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.
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.
Frederick 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!”
Read more about Dean Cooper Kirby’s Tennis Europe and Florida training in previous posts here
The Totally Tennis 9 and under Team Tennis squad were crowned Division 1 Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2018 Mixed champions at the county tournament played in Portsmouth over the weekend. The boys beat all the four other teams, from Portsmouth Tennis Academy, Winchester Racquets and Fitness, Kingsley and Elite Tennis from David Lloyd Southampton, without dropping a single match.
Hayden Cummings, Nikesh Bomma and twins Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar travelled to Portsmouth Tennis Centre with coach Jamie Jordan and played some fantastic tennis to whitewash all their opponents 12 -0 and be declared the Division 1 league champions.
Cummings was number one seed, Gevin and Guhan number two and three respectively and Bomma, who was playing in his first ever tournament in this country after moving to the UK from India last September, was fourth seed.
Jordan said, “The boys were great representatives of Totally Tennis and played some amazing tennis, they made me and the club very proud.”
Congratulations boys 😉
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Totally Tennis mini performance player Hayden Cummings won the 10 and Under Mixed title at the South West Summer County Tour held at David Lloyd Southampton at the beginning of the month.
In the group stages, Cummings won Box C beating Zoe Totolici 4-1 and Thomas Allen-Green 4-0. Club mates Guhan and Gevin Chendhilkumar played in Box A and B respectively and both won and lost a match so all three boys progressed to the main draw.
In the quarter finals, Cummings defeated Guhan 4-0 and Kevin lost to Group D winner Oliver Cole 4-2. Cummings then beat Aleksander Kudla 4-0 in the semis and Finley Betteridge-Hanson 4-2 in the final to win the tournament.
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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. .
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.”
Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett, Jasmin Bromilow and Tillie Reid were all part of the Hampshire & IOW team that played in the 14U County Cup 2018 National Finals held at Nottingham Tennis Centre.
Fellow Hampshire players Hannah Smith, Anna Vinnell and Martyna Ciubatiuk made up the team of six who had previously won the 14 and under Girls County Cup 2018 regional playoffs at the beginning of May. The girls travelled up to Nottingham to compete in the 3-day finals event from 18th – 20th May along with team captain Fiona and vice-captain Taz wearing team hoodies provided by Mantis Sport.
The Hampshire girls were competing in Box B against teams from Surrey, Avon and Lancashire. On the first day the girls faced second seeds Surrey in the morning fixture and lost 5-1 with only Smith managing to win her singles 7-5, 6-4. Things didn’t get much better in the afternoon with another 5-1 loss against Avon with the pairing of Ciubatiuk/Vinnell winning their three set doubles match 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.
On the second day the girls faced Lancashire and even though they had another loss it was a better 4-2 scoreline with Smith winning her singles 6-1, 6-0 and Hignett/Smith winning their doubles match 6-4, 6-4.
The team finished fourth in their box and on the last day they played the team from Leicestershire who finished fourth in Box A. The Hampshire girls won the match 4-2 overall with Smith, Bromilow and Vinnell all winning their singles matches and Smith/Vinnell winning their doubles 6-4, 6-4 to end on a positive note. The Hampshire team finished in seventh place overall and top seeds Middlesex were crowned the 2018 winners.
Commiserations girls – better luck next year 😉
Read more about the girls regional win in previous post Totally Tennis Girls Through To County Cup National Finals
The Totally Tennis 10 and under team have moved to second place in the Mixed Division 1 of the Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2018 league, just behind Winchester Racquets and Fitness, after losing their away match against Portsmouth Tennis Academy (PTA) last weekend.
The team of Hayden Cummings, Dylan Cooper Kirby, Guhan Chendhilkumar and Charlie Mackenzie travelled to Portsmouth with coaches Jamie Jordan and Jordan Frederick to compete in the fixture that took place on Sunday. In the singles Cummings was the only player to win his match beating Savva Sujetov 4-2, 5-3 so the scoreline was 3-1 to the home team going into the doubles.
Unfortunately things didn’t go to plan in the doubles either with the pairing of Cummings/Cooper Kirby losing against Sujetov/William Harrison 5-3, 4-2 and Chendhilkumar/Mackenzie being beaten by Meru Shrivastva/Zachary Cocker 4-1, 4-2. The final score was 10-2 to PTA and with Winchester beating David Lloyd Southampton A 12-0 in their fixture on Sunday they have moved to the top of the table.
Jamie said, “I thought the team played very well but unfortunately couldn’t get the win but we are all very proud of them.”
The Totally Tennis team now have one more away match to play this season on Sunday 17th June against Winchester. There’s everything to play for as all three teams at the top (Winchester, TT and PTA) level on 4 points each, but it’s going to be a tough match and Winchester have a game in hand. Good Luck boys 😉
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