Cooper Kirby Wins Winchester Open Title

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby recently won the 14 & under Boys Winchester Spring Open 2017 title. After a bye in the first round, Cooper Kirby beat Christian Yeates 6-1, 6-1 in round two followed by Louis Bowden 6-4, 4-6, 10-6 in the quarters and then Joshua Parsons in the semis 4-6, 6-4, 10-5,  he then defeated Oliver Fernandez 6-0, 6-2 in the final.

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Cooper Kirby and partner Ayaan Haneef then won the 14 & U Doubles title beating clubmate Aaron Dawson/Louis Bowden 4-1, 4-1 in the semis and James Johnson/Alexis Paris in the final 5-3, 4-0.

In the Easter Grade 4 Tournament at Kings House, Chiswick Cooper Kirby won the 18 & U singles titles and was runner-up in the 16 & U event. In the first round of the 16 & U competition he defeated Alexander Pennycooke 4-1, 4-1 followed by wins against Bailey Mcatee 4-3, 4-0 and Warok Rai 4-2, 4-1 but he finished up in second place after losing in the final against Nicolas Sperat Czar 4-3, 4-0. In the 18U’s Cooper Kirby beat Adam Wilkinson 4-1, 4-2 in the quarters and then beat Laurence Woodford 4-0, 4-2 in the semis. In the final he defeated Mathieu Betto 5-3, 4-2 to win the event.

Cooper Kirby is also part of the Sherfield School sixth form team that has won the Hampshire/Dorset/Wiltshire knockout stage of the Glanville Cup. The team has now qualified for the National Finals that will be played at Nottingham Tennis Centre from 11th – 14th July.

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First photo used with courtesy of the Basingstoke Gazette

 

 

Tennis Scholars Win Regional Stage of the Glanville Cup

The Sherfield School sixth form team of Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson and Dean Cooper Kirby (from Year 8) won the Hampshire/Dorset/Wiltshire knockout stage of the Glanville Cup. The team beat Bournemouth Colleigate 8 – 4 in their final match played last Friday at the West Hants club in Bournemouth.

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In the earlier matches the boys beat Alton College 12 – 0 and Cranleigh Senior Boys 10 – 2. The team made up of Totally Tennis performance players, who are all also tennis scholars at the school, have now qualified for the National Finals that will be played at Nottingham Tennis Centre from 11th – 14th July.

Congratulations boys!

Hignett Top Seed in 18U County Cup

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett represented Hampshire & Isle of Wight (IOW) in this weekend’s 18U Boys County Cup held at Taunton Tennis Centre in Somerset.

 

The Hampshire & IOW team competed in Group 3a against teams from South Wales, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire. On the first day the Hampshire boys were up against Lancashire and won two of the six singles matches. Top seed Hignett lost but Ryan Goldsworthy and Zizheng Jin both won, in the doubles Hignett and partner Jake Norris won but the other two pairs lost meaning that the team lost 6-3 overall.

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Things went pretty much the same way on day two with the Hampshire team losing to South Wales 5-4. In the singles Hignett won his match along with James Blair, Goldsworthy and Outek Dinapala so the team led 4-2 after the completion of the singles matches. In the doubles all three pairings lost so the end result went against the Hampshire team.

On the final day things were much better with the Hampshire boys beating the team from Nottinghamshire convincingly 9-0. The final results were Lancashire 6, South Wales 4, Hampshire & IOW 2 and the team from Nottinghamshire ended with no points and will be relegated to 3b.

Aegon County Cup events give players the opportunity to represent their county in team competition in national/regional stages, the age group categories range from 9U to Adults.

 

 

Hignett Competes in Bath

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett, 17 competed in Aegon British Tour Bath in the Grade 1 Men’s Open Singles competition.
Eighth seed Hignett, who is a Sherfield School Tennis Scholar and sponsored by Mantis Sport, played in the qualifying event last Monday. After a bye in the first round  he then  defeated Ben Battey 7-5, 6-4 in round two.  The following day he played his third qualifying match losing against tenth seed Matthew Summers 6-3, 6-2 but still progressed to the main draw as a lucky loser.
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He won his first main draw match against qualifer Michael Owen 6-4 6-3 but his luck ran out on the fourth day when he lost to sixth seed Sean Hodkin 6-2, 7-5.  The event was won by second seed Luke Oakley.
Read more about Liam here

Hignett Wins Men’s Singles Title in Southampton

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett is the new David Lloyd Southampton Aegon British Tour FAST4 Mens Singles champion after winning the event last Sunday.

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In the first round Hignett, who was second seed beat Robert Jakubik 4-0, 4-0 followed by Frederick James in the quarters 4-1, 4-1 and then Yusuke Tamaki in the semi-finals 4-0, 4-0. In the final he faced top seed Zack Norman and after a three set battle he won 3-4(3), 4-0, 10-9 and was declared the winner.

Congratulations Liam!

Hignett Crowned Warsash Club Men’s Champion

Last weekend Liam Hignett played in the men’s singles final of the Warsash Tennis Club Closed 2016 club championships. On route to the final players arranged their own matches with Hignett winning his way though to the final to play against Jake Norris.
After a bye in the first round second seed Hignett beat Adam De Leeuw 6-0, 6-4 in round two followed by sixth seed Richard Steeds in the quarters 6-1, 6-3 and a win in the semis against fifth seed Martin Wilkinson 6-1, 6-0. The final was a close match with Hignett beating Norris 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to become club champion. Hignett was delighted to win and collected a lovely glass trophy to keep presented by former club chairman/president David Sadler (pictured below with Hignett), a bottle of Prosecco that he gave to his mum as he’s underage and his name engraved on the big silver trophy that stays permanetely in the clubhouse.
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The final’s event, that was organised by Pauline Udal, was followed by a BBQ for the competitors and supporters.
Well done Liam!

Men’s Singles Title for Hignett at Eastleigh

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett won the Open Men’s Singles title at the Eastleigh Open 2016 held at the Virgin Active Hampshire Health and Racquets Club in Southampton this weekend.

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After a bye in the first round third seed Hignett beat doubles partner Ryan Hutchinson 6-4, 6-2 in round two, eighth seed Ben Patten 6-4, 6-2 in the quarter-finals and seventh seed Corey Nicholls in the semis 6-3, 6-3. In the final he faced second seed Freddie Powell whom he beat 7-5, 6-1 to win the title. Totally Tennis teammate and fellow Sherfield School tennis scholar Miles Bromilow also competed in the event beating  Oliver Deacock in the first round 6-2, 6-1 but was sadly defeated in round two by Powell 6-3, 6-4. 

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In the Open Men’s Doubles, Hignett and Hutchinson lost in the semi-finals to second seeds Oliver Ikonkwo and Callum Rendle 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 10-4. Top seeds Powell and Patten won the event and Hignett/Hutchinson finished in third place overall after winning the third/fourth place playoff against Deaconk/Guy Taylor 6-2, 6-0.

Bromilow also competed in the 18U Boys singles beating Mats Colling in round one 6-3, 5-7, 10-5 followed by fourth seed Darius Perkins in the quarters  7-5, 6-2 but lost in three sets in the semis against Hutchinson  6-3, 0-6, 10-6. He finished in third place overall after he defeated James Blair in the third/fourth place playoffs 6-3, 3-6, 12-10.

Congratulations Boys!