TT Tour – US Open

The TT Tour US Open tournament took place at the indoor centre last weekend with events for the red and orange players run by coaching assistant Andrew Dingwall.

In the red event there were lots of really close matches and players were learning much about competing in matches. Kevin Karjalainen was the winner beating William Durman in the final 10-3. Neel Chandrasekar and Ayush Thondapu were joint third and fourth overall, other players who competed were Julia Mikztal, Roksanna Jelonek, Andrew Smith, Owen Hammond, Diya Shanmugaras and Luke Porter.

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Dingwall said, “For many players this was their first ever competition and everyone did very well by helping each other keeping score.” he added “William did incredibly well to fight through and beat Ayush 14-12 in one of the semi finals to progress to the final but was then beaten by Kevin who became TT Tour champion!

In the Orange competition there was some great tennis played with some fantastic rallies and well deserved winners. Hayden Cummings was the overall winner once again beating Guhan Chendhilkumar in the final 10-4. James Blackwell and Megan Fisher were third and fourth, Harry Dolman was fifth, sixth place went to Rory Thompson followed by Caitlin Manley and Lottie Blackwell. Special mention to Harry who battled through and beat Rory 16-14 in their very close fought match.

Dingwall commented “A special well done to Caitlin, Harry, James and Lottie for competing in their first ever TT Tour!” he continued, “Congratulations to Hayden on coming out the victor against Guhan to become the champion of the day.”

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The Totally Tennis Tour is for Development Squads and Mini Performance Squads players who get the opportunity to compete in seven tournaments throughout the year. The top eight players from each squad will be invited back to play in the Grand Final’s in November for the chance to finish as the club champions. Leaderboard’s will show players rankings in each squad and points will be awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as points for entering.

The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points of 1,000 and or the winners 500 for the runners-up. All other events give the winners 250 points, 125 for second place and 75 for third/fourth places, every player gets 100 points for all events they enter, each age group leaderboard will be updated after each tournament.

TT Tour Dates 2017

Sunday 29th October – Valencia Open

Sunday 15th November – Grand Finals (by invitation only)

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Silver Medal for Gevin in Buckinghamshire

Totally Tennis mini tennis player Gevin Chendhilkumar was runner-up in the Tennace at Gxltc Red Orange Starter Red 9 & under mixed singles tournament held at the Gerrard’s Cross Lawn Tennis Club in Buckinghamshire.

20170917_151235In the first round Gevin defeated Sofia Escobar Daantje 10-2 followed by fergus Baxter 10-8 in the quarters and then beat Ansh Annareddy in the semi-finals 10-5. Sadly he lost in the final against Max Durkin 10-7 to finish in the runner-up position and collect the silver medal.

Twin brother Guhan also competed in the event winning his first match against Neve Bushell 10-3 before losing in the quarter final against Joshua Fienberg 10-6. He then defeated James Matthew Stokes 10-1 in his first play-off match and finished 6th overall after losing to Fergus Baxter 10-7 in his second match.

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Congratulations Gevin!

 

Third Place for Gevin at Bradfield

Totally Tennis mini tennis player Gevin Chendhilkumar came third in the 9 & under Mixed Singles at last weekend’s Bradfield Orange tournament held at the Bradfield Tennis Centre.

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In the initial round robin Gevin competed in Group C winning two of of his three matches to finish as runner-up and progress to the main draw. He beat third seed Sienna Minton 10-5,  Zayn Bellazrak 10-2 but lost to Ruby Marriage 10-6. Twin brother Guhan was playing in Group A where he beat Joshua Date 10-4, had a walkover against  O’Nielle Emanuel and was beaten by top seed Gabriel Riminton 10-7.

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In the main draw Gevin was also defeated by eventual winner Riminton in the semis 10-3 but won the third/fourth play deciding match beating Marriage 10-6 to finish in third place overall.

Well done Gevin!

 

 

More Titles For Tillie

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Tillie Reid is having a run of success in her summer tournament schedule. She won the Southampton Junior Open 16 & under Girls title at the end of last month and this week she was crowned the 14 & under Girls singles champion at the Hazelmere Junior Tournament.

img_2582.jpgIn the Grade 4 Southampton tournament, held at Totton And Eling Tennis Centre, Reid won all her four matches in the round robin competition to win the overall title and collect the gold medal (pictured above). She defeated Jena Gregory 4-1, 4-1, Alice Calder 4-1, 4-2, Mia Gerty 4-1, 1-4, 10-6 and Simi Osula 4-2, 4-1.

At this week’s Hazelmere LTC Tournament held at Haslemere Lawn Tennis Club in Surrey, Reid won the Grade 4 event after an epic final between her and fellow Hampshire player Mia Gerty (who she defeated in the Southampton event) that certainly entertained the crowd. After a bye in the first round Reid beat Bo Edwards 6-1, 6-0 in the quarters followed by a walkover against Sophie Marie Lowe in the semis and a 7-5, 6-2 win against Gerty in the final.

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In the 16 & under Girls Doubles Reid and partner Sienna Boyce finished as runners-up after beating Charlotte Griffiths/Olivia Russell 6-2, 6-0, Imogen Garthwaite/ImogenWatt 6-0, 6-1 before losing in the final to Millicent Edwards/Hattie Venneman 6-0, 6-0.

Congratulations Tillie!

Goodbye Shyam

Young player to homegrown coach Shyam Vithlani has been involved with Totally Tennis for a very longtime. In the early days, six year old Vithlani and his sister attended Saturday morning munchkin club and squads, he represented his school and then Queen Mary’s College (QMC). After completing his Sports Development with Coaching BSC (hons) Degree at Sheffield Hallam University he returned to the club to pursue a full-time career in coaching.

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The QMC team reached the mixed doubles National finals and he also played in the Sheffield Hallam that won the university league. He started coaching at Totally Tennis when he was sixteen as a tennis assistant and continued to coach in Sheffield at the Rustlings Club, setting and running his own tennis sessions. He then coached at Hallamshire Tennis Academy as well as in America for two summers while still at University.  During his time at Totally Tennis he has progressed through the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) coaching qualifications and has attained the Level 4 Senior Coach Award.

Vithlani bid farewell to Totally Tennis earlier this month after five years as Head Coach at Hampshire Court to continue his coaching career as Head of Tennis for Multi Sports for the International Schools in Shanghai, China.

 

Road To Wimbeldin County Runner-Up Spot for Isla

Totally Tennis performance player Isla Hignett was runner-up in this year’s 14 and under Girls singles Road to Wimbledon (RTW) County Finals held at Canoe Lake Leisure in Southsea last weekend.

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After a bye in the first round Hignett defeated Maya Gupta 4-0, 4-0 in round two followed by Nakshatra Sridhar 4-1, 4-0 in the quarters and Mia Gerty 4-1, 4-0 in the semis. She was beaten in the finals by Martyna Ciubatiuk 4-2, 5-3 who will go on to represent Hampshire & IOW in the National Finals held at Wimbledon in August. Hignett will get to attend a tennis clinic with Tim Henman and Dan Bloxham at Wimbledon on Saturday 19th August along with all the other county final runners-up.

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Clubmate Tillie Reid also played, she had a bye in round one then beat Egna Kuda Mutedzi 4-0, 4-0 in her second round match and Poppy Marston 4-0, 4-1 in the quarters before losing to eventual winner Ciubatiuk in the semis 4-0, 4-0.

HSBC Road to Wimbledon is the biggest junior tournament in British tennis and gives all players 14 & under the opportunity to progress through to compete on the world famous grass courts in SW19. Last year nearly 8000 juniors participated in the RTW event via their club, park or school with 144 players qualifying to play at Wimbledon at the National Finals.

Additional information and Tim Henman photo used courtesy of www.roadtowimbledon.com

 

 

Silver Medal For Kirsty in Oxford

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.

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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!”

Congratulations Kirsty!