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.

Is Nutrition The Missing Puzzle Piece to Your Ultimate Tennis Performance?

The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.Bobby Knight

Totally Tennis Alumni Steph Catlin has founded Food Is Life, a sports nutrition consultancy business based in Basingstoke.  Former Totally Tennis performance player, who represented both Brighton Hill Community College and Queen’s Mary College, Steph obtained a four year Division 1 tennis scholarship to the University of Northern Colorado in the USA. After graduating with two Bachelors degrees, one in Sport and Exercise Science and the other in Human Communication Studies she returned to the UK and recently completed her Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Nutrition.


Whilst playing at a high level Steph was continuously striving to improve her tennis performance and spent countless essential hours on court during her time at University, it was then that she realised the power of nutrition in advancing both the physical and mental aspect of her game. She learnt that incorporating sports nutrition techniques in and around training and matches was just as important as practising her serve day in, day out.

There are many tennis coaches you can turn to for on court tactics and techniques, but to be the most successful tennis player you can be, you need more than a 120mph serve. Steph will providing Totally Tennis players with advice and easy-to-follow tips in a series of tennis and nutrition based blog posts.

Steph said, “As a former high performance tennis player there’s one thing I would have done differently: Open my mind to more knowledge and learn from the experience of the people I look up to.” she continued, With that being said, let me help you with that! As a fully qualified sports nutritionist, over the next coming months I will be providing you with my finest knowledge on all things tennis and nutrition.”

So whether you are a social player hungry for more or someone inspiring to one-day play at Wimbledon, these nutrition tips and tricks will help to get you there!

Stay tuned on the Totally Tennis blog and let’s strive for greatness together!

Yours in Health,


In the meantime you can contact Steph for any further information as follows: 


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Read more about Steph’s previous achievements in previous posts Totally Tennis Alumni Stephanie Catlin  and Catlin Competes in BUCS League 



March In Pictures


Performance player Liam Hignett was honoured at the annual Basingstoke & Deane Sports Awards


Younger sister was also honoured at the Mayor’s reception

This month we said goodbye to Ben Jubin and hello to Jordan Frederick


Totally Tennis Alumni Steph Catlin won the BUCS league with her Oxford Brookes Uni team and were runners-up in the cup

Two members of the Hampshire Court Ladies A Team who won the Basingstoke & District Tennis Winter League Division 1 title

image1-2The Red competitors at the TT Tour Brazil Openimage3-2

The Orange Event……..


The Green Event…….

Catlin Competes in BUCS League

Former Totally Tennis Performance player Stephanie Catlin is keeping up with her tennis career now playing for her university, Oxford Brookes women’s first team in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Tennis league. Catlin, was previously Captain of the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Bears Women’s Tennis team (Catlin pictured fourth from right below) in the last semester of her senior year while studying for a double major in Sports and Exercise Science and Communication degree at UNC in America.

8473_wAfter completing her four-year tennis scholarship and degree at UNC, Catlin is now studying for a Masters in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Oxford Brookes back in the UK. She is part of the four women Oxford Brookes 1sts team that have won the BUCS Midland league, winning six and drawing one of their fixtures against Birmingham 1sts, Nottingham 2nd, Nottingham Trent 1st and Warwick 2nd. The team will now compete in the play offs after Easter for a chance to progress into the premier league. In the Women’s Tier 1 Midlands league Catlin is the top ranked player winning all fourteen of her matches (28-1 sets, 166 – 32 games)IMG_3772The team also competed in the BUCS cup progressing to the cup final earlier this month after beating Exeter 3rds, Bournemouth 1st, London Imperial 1sts and Exeter 2nds. In the final the girls played against Northumbria 1sts at the Nottingham Tennis Centre on 13th March, Catlin won both her singles and doubles matches maintaining her season winning record but unfortunately all the other girls lost so the team finished as overall runners-up with a 8 – 4 scoreline.IMG_3773