Guhan Plays A Starring Role at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne

Totally Tennis mini performance player Guhan Chendhilkumar, 9 won the honour of carrying out the coin toss for semi-finals between Lukáš Lacko versus Marco Cecchinatoat at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne last Friday.

Nature Valley International - Day Eight

Nature Valley International - Day Eight

Guhan was entered into the draw to win one of three such experiences, that took place at the series of Nature Valley tournaments, when his father Chendhil signed him and his twin brother Gevin up for their British Tennis Membership. He attended the event with his brother and mother and the three got to watch the matches that took place on Centre Court.

The family enjoyed their day in Eastbourne where they were looked after by the LTA membership manager and were given exclusive tour of players lounge and behind the scenes. Guhan was given a quick training on how to toss the coin by the match referee.

Chendhil said, “Both Guhan and Gevin found the trip very inspirational.”

Photos provided by Chendhil Chendhilkumar and used with courtesy of Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for the LTA

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Another Title For Cummings

Totally Tennis mini performance player Hayden Cummings won the 10 and Under Mixed title at the South West Summer County Tour held at David Lloyd Southampton at the beginning of the month.

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In the group stages, Cummings won Box C beating Zoe Totolici 4-1 and Thomas Allen-Green 4-0. Club mates Guhan and Gevin Chendhilkumar played in Box A and B respectively and both won and lost a match so all three boys progressed to the main draw.

In the quarter finals, Cummings defeated Guhan 4-0 and Kevin lost to Group D winner Oliver Cole 4-2. Cummings then beat Aleksander Kudla 4-0 in the semis and Finley Betteridge-Hanson 4-2 in the final to win the tournament.

Congratulations Hayden!

Photo used with courtesy of jamiejordantennis

First Win For Hayden

Totally Tennis mini performance player and reigning TT Tour orange champion Hayden Cummings competed in his first green ball tournament at the Maidenhead Junior Open 2018 earlier this month and he WON it!

Cummings, who was playing in the Grade 4 tournament held at Maidenhead Lawn Tennis Club, competed in Group B in the first stage of the 10 and under Mixed Singles competition. He won all his four of his matches defeating Jasper Tong 4-0, Pavana Nrshinga 4-3(3), Gabriel Riminton 4-1 and Flora Hodge 4-0. In the main draw, Cummings beat Alexander Bruce in the semi-finals 4-2 and then beat Marcel Jesenko in the final 4-2 to win the event and collect the winners medal.

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Head coach James McIntosh said, “Hayden works really hard in his lessons and is progressing all the time, he has done really well to win his first green ball tournament. Well done Hayden, keep up the good work!

Last week Cummings competed in the Winchester Spring Open 2018 in both the 9 & under and 10 & under Boys singles events. After a bye in the first round of the 9 & under competition   he defeated Aidan Hewitt in the second round 7-2, 7-3 followed by a three set defeat of namesake Hayden Mundy 6-8, 7-3,7-4 in the quarters before losing in the semi-final to eventual winner Matteo Mirone 7-3, 8-6.

In the 10 & under event Cummings lost in the first round of the main draw against Michael Mitchell 5-3, 4-2 but then went on to be crowned consolation winner after beating Feliciano Ayala De Carolis 4-0, 4-1, Oliver Flynn 4-1, 4-1 and Jaydan Mitchell in the final  2-4, 4-1,1-0(2).

Congratulations Hayden 😉

Read more about the Winchester Spring Open 2018 in previous post Trophies for Performance Players at Winchester Spring Open

Player Profile: Neel Chandrasekar

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Squad: Red Squad

How old were you when you first started tennis?  

Seven

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?  

Roger Federer

What do you like most about the sport?

Spin shot

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

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

Good Result For Lakatos in Oxfordshire

Hampshire Court mini performance played Eduard Lakatos finished in third place at the recent Grade 5 Growing The Game CN 10 and under Boys singles event held at Hanney Tennis Club in Oxfordshire.

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Lakatos featured in a photo from earlier this year

Lakatos beat John Cairns in the quarters 2-4,  4-1, [1-0](3) but then lost in his semi-final match against eventual event winner Jack Veal 4-0, 4-1. Lakatos then defeated Oliver Veal 4-0, 4-0 in the third/fourth place playoff match to finish third overall.

Congratulations Eduard 😉

Lakatos Wins at His First Green Event

Hampshire Court performance player Eduard Lakatos won his first green ball tournament over the weekend at the Grade 4 South East Summer County Tour held at Rocks Lane, London in the 10 & under event.

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After winning both his matches in the group stages, Lakatos progressed to the main draw and won his semi-final 4-1, he then faced a tough opponent in the final. The match was all square at 3-3 but Lakatos dug deep and won by sudden death 5-4.

Congratulations Eduard!

Second Place for Da Silva

Young mini performance player Kirsty Da Silva finished in second place today at the Grade 4 10 and U Girls Indoor Winter County tournament held at the White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre, Oxfordshire.

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Starting her New Year in very good form Da Silva played four matches in the group stages, winning Box B convincingly. She beat Florence Haigh 4-0,  Molly Hulcup 4-0, Darcy Herring Johnson 4-3(2) and Lois Newberry 4-2 to finish at the top of the box and progress to the main draw.

She continued her strong display dispensing with her semi final opponent Katie Baker 4-0, 4-3(0) to reach final. Unfortunately she then came up against a very strong opponent and Group A winner Patricia Radan who won the final with a flourish 4-0, 4-0, even though the scoreline may not reflect it Da Silva played extremely well and started 2016 with a well-deserved runners-up medal, congratulations Kirsty!