Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett had a busy week competing in the Grade 3 Frost & Co. Dorset Open 2017 as well as volunteering at the IAFF World Athletic Championships in London.
In the tournament held at the East Dorset Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club Hignett competed in both the Open Men’s singles and the doubles with Dorset based partner Louis Allen. In the singles, second seed Hignett had a bye in the first round then he beat Joshua Kean 6-2, 6-1 in round two followed by fifth seed Jack Oswald 6-2, 6-3 in the quarters. In the semis he defeated seventh seed Thomas Watkinson 6-4, 6-1 but then lost to top seed Alex White 7-5, 6-1 in the final to finish in the runner-up spot.
In the doubles, second seeds Hignett and Allen had a bye in the first round then beat Adam Watkinson/Thomas Watkinson in the quarters 4-0, 4-2 and then beat third seeds Benjamin Battey/David Hill in three sets 7-6(3), 6-7(8), 10-6 in the semis. In the final they were due to face top seeds Adam Glynn/Toby Samuel but due to the match scheduling and Hignett’s IAFF commitments the pair had to concede leaving them as runners-up.
At the televised World Athletics sessions Hignett had the honour of carrying Usain Bolt’s bag before the 4 x 100 metre relay final.
Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield Tennis Scholar Miles Bromilow finished as runner-up in two events at this week’s Grade 3 HEAD Merseyside Tennis Open held at the Liverpool Tennis Centre.
In the 18 and under Boys singles event, Bromilow who was seeded third, beat James Griffin in the first round 6-3, 6-1 followed by Zak Buchli-Sagoo in the quarters 6-1, 6-2. In the semis he defeated second seed William Morley-Cotterell in three sets 6-7(3), 6-2, 12-10 before losing in the final to top seed Harrison Birch 6-2, 6-2.
Bromilow (pictured left) with winner Harrison Birch
It was a similar story in the Open Men’s Singles competition with top seed Birch beating third seed Bromilow in the final but this time in a much closer three set match 1-6, 6-2, 10-2. Bromilow also competed in the 18 and under Boys Doubles with partner Reuben Warwick finishing in joint third/fourth place. After a bye in the first round the boys lost in the semis to second seeds Raza Ghaus/Samuel Reeve 4-0, 4-2.
The Sherfield School Boys team, which consists of four Totally Tennis performance players, completed in the Team Tennis Schools National Championships Finals 2016-2017 (formerly known as the Glanville Cup) at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.
The Boys Team (L to R) Alex Dawson, Liam Hignett, former Sherfield School Head of PE Adam Gibson, Miles Bromilow and Dean Cooper Kirby
The team of Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson and Dean Cooper Kirby were playing in a tough field of the top sixteen teams in the country at the weekend long event. Unfortunately the boys were knocked out in the first round of the main draw by Cheam High School 8-4. Bromilow and Cooper Kirby both won their singles matches 4-1, 3-5, 1-0(6) and 4-2, 4-2 respectively but Hignett and Dawson lost, both pairings were beaten in the doubles.
The boys then competed in the consolation draw beating Queen Elizabeth School, Cumbria 10-0 followed by St.Peter’s RC High School 8-4 in the semis but then lost in the final against St Bede’s 8-2 with Bromilow the only player to win a match.
Top seeds Culford School A were the overall winners beating third seeds Reed’s School in the final 8-2. In the Girl’s event (formerly known as the Aberdare Cup) second seeds Talbot Heath School A beat top seeds Queenswood School in the final 8-4.
Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva (pictured left) and her partner Amelia Pirt won the Grade 4 Leys Junior Doubles 16 and under title at Leys Recreation Ground in Oxford on Sunday.
Da Silva, 12 and Pirt, 11 were the only pair to win all their three matches in the round robin competition. They beat Isabel and Georgia Black 4-2, 2-4 [10-7], Michaela Shakespeare and Oyinkansolami Durowoju 5-4(1), 2-4, [10-6] and Holly Craig and Beatrice Painter 4-1, 4-1 to win the event.
Congratulations Girls 😉
Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva reached her first Grade 4 final on Sunday while competing in the GSM Bampton 12U Girls Summer County Tour in Oxford.
In the quarter finals she beat Gigi Ifil 3-4(3), 4-1,10-6 followed by Katie Baker in the semis 4-2, 4-1 but then lost against the number one seed Patricia Radan 4-3(3), 4-0 in her first Grade 4 12U final.
Kirsty’s mum Sue Da Silva said, ” Kirsty played a great tournament sadly losing to the number one seed in the final.” she added, “Her first round match was terrific against a very talented player who has played in many national tournaments, Kirsty played a clever match and eventually won in three sets. Some of her best tennis so far!”
Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett won the David Lloyd Southampton Aegon British Tour FAST4 Open Mens singles title last weekend beating the top seed in the final. The Sherfield tennis scholar Hignett, 17 was second seed in the Grade 3 event which also featured fellow tennis scholar and performance player Miles Bromilow.
In the first round Hignett defeated Krishna Tanja 4-0, 4-3(4) (who went on to win the consolation event) followed by James Balir in the quarters 4-3(1), 4-1 and Jj Clark 4-0, 4-2 in the semis. The final saw him up against the highly rated Troy Dixon who had just beaten Bromilow in the semis, it was a close three set match which Hignett won 4-3(3), 3-4(4), 10-6 to clinch another title.
Bromilow had two three sets matches beating Tom Batchelor in the first round 4-3(1), 3-4(2), 10-3 and Daniel Dean 0-4, 4-2, 10-3 in his second match before he came up against Dixon.
Congratulations Liam, what a great to start the summer season!
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.
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.
First photo used with courtesy of the Basingstoke Gazette