September in Pictures

Screen Shot 2018-09-03 at 19.56.33Totally Tennis squads restarted for the Autumn term

IMG_5528Performance player and former Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett has joined the Totally Tennis coaching team during his gap year where he will be working with both adults and juniors in various sessions

Screenshot_20180831-081900Performance player Dean Cooper Kirby has made the permanent move to America’s sunshine state to live and train full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Naples, Florida.

IMG_5669Gevin, Guhan and Nikesh were the Totally Tennis 10 and under Mixed team who competed in the first match of the Hampshire & IOW Winter Junior League 2018 – 2019 IMG_5696Performance squad fitness session

c8784df7-c2ea-4632-97e5-b4401dcdcb2eCoaches Ben Jubin and Steph Catlin won the 2018 Basingstoke League Tournament Mixed Title 

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Totally Tennis’ World’s Biggest Coffee Morning aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

2ba2e3c2-d053-45ca-8165-22ede55917c2Hayden, Nikesh and twins Gevin and Guhan beat Portsmouth Tennis Academy in their second match in the 10 and under Mixed team Hampshire & IOW Winter Junior League 2018 – 2019 

September Tennis Tips – click HERE for all the Tennis Tips to date

 

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Performance Players Compete in the Junior National Tennis Championships

Totally Tennis performance players Dean Cooper Kirby along with siblings Liam and Isla Hignett travelled to Nottingham to compete in the Grade 1 Junior National Tennis Championships 2018 held at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

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Accompanied by coach Jordan Frederick, Cooper Kirby played in 14U Boys Singles event where his first round opponent was second seed Roan Jones who is number 2 for his age group in the UK and a team GB player. Even though he won the first set 6-2, Cooper Kirby lost the second set 6-0 and then fought hard in the close tie-break set before eventually losing 7-6(3) to make an early exit from the competition.

Brian Cooper Kirby said, “Jordan accompanied Dean to the event and witnessed him totally controlling the first set before taking his foot off the gas in the second. In the deciding set Dean and Roan were neck and neck with most of the spectators watching the game.” He added “Dean was level 4-4 serving to take lead but was broken by Roan to lead 5-4 and serving for match, Dean stepped up again and broke Roan to level 5-5 then they both won their next games to level the set 6-6 for a set tie-breaker which Dean lost 7-3

Cooper Kirby has now left the UK having made a permanent move to Florida to train full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Naples, Florida and attend a school linked to the academy based in Fort Myers.

Liam competed in the 18U Boys Singles but also lost in the first round against third seed Daniel Martin 6-1, 7-6(4). He then played in the 18U Boys Doubles with partner Kyle Stocker but the pair were knocked out in the first round by  Deji Thomas-Smith and Patrick Young with a 6-2, 6-2 scoreline. Younger sister Isla played in the 16U Girls Doubles competition partnered with Maisie Wood and together they were beaten in their first match by Jessica Dawson and Jayanne Palma 6-2, 6-3.    

Runner-up place for Harry Feast on home turf

Performance player Liam Hignett run the 16 & under Boys singles event of the LTA South West Summer County Tour held at the indoor centre on Saturday.

Nine players entered in total including three from Totally Tennis; Harry Feast (1), Ollie Brown (4) and Joshua Furneaux (3). All three home players benefited from a bye in the first round then top seed Feast beat William Morrell (North Lonsdale Tennis Club) 4-0, 4-0 in the quarters followed by club mate Brown in the semis 4-0, 4-3(2) before losing in the final to second seed Thomas Russell (Benson Tennis Club) in a close match 4-3(4), 4-3(4).

IMG_5389(L to R) Winner Thomas Russell, Runner-up Harry Feast, Liam Hignett, Ollie Brown and Joshua Furneaux

Brown defeated Luca Sassow (Winchester Racquets and Fitness) in the quarters 4-1, 4-3(2) and third seed Furneaux beat Cameron Marshall (Liphook Lawn Tennis Club) in his quarter final match 4-2, 4-1 before losing to Russell in the semis 4-2, 4-1. Fourth seed Brown then beat Furneaux in the third/fourth place play-off match 4-1, 4-1.

Hignett said of the event, “All matches were played in good spirit and were enjoyable to watch. The final in particular, won on a sudden death 4-4 point in the tiebreak of both sets, brought an exciting end to the tournament. Well played everyone.”

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Totally Tennis Girls are Hampshire Schools Champions

Totally Tennis performance players Tillie Reid and Jasmin Bromilow represented Sherfield School and were declared the 16 and under Girls champions at the annual Hampshire Schools Doubles Competition held at Winchester Racquets & Fitness.

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In the group stages, the girls who are both Sherfield School tennis scholars and were the top seeds in the event, won all of their three matches in Group A beating Emma Clews/Amira Dart 4-0, Daisy Hollingshead/Hollie Sertin 4-0 and Daisy Milward/Lucy Wilkinson 4-1. In the quarter finals, they beat Maya Gandee Morgan and Pippa Reid 4 – 0 and then faced club mates and third seeds Isla Hignett and Atinuke Adelakun (Robert May’s School) in the semi finals and defeated them 4-1. In the final, they beat Zoe Upcraft and Alice Calder (pictured in blue below) from St. Swithen’s 4 – 3 after a nail-biting tie break.

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The boys event was won by Ryan Golesworthy and Daniel Nightingale who were representing Robert Mays School (pictured wearing black) and the runners-up were Jean Mauratille and Finbar Tellwright (also at the back of the photo).

Congratulations Tillie and Jasmin 😉

 

 

May In Pictures

IMG_2229Three Totally Tennis girls, Isla Hignett, Tillie Reid and Jasmin Bromilow were part of the Hampshire & IOW 14 & under Girls County Cup who won the regional playoffs

4B546DB0-E5A5-426D-9017-8461A8984259The 2018 Great British Tennis Weekend (GBTW) at the indoor centre

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The St. Mary’s A team won the annual Primary Schools Tournament

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Lots of fun was had at the May Half Term Tennis Camps

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Coach Jamie Jordan pictured with the 10 & under Team Tennis squad who were unlucky to lose their first away match against Portsmouth Tennis Academy

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The Hampshire Girls were unlucky at the National Finals in Nottingham

May’s Tennis Tips

Isla Wins at the Bradfield Open

Performance player Isla Hignett won the 18 and under Girls singles title at Bradfield 2018 May Open last Friday. The Grade 4 event, which was held on the Bradfield Tennis Club’s clay courts, was played in the compass fast 4 format.

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Second seed Hignett was joined in the draw by club mate Tillie Reid and former club mate Nina Williams. In the quarters Hignett beat Marta Poriete 4-1, 4-1followed by Reid in the semis 4-0, 4-1 and then defeated top seed Maisie Smith in three sets in the final  2-4,4-2,10-1 to win the event and ass yet  another trophy to her growing collection.

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Reid beat Williams in the quarters 4-0, 4-2 and finished a very respectable fourth overall after losing to  Sofia Lejonvarn 4-1, 4-0 in the third/fourth playoff match.  Williams went on to win the consolation event.

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Isla’s mum Donella said ‘ “Isla played really well and although she had lost the first set 4-2 in the final, she pulled it back in the second set to win 4-2 and played an awesome tie break to win 10-1.”

Club mate Kirsty Da Silva was top seed in the 14 and under Girls singles event where she lost in the quarters against eventual winner Serena Manca in three sets 3-4(2), 4-3(1), 10-5.