Another Busy Week For Hignett

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett had a busy week competing in the Grade 3 Frost & Co. Dorset Open 2017 as well as volunteering at the IAFF World Athletic Championships in London.

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In the tournament held at the East Dorset Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club Hignett competed in both the Open Men’s singles and the doubles with Dorset based partner Louis Allen. In the singles, second seed Hignett had a bye in the first round then he beat Joshua Kean 6-2, 6-1 in round two followed by fifth seed Jack Oswald 6-2, 6-3 in the quarters. In the semis he defeated seventh seed Thomas Watkinson 6-4, 6-1 but then lost to top seed Alex White 7-5, 6-1 in the final to finish in the runner-up spot.

In the doubles, second seeds Hignett and Allen had a bye in the first round then beat Adam Watkinson/Thomas Watkinson in the quarters 4-0, 4-2 and then beat third seeds  Benjamin Battey/David Hill in three sets 7-6(3), 6-7(8), 10-6 in the semis. In the final they were due to face top seeds Adam Glynn/Toby Samuel but due to the match scheduling and Hignett’s IAFF commitments the pair had to concede leaving them as runners-up. 

At the televised World Athletics sessions Hignett had the honour of carrying Usain Bolt’s bag before the 4 x 100 metre relay final.

 

Chendhilkumar Twins Compete in Oxford

Totally Tennis mini tennis players Guhan and Gevin Chendhilkumar participated in their first external tennis tournament outside the club last weekend. The twin brothers competed in the 9 and under Boys Singles event which was part of the Leys Mini Tennis Tournament in Oxford.

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The tournament was played in a round robin format with the brothers competing is different boxes. In Group A, Guhan unfortunately lost his three matches 10-6, 10-7 and 10-4 respectively and finished in fourth place. Gevin fairer better in Group B where he finished third beating William White 10-4 but losing his other two matches 10-2 including his match against eventual event winner Shay Corcoran.

The brothers then played each other in an epic match that Gevin just edged 10-9. Gevin then defeated Benjamin Seville 10-5 to finish in fifth place overall.

Good luck for future events boys 😉

 

North Waltham Primary Schools Wimbledon Event

The annual North Waltham Primary Schools Wimbledon event was held this year at Totally Tennis’ centre in the War Memorial Park. There were two competitions, one for the younger year 3 and 4 pupils and a separate event for the older children in year 5 and 6.

Forty-five players entered the year 3 and 4 event with the players split into nine boxes of five players. It was a round robin format where players would play a match tie break to 10 points with the top sixteen players from the boxes progressing through into the knockout stages.

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The final four contested the semi-final matches; Stanley versus Ben and Kirsten against Hector, Stanley and Kirsten progressing to the final which Stanley then won 10-6 to be crowned the champion.

In the year 5&6 competition there were few players with only thirty-five entires with the players split into six boxes of five competitors. The top eight players then progressed through to the quarterfinals. In the semi-finals Faith beat Finn 10-6 and Soloman beat Harry 10-7. The final was a close affair with Faith just edging the win over Harry 11-9 to become the upper school winner.

 Head coach James McIntosh said, “It was great to host the North Waltham Wimbledon event at Totally Tennis.” he added,  “There were so many players involved in the event and some great matches played across the day, everyone really enjoyed the event. “

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Phoebe a teacher from North Waltham said “My colleagues and I were really impressed by the standard of tennis, especially in the last sixteen of the 3 & 4 competition.” she added, “The children really enjoyed it and the weather was on our side!

Totally Tennis Retain Unbeaten Record in Annual Festival of Sport

This year’s annual Festival of Sport event against twin town Euskirchen took place in Basingstoke from Thursday 29th June to Sunday 2nd July. This year was extra special as it was celebrating twenty-five years of competition.
Totally Tennis were defending their unbeaten record in the festival and this year Isla Hignett, Tillie Reid, Jasmin Bromilow, Atinuke Adelakun, Dylan Hall-Jones, Oliver Alemeny, Eddie Lakatos and Josh Furneaux represented the club on home soil at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park. Euskirchen Tennis Club was represented by five players who travelled over from Germany with the rest of the competitors; Eva, Marie, Franziska, Finn and Alex.
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The German players arrived on Thursday night and stayed with their host families before the first training session at the club on Friday morning. In the afternoon the players enjoyed some free time at the Basingstoke Jump Factory before returning to the club for some more training followed by a social pizza and chilli night in the clubhouse.
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Prior to the competition starting on Saturday morning the players were visited by the mayor and mayoress of Basingstoke along with others from the civic party of both Basingstoke and Euskirchen. The tournament then began with players competing in both singles and doubles matches to score points for their respective clubs/towns. The Totally Tennis won all their matches except one where Finn/Alex defeated Oliver/Dylan in a close doubles match 5-4 meaning Basingstoke won overall 10 -1 and Totally Tennis retained their unbeaten record for another year.
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The presentation ceremony took place at Queen Mary’s College (QMC) on Saturday evening where the overall festival winners Euskirchen were crowned 2017 champions. The event was finished with a disco for everyone involved in the festival from all the different sports.
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Two hundred sportsmen and women travelled from Germany to compete in this year’s festival organised annually by the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council. This year’s events included football, athletics, dance, volleyball, judo and of course tennis as well as many social events.
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Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh who co-ordinates the tennis event said, ” It was another excellent weekend of tennis and social activities for the players.” he added, “It was great for some new players to be involved in the festival for the very first time. We look forward to returning to Euskirchen next year for another Festival of Sport and defending our record.”

Silver Medal For Kirsty in Oxford

Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva reached her first Grade 4 final on Sunday while competing in the GSM Bampton 12U Girls Summer County Tour in Oxford.

In the quarter finals she beat Gigi Ifil 3-4(3), 4-1,10-6 followed by Katie Baker in the semis 4-2, 4-1 but then lost against the number one seed Patricia Radan 4-3(3), 4-0 in her first Grade 4 12U final.

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Kirsty’s mum Sue Da Silva said, ” Kirsty played a great tournament sadly losing to the number one seed in the final.” she added, “Her first round match was terrific against a very talented player who has played in many national tournaments, Kirsty played a clever match and eventually won in three sets.  Some of her best tennis so far!”

Congratulations Kirsty!

TT Tour: Wimbledon Winners 2017

As the world’s top tennis players enjoyed a day off from play in SW19 yesterday the juniors at Totally Tennis participated in their own Wimbledon event as part of the TT Tour series.

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The Grand Slam event had a 1,000 points up for grabs so there was lots to play for as as well as the becoming the winner. In the red event, six players were competing in the round robin event; Daisy, Yuvraj and Roksanna were drawn in Box 2 and William, Ayush and Julia were playing in Box 2.

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Box 1 was won by Roksanna after winning her matches against Daisy 10-6 and Yuvraj 10-4, the runner-up spot went to Yuvraj. Ayush won Box 2 beating William 10-6 and Julia 10-3, William was runner-up defeating Julia 10-3.

In the semis William beat Roksanna 10-3 and Ayush defeated Yuvraj 10-6. In the final William beat Ayush to win the event and earn the maximum 1,000 points.

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In the orange event Ansh won Box 1 beating Guhan 10-7 and Charlie 10-7, second place went to Charlie who beat Guhan 10-6. Box 2 was won by Gevin who defeated Vihan 10-1 and Rory 10-6, the runner-up spot went to Rory who beat Vihan 10-6.

In the semis Ansh beat Rory 10-4 and Charlie defeated Gevin. Charlie was declared the winner after beating Ansh in the final 10-8 adding the 1,000 points to his leaderboard total.

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The Totally Tennis Tour is for Development Squads and Mini Performance Squads players who get the opportunity to compete in seven tournaments throughout the year. The top eight players from each squad will be invited back to play in the Grand Final’s in November for the chance to finish as the club champions. Leaderboard’s will show players rankings in each squad and points will be awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as points for entering.

The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points of 1,000 and or the winners 500 for the runners-up. All other events give the winners 250 points, 125 for second place and 75 for third/fourth places, every player gets 100 points for all events they enter, each age group leaderboard will be updated after each tournament.

TT Tour Dates 2017

Sunday 17th September – US Open

Sunday 15th October – Valencia Open

Sunday 15th November – Grand Finals (by invitation only)

PLAYERS MUST BOOK IN BEFORE EACH EVENT. Minimum of FOUR players will be needed per age group otherwise it may get cancelled.

Red (Pirates, Indians, Red Squad) – 10am -12 noon

Orange (Dodgers, Orange Squad) 10am -12 noon

Green (Giants, Green Squad 1pm – 3.30pm

Yellow (C.B, A SQUAD, Performance) 1pm – 3pm

All players interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816. Each event costs £6.50 per player

Hignett Wins Men’s Title in Southampton

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett won the David Lloyd Southampton Aegon British Tour FAST4 Open Mens singles title last weekend beating the top seed in the final. The Sherfield tennis scholar Hignett, 17 was second seed in the Grade 3 event which also featured fellow tennis scholar and performance player Miles Bromilow.

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In the first round Hignett defeated Krishna Tanja 4-0, 4-3(4) (who went on to win the consolation event) followed by James Balir in the quarters 4-3(1), 4-1 and Jj Clark 4-0, 4-2 in the semis. The final saw him up against the highly rated Troy Dixon who had just beaten Bromilow in the semis, it was a close three set match which Hignett won 4-3(3), 3-4(4), 10-6 to clinch another title.

Bromilow had two three sets matches beating Tom Batchelor in the first round 4-3(1), 3-4(2), 10-3 and Daniel Dean 0-4, 4-2, 10-3 in his second match before he came up against Dixon.

Congratulations Liam, what a great to start the summer season!