Hignett Competes in LTA British Tour Events

Since the beginning of the year Performance player and coach Liam Hignett has been competing in LTA British Tour tournaments held across the country. Over the last month he has played in the Open Mens Singles events in Bournemouth, Woking, Connaught and North Oxford.

4bf331f2-2896-4ac5-9aaa-e000c1d07196.jpgIn the Bournemouth event he won his first two matches beating George Russell in the first round 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-3 followed by Finely Cook in round two 6-4, 6-1. He then lost in the quarters against eventual winner Toby Samuel 6-3, 6-4. It was a similar story at the Woking event with Hignett getting knocked out at the quarter-final stage, after winning his first two matches, by James Mackinlay in a three set battle  7-6(5), 6-7(6), [1-0](9).

After a bye in the first round of the Connaught event, Hignett lost in the second round to Alexander Jochim 7-5, 3-6, [11-9].  In the North Oxford tournament he made an early exit in the first round after losing to Yujiro Onuma 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) British Tour 2019* provides a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience in their quest to become professional tennis players, to provide competition for professional players in between competing in professional events at home and abroad, as well as providing a national level open competition circuit.

Read more about Liam’s previous British Tour events HERE

*British Tour information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/britishtour

 

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May in Pictures

b537c9fb-b305-416f-832c-f9661c11f811The annual primary schools tournament was held at the indoor centre and won by followed by the Sherborne St John 1st team (pictured below)

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567d1626-b875-4af5-a31f-6572338f78abHayden Cummings won the 10 & under Grade 3 Cardiff Mini Tennis tournament

a1023167-1056-424f-81f2-c8ad7f719fdfCummings and partner Tuna Lokman were runners-up in the 10 & under Sutton Tennis Academy Easter Grade 2 Tournament

0bafcfa0-2e37-4d65-815b-04ea7803be7aThe American Adult Doubles Tournament was followed by the club’s annual Wimbledon Draw

IMG_7452Sherfield School tennis scholar Tillie Reid won the 15 & under title at the annual Independent Schools Association (ISA) tournament4bf331f2-2896-4ac5-9aaa-e000c1d07196Liam Hignett has been competing in various LTA British Tour events

Meet Our Coaches: Julia Moore

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Coach Profile: Julia Moore

Coaching Qualification?  Level 3, Accredited + coach

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

I was 11 which is a bit late for juniors 

How were you introduced to the sport?

My mum and dad used to play and have me sat at the side when I was very young but eventually I bugged them to let me try. They gave me a very old large wooden racket which was far too big!! No such thing as mini tennis when I started. I taught myself by hitting against a wall. Once I started hitting with my family, my dad used to rush the net after the first shot of every rally. He’s 6’1 so that was quite fun for a kid! Once I started beating him, I tried out for a club scholarship which I got and went on from there.

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

Nigel taught me on my level 3 course and so I know that I’ll continue to develop as a coach with him. I also did some research and knew that Totally Tennis offered a good programme for all sorts of different standards of players and ages. The coaching is well respected in tennis circles – put simply, it’s a proper tennis club and programme.

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Dominika Cibulkova because she’s quite short for a tennis player yet she’s a force to be reckoned with on court. It’s all to do with her athleticism and attitude. She’s got one of the best fighting attitudes out there, in my opinion, plus she makes sure to enjoy her life outside of tennis. I think mental attitude and life balance is sometimes neglected in professional tennis and I think it can help someone have longevity in the game. Her go-getting attitude is very similar to Rafa Nadal who I love too.

Years ago, my favourites were Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi because of their huge groundstrokes, especially forehands! She was always classy on court and treated everyone with respect, while obviously being a hugely competitive player. Andre Agassi likewise; his autobiography is one of the best tennis books I’ve read and such a good story that I even recommend it to people who don’t play tennis.

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I love it when someone suddenly understands something and then they can do it. I also really like it when I can help a good player become better when they realise how important mental toughness is.

How often do you coach?

About 4-5 days a week

Do you play any other sport?

Golf and sometimes skiing

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

I’ve got two – one personal and one due to someone else’s achievement. Firstly, I’m glad I started playing competitively again about four years ago and eventually, I won my first ITF seniors tournament last year. Secondly, I’m so proud of a young girl I sometimes hit with who is a top junior in Britain and has just flown off to play a round of international ITF tournaments – she’s not only talented and ambitious but a kind girl.

Meet Our Coaches: Steph Catlin

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Coach Profile: Steph Catlin

Coaching Qualification: LTA Level 2

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Nine

How were you introduced to the sport?

Holiday camps at TT

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

It’s home from home 🙂

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Serena Williams, she’s a Queen

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

Meeting all different types of people from all walks of life

How often do you coach?

Four times a week

Do you play any other sport?

Does CrossFit count? 

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Obtaining a tennis scholarship to a Division 1 University in the USA

 

Coach Profile: Jamie Barry

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Coaching Qualification:   Level 3

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Two

How were you introduced to the sport?

Through my parents as my mum’s a tennis coach and my dad’s a keen player.

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

My coach and idol growing up was Jason Jokhoo who grew up playing at Totally Tennis and coached there for years before moving to Salisbury. He always spoke really highly of Totally Tennis and Nigel Long so when I got the chance to join the team, learn from great coaches and work with really good players while following in Jason’s footsteps it was a no brainer!

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I really enjoy seeing players enjoying tennis and improving their game at the same time.

How often do you coach?

Six days a week

Do you play any other sport?

Football and Golf

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

As a player I’ve won the county closed doubles three times but my most proud moment was watching a player I’ve coached for years playing at Wimbledon in the Road to Wimbledon competition.

Meet Our Coaches: Liam Hignett

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Coach Profile: Liam Hignett

Coaching Qualification:   Level 3 Accredited

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Ten

How were you introduced to the sport?

Through a school taster session

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

Great, local centre, enthusiastic players and ultimately, a fantastic coaching team who I enjoy working with.

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I love seeing people reach their goals and targets, whatever level they are playing at, and I love supporting them towards this.

How often do you coach?

More or less, every day!

Do you play any other sport?

I used to do cross country, football, hockey and various athletics events during my time in school.

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Certainly 2016 GB National Championships, becoming a National Doubles Champion and being in the top 8 in the singles.

 

 

World Ranking For Dean Cooper Kirby

Former Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby competed in the  ITF Junior Masters Grade 4 tournament at La Libertad in El Salvador.

Cooper Kirby, who is now residing and playing tennis full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Florida, won all three of his qualifying matches to gain a place in the main draw.  He won his first round match against Rodrigo Zelaya 6-1, 6-1 and moved into round two where he found himself up against Alvin Tudorica, a giant 6ft 6 Canadian ranked 551th in the world and although he played really well he lost 6-4, 6-4.

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Dean’s Columbian coach Raul said, “I am very pleased with Dean and he could of won.” After his first ITF tournament everyone now knows Cooper Kirby’s ability is to the standard needed for these world level tournaments. If he had won this match he would have won five games in a row and gained ITF points and a world ranking but unfortunately four wins didn’t result in any points so he now had to win two doubles matches to win any points.

He played doubles with Sam Scherer, a player from the IMG Academy in Sarasota, Florida. The pair won their first match, a close and evenly matched game against a pair from the home nation, El Salvador 6-2, 6-0. Their second match was against a Mexican duo who last month had played in two quarter finals for Grade 4 ITF’s so it was always going to be a tough match. This match was not only crucial for the pair to progress into the quarters but would also guarantee Cooper Kirby earning those important ITF points. The boys won the first set, lost the second 6-3 so it went to a tie-breaker but they held strong and gained a two point lead 9-7 with Cooper Kirby serving for the set and the match, he held his nerve and they won 10-7.

Cooper Kirby said “I was nervous going into the serve knowing this point would win the match and more importantly ITF points.”

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The pair were then in the the quarter finals but sadly lost against a South American pairing 6-1, 6-2. Cooper Kirby now has those much needed ITF points and a world ranking which will make it a lot easier for him to plan his tournament schedule as he knows he will be accepted.

The ITF Junior World Tennis Tour* gives young players all over the world an opportunity to compete, develop and travel the world, with many of the best players going on to be hugely successful on the professional tours. The ITF Junior Circuit provides opportunities at all levels of the game and to develop the stars of the future.

*Information used with courtesy of www.itftennis.com/juniors/

Read more about Dean Cooper Kirby in previous posts HERE