Dean Cooper Kirby travelled to Iceland for his latest Tennis Europe tournament accompanied on this occasion by his Totally Tennis coach, Jordan Frederick. This was the first time that both Cooper Kirby and Frederick had visited Iceland and both were amazed by the extreme weather and lack of darkness.
The Kópavogur Open 16 and under tournament was held at Tennishöllin in Kopavogi, home to the country’s only three indoor courts. After a bye in the first round, Cooper Kirby who was fourth seed, beat Jonathan Sund Nordahl from Denmark 6-3, 7-5 to find himself in the quarters up against seventh seed, a hard hitting Russian named Dmitrii Ivanov whom he defeated 6-2, 6-3.
In the semis, he faced top seed Maximilian Homberg but he was not deterred coming back from 5-4 down in the first set to win 7-5, 6-3 overall. This important win placed Cooper Kirby in his ever Tennis Europe final and he was up against second seed Nicolas Moser who was the stronger player winning the match and the title 7-5, 6-2 and Cooper Kirby took the very respectable runners-up position.
In the doubles, Cooper Kirby teamed up with Mark Owen Endler from Germany and they beat fellow Brit Cameron Timlin and his Danish partner Nordahl in the quarters 6-1, 6-4 and then defeated another Brit Zachary Cox and his partner Ivo Isqueiro from Portugal in a tougher semi-final encounter 7-6(5), 2-6, 10-5. In the final it was retribution time for Cooper Kirby who along with Endler beat the pairing of Homberg/Moser 7-5, 6-3 to win the event.
Frederick said. ” Dean did well to reach both finals after defeating the number one seed in both cases. This tournament was a great learning curve and a very good result to be walking away with a doubles win and runner up in the singles. Great effort Dean!”
Read more about Dean Cooper Kirby’s Tennis Europe and Florida training in previous posts here
Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva, 13 was runner-up in the 16 and under Girls singles event held at the Atlantic Racquet Centre in Bideford, Devon.
Second seed Da Silva competed in the Grade 4 tournament last Friday beating Evie Norris-Bishop in the third set tie-break of their quarter-final match 1-4, 4-1, 10-6. She then beat Lucy Ward in the semis 4-2, 4-3 before losing to 15-year-old Katie Rowe in the final 4-1, 4-2. .
Da Silva (right) pictured with event winner Rowe
Kirsty’s mum Sue said, ” Kirsty played consistently and really deserved to get to the final where she lost against an older opponent. All in all, a pretty good performance.”
The latest TT Tour competition, The Sony Open, took place at the indoor centre at the end of last month with nine junior players competing in the Red and Orange events.
Brazil Open winner William Durman (second left) was the winner of the Red event and Neel Chandrasekar (third left) was the runner-up
In the Orange competition Luke Shattock (pictured below) was the winner and James Blackwell finished in second place.
The next event is the Grand Slam French Open tournament that will be played on Sunday 20th May. The TT Tour is a competition programme for Totally Tennis players. There are seven events overall, six tournaments throughout the year and the Grand Finals in November. An up-to-date leaderboard will show each player’s rankings in each group. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as additional points for entering. The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open (25/2), French Open 20/5), Wimbledon (24/6) and the US Open (16/9) offer higher points and all points will be added to each group leaderboard.
RED (Pirates, Indians, Red Squad) 10am – 12 noon
GREEN (Giants and Green Squad) 1pm – 3:30pm
ORANGE (Dodgers and Orange Squad) 10 am – 12 noon
YELLOW (A,B,C and Performance Squads) 1 pm – 3:30pm
PLAYERS MUST BOOK IN BEFORE THE EVENT. There must be a minimum of 4 players per age group for each tournament to be played. Each event costs £6.50 per player.
All players interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816. The TT Tour events will be run by coach Miles Bromilow.
Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid won the 18 and under Girls doubles title at the Witney Open Junior Tennis Tournament 2018 held at the Witney Lawn Tennis Club in Oxfordshire last week.
The Grade 4 tournament was played in a round robin format and the winning pair beat club mates Jasmin Bromilow and Kirsty Da Silva 4-0, 4-2 and Michaela Shakespeare and Susanna Wright 4-2, 4-3(1) to win overall. Bromilow and Da Silva were runners-up after beating Shakespeare/Wright in three sets 4-2, 2-4, 10-7.
Both Reid, who was top seed and Da Silva also competed in the 14 and under Girls singles event. Reid finished runner-up after defeating Isabella Taylor in the quarters 4-0, 4-1 followed by Patrisia Radan in the semis 4-3(4), 4-3(3) but losing out in the final against second seed Alisha Tejrar 4-1, 4-1. Da Silva lost in the quarters against Shakespeare 4-1, 4-1.
Well done Girls 😉
The Chendhilkumar twins were back in action in the 9 and under Mixed singles at the David Lloyd US Open tournament held at the end of last month at the David Lloyd Club Worthing, West Sussex.
Brothers Gevin and Guhan both played really well and made it through to the final with Gevin beating his brother to take the gold medal. Both boys had a bye in the first round followed by wins in the quarters, Gevin defeating Benjamin Casse 7-5, 7-4 and Guhan beating Ethan Clark 7-5, 7-5.
In the semis Gevin beat Paul Staton 7-5, 7-3 and Guhan won in three sets against Oscar Douse 5-7, 7-3, 7-6. In the final Gevin beat Guhan 7-3, 7-3 to win the event and lift the trophy.
Totally Tennis mini tennis player Gevin Chendhilkumar was runner-up in the Tennace at Gxltc Red Orange Starter Red 9 & under mixed singles tournament held at the Gerrard’s Cross Lawn Tennis Club in Buckinghamshire.
In the first round Gevin defeated Sofia Escobar Daantje 10-2 followed by fergus Baxter 10-8 in the quarters and then beat Ansh Annareddy in the semi-finals 10-5. Sadly he lost in the final against Max Durkin 10-7 to finish in the runner-up position and collect the silver medal.
Twin brother Guhan also competed in the event winning his first match against Neve Bushell 10-3 before losing in the quarter final against Joshua Fienberg 10-6. He then defeated James Matthew Stokes 10-1 in his first play-off match and finished 6th overall after losing to Fergus Baxter 10-7 in his second match.
Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby added yet another trophy to his summer haul after finishing as runner-up in The Kirk Moore Salisbury Junior Open held last week at the Salisbury Lawn Tennis Club in Wiltshire
After a bye in the first round of the Grade 3 tournament second seed Cooper Kirby beat Oliver Martin 6-3, 6-3 in the quarters followed by Oscar Oberoi Jensen 7-6(6), 6-1 in the semis but lost out in the final to top seed Edred Opie 6-2, 6-3 to finish as runner-up.
Well done Dean 🙂