Totally Tennis coach Steph Catlin attended the Lawn Tennis Associations (LTA) Tennis for Kids training course at the White Horse Tennis Centre in Oxford on Thursday. Along with the specific training Catlin got to meet World Number One wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett, who is also the current French Open singles champion and Wimbledon doubles champion. She also met Miles Maclagan, former professional player and coach of British Number One Andy Murray and Laura Robson.
The campaign was launched in 2016 and last year 20,000* children throughout the country took part in the LTA’s tennis starter course for children with 98% of parents stating that they were happy with their child’s experience. Why not find out more and get your family involved in 2018?
Totally Tennis will be running these lessons at the indoor centre ……..watch this space as dates will be coming soon!
* Information used with courtesy of clubspark.lta.org.uk/TennisForKids
The champions in this year’s TT Tour competition have been crowned. After months of events including Grand Slam and other events that shadow the professional tour, the top eight players from their respective coloured leaderboards were invited to compete in finals day to determined the overall 2017 winners.
In the Red event Kevin Karjalainen was crowned champion after beating Neel Chandrasekar 10-6 followed by a win against Diya Shanmugaras in the final 10-5. Shanmugaras defeated Lottie Blackwell 10-6 in their semi-final encounter.
Shanmugaras was runner-up overall, Blackwell was third, Chandrasekar was fourth, fifth place went to Ayush Thondapu and William Durman was sixth.
Hayden Cummings is Orange champion after beating Guhan Chendhilkumar 10-5 in the final. In the semis Cummings defeated Harry Dolman 10-7 and Guhan beat brother Gevin 10-3. Gevin beat Dolman 10-4 to finish third, Rory Thompson was fifth after beating Lottie Blackwell 10-6 and James Blackwell was seventh after winning against Caitlin Manley 10-3.
Coach Andrew Dingwall said “A huge well done to everyone that has taken part in the TT Tour this year, there has been some amazing matches and it has been fantastic to see everyone learn and enjoy the tournament experience
He added, “A special well done to Hayden Cummings and Kevin Karjalainen for coming 1st on our finals day!“
The TT Tour is a series of tournaments played throughout the year that are open to all squad players running. After the last event in October the top eight players of each leaderboard are invited to play in the Grand Finals in November with a chance to be crowned overall champion. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as for entering. The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points and all points are added to each age group leaderboard.
Congratulations to the 2017 champions and to everyone that participated in all the events throughout the year.
The Valencia Open was the last TT tour event of the 2017 season played on Sunday 29th October ahead the excitement of the November Grand Finals where the overall Champions of the year will be crowned.
Kevin Karjalainen won the Red event after beating Diya Shanmugaras 10-8 in the final. Lottie Blackwell was third, William Durman was fourth, Neel Chandrasekar was in fifth place and Ayush Thondapu was sixth.
Coach Andrew Dingwall who won the event said, “Great final between Kevin and Diya, a close game of which fantastic angle shots were the standout moments! Congratulations Kevin 😉“
The Orange event was won by Gevin Chendhilkumar with Ansh Annareddy the runner-up. Chendhilkumar’s twin brother Guhan was joint third/fourth along with Harry Dolman, James Blackwell was fifth, Megan Fisher was sixth and joint 7th/8th place went to Caitlin Manley and Louise Stamvik.
Dingwall said “Another close match with Gevin beating Ansh 10-8 which included some marathon rallies.”
Congratulations Kevin and Gevin!
The TT Tour is a competition programme for Development Squads and Mini Performance Squads players. There are six tournaments throughout the year and the Grand Finals in November where the top eight players from each squad are invited to play for the chance to finish as the club champions. There’s an up-to-date leaderboard showing players rankings in each squad. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as for entering. The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points and all points will be added to each age group leaderboard.
TT Tour Dates 2017
Sunday 19th November – Grand Finals (by invitation)
Totally Tennis mini tennis player Gevin Chendhilkumar was runner-up in the Tennace at Gxltc Red Orange Starter Red 9 & under mixed singles tournament held at the Gerrard’s Cross Lawn Tennis Club in Buckinghamshire.
In the first round Gevin defeated Sofia Escobar Daantje 10-2 followed by fergus Baxter 10-8 in the quarters and then beat Ansh Annareddy in the semi-finals 10-5. Sadly he lost in the final against Max Durkin 10-7 to finish in the runner-up position and collect the silver medal.
Twin brother Guhan also competed in the event winning his first match against Neve Bushell 10-3 before losing in the quarter final against Joshua Fienberg 10-6. He then defeated James Matthew Stokes 10-1 in his first play-off match and finished 6th overall after losing to Fergus Baxter 10-7 in his second match.
Totally Tennis mini tennis player Gevin Chendhilkumar came third in the 9 & under Mixed Singles at last weekend’s Bradfield Orange tournament held at the Bradfield Tennis Centre.
In the initial round robin Gevin competed in Group C winning two of of his three matches to finish as runner-up and progress to the main draw. He beat third seed Sienna Minton 10-5, Zayn Bellazrak 10-2 but lost to Ruby Marriage 10-6. Twin brother Guhan was playing in Group A where he beat Joshua Date 10-4, had a walkover against O’Nielle Emanuel and was beaten by top seed Gabriel Riminton 10-7.
In the main draw Gevin was also defeated by eventual winner Riminton in the semis 10-3 but won the third/fourth play deciding match beating Marriage 10-6 to finish in third place overall.
Well done Gevin!
Totally Tennis mini tennis players Guhan and Gevin Chendhilkumar participated in their first external tennis tournament outside the club last weekend. The twin brothers competed in the 9 and under Boys Singles event which was part of the Leys Mini Tennis Tournament in Oxford.
The tournament was played in a round robin format with the brothers competing is different boxes. In Group A, Guhan unfortunately lost his three matches 10-6, 10-7 and 10-4 respectively and finished in fourth place. Gevin fairer better in Group B where he finished third beating William White 10-4 but losing his other two matches 10-2 including his match against eventual event winner Shay Corcoran.
The brothers then played each other in an epic match that Gevin just edged 10-9. Gevin then defeated Benjamin Seville 10-5 to finish in fifth place overall.
Good luck for future events boys 😉