Players Compete in Road to Wimbledon National Finals

This years Road to Wimbledon National Finals took place on the Wimbledon practice courts located in SW19 from 12th – 18th August. This year, following in the footsteps of many former Totally Tennis players, performance players Dean Cooper Kirby and Kirsty Da Silva got the chance to compete on the All England Club’s historic grass courts.

In the County 14 & under singles competition Da Silva played well in the group stage but unfortunately lost Willow Hancock 7 – 5, 6 – 2 and group winner Sofia Maine 6 – 2, 6 – 1 on day one and Hima Fernando 6 – 2, 6 – 1 on day two so she did not progress to the knockout stages. She then teamed up with Beatrice Painter to compete in the doubles competition, the pair lost against Jemimah Choi/Jessica Miller in their first match 7 – 5, 6 – 2.

Coach Jamie Jordan said, “Kirsty had a fantastic experience this week at the Road to Wimbledon finals, she got to live the dream of a pro and get a taste of what it can be like at the top which she thoroughly enjoyed with smile on her face!” he added, “Her overall performance in both the singles and doubles was good, she tried new things but did find it hard adapting to the immaculate grass courts.

I’m a very proud coach and couldn’t ask for anything more, hopefully this is the next step of the journey for her. Well done Kirsty!

Cooper Kirby was competing in Group E of the Regional 14U Boys Singles and lost his first matches against tough opponents Matthew Rankin 6 – 0, 6 – 4 on the first day and a three set battle against Chirag Duhan from India 3 – 6, 6 – 0 and 1 – 0 on the second day. He then won his third singles matches against James Griffin 4 – 6, 7 – 6(5), 1-0 but did not qualify for the next stage. In the doubles he partnered up with Luca Pow and they beat Rankin and his partner Luke Mcfarlane 6 – 2, 6 – 3. The pair then faced Duhan and his partner Udit Gogoi in the quarter finals but lost 6 – 4, 6 – 2.

The Road to Wimbledon, the annual tournament for players aged 14 & under is celebrated its 17th year of operation with a larger competition in the UK and further expansion in Asia with events in China, Hong Kong SAR, India, and for the first time, in Japan. This year the initial stage of the competition was held at over 800 tennis clubs, school and parks across the country from April to June. Winners and runners-up of the club stage contested the county finals and the separate Road to Wimbledon International UK tournament, open to highly rated British youngsters, took place from 23rd – 24th June.

 

 

 

 

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Tennis Talk: The Championships, Wimbledon 2018

The Championships, Wimbledon 2018 starts tomorrow (2nd July), the most anticipated two weeks in the tennis calender will culminate on Sunday 15th July with the Men’s finals.

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The famous grass courts located in SW19, home of The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, will see hundreds of people come through the turnstiles to be part of the action. However, British tennis fans received disappointedly news today as former number one and two-time champion Andy Murray announced his withdrawal from this year’s event due to his ongoing recovery from hip surgery.

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Defending champion Roger Federer will begin his campaign for his ninth Wimbledon men’s singles title when he opens play tomorrow afternoon on Centre Court. Last year’s women’s singles champion Garbiñe Muguruza from Spain is third seed in this year’s tournament and opens play on Centre Court on Tuesday against Brit Naomi Broady.

Seven-time champion Serena Williams will back in action at Wimbledon for the first time since giving birth to her daughter and also plays her first match tomorrow. British hopes lie with current number ones Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta who kick start their Wimbledon journey on Tuesday will both be looking for their first Grand Slam title. Jamie Murray and his partner Bruno Soares are fifth seeds and ones to watch in the Men’s Doubles.

To follow all the action and find out the latest news throughout the Wimbledon fortnight visit www.wimbledon.com/

Information and photos sourced from www.wimbledon.com/

 

Hignett Meets Henman at Wimbledon

Totally Tennis performance player Isla Hignett met British tennis legend Tim Henman at the weekend’s HSBC Road to Wimbledon tennis clinic along with the other county final runners-up who travelled from all the UK to take part.

img_5435.pngThe clinic, with Henman and Dan Bloxham, was held on the famous grass courts in SW19 on Saturday. They played drills on court for an hour and half with some of the overseas juniors helping with hitting and motivating the players. The tennis session was followed by lunch and a photo opportunity with Henman before a tour of the grounds and Wimbledon museum.

 

Older brother Liam, who accompanied Isla to the event, was himself a competitor in the National Road To Wimbledon finals back in 2014.

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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

 

 

World Tennis News: Federer Wins Eighth Wimbledon Title

Another Wimbledon Championships is over after a great fortnight of tennis in SW19 that saw third seed Roger Federer (3) became the first man to win Wimbledon a record eight times.

b_aerial_778_140717-2 Federer, who last won the prestigious in 2012, defeated an injured and emotional Marin Cilic (7) from Croatia 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to become the oldest man in the Open Era to win at the All England Club. This latest victory takes him to an impressive total of nineteen Grand Slam titles with Rafael Nadal behind on fifteen.

b_federer_1117_160717_jm.jpgWorld and British number one Andy Murray (1) struggled with a hip injury and crashed out of this year’s Wimbledon Championships in the quarter-final defeated by Sam Querrey (24) in five sets 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(7-4), 1-6, 1-6. His exit was swiftly followed by Women’s British number one Johanna Konta (6) in the semis who lost to five-time champion Venus Williams (10) 6-4, 6-2.

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Spain’s Garbine Muguruza (14) beat Williams in Saturday’s ladies final 7-5, 6-0 to win her first Wimbledon title.

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 It wasn’t all bad news for the British players however with top seeds Jamie Murray picking up the Mixed Doubles title with his partner Martina Hingis beating unseeded fellow Brit Heather Watson and her partner Henri Kontinen 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

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Two more titles for British players came in the wheelchair competition. Britain’s Jordanne Whiley and her partner Yui Kamiji won their fourth successive Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles title after beating Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot (2) 2-6, 6-3, 6-0. Defending champions Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid (2) beat top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer from France  6-7(5-7), 7-5, 7-6(7-3) to claim their second consecutive Wimbledon men’s wheelchair doubles title.

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 All photos used with courtesy of www.wimbledon.com

 

 

World Tennis News: Wimbledon 2017

It’s the most anticipated event in the British Tennis calendar and the first week of this year’s Wimbledon Championships has not failed to disappoint, even the weather has been amazing!

After a very early exit from The Aegon Championships at Queen’s Wimbledon defending champion Andy Murray opened up the tournament on Centre Court last Monday against lucky loser Alexander Bublik. The current World and British number one won whom he defeated 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 and continued in good form winning convincly against long-haired (allegedly he’s not cut his hair since 1996) German Dustin Brown 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. He finished up the first week by winning a thrilling four set third-round clash yesterday against Fabio Fognini from Italy 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. The match, that lasted over two and a half hours, thrilled fans and finished just as darkness fell over SW19. Murray is now in last sixteen and will be back in action on Monday against France’s Benoit Paire.

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Joining Murray and Paire in the last sixteen is second seed Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer (3), Rafael Nadal (4), Milos Raonic (6), seventh seed Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem (8), Alexander Zverev (10), Tomas Berdych (11), Grigor Dimitrov (13), Gilles Muller (16), Roberto Bautista Agut (18), Sam Querrey (24), Adrian Mannarinos and Kevin Anderson.

It’s not all been good news on the men’s tour with fifth seed Stan Wawrinka bowing out on the first day beaten 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 by Russian Daniil Medvedev, 21 who was making his debut on Centre Court. Australian Nick Kyrgios who was twentieth seed was forced to retire in the first round due to a hip injury and it was a sad match for American Steve Johnson who was playing after the sudden death of his father Steve Johnson Snr, a respected tennis coach. Johnson lost to Cilic 6-4 7-6(3) 6-4 in the third-round suffering an emotional outbreak during play and finishing the match in tears.

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British women’s number one and sixth seed Johanna Konta reached the second week of competition for the first time in her career after beating Maria Sakkari from Greece 6-4, 6-1, she will now face twenty-first seed Caroline Garcia. In the first round she defeated Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 6-2 followed by Donna Vekic 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-8 in round two. Fellow British player Heather Watson was knocked out yesterday in the third round by former number one Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, Azarenka will now face second seed Simona Halep in her next match.

Elsewhere in the Ladies’s event defending champion Serena Williams is unable to compete this year due to her pregnancy so 2016 runner-up Angelique Kerber is top seed. Kerber made light work of her first round opponent Irina Falconi 6-4, 6-4 in the opening event of the ladies competition and now finds herself in the fourth round against Garbine Muguruza (14). Day four saw Bethanie Mattek-Sands collapsing on court with a severe knee injury which resulted in her being rushed to hospital. Five time champion and tenth seed Venus Williams is also through to the fourth round and will face Ana Konjuh (27). Joining them in the last sixteen is Elina Svitolina (4), Caroline Wozniacki (5), Svetlana Kuznetsova (7), Agnieszka Radwanska (9)Jelena Ostapenko (13)Coco Vandeweghe (24), Petra Martic and Magdalena Rybarikova. 

In the Men’s doubles Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares had their hopes of a Wimbledon title dashed when they were knocked out by Sam Groth and Robert Lindstedt 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. Three-time men’s doubles champions brothers Bob and Mike Bryan also made their exit from this year’s championships after losing to Marcin Matkowski and Max Mirnyi in the second round 3-6, 5-7, 4-6. In the Ladies’s doubles Watson and partner Naomi Broady beat fellow Brit duo Harriet Dart/Katy Dunne 7-5, 6-4 in the first round. In a shock second round victory the British wildcards Jay Clarke and Marcus Willis beat second seeds and defending champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3 in an exciting five set match out on court three to round off middle Saturday.

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There’s still hope for some silverware for Jamie Murray in the Mixed Doubles event where he and partner Martina Hingis are top seeds and through to the third round after defeating the British pairing of Neal Skupski/Anna Smith 6-3, 6-0 in their second round match.

Totally Tennis coaches James McIntosh, Ben Jubin and Shaym Vithlani (Ben & Shyam pictured above enjoying their day yesterday) have all been enjoying Wimbledon this year with all three of them luckily enough to visit this week.

This year’s Wimbledon Championships runs until Sunday 16th July – for all the up-to-date  news and results visit www.wimbledon.com

Three official photos used with courtesy of www.wimbledon.com Additional photos kindly taken by Katherine Catlin and Ben Jubin/Shyam Vithlani.

Coaches and Players train with Wimbledon Boy Balls and Girls

Totally Tennis coaches Ben Jubin and Shyam Vithlani were joined by fellow Totally Alumni and current players at Wimbledon last weekend. The players were there to play while this year’s ball boys and girls candidates practice their skills ahead of the start of this years Championships in early July.

Steph Catlin, Simon James, Ali Olrog and Alex Dawson all played with Rubin and Vithlani at the famous SW19 location. In her other role as manager of the Wimbledon Championships ball boys and girls (BBG’s), Queen Mary’s College (QMC) PE Teacher Goldson invited the coaches and players to participate in the training process.