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/

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Hignett Represents Hampshire in the Summer County Cup 2018

Performance player and former Sherfield School tennis scholar Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & IOW men’s team who competed in the LTA Summer County Cup 2018 at the Northern Lawn Tennis Club in Manchester from 23rd to 27 July.

Hignett joined fellow county players Sam Bird, Joshua Girling, Ryan Golesworthy, Austin Gwilliam, George Houghton, Michael Johnson, Miles McDowall and Paul Scullard to compete in Group 3 of the week long doubles competition against five other teams from East of Scotland, Cheshire, North of Scotland, Buckinghamshire and North Wales.

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In their first fixture on day one, Hampshire were pitted against Buckinghamshire where they lost 7 – 2 with only the pairings of Houghton/McDowall and Girling/Johnson winning their matches. Things did not get much better on day two with another 7 – 2 loss against the team from East of Scotland with Houghton/McDowall the only pair to win both their matches. Things did improve on the third day of competition with a win for the Hampshire team against North Wales 5 – 4, Hignett/Golesworthy won their two matches, Houghton/McDowall added another two victories to their overall score and Johnson/Scullard also picked up a win.

On day four things reverted back to earlier in the week with the Hampshire team losing against North of Scotland 6 – 3 with only Houghton/McDowall winning three matches. The final day saw another 6 – 3 defeat against Cheshire that once against saw Houghton/McDowall as the only winning pair securing yet three more matches. The team from East of Scotland were declared the overall winners of the group with ten points and the Hampshire team finished in last place with just two points.

County Cup events give players the opportunity to represent their county in team competition in national/regional stages in various age groups from 9 and under to adult open events. Players are selected to play by their respective county and there are two separate County Cup competitions, one taking place in summer and one in winter.

 

Runner-up spot for Da Silva in County Finals

Performance player Kirsty Da Silva was runner up at the Road to Wimbledon Hampshire & IOW County Finals held yesterday at Canoe Lakes, Southsea after losing in the final to second seed Rina Hayamizu.

Da Silva, who was top seed, had a bye in round one and then beat Katrina Ozeta in the second round 4 – 1, 4 – 2. In the quarters she defeated sixth seed Poppy Marston 4 – 2, 5 – 3 followed by third seed Poppy Savory in the semis 6 -3, 6 – 4 before losing to Hayamizu in the final 7 – 5, 6 – 0.

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Sue Da Silva said, “After a fiercely contested first set Kirsty served for it at 5-4 up but couldn’t quite get over the line and her extremely consistent and more experienced opponent, held on to take the first set.” she added, “The intensity of the first set and extreme heat seemed to affect Kirsty more in the second and she couldn’t quite re-create her highly aggressive, powerful game and despite her best efforts, had to settle for second place.”

The annual Road to Wimbledon competition is the biggest junior tournament in British Tennis and gives all 14 and under 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 junior players and Totally Tennis is a keen supporter of this tournament having had many players get through to play at SW19 in the past. As runner-up Da Silva will now attend a tennis clinic with Tim Henman at Wimbledon on Saturday 18th August along with all the other county final runners-up.

Well done Kirsty 🙂

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 🙂

 

Cooper Kirby Returns From Florida To Contest European Tournaments

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby is back from his month’s training at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Florida and is already competing again in Europe. After his intense Florida training routine, where he played five hours of tennis and as well as an additional two and half hours of fitness/core training everyday, he is well prepared for the summer tennis season.

After his success winning his first Florida tournament Naples, the Spring Tropical Junior, he competed in another 16 and under event but was knocked out in the quarter final stages by a fellow Gomez Academy player. His opponent has been playing at the academy on a full time basis for the last four years but that didn’t deter Cooper Kirby from putting up a good fight, he won the first set, lost the second and then lost match tie-breaker 10-4.

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Brian Cooper Kirby said, ” Dean played a full-time academy player, who is due to start playing in ITF’s this year, at the beginning of his Florida training and he lost 4-2 but by the end of his stay he won 4-2 which is great progress.”

With little time to get customized back to the UK timezone Cooper Kirby was straight off to Cyprus where he was accepted straight into the main draw of his first 16 and under Grade 2 Tennis Europe event at the Herodotou Tennis Academy in Larnaca. He faced a tough first round opponent in Jaime Faria from Portugal who had previously beaten players Cooper Kirby had lost against so he knew it would not be easy. Although he lost the match 6-2, 6-2 he learnt a lot especially that it will take time to master the new techniques he learnt in Florida in match environments.

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He also played in the doubles with his German partner Mark Owen Endler who trains full-time in Tenerife. The pair (pictured above) reached the semi-finals after beating Cypriot duoAndreas Lottides/Stavros Pamboris in the first round 6-1, 6-2 followed by Ioannis Kountourakis/Evangelos Kypriotis from Greece 6-2, 4-6, 10-8. They lost in the semis against eventual winners Nikita Petrusenko/Justas Trainauskas from Lithuania 7-6(6), 6-2. 

The semi final placing gained Dean another 20 points. He now has a total of 135 points and his ranking has moved from 661th to 575th. Within the group of UK players who compete in Tennis Europe events Cooper Kirby is now 17th on the leaderboard. As well as his Tennis Europe Ranking Cooper Kirby also has a Race to Masters ranking which is the ranking used for draws/selection that shows the current form of any player (in week 12/2018 he was 98th in Europe which accounts for his direct acceptances into tournament main draws). In the 16 and under category, after his recent semi-final position in the doubles, he is currently ranked 102nd in Europe with 110 points.

Cooper Kirby is looking for funding for his European Tournaments – read more about Dean in previous blog posts here

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

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