Mini performance player Harry Dolman was runner-up in the Team Bath Mini Red & Orange tournament held at Bath University last weekend.
Playing in Group D of the 9 and under Mixed Singles B DRAW, Dolman won two of the three matches in the group stages beating Thomas Keeler 10-4 and Kian Alizadeh 10-3 but losing against Louis Derwent in a close match 10-9. In the main draw he defeated Isabella Lieve Morgan 10-5 and William Powell 10-7 but lost to Dominic Cooper 10-3 to finish in second place.
Well done Harry!
Mini performance player Hayden Cummings picked up the runners-up medal in the 10 and under Boys singles event at the Bradfield East Winter County Tour held at Bradfield Tennis Centre last weekend.
In the first round Cummings knocked top seed James Parnwell out of the tournament in the quarters beating him 4-2, 4-0 followed by Castor Chute in the semis 4-1 before losing to second seed Oliver Cole in the final 4-2.
The previous weekend Cummings competed in the David Lloyd Southampton West End Winter Regional Tour 10 and under Boys singles. In the quarters he defeated Felix Inglis 4-2, 4-1 but lost in the semis against overall winner Casey Drake 5-3, 4-0.
Well doen Hayden!
Mini performance player Hayden Cummings was the runner up in the 9 and under Grade 3 Boys singles event at the Windsor Open held at Windsor Lawn Tennis Club on Sunday.
In the group stages, Cummings was competing in Group G where he won both his matches to win the group beating Freddie Law 7-3, 7-0 and Tiger Pearl 7-4, 9-7. In the main draw he defeated Zak Bergandy in the first round 7-2, 9-7 followed by Xavier Bailey 8 – 6, 7 – 4 in the quarters and a semi final victory against Stefan Puiu 7-5, 7-5. He lost in the final against Micheal Wilson in a three set encounter 2-7, 7-1, 7-2 to finish as runner-up.
Well done Hayden!
Performance player Kirsty Da Silva was runner up at the Road to Wimbledon Hampshire & IOW County Finals held yesterday at Canoe Lakes, Southsea after losing in the final to second seed Rina Hayamizu.
Da Silva, who was top seed, had a bye in round one and then beat Katrina Ozeta in the second round 4 – 1, 4 – 2. In the quarters she defeated sixth seed Poppy Marston 4 – 2, 5 – 3 followed by third seed Poppy Savory in the semis 6 -3, 6 – 4 before losing to Hayamizu in the final 7 – 5, 6 – 0.
Sue Da Silva said, “After a fiercely contested first set Kirsty served for it at 5-4 up but couldn’t quite get over the line and her extremely consistent and more experienced opponent, held on to take the first set.” she added, “The intensity of the first set and extreme heat seemed to affect Kirsty more in the second and she couldn’t quite re-create her highly aggressive, powerful game and despite her best efforts, had to settle for second place.”
The annual 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 tournament having had many players get through to play at SW19 in the past. As runner-up Da Silva will now attend a tennis clinic with Tim Henman at Wimbledon on Saturday 18th August along with all the other county final runners-up.
Well done Kirsty 🙂
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.