Hignett invited to play at British Tour Masters 2019

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett has been invited by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to play at the British Tour Masters 2019 to be held the National Tennis Centre (NTC) in Roehampton, London next month.

Hignett has qualified for the two-day event, which will take place on 19th and 20th December, due to his final position on this year’s British Tour leaderboard. His invitation comes after his quarter final finish at LTA British Tour Edgbaston 2 earlier this month where he beat Philip Sikman 6-1, 6-1 in round one, Finley Cook in the second 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 but lost in the quarters in three sets to Harry Skinner 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Last month Hignett won the LTA British Tour Exeter Open Mens Singles title at the Exeter Tennis Centre, lost in the quarters in Glasgow and had a second round finish in Taunton.

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The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) British Tour 2019* provides a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience in their quest to become professional tennis players, to provide competition for professional players in between competing in professional events at home and abroad, as well as providing a national level open competition circuit.

Read more about Liam’s previous British Tour events HERE

*British Tour information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/britishtour

Busy coach education weekend at the indoor centre

Totally Tennis’ indoor centre was a hive of activity last weekend with coaching candidates participating in Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) level 1 and 2 courses. The club itself has an excellent track record for developing homegrown coaches with several of the current coaching team making the successful transition from player to coach. The club offers its own mentoring programme as well as LTA coach education courses held throughout the year. This weekend was no exception with yellow squad player Harry Feast starting his LTA coaching journey on the Level 1 course.

Totally Tennis’ Director Nigel Long, who is also a director of UCoach and a LTA Master Tutor, said, “It was fantastic to see so many people at the indoor centre this weekend starting their journey into coaching.”  He added, “Candidates come from all over the country to take courses and we hope that their introduction to coaching will inspire them to continue their journey as well as benefitting the players at their respective clubs.”

bc1033a9-5ac3-41c4-8f19-19c57a879603Totally Tennis is one of three coach education centres operated by UCoach, the others being Batchwood and Sutton, that deliver LTA courses on behalf of the country’s national governing body of tennis. UCoach, the largest coach education provider in the UK trains over 1000 coaches a year from level 1-4. Alongside fellow LTA tutors Long delivers a variety of courses across the various levels at Totally Tennis every year.

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British Tennis FAST4 Doubles Title for Liam

Totally Tennis performance player and coach Liam Hignett won the British Tour FAST4 Doubles title with partner Miles Mcdowall at the National Tennis Centre in London.

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The pairing were top seeds in the Open Mens Doubles event winning all their matches to claim the title. After a bye in the first round they beat Andreas Whelan Merediz and
Kian Yazdi in the quarters  4-3(2), 4-1, Eliot Glaysher and Josh Reynolds 4-1, 4-2 in the semis and then defeated second seeds Alex Fox and Elliot Stevens in the final 4-1, 4-2.

Congratulations Liam and Miles 😉

Hignett also competed in the LTA British Tour in Nottingham where he went out in the first round in a three set match against qualifier James Davis 6-3, 4-6,6-0. Next up is the LTA British Tour Sutton on 11th August.

 

Cummings Win The Quorn™ Family Cup 2019

Father and son duo Hayden and Ben Cummings won the Quorn™ Family Cup 2019 event held at the indoor centre yesterday. The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) event, run by coach Miles Bromilow, is a family tournament that give players the opportunity to compete in an informal and fun competition with an adult family member. The event also promotes playing tennis more frequently and eat healthy food as part of an active lifestyle.

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Sixteen players entered the competition playing in two boxes of four pairings. The top two teams in each box progressed to the semis and the bottom two played consolation matches against each other. The Cummings, who also won the event back in 2016, defeated Roksana and Chris Jelonek in the final 10-5.

Bromilow who said, “We had a great turnout and lots of prizes were given out. Congratulations to our winning pair Hayden and Ben.”

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As club winner’s Hayden and Ben will be invited to a Red Ball Festival Day hosted at an LTA Summer Grass Court event in June. The Festival Days include some more, fun Red Ball tennis as well as goodies and prizes for all the junior players. After enjoying lunch, players and parents are free to enjoy watching the professional players in action.

Read more about The Quorn™ Family Cup HERE

Hignett Gains LTA Level 3 Coaching Qualification

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett  has passed his Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Level 3 Coaching Qualification.

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Current Hampshire & IOW County Championships Men’s champion, Hignett will be sharing his experience and expertise with players in the junior and adult programmes. He also offers private lessons as well as hitting sessions for performance players looking for that extra practice.

Hignett started playing at Totally Tennis from the age of ten in the junior performance squads and has gone on to win many titles as a junior and in then in the men’s competitions in both singles and doubles. He played at Wimbledon after winning the HSBC Road to Wimbledon county title and has represented Hampshire & IOW in various County Cup matches across several different age groups. He gained a tennis scholarship to Sherfield School via the club’s ongoing partnership with the school and won more titles with the school team.

He has been a volunteer coach at the club for several years and previously passed both his LTA Level 1 and 2 coaching awards. He has gained plenty of experience coaching juniors, adults and some of the performance players under the mentoring scheme working with all the coaches at the indoor centre. He has learnt many new skills as part of his level 3 course including how to coach beginners and improvers in groups and as individuals, understanding the basics of business management, the competitive structure in the UK and working with level 1 and 2 coaching assistants. Alongside the four modules Hignett undertook coaching experience with a mentor, compiled a portfolio and passed his final on court practical coaching assessment.

Hignett said, “I’m happy to have passed my level 3 course and looking forward to continuing to develop as a coach. I’m thankful to the coaches who have been giving me advice and pointers on how I can improve and also to tutors Nigel Long and Guy Leverton for a great course and for helping me to pass.”

Tennis Director Nigel Long said, ‘Unlike many other coaches having played to such a high level will really benefit Liam’s career as well as our players as he can now share all his playing experiences and tactical and technical knowledge. “

Hignett has also completed the LTA referee development course that enables him to run events at the club such as the recent LTA South West County Tour series. He will be running South West Winter County Tour series at Totally Tennis until March for juniors aged from eight to eighteen – to find out more about the tournaments and to enter visit www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/

For more information about individual lessons with Hignett contact Totally Tennis on 01256 358816 or Hignett himself via Instagram and Facebook

Congratulations Liam! 😉

Hampshire County Cup Call Up For Hignett

Performance player and assistant coach Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & IOW Mens team that competed in the LTA Winter County Cup 2018 held at Hills Road Sports and Tennis Centre in Cambridge at the end of last month.

Hignett (pictured front left) was joined in the Hampshire team by Julian Godfrey, Robert Mitchell, Ryan Golesworthy, George Houghton, Michael Johnson, Paul Scullard, Jake Norris and Austin Gwilliam who completed in the Mens Group 4b competition against teams from Durham & Cleveland, Leicestershire and the Channel Islands.

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On the first day the Hampshire team were up against the Durham & Cleveland team and lost 6-3. Hignett won his singles match 6-2, 6-2 but lost his doubles match with partner Jake Norris 6-3, 6-4. Day two was much better result with Hampshire beating Leicestershire 6-3. Hignett won his singles and his doubles match with Norris with both matches having the same 6-3, 6-2 scoreline.

On the final day Hampshire notched up another win against the Channel Islands 5-1. Hignett maintained his singles clean sheet winning his final match 6-4, 6-0 and was not required to play his doubles match with Norris as the tie was already decided. Overall the team finished in second place with four points and retained their position in the league while winners Durham & Cleveland, with six points, gained promotion.

Hignett also competed in the Open Mens Singles at the LTA British Tour Edgbaston 2 held at The Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham. Sixth seed Hignett beat Benjamin Stanford in the first round 6-2, 6-1 and then Alex Griffiths in the second round  7-6(4), 6-3 but then lost in the quarters to fifth seed Matthew Hollingworth.

 

 

 

 

Hignett Takes On Gap Year Coaching Role

Performance player and former Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett is putting his gap year to good use by taking on a coaching role at the club where he will be working with both adults and juniors in various sessions at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre. He will also be continuing his tournament referee role as well as competing in a variety of tournaments countrywide and studying for his Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) level 3 coaching qualification.

Hignett, who completed his A levels the summer, decided to forgo his scholarship at Tennessee Technological University (TTU) in favour of studying at university in the UK after his gap year which we see him concentrate on competing and progressing his coaching career.

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Current Hampshire & IOW County Championships Men’s champion, Hignett will be sharing his experience and expertise with players in the junior development and orange/green squads, adults drills, Saturday munchkin and junior clubs as well as the weekend Pirates and Indians squads. He will also be offering private lessons as well as hitting sessions for performance players looking for that extra practice.

His level 3 coach qualification* starts next week and will be completed in January 2019. He will learn many skills including how to coach beginners and improvers in groups and as individuals, understanding the basics of business management and the competitive structure in the UK and work with level 1 and 2 coaching assistants. Alongside the four modules Hignett will need to undertake coaching experience with a mentor, compile a portfolio and pass a final on court practical coaching assessment.

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Hignett completed the LTA referee development course that enables him to run events at the club such as the recent LTA South West Summer County Tour series. He will be running South West Winter County Tour series at Totally Tennis between September and March for juniors aged from eight to eighteen – to find out more about the tournaments and to enter visit www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/

Hignett said, “I am looking forward to coaching regularly at Tennis Totally in between my tournaments that are scheduled during my gap year. This will provide me with some more experience that will prove to be useful in the future.”

For more information contact Totally Tennis on 01256 358816 or Hignett via Instagram and Facebook

*LTA Level 3 course information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk