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.

SBC Road to Wimbledon National FinalsTim 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

 

 

Tennis Talk: Murray Joins 500 Wins Club

British number one Andy Murray has become the first British player to record 500 career wins after beating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the Miami Open. Murray, seeded three for the Florida event won his 500th match 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and became the ninth still competing layers and 46th man to reach this milestone since the beginning of the open era. The win also sees him book his place in the last eight of the event that he has won twice before and he will now face unseeded Dominic Thiem from Austria later today. After a bye in round one he defeated American Donald Young 6-4, 6-2 in round two followed by win against Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-4 in the third round.

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Murray celebrates his 500 career wins with a giant green cake on court in Miami (source: http://www.bbc.com/sport)

Murray, who made his professional debut back in April 2005 and is currently World Number Four, had earlier surpassed former number British number one Tim Henman’s record of 496 wins when he defeated Feliciano Lopez at the Indian Wells event in California. In his ten years on the professional tennis circuit, Murray 27 has won two Grand Slams and Olympic Gold and Silver medals.

Roger Federer sits at the top of the table with 1,012 matches won by a player still competing but retired five-time US Open Champion Jimmy Connors still has the most career wins with a whopping 1,253. Rafeal Nadal is sitting on 721 and World number one Novak Djokovic is in third place with 625 matches to date.

If you like facts and figures, click here to read BBC.com sport’s round up of Murray’s career to date.

Tennis Talk: QMC At World Tour Finals and Djokovic Wins Title

Queen Mary’s College PE teacher and tennis team manager took thirteen of the college’s tennis and former tennis players for an outing to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London last week.

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The O2 hosts the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (source:Sarah Goldson)

A lucky fourteen players, Nick Dingwall, Adam Hood, Luke Watts, Michael Thompson, Joseph Lane, Patrick Lincoln-Ohstrand, Chris Yarney, Sarah Winkle, Kelsey Mosquera, Holly Groves, Ellis Wyles, Harvey Stuart, Ali Olrog and Matt Rennie, accompanied Goldson on the trip to London to watch the world’s top players in action.

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The court at the O2 from the QMC groups perspective (source: Sarah Goldson)

Goldson said “It was a great day out with all the tennis players and it was good to have everyone together to watch the Tennis. The doubles was probably a better match than the singles, we saw the Bryan brothers, just edge out their opponents in a 10 point tie break. In the singles, we saw Berdych beat Cilic.” she added “The students really enjoyed the event and even though we were on the back row, the view was fantastic and for some of them it was the first time they had attended the event.”

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Federer tells a disappointed crowd that he won’t be able to compete in the final (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

There was disappointment for Goldson yesterday who is a massive fan of Roger Federer as he had to pull out of the final against Novak Djokovic due to injury, handing the defending champion and world number one his fourth season ending crown. Swiss Federer, 33 who has won the title six times previously, announced he was not able to compete as he was not ‘match-fit’ and apologised in person on court to the packed 02 after World number one doubles players twins Bob and Mike Bryan won the Doubles title. Federer said “I’m sorry I’m not fit to play,” he said. “I hope you understand. I wanted to come out personally and explain. I did everything I could. I took pain-killers, had rest until the very end, but I just cannot compete at this level with Novak.” (BBC sport)

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Murray on court with tennis legends McEnroe, Cash and Henman (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

In an attempt to pacify the obviously disappointed crowd, the organisers had drafted in British number one Andy Murray to return to the O2 and step into the fray to play Djokovic in an exhibition pro-match which Djokovic won 8-5. Murray then paired up with tennis legend John McEnroe to beat Tim Henman and Pat Cash 8-6 in a doubles match. Serbian Djokovic, 27, who only had an incredible eight defeats from sixty-six matches this year collected the ATP World Tour Finals trophy before his exhibition match with Murray.

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Champion Djokovic who would have preferred to play to win his fourth title (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

It’s clearly not the way I wanted,” he said. “It’s an incredible achievement, but at this moment it’s hard to talk about it. I’m not one of the players that celebrate this particular type of win.” (BBC Sport)