Coaches Retain Mixed Doubles Title

Totally Tennis coaches Ben Jubin and Steph Catlin are a dream team when it comes to playing mixed doubles and this year is no exception as the duo added yet another title to their collection. They successfully defended their 2017 Basingstoke League Tournament crown by beating Chris Harrolds and Clare Munns (in a re-run of last years match and scoreline) 6-4, 6-2 in the final played at Beechdown Health Club .

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Congratulations ūüôā

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Jordan hosts American Doubles Tournament

Coach Jamie Jordan hosted an American Doubles tournament on Friday evening for adults players followed by a BBQ.

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The event, which attracted twelve players, was played in a round robin mixed doubles format where players are initially paired at random. Timed rounds are played on a rotational basis and the winner in this case, Cliff Church (pictured third left in green top) is the player who wins the most games overall.

Jordan said, “Thanks to everyone who entered and stayed for the BBQ, it was great fun and I hope to run more of these events in the future.” he added, “Thanks to my fellow coaches for all your help too.”

To find out more about the Adult Programme at Totally Tennis click HERE or telephone 01256 358816

Photos provided by www.instagram.com/jamiejordantennis/

Adult American Doubles

Celebrate the great British summer and the tennis season this July at Totally Tennis. Come and join in all the fun and play in the Adult American Doubles tournament taking place on Friday 13th July. This fun event, which will be run by coach Jamie Jordan, will take place from 6:30pm and will be followed by a BBQ and drinks ūüėČ

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When: Friday 13th July

Time: 6:30pm onwards

Cost: £15 per player

For more information contact Jamie – to book your spot telephone 01256 358816 or visit reception

Another Trophy For Hignett

Performance player and Sherfield Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett and partner Freya Davies won the second annual Chris Whiting Annual Mixed Doubles Cup played at David Lloyd in Southampton and sponsored by HRG Tree Services.

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In the round robin event Hignett/Davies (2017 winner with partner Austin Gwilliam) won all of their matches beating Jamie Donaghy/Kelly Burge, Mats and Summer Colling  and a third pairing in their group.   Each pair played eight games and each game won counted as a point.  As Hignett and Davies won their box they qualified for the main draw where they played the runners up of Box 3 in a full set and won 6-1.

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In the semis they beat Harry Wilmott-Stanton and his partner Arianna Kennedy 6-1 to secure their place in the finals where they faced former Totally Tennis players Esther Adeshina and Ryan Golesworthy. They won the match 6-3 to win the event overall, collect the huge trophy and some prize money.

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Jubin and Catlin Win Local Mixed Doubles Title

Totally Tennis coaches Ben Jubin and Steph Catlin resurrected their successful mixed doubles partnership and won another trophy. The former National Mixed Doubles champions won the Basingstoke & District Tennis League Mixed Doubles title beating Chris Harrolds and Clare Munns in the final played at Beechdown 6-2, 6-4.

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In previous rounds Jubin/Catlin beat Totally Tennis players (and Jubin’s uncle) Rex Groves ¬†and his partner¬†Sharon DeBott 6-2, 6-1. Fellow Totally Tennis duo Tim Rice and Emma Barnes also played in the competition.

 

 

Senior Students Competition 2016

The Queen Mary’s College team have started their 2016 Senior Students competition campaign, this year PE teacher and Tennis Team manager Sarah Goldson has entered two teams from the college, one boys and one mixed.

The boys team of Saul Irwin and Cam Speirs have been joined by new college first year recruits Andrew Dingwall and Dan Hutchison. The boys got off to a shaky start losing their first match against Alton Sixth Form, who beat QMC in a shoot out last year in the penultimate knock out round.

It was always going to be a tough opening match against Alton and even though the QMC were on home turf at Totally Tennis’ indoor courts they were unable to capitalise on the home advantage and lost 10-2 overall. In the singles, Dingwall played¬†consistently from the back of the court and served well to win 6-4, Irwin lost 6-4 which was not too bad considering he¬†lost the first four games and managed to fight back to level the score at 4-4 but was unfortunately got broken again. Both Speirs¬†and Hutchison also lost with scores of 6-3 and 6-1 respectively. The doubles were a white wash with Irwin/Dingwall losing 6-2 and Speirs/Hutchison beaten 6-3.

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The team’s second match was away against Bishops Wordsworth School and despite it being held outdoors and not the team’s favoured surface the¬†boys played far more consistently in this match, although they still lost 8-4 there was definite improvement overall.

In the singles Irwin played well especially at the net and won 6-2 but his three teammates lost, Dingwall was unlucky after he fought well throughout the match he lost in the tie-break  7-6 (3), Speirs lost 6-4 and despite the scoreline suggesting otherwise Hutchison had close games but lost 6 Р0.  Irwin and Speirs won their doubles match 6-4 but Dingwall and Hutchison lost 6-1.

Goldson said, “The boys are out of the group¬†stages¬†with two losses out of three matches.¬† This is the first loss in the group stages of this competition in about seven years.¬† The team has some experienced players but has not got the strength of depth as yet in terms of match experience at this stage.” she added “I hope for better fortunes for the team later in the season.

In the Mixed doubles Irwin was partnered with Dessi Bratonova while Luke Watts¬†played with Jordan Mosquera. The team’s first match was against¬†King Edwards who the college have been up against in previous years. The match was close, Watts and Mosquera lost 6-1 to top pair but beat pair two 6-3, Irwin and Bratonova beat second pair 6-2 but lost to top pair 6-3 to make things all square.

With things all square the match went to a shoot out with only one player from each pair being eligible to play. Watts and Bratonova were selected and played the shoot out, they won the toss and started well winning the first three points in a row to give a commanding lead which they never relinquised, the final score was 10-5. The next and final mixed match will be against Kingston College which will decide the overall group standings.

Goldson said “It was a tough choice with the boys but Dessi was clearly the stand out player during the first two matches, with a high level of consistency shown both from her serving and from the back of the court.” she added “This was a fantatsic achievement for the pair and team as a whole after a losing streak in shoot outs last year, Dessi was without question the player of the match.¬†Both Jordan and Luke are unable to play regularly due to their timetables, but we were lucky this match was held on an inset day making the players fully available for the tie.”

The aim of the Senior Students Competition is to encourage lower rated players to play competitive tennis and provide the team with an opportunity to compete in a National Final. The entry period runs from June ‚Äď September with local league matches being played October through to December with the winners of the local leagues progressing through to the knockout rounds from January. The National Final take place in March at Bolton Arena.

Tennis Talk: Second Wimbledon Title For Murray

British number one Andy Murray thrilled tennis fans ensembled in SW19 and the millions watching on TV around the world when he picked up his second Wimbledon title on centre court yesterday. Murray, 27 beat Canadian Milos Raonic in three sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2) to win his second Wimbledon title and his third Grand Slam.

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As the crowd went wild an emotional Murray wept into his towel as the result sank in and then vowed that he would enjoy this one more than his first title in 2013, even coach Ivan Lendl raised a rare smile from his position in the players box. Top seed and world number one Novak Djokovic made a surprise early exit from the tournament and Raonic defeated third seed Federer in the semi’s so it was left to a replay of the Queen’s club final to close out this year’s Wimbledon men’s singles event. On route to the final Murray beat fellow Brit Liam Broady in the first round 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 followed by a three set defeat of Yen-Hsun Lu in round two 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. Next up were two Australians opponents, John Millman and Nick Kyrgios whom he beat 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 and 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 respectively. His first real challenge of the tournament came against¬†twelfth seed¬†Jo-Wilfred Tsonga who took him to five sets with Murray forced to step up in the fifth set to secure the victory 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1. His semi-final win against tenth seed¬†Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 secured his place in the final.

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It was a great tournament for Team GB¬†all round as along with Murray picking up the prestigious men’s singles title on final’s Sunday, Heather Watson won her first ever Grand Slam title in the Mixed Doubles with partner Henri Kontinven, Gordon Reid won the inaugural Men’s wheelchair singles event and Jordanne Whiley won her third consecutive Wimbledon¬†women’s wheelchair doubles title.

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After a very disappointing loss in the first round of the women’s singles Watson became the first woman to win a Wimbledon doubles title since Jo Durie in 1987. She and Kontinven, who comes from Finland, beat Colombian Robert Farah and¬†German¬†Anna-Lena Gronefeld 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in the final that followed Murray on Centre Court. Earlier that day Reid picked up his second Wimbledon title after he beat current Paralympic champion¬†Stefan Olson from Sweden 6-1, 6-4 out on court seventeen which attracted a larger crowd worthy of a more prominent court. The previous day along with partner¬†Alfie Hewett, Reid had won the men’s wheelchair doubles title.¬†Top seeds Whiley and partner Yui Kamiji beat second seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot 6-2, 6-2 to win their title also out on court seventeen.

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In the women’s singles event top seed and defending champion Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon title with a straight-set victory over German Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 which¬†also gave her an impressive twenty second¬†Grand Slam singles title. Williams then¬†won her sixth women’s doubles title later that afternoon with sister Venus again¬†on Centre Court. They won the match and claimed their 14th Grand Slam trophy by beating Timea Babos and Yaroslavl Shvedova 6-3, 6-4.

The men’s doubles was an all French affair as top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeated fellow countrymen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 to win the title.

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Photos used courtesy of www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/ and www.wimbledon.com/