Tennis Talk | Schroders Battle of the Brits Draws Announced

The stage is set and the now the draws have taken place for ‘Schroders Battle of the Brits‘ tournament that’s taking place later this month at The National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, London. The event will not only bring much-missed live tennis to fans but also aims to raise a minimum of £100,000 for NHS Charities Together.

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The event has been organised by seven-times Grand Slam doubles and mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray, alongside Schroders and Amazon Prime Video. The eight male singles players will compete in two groups that have been named after British tennis legends, Tim Henman and Greg Rusedki.

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Former British and world number one Andy Murray will face Kyle Edmund in the Henman Group on his return to competitive tennis after seven months. Liam Broady and James Ward will also compete in this group while current British number one Dan Evans, Cameron Norrie, Jay Clarke and Jack Draper will all play in the Rusedski Group.

Competing in the Paul Hutchins doubles group are Liam Broady & Cam Norrie, Dan Evans & Lloyd Glasspool and Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski. Kyle Edmund & Jack Draper, Dom Inglot & Jay Clarke, and Joe Salisbury & Jonny O’Mara will play in the Cathie Sabin group.

Tune into watch the tournament, which will take place behind closed doors at the NTC from 23rd – 28th June, on Amazon Prime for UK and Ireland viewers and Eurosport and Tennis Channel from the US – click HERE for more details.

Read more in previous post MARK YOUR CALENDAR | TENNIS WILL BE BACK ON TV FROM 23RD-28TH JUNE

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Mark Your Calendar | Tennis Will be Back on TV from 23rd-28th June

Are you missing the tennis summer season? The French Open, Wimbledon Championships and the grass court season may have been cancelled but you can still get your tennis fix on Amazon Prime Video watching ‘Schroders Battle of the Brits‘ taking place behind closed doors from 23rd – 28th June.

The six-day event, organised by seven-times Grand Slam doubles and mixed doubles champion, Jamie Murray, will be held at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, London to raise money for NHS Charities Together. The mens only fixture will have singles and doubles events and feature top players such as former British and World number one Andy Murray (Jamie’s brother for those who are not aware) alongside other top British players such as Kyle Edmund, Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans.

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Jamie told BBC Sport “The last few months have been incredibly challenging times for everyone and we see this event as our way of giving back,” he added, “A lot of work has gone in to make sure this could happen and we are excited to be able to bring an action-packed week of tennis, while raising valuable funds for NHS heroes to say thank you for the amazing work they have done.”

In conclusion, “I’m really excited to be, for the first time, bringing together the current generation of British male players to compete against one another while raising significant funds for charity.” It is hoped the event will raise at least £100,000 for the NHS charities.

Andy Murray has not played since the Davis Cup Finals last November due to a bruised pelvic bone so this event will be testing out his hip in preparation for the start of the professional tennis season whenever that may be.

This will be the first competitive domestic tournament since coronavirus stopped play and will see the top eight British male players battle against each other.  In the singles, two groups of four players will compete for a place in the semi-finals and ultimately to be crowned the singles champions. The doubles competition will see six pairs compete to become the overall doubles winners.

The tournament will be followed by four new British Tour events that will take place over consecutive weeks from 3rd-26th July at the LTA’s National Tennis Centre in Roehampton. The venue has been approved as an elite training venue and the LTA has been working with the Government to undertake the necessary preparations and risk assessments to enable these events to happen.

Scott Lloyd, LTA Chief Executive, said: “The LTA is looking forward to bringing tennis back into people’s lives this summer, and are excited about events like this inspiring fans to get involved in our sport and pick up a racket.

Watch the live action exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the UK and Ireland and on Eurosport and Tennis Channel in the US.

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Runner-up Spot for Hignett at British Tour Edgbaston

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett was runner-up in the Men’s singles at the British Tour Edgbaston event held at the Edgbastom Priory Club last week.

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Third seed Hignett beat William Mclenneghan 7-5, 6-4 in the first round followed by Euan Wilson-Baig in round two 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-0. In the quarters he defeated eighth seed Tom Welsh 7-6(10), 6-4 and then sixth seed Mattias Southcombe in the semi-finals 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. In the final Hignett lost to top seed Jake Hersey 6-3, 6-2 to finish as runner-up.

Congratulations Liam 😉

Read more about Hignett competing in British Tour events HERE

The Macca Tournament

Head Coach James McIntosh is running the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise awareness and much needed funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of his father who sadly passed away from the disease just three weeks after diagnoses.

Although the marathon, which was supposed to take place on 26th April, has been postponed due to COVID-19 McIntosh will continue to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK and keep training. The marathon is now scheduled to take place on Sunday 4th October.

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Last Friday saw players gather together to compete in ‘The Macca’, an adult American doubles tournament to raise money towards McIntosh’s £2,500 target. The tournament was played in a round robin mixed doubles format where players are paired at random and rotate collecting games on the way. The event was won by Nick Pogmore who had the most games after the four rotations.

McIntosh said, “Thank you to everyone that came to the tournament on Friday and congratulations to Nick who won the event with the highest score over the four rounds.” he added, “It was a fun evening of tennis followed by drinks and we raised a total of £186 for Pancreatic Cancer UK.”

Read more about McIntosh’s Marathon story HERE

Runner-up medal for Cummings at Hale Gardens

Performance player Hayden Cummings was runner-up in the Grade 4 South West Winter County Tour 14 & U Boys Singles held at Hale Gardens on 1st March.

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In the quarters Cummings beat William Addleton 4-1, 4-0 followed by Oliver Hopper in the semis 1-4, 4-3(7), [10-3]. In the final he lost to Olivier Paris 4-2, 4-2 to finish in second place.

In the recent Oxstalls SP Winter Regional Tour, Cummings finished fifth in the 12 & under Boys singles. In the first round he defeated Ethan Scott 6-1, 6-1 but lost in the quarters against Sebastian Griffiths 6-4, 6-1. In the first play-off match Cummings beat Harrison Vickery 1-6, 6-4, [10-8] and in the second Felix Mihaylov 6-3, 6-2.

Dawson Represents Hampshire & IOW in County Cup

Performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Aaron Dawson was part of the team who represented Hampshire & I.O.W at the LTA 18U County Cup 2020 held at Nuffield Tennis Centre in Hull last weekend. The team of Dawson, Oliver Fernandez, William Jones, George Russell, James Ardley, Aaron Butcher, Jed Voysey, Louis and Henry Bowden competed in Division 3 (Boys Group b) against North of Scotland, Cambridgeshire and West of Scotland.

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In the first fixture Hampshire & IOW beat West of Scotland 7 – 2 with Dawson winning his singles against Aaron Purba 6-0, 6-2 but losing his doubles match with partner Ardley against Lachie Macintosh and Ross Young 6-4, 4-6, 1-0(4). In the second fixture the Hampshire team defeated Cambridgeshire 6 – 3, Dawson beat Leon Kewney 6-3, 7-5 in the singles. He and partner Ardley won their doubles match against Charlie Adams and Leon Kewney 6-4, 6-4.

In the final fixture the Hampshire team lost against North of Scotland 5-3. Dawson beat Cameron Fryer 7-6(3), 7-6(3) in the singles but he and Ardley were beaten in the doubles 6-1, 6-4 by Jamie Connel and Ross Lyon. North of Scotland were declared the group winners with 6 points, Hampshire & IOW were runners-up with 4 points, Cambridgeshire were third with 2 points and West of Scotland finished in last place.

 

 

 

 

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January in Pictures | 2020

IMG_5393Head coach James McIntosh announced he was running the 2020 London Marathon for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of his late father

IMG_5662Performance player and assistant coach Harry Feast got to the semi-final stage of the South West Winter County Tour held at the indoor centre

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Adeniran Wins The First TT Tour of 2020

It was another TT Tour win for junior squad player Tobi Adeniran at last weekend’s Australian Open event.

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In the group stages Adeniran won Box 1 after winning all his five matches, he beat Lewis Gambrill 10-6, Dylan Mills 10-4, Vihaan Juvadi 10-3, Maximus Perez-Lockley 10-2 and Thomas Hartley 10-1. Mills won four matches and finished as was runner-up, he defeated Gambrill 10-8, Juvadi 10-7, Perez-Lockley 10-2 and Hartley 10-1.

Gabriella Dyer and Carter Grout were joint winners of Box 2 with each of them winning four matches. Dyer beat Shriham Chakraborty 10-7, Freddie Stokes 10-5, Shauna Rana 10-7 and Grout 10-3. Grout scored 10-9 wins against Shrayan Subash, Chakraborty and defeated Rana 10-8.

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In the semi finals Adeniran beat Grout 10-3 and Dyer defeated Mills 10-7. The final saw Adeniran beat Dyer 10-4 to claim his first TT Tour victory of 2020.

Coach Loic Armstrong who ran the event said, “Another fantastic turnout and a great display from all the players to start the year. This month the players were much more competent with their scoring and serving from side to side. It was great to see that they communicated together really well and played fairly.” he added, “As well as the quality of their tennis, their confidence is growing each month. Thanks to everyone who came and see you next month!”

Semi Final Finish for Feast

Totally Tennis performance player Harry Feast competed in the South West Winter County Tour – Totally Tennis Basingstoke – Men’s Open held last weekend at the indoor centre.

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The Men’s singles tournament, which was held by fellow performance player and coach Liam Hignett, was won by Sebastien Muller from Oxford who defeated Edward Mcintyre in the final 4-2, 4-1. Feast beat Terry Gillman in the first round 4-0, 4-0 and Tomasz Wojtak in the quarters 4-2, 4-1 but was then knocked out in the semis in a three set battle by Mcintyre 4-3(3), 2-4, [10-5].

The tournament is part of the series of South West Winter County Tour events for adults and juniors held by Hignett at Totally Tennis. The next event is the 16 & under Boys and Girls singles this coming weekend (26th January).

Runners-up Medal for Isla at the Eastleigh Open

Performance player Isla Hignett played in the 16 & under girls singles at the Eastleigh Open 2019, held at the David Lloyd Club in Southampton, finishing in the runner-up spot.

Second seed Hignett had a bye in the first round and then beat Daisy Doherty 6-1, 6-1 in the quarters and fourth seed Isabella Hope in the semis 6-1, 6-2 before losing in the final against third seed Nora Khediri 6-3, 7-5. In the 16 and under Girls Doubles Hignett and partner Tillie Reid defeated Olivia Higgs and Polina Ivanushkina in the quarters 4-0, 4-0 but lost out in the semis to top seeds Helen Coomber and Amelia Monteith 4-1, 4-0. Reid also competed in the singles but lost in the first round against Scarlett Doman 6-1, 6-0. 

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In the 12 & under boys singles Hayden Cummings lost in the first round against second seed Olivier Paris 7-6(2), 6-1. He also played in the 12 & under Boys Doubles with partner Oliver Rycroft  losing in the quarters to Jack Ford and Henry Hughes 4-2, 4-2. The pair were runners-up in the 12 & under Boys Doubles consolation event after losing to Thomas Hargreave and Noah Mayers in the final 4-2,2-4, 10-6.