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.
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 😉
Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby saw his latest European tournament title dreams finish at the quarter finals stage at the Pajulahti Cup in Finland.
Cooper Kirby was accepted into the qualifying stage of the TEJT Boys Singles 16 & under event after being 23rd on the reserve list but with players having withdrawn he was offered his place to compete in the draw. Travelling with his father Brian, the duo flew from Gatwick to Helsinki then travelled 110km via train and bus to the remote Pajulahti located at the Olympic Training Centre in Nastola arriving with just fifteen mins to spare before the 6pm sign-in deadline.
The qualifying match was on Saturday against Davis Alksnis
from Latvia and with the chilly -23c conditions it understandbly took Cooper Kirby extra time to warm-up but he won the match 6-3, 6-2 and booked himself a place into Monday’s main draw. Sunday was a match-free day that allowed the main draw players to arrive ahead of the start of the tournament and Cooper Kirby took advantage of the rest day to have a practice hit with a player from Germany.
His first main draw opponent was the unseeded Aaron Matikkala from Finland whom he defeated 6-2, 6-2. He then beat fourth seed Andrey Beketov from Russia (60th in Europe for this age group) 6-2, 6-3 in the second round and progressed to the quarter finals where he faced sixth seed Ugnius Biskauskis, a national player from Lithuania. Biskauskis, a recent European Country Championships competitor, proved too strong an opponent on this occassion winning the match 6-0, 6-4 signalling Cooper Kirby’s exit from the event.
Despite the long journey and flight home Cooper Kirby was back at school the next day. He picked up 40 extra points by reaching the quarter final stage in Finland and that’s seen him move up another 400 places up the leaderboard. Next stop is the San Michel International Tournament in Kordin, Malta this coming weekend where he has been placed straight into the main draw.
Good Luck Dean!
Cooper Kirby is looking for funding for his European Tournaments – read more in previous blog post Cooper Kirby Looking For Sponsorship and his European tournaments in previous post Cooper Kirby Racks Up European Points
Visit Cooper Kirby’s GoFundMe page here for more information and his latest news and updates.
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.
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.”
Squad: Red Squad
How old were you when you first started tennis?
How were you introduced to the sport?
Because my dad plays tennis
What made you come to Totally Tennis?
My dad plays here
Who is your favourite professional tennis player?
What do you like most about the sport?
What do you consider to be your best shot?
How often do you play?
Twice a week
Do you play any other sport?
Karate and swimming
What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?
Runner up in the TT tour
Looking for healthy alternative for your children in the upcoming February Half Term break? Want your children to have fun, burn off some energy and learn a new sport in the school holidays? Totally Tennis has just the answer – Tennis and Multi Sport Camps.
Running at the Indoor Centre in War Memorial Park from 12th – 16th February sessions can be booked as morning, afternoon or full day options (discounted two-day packages are also available). Tennis camps give children plenty of opportunity to keep active and the camps are not only tennis orientated, although that is the main focus, but combine a variety of sports so there really is something for everyone (morning sessions tennis only, afternoon sessions tennis & multi-sport).
Tennis camps are great fun and include lots of games and mini-competitions for both new and experienced players for children aged 4 – 16 years in a safe environment with fully qualified, licensed and experienced Lawn Tennis Association coaches.
Morning ~ 9am – 12 noon (Tennis)
Afternoon ~ 1pm – 4pm (Tennis & multi Sports)
Full Day ~ 9am – 4pm (children must be 5 years and over to stay all day)
Each child should dress appropriately for tennis activities and the weather (layers if chilly, sunscreen if hot), bring plenty of drinks and a packed lunch if staying all day. Children will be supervised throughout the day, including lunch breaks. Rackets will be provided for those who need one. Please note refunds will only be given with 24 hours notice and sessions need a minimum number of participants in order to take place. As a result of a cancellation by Totally Tennis an alternative will be offered.
For more information about the Holiday Tennis Camps please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, email email@example.com or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk
The Totally Tennis Under 9 and Under 10 teams got their festive season off to a great start beating the team from West Hants Tennis Club, Bournemouth 47-45 in squad matches at the indoor centre.
The event, run by Head Coach James McIntosh, saw the young players competing in a series of singles matches against their West Hants opponents. Hayden Cummings, brothers Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar, Ansh Annareddy, Charlie McKenzie, Faith Tompkins and Jack Moria all represented the home club. Every match won counted as a point and went towards the overall team score, they also played a couple of fun team games.
Totally Tennis players pictured in the back row
McIntosh said, “All of the players thoroughly enjoyed the matches and it was a good standard of tennis played throughout the day.” He added, “It was a great experience for everyone to play against other players from another club. We look forward to travelling to West Hants later next year for the re-match.”
Congratulations to all the players involved 😉