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.

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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 😉

 

Benenden Tennis Festival Summertime Slam

Totally Tennis played host to a Benenden Tennis Festival last Sunday with a Summertime Slam event open to both mini red and orange players. The three hour event was run by performance players Miles Bromilow and Liam Hignett and packed with a whole host of tennis related fun, games and competition.

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The festival is designed to give players new to competition the opportunity to learn about scoring and the rules of tennis while the more experience players get some match practice but the overall theme is for the players to have fun.

Games to get everyone warmed-up, including balloon tennis, around the world and knockout tennis, preceded the matches. The mini red competition was a round robin draw of seven players with lots of competitive matches. The overall winner was William Durman who won all his matches and Neel Chandrasekar was runner-up.

The Orange competition was split into two boxes with the top two players from each box going through to the semi-finals. The first semis match was an all sibling affair with Box A winner Geven Chendhilkumar facing his brother Guhan who was Box B runner-up, Geven was the victor 10-6. Meanwhile in the other semi-final the winner of Box B Hayden Cummings beat Box A runner-up Ansh Annaredy 10-4.

The final was watched by all the competitors with Cummings declared the overall winner beating Geven 10-4. The day finished with a presentation and prizes for all the competitors.

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Bromilow said, “Congratulations to all the players who took part. We look forward to hosting similar events in the future and even some more Benenden Tennis Festivals.”

image3image1Healthcare provider Benenden has partnered with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to encourage people of all ages from the local community to get involved in themed competitions and live an active lifestyle. Benenden Tennis Festivals are a fantastic opportunity for clubs and venues throughout the country to host fun, themed competitions for local players.

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Launched in 2016, the Benenden Tennis Festivals programme saw 870 venues get involved which created over 30,000 opportunities for players to take part in fun, local competitions. There are four themed festivals that clubs can choose to host this year; Aussie Open (celebrating the first Grand Slam of 2017), Women/Girls (a female only festival to celebrate International Women’s Day in March), Summertime Slam (celebrate Wimbledon and the summer of tennis in June or July) and Monster Smash (a spooky event in October or November to celebrate Halloween).

Hignett and Bromilow are part of the LTA’s Referee Development Group which teaches them the necessary competition organisation skills to run events – read more about that here

Additional information used courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/competitions/family/benenden-tennis-festivals/

 

 

Totally Tennis Hampshire Court News

The Totally Tennis Hampshire Court coaching team, who run weekly sessions at Old Basing Tennis Club and an after school club St Mary’s Junior School in the village, were part of last weekend’s annual Old Basing Carnival. Free mini tennis sessions for juniors and adults were offered encouraging lots of of people of all ages to get on court and try tennis.

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In other news, the coaching team are running a summer term exclusive at Hampshire Court for junior players. For the remaining six weeks of the summer term players can play for just £30.00. Spaces are limited so be sure to book quickly – once they are gone, they are gone!

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Adults players aren’t forgotten either with all new players offered a FREE session. Whether you are planning on returning to tennis or are a keen regular tennis player, it’s time to dust off your racket as we have something for everyone every day of the week!

As if that wasn’t enough it’s also competition Time! Like and share the Totally Tennis Hampshire Court Facebook page with your friends and be automatically entered into a free prize draw to WIN a racket bag! Competition closes on Sunday 25th June!

To find out more information call Totally Tennis on 01256 358816 or e-mail shyam.vithlani@totallytennis.co.uk

Open Days Proved a Great Success

Hundreds of children visited the indoor centre last weekend to play in the club’s tennis Open Days. After the success of last week’s Schools Tennis Roadshow that visited local schools across Basingstoke, Totally Tennis opened its doors on Saturday and Sunday to offer primary school age children the opportunity to play on the full size tennis courts in free fun sessions.
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Phil Leighton, from the Tennis Foundation, who ran the roadshow visited ten schools and saw over 1400 children throughout last week and with another ten schools distributed the flyers to their pupils about the free open days, the anticipation was high for fun weekend packed full of tennis. The roadshow introduced tennis to a large audience throughout the week highlighting that it’s not only a great way for kids to get fit and healthy but also develop important motor skills and learn sportsmanship all whilst having lots of fun.
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Tennis Director Nigel Long said, “I’d like to thank Phil, the Tennis Foundation, the whole Totally Tennis team and our squad players for helping us to provide so many children with the opportunity to play in our Open Days last weekend.” he added, “There were a great success with so many of the children deciding to take up tennis in our junior squad sessions.”
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Over 300 children visited Totally Tennis over the course of the sunny weekend to participate in the mixed sessions with Leighton and club coaches James McIntosh, Jordan Frederick, Shyam Vithani, Andrew Dingwall, Simon James and Steph Catlin. The mini tennis sessions offered the groups of players ten different activities from hand-eye coordination to basic tennis skills. They rotated around the stations to try the different skills including throwing and catching, racket skills, target throws, speed of serve and more fun activities. In addition to the free sessions a special roadshow offer encouraged many of the young players to sign up to play in the Pirates and Indians squads which are part of the club’s Junior Development Programme.
Head Coach James McIntosh said, “All of the coaches and helpers over the weekend did a fantastic job in making the open days such a success. I would like to say a big thank you to all the squad players who generously gave up time over their weekend to be involved.” he added “Also a big thank you to Jill, Emily, Karen, Anne, Claire, Kerri, Penny and Sandy for all of the organisation and selling of refreshments over the two days.”
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A large team of squad players gave up their time to be involved in the event encouraging younger children to enjoy playing tennis. A big thanks to Daniel Prickett, Aaron Dawson, Oliver Alemeny, Eddie Lakatos, Dylan Hall-Jones, Isla Hignett, Jas Bromilow, Dessi Bratinova, Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Harry Feast, Louise Mallozi, Lucy Groves, Elinor Banks and Danielle Beckett.

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Steph Catlin (pictured above coaching) added “The roadshow this weekend was a huge success. Speaking on behalf of all the coaches, we had a lot of fun exposing the best sport in the world to hundreds of little ones this weekend.

“We can’t promise that the weather will be as beautiful, but we hope to see them all in our squads to continue the learning and fun! A big shout out to all the current TT players who helped out, they played a huge part in the running and success of the weekend!

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The Tennis Foundation is Britain’s leading tennis charity that strives to make sport inclusive and accessible to everyone. The aim is to provide opportunities to encourage people to maximise their potential through tennis by working closely with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and a wide range of partners from across all sectors to deliver their vision and aim. For more information visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk

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For more information about Totally Tennis please telephone 01256 358816 or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk More information about the junior squad programme can be found here and read all our latest news on our blog here

Nutrition Seminars

Totally Tennis alumni Steph Catlin who has founded Food Is Life, a sports nutrition consultancy business based in Basingstoke, is offering everyone the chance to attend one of her FREE nutrition seminars that will be held at the club next week.

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Friday 24th March – Performance players and their parents are invited to attend a 30 minute nutrition talk in the pavilion starting at 7:30pm

Thursday 30th March – Steph will be running her nutrition for weight loss talk which is open to anyone from 7:00pm. This will be followed by a FREE 30 minute mini tennis session which is all open to all.

IMG_2011.jpgFormer Totally Tennis performance player, who represented both Brighton Hill Community College and Queen’s Mary College, Steph obtained a four year Division 1 tennis scholarship to the University of Northern Colorado in the USA. After graduating with two Bachelors degrees, one in Sport and Exercise Science and the other in Human Communication Studies she returned to the UK and recently completed her Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. She now runs Food Is Life and provides the nutrition tips and advice for this blog.

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Please contact Steph for any further information as follows:

Website: www.foodislifeuk.com

FacebookTwitter and Instagram

 

Player Profile: Louis Smith

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LOUIS SMITH

Age: Seven

Squad: Indians

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Five

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

It is fun

What do you consider to be your best shot?  

Forehand

How often do you play?

Once a week

Do you play any other sport?

Football

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?  

None as yet

January and February in Pictures

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The top placed players in the Australian Open, the first TT Tour of 2017 

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Performance player Liam Hignett represented Hampshire & Isle of Wight (IOW) in the 18U Boys County Cup held at Taunton Tennis Centre in Somerset.

 

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QMC Mixed team who will play in the National Finals in Bolton on 11th March (L to R) Luke Watts, Jordan Mosquera, Dessi Bratinova and Andrew Dingwall.

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Performance player Liam Hignett was third in the Junior Sportsman Category at the annual Basingstoke Sports Awards

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Hignett with Head Coach James McIntosh at the annual Basingstoke Sport’s Awards.