Hampshire County Cup Call Up For Hignett

Performance player and assistant coach Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & IOW Mens team that competed in the LTA Winter County Cup 2018 held at Hills Road Sports and Tennis Centre in Cambridge at the end of last month.

Hignett (pictured front left) was joined in the Hampshire team by Julian Godfrey, Robert Mitchell, Ryan Golesworthy, George Houghton, Michael Johnson, Paul Scullard, Jake Norris and Austin Gwilliam who completed in the Mens Group 4b competition against teams from Durham & Cleveland, Leicestershire and the Channel Islands.

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On the first day the Hampshire team were up against the Durham & Cleveland team and lost 6-3. Hignett won his singles match 6-2, 6-2 but lost his doubles match with partner Jake Norris 6-3, 6-4. Day two was much better result with Hampshire beating Leicestershire 6-3. Hignett won his singles and his doubles match with Norris with both matches having the same 6-3, 6-2 scoreline.

On the final day Hampshire notched up another win against the Channel Islands 5-1. Hignett maintained his singles clean sheet winning his final match 6-4, 6-0 and was not required to play his doubles match with Norris as the tie was already decided. Overall the team finished in second place with four points and retained their position in the league while winners Durham & Cleveland, with six points, gained promotion.

Hignett also competed in the Open Mens Singles at the LTA British Tour Edgbaston 2 held at The Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham. Sixth seed Hignett beat Benjamin Stanford in the first round 6-2, 6-1 and then Alex Griffiths in the second round  7-6(4), 6-3 but then lost in the quarters to fifth seed Matthew Hollingworth.

 

 

 

 

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November in Pictures

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123833a4-6657-47b6-a448-a356eb661fc3Julia Miksztal (pictured left) was runner-up in the 8 & under mixed indoor matchplay event at David Lloyd Northwood

IMG_1530Coach Jamie celebrated his birthday

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1cabdf0e-1ee5-4f65-9a1e-49b1f459cfedMini performance player Hayden Cummings picked up the runners-up medal in the 10 and under Boys singles event at the Bradfield East Winter County Tour 

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Mini performance player Harry Dolman was runner-up in the Team Bath Mini Red & Orange tournament held at Bath University

92ca2cb2-ccef-4bea-88eb-cf3d6210f8a1We waved goodbye to coach Jordan Frederick this monthIMG_1531

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Festive Fun at Totally Tennis

It’s time to get festive at Totally Tennis. Start this Friday with the adult’s annual Drunken Drills and Christmas Jumper Day all week long starting from Monday 10th December?. There’s lots of fun to be had this Christmas season for both Juniors and Adults.

Come celebrate the festive season with us and work off all those mince pies too 😉Drop the children off for some Tennis Camp fun while you do all that last minute shopping.

Friday 7th December

Adults – Drunken Drills 7:00 – 8:30pm (£15 per player)

Monday 10th – Friday 14th December

Juniors – Christmas Jumper Day for squads all week long in aid of Save The Children – click HERE for more information

Saturday 22nd December

Juniors – Festive Fun (4 – 12 years) 9:00am – 12 noon (£15 per player)

**Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day – CLOSED**

Thursday 27th December

Juniors – Tennis Camps 9:00am – 4:00pm (Booking Required) – Click HERE for more information

Friday 28th December

Juniors – Munchkins, Pirates, Indians and Red Squads  1:00 – 2:00pm (£9 per player)

Juniors – Dodgers, Giants, Orange and Green Squads 2:30 – 4:00pm (£9 per player)

Adults – Mixed Morning 10:00am – 11:30am (310 per player)

**New Years Eve 31st December  and New Years Day 1st January 2018 – CLOSED**

Wednesday 2nd – Friday 4th January 2019

Juniors – Tennis Camps 9:00am – 4:00pm (Booking Required) – Click HERE for more information

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Totally Tennis.

Runner-up Medal For Nikesh Bomma on Home Soil

The latest South West Winter County Tour event run by performance player and coach Liam Hignett took place at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre last weekend.

Two of the clubs mini performance players Hayden Cummings and Nikesh Bomma competed in the 10 and under Boys competition along with nine other players. Top seed Cummings beat Cameron Bagha in the quarters 4-0, 4-0 but was then knocked out of the competition by eventual winner Michael Cooke in the semis 4-1, 4-3(3). Bomma defeated Alexander Bruce 4-2, 4-3(2) in his quarter final match followed by Marcin Kornijczuk in the semis 4-0, 4-2 before losing to Cooke in the three set final 4-3(1), 3-4(4), 10-3 to finish in second place overall. Cummings finished in fourth place.

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Bomma’s coach Jamie Jordan said. “Nikesh played unbelievably well in his second ever tournament and second time he got to the final.” He added, “He’s really enjoying competing and working on getting his rating higher. Great effort Nikesh, keep up the good work.”

In last month’s South West Winter County Tour Men’s event held last month, also run by Hignett, Totally Tennis’ Loic Armstrong was in action. Armstrong beat Paul Stavely 4-0, 4-1 in the first round but lost against third seed Sam Li 4-1, 3-4(1), 10-6 in the quarters. Top seed George Russell won the event.

 

Christmas Tennis Camps

Do you want your child to burn off some energy and have a fantastic time this coming Christmas school holidays?  For a healthy and challenging alternative, the Totally Tennis Festive Tennis Camps are a great way for juniors to improve their skills and fitness while making new friends.

Packed with opportunities to learn and play tennis, activities also include football, rounders and hockey.  The scheme has received OFSTED accreditation and the sessions are run by experienced Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) qualified and licensed coaches.

img_1437.jpgTennis camps will be running at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park for four days on Thursday 27th December and from 2nd – 4th January. Sessions can be booked for Morning, Afternoon and Full days and can be booked from 9:00am – 4:00pm.

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Each child needs to bring a packed lunch and drinks and be dressed appropriately for the weather – bring warm clothing as it will probably be cold! Those coming for a full day will be supervised during the lunch break and rackets will be provided for those that need one. Appropriate inhaler or medication must be brought along if needed and the coach informed.4B546DB0-E5A5-426D-9017-8461A8984259

 

For more information and to book, please telephone the office on 01256 368816, e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the website http://www.totallytennis.co.uk.

Goodbye Jordan

Today we waved a fond farewell to coach Jordan Frederick who leaves to take up a new coaching position in Bath after he returns from a month long trip visiting former Totally Tennis performance player Dean Cooper Kirby in Florida.

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Frederick joined the coaching team on a part-time basis back in 2014, coaching at the indoor centre just doing two days a week alongside his role as Head Coach at a club in Dorchester. He made the move to coach full-time at Totally Tennis in February 2016 and now heads to the University of Bath where he will be coaching on the LPDC (Local Performance Development Centre) and the RPDC (Regional Performance Development Centre) teams. Once he has completed his LTA Level 4 senior performance coach qualification he will be named as Head of Performance for the 11 and under players.

Commenting on his time at Totally Tennis Frederick said, “I have really enjoyed my time at the club, everyone that I have ever worked with has been amazing from my colleagues on court to the receptionists, but the most enjoyable part of my journey has been the players and parents I have worked with who have all been amazing and great fun.”

“I‘ve enjoyed every moment and I’d just like to say a special thank you to the players that I have worked with week in, week out, you’ve all played a massive part in my career and we have all made big friendships along the way.” he added, “I will truly miss them all, and will never forget my time at Totally Tennis, I hope to see many of them at future tournaments.”

Frederick will now fly to Naples in Florida to meet up with Cooper Kirby at the Gomez Tennis Academy. He said, ” I am looking forward to spending time at the academy, not only will it be a nice to see how a former player is getting on but also a really great learning experience for myself to see how they manage and coach players abroad.

Good luck Jordan!

 

World Tennis News: Alexander Zverev Wins ATP Finals

Twenty-one year old Alexander Zverev from Germany stunned tennis fans worldwide when he outclassed world number one Novak Djokovic to win the 2018 season-ending ATP Finals at the O2 in London on Sunday.

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Third seed Zverev stopped hot favourite Djokovic, who at 31 is ten years his senior, winning his sixth ATP finals title beating him in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. Earlier in the round-robin stage of the competition he had lost to Djokovic in straight sets but then he beat Roger Federer in the semis which obviously gave him the confidence that he needed to win the event.

Zverev has made history in may ways by winning this event, firstly he is the first German player to win since Boris Becker in 1985 and the youngest champion since Djokovic in 2008. He is also the first player to beat both the top two seeds in the semi-finals and final since Andre Agassi in 1990 and the first player to beat both Djokovic and Federer in the same ATP Finals.

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Mike Bryan and new partner Jack Sock (previously played with brother Bob who has a hip injury) won the doubles title in a thrilling final coming back from a set down to clinch victory against French pair Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 5-7, 6-1, 13-11.

Information and photos sourced from www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/ and Getty Images.