Goodbye Shyam

Young player to homegrown coach Shyam Vithlani has been involved with Totally Tennis for a very longtime. In the early days, six year old Vithlani and his sister attended Saturday morning munchkin club and squads, he represented his school and then Queen Mary’s College (QMC). After completing his Sports Development with Coaching BSC (hons) Degree at Sheffield Hallam University he returned to the club to pursue a full-time career in coaching.

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The QMC team reached the mixed doubles National finals and he also played in the Sheffield Hallam that won the university league. He started coaching at Totally Tennis when he was sixteen as a tennis assistant and continued to coach in Sheffield at the Rustlings Club, setting and running his own tennis sessions. He then coached at Hallamshire Tennis Academy as well as in America for two summers while still at University.  During his time at Totally Tennis he has progressed through the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) coaching qualifications and has attained the Level 4 Senior Coach Award.

Vithlani bid farewell to Totally Tennis earlier this month after five years as Head Coach at Hampshire Court to continue his coaching career as Head of Tennis for Multi Sports for the International Schools in Shanghai, China.

 

March and April in Pictures

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Former Totally Tennis performance player and nutrition coach Steph Catlin ran two nutrition and fitness sessions at the club in March

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Basingstoke’s Queen Mary’s College (QMC) Mixed team competed at the USN Bolton Arena in the Team Tennis Schools Senior Students Finals 2017

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Performance players and assistant coaches Liam Hignett and Andrew Dingwall both passed their Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) level 2 assessment

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Performance player Kirsty Da Silva was runner-up in the grade 5 Chesham Bois 12 and under Girls singles tournament in Amersham, Buckinghamshire 

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The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) tennis team who train at Totally Tennis debuted their new tennis kit ready for the Spring/Summer season

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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

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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

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Singles and doubles trophies for Tillie Reid at the Grade 4 North Devon Spring Open 14U Girls event in the Easter Holidays

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Orange event competitors at the TT Tour – Sony Open event. Congratulations to Hayden Cummings (orange top) who was the winner.

 

 

QMC Players Ready for the Spring/Summer Season

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) tennis team who train at Totally Tennis have new tennis kit ready for the Spring/Summer season. The players have started training outside on Totally Tennis outdoor courts in the War Memorial Park making the most of the March sunshine.

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The boys team have their first match in this year’s Team Tennis Schools National Championships (previously the Glanville Cup) playing in Group 10 (London South) away against Hampton School from Middlesex tomorrow (29th March).

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The National Championships provides players with the opportunity to compete for their school and become the best team in the country. The winners of the National Championships win the Aberdare Cup (Girls) and Glanvill Cup (Boys). Matches are played from March through to July. Teams first compete in a knockout stage and the finalist play in the four day national final.

Team Tennis Schools Senior Students Finals 2017

Basingstoke’s Queen Mary’s College (QMC) Mixed team travelled with PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson to USN Bolton Arena last weekend to compete in the Team Tennis Schools Senior Students Finals 2017.

The QMC team (pictured below) of  Saul Irwin, Jordan Mosquera, Andrew Dingwall, Dessi Bratinova and Luke Watts played in Group B along with teams from Millfield School, Strathallan School and Canon Slade School (LL). On the first day QMC, who were second seeds, were beaten by Canon Slade School 6-2 with only Mosquera/Watts winning one of their matches 6-3 followed by a 8-0 whitewash courtesy of Millfield School on in their first fixture on day two. The bad luck continued in their final match as they suffered another 8-0 defeat against Strathallan School which meant the team finished in a disappointing fourth place overall.

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Goldson said, “It was quite a tough couple of days for the mixed team but I think it was a good experience for them all and a lesson in consistency.” she added, “Whilst our results were not what we wanted, the team did not feel that the standard needed was out of reach with more experience/practice, especially given we gave the eventual winners a good match in spite of the scoreline.

We hope to qualify again next year and give a stronger performance.

Millfield School then beat top seeds and Group A winners Ellesmere College in the final 6-2 to claim this year’s Senior Mixed team crown. The school than also claimed the Senior Girls title after defeating Ellesmere College again in the final. The Boys event was won by defending champion’s Truro and Penrith College, becoming the first Boys team to ever successfully defend the Senior Students title.

The Senior Students Competition started in October 2016 with events for Boys, Girls and Mixed teams. Each player must has a maximum rating of 7.1 at entry stage and in Years 11, 12 or 13 at their school or college. The QMC Mixed Team of Steph Catlin, Ben Jubin, Jack Nicholson and Aimee Paterson won the National Title back in 2010.

Photo provided by www.lta.org.uk

QMC Mixed Team will play in National Finals

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) tennis mixed team travelled to Aldenham School in Hertfordshire for their latest match of the knock out stages of the Senior Students competition.

The team of Luke Watts and Jordan Mosquera (pair 1) and Andrew Dingwall and Dessi Bratinova (pair 2) had a bye in their first match so needed to win this fixture to qualify for the National Finals in Bolton. Both pairs made a great start with Watts and Mosquera beating the opposing team’s top pair 6-3 and Dingwall and Bratinova defeating the second pair 7-6 (3).

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The QMC mixed team who will play in the National Finals in Bolton (L to R) Luke Watts, Jordan Mosquera, Dessi Bratinova and Andrew Dingwall.

QMC PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson said “Both pairs served well in the first matches and both Luke and Jordan played well up at the net to cut off any long baseline exchanges.” she added,  “Andrew and Dessi had served for the match earlier in the set but were pegged back to a tie break, but lifted their game once again to take the tie break-relatively comfortably.”

Going into the second matches, the QMC team needed just one win to qualify, Dingwall and Bratinova were the first to finish but unfortunately lost to the top pairing 6-3.  Watts and Mosquera got off to a great start winning the initial few games to lead 3-0 but again the opposition fought back but the QMC pair battled on breaking serve to win the match 6-3 and securing the mixed team’s qualification for the national finals in Bolton.

Goldson said “This will be a fourth appearance by a QMC mixed team in Bolton and a sixth appearance for the College overall.  This was an unexpected surprise for the QMC team this year and we have certainly made the most of an advantageous draw.”

The team along with Saul Irwin (who played in the earlier round) will head to Bolton on Saturday 11 March to compete against Millfield School, Felsted School, Ellesmere College,  Strathallan School, Rugby School, Sevenoaks School and local rivals Peter Symonds College from Winchester.

This will be a great opportunity for the players, we have nothing to lose and as such will hopefully play with a sense of freedom and no pressure,” said Goldson “All five players are certainly capable on their day and it is great that QMC have a place back in the finals after a couple of years where we have just missed out.”

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The 2010 QMC Mixed Team who won the National Title and a masterclass at Totally Tennis from Judy Murray (L to R) Ben Jubin, Jack Nicholson, Steph Catlin and Aimee Paterson

The team are following in the footsteps of the QMC Mixed Team who won the National Title back in 2010. Totally Tennis performance players Steph Catlin, Ben Jubin, Jack Nicholson and Aimee Paterson were the dream team who brought the trophy home to Basingstoke. Goldson said “It may be 7 years ago but I still remember it well!  I am very much looking forward to see how our players this year get on.” J

ubin is now a full-time tennis coach at Totally Tennis and Catlin is a sports nutritionalist and contributor to this blog.

QMC Players Enjoy Coaching Opportunity

Hampshire Court head coach Shyam Vithlani ran an eight week disability course at Queen Mary’s College (QMC) designed to introduce the learning support students to the basics of tennis. The course consisted of six sessions at the college itself and the last two sessions at Totally Tennis which gave the players the opportunity to play in a real tennis club enviroment.
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Vithlani, a former QMC pupil himself, taught the players an introduction to tennis concentrating on the basic strokes like forehand and backhand but also working on their co-ordination skills, balance and how to follow instructions.
Ricardo QMC’s learning support teacher  said, “The students really appreciated Shyam taking the time to come to QMC and teach them tennis. They fully enjoyed all the sessions, especially the ones at Totally Tennis.” he added, “The students learnt quite a lot and are still talking about their experiences, during the activities and the bits they enjoyed the most.
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November in Pictures

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Performance player and Sherfield School tennis Scholar Liam Hignett became the new David Lloyd Southampton Aegon British Tour FAST4 Mens Singles champion

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TT Tour Finals Orange champion was Hayden Cummings (right) pictured with runner-up Daniel Ward

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Ollie Steer (left) was declared over TT Tour finals Green champion with Jack Moria in second place

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In the yellow event Oliver Alemany (left) was the overall TT Tour Finals winner, runner-up was Noah Lane (right) and Tinuke Adelakun (centre) was third.

image1-9Totally Tennis Performance player Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire and I.O.W Winter County Cup Men’s team that played at the Shrewsbury Club against teams from North Scotland, Sussex and Nottinghamshire.

andrew-and-alex-aoc-singles-qmcAndrew Dingwall and Alex Wood competed in the Association of Colleges (AoC) Tennis – South East Regional Singles Competition held at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre

qmc-senior-students-boys-2016-2017 QMC boys team of Dan Hutchison, Andrew Dingwall, Saul Irwin and Cam Spears represented the college in the Senior Students Competition