January in Pictures

img_3121The coaching team with new member Jamie Barry (far left) who joined in January

Two new ladies joined the coaching team too, Julia Moore and Jane Timmis (R to L)

IMG_3922Lots of fun was had at the post-Christmas Tennis Camps

IMG_3921The Totally Tennis 9 & under Mixed team won the Division 1 County Tier title 

IMG_3920Back on court in 2019 with the Sherfield School Tennis Scholars 

IMG_3923New Year, New Squad Term began

img_3256Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid won the 16 & under Girls Doubles at the South West Winter County Tour event held at TT

img_3431Harry Dolman (pictured with former TT coach Jordan Frederick) won the 9 & under Mixed singles title at the South West Winter County Tour held at Totally Tennis

3e35f7ca-d35e-46bf-9919-85ccb3416f31Liam Hignett competed in the British Tour men’s event at the University of Bath

img_3253.jpgNew coach Jamie and Head Coach James on court with the Red & Orange squads

b9a13675-c81c-49fc-b527-7dbb9c08ea28Performance player and coach Liam Hignett passed his LTA Level 3 coaching qualification

2909a33f-afe4-493d-a632-e660bae79facRunner-up medal for Tom Harris in the 12 & U Boys Doubles with partner Edward Hewlett at the South West Winter County Tour held at Totally Tennis

660fb246-de1c-4ac4-a145-5febf36254d7.jpgOn court with the Sherfield School Tennis Scholars


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IMG_3696Coach Jane Timmis with the Friday Dodgers Squad

Totally Tennis Girls are Hampshire Schools Champions

Totally Tennis performance players Tillie Reid and Jasmin Bromilow represented Sherfield School and were declared the 16 and under Girls champions at the annual Hampshire Schools Doubles Competition held at Winchester Racquets & Fitness.


In the group stages, the girls who are both Sherfield School tennis scholars and were the top seeds in the event, won all of their three matches in Group A beating Emma Clews/Amira Dart 4-0, Daisy Hollingshead/Hollie Sertin 4-0 and Daisy Milward/Lucy Wilkinson 4-1. In the quarter finals, they beat Maya Gandee Morgan and Pippa Reid 4 – 0 and then faced club mates and third seeds Isla Hignett and Atinuke Adelakun (Robert May’s School) in the semi finals and defeated them 4-1. In the final, they beat Zoe Upcraft and Alice Calder (pictured in blue below) from St. Swithen’s 4 – 3 after a nail-biting tie break.


The boys event was won by Ryan Golesworthy and Daniel Nightingale who were representing Robert Mays School (pictured wearing black) and the runners-up were Jean Mauratille and Finbar Tellwright (also at the back of the photo).

Congratulations Tillie and Jasmin 😉



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.


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.

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 😉




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.


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.

Hignett and Bromilow Join Referee Development Group

Totally Tennis performance players and Sherfield School tennis scholars Liam Hignett and Miles Bromilow are adding more skills to their ever growing tennis portfolio by attending a three part Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) referee development course.

The boys were invited to become part of the new Referee Development Group taking place across the South West of England. The LTA initiative aims to develop young players aged 16+, especially those who have shown an interest in coaching, to enable them to run events at their respective clubs by teaching them the necessary competition organisation skills.

IMG_1358With the number of tennis players competing having dropped in recent years from 24,000 to 20,000 the LTA has announced its commitment to reversing the decline. This new group is designed to get like minded young players together and encourage them to run competitions and events that give other players the opportunity to play tennis.

The boys will take part in three free courses at the Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club; the Competition Organiser Course which they have already completed, the Court Supervisors Course and Referees Course worth a whopping £125 in total. They have also been gifted team kit and laptop bags and will receive on-going mentoring as well as the opportunity to learn valuable new skills.

Hignett said. “It has been great to be a part of the Referee Development Group. I’m  looking forward to being able to transfer the skills I have acquired to organise LTA tournaments in the future.” he added, “The next two parts of the courses will teach me how to run my own tournaments as a Referee and also oversee a number of courts at larger tournaments as a Court Supervisor.”

I am looking forward to continuing with the group and embracing the new opportunities it will give me in the officiating side of the game.”



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.


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.



Titles for Totally Tennis Players at the Hampshire & IOW Junior County Championships

Totally Tennis players competed in this year’s Hampshire & IOW Junior County Championships that were held from Sunday 21st to Saturday 27th August at Winchester Racquets and Fitness.


Performance player Liam Hignett played in the 18U Boys singles and the Men’s open events as well as both the 18U Boys and the 18U Mixed Doubles. In the 18U singles he beat Will Coward 6-1, 6-1 followed by team-mate Miles Bromilow 6-1. 6-0.  In the semi’s he defeated Ryan Hutchinson 6-2,  6-2 but then lost in the three set final against George Houghton 6-1, 3-6, 10-3 to finish as runner up, receiving a medal and an Amazon voucher.

In the 18U doubles Hignett and partner Hutchinson lost their first match 4-2, 0-4, 10-6 to Jake Norris and Ryan Golesworthy but won the consolation event 5-3, 5-4 (7) against Totally Tennis duo Dylan Allenby-Ryan and Alex Dawson.


In the men’s event Liam beat Harry Dunnett 6-2, 6-1, Bromilow 6-0, 6-1 followed by 6-2, 6-1 win against Austin Gwilliam in the semis. The final was a reply of the 18’s against Houghton with Hignett losing the first set 6-0 managing to pull himself together and played exceptionally well to win the second set 6-1.  In the tie break they both played some great tennis but this time Hignett was the victor winning 11-9.  He received a trophy, towel and t-shirt. In the Men’s Open Doubles he partnered Norris and they won their first match after a bye in the first round against Hutchinson and James Blair 7-5, 7-6 (4) but lost in the final to Houghton and Adam Drysdale 6-2, 7-6 (3). Hignett and partner Isabelle Barefoot were 18U Mixed Doubles runners-up after beating brother and sister duo Miles and Jasmin Bromilow 6-2 and then Alfie Reynolds and Charlotte Howard 6-2 but lost against Gwilliam and Freya Davis  6-4.


Dean Cooper Kirby had a fantastic tournament winning the 12U Boys Singles title, the 12U Doubles title with partner Aaron Dawson and was runner-up in the 14U Boys singles event. Cooper Kirby beat Louis Bowden in the final 6-3, 4-6, [1-0](8) to be crowned the 12U Boys singles champion, Dawson also competed but lost at the semi final stage. In the doubles event Cooper Kirby/Dawson defeated Christopher Adeshina and Owen Martel 4-1, 5-4(4) in the semis after a bye in the quarters. In the final they beat Louis Bowden and Jack Curtis 0-4, 4-1, [1-0](4) to win the event. In the 14U Boys final, Henry Bowden beat Cooper Kirby 6-2, 7-6(4) to win the event.

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Performance players Jasmin Bromilow, Tillie Reid and Kirsty Da Silva all competed in the 12U Girls singles event. Bromilow was runner-up, Reid was third and Da Silva fourth. In the quarters finals Bromilow beat Gabrielle Gwilliam 6-0, 6-0, Reid beat Poppy Marston 6-1, 6-1 and Da Silva completed the hat trick against Alice Collins 7-6(6), 7-6(5). In the semis Bromilow beat Reid 6-1, 7-5 and Da Silva lost against eventual winner Rina Hayamizu 6-1, 6-1. In the final Hayamizu defeated Bromilow 6-4, 7-6(4) and Reid beat Da Silva for third place 6-1, 6-0.

The 14U Girls Doubles featured four Totally Tennis players, Bromilow, Reid and Da Silva and Isla Hignett. Bromilow was runner-up with partner Magda Kornijczuk after losing against Samyuktha Manoharan and Alana Unitt in the final 4-1, 4-0. The duo had previously beaten Hignett and Reid in the semis 6-3, 6-4. Hignett and Reid finished in third place overall after beating Da Silva and her partner Sienna Boyce in the third/fourth place playoff match 4-1, 4-0.

Bromilow and Hignett also both competed in the Girls 14U singles. Bromilow beat Boyce 6-1, 6-1 in her first round match but then lost to Charlotte Howard in the quarters 6-1, 6-0Hignett won her first match in 14’s against Hayamizu 6-3 6-3 but lost her quarter-final match against Unitt 6-2, 6-3. In the 16U singles’s Hignett lost 6-4 6-4 against Mary Strevens and then lost her consolation match  to Anna Vinnell 5-4, 4-0. Hayden Cummings and Dylan Cooper Kirby competed in the 8U singles which was won by Oliver Cole.


Lots of fun was had in the touch tennis event.  Liam teamed up with Hutchinson and won two matches, Isla was paired with Vinnell, the overall winners were James Ardley and Mats Colling.

Head Coach James McIntosh said, “It was great to see so many players from the club competing in this years county championshipsAll of the players did extremely well and it was good to see a lot of the players both boys and girls reach the semi-finals and finals of their respective competitions.” he added, “Well done to Dean who won the U12’s boys competition and to Liam who won the Men’s, managing to beat the same player he lost to in the final of the U18’s just a few days before“.


The County Championships take place across all counties nationwide during the last week of August. All the events offer singles and doubles events across all age groups from mini, junior and adults, there are also social events encouraging all families to be involved.

Photos provided by Donella Hignett. Photos 4, 5 and 6 used courtesy of Hampshire & Isle of Wight LTA