April in Pictures | 2020

IMG_8062At Home with The Hignetts – a series of fun games and challenges to keep active at home from our very own performance players and coaches Liam & Isla Hignett (see full series on Facebook and Instagram)

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Liam & Isla completed Andy Murray’s 100 Volley Challenge demonstrated by him and his wife Kim in their garden

Coach Dom tried out Roger Federer’s volley drill against the wall

IMG_8067Some of our performance players put together a fun TikTok (see video in full on Facebook)

Our team starred in fun Easter video (see full video on Facebook)

IMG_8064Another day, another challenge with Head Coach James (see full video on Facebook)

Andy Murray and Kiki Bertens swapped their rackets for playstation controllers and won the ‘virtual’ Madrid Open titles from and then donated their winnings to charity

World Tennis News | What Are The Professional Players Doing During Self-Isolation?

The current COVID-19 pandemic has impacted so many people across the globe in both their health and professional life. While most people are luckily enough to be able to work from home, professional tennis players, like most people involved in sport, have seen all their tournaments either cancelled or postponed until further notice.

In the tennis, the three remaining Grand Slam tournaments of 2020 have been disrupted, the French Open has currently been re-scheduled to September, the Wimbledon Championships have been cancelled (the first time since World War Two) and the US Open maybe re-scheduled for later in the year. This summer’s grass-court season has also been cancelled and there will be no professional tournaments happening elsewhere in the world as both the men’s and women’s professional tours are suspended until at least mid-July.

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So what are the professional players doing to keep active during self-isolation ? Former British and World number one Andy Murray challenged fellow professionals and tennis fans to try his 100 volley challenge. Murray took to his Instagram with wife Kim to complete the challenge in his back garden – Totally Tennis performance players Liam and Isla Hignett rose to the  challenge, see their video on our Facebook and Instagram

Tonight (17th February) Murray and current world number one Novak Djokovic will be live on Instagram (6pm BST) to answer any questions. Got a question? Comment on Murray’s Instagram post for a chance to be featured. Djokovic himself challenged his fans to try some acro yoga with a partner, he demonstrated the move with is wife Jelena on his Instagram page and they also completed Murray’s volley challenge.

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Meanwhile another former World Number One and 20-time singles champion Roger Federer gave his fans a social media tennis lesson. Federer took to Twitter and Instagram to offer his followers a solo drill to improve their volley skills, he tested his reflexes hitting the ball more than 200 times – the video has already been viewed over 3 million times. Federer asked his fans to video themselves in a hat and recreate his drill with the hashtag #tennisathome and then he shared a selection on his feed. Fellow champion Serena Williams took up Federer’s challenge posting her volley video to her page.

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The ATP Tour has been forced to suspend the 2020 Tour so the rankings have been frozen until it’s resumed, Djokovic still sits in the No. 1 spot but the frozen weeks will not count towards his reign.

If you need some inspiration to keep you occupied while in self-isolation check out the #AtHomeWithTheHignetts series with some challenges and fun games demonstrated by Liam and Isla Hignett – click HERE to see more.

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Tennis Talk: The Championships, Wimbledon 2018

The Championships, Wimbledon 2018 starts tomorrow (2nd July), the most anticipated two weeks in the tennis calender will culminate on Sunday 15th July with the Men’s finals.

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The famous grass courts located in SW19, home of The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, will see hundreds of people come through the turnstiles to be part of the action. However, British tennis fans received disappointedly news today as former number one and two-time champion Andy Murray announced his withdrawal from this year’s event due to his ongoing recovery from hip surgery.

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Defending champion Roger Federer will begin his campaign for his ninth Wimbledon men’s singles title when he opens play tomorrow afternoon on Centre Court. Last year’s women’s singles champion Garbiñe Muguruza from Spain is third seed in this year’s tournament and opens play on Centre Court on Tuesday against Brit Naomi Broady.

Seven-time champion Serena Williams will back in action at Wimbledon for the first time since giving birth to her daughter and also plays her first match tomorrow. British hopes lie with current number ones Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta who kick start their Wimbledon journey on Tuesday will both be looking for their first Grand Slam title. Jamie Murray and his partner Bruno Soares are fifth seeds and ones to watch in the Men’s Doubles.

To follow all the action and find out the latest news throughout the Wimbledon fortnight visit www.wimbledon.com/

Information and photos sourced from www.wimbledon.com/

 

World Tennis News: Federer Wins 6th Australian Open Title

Roger Federer has joined a select group of players after winning his 20th Grand Slam title with his five-set victory over Marin Cilic to claim the Australian Open crown. He becomes the first male player to join Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf who have all won over twenty of more major singles titles.

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Swiss number one Federer, 36 won his sixth Australian Open title after beating Cilic in yesterday’s final in Melbourne 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 3-6. 6-1. With the Australian summer temperature’s soaring the final was played under the roof of the Rod Laver Arena in the air-conditioning amid some controversy as it’s an outdoor tournament.

Federer told BBC Sport, “It’s a dream come true and the fairytale continues.” he added, “I’ve won three slams now in 12 months. I can’t believe it myself.”

Over in the Women’s event it was a dream come true for Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark who won her first Grand Slam title as well as regaining her World Number One  position. Second seed Wozniacki beat Simona Halep from Romania in the final 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-4 to finally win her first major title after forty-three attempts.

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Six-time champion Novak Djokovic, who was defending his 2017 title, was beaten in the quarters by Chung Hyeon from Korea 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 7-6 (7-3). Hyeon became the first Korean to qualify for a Grand Slam quarter-final. Fellow 2017 champion Serena Williams took the decision not to compete in this year’s event after having her first child near the end of 2017.

British number two Kyle Edmund played his best Grand Slam event to date before his hopes were dashed by eventual runner-up  Cilic who defeated him in straight sets 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in their semi-finals encounter. British number one Andy Murray was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a hip operation and fellow British number one Johanna Konta, who was ninth seed, had a shock second round defeat by American Bernarda Pera 6-4 7-5, this win was only Pera’s second win at Grand Slam level.

Over in the doubles, Mate Pavic celebrated becoming a double champion after winning both the Men’s and Mixed titles with his respective partners. In the Men’s event Pavic and partner Oliver Marach beat eleventh seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah from Columbia 6-4, 6-4 while in the Mixed him and partner Gabriela Dabrowski beat Rohan Bopanna and Timea Babos 2-6, 6-4 [11-9]. It was not all disappointment for Babos however as she had already won the Women’s title with partner Kristina Mladenovic. The duo beat the Russian pairing of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

Information used courtesy of BBC Sport and photos from ausopen.com/

 

 

 

 

World Tennis News: Australian Open 2018 Preview

The first Grand Slam of the 2018 tennis season, The Australian Open will be played in Melbourne from 15th – 28th January. The world’s top players will be in action at the newly upgrade Melbourne Park battling it out on court to lift the first Grand Slam trophy of the year.

o_redevelopment_pre_08012018_05Defending Men’s champions Roger Federer will be back in action this year, hoping to win his sixth Australia Open championship title. Seven time champion and 2017 winner Serena Williams, who is back on court after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia, has sadly withdrawn from this year’s event. Williams played her first match since giving birth at the beginning of September on 30th December at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi. After losing that exhibition match against current French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko 2–6, 6-3, [5–10] she decided to withdraw from the Australian Open

After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be.” Williams said, “Even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year. 

Former champion (2009) Rafael Nadal is back at the top of the World rankings and looking to win another Grand Slam title after losing to Federer in last year’s final. Six time champion Novak Djokovic will also be biting at Federer’s heels for another crack at the title. The Women’s event is wide open after Williams withdrawal but there are plenty looking to talk their place on the podium.

In disappointing news for patrotic tennis fans British number one and former World number one Andy Murray, who is actually in Melbourne after hip surgery in the city, will not be competing this year. His subsequent post-op recovery and rehabilitation will see him off court in competition mode for some time, maybe even until the summer’s grass court season. Murray, who has now dropped to 16th in the world rankings, has been dogged with injury since last year’s Wimbledon Championships when he last won a competitive match.

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Murray said in an interview with the BBC, “I’m not finished playing tennis yet. I’m going to be competing at the highest level again,” he added, “I’m very optimistic about the future – the surgeon is very happy about how it went.”

British interests now lies elsewhere with eyes trained on British number one and tenth seed Johanna Konta who has enjoyed success in both her previous Australian Open campaigns. Konta, who was forced to retire from the quarters in the Brisbane International last week due to hip problems, is in Sydney where she hoped to defend her 2017 Sydney International title. Things didn’t go to plan for the defending champion who was beaten in the first round by Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 7-5 to in a repeat of last year’s final.

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British No.2 Kyle Edmund also got to the quarters of the Brisbane event but has withdrawn from this week’s Auckland Open to assess his ankle injury ahead of the Australian Open. Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares who were runners-up at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha and are now in Adelaide to compete for Team International in the World Tennis Challenge ahead of the Australian Open where they won the doubles title in 2016.

For a full player line-up, schedules and all the latest news ahead and during the tournament visit www.ausopen.com

Photos and information used courtesy of www.ausopen.comwww.lta.org.uk and www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/ Featured image used courtesy of www.ausopen.com/news-media/

World Tennis News: Federer Wins Eighth Wimbledon Title

Another Wimbledon Championships is over after a great fortnight of tennis in SW19 that saw third seed Roger Federer (3) became the first man to win Wimbledon a record eight times.

b_aerial_778_140717-2 Federer, who last won the prestigious in 2012, defeated an injured and emotional Marin Cilic (7) from Croatia 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to become the oldest man in the Open Era to win at the All England Club. This latest victory takes him to an impressive total of nineteen Grand Slam titles with Rafael Nadal behind on fifteen.

b_federer_1117_160717_jm.jpgWorld and British number one Andy Murray (1) struggled with a hip injury and crashed out of this year’s Wimbledon Championships in the quarter-final defeated by Sam Querrey (24) in five sets 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(7-4), 1-6, 1-6. His exit was swiftly followed by Women’s British number one Johanna Konta (6) in the semis who lost to five-time champion Venus Williams (10) 6-4, 6-2.

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Spain’s Garbine Muguruza (14) beat Williams in Saturday’s ladies final 7-5, 6-0 to win her first Wimbledon title.

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 It wasn’t all bad news for the British players however with top seeds Jamie Murray picking up the Mixed Doubles title with his partner Martina Hingis beating unseeded fellow Brit Heather Watson and her partner Henri Kontinen 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

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Two more titles for British players came in the wheelchair competition. Britain’s Jordanne Whiley and her partner Yui Kamiji won their fourth successive Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles title after beating Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot (2) 2-6, 6-3, 6-0. Defending champions Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid (2) beat top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer from France  6-7(5-7), 7-5, 7-6(7-3) to claim their second consecutive Wimbledon men’s wheelchair doubles title.

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 All photos used with courtesy of www.wimbledon.com

 

 

World Tennis News: Top Players Compete in Dubai

It’s the Men’s turn to compete in the second week of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships being held at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium until 4th March. Last week the ladies were in action with seventh seed Elina Svitolina crowned the winner after she beat tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki in the final.

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Recently crowned Australian Open champion, Roger Federer was looking to secure his eighth Dubai title but he suffered a shock defeat yesterday by Russian qualifier Evgeny Donskoy in their second round encounter. Donskoy, who is ranked 116 in the world beat Federer 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-5) to progress to the next round.

World number one and British number one Andy Murray is back on court after losing in the fourth round of the Grand Slam in Melbourne and recovering from a bout of shingles. Murray, who is top seed, defeated Tunisian Malek Jaziri 6-4, 6-1 and then Guillermo Garcia-Lopez  from Spain 6-2, 6-0 and will now face German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarter finals

Second seed Stanilsas Wawrinka also made an early exit with another shock defeat by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Damir Dzumhur 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. Joing Murray, Kohlschreiber, Dzumhur and  Donskoy in the final eight are fourth seed Gael Monfils, seventh seed Lucas Pouill, Fernando Verdasco and Robin Haase. These matches will take place later today, teh semi-finals tomorrow and the final on Saturday.

Find out all the latest news here . Photos used courtsey of dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com