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 performance player Liam Hignett spent all last week playing on the famous grass courts at Wimbledon in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon (RTW) 2014 Nationals held at The All England Club in SW19. On the opening day last Monday eighty-six box matches took place and history was made when four Indian junior tennis players competed in the national finals for the first time after winning their own national finals at the Road to Wimbledon in Delhi.
Ready to start the competition
Hignett played in Regional Group F where he had three matches. He lost to box winner and National number two in his age group Oscar Cutting 6-1, 6-1, runner-up and 20th nationally David Brehme 6-3, 6-2 and Zachary Phillips 7-5, 7-5. In the Regional Consolation event he lost in round one against higher rated Callum Findlay in three sets 6-4, 4-6, 10-3. In the 14 and under Boys Doubles event Hignett and partner Timothy Goodman, who were seeded fourth, unfortunately lost in round one to Jake Norris/Pierce Widdecombe 4-0, 4-0.
Despite the score lines and the intermittent weather that interrupted play, Hignett had a fantastic week and enjoyed himself and as well as his memories he has a souvenir hoody, water bottle, T-shirt to remember his experience and was also given a £30 Wimbledon shop voucher. On Wednesday night the competitors enjoyed the players party held in The Terrace restaurant on the east side of Centre Court with an Indian themed party with Indian cuisine and entertainment provided by Award Winning Celebrity Magician and Mind Reader, Robert Fox.
On the final morning Hignett attended the grass court clinic with former British number one Tim Henman, where he and Head Coach Dan Bloxham put the junior competitors through their paces and inspired them with great games and advice. HSBC Ambassador Henman also gave the juniors an opportunity to ask him questions on tennis and he was happy to share his experiences with the next generation of young players.
Donella Hignett, Liam’s mother said, “Although it was unfortunate that he didn’t win a match, Liam came close on a couple of occasions, with a 7-5, 7-5 loss in one of his box matches and a three-set 4-6, 6-4, 10-3 loss in the first round of the consolation. It was a good experience, despite the weather!”
Hignett with younger sister Isla at Wimbledon
Head Coach James McIntosh said “It was such a fantastic opportunity and experience for Liam to play at Wimbledon and follow in the footsteps of other young Totally Tennis players. Competing in the Road to Wimbledon National Finals are a great way to inspire and motivate players. Well done Liam!”
Twenty thousand juniors from over seven hundred and fifty clubs and schools competed in the Road to Wimbledon event. The competition is held in three stages and encourages boys and girls of all standards to play and enjoy competitive tennis. The tournament is open to all boys and girls who are 14 & under during the year and have not reached the age of 15 that year.
Proof that the new international event was a great success came when 14-year-old Siddhant Banthia from Pune, India took the 2014 boys singles crown after defeating the top one seed from Middlesex, Maxine Trenakhin, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-0. Last years semi-finalist Kent’s Nell Miller, 14 won the girls title defeating second seed Jodie Lawrence-Taylor from Surrey in straight sets 7-6(5), 6-4. In another fantastic result for India, Banthia and partner Adil Kalyanpur were crowned doubles champions and Miller with partner Emily Appleton defeated Indian girls duo Aarja Chakraborty and Shivani Ingle in straight sets to win the Girls Doubles title.
How old were you when you first started tennis?
How were you introduced to the sport?
I was playing on a court somewhere else and I really liked it.
What made you come to Totally Tennis?
I wanted to give tennis a try.
Who is your favourite professional tennis player?
What do you like most about the sport?
You get to hit balls
What do you consider to be your best shot?
How often do you play?
Once a week, more when I am off school and not playing football.
Do you play any other sport?
Football, golf and basketball
What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?
Winning a match