TT Tour – Valencia Open

The Valencia Open was the last TT tour event of the 2017 season played on Sunday 29th October ahead the excitement of the November Grand Finals where the overall Champions of the year will be crowned.
Kevin Karjalainen won the Red event after beating Diya Shanmugaras 10-8 in the final. Lottie Blackwell was third, William Durman was fourth, Neel Chandrasekar was in fifth place and Ayush Thondapu was sixth.
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Coach Andrew Dingwall who won the event said, “Great final between Kevin and Diya, a close game of which fantastic angle shots were the standout moments! Congratulations Kevin 😉
The Orange event was won by Gevin Chendhilkumar with Ansh Annareddy the runner-up. Chendhilkumar’s twin brother Guhan was joint third/fourth along with Harry Dolman, James Blackwell was fifth, Megan Fisher was sixth and joint 7th/8th place went to Caitlin Manley and Louise Stamvik.
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Dingwall said “Another close match with Gevin beating Ansh 10-8 which included some marathon rallies.”
Congratulations Kevin and Gevin!

The TT Tour is a competition programme for Development Squads and Mini Performance Squads players. There are six tournaments throughout the year and the Grand Finals in November where the top eight players from each squad are invited to play for the chance to finish as the club champions. There’s an up-to-date leaderboard showing players rankings in each squad. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as for entering. The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points and all points will be added to each age group leaderboard.

TT Tour Dates 2017

Sunday 19th November – Grand Finals (by invitation)

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Benenden Tennis Festival Summertime Slam

Totally Tennis played host to a Benenden Tennis Festival last Sunday with a Summertime Slam event open to both mini red and orange players. The three hour event was run by performance players Miles Bromilow and Liam Hignett and packed with a whole host of tennis related fun, games and competition.

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The festival is designed to give players new to competition the opportunity to learn about scoring and the rules of tennis while the more experience players get some match practice but the overall theme is for the players to have fun.

Games to get everyone warmed-up, including balloon tennis, around the world and knockout tennis, preceded the matches. The mini red competition was a round robin draw of seven players with lots of competitive matches. The overall winner was William Durman who won all his matches and Neel Chandrasekar was runner-up.

The Orange competition was split into two boxes with the top two players from each box going through to the semi-finals. The first semis match was an all sibling affair with Box A winner Geven Chendhilkumar facing his brother Guhan who was Box B runner-up, Geven was the victor 10-6. Meanwhile in the other semi-final the winner of Box B Hayden Cummings beat Box A runner-up Ansh Annaredy 10-4.

The final was watched by all the competitors with Cummings declared the overall winner beating Geven 10-4. The day finished with a presentation and prizes for all the competitors.

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Bromilow said, “Congratulations to all the players who took part. We look forward to hosting similar events in the future and even some more Benenden Tennis Festivals.”

image3image1Healthcare provider Benenden has partnered with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to encourage people of all ages from the local community to get involved in themed competitions and live an active lifestyle. Benenden Tennis Festivals are a fantastic opportunity for clubs and venues throughout the country to host fun, themed competitions for local players.

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Launched in 2016, the Benenden Tennis Festivals programme saw 870 venues get involved which created over 30,000 opportunities for players to take part in fun, local competitions. There are four themed festivals that clubs can choose to host this year; Aussie Open (celebrating the first Grand Slam of 2017), Women/Girls (a female only festival to celebrate International Women’s Day in March), Summertime Slam (celebrate Wimbledon and the summer of tennis in June or July) and Monster Smash (a spooky event in October or November to celebrate Halloween).

Hignett and Bromilow are part of the LTA’s Referee Development Group which teaches them the necessary competition organisation skills to run events – read more about that here

Additional information used courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/competitions/family/benenden-tennis-festivals/

 

 

September New Squad Term

September is a busy time with schools going back and it’s also the start of a new squad term tomorrow at Totally Tennis. In the Junior Tennis Programme, there are lots of opportunities for children of all ages and abilities in the Under and Over 10’s with termly and pay-and-play sessions at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park. 

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Termly Under 10’s Development Squads

Pirates (Mini Red Tennis)

This session is for beginners aged 4-6 years using sponge balls. Players work on co-ordination, basic racket skills and tennis shots.
Monday, Tuesday and Friday ~ 4:30-5:30pm

DSC_0071Indians (Red/Orange Mini Tennis)

This session is for beginners or as a progression from Pirates for players aged 6-7 years. The ball is low-bouncing and players work on the basic shots to play tennis

Monday, Tuesday and Friday ~ 4:30-5:30pm

Dodgers (Orange Mini Tennis)

This is session is for beginners aged 7-9 years using a medium-bounce ball on a 3⁄4 sized tennis court and also a progression from Indians Squad.

Monday, Tuesday and Friday ~ 5:30-6:30pm

DSC_0065Giants (Green Mini Tennis)

Giants sessions are for 9-11 year olds and provides the transition to full court tennis. This is also a progression from Dodgers Squad.

Monday, Tuesday and Friday ~ 5:30-6:30pm

Termly Over 10’s Development Squads

C Squad

C squad is for players aged 10-16 years and is played with a yellow ball on a full size tennis court. This is aimed at beginners and improvers.

Wednesday ~ 4:30-6.00pm and Saturday 1:30-3:00pm

B Squad

This squad is also aimed at players aged 10-16 years and is played with a yellow ball on a full size tennis court. This is for intermediate players progressing from C squad.

Wednesday ~ 4:30-6:00pm, Thursday 6:00 -7:30pm and Saturday 12.30 – 2.00pm

A Squad

This is aimed at players aged 10-16 years and is played with a yellow ball on a full size tennis court. This is for intermediate/advanced players progressing from B squad.

Saturday ~ 11.00am -12:30pm

Girls Squad

This is aimed at girls aged 12-17 years and is played with a yellow ball on a full size tennis court.

Wednesday ~ 6:00 – 7:30pm

Junior Pay and Play Mini Tennis Sessions  (No Need to Book)

Munchkins (Mini Red Tennis)

This session is for beginners aged 4-9 years. The ball is sponge or low-bouncing and the players work on co-ordination, basic racket skills and basic tennis shots.

Saturday ~ 10:30-11:30am (£3.50 per child per session)

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This session is for beginners aged 10-16 years. The ball is medium bouncing, and players work on basic shots to play the game.

Saturday ~11:30am – 12:30pm (£5.00 per child per session)

There are also Mini Performance and Performance Squads for talented players. The Red, Orange, Green and Yellow squads are by invitation only at the coaching teams digression. For more information about the Totally Tennis Junior Programme please telephone 01256 358816, e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our website http://www.totallytennis.co.uk.

For more information about the programme at Hampshire Court click here