Trophies for Performance Players at Winchester Spring Open

Performance player an Sherfield School Tennis scholar Liam Hignett and his partner Ryan Golesworthy won the Open Men’s Doubles title at last weeks Winchester Spring Open 2018.

In the Grade 3 event which was held at Winchester Racquet sand Fitness club, Hignett and Golesworthy defeated Matts Colling and Oliver Fernandez in the semis 6-3, 7-5 and then Neil Pauffley and Josh Lawson in the final 7-6(3), 6-3 to win the event.

image1-3.jpegIn the Men’s singles Hignett and fellow tennis scholar and club mate Miles Bromilow were both contesting the title. Bromilow beat Olivier Drinkwater 6-0, 6-1 in the first round but then lost in the quarters in a close match against Eliot Glaysher 6-4, 5-7 [1-0](5), Hignett progressed further after a bye in the first round he beat Ben Hart in the quarters 6-1, 6-2 and then knocked Glaysher out of the tournament in the semis 6-2, 6-1 but lost in the final to Louis Allen 7-6(1), 6-3 to finish as runner-up.

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It was then the turn of the younger sisters with Isla Hignett and Jasmin Bromilow also competing in the Hampshire event alongside club mate Tillie Reid. Hignett was runner-up in 18 & under Girls singles; she had a bye in the quarters and then defeated Emma Mcmahon 6-4, 6-0 in the semis but lost in the final against Katy Jarvis 6-1, 6-1.

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All three girls competed in the Girls 16 & under doubles competition. In the semis Bromilow and partner Genevieve Doe beat Jessica Longjohn and Sophie Quagraine 4-5(5), 4-2, [1-0](3) and Hignett and Reid lost against Sienna May and Katy Jarvis 4-1, 4-0. In the final Bromilow and Doe lost to May and Jarvis 1-4, 5-4(4), [1-0](4) to finish as runners-up. 

image2-2.jpegHignett and Bromilow also played in the 16 & under Girls singles and after winning one match each against Sienna May 4-2, 4-0 and Genevieve Doe 5-3, 4-0 they were both knocked out in the quarter final stage.

Bromilow and Reid also played in the 14 & under Girls singles competition where they both had a bye in the first round. Reid beat Poppy Marston in the quarters 4-0, 4-0 but was then beaten by Jessica Longjohn 6-1, 6-1 in the semis. Bromilow defeated Maya Gupta in the quarters 4-0, 4-0 followed by a semi final win against Martyna Ciubatiuk 6-3, 6-2 but missed out on the winners trophy when she was beaten in the final by Longjohn 6-0, 6-1.

Congratulations to all the players who competed 😉

 

 

 

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Second Place Finish For Kirsty and Jasmin

Totally Tennis performance players Kirsty Da Silva and Jasmin Bromilow were runners-up in the 18 and under Girls Doubles at the Ash Manor Easter Open.

Da Silva, who won the 14 and under Girls Singles title on opening day of the week long tournament, teamed up with Bromilow to compete in the Grade 4 event held on Good Friday at Ash Manor Tennis Centre near Guildford. The duo, who were second seeds, beat fellow Totally Tennis club mate Tillie Reid and her partner Sienna Boyce in the semi finals in a close match with both sets going to tie-breaks 5-4(4), 5-4(2).

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In the final they faced the strong pairing of Azra Ozerin and Shanice Weekes who were the top seeds and they lost 4-0, 4-0 to finish as very creditable runners-up.

Sue Da Silva, Kirsty’s mum said, “Kirsty and Jasmin both played really well but the top pair were just too good on the day.”

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Read more about Da Silva’s (pictured above with her winners trophy) success in the 14 and under Girls singles at the Ash Manor Easter Open in previous post Easter Title For Da Silva

Cooper Kirby Wins Florida Tournament

Performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby has got his month’s training in Florida at the Gomez Tennis Academy off to a good start by winning the Naples Spring Tropical Junior Level 6 tournament held at the Arthur Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park, Naples.

IMG-20180327-WA0003Despite the 27 degree heat and playing on clay Cooper Kirby won the Boys 14 Singles title knocking out the top three seeds in the process. In the first round he beat Christopher Cucinella 6-0, 6-0 and then defeated top seed Emilio Sanchez 6-1, 6-2 in the quarters followed by third seed Kaj Quirijns 6-3, 6-2 in the semis. In the final he beat second seed Michael Gurgenidze 6-0, 6-0 to win his first American title.

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Brian, Dean’s father said, “Dean is really enjoying his six hours a day training and the opportunity to visit Miami with his fellow academy players to watch the Miami Open.”
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Congratulations Dean! What an amazing way to start your American adventure with a trophy and a visit to the Miami Open 😉

Last Sixteen For Cooper Kirby in Malta

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby reached the last sixteen in his latest European tournament in Malta.

On this trip Cooper Kirby was traveling with mum Karen to compete in the main draw of the Grade 3 Boys 16 singles at the San Michel International Tournament in Kordin. In his first round match Cooper Kirby beat Matteo Covato, a wild card player from Italy, 7-5, 6-3 followed by a second round encounter with eighth seed Markus Kosak from Austria which Cooper Kirby won easily 6-1, 6-4.

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Next up was the quarter finals where he faced twelfth seed Basilis Voltirakis from Greece who proved to be top strong an opponent and even though Cooper Kirby battled in the three set match and won the second set, Voltirakis won the match 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
Cooper Kirby is now in Florida for a months training with Rene Gomez at his academy in Naples. When he returns to the UK after the Easter holidays he will travel to Moldova to compete in his next Tennis Europe Junior Tour (TEJT) event.
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Cooper Kirby is looking for funding for his European Tournaments – read more in previous blog post Cooper Kirby Looking For Sponsorship and more about his European tournaments in previous posts Cooper Kirby Racks Up European Points and More European Points for Kirby in Finland

Visit Cooper Kirby’s GoFundMe page here for more information and his latest news and updates.

More European Points for Cooper Kirby in Finland

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby saw his latest European tournament title dreams finish at the quarter finals stage at the Pajulahti Cup in Finland.

Cooper Kirby was accepted into the qualifying stage of the TEJT Boys Singles 16 & under event after being 23rd on the reserve list but with players having withdrawn he was offered his place to compete in the draw. Travelling with his father Brian, the duo flew from Gatwick to Helsinki then travelled 110km via train and bus to the remote Pajulahti located at the Olympic Training Centre in Nastola arriving with just fifteen mins to spare before the 6pm sign-in deadline.

10BC1A96-B81D-4F4E-B41B-84960234980FThe qualifying match was on Saturday against Davis Alksnis from Latvia and with the chilly -23c conditions it understandbly took Cooper Kirby extra time to warm-up but he won the match 6-3, 6-2 and booked himself a place into Monday’s main draw. Sunday was a match-free day that allowed the main draw players to arrive ahead of the start of the tournament and Cooper Kirby took advantage of the rest day to have a practice hit with a player from Germany.
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His first main draw opponent was the unseeded Aaron Matikkala from Finland whom he defeated 6-2, 6-2. He then beat fourth seed Andrey Beketov from Russia (60th in Europe for this age group) 6-2, 6-3 in the second round and progressed to the quarter finals where he faced sixth seed Ugnius Biskauskis, a national player from Lithuania. Biskauskis, a recent European Country Championships competitor, proved too strong an opponent on this occassion winning the match 6-0, 6-4 signalling Cooper Kirby’s exit from the event.
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Despite the long journey and flight home Cooper Kirby was back at school the next day. He picked up 40 extra points by reaching the quarter final stage in Finland and that’s seen him move up another 400 places up the leaderboard. Next stop is the San Michel International Tournament in Kordin, Malta this coming weekend where he has been placed straight into the main draw.

Good Luck Dean!

Cooper Kirby is looking for funding for his European Tournaments – read more in previous blog post Cooper Kirby Looking For Sponsorship and his European tournaments in previous post Cooper Kirby Racks Up European Points

Visit Cooper Kirby’s GoFundMe page here for more information and his latest news and updates.

 

Hignett and Bromilow Represent Hampshire in the Boys 18U County Cup

Performance players and Sherfield Tennis Scholars Liam Hignett and Miles Bromilow were members of the Hampshire & IOW 18 and under County Cup team that played last weekend and just missed out on promotion to the next division.

The boys joined fellow Hampshire players Ryan Golesworthy, Henry Bowden, James Blair, Outek Dinapala, Dylan Allenby-Ryan and Mats Colling who made up the team captained by Mike Booth and his assistant Karim Aouichaoui. The team competed in the three day event held at David Lloyd Southampton in Group 3a against teams from Sussex, Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire.

3cdc74d5-b63d-4da2-a813-f8bb33430ad7.jpegOn the first day the Hampshire boys beat the Buckinghamshire team 6-3 with Hignett, who was player 1, winning his singles 6-2, 6-3 and his doubles with partner Golesworthy 6-3, 6-3. Bromilow, who was player 4, was also victorious in his singles match winning 6-7(4), 3-6.

Business continued as usual in day 2 with the boys defeating the Cambridgeshire team 7 – 2. Hignett and Golesworthy won their doubles 6-0, 6-3 but Hignett lost his singles match against the top seed after a close second set and tie break 4-6, 6-7(5). Bromilow had a tough three set singles match but came out on top 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 but he unfortunately lost in the doubles with partner Allenby-Ryan 6-7(4), 3-6.

There was everything to play for in the final day with both the Hampshire and Sussex teams on level pegging having won their first two rubbers. On the day Sussex proved to be the stronger opponents winning 5-4 to top the group and gain promotion to the next division. Both Hignett and Bromilow won their singles matches 6-2, 6-4 and 6-7(7), 6-7(7) respectively. After all the singles matches the teams were level on 3-3 but with only Hignett and Golesworthy winning their doubles 6-2, 6-3 the Sussex team claimed overall victory.

 

 

 

 

Cooper Kirby Looking For Sponsorship

Fourteen year old Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby is looking for funding to support the continuation of his European Tennis Tour aspirations.

Cooper Kirby has lived in the Basingstoke area all his life and attended the Priory School in Pamber End before moving to Sherfield School.  He was introduced to tennis when he was five years old when he started playing at an afterschool club at the Priory School and at weekends he played at Manydown, his local tennis club. He has been playing at Totally Tennis, where he is coached individually by Jordan Frederick, since the age of seven and has amassed many tournaments and trophies over that time.

He won his first County Championship, the 8 & under singles title, at the Hampshire & IOW when he was just eight years old and to date he has won twelve county singles titles including 8u, 9u, 10u, 12u, 14u and 16u. In 2017 Cooper Kirby was Number two in the Hampshire & IOW County Cup Team for 14u and has recently been invited to attend selection training for the 18u County Cup Team.

20180116_133258-e1516796497509.jpgIn the last six months Cooper Kirby has played in Moldova where he reached the quarter finals for 14 and u and more recently in Bergen, Norway. 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. Next stop for Cooper Kirby is Finland and then Malta before he leaves for a solo trip to Naples, Florida for a month’s training at a tennis academy there.

Click here to find out more about Cooper Kirby’s story and his GoFundMe campaign page where you can make donations, any amount would be greatly appreciated.