Tough Opponent for Hignett at NTC

Performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Liam Hignett competed in the National Tennis Centre Invitational Winter National Tour Finals held over the weekend at the NTC in London.

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Hignett was competing in the 18 and under Boys singles event in the grade 1 competition but unluckily he came up against third seed (and eventual winner) Kai Maxted in the first round and lost 6-4, 6-3 despite an excellent performance.

He recently competed in the Mens Open Singles at the British Tour Bath held at the University of Bath but lost in the first round of the main draw to Luke Johnson 6-1, 6-3.

 

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Cooper Kirby Racks Up European Points

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby travelled to Bergen, Norway to in his second overseas tennis event. Accompanied by his father Brain, he competed in the TE U 16 Paradis tournament playing in the Boys Singles 16 event. He won his first match against Anders Parr (Norway) 6-0, 6-3 but lost in round two after a close first set to third seed Evangelos Kypriotis (Greece) 7-5, 6-2.

Cooper Kirby played in his first European event in September last year in the Republic of Moldova in Eastern Europe. He competed in the Chisinau Open Boys Singles Under 14 event where after a bye in qualifying he played in the main draw. He beat Alexander Pundel (Russia) 7-6(9), 7-6(0) in round one then defeated second seed Dan Vasile Duta (Romania) in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the second before losing in the quarters to Aleksander Chayka (Russia) 7-5, 6-4. Cooper Kirby teamed up with Mikhail Rimskii (Russia) for the doubles competition but the pair were knocked out in the semis by top seeds Viacheslav Bielinskyi/Andrey Shutov 6-0, 6-3. He was awarded 25 points for reaching the quarter final stage.

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Totally Tennis’ Jordan Frederick who coaches Cooper Kirby said, “I’ve been working with Dean now for the past 18 months and he is a great player to work with, his rate of improvement has been fantasticHis effort while training is superb and he always goes the extra mile.” 

He added, “Dean is also working with a strengthening and conditioning coach to help him improve his physical performance on courtAnother key part of Dean’s improvement has been fellow performance player Liam Hignett. Liam spends 3-4 hours a week hitting with Dean on court.

Well done Dean! Great job so far keep up the hard work! Let’s go bigger this year.

The twenty points gained in Norway means he will move up 400 places on the European leader board and now has a total of forty-five points to date from both events. As it’s the 16 and under age group he still has another two years to play in this age group. Next stop for Cooper Kirby is Finland in six weeks time and then Malta, accompanied by his mum Karen, before he leaves for a solo trip to Naples, Florida for a month’s training at a tennis academy.

Frederick commented, “These types of competitions are aimed at some of the best players in Europe. The next big step for Dean will be to start competing on the Junior ITF Circuit and gain a Junior World Ranking.”

The tournaments are organised by Tennis Europe, which has fifty European member nations, making it the largest regional association of the sport’s governing body, the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Congratulations Dean! Good Luck in your next events from everyone at Totally Tennis.

Cooper Kirby and Hignett Win Titles at Chiswick Event

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby won the 14 and under Boys Singles title at Virgin Active Riverside, Chiswick.

After a bye in the first round of the Grade 3 pre-Christmas event Cooper Kirby beat Zak Radziwillowicz 6-0, 6-2 in round two followed by Tom Chapman in the quarters 6-2, 6-1 and Tarique Tonge-Bobia 7-5, 6-2 in the semis. In the final he defeated Tommy Poli 6-3, 6-3 to win the event. Cooper Kirby also competed in the 14 & under doubles event with club mate Daniel Prickett but lost in the quarters to Radziwillowicz and his partner Jago Bluett 4-6, 6-2, 1-0(5).

20171223_135025.jpgHignett (L) and Cooper Kirby (R) were both winners at the Chiswick event (also pictured is Hignett’s Doubles partner Golesworthy)

Fellow performance player and tennis scholar Liam Hignett won the Men’s Doubles title with partner and former Totally Tennis player Ryan Golesworthy (also Men’s Singles champion). After a bye in the first round the pair defeated Oliver and Oscar Jacobson 6-3, 6-3 in the second round, Patrick Mpalanyi and Henry Kuteesaakwe 6-1, 6-2 in the quarters and then beat William Fyall and and Totally Tennis veteran Josh Goodall in the semis 7-5, 6-4. In the final they bet James Weller and Oscar Glenister 6-4, 6-3 to win the title.

Congratulations Dean and Liam!

Hignett off to study in America

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Liam Hignett will be off to study in America next year after securing a tennis scholarship to Tennessee  Technological University (TTU) known more popularly as Tennessee Tech. Hignett will move to Cookeville, Tennessee and become a Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle after he completes his A level studies at Sherfield next summer.

This is an amazing achievement for Liam who will be following in the footsteps of several other Totally Tennis performance players who have over the years also secured tennis scholarships to study in America, including current coach Steph Catlin who studied in Colorado.

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Tennis Director Nigel Long said, “I’m really pleased that Liam has gained his scholarship to study and play in America. He has achieved so much in tennis and he will now be able to build on this and continue to develop within the university programme.”

He’s another in a long list of Totally Tennis players who’s tennis has enabled them to gain a University place and we wish him all the best!

Head Coach James McIntosh, who coached Liam individually added, “Liam has worked really hard over the last few years to get to the level he is now. He’s had great success in so many tournaments and has been selected for both the U18’s and Men’s County Cup teams over the last two years.
This is a great opportunity for him to continue with his tennis career in America and I wish him all the best. Well done Liam!
Congratulations Liam from everyone at Totally Tennis

 

Hignett wins Champion of Doubles Champions 2017

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett won the Men’s Hampshire & IOW Champion of Doubles Champions 2017 with partner Jake Norris in Southampton.

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In the first round the pair, who were top seeds and representing Warsash Tennis Club, won all their matches in the group stages. They beat Adrian Allsopp and Chris Titterington 4-0, 4-0 followed by Aaronn Blackman and Scott Salway 4-2, 4-2, and Henry and Tom Forsyth 4-0, 4-0. In the main draw they defeated Jonathan Clift and Harry Wilmott-Stanton 4-2, 4-2 and Chris Bixley and Jake Macey 4-1, 5-3 to win the title.

Congratulations Boys!

 

 

Amazing success for Totally Tennis players at Junior County Championships

Totally Tennis performance players are celebrating after a very successful week at this year’s Hampshire & IOW Junior County Championships 2017 held at the Winchester Racquets And Fitness club last week.

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Dean Cooper Kirby won an impressive four titles; the 14 & under Boys Singles, the 16 & under Boys Singles as well as both the 14 & under and 16 & under Doubles titles with partner Alfie Reynolds. Fellow Sherfield School tennis scholars Liam Hignett and Daniel Prickett were also winners; Hignett won three titles and was crowned Men’s singles champion, 18 & under Boys singles champion and the 18 & under Boys doubles title with partner Jake Norris. Prickett won the 12 & under Boys Singles event and was also runner-up to Cooper Kirby in the 14 & under Boys Singles.

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Isla Hignett was runner-up in the 16 & under Girls Singles after losing to Magda Kornijczuk in the final 6-0, 6-1, Kornijczuk had also beaten clubmate Jasmin Bromilow in the semis 6-0, 6-1. Kirsty Da Silva won the 14 & under consolation final and Hignett and clubmate Tillie Reid were third in the 14 & under Girls Doubles after beating Da Silva and Bromilow in the playoff match 4-0, 4-0. In his first green tournament Dylan Cooper Kirby was third in the 10 & under Boys Doubles with partner Ami Talpallikar. Harry Feast won the 14 & under Boys singles consolation final beating Leo Gamon 6-1, 6-4.

Congratulations everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Titles For Tillie

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Tillie Reid is having a run of success in her summer tournament schedule. She won the Southampton Junior Open 16 & under Girls title at the end of last month and this week she was crowned the 14 & under Girls singles champion at the Hazelmere Junior Tournament.

img_2582.jpgIn the Grade 4 Southampton tournament, held at Totton And Eling Tennis Centre, Reid won all her four matches in the round robin competition to win the overall title and collect the gold medal (pictured above). She defeated Jena Gregory 4-1, 4-1, Alice Calder 4-1, 4-2, Mia Gerty 4-1, 1-4, 10-6 and Simi Osula 4-2, 4-1.

At this week’s Hazelmere LTC Tournament held at Haslemere Lawn Tennis Club in Surrey, Reid won the Grade 4 event after an epic final between her and fellow Hampshire player Mia Gerty (who she defeated in the Southampton event) that certainly entertained the crowd. After a bye in the first round Reid beat Bo Edwards 6-1, 6-0 in the quarters followed by a walkover against Sophie Marie Lowe in the semis and a 7-5, 6-2 win against Gerty in the final.

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In the 16 & under Girls Doubles Reid and partner Sienna Boyce finished as runners-up after beating Charlotte Griffiths/Olivia Russell 6-2, 6-0, Imogen Garthwaite/ImogenWatt 6-0, 6-1 before losing in the final to Millicent Edwards/Hattie Venneman 6-0, 6-0.

Congratulations Tillie!