Winners and Runners-Up Trophies For Cooper Kirby in Iceland

Dean Cooper Kirby travelled to Iceland for his latest Tennis Europe tournament accompanied on this occasion by his Totally Tennis coach, Jordan Frederick. This was the first time that both Cooper Kirby and Frederick had visited Iceland and both were amazed by the extreme weather and lack of darkness.

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The Kópavogur Open 16 and under tournament was held at Tennishöllin in Kopavogi, home to the country’s only three indoor courts. After a bye in the first round, Cooper Kirby who was fourth seed, beat Jonathan Sund Nordahl from Denmark 6-3, 7-5 to find himself in the quarters up against seventh seed, a hard hitting Russian named Dmitrii Ivanov whom he defeated 6-2, 6-3.

In the semis, he faced top seed Maximilian Homberg but he was not deterred coming back from 5-4 down in the first set to win 7-5, 6-3 overall. This important win placed Cooper Kirby in his ever Tennis Europe final and he was up against second seed Nicolas Moser who was the stronger player winning the match and the title 7-5, 6-2 and Cooper Kirby took the very respectable runners-up position.

In the doubles, Cooper Kirby teamed up with Mark Owen Endler from Germany and they beat fellow Brit Cameron Timlin and his Danish partner Nordahl in the quarters 6-1, 6-4 and then defeated another Brit Zachary Cox and his partner Ivo Isqueiro from Portugal in a tougher semi-final encounter 7-6(5), 2-6, 10-5. In the final it was retribution time for Cooper Kirby who along with Endler beat the pairing of Homberg/Moser 7-5, 6-3 to win the event.

07F86D2C-5816-4242-B87A-8F168EE6A424Frederick said. ” Dean did well to reach both finals after defeating the number one seed in both cases. This tournament was a great learning curve and a very good result to be walking away with a doubles win and runner up in the singles. Great effort Dean!

Congratulations Dean!
Read more about Dean Cooper Kirby’s Tennis Europe and Florida training in previous posts here
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Runner-Up Trophy For Da Silva in Devon

Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva, 13 was runner-up in the 16 and under Girls singles event held at the Atlantic Racquet Centre in Bideford, Devon.

Second seed Da Silva competed in the Grade 4 tournament last Friday beating Evie Norris-Bishop in the third set tie-break of their quarter-final match 1-4, 4-1, 10-6. She then beat Lucy Ward in the semis 4-2, 4-3 before losing to 15-year-old Katie Rowe in the final 4-1, 4-2.  .

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Da Silva (right) pictured with event winner Rowe

Kirsty’s mum Sue said, ” Kirsty played consistently and really deserved to get to the final where she lost against an older opponent. All in all, a pretty good performance.”

April in Pictures

Lots of fun was had at the Easter Holiday Tennis Camps 

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Performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid won the 18 and under Girls doubles title at the Witney Open Junior Tennis Tournament 2018 held in Oxfordshire.

Liam Hignett and his partner Ryan Golesworthy (bottom left) won the Open Men’s Doubles title at the Winchester Spring Open 2018, Hignett as runner-up in the Men’s singles (top left).

Isla Hignett was runner-up in 18 & under Girls singles and Jasmin Bromilow was  runner-up in the 14 & under Girls singles (centre)

Bromilow and partner Genevieve Doe were runners-up in the Girls 16 & under doubles competition (right)

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The regular 50+ players enjoying the Spring sunshine in there Wednesday morning session

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Totally Tennis mini performance player and reigning TT Tour orange champion Hayden Cummings competed in and won his first green ball tournament at the Maidenhead Junior Open 2018

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Juniors and there parents took part in the The Quorn™ Family Tennis Cup at the indoor centre and Neel Chandrasekar and his father Chandri (below) were declared the winners

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The 10 & under Team Tennis team beat David Lloyd Southampton 12 – 0 in their first fixture in Division 1 of this year’s Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2018

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Dean Cooper Kirby (left) competed in his latest Tennis Europe event at the Herodotou Tennis Academy in Larnaca, Cyprus.

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Sherfield School (left) beat local rivals Queen Mary’s College (QMC) team (right) in their first ever encounter in the regional rounds of the Team Tennis Schools National Championships 2018

Red and Orange TT Tour Sony Open competitors

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The 10 & under Team Tennis team beat Kingsley 12 – 0 in second first fixture in Division 1 of this year’s Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2018

Here’s the April Tennis Tips from Head Coach James McIntosh – click here for all the tips to date or visit the Tennis Tip tab at the top of the page

Cooper Kirby Returns From Florida To Contest European Tournaments

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby is back from his month’s training at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Florida and is already competing again in Europe. After his intense Florida training routine, where he played five hours of tennis and as well as an additional two and half hours of fitness/core training everyday, he is well prepared for the summer tennis season.

After his success winning his first Florida tournament Naples, the Spring Tropical Junior, he competed in another 16 and under event but was knocked out in the quarter final stages by a fellow Gomez Academy player. His opponent has been playing at the academy on a full time basis for the last four years but that didn’t deter Cooper Kirby from putting up a good fight, he won the first set, lost the second and then lost match tie-breaker 10-4.

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Brian Cooper Kirby said, ” Dean played a full-time academy player, who is due to start playing in ITF’s this year, at the beginning of his Florida training and he lost 4-2 but by the end of his stay he won 4-2 which is great progress.”

With little time to get customized back to the UK timezone Cooper Kirby was straight off to Cyprus where he was accepted straight into the main draw of his first 16 and under Grade 2 Tennis Europe event at the Herodotou Tennis Academy in Larnaca. He faced a tough first round opponent in Jaime Faria from Portugal who had previously beaten players Cooper Kirby had lost against so he knew it would not be easy. Although he lost the match 6-2, 6-2 he learnt a lot especially that it will take time to master the new techniques he learnt in Florida in match environments.

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He also played in the doubles with his German partner Mark Owen Endler who trains full-time in Tenerife. The pair (pictured above) reached the semi-finals after beating Cypriot duoAndreas Lottides/Stavros Pamboris in the first round 6-1, 6-2 followed by Ioannis Kountourakis/Evangelos Kypriotis from Greece 6-2, 4-6, 10-8. They lost in the semis against eventual winners Nikita Petrusenko/Justas Trainauskas from Lithuania 7-6(6), 6-2. 

The semi final placing gained Dean another 20 points. He now has a total of 135 points and his ranking has moved from 661th to 575th. Within the group of UK players who compete in Tennis Europe events Cooper Kirby is now 17th on the leaderboard. As well as his Tennis Europe Ranking Cooper Kirby also has a Race to Masters ranking which is the ranking used for draws/selection that shows the current form of any player (in week 12/2018 he was 98th in Europe which accounts for his direct acceptances into tournament main draws). In the 16 and under category, after his recent semi-final position in the doubles, he is currently ranked 102nd in Europe with 110 points.

Cooper Kirby is looking for funding for his European Tournaments – read more about Dean in previous blog posts here

Visit Cooper Kirby’s GoFundMe page here for more information and his latest news and updates.

First Win For Hayden

Totally Tennis mini performance player and reigning TT Tour orange champion Hayden Cummings competed in his first green ball tournament at the Maidenhead Junior Open 2018 earlier this month and he WON it!

Cummings, who was playing in the Grade 4 tournament held at Maidenhead Lawn Tennis Club, competed in Group B in the first stage of the 10 and under Mixed Singles competition. He won all his four of his matches defeating Jasper Tong 4-0, Pavana Nrshinga 4-3(3), Gabriel Riminton 4-1 and Flora Hodge 4-0. In the main draw, Cummings beat Alexander Bruce in the semi-finals 4-2 and then beat Marcel Jesenko in the final 4-2 to win the event and collect the winners medal.

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Head coach James McIntosh said, “Hayden works really hard in his lessons and is progressing all the time, he has done really well to win his first green ball tournament. Well done Hayden, keep up the good work!

Last week Cummings competed in the Winchester Spring Open 2018 in both the 9 & under and 10 & under Boys singles events. After a bye in the first round of the 9 & under competition   he defeated Aidan Hewitt in the second round 7-2, 7-3 followed by a three set defeat of namesake Hayden Mundy 6-8, 7-3,7-4 in the quarters before losing in the semi-final to eventual winner Matteo Mirone 7-3, 8-6.

In the 10 & under event Cummings lost in the first round of the main draw against Michael Mitchell 5-3, 4-2 but then went on to be crowned consolation winner after beating Feliciano Ayala De Carolis 4-0, 4-1, Oliver Flynn 4-1, 4-1 and Jaydan Mitchell in the final  2-4, 4-1,1-0(2).

Congratulations Hayden 😉

Read more about the Winchester Spring Open 2018 in previous post Trophies for Performance Players at Winchester Spring Open

Cooper Kirby Wins Florida Tournament

Performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby has got his month’s training in Florida at the Gomez Tennis Academy off to a good start by winning the Naples Spring Tropical Junior Level 6 tournament held at the Arthur Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park, Naples.

IMG-20180327-WA0003Despite the 27 degree heat and playing on clay Cooper Kirby won the Boys 14 Singles title knocking out the top three seeds in the process. In the first round he beat Christopher Cucinella 6-0, 6-0 and then defeated top seed Emilio Sanchez 6-1, 6-2 in the quarters followed by third seed Kaj Quirijns 6-3, 6-2 in the semis. In the final he beat second seed Michael Gurgenidze 6-0, 6-0 to win his first American title.

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Brian, Dean’s father said, “Dean is really enjoying his six hours a day training and the opportunity to visit Miami with his fellow academy players to watch the Miami Open.”
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Congratulations Dean! What an amazing way to start your American adventure with a trophy and a visit to the Miami Open 😉

Last Sixteen For Cooper Kirby in Malta

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby reached the last sixteen in his latest European tournament in Malta.

On this trip Cooper Kirby was traveling with mum Karen to compete in the main draw of the Grade 3 Boys 16 singles at the San Michel International Tournament in Kordin. In his first round match Cooper Kirby beat Matteo Covato, a wild card player from Italy, 7-5, 6-3 followed by a second round encounter with eighth seed Markus Kosak from Austria which Cooper Kirby won easily 6-1, 6-4.

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Next up was the quarter finals where he faced twelfth seed Basilis Voltirakis from Greece who proved to be top strong an opponent and even though Cooper Kirby battled in the three set match and won the second set, Voltirakis won the match 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
Cooper Kirby is now in Florida for a months training with Rene Gomez at his academy in Naples. When he returns to the UK after the Easter holidays he will travel to Moldova to compete in his next Tennis Europe Junior Tour (TEJT) event.
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Cooper Kirby is looking for funding for his European Tournaments – read more in previous blog post Cooper Kirby Looking For Sponsorship and more about his European tournaments in previous posts Cooper Kirby Racks Up European Points and More European Points for Kirby in Finland

Visit Cooper Kirby’s GoFundMe page here for more information and his latest news and updates.