Tough Match for Totally Tennis 10U Team Against Portsmouth

The Totally Tennis 10 and under team have moved to second place in the Mixed Division 1 of the Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2018 league, just behind Winchester Racquets and Fitness, after losing their away match against Portsmouth Tennis Academy (PTA) last weekend.

The team of Hayden Cummings, Dylan Cooper Kirby, Guhan Chendhilkumar and Charlie Mackenzie travelled to Portsmouth with coaches Jamie Jordan and Jordan Frederick to compete in the fixture that took place on Sunday. In the singles Cummings was the only player to win his match beating Savva Sujetov 4-2, 5-3 so the scoreline was 3-1 to the home team going into the doubles.

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Unfortunately things didn’t go to plan in the doubles either with the pairing of Cummings/Cooper Kirby losing against Sujetov/William Harrison 5-3, 4-2 and Chendhilkumar/Mackenzie being beaten by Meru Shrivastva/Zachary Cocker 4-1, 4-2. The final score was 10-2 to PTA and with Winchester beating David Lloyd Southampton A 12-0 in their fixture on Sunday they have moved to the top of the table.

Jamie said, “I thought the team played very well but unfortunately couldn’t get the win but we are all very proud of them.”

The Totally Tennis team now have one more away match to play this season on Sunday 17th June against Winchester. There’s everything to play for as all three teams at the top (Winchester, TT and PTA) level on 4 points each, but it’s going to be a tough match and Winchester have a game in hand. Good Luck boys 😉

Photo credit: www.instagram.com/jamiejordantennis/

 

 

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Totally Tennis 10 & Under Team Top The Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2018 League

The Totally Tennis 10 and under team are sitting at the top of Division 1 of the Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2018 league after winning both their first two home fixtures 12 – 0 against David Lloyd Southampton A and Kingsley.

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In the first fixture the team of Hayden Cummings, Dylan Cooper Kirby and twin brothers Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar won all their singles matches; Cummings beat Karol Rzegocki 4-2, 4-0, Cooper Kirby beat Noah Flynn 4-2, 4-1 and Gevin and Guhan both won their matches 4-0, 4-0 against Alexander Roots and Evie Jaynes respectively. In the doubles Cummings/Cooper Kirby beat Rzegocki/Flynn 4-1, 4-2 and the twins didn’t lose a single game defeating Roots/Jaynes 4-0, 4-0.

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In the Kingsley fixture, Cummings, Cooper Kirby and Guhan all won their singles matches with 4-0, 4-0 shorelines against Toby Rowe, Edward Goddard and Matthew Craig respectively. Gevin won his match against Jamie Craig 4-0, 4-1 to give the team a 4-0 lead going into the doubles. Cummings/Cooper Kirby then beat Rowe/Goddard 4-1, 4-0 and the Chendhilkumar brother beat the Craigs 4-0, 4-1 to give the team another fallout victory and retain there place at the top of the league.

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The team have now played both their home fixtures and face two tough away matches against Portsmouth Tennis Academy (Sunday 20th May) and Winchester Racquets and Fitness (Sunday 17th June) to complete the series.

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Congratulations boys and good luck in your next matches 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

Player Profile: John Heather

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JOHN HEATHER

Squad:  50+

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Eighteen

How were you introduced to the sport?

I can’t remember

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

The coaching

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about the sport?

Great social interaction and exercise

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

How often do you play?

2 – 3 times per week

Do you play any other sport?

Dancing

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Reaching the mixed doubles final in St Marybourne

Team Tennis Schools Senior Students Finals 2017

Basingstoke’s Queen Mary’s College (QMC) Mixed team travelled with PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson to USN Bolton Arena last weekend to compete in the Team Tennis Schools Senior Students Finals 2017.

The QMC team (pictured below) of  Saul Irwin, Jordan Mosquera, Andrew Dingwall, Dessi Bratinova and Luke Watts played in Group B along with teams from Millfield School, Strathallan School and Canon Slade School (LL). On the first day QMC, who were second seeds, were beaten by Canon Slade School 6-2 with only Mosquera/Watts winning one of their matches 6-3 followed by a 8-0 whitewash courtesy of Millfield School on in their first fixture on day two. The bad luck continued in their final match as they suffered another 8-0 defeat against Strathallan School which meant the team finished in a disappointing fourth place overall.

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Goldson said, “It was quite a tough couple of days for the mixed team but I think it was a good experience for them all and a lesson in consistency.” she added, “Whilst our results were not what we wanted, the team did not feel that the standard needed was out of reach with more experience/practice, especially given we gave the eventual winners a good match in spite of the scoreline.

We hope to qualify again next year and give a stronger performance.

Millfield School then beat top seeds and Group A winners Ellesmere College in the final 6-2 to claim this year’s Senior Mixed team crown. The school than also claimed the Senior Girls title after defeating Ellesmere College again in the final. The Boys event was won by defending champion’s Truro and Penrith College, becoming the first Boys team to ever successfully defend the Senior Students title.

The Senior Students Competition started in October 2016 with events for Boys, Girls and Mixed teams. Each player must has a maximum rating of 7.1 at entry stage and in Years 11, 12 or 13 at their school or college. The QMC Mixed Team of Steph Catlin, Ben Jubin, Jack Nicholson and Aimee Paterson won the National Title back in 2010.

Photo provided by www.lta.org.uk

Adults News

Due to popular request Totally Tennis have introduced a NEW ADULT SOCIAL MATCHPLAY session on the last Sunday of every month. The first one is on Sunday 27th September from 2- 4pm and will cost £10 per player.  Come along and join in the fun and help us make it a success!

Don’t forget it’s also the MacMillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Ladies Morning this Friday from 10am onwards. Join us for coffee and cakes and help raise money for this great cause.

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World Tennis News: US Open Preview

The final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open starts tomorrow and will finish on Sunday 13th September. British number one and World Number three Andy Murray is third seed. Murray, who won the event held at Flushing Meadows in New York in 2012 is joined in the draw by British teammates Aljaz Bedene, James Ward, Heather Watson and Laura Robson.

t_BrooklynBridgeWorld number one Novak Djokovic is top seed and will face Joao Souza, Roger Federer is second seed after his Cincinnati Masters title and plays Leonardo Mayer and Murray will play Australian Nick Kyrgios in the first round. Defending champion Marin Čilić is ninth seed and will face an as yet unnamed qualifier

In the women’s draw top seed and defending champion Serena Williams is looking to win her seventh US Open title and her progression through the draw will see her potentially face sister Venus and rival Maria Sharapova. Her first round match will be against Vitalia Diatchenko from Russia. British number one Watson faces Lauren Davis from the USA in her first match and Robson will play Russia’s Elena Vesnina.

t_07SEP14_22679_bryansThe Bryan Brothers, Mike and Bob won their fifth US Open men’s doubles title at last year’s tournament. Women’s doubles defending champions are Ekaterina Makarova and partner Elena Vesnina and the Mixed Pair who won in 2014 were Sania Mirza and Bruno Soares. Doubles draws will be announced after 31st August.

For all the information and news from this years US Open visit the official website www.usopen.org

Photos used courtesy of www.usopen.org

Rushbrook Results

Brothers Jack and Harry Rushbrook both competed at the latest Grade 5 Greenacre Mixed County tournament held at the Greenacre Health and Fitness Club in Newbury.

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On Saturday, younger brother Harry competed in the 8 & under event playing in the round robin format with the top two players from each box going through to the semi-final stage. He won three of his four matches in his group, beating Ethan Ramsay 10-4, Elliott Darby 10-1 and Harriet Ellis 10-6 but lost to Casey Drake 10-4. This put him level with Ellis and Drake on three matches each and so the semi-final places were decided on points difference and unfortunately Harry lost going through by one point! In a ratings only match Harry defeated Matthew Seaton 10-7

Harry’s coach Ali Olrog said “I’m very happy with how Harry is progressing and this is showing in his tournament results and match performances. He is working very hard in lessons and is well on his way to being a Red 1. Keep up the good work!

The following day Jack was in action in the 10 & under event playing in the compass draw format. After a bye in the quarter-finals he progressed to the semis were he was beaten by Thomas Passmore 4-1 and he then beat Briony Kingswood 4-2 in the third/fourth playoff match to finish third overall.  In his ratings only match he beat Jack Craik 4-2

Jamie Jordan who coaches Jack said “Jack trains very hard and is now starting to see all his work play off. He needs to keep this up in order to keep achieving good results in tournaments.”