TENNIS FOUNDATION PRIMARY SCHOOLS ROADSHOW 2018

The Tennis Foundation, in conjunction with Totally Tennis, visited ten local schools in Basingstoke last week to give over 1000 key stage 1 children an introduction to tennis in fun short mini tennis sessions. The week long roadshow culminated in two Tennis Open Days at the Indoor Centre over the weekend where the children got to practice their new skills on real tennis courts with all the coaching staff.

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The tennis roadshow is an amazing opportunity for local schools to give their pupils a chance to try tennis during the school day on specially set up mini tennis courts using smaller rackets and lower bouncing balls. All the children involved were then invited to visit the club’s free Open Weekend to practice what they have learnt in three fun sessions.

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Totally Tennis has a very successful mini tennis programme for junior players from the age of four and all the children at the roadshow have been offered follow-on opportunities to play regularly at the club in the Pirates, Indians, Dodgers and Giants squads that make up the Junior Development programme. Mini tennis is not only fun but also helps young players to develop agility, balance and coordination skills and learn a sport that can be continued throughout their live.

Head coach James McIntosh said’ “Over the two days 200 children from all different schools around Basingstoke came down to the indoor centre for the open weekend.” He added, ” It was a great weekend with fun activities and it was good to see so many children trying tennis for the first time.”

The schools involved were Castle Hill (Rooksdown), Rucstall Primary, Castle Hill (Winlebury), Cliddesden Primary School, Great Binfields Primary, Sherborne St John, Winklebury, Manorfield Primary School, St Bedes and North Waltham Primary.

The Tennis Foundation is Britain’s leading tennis charity that strives to make sport inclusive and accessible to everyone. The aim is to provide opportunities to encourage people to maximise their potential through tennis by working closely with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and a wide range of partners from across all sectors to deliver their vision and aim. For more information visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk

For more information about the junior squad programme telephone 01256 358816 or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our website here and read all our latest news on our blog here

Thanks to coach Jamie for all the great photos (follow Jamie www.instagram.com/jamiejordantennis/)

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Hampshire & IOW Winter Junior League 2018 – 2019

The Totally Tennis 10 and under Mixed team competed in the first match of the Hampshire & IOW Winter Junior League 2018 – 2019 against Portsmouth Tennis Centre yesterday.

The team, who were without a fourth player, of Nikesh Bomer and twins Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar travelled to Portsmouth last weekend. In the singles Guhan won 4-1, 4-0 but both Gevin and Nikesh lost 5-3, 1-4, 10-8 and 4-1, 4-0 respectively. In the doubles the twins lost 4-0, 4-0 and with the missing fourth player’s matches conceded the Portsmouth team won overall 4-2.

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Other teams competing in the league are David Lloyd Southampton A, David Lloyd Southampton B, Winchester Racquets and Fitness and Portsmouth Tennis Academy. Totally Tennis’ next match is away at Portsmouth Tennis Academy on 30th September.

Tennis Tips | Tip 24: How To Hit A Drop Volley

Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh designed to improve your game.

Tip 24: How To Hit A Drop Volley

Set up for a normal volley, but as you make contact with the ball relax your wrist more and let the racket turn so the strings faces upward so you can create slice on the ball and also keep the ball very close to the net. Remember to keep your contact point out in front and bend your knees.

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Wrong: Racket not facing upwards and knees not bent enough

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Correct: Racket facing upwards and knees bent

Read all the previous tips in the Tennis Tip tab – totallytennis.wordpress.com/tennis-tips/

Hayden Wins Title at Southampton Junior Open

Totally Tennis mini performance player Hayden Cummings enjoyed a busy week of summer tournaments which got off to the best start when he won the 10 and under Mixed Singles title at the Southampton Junior Open last week held at Totton & Eling Tennis Centre in Southampton.

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The compass draw was contested by eight players and in the first round Cummings beat namesake Hayden Calder 4 – 0, 4 – 0 and then defeated second seed Thomas Allen-Green in the semis 4 – 0, 4 – 0. In the final he beat Hari Walton in three sets 4 – 2, 2 – 4, 10 – 4 to win the event.

Cummings then competed in the 10  & under Boys Singles event at The White Horse Abingdon Open 2018 held at the White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre, Oxford. After losing in the first round of the main draw he went on to win the consolation event beating Rohan Sivanendra 4 -0, 4 -2, Joseph Mccay-Brown 4 – 0, 4 – 1 and  Joe Taylor in the final 4 – 0, 4 – 1.

Yesterday he played in the 9 & under Boys singles at the Winchester Mantis Open 2018 held at the Winchester Racquets and Fitness club. After a bye in the first round he defeated  Zachary Verret 7 – 0, 8 – 6 in round two and Zayn Bellazrak in the quarters 7 – 3, 7 – 4 before losing in the semis against eventual winner Daniel Joita 7 – 0, 7 – 5.

Congratulations Hayden 😉  

 

July in Pictures

Totally Tennis coaches enjoys days at this year’s Wimbledon Championships

image1-9Performance player Dean Cooper Kirby won the 16 & U Boys Doubles title in Reykjavik, Iceland with Leo Borg, son of tennis legend Björn.

img_4105.jpgCoach Jordan spent some time in La Manga, Spain

Performance player Kirsty Da Silva (pictured with winner Rina and coach Jamie) was runner-up in the Road to Wimbledon County Finals and booked herself a place in the National Finals at Wimbledon as a lucky loser – congrats Kirsty!

PHOTO-2018-07-14-00-15-00Coach Jamie hosted an Adult American Doubles Tournament which was won by Cliff Church (3rd left) followed by a BBQ

img_4509.jpgPerformance player, assistant coach and former Sherfield School tennis scholar Miles Bromilow signed his tennis scholarship papers to play and study at Prairie State College in Chicago

IMG_4515Performance player Isla Hignett with her new delivery of Mantis rackets

Screen Shot 2018-07-26 at 12.00.50Mini performance player Hayden Cummings was runner-up in the 9 & U Boys singles event at the Windsor Open

IMG_4896Performance player Liam Hignett (back row far right) competed in the LTA Summer County Cup Men’s Doubles competition

Junior Summer Tennis Camps got underway and will run until 30th August

July’s Tennis Tips 

 

 

Runner-Up Trophy for Hayden in Windsor

Mini performance player Hayden Cummings was the runner up in the 9 and under Grade 3 Boys singles event at the Windsor Open held at Windsor Lawn Tennis Club on Sunday.

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In the group stages, Cummings was competing in Group G where he won both his matches to win the group beating Freddie Law 7-3, 7-0 and Tiger Pearl 7-4, 9-7. In the main draw he defeated Zak Bergandy in the first round 7-2, 9-7 followed by Xavier Bailey 8 – 6, 7 – 4 in the quarters and a semi final victory against Stefan Puiu 7-5, 7-5. He lost in the final against Micheal Wilson in a three set encounter  2-7, 7-1, 7-2 to finish as runner-up.

Well done Hayden!

 

Tennis Tips | Tip 20: Returning a First Serve

Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh designed to improve your game.

Tip 20: Returning a First Serve

Try to shorten your take back on the return of a first serve – this will help you with timing the ball and getting the contact point out in front when receiving a faster ball

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Wrong: The racket is too far back

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Correct: Shorter take back

Read all the previous tips in the Tennis Tip tab – totallytennis.wordpress.com/tennis-tips/