Chendhilkumar Twins Compete in Oxford

Totally Tennis mini tennis players Guhan and Gevin Chendhilkumar participated in their first external tennis tournament outside the club last weekend. The twin brothers competed in the 9 and under Boys Singles event which was part of the Leys Mini Tennis Tournament in Oxford.

Guhan and Gevin in Oxford tournament

The tournament was played in a round robin format with the brothers competing is different boxes. In Group A, Guhan unfortunately lost his three matches 10-6, 10-7 and 10-4 respectively and finished in fourth place. Gevin fairer better in Group B where he finished third beating William White 10-4 but losing his other two matches 10-2 including his match against eventual event winner Shay Corcoran.

The brothers then played each other in an epic match that Gevin just edged 10-9. Gevin then defeated Benjamin Seville 10-5 to finish in fifth place overall.

Good luck for future events boys 😉

 

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North Waltham Primary Schools Wimbledon Event

The annual North Waltham Primary Schools Wimbledon event was held this year at Totally Tennis’ centre in the War Memorial Park. There were two competitions, one for the younger year 3 and 4 pupils and a separate event for the older children in year 5 and 6.

Forty-five players entered the year 3 and 4 event with the players split into nine boxes of five players. It was a round robin format where players would play a match tie break to 10 points with the top sixteen players from the boxes progressing through into the knockout stages.

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The final four contested the semi-final matches; Stanley versus Ben and Kirsten against Hector, Stanley and Kirsten progressing to the final which Stanley then won 10-6 to be crowned the champion.

In the year 5&6 competition there were few players with only thirty-five entires with the players split into six boxes of five competitors. The top eight players then progressed through to the quarterfinals. In the semi-finals Faith beat Finn 10-6 and Soloman beat Harry 10-7. The final was a close affair with Faith just edging the win over Harry 11-9 to become the upper school winner.

 Head coach James McIntosh said, “It was great to host the North Waltham Wimbledon event at Totally Tennis.” he added,  “There were so many players involved in the event and some great matches played across the day, everyone really enjoyed the event. “

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Phoebe a teacher from North Waltham said “My colleagues and I were really impressed by the standard of tennis, especially in the last sixteen of the 3 & 4 competition.” she added, “The children really enjoyed it and the weather was on our side!

World Tennis News: Hopman Cup

British number ones Andy Murray and Heather Watson are in action in Perth, Australia this week as part of their Australian Open warm-up representing Great Britain in the International Mixed Doubles team event, the Hopman Cup. A line-up of some of the World’s best players are competing at the Perth Arena hoping to win the title for their respective country. France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Alize Cornet won the title in 2014 and Cornet is defending the title this year with new partner Benoit Paire.

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The eight teams are competing in two groups in the initial round robin stages and each tie consists of a men’s and women’s singles match and a mixed doubles match. Four teams are competing in each group with Eugenie Bouchard/Vasek Pospisil (Canada), Lucie Safarova Adam/Pavlasek (Czech Republic), Flavia Pennetta/Fabio Fognini (Italy) and Serena Williams/John Isner (USA) all competing in Group A. Murray/Watson (GBR) are playing in Group B with home team Casey Dellacqua/Matt Ebden (Australia), Cornet/Paire (France) and Agnieszka Radwanska/Jerzy Janowicz (Poland).

Thumb-Team-GBWatson/Murray make up team GB (source:www.hopmancup.com)

On day one, the opening Group A matches saw the Canadians take on the Czech’s with Safarova beating Bouchard 6-0, 6-4 and then Pospisil defeated Pavlasek 7-6(5) 6-2 to even the score. The Czech’s won the fixture 2-1 after winning the doubles 6-4, 6-2. In Group B, the Polish team beat the Australians 3-0. Radwanska beat Dellacqua 6-2, 6-3, Janowicz defeated Ebden 3-6, 7-5, 6-0 and Radwanska/Janowicz won the doubles against Dellacqua/Ben Mitchell 8-6.

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Defending champion Alize Cornet is looking to lift the trophy again for France this year (source:www.hopmancup.com)

In GB’s first group B match on day two, Murray beat France’s Paire 6-2, 7-5 but Watson lost to Cornet 6-2, 6-2 to level the scorecard in the singles and then British pair won the fixture 2-1 overall after defeating Cornet/Paire 6-4, 2-6, 10-8 in the doubles. Tomorrow they face Poland and then the Australians on Friday with Group winners progressing to Saturdays final. The American team beat the Italians 3-0 with Williams beating Pennetta 0-6, 6-3, 6-0, Isner winning against Fognini 7-5, 5-7, 7-6(4) and the American duo winning the doubles 6-2, 2-6, 11-9.

Great-Britain-570x457Watson/Murray win for Great Britain (source:www.hopmancup.com)

Today the Italians suffered their second straight defeat against the Czechs which sees them unable to progress any further in the competition. In the Women’s singles, Safarova beat Pennetta 7-5, 6-3, Pavlasek beat Fognini 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the men’s to win the fixture and remain unbeaten in their group. Safarova/Pavlasek (CZE) then defeated Pennetta (ITA)/Mitchell (AUS) 8-6 in a doubles match. Neighbouring countries Canada played the USA and in a shock result Bouchard defeated Williams for the first time in her career 6-2, 6-1 and then Pospisil defeated Isner 6-3, 7-6(4) to secure the fixture for the Canadians.

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Williams lost to Bouchard in todays Canada vs. USA fixture (source:www.hopmancup.com)