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Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett (wearing orange shorts) represented Hampshire as part of the Men’s Winter County Cup
Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett represented Hampshire as part of the Men’s Winter County Cup team in the fixture played at David Lloyd Southampton last weekend. Second seed Hignett (wearing orange shorts below) joined team members Jake Norris, George Houghton, Ryan Golesworthy, Joshua Gook, Edward Percival, Paul Scullard, Harry Wilmott-Stanton and Michael Johnson to compete in Group 3b. The team, captained by Julian Godfrey (pictured below with the team), played against teams from Dorset (Friday), South Wales (Saturday) and Derbyshire on Sunday.
On Friday Dorset beat Hampshire 5-4 overall. Hignett won his singles match beating Benjamin Battey 6-2, 6-0 along with Norris, Scullard and Johnson who all also won to give the team a 4-2 lead going into the doubles. Unfortunately Hignett and Norris lost in their doubles against Battey and Adam Glynn in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 0-1(9) as did pairing Houghton/Scullard and Gook/Johnson so Dorset won the first tie.
Things did not quite go to plan again on Saturday with the strong South Wales team winning 7-2 overall and all six Hampshire players recording a loss in their singles matches. Golesworthy/Houghton and Johnson/Percival both won their doubles to claw back 2 points but Hignett/Gook lost 6-1, 6-0 against Craig Evans/Christopher Lewis.
There was everything to play for on the final day in the fixture against Derbyshire but things didn’t go in the Hampshire teams favour with another narrow 5-4 loss. Hignett won his singles against Bradley Buckland 6-0, 6-2, Houghton and Johnson also secured singles victories so it was level pegging. Hignett/Norris were the only pair to secure a doubles result against Buckland/Dennis Archer 6-3, 6-1. Golesworthy/Houghton and Johnson/Scullard both lost their matches.
After an unsuccessful weekend on the scoresheet despite some really good matches the Hampshire team will now be relegated to Group 4a. South Wales won the fixture and will be promoted to Group 3a.
Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Liam Hignett will be off to study in America next year after securing a tennis scholarship to Tennessee Technological University (TTU) known more popularly as Tennessee Tech. Hignett will move to Cookeville, Tennessee and become a Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle after he completes his A level studies at Sherfield next summer.
This is an amazing achievement for Liam who will be following in the footsteps of several other Totally Tennis performance players who have over the years also secured tennis scholarships to study in America, including current coach Steph Catlin who studied in Colorado.
Tennis Director Nigel Long said, “I’m really pleased that Liam has gained his scholarship to study and play in America. He has achieved so much in tennis and he will now be able to build on this and continue to develop within the university programme.”
“He’s another in a long list of Totally Tennis players who’s tennis has enabled them to gain a University place and we wish him all the best!”
Head Coach James McIntosh, who coached Liam individually added, “Liam has worked really hard over the last few years to get to the level he is now. He’s had great success in so many tournaments and has been selected for both the U18’s and Men’s County Cup teams over the last two years.“
“This is a great opportunity for him to continue with his tennis career in America and I wish him all the best. Well done Liam!“
Congratulations Liam from everyone at Totally Tennis
Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Liam Hignett won two matches in the 18 and under Boys Grade 2 event at the University of Bath Winter National Tour.
Hignett (pictured recently at the World Athletics Championships in London) competed at the Winter Nationals at Bath University
In the first round he beat Oscar Glenister 7-5, 6-0 followed by Aaron Trainer 7-6(1), 6-3 in round two but then lost in the quarter finals to wild card and overall tournament winner Connor Thomson 6-3, 7-6(1).
Well done Liam.
Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett won the Men’s Hampshire & IOW Champion of Doubles Champions 2017 with partner Jake Norris in Southampton.
In the first round the pair, who were top seeds and representing Warsash Tennis Club, won all their matches in the group stages. They beat Adrian Allsopp and Chris Titterington 4-0, 4-0 followed by Aaronn Blackman and Scott Salway 4-2, 4-2, and Henry and Tom Forsyth 4-0, 4-0. In the main draw they defeated Jonathan Clift and Harry Wilmott-Stanton 4-2, 4-2 and Chris Bixley and Jake Macey 4-1, 5-3 to win the title.
Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Tillie Reid is having a run of success in her summer tournament schedule. She won the Southampton Junior Open 16 & under Girls title at the end of last month and this week she was crowned the 14 & under Girls singles champion at the Hazelmere Junior Tournament.
In the Grade 4 Southampton tournament, held at Totton And Eling Tennis Centre, Reid won all her four matches in the round robin competition to win the overall title and collect the gold medal (pictured above). She defeated Jena Gregory 4-1, 4-1, Alice Calder 4-1, 4-2, Mia Gerty 4-1, 1-4, 10-6 and Simi Osula 4-2, 4-1.
At this week’s Hazelmere LTC Tournament held at Haslemere Lawn Tennis Club in Surrey, Reid won the Grade 4 event after an epic final between her and fellow Hampshire player Mia Gerty (who she defeated in the Southampton event) that certainly entertained the crowd. After a bye in the first round Reid beat Bo Edwards 6-1, 6-0 in the quarters followed by a walkover against Sophie Marie Lowe in the semis and a 7-5, 6-2 win against Gerty in the final.
In the 16 & under Girls Doubles Reid and partner Sienna Boyce finished as runners-up after beating Charlotte Griffiths/Olivia Russell 6-2, 6-0, Imogen Garthwaite/ImogenWatt 6-0, 6-1 before losing in the final to Millicent Edwards/Hattie Venneman 6-0, 6-0.
Totally Tennis performance player Isla Hignett met British tennis legend Tim Henman at the weekend’s HSBC Road to Wimbledon tennis clinic along with the other county final runners-up who travelled from all the UK to take part.
The clinic, with Henman and Dan Bloxham, was held on the famous grass courts in SW19 on Saturday. They played drills on court for an hour and half with some of the overseas juniors helping with hitting and motivating the players. The tennis session was followed by lunch and a photo opportunity with Henman before a tour of the grounds and Wimbledon museum.
Older brother Liam, who accompanied Isla to the event, was himself a competitor in the National Road To Wimbledon finals back in 2014.