Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Aaron Dawson and his partner Alexandru Runcianu won the 18 & under Boys Doubles title at last weekend’s South West Winter County Tour held at the indoor centre.
In the event, run by Liam Hignett, second seeds Dawson and Runcianu (pictured below right) beat Sebastien Muller and Christian Yeates in the quarters 4-2, 4-0 followed by a semi-final win against Elliott Lowe and Freddie Simpson 4-0, 4-3(1). In the final the boys defeated top seeds Charlie and Darcy Pycroft in three sets 3-4(2), 4-1, 10-9 to win the event.
In the girls event, Totally Tennis’ Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid finished in fourth place overall. The second seeds beat Rebecca Fisher and Lauren Foster in the quarters 4-0, 4-1 but then lost in the semis in three sets against eventual winners Genevieve Doe and Amelia Monteith 4-1, 2-4, 10-7. Number seeds Aleia De Buretel and Leyla Elmas were runners-up after losing against Doe/Monteith in the final 4-3(3), 4-3(2).
The next South West Winter County Tour at Totally Tennis Basingstoke is the 12 & U Boys & Girls singles on Saturday 16th February – click HERE for details.
The Queen Mary’s College boys tennis team were action last week in a friendly match against Hampshire’s Bedales School at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre, winning with an impressive 8 – 0 scoreline.
(L to R) Ollie Brown, Jonathan Duggan, Chris Bundhoo & Matthew Berry
The team of Totally Tennis squad player Ollie Brown, Matthew Berry (who is coached by Liam Hignett) and former club players Jonathan Duggan and Chris Bundhoo won all their matches convincingly. In the singles, Berry won 6-0, Duggan and Brown 6-2 and Bundhoo 6-3 and in the doubles matches Brown/Duggan won 6-0 and Berry/Bundhoo won 6-3.
Sarah Goldson, QMC PE teacher and Tennis Team manager said, “It was good to get a match in as have not had many competitive opportunities since going out of the senior students group stages.” She added. “Our next match will be in the National Cup, where we await the winner of Bradfield College vs. Clare’s Court having been given a bye in the first round.“
Opt into this year’s Wimbledon Ballot for your chance to win tickets for The Championships 2019 that are taking place from Monday 1st until Sunday 14th July.
Players, who have not already joined as British Tennis members, need them to sign up to and take advantage of this free membership – click HERE for details. If you are already a member but have not opted into the Wimbledon ballot click on one of the links below. The opt-in closing date is 22nd February.
If you belong to an LTA Registered Venue, you can access the British Tennis Wimbledon Ballot, compete with a British Tennis Rating and stay on the ball with the latest news in British Tennis. The Lite membership is free to Juniors (aged 11 – 17 years) and Adults (18+) who play at Totally Tennis. Children (aged 4- 11) can join and have a Mini Tennis Rating and discount on kit but are NOT eligible for the Wimbledon ballot.
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Totally Tennis’ Tom Harris (pictured far right) played in the latest South West Winter County Tour with partner Edward Hewlett in the 12 and under Boys Doubles at the indoor centre last weekend.
The event, organised and run by Liam Hignett, was won by top seeds Niall Hillwood and Rafe Samuel who beat second seeds Harris/Hewlett in the final 4-2, 4-0. In the quarters Harris/Hewlett beat Milo Burns and Zeb Imber 4-2, 4-1 and Henry Brewer and Edward Draper 4-1, 4-0.
The next South West Winter County Tour at Totally Tennis Basingstoke is the 18 & U Boys & Girls Doubles on Saturday 9th February (entries closed) and 12 & U Boys & Girls singles on Saturday 16th February – click HERE for details and to enter.
Performance player and coach Liam Hignett has passed his Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Level 3 Coaching Qualification.
Current Hampshire & IOW County Championships Men’s champion, Hignett will be sharing his experience and expertise with players in the junior and adult programmes. He also offers private lessons as well as hitting sessions for performance players looking for that extra practice.
Hignett started playing at Totally Tennis from the age of ten in the junior performance squads and has gone on to win many titles as a junior and in then in the men’s competitions in both singles and doubles. He played at Wimbledon after winning the HSBC Road to Wimbledon county title and has represented Hampshire & IOW in various County Cup matches across several different age groups. He gained a tennis scholarship to Sherfield School via the club’s ongoing partnership with the school and won more titles with the school team.
He has been a volunteer coach at the club for several years and previously passed both his LTA Level 1 and 2 coaching awards. He has gained plenty of experience coaching juniors, adults and some of the performance players under the mentoring scheme working with all the coaches at the indoor centre. He has learnt many new skills as part of his level 3 course including how to coach beginners and improvers in groups and as individuals, understanding the basics of business management, the competitive structure in the UK and working with level 1 and 2 coaching assistants. Alongside the four modules Hignett undertook coaching experience with a mentor, compiled a portfolio and passed his final on court practical coaching assessment.
Hignett said, “I’m happy to have passed my level 3 course and looking forward to continuing to develop as a coach. I’m thankful to the coaches who have been giving me advice and pointers on how I can improve and also to tutors Nigel Long and Guy Leverton for a great course and for helping me to pass.”
Tennis Director Nigel Long said, ‘Unlike many other coaches having played to such a high level will really benefit Liam’s career as well as our players as he can now share all his playing experiences and tactical and technical knowledge. “
Hignett has also completed the LTA referee development course that enables him to run events at the club such as the recent LTA South West County Tour series. He will be running South West Winter County Tour series at Totally Tennis until March for juniors aged from eight to eighteen – to find out more about the tournaments and to enter visit www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/
For more information about individual lessons with Hignett contact Totally Tennis on 01256 358816 or Hignett himself via Instagram and Facebook
Congratulations Liam! 😉
Let your children escape the cold weather this February Half Term and play under cover at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre. The popular Tennis and Multi Sport Camps are a healthy alternative for your children to have fun in the school holidays while burning off some energy, making friends and learning a new sport.
Running at the Indoor Centre in War Memorial Park from 18th – 22nd February sessions can be booked as morning, afternoon or full day options (discounted two-day packages are also available). Tennis camps give children plenty of opportunity to keep active and the camps are not only tennis orientated, although that is the main focus, but combine a variety of sports so there really is something for everyone (morning sessions tennis only, afternoon sessions tennis & multi-sport).
Tennis camps are great fun and include lots of games and mini-competitions for both new and experienced players for children aged 4 – 16 years in a safe environment with fully qualified, licensed and experienced Lawn Tennis Association coaches.
Morning ~ 9am – 12 noon (Tennis)
Afternoon ~ 1pm – 4pm (Tennis & Multi Sports)
Full Day ~ 9am – 4pm (children must be 5 years and over to stay all day)
Each child should dress appropriately for tennis activities and the February weather (lots of layers if chilly), bring plenty of drinks and a packed lunch if staying all day. Children will be supervised throughout the day, including lunch breaks. Rackets will be provided for those who need one. Please note refunds will only be given with 24 hours notice and sessions need a minimum number of participants in order to take place. As a result of a cancellation by Totally Tennis an alternative will be offered.
For more information about the Tennis Camps please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, email email@example.com or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk
It was the turn of the younger players to compete last weekend in the latest South West Winter County Tour held at the indoor centre by coach Liam Hignett.
Two Totally Tennis players, Harry Dolman and Kevin Karjalainen competed in the 9 and under Mixed Singles along with six other players. Dolman (pictured above with former TT coach Jordan Frederick who returned for the event) was declared the winner after beating Ralph Du Boulay in the quarters 10-5, Karjalainen in the semis 10-7 and Haohan Lu in the final 11-9.
Photo used with courtesy of Jordan Frederick.