Another Title For Cummings

Totally Tennis mini performance player Hayden Cummings won the 10 and Under Mixed title at the South West Summer County Tour held at David Lloyd Southampton at the beginning of the month.

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In the group stages, Cummings won Box C beating Zoe Totolici 4-1 and Thomas Allen-Green 4-0. Club mates Guhan and Gevin Chendhilkumar played in Box A and B respectively and both won and lost a match so all three boys progressed to the main draw.

In the quarter finals, Cummings defeated Guhan 4-0 and Kevin lost to Group D winner Oliver Cole 4-2. Cummings then beat Aleksander Kudla 4-0 in the semis and Finley Betteridge-Hanson 4-2 in the final to win the tournament.

Congratulations Hayden!

Photo used with courtesy of jamiejordantennis

Player Profile: Rebecca Hudson

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REBECCA HUDSON

Age: Nine

Squad: Dodgers

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Five

How were you introduced to the sport?

School lessons with Totally Tennis

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

I was inspired by Maria Sharapova

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Keeps me fit

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

How often do you play?

Twice a week

Do you play any other sport?

Table Tennis

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Moving up to B squad and to be able to play using a variety of different shots.

Reid Wins Compass Draw

Mini performance player and Sherfield Tennis scholar Tillie Reid won an event at the Thornden Grade 4 Tournament joining teammates Liam Hignett and Harry Feast on the Half Term winners podium.

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Due to bad weather last Thursday, Reid’s event was moved from original event Thornden Tennis Club in Chandlers Ford to nearby indoor courts at Southampton. Playing in the 10 and under Girls Singles Grade 4 compass draw, Reid beat Emma Applebee 4-1 in the quarters, Grace Williams 4-2 in the semis and after losing the first set she won the tie-break against Martyna Clubiuck 4-5(3), 4-2, 10-6 on tie break against to win the event and collect the winners medal. Congrats Tillie!

Coach Jamie Jordan said, “Well done Tillie! Another excellent result and another medal for your growing collection.”

Read about Liam and Harry’s successes at the Thornden event here and here.

Player Profile: Alice Belcher

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Age: Thirteen
Squad: Girls Squad and Junior Club

How old were you when you first started tennis?
Eleven

How were you introduced to the sport?
By my friend Louise

What made you come to Totally Tennis?
My brother

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?
Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?
It’s good exercise

What do you consider to be your best shot?
Forehand

How often do you play?
Twice a week

Do you play any other sport?
Basketball

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?
Coming runner up in the Basingstoke and District secondary schools tournament

Player Profile: Faith Tompkins

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Age: Seven
Squad: Indians

How old were you when you first started tennis?
Four

How were you introduced to the sport?
Totally Tennis came to my school

What made you come to Totally Tennis?
It’s really fun

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?
Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?
Walloping the ball

What do you consider to be your best shot?
Crosscourt backhand

How often do you play?
Twice a week

Do you play any other sport?
No

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?
Improving my overall game

Tennis Fun At The Seaside

Totally Tennis Mini Performance players Isla Hignett, Tillie Reid and Jasmin Bromilow along with three other Hampshire girls, Anna Vinnell (David Lloyd, Southampton), Martyna Ciubatiuk (Thornden) and Lucy Davis (Kingsgate) were all entered by their respective clubs to compete in the 10 and Under Grade 4 Road to Wimbledon event played at Canoe Lakes in Southsea.

image-22Mini Performance player Hignett was runner-up

The girls played in two boxes with Hignett, Ciubatiuk and Bromilow in one box and Reid, Vinnell and Davis in the other.  Hignett won her box winning both her matches beating Ciubatiuk 4-1, 4-0 and Bromilow 4-1, 4-1. Ciubatiuk was runner-up after she beat Bromilow in a close match 4-1, 0-4, 10-6 in the tie break. In the other box Vinnell defeated both Davis 4-0, 4-0 and Reid 4-1, 4-0 to win and Reid was runner-up after beating Davis 4-0, 4-0. In the semi-finals Hignett defeated club mate Reid 4-1, 4-0 and Vinnell beat Clubatiuk 4-0, 4-0. Vinnell went on to win the event defeating Hignett 4-0, 4-1 in the final.

image-23Winner Vinnell with her trophy and runner-up Hignett

Donella Hignett, mother of Isla said “It was a lovely day. The girls each received an HSBC Road to Wimbledon cap, wrist band and sweatband as well as a certificate. Anna also received a trophy. No one goes through to Wimbledon as it’s not the same as the Under 14 event.”

IMG_6127The girls make the most of the event by the sea

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National Finals For Hampshire Girls

Totally Tennis Mini Performance player Isla Hignett was part of the Hampshire 10 and under County Cup team that travelled to Bolton over the weekend to compete in the Aegon National Finals after winning Group F in Hove last month (read story here).

imageTotally Tennis Mini Performance Player Isla Hignett represented Hampshire in the National Finals

The girls team of Hannah Smith, Eliza Wheeler, Rina Hayamizu, Anna Vinnell and Hignett competed against teams from Staffordshire, Suffolk and Cornwall in Group B of the competition. On the first day the team played against Staffordshire and lost 6-2 overall with Hayamizu the only player to win her singles beating Adeola Greatovex 4-1, 4-1. Wheeler and Smith lost their matches against Samantha Tsvamuno 4-2, 5-3 and Elise Dennis 5-3, 4-2 respectively. In the doubles Dennis/Tsvamuno beat Wheeler/Smith in the third set tie-break 5-3, 1-4, 1-0(4).

imageThe 10 and under Girls Hampshire County Cup team with coach Karim

Unfortunely the same happened against Suffolk in the second match on the first day when they also beat Hampshire 6-2. This time Smith was the only player to win her singles match beating Isabelle Eaton 0-4, 4-2, 1-0 (8). Hayamizu lost to Justice Hall 5-4 (5), 4-2 and Maddie McLoughlin beat Wheeler 4-2, 4-0. Eaton/McLoughlin then defeated Smith/Vinnell again in the third set tie-break in the doubles match 1-4, 4-2, 1-0(9).

imageThe girls with their cuddly mascots

On the second day the team faced Cornwall who had also already lost to Staffordshire and Suffolk. The girls won 8-0 with Hignett beating Harriet Bradley 4-0, 4-0, Wheeler defeating Holly Drew 4-2, 4-2 and Smith winning against Daisy Chapman 4-0, 4-0 in the singles. Hayamizu/Vinnell beat Chapman/Drew 4-1, 4-2 in the doubles and the team finished in third place in the Group B with Staffordshire winning overall.

imageQuick pep talk for Isla with coach Karim before her singles

The teams then competed in the group playoffs where Group A winners Middlesex played Staffordshire to decide the overall National champion. Hampshire faced Warwickshire for the 5/6th play-off match, who had also finished in third place in Group A. The girls secured fifth place with a 6-2 scoreline after winning all three singles matches. Hayamizu beat Amelia Perrin-Tilt 4-0, 4-2, Wheeler beat Lucy Gribben 4-0, 4-2 and Smith defeated Mary Hoggard 4-2, 4-2. Hignett/Vinnell were unlucky in the doubles losing to Hoggard/Gribben in three sets 4-1, 3-5, 1-0 (8) but it did not affect the final result. The overall National placings were as follows from first to last, Middlesex, Staffordshire, Lancashire, Suffolk, Hampshire, Warwickshire, Cheshire and Cornwall.

imageAn exhausting weekend for Isla fast asleep with team mascot HARIE (Hannah, Anna, Rina, Isla, Eliza) on the way home.

Donella Hignett, who accompanied daughter Isla to Bolton said “We enjoyed getting to know the other girls and parents and all had an enjoyable weekend staying in Bolton. Finishing in 5th place out of 8 teams was a good result. The girls all supported each other well.”