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.
In 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
In 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.
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.
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.
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.
Tennis Director Nigel Long said “Shyam has been involved with Totally Tennis for a long time and has achieved so much to become a very good tennis coach.” he added ” We wish him the very best with his exciting new role and life in Shanghai!”
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.
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.
Tim Henman at the 2016 tennis clinic held for all the county finals runner-ups
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
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!”