Catlin Attends Tennis For Kids Course in Oxford

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.


If you are looking for a fun and fitness activity for your children look no further than Tennis for Kids that returns on 5th April 2018. The grassroots initiative gives children, aged between four and eleven, the opportunity to fall in love with tennis by taking part in a six-week introductory course delivered by specially trained and enthusiastic LTA accredited coaches such as Catlin. Each player that signs up for the course will also receive a special Tennis for Kids Babolat racket and ball set as well as a personalised T-shirt delivered right to your door for just £25 (works out to just a little over £4 per week for the six week course).

Tennis for kids 2018

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 …… this space as dates will be coming soon!

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TT Tour Champions 2017

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.
024D1173-2451-494A-82EE-DAADF55E5791Coach 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.

TT Tour – Valencia Open

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)


TT Tour – US Open

The TT Tour US Open tournament took place at the indoor centre last weekend with events for the red and orange players run by coaching assistant Andrew Dingwall.

In the red event there were lots of really close matches and players were learning much about competing in matches. Kevin Karjalainen was the winner beating William Durman in the final 10-3. Neel Chandrasekar and Ayush Thondapu were joint third and fourth overall, other players who competed were Julia Mikztal, Roksanna Jelonek, Andrew Smith, Owen Hammond, Diya Shanmugaras and Luke Porter.


Dingwall said, “For many players this was their first ever competition and everyone did very well by helping each other keeping score.” he added “William did incredibly well to fight through and beat Ayush 14-12 in one of the semi finals to progress to the final but was then beaten by Kevin who became TT Tour champion!

In the Orange competition there was some great tennis played with some fantastic rallies and well deserved winners. Hayden Cummings was the overall winner once again beating Guhan Chendhilkumar in the final 10-4. James Blackwell and Megan Fisher were third and fourth, Harry Dolman was fifth, sixth place went to Rory Thompson followed by Caitlin Manley and Lottie Blackwell. Special mention to Harry who battled through and beat Rory 16-14 in their very close fought match.

Dingwall commented “A special well done to Caitlin, Harry, James and Lottie for competing in their first ever TT Tour!” he continued, “Congratulations to Hayden on coming out the victor against Guhan to become the champion of the day.”


The Totally Tennis Tour is for Development Squads and Mini Performance Squads players who get the opportunity to compete in seven tournaments throughout the year. The top eight players from each squad will be invited back to play in the Grand Final’s in November for the chance to finish as the club champions. Leaderboard’s will show players rankings in each squad and points will be awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as points for entering.

The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points of 1,000 and or the winners 500 for the runners-up. All other events give the winners 250 points, 125 for second place and 75 for third/fourth places, every player gets 100 points for all events they enter, each age group leaderboard will be updated after each tournament.

TT Tour Dates 2017

Sunday 29th October – Valencia Open

Sunday 15th November – Grand Finals (by invitation only)


Silver Medal for Gevin in Buckinghamshire

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.

20170917_151235In 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.


Congratulations Gevin!



Third Place for Gevin at Bradfield

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!




Chendhilkumar Twins Compete in Oxford

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.

Guhan and Gevin in Oxford tournament

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 😉