The Sherfield School sixth form team of Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson and Dean Cooper Kirby (from Year 8) won the Hampshire/Dorset/Wiltshire knockout stage of the Glanville Cup. The team beat Bournemouth Colleigate 8 – 4 in their final match played last Friday at the West Hants club in Bournemouth.
In the earlier matches the boys beat Alton College 12 – 0 and Cranleigh Senior Boys 10 – 2. The team made up of Totally Tennis performance players, who are all also tennis scholars at the school, have now qualified for the National Finals that will be played at Nottingham Tennis Centre from 11th – 14th July.
Former Totally Tennis performance player and nutrition coach Steph Catlin ran two nutrition and fitness sessions at the club in March
Basingstoke’s Queen Mary’s College (QMC) Mixed team competed at the USN Bolton Arena in the Team Tennis Schools Senior Students Finals 2017
Performance players and assistant coaches Liam Hignett and Andrew Dingwall both passed their Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) level 2 assessment
Performance player Kirsty Da Silva was runner-up in the grade 5 Chesham Bois 12 and under Girls singles tournament in Amersham, Buckinghamshire
The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) tennis team who train at Totally Tennis debuted their new tennis kit ready for the Spring/Summer season
Kirsty Da Silva won the Grade 5 12 & under Girls title at the Game, Set & Match Play Spring Super Series held at Radley College Sports Centre in Oxfordshire
Hampshire Court players enjoyed the Drunken Drills session in early April
Performance player Isla Hignett was runner-up in the Winchester Spring Open Girls 14U singles that took place last week at Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club
Totally Tennis Alumni/coaches were part of the Wimbledon Ball Boys and Girls training at Wimbledon
Singles and doubles trophies for Tillie Reid at the Grade 4 North Devon Spring Open 14U Girls event in the Easter Holidays
Orange event competitors at the TT Tour – Sony Open event. Congratulations to Hayden Cummings (orange top) who was the winner.
Totally Tennis coaches Ben Jubin and Shyam Vithlani were joined by fellow Totally Alumni and current players at Wimbledon last weekend. The players were there to play while this year’s ball boys and girls candidates practice their skills ahead of the start of this years Championships in early July.
Steph Catlin, Simon James, Ali Olrog and Alex Dawson all played with Rubin and Vithlani at the famous SW19 location. In her other role as manager of the Wimbledon Championships ball boys and girls (BBG’s), Queen Mary’s College (QMC) PE Teacher Goldson invited the coaches and players to participate in the training process.
Goldson landed the BBG Manager position at the Wimbledon Championships in 2011 after refereeing for about seven years for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) alongside her job at the college. Goldson’s position at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) involves selecting, recruiting and managing the training of all the BBGs. The job as BBG Manager involves working at the All England Club approximately one hundred days a year, including the annual Championships fortnight.
Approximately 250 Ball Boys and Girls (BBGs) aged fifteen years work at The Championships, Wimbledon. Approximately 160 are selected from about 540 year 9 & 10 applicants and around 90 are chosen from about 160 ballboys/girls from previous years.
This year’s Championship starts on Monday 3rd July and will run until Sunday 16th July – for ticket information click here. You can buy premium tickets on the day of play by queuing for the on-day sale of tickets at the Gate 3 turnstiles. Tickets are sold strictly on the basis of one per person queuing and payment is by cash only.
Totally Tennis alumni Steph Catlin who has founded Food Is Life, a sports nutrition consultancy business based in Basingstoke, is offering everyone the chance to attend one of her FREE nutrition seminars that will be held at the club next week.
Friday 24th March – Performance players and their parents are invited to attend a 30 minute nutrition talk in the pavilion starting at 7:30pm
Thursday 30th March – Steph will be running her nutrition for weight loss talk which is open to anyone from 7:00pm. This will be followed by a FREE 30 minute mini tennis session which is all open to all.
Former Totally Tennis performance player, who represented both Brighton Hill Community College and Queen’s Mary College, Steph obtained a four year Division 1 tennis scholarship to the University of Northern Colorado in the USA. After graduating with two Bachelors degrees, one in Sport and Exercise Science and the other in Human Communication Studies she returned to the UK and recently completed her Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. She now runs Food Is Life and provides the nutrition tips and advice for this blog.
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The top placed players in the Australian Open, the first TT Tour of 2017
Performance player Liam Hignett represented Hampshire & Isle of Wight (IOW) in the 18U Boys County Cup held at Taunton Tennis Centre in Somerset.
QMC Mixed team who will play in the National Finals in Bolton on 11th March (L to R) Luke Watts, Jordan Mosquera, Dessi Bratinova and Andrew Dingwall.
Performance player Liam Hignett was third in the Junior Sportsman Category at the annual Basingstoke Sports Awards
Hignett with Head Coach James McIntosh at the annual Basingstoke Sport’s Awards.
Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett represented Hampshire & Isle of Wight (IOW) in this weekend’s 18U Boys County Cup held at Taunton Tennis Centre in Somerset.
The Hampshire & IOW team competed in Group 3a against teams from South Wales, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire. On the first day the Hampshire boys were up against Lancashire and won two of the six singles matches. Top seed Hignett lost but Ryan Goldsworthy and Zizheng Jin both won, in the doubles Hignett and partner Jake Norris won but the other two pairs lost meaning that the team lost 6-3 overall.
Things went pretty much the same way on day two with the Hampshire team losing to South Wales 5-4. In the singles Hignett won his match along with James Blair, Goldsworthy and Outek Dinapala so the team led 4-2 after the completion of the singles matches. In the doubles all three pairings lost so the end result went against the Hampshire team.
On the final day things were much better with the Hampshire boys beating the team from Nottinghamshire convincingly 9-0. The final results were Lancashire 6, South Wales 4, Hampshire & IOW 2 and the team from Nottinghamshire ended with no points and will be relegated to 3b.
Aegon County Cup events give players the opportunity to represent their county in team competition in national/regional stages, the age group categories range from 9U to Adults.
Siblings Liam and Isla Hignett competed in the David Lloyd Southampton Christmas Tournament 2016 at the start of the school holidays. Liam played in the men’s open event where he won his first match beating David Brehme 6-1, 6-4 but lost his second against eventual runner-up Benjamin Battey 7-6(5), 6-0.
Isla also won her first match in the 14U Girls singles defeating Iris Plane 6-1, 6-2 and then lost in her second against overall winner Charlotte Howard 6-0, 6-0. The 16U Girls competition went much the same way with Isla beating Josie Culliford 6-1, 6-1 in her first round match and then losing her second against the overall winner Isabelle Purser 6-3, 6-0. In the 14U Girls doubles Isla and partner Zara Burney were third overall.
Liam also played in the Gosling SP Winter National Tour 18U Boys & Girls held at Gosling Tennis Centre in Hertfordshire after Christmas at the end of December going straight into the main draw without needing to qualify. He won his first match against Jake Penny 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 but was then beaten by Nicholas Brookes 6-2, 6-2 in his second match.