kirsty’s mum Sue said, ” Kirsty played consistently and really deserved to get to the final where she lost against an older opponent. All in all, a pretty good performance.”

Tough Match for Totally Tennis 10U Team Against Portsmouth

The Totally Tennis 10 and under team have moved to second place in the Mixed Division 1 of the Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2018 league, just behind Winchester Racquets and Fitness, after losing their away match against Portsmouth Tennis Academy (PTA) last weekend.

The team of Hayden Cummings, Dylan Cooper Kirby, Guhan Chendhilkumar and Charlie Mackenzie travelled to Portsmouth with coaches Jamie Jordan and Jordan Frederick to compete in the fixture that took place on Sunday. In the singles Cummings was the only player to win his match beating Savva Sujetov 4-2, 5-3 so the scoreline was 3-1 to the home team going into the doubles.

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Unfortunately things didn’t go to plan in the doubles either with the pairing of Cummings/Cooper Kirby losing against Sujetov/William Harrison 5-3, 4-2 and Chendhilkumar/Mackenzie being beaten by Meru Shrivastva/Zachary Cocker 4-1, 4-2. The final score was 10-2 to PTA and with Winchester beating David Lloyd Southampton A 12-0 in their fixture on Sunday they have moved to the top of the table.

Jamie said, “I thought the team played very well but unfortunately couldn’t get the win but we are all very proud of them.”

The Totally Tennis team now have one more away match to play this season on Sunday 17th June against Winchester. There’s everything to play for as all three teams at the top (Winchester, TT and PTA) level on 4 points each, but it’s going to be a tough match and Winchester have a game in hand. Good Luck boys 😉

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