Performance player and coach Liam Hignett was runner-up in the Men’s singles at the British Tour Edgbaston event held at the Edgbastom Priory Club last week.
Third seed Hignett beat William Mclenneghan 7-5, 6-4 in the first round followed by Euan Wilson-Baig in round two 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-0. In the quarters he defeated eighth seed Tom Welsh 7-6(10), 6-4 and then sixth seed Mattias Southcombe in the semi-finals 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. In the final Hignett lost to top seed Jake Hersey 6-3, 6-2 to finish as runner-up.
Congratulations Liam 😉
Read more about Hignett competing in British Tour events HERE
Former Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Dean Kirby Cooper competed in his first grade 4 ITF doubles event in Tampico, Mexico at the end of February.
Cooper Kirby, who is now residing and playing tennis full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Florida, competed in the doubles tournament with his American partner Ethan Muza. In the first round they beat Mexican duo SebastianGarcia Escorcia/Juan PabloLazo Becerril 6-1, 6-1 followed by the eighth seeds GianlucaCitadini/LucioRatti from Argentina 6-4, 6-4 in the second round.
In the quarters Cooper Kirby and Muza defeated American duo and second seeds Jameson Corsillo & Ekansh Kumar 7-5, 6-2 and in the semis they beat another American pairing Sebastian Sec and EvanWen 7-6(4), 6-3. In the final they faced sixth seeds Felipe Lopez Comper and Benjamín Ignacio Torres Fernandez from Chile, after winning the first set 7-5 they lost the second 6-2 followed by the tie-breaker 10-1 to finish as runners-up.
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 Cooper Kirby’s Florida journey HERE
Performance player Hayden Cummings was runner-up in the Grade 4 South West Winter County Tour 14 & U Boys Singles held at Hale Gardens on 1st March.
In the quarters Cummings beat William Addleton 4-1, 4-0 followed by Oliver Hopper in the semis 1-4, 4-3(7), [10-3]. In the final he lost to Olivier Paris 4-2, 4-2 to finish in second place.
In the recent Oxstalls SP Winter Regional Tour, Cummings finished fifth in the 12 & under Boys singles. In the first round he defeated Ethan Scott 6-1, 6-1 but lost in the quarters against Sebastian Griffiths 6-4, 6-1. In the first play-off match Cummings beat Harrison Vickery 1-6, 6-4, [10-8] and in the second Felix Mihaylov 6-3, 6-2.
Performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Aaron Dawson was part of the team who represented Hampshire & I.O.W at the LTA 18U County Cup 2020 held at Nuffield Tennis Centre in Hull last weekend. The team of Dawson, Oliver Fernandez, William Jones, George Russell, James Ardley, Aaron Butcher, Jed Voysey, Louis and Henry Bowden competed in Division 3 (Boys Group b) against North of Scotland, Cambridgeshire and West of Scotland.
In the first fixture Hampshire & IOW beat West of Scotland 7 – 2 with Dawson winning his singles against Aaron Purba 6-0, 6-2 but losing his doubles match with partner Ardley against Lachie Macintosh and Ross Young 6-4, 4-6, 1-0(4). In the second fixture the Hampshire team defeated Cambridgeshire 6 – 3, Dawson beat Leon Kewney 6-3, 7-5 in the singles. He and partner Ardley won their doubles match against Charlie Adams and Leon Kewney 6-4, 6-4.
In the final fixture the Hampshire team lost against North of Scotland 5-3. Dawson beat Cameron Fryer 7-6(3), 7-6(3) in the singles but he and Ardley were beaten in the doubles 6-1, 6-4 by Jamie Connel and Ross Lyon. North of Scotland were declared the group winners with 6 points, Hampshire & IOW were runners-up with 4 points, Cambridgeshire were third with 2 points and West of Scotland finished in last place.
Performance player Hayden Cummings won the 12 & under Boys singles event at the Our Lady of Muswell Christmas Tournament in Middlesex.
After a bye in the first round Cummings beat Daniel Ben Yair 3-4(5), 4-2, 1-0(6) in round two, Dylan Powell 4-1, 4-2 in the quarters and Obi Budworth in the semis 4-2, 4-0. In the final he defeated former clubmate Nikesh Reddy Bomma 4-2, 4-1.
Congratulations Hayden 😉
Performance player and coach Liam Hignett was invited to compete in the LTA British Tour Masters held at the National Tennis Centre (NTC) in Roehampton, London last week.
Hignett was one of the eight players who competed in the event. In the quarters he beat Michael Shaw 4-2 (retired) but was drawn against top seed Sean Hodkin in the semis and lost 6-2, 6-2. Hodkin went on to will the event. Hignett then played in the Tiebreak Tens competition beating Hodkin 10-8 and Joshua Rose 10-7.
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
Coach Profile: Andrew Dingwall
Coaching Qualification: Level 2
How old were you when you first started playing tennis?
Four years old
How were you introduced to the sport?
My family all played and were passionate about tennis
What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?
The friendly atmosphere of the team
Who is your favourite professional tennis player?
What do you like most about coaching tennis?
The players looking forward to tennis each work and having fun whilst improving at the sport
How often do you coach?
One day a week
Do you play any other sport?
Only skiing once a year
What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?
Getting to the sixth form national finals
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