Hignett Wins HSBC Road to Wimbledon Club Event

Five girls competed in this year’s Totally Tennis HSBC Road to Wimbledon (U14) club event which was won by Isla Hignett with Tillie Reid finishing as runner-up. Hignett won all her matches beating Reid 4-1, 4-0, Amberly Chapman 4-0, 4-0, Atinuke Adelakun 4-0, 4-0 and Kirsty Da Silva 4-0, 4-0. Reid beat Da Silva 4-0, 5-3 and both Adelakun and Chapman 4-0, 4-0. Hignett will now play in the county finals which will take place over the weekend of 15th & 16th July at Canoe Lakes in Southsea. Reid will have to wait and see if she makes the final as one of the lucky runners-up.

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Head Coach James Macintosh said “Congratulations to Isla who has managed to qualify for the county event for the second year running.” he added, “Also well done to Tillie who was the runner up this year and hopefully she will get the opportunity to take part in the county finals for the first time“.

The two winners (boy and girl) of each County Final will be invited to play at Wimbledon from 14th – 19th August in the National Finals (an additional four lucky losers from the County Finals will also be invited to the National Finals). Hignett will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of her former Totally Tennis players and her older brother Liam who played at the National Finals in 2014.

The HSBC Road to Wimbledon is the biggest junior tournament in British tennis and gives all 14U players the opportunity to progress through to compete on the world famous grass courts at Wimbledon. Local clubs, parks and schools are encouraged to enter and stage a tournament for their members/pupils rated between 10.2 and 7.1. For stronger rated players (6.2 or higher) there is the HSBC Road to Wimbledon International event which players can enter directly.

Congratulations Isla and Good Luck in the County Finals next month 🙂

From the archives

Isla Wins HSBC Road To Wimbledon Club Tournament and Hignett On Road to Wimbledon

July in Pictures

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Liam Hignett won the Boys 18U singles title at the Windsor Open tournament (pictured above with his prizes and below with runner-up Sahej Maker)

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Hignett was then runner-up in the Men’s singles at the Windsor Open

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Isla Hignett competed in the Road To Wimbledon County Finals on a rare sunny day in Southsea

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This month’s Great British Tennis Weekend took place at Stratton Park

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Girls Contest Road To Wimbledon County Final

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Jasmin Bromilow played in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon Hampshire & IOW County 14 U Girls Singles final held in Southsea after finishing winner and runner-up respectively in the club event last month.
Even though the windy conditions made it tricky, Hignett won her first match convincingly 4-0, 4-0 against Poppy Marston but then faced top seed and last year’s winner Estella Hurlock in her next match where she was beaten by the older and higher rated player 4-0, 4-0.  Second seed Bromilow beat Imogen Sillitoe 4-0, 4-0 in her first match and Chloe Tarling in the quarter finals 5-3, 4-o but lost in the semis to Mia Gerty 4-2, 5-3. Hurlock then beat Gerty in the final 4-0, 5-3 to progress to the next stage and play at Wimbledon next month.
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Isla and her dog Lilly enjoying Southsea Beach after the tournament had finished
Donella Hignett (Isla’s mum) said of the event “It was played at the Southsea Tennis Club which is closer to the beach on hard courts as the grass wasn’t ready.  It was extremely windy making conditions quite tricky.” she added “Both girls received bottles and headbands as participation prizes.
The HSBC Road to Wimbledon competition is the biggest junior tournament in British Tennis and gives all 14 and under players the opportunity to progress through to compete on the world famous grass courts at Wimbledon. Local clubs, parks and schools are encouraged to enter and stage a tournament for their junior players and Totally Tennis is a keen supporter of this annual tournament having had many squad players get through to play at SW19 in the past including Hignett’s older brother Liam.

Isla Wins HSBC Road to Wimbledon Club Tournament

The HSBC Road to Wimbledon competition is the biggest junior tournament in British Tennis and gives all 14 and under players the opportunity to progress through to compete on the world famous grass courts at Wimbledon. Local clubs, parks and schools are encouraged to enter and stage a tournament for their junior players and Totally Tennis is a keen supporter of this annual tournament having had many squad players get through to play at SW19 in the past.

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Young lady of many talents, here’s Isla with her U13 Basingstoke Schools Table Tennis Winner’s Trophy 

Winners of the club/school stage go through to the County Finals on 9th-10th July, in Hampshire this event will be held at Canoe Lakes in Southsea.  The girl and boy winner of each County Final will be invited to play at Wimbledon from 8th-13th August 2016 in the National Finals.

Performance player Isla Hignett won the Totally Tennis U14 Girls round robin event after winning all three of her matches. She defeated clubmates Jasmin Bromilow 4-1, 4-0, Tillie Reid 4-1, 4-1 and Kirsty Da Silva 4-0, 4-0 and will now play in the County finals hoping to following older brother Liam’s footsteps by making it to the National Finals. Bromilow finished as runner-up beating Reid 4-1, 4-2 and Da Silva 4-0, 4-1 and may also compete in the County Finals as one of the four lucky losers. Reid beat Da Silva 4-1, 4-1 to take third place.

Congratulations Isla and Good Luck in the County Finals next month 🙂

Information sourced from www.lta.org.uk. Read more about Road to Wimbledon here 

Road to Wimbledon County Finals

In the HSBC Road to Wimbledon Hampshire & IOW County Final Under 10 Girls singles held at Canoe Lakes in Southsea, Portsmouth last weekend, Totally Tennis mini performance player Kirsty Da Silva finished as overall runner-up. She won Group A, unbeaten in all her matches defeating Sienna Boyce 4-1, Abby Ryles 4-0, Poppy Marston 4-1 and a walkover against Sophie Moti. She then faced her old rival Martyna Ciubatiuk in the final who proved too strong and despite a great effort from Da Silva she lost 4-0, finishing in the very respectable runner-up position. Clubmate Melissa Toner competed in Group B where she finished as winner up after beating Ellen Mans 5-4 (9), Savannah Jamieson 4-0, Coco Miller 4-1 but lost to Ciubatiuk 4-1. In the main draw she lost to Sienna Boyce 4-0 to finish in fourth place.

Mum Sue Da Silva said “Kirsty put in a terrific effort across all her matches and showed a new found intensity which made all the difference.” she added “This was her first highly placed finished since moving to green ball, which will hopefully give her some confidence!

Kirsty 2nd place Road to Wimbledon

This year’s Road to Wimbledon (RTW) Under 14 club event at Totally Tennis was an all girl event run by Head Coach James McIntosh. Isla Hignett, Jasmine Bromilow, Tillie Reid and Nina Williams all competed against each other to decide the overall winner and runner-up to go through to the county stages. Hignett was declared the winner after beating all her opponents. She defeated Bromilow 4-1, 4-2, Reid 4-0, 4-0 and Williams 4-1, 4-0. Bromilow was runner-up beating Reid 4-0, 4-1 and Williams 4-2, 4-1 and Reid then beat Williams 4-2, 4-2.

In the county finals, Hignett played in the main draw beating Mary Grace Clare in the first round 6-2, 6-1 followed by a three set battle against Daisy Fox in the quarter final which she won 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (5). She lost in the semi-final against eventual runner-up Magda Kornijczuk 6-3, 6-2. Bromilow won the consolation event after byes in the quarter and semi finals and then beat Emma Paterson 6-1, 6-1.

On the Road To Wimbledon

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett spent all last week playing on the famous grass courts at Wimbledon in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon (RTW) 2014 Nationals held at The All England Club in SW19. On the opening day last Monday eighty-six box matches took place and history was made when four Indian junior tennis players competed in the national finals for the first time after winning their own national finals at the Road to Wimbledon in Delhi.

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Hignett played in Regional Group F where he had three matches. He lost to box winner and National number two in his age group Oscar Cutting 6-1, 6-1, runner-up and 20th nationally David Brehme 6-3, 6-2 and Zachary Phillips 7-5, 7-5. In the Regional Consolation event he lost in  round one against higher rated Callum Findlay in three sets 6-4, 4-6, 10-3. In the 14 and under Boys Doubles event Hignett and partner Timothy Goodman, who were seeded fourth, unfortunately lost in round one to Jake Norris/Pierce Widdecombe 4-0, 4-0.

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Despite the score lines and the intermittent weather that interrupted play, Hignett had a fantastic week and enjoyed himself and as well as his memories he has a souvenir hoody, water bottle, T-shirt to remember his experience and was also given a £30 Wimbledon shop voucher. On Wednesday night the competitors enjoyed the players party held in The Terrace restaurant on the east side of Centre Court with an Indian themed party with Indian cuisine and entertainment provided by Award Winning Celebrity Magician and Mind Reader, Robert Fox.

HSBC Road to Wimbledon 2014 - General View

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On the final morning Hignett attended the grass court clinic with former British number one Tim Henman, where he and  Head Coach Dan Bloxham put the junior competitors through their paces and inspired them with great games and advice. HSBC Ambassador Henman also gave the juniors an opportunity to ask him questions on tennis and he was happy to share his experiences with the next generation of young players.

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Donella Hignett, Liam’s mother said, “Although it was unfortunate that he didn’t win a match, Liam came close on a couple of occasions, with a 7-5, 7-5 loss in one of his box matches and a three-set 4-6, 6-4, 10-3 loss in the first round of the consolation.  It was a good experience, despite the weather!”

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Head Coach James McIntosh said “It was such a fantastic opportunity and experience for Liam to play at Wimbledon and follow in the footsteps of other young Totally Tennis players. Competing in the Road to Wimbledon National Finals are a great way to inspire and motivate players. Well done Liam!”

Twenty thousand juniors from over seven hundred and fifty clubs and schools competed in the Road to Wimbledon event. The competition is held in three stages and encourages boys and girls of all standards to play and enjoy competitive tennis. The tournament is open to all boys and girls who are 14 & under during the year and have not reached the age of 15 that year.

Proof that the new international event was a great success came when 14-year-old Siddhant Banthia from Pune, India took the 2014 boys singles crown after defeating the top one seed from Middlesex, Maxine Trenakhin, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-0. Last years semi-finalist Kent’s Nell Miller, 14 won the girls title defeating second seed Jodie Lawrence-Taylor from Surrey in straight sets 7-6(5), 6-4. In another fantastic result for India, Banthia and partner Adil Kalyanpur were crowned doubles champions and Miller with partner Emily Appleton defeated Indian girls duo Aarja Chakraborty and Shivani Ingle in straight sets to win the Girls Doubles title.

June and July In Pictures

image-13Mini Performance player Isla Hignett represented Hampshire in the Nationals Finals of the 10 and under County Cup

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photo-32Jack Rushbrook (centre), Theo Harrison (right) and Melissa Toner (left) finished first, second and third respectively at the Salisbury Tournament

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IMG_5530Ethan Long won the GBTW Rally Challenge against the coaches

IMG_7041Tennis Director Nigel Long in action coaching at the GBTW

photo 1-13Head coach James McIntosh with the Totally Tennis players who won the annual Festival of Sport tennis competition in Euskirchen 

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20130630_115034Theo Harrison finished third in the Greenacre 9U Mixed Singles event

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image-22Isla Hignett finished runner-up at the 10U Road to Wimbledon event and celebrated in the water fountains below

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imageLiam Hignett qualified to play in the National Road to Wimbledon finals to he held at the famous courts in SW19 in August

County Cup 1Mini Performance players Kirtsy Da Silva and Aaron Dawson were part of the winning Hampshire 9 and under County Cup team

image-26Hignett won the Windsor Junior Open Under 14 Regional Tournament