Players Compete in Road to Wimbledon National Finals

This years Road to Wimbledon National Finals took place on the Wimbledon practice courts located in SW19 from 12th – 18th August. This year, following in the footsteps of many former Totally Tennis players, performance players Dean Cooper Kirby and Kirsty Da Silva got the chance to compete on the All England Club’s historic grass courts.

In the County 14 & under singles competition Da Silva played well in the group stage but unfortunately lost Willow Hancock 7 – 5, 6 – 2 and group winner Sofia Maine 6 – 2, 6 – 1 on day one and Hima Fernando 6 – 2, 6 – 1 on day two so she did not progress to the knockout stages. She then teamed up with Beatrice Painter to compete in the doubles competition, the pair lost against Jemimah Choi/Jessica Miller in their first match 7 – 5, 6 – 2.

Coach Jamie Jordan said, “Kirsty had a fantastic experience this week at the Road to Wimbledon finals, she got to live the dream of a pro and get a taste of what it can be like at the top which she thoroughly enjoyed with smile on her face!” he added, “Her overall performance in both the singles and doubles was good, she tried new things but did find it hard adapting to the immaculate grass courts.

I’m a very proud coach and couldn’t ask for anything more, hopefully this is the next step of the journey for her. Well done Kirsty!

Cooper Kirby was competing in Group E of the Regional 14U Boys Singles and lost his first matches against tough opponents Matthew Rankin 6 – 0, 6 – 4 on the first day and a three set battle against Chirag Duhan from India 3 – 6, 6 – 0 and 1 – 0 on the second day. He then won his third singles matches against James Griffin 4 – 6, 7 – 6(5), 1-0 but did not qualify for the next stage. In the doubles he partnered up with Luca Pow and they beat Rankin and his partner Luke Mcfarlane 6 – 2, 6 – 3. The pair then faced Duhan and his partner Udit Gogoi in the quarter finals but lost 6 – 4, 6 – 2.

The Road to Wimbledon, the annual tournament for players aged 14 & under is celebrated its 17th year of operation with a larger competition in the UK and further expansion in Asia with events in China, Hong Kong SAR, India, and for the first time, in Japan. This year the initial stage of the competition was held at over 800 tennis clubs, school and parks across the country from April to June. Winners and runners-up of the club stage contested the county finals and the separate Road to Wimbledon International UK tournament, open to highly rated British youngsters, took place from 23rd – 24th June.

 

 

 

 

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Totally Tennis Girls Reach County Cup National Finals

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett, Jasmin Bromilow and Tillie Reid were all part of the Hampshire & IOW team that played in the 14U County Cup 2018 National Finals held at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

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Fellow Hampshire players Hannah Smith, Anna Vinnell and Martyna Ciubatiuk made up the team of six who had previously won the 14 and under Girls County Cup 2018 regional playoffs at the beginning of May. The girls travelled up to Nottingham to compete in the 3-day finals event from 18th – 20th May along with team captain Fiona and vice-captain Taz wearing team hoodies provided by Mantis Sport.

The Hampshire girls were competing in Box B against teams from Surrey, Avon and Lancashire. On the first day the girls faced second seeds Surrey in the morning fixture and lost 5-1 with only Smith managing to win her singles 7-5, 6-4. Things didn’t get much better in the afternoon with another 5-1 loss against Avon with the pairing of Ciubatiuk/Vinnell winning their three set doubles match 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.

On the second day the girls faced Lancashire and even though they had another loss it was a better 4-2 scoreline with Smith winning her singles 6-1, 6-0 and Hignett/Smith winning their doubles match 6-4, 6-4.

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The team finished fourth in their box and on the last day they played the team from Leicestershire who finished fourth in Box A. The Hampshire girls won the match 4-2 overall with Smith, Bromilow and Vinnell all winning their singles matches and Smith/Vinnell winning their doubles 6-4, 6-4 to end on a positive note. The Hampshire team finished in seventh place overall and top seeds Middlesex were crowned the 2018 winners.

Commiserations girls – better luck next year 😉

Read more about the girls regional win in previous post Totally Tennis Girls Through To County Cup National Finals

 

Totally Tennis Girls Through To County Cup National Finals

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett, Jasmin Bromilow and Tillie Reid were part of the victorious Hampshire & IOW team that won the 14 and under Girls County Cup 2018 regional playoffs over the long weekend.

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The girls were joined by fellow Hampshire players Hannah Smith, Anna Vinnell and Martyna Ciubatiuk that made up the team of six who competed against Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire in Box B. On the first day the girls won all their matches to beat Northamptonshire 6-0 and then went to win the doubles against Cambridgeshire that evening with Smith/Vinnell winning 6-1, 6-3 and Hignett/Reid winning 6-0, 6-4.
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The following day the team contested the singles matches against the Cambridgeshire  with Smith and Vinnell winning but as both Hignett and Bromilow lost the overall score was 4-2 to Hampshire. With two wins the team in the group stages the team qualified for the regional play offs against Shropshire, who were the winners of Box A, on Bank Holiday Monday.
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In the singles Smith, Vinell and Hignett all recorded wins with only Bromilow unlucky with her result but with a 3-1 scoreline going into the doubles matches the team only needed one more win. Number one player Smith picked up an injury so Hignett/Vinnell were the top pairing and won 6-2, 6-1 and with Bromilow/Reid also winning 7-6(3) 6-2 it was 5-1 overall to the Hampshire team and qualification for the National Finals!
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The girls will now compete in those National Finals in Nottingham later this month over the weekend of 18th-20th May – Congratulations Girls 😉
Photos used with courtesy of Donella Hignett.

Sherfield School Boys In Action At The National Championships

The Sherfield School Boys team, which consists of four Totally Tennis performance players, completed in the Team Tennis Schools National Championships Finals 2016-2017 (formerly known as the Glanville Cup) at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

image1The Boys Team (L to R) Alex Dawson, Liam Hignett, former Sherfield School Head of PE Adam Gibson, Miles Bromilow and Dean Cooper Kirby

The team of Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson and Dean Cooper Kirby were playing in a tough field of the top sixteen teams in the country at the weekend long event. Unfortunately the boys were knocked out in the first round of the main draw by Cheam High School 8-4. Bromilow and Cooper Kirby both won their singles matches 4-1, 3-5, 1-0(6) and 4-2, 4-2 respectively but Hignett and Dawson lost, both pairings were beaten in the doubles.

The boys then competed in the consolation draw beating Queen Elizabeth School, Cumbria 10-0 followed by St.Peter’s RC High School 8-4 in the semis but then lost in the final against St Bede’s 8-2 with Bromilow the only player to win a match.

Top seeds Culford School A were the overall winners beating third seeds Reed’s School in the final 8-2. In the Girl’s event (formerly known as the Aberdare Cup)  second seeds Talbot Heath School A beat top seeds Queenswood School in the final 8-4.

 

 

 

 

Tennis Scholars Win Regional Stage of the Glanville Cup

The Sherfield School sixth form team of Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson and Dean Cooper Kirby (from Year 8) won the Hampshire/Dorset/Wiltshire knockout stage of the Glanville Cup. The team beat Bournemouth Colleigate 8 – 4 in their final match played last Friday at the West Hants club in Bournemouth.

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In the earlier matches the boys beat Alton College 12 – 0 and Cranleigh Senior Boys 10 – 2. The team made up of Totally Tennis performance players, who are all also tennis scholars at the school, have now qualified for the National Finals that will be played at Nottingham Tennis Centre from 11th – 14th July.

Congratulations boys!

QMC Mixed Team will play in National Finals

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) tennis mixed team travelled to Aldenham School in Hertfordshire for their latest match of the knock out stages of the Senior Students competition.

The team of Luke Watts and Jordan Mosquera (pair 1) and Andrew Dingwall and Dessi Bratinova (pair 2) had a bye in their first match so needed to win this fixture to qualify for the National Finals in Bolton. Both pairs made a great start with Watts and Mosquera beating the opposing team’s top pair 6-3 and Dingwall and Bratinova defeating the second pair 7-6 (3).

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The QMC mixed team who will play in the National Finals in Bolton (L to R) Luke Watts, Jordan Mosquera, Dessi Bratinova and Andrew Dingwall.

QMC PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson said “Both pairs served well in the first matches and both Luke and Jordan played well up at the net to cut off any long baseline exchanges.” she added,  “Andrew and Dessi had served for the match earlier in the set but were pegged back to a tie break, but lifted their game once again to take the tie break-relatively comfortably.”

Going into the second matches, the QMC team needed just one win to qualify, Dingwall and Bratinova were the first to finish but unfortunately lost to the top pairing 6-3.  Watts and Mosquera got off to a great start winning the initial few games to lead 3-0 but again the opposition fought back but the QMC pair battled on breaking serve to win the match 6-3 and securing the mixed team’s qualification for the national finals in Bolton.

Goldson said “This will be a fourth appearance by a QMC mixed team in Bolton and a sixth appearance for the College overall.  This was an unexpected surprise for the QMC team this year and we have certainly made the most of an advantageous draw.”

The team along with Saul Irwin (who played in the earlier round) will head to Bolton on Saturday 11 March to compete against Millfield School, Felsted School, Ellesmere College,  Strathallan School, Rugby School, Sevenoaks School and local rivals Peter Symonds College from Winchester.

This will be a great opportunity for the players, we have nothing to lose and as such will hopefully play with a sense of freedom and no pressure,” said Goldson “All five players are certainly capable on their day and it is great that QMC have a place back in the finals after a couple of years where we have just missed out.”

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The 2010 QMC Mixed Team who won the National Title and a masterclass at Totally Tennis from Judy Murray (L to R) Ben Jubin, Jack Nicholson, Steph Catlin and Aimee Paterson

The team are following in the footsteps of the QMC Mixed Team who won the National Title back in 2010. Totally Tennis performance players Steph Catlin, Ben Jubin, Jack Nicholson and Aimee Paterson were the dream team who brought the trophy home to Basingstoke. Goldson said “It may be 7 years ago but I still remember it well!  I am very much looking forward to see how our players this year get on.” J

ubin is now a full-time tennis coach at Totally Tennis and Catlin is a sports nutritionalist and contributor to this blog.

Totally Tennis Hosts Annual AoC Tennis Singles Competition

Queen Mary’s College (QMC) PE teacher Sarah Goldson run the annual Association of Colleges (AoC) Tennis – South East Regional Singles Competition earlier this week at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre in the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke.

This event has been hosted at Totally Tennis for the last ten years and QMC have always been well represented and this year was no exception. Alex Wood and Andrew Dingwall played in the boys event and the girls event was contested by QMC’s top female player Kelsey Mosquera. Each college is permitted two singles entries in each gender category and this year a total of fifteen boys and thirteen girls signed up to play. The tournament was played in the FAST4 format as requested after it was introduced at National Level in 2015, this year the National finals will be held at the Nottingham Tennis Centre for the first time.

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Top seeds in both competitions were Freya Davies and Austin Gwilliam who were both representing Peter Symonds College from nearby Winchester. The boys event was played in four groups with the calibre of play was extremely high. QMC’s Wood played really well beating Matthew Robinson (Reigate) 4-0, 4-0 and Ryan O’Leary (Havant) 4-3(0), 4-0 but lost against Tom Woodcock (Barton Peveril)  4-2, 4-1 to finish second in his group but unfortunately due to time restrictions only the group winners progressed to the semi-final stage. Dingwall had a hard task with top seed Gwilliam playing in his group, he beat Serhan Dogan (Worthing) 4-0, 4-1 but lost to Gwilliam 4-1, 4-0 and then also lost against Harry Orrin (Farnborough) in a close encounter 4-2, 2-4, 9-10 (sudden death nine points all as per the FAST4 format) so missed out on the runner-up spot. In the final Gwilliam beat Ryan Young (Worthing) 4-0, 4-1 to be crowned  the overall winner.

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Mosquera defeated Lauren Suter (Farnborough) 4-0, 4-0 and Abigail Downham (Worthing) 4-2, 4-1 to win her group. In the semi-final, she came up against eventual winner Davis whose greater weight of shots and increased consistency was better than any of the opponents she had faced in group stages. Unable to sustain her own game at a high enough level to win the match Mosquera lost to Davis 4-0, 4-0 and she went on to win the final against Helen Skingley (Worthing) 4-0, 4-0 and give Peter Symonds College both victories and two National finalists.

Goldson said “I had high hopes for Mosquera who as expected went for all her shots from the outset, dictating the majority of the points in her group matches from the back of the court.”

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AoC Sport is the lead organisation for college sport and physical activity in this country funded by Sport England, the vision is that every college student has the opportunity to participate regularly in sport or physical activity. Regional tournaments in thirteen different sports are open to students in AoC Sport member colleges and are held in the autumn term. The best teams and individuals qualify for the National Championships where they compete individually both for their college and their region.