Totally Tennis Players Scoop ISA Titles

Totally Tennis performance players and Sherfield School tennis scholars collected a prize haul in the annual Independent Schools Association (ISA) tournament. Tillie Reid won the U15 Girls singles title at the annual National Tennis Event last week, Daniel Prickett won the U15 Boys Singles title and Prickett and Aaron Dawson won the U15 Doubles event.

Th event, held at Queenswood School in Hatfield, saw many of the club’s players representing Sherfield School. In the early stage of the competition, Reid won Group E winning both her matches 4-0. Fellow Totally Tennis clubmate Jasmin Bromilow won Group A and Kirsty Da Silva won two matches and drew her third in Group D. In the semi finals Reid beat Bromilow 3-1 and won the final 5-3 against Helsby from Tower College. 

After winning Group C in the U15 Girls Doubles Reid and Da Silva lost to Tower College pairing Helsby/Yared in the semis 10-7.

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Dawson and Prickett won Group C in the U15 Boys Doubles and then beat Schaetlin Coffey/Torres from ISA School in the semis 7-4. In the final they beat Em Tan and Er Tan fromNorth Bridge House School 10-9 to win the event.

In the Boys U15 singles event Dawson won Group E, Prickett won Group B and Oliver Almany won Group D in the Boys U13 event. In the U15 semis Dawson beat Martei from The Gregg School 3-1 and Prickett defeated Shahar from Tettenhall College 3-0. In the all Sherfield final Prickett emerged the victor beating Dawson 5-4. Almany lost in the U13 semis against Mcmillan from Wetherby Senior School.

Congratulations to all our Sherfield tennis scholars 😉 

 

World Ranking For Dean Cooper Kirby

Former Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby competed in the  ITF Junior Masters Grade 4 tournament at La Libertad in El Salvador.

Cooper Kirby, who is now residing and playing tennis full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Florida, won all three of his qualifying matches to gain a place in the main draw.  He won his first round match against Rodrigo Zelaya 6-1, 6-1 and moved into round two where he found himself up against Alvin Tudorica, a giant 6ft 6 Canadian ranked 551th in the world and although he played really well he lost 6-4, 6-4.

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Dean’s Columbian coach Raul said, “I am very pleased with Dean and he could of won.” After his first ITF tournament everyone now knows Cooper Kirby’s ability is to the standard needed for these world level tournaments. If he had won this match he would have won five games in a row and gained ITF points and a world ranking but unfortunately four wins didn’t result in any points so he now had to win two doubles matches to win any points.

He played doubles with Sam Scherer, a player from the IMG Academy in Sarasota, Florida. The pair won their first match, a close and evenly matched game against a pair from the home nation, El Salvador 6-2, 6-0. Their second match was against a Mexican duo who last month had played in two quarter finals for Grade 4 ITF’s so it was always going to be a tough match. This match was not only crucial for the pair to progress into the quarters but would also guarantee Cooper Kirby earning those important ITF points. The boys won the first set, lost the second 6-3 so it went to a tie-breaker but they held strong and gained a two point lead 9-7 with Cooper Kirby serving for the set and the match, he held his nerve and they won 10-7.

Cooper Kirby said “I was nervous going into the serve knowing this point would win the match and more importantly ITF points.”

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The pair were then in the the quarter finals but sadly lost against a South American pairing 6-1, 6-2. Cooper Kirby now has those much needed ITF points and a world ranking which will make it a lot easier for him to plan his tournament schedule as he knows he will be accepted.

The ITF Junior World Tennis Tour* gives young players all over the world an opportunity to compete, develop and travel the world, with many of the best players going on to be hugely successful on the professional tours. The ITF Junior Circuit provides opportunities at all levels of the game and to develop the stars of the future.

*Information used with courtesy of www.itftennis.com/juniors/

Read more about Dean Cooper Kirby in previous posts HERE

Hignett Takes On Gap Year Coaching Role

Performance player and former Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett is putting his gap year to good use by taking on a coaching role at the club where he will be working with both adults and juniors in various sessions at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre. He will also be continuing his tournament referee role as well as competing in a variety of tournaments countrywide and studying for his Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) level 3 coaching qualification.

Hignett, who completed his A levels the summer, decided to forgo his scholarship at Tennessee Technological University (TTU) in favour of studying at university in the UK after his gap year which we see him concentrate on competing and progressing his coaching career.

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Current Hampshire & IOW County Championships Men’s champion, Hignett will be sharing his experience and expertise with players in the junior development and orange/green squads, adults drills, Saturday munchkin and junior clubs as well as the weekend Pirates and Indians squads. He will also be offering private lessons as well as hitting sessions for performance players looking for that extra practice.

His level 3 coach qualification* starts next week and will be completed in January 2019. He will learn many skills including how to coach beginners and improvers in groups and as individuals, understanding the basics of business management and the competitive structure in the UK and work with level 1 and 2 coaching assistants. Alongside the four modules Hignett will need to undertake coaching experience with a mentor, compile a portfolio and pass a final on court practical coaching assessment.

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Hignett completed the LTA referee development course that enables him to run events at the club such as the recent LTA South West Summer County Tour series. He will be running South West Winter County Tour series at Totally Tennis between September and March for juniors aged from eight to eighteen – to find out more about the tournaments and to enter visit www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/

Hignett said, “I am looking forward to coaching regularly at Tennis Totally in between my tournaments that are scheduled during my gap year. This will provide me with some more experience that will prove to be useful in the future.”

For more information contact Totally Tennis on 01256 358816 or Hignett via Instagram and Facebook

*LTA Level 3 course information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk

 

 

Cooper Kirby Heads For Full-Time Academy Training in Florida

Totally Tennis performance player and former Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby has made the permanent move to America’s sunshine state to live and train full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Naples, Florida.

As well as training for thirty-eight hours a week, Cooper Kirby will be studying at the school linked to the academy based in nearby Fort Myers. If initial training goes to plan he will be looking to compete at the ITF tournament to be held in Atlanta, Georgia at the end of October.

While resident at the academy Cooper Kirby will be following an intense daily training programme to improve every area of his game including technique, footwork, movement and strategy on an individual and small group basis. The training includes  match play and drills as well as mental training and fitness.

Brian Cooper Kirby, Dean’s father said, “After receiving his four year US Visa Dean flew to Fort Lauderdale on 29th August to train full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Naples, Florida.”

Cooper Kirby spent a month at the Florida academy earlier this year in April and while there he won the Spring Tropical Junior and also competed in another 16 and under event but was knocked out in the quarter final stages by a fellow Gomez Academy player.

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The Gomez Tennis Academy was founded in 2010 by tennis coach Rene Gomez, his wife Leslie Gomez and her son Chase Muma. Gomez Tennis Academy is a boutique tennis training academy situated in Naples, Florida. Led by Rene’s knowledge and experience, the Gomez team practices a training philosophy based on commitment, consistency and individualized instruction.*

Read more about the academy on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

*All information about the Gomez Tennis Academy and court photo were sourced from www.gomeztennisacademy.com

Read more about Copper Kirby’s time in Florida in previous post totallytennis.wordpress.com/2018/04/28/cooper-kirby-returns-from-florida-to-contest-european-tournaments/

Bromilow Secures Tennis Scholarship to Study in America

Performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar, Miles Bromilow has secured a tennis scholarship to join the Pioneers at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, just outside Chicago in Illinois.

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Bromilow, who was Head Boy at Sherfield School and even modelled on this year’s London Fashion Week catwalk, will leave to start the next stage in his education in America in the middle of August. He will be studying for a degree in engineering as well as training on court and working on his fitness with his new college team mates. He will compete in the Pioneers tennis team, who have just claimed their third straight Region IV Crown, against colleges from other states across the country.

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This is an amazing opportunity for Bromilow that sees him follow in the footsteps of many former Totally Tennis performance players including current coach Steph Catlin, who studied in Colorado.

Bromilow said “On a personal note I would like thank all the coaches and staff at Totally Tennis for their help in my development as a player and a person over the years.” he added, “I will of course be back at the club during the summer breaks.”

Kirsty Da Silva Wins Road To Wimbledon Club Event

This year’s Totally Tennis HSBC Road to Wimbledon (U14) club event was won by performance player Kirsty Da Silva who won all her matches beating Amberly Chapman 4-0, 4-0 and Tinuke Adelakun 4-0, 4-1. The runner-up spot went to Adelakun who defeated Chapman 4-0, 4-1. Da Silva, who is also a Sherfield School Tennis Scholar, will now compete in the county finals which will take place over the weekend of 14th and 15th July at Canoe Lakes in Southsea. 

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Fellow performance players and Sherfield Tennis Scholars Dean Cooper Kirby and Aaron Dawson competed in the Road to Wimbledon International 2018 – 14U Boys Singles South West Regional Qualifier held at the East Gloucestershire Club in Cheltenham. This event was open to highly rated British players only. Top seed Cooper Kirby was one of the four qualifiers of the event after beating both Callum Matthew and Sebastian Pasmore 6-1, 6-0 respectively and then defeating club mate Dawson 6-2, 7-6(4).

Coach Jamie Jordan said “Congratulations Kirsty and good luck in the Hampshire County Finals this weekend.  he added, “Congratulations to Dean for winning in the International event.”

The two winners (boy and girl) of each County Final will be invited to play at Wimbledon from 12th – 18th August in the National Finals (an additional four lucky losers from the County Finals will also be invited to the National Finals). Da Silva will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of many her former Totally Tennis players.

The Road to Wimbledon International has expanded in Asia with competitions across China, Hong Kong SAR, India and for the first time this year, in Japan. The UK qualifying leg of The Road to Wimbledon International – open to highly rated British youngsters ran from 23th – 24th June. Two girls and four boys at the GB Regional events will qualify for the grade 2 Finals taking place from Sunday 12 to Saturday 18 August 2018 at Wimbledon. They will be joined at the International Finals by qualifying players from India, China, Hong Kong and Japan events.

The Road to Wimbledon is the biggest junior tournament in British tennis and gives all 14U 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 members/pupils rated between 10.2 and 7.1. For stronger rated players (6.2 or higher) there is the HSBC Road to Wimbledon International event which players can enter directly.

Congratulations Kirsty and Dean 😉

Photo used with courtesy of JamieJordanTennis. Additional information sourced from www.roadtowimbledon.com

 

Dean Cooper Kirby Wins Doubles Title With Leo Borg, Son of Tennis Legend Björn

Performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby and his Swedish partner Leo Borg, son of Tennis legend Björn Borg, won the Boys Doubles 16 and under title at the Reykjavik Open held last week at the Viking Tennis Club in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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The pair, who were top seeds in the latest Tennis Europe event, beat Daniils Snaiders and Markuss Tions from Latvia 6 – 3, 6 – 1 in the quarters followed by a three-set win against Tobias Bo Kudsk (Denmark) and Karol Szczap (Poland) in the semis 4-6, 6-2, 10-7. In the final they faced second seed and Cooper Kirby’s partner from the last doubles event in Iceland Mark Owen Endler (Germany) and his partner Nicolas Moser (Austria) and beat them in another three battle 6-1, 3-6, 10-7 to win the event.

In the singles, Cooper Kirby was third seed and after a bye in the first round he beat Yaroslav Kostyuk from Russia in the second round 7-6(1), 7-5 and seventh seed Tions (Latvia) in the quarters 6-0, 7-5. Top seed and eventual winner Borg then knocked Cooper Kirby out of the competition in the semis 6 – 0, 6 – 4. Borg beat second seed Moser in the final 6 -0, 6 – 3 to win his second title of the tournament.

Congratulations to Dean and Leo for winning the Doubles title 🙂