Performance player and coach Liam Hignett competed in the main draw of the Men’s Singles at the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) British Tour held at the University of Bath last week. Hignett won his first match against qualifier Archie Graham 6-3, 6-1 but lost in the second round against sixth seed Sean Hodkin 6-1, 7-5. The event was won by Luke Johnson from Yorkshire.
Hignett said. “It’s good to be back playing some tournaments in 2019 and mixing with some top players who have had or currently have ATP rankings, so great to be competing at this level as always.”
The LTA British Tour is 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.*
*Information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk
The latest South West Winter County Tour event, run by coach Liam Hignett, took place last weekend at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre in Basingstoke. There were two events, the 16 and under Boys and Girls Doubles.
In the girls event Totally Tennis was represented by performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid who were crowned winners of the event after beating Ivana Maynard and Gabriella Rawles 4-1, 4-0 and a walkover against Giulia Caturano and partner Jogaile Juknaite.
In the boys event second seeds Martino Colabella and Adrian Leung from Kent were declared the winners. In the quarters they defeated Dennis and Philip Dimov 4-0, 3-4(3), 10-8 followed by Ben Deller and Rory Hodge in the semis 4-2, 4-3(2) and Oliver Brooker and James Stanley (who had defeated the top seeds Elliott Lowe and Freddie Simpson in the semis) 4-2, 2-2, 10-2.
Congratulations Isla and Tillie 😉
The next South West Winter County Tour at Totally Tennis Basingstoke is the 9 & under Mixed Singles on Sunday 20th January – click HERE for details
The latest South West Winter County Tour event run by performance player and coach Liam Hignett took place at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre last weekend.
Two of the clubs mini performance players Hayden Cummings and Nikesh Bomma competed in the 10 and under Boys competition along with nine other players. Top seed Cummings beat Cameron Bagha in the quarters 4-0, 4-0 but was then knocked out of the competition by eventual winner Michael Cooke in the semis 4-1, 4-3(3). Bomma defeated Alexander Bruce 4-2, 4-3(2) in his quarter final match followed by Marcin Kornijczuk in the semis 4-0, 4-2 before losing to Cooke in the three set final 4-3(1), 3-4(4), 10-3 to finish in second place overall. Cummings finished in fourth place.
Bomma’s coach Jamie Jordan said. “Nikesh played unbelievably well in his second ever tournament and second time he got to the final.” He added, “He’s really enjoying competing and working on getting his rating higher. Great effort Nikesh, keep up the good work.”
In last month’s South West Winter County Tour Men’s event held last month, also run by Hignett, Totally Tennis’ Loic Armstrong was in action. Armstrong beat Paul Stavely 4-0, 4-1 in the first round but lost against third seed Sam Li 4-1, 3-4(1), 10-6 in the quarters. Top seed George Russell won the event.
Mini performance player Nikesh Bomma played in his first singles tournament, the green 10 and under Boys event held at the David Lloyd Royal Berkshire and won it!
In the My Tennis Events tournament, Bomma won all his three matches in the group stage 4-0 and then won the final 4-2 to collect his first singles trophy.
Nikesh’s coach Jamie Jordan said, “I’m extremely proud of him, he has worked so hard behind close doors and played fantastically in his first tournament.” he added, “It’s a great start and I’m sure this won’t be the last, well done Nikesh!“
Today we waved a fond farewell to coach Jordan Frederick who leaves to take up a new coaching position in Bath after he returns from a month long trip visiting former Totally Tennis performance player Dean Cooper Kirby in Florida.
Frederick joined the coaching team on a part-time basis back in 2014, coaching at the indoor centre just doing two days a week alongside his role as Head Coach at a club in Dorchester. He made the move to coach full-time at Totally Tennis in February 2016 and now heads to the University of Bath where he will be coaching on the LPDC (Local Performance Development Centre) and the RPDC (Regional Performance Development Centre) teams. Once he has completed his LTA Level 4 senior performance coach qualification he will be named as Head of Performance for the 11 and under players.
Commenting on his time at Totally Tennis Frederick said, “I have really enjoyed my time at the club, everyone that I have ever worked with has been amazing from my colleagues on court to the receptionists, but the most enjoyable part of my journey has been the players and parents I have worked with who have all been amazing and great fun.”
“I‘ve enjoyed every moment and I’d just like to say a special thank you to the players that I have worked with week in, week out, you’ve all played a massive part in my career and we have all made big friendships along the way.” he added, “I will truly miss them all, and will never forget my time at Totally Tennis, I hope to see many of them at future tournaments.”
Frederick will now fly to Naples in Florida to meet up with Cooper Kirby at the Gomez Tennis Academy. He said, ” I am looking forward to spending time at the academy, not only will it be a nice to see how a former player is getting on but also a really great learning experience for myself to see how they manage and coach players abroad.”
Good luck Jordan!
Totally Tennis performance player Daniel Prickett won the 16U Boys Singles title at David Lloyd Southampton October Half Term Tournament 2018.
In the first round he beat Franko Stoman 6-0, 6-3 followed by a tough match against second seed Connor Turner 6-2, 6-7(6), 10-4 in round two. He then defeated eighth seed Jed Voysey 7-5, 6-4 in the quarters and third seed George Russell in the semis 6-3, 0-6, 10-4. In the final he beat fourth seed Owen Martel 7-5, 6-2 to win the title.
Totally Tennis mini tennis players Hayden Cummings, Harry Dolman and twins Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar also all competed in the half term event. Cummings was the consolation runner-up in the 10U Boys Singles event. He lost in the first round of the main draw against Aidan Hewitt 4-1, 4-2 but then defeated wild card Marcin Kornijczuk in the consolation quarters 4-1, 4-0 followed by Theodor Kraytchev 4-1, 4-0 in the semis before battling in the three set final against Yinghan Ho 4-0, 2-4, 13-11 to finish as runner-up.
The Chendhilkumar brothers were both also knocked out of the main draw in the first round. Gevin lost to Felix Inglis 5-3, 4-1 and then Jaydan Mitchell 4-0, 4-0 in the consolations quarters. Guhan was beaten by Alec Vaughan 4-0, 4-0 and then by eventual consolation winner Ho in the consolation quarters 4-0, 4-0. In the 9U Boys Singles Dolman played in group D and went out of the competition after coming third in the box.
As the summer holidays draw to a close it’s time for the return of the Totally Tennis Junior Squads which form part of the the club’s development and performance programme run by our team of LTA licensed coaches. Totally Tennis squads are run on weekdays and designed for children aged from four years upwards that start with mini tennis nets and sponge balls and work up to full sized courts and yellow balls, every child is given an appropriate squad to join, usually guided by age.
Development squads include Pirates (4-6 years), Indians (6-8 years), Dodgers (8-9 years) and Giants (9-10 years). A, B and C squads are for older players aged eleven and over. Performance Squads include the invitational mini performance squads of Red, Orange and Green for talented players and Yellow squads are for older players in the U12 to U18 categories.
The 2018 autumn term started today (3rd September) and will run for sixteen weeks until 21st December 2018 (sessions run throughout half term). There are Open Weeks held during the last week of term in March, July & December where parents are invited to watch their children’s progress during an on court session. For more information about the squad programme and session fees telephone 01256 358816 or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk/squads