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.

Guhan and Gevin in Oxford tournament

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 😉

 

Two Runner-Up Finishes for Bromilow in Liverpool

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield Tennis Scholar Miles Bromilow finished as runner-up in two events at this week’s Grade 3 HEAD Merseyside Tennis Open held at the Liverpool Tennis Centre.

In the 18 and under Boys singles event, Bromilow who was seeded third, beat James Griffin in the first round 6-3, 6-1 followed by  Zak Buchli-Sagoo in the quarters 6-1, 6-2. In the semis he defeated second seed  William Morley-Cotterell in three sets  6-7(3), 6-2, 12-10 before losing in the final to top seed  Harrison Birch 6-2, 6-2.

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Bromilow (pictured left) with winner Harrison Birch

It was a similar story in the Open Men’s Singles competition with top seed Birch beating third seed Bromilow in the final but this time in a much closer three set match 1-6, 6-2, 10-2. Bromilow also competed in the 18 and under Boys Doubles with partner Reuben Warwick finishing in joint third/fourth place. After a bye in the first round the boys lost in the semis to second seeds  Raza Ghaus/Samuel Reeve 4-0, 4-2.

July In Pictures

See what’s been happening at Totally Tennis in July in pictures 🙂

Coaches Ben Jubin and Shyam Vithlani enjoyed a day at the Wimbledon Championships

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It was the TT Tour Grand Slam Wimbledon event that William (above 2nd right) and Charlie (below 3rd left) won in their respective age groups

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Kirsty Da Silva was runner-up in her first Grade 4 final in the GSM Bampton 12U Girls Summer County Tour in Oxford

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This year’s Totally Tennis team retained the club’s unbeaten record in the annual Festival of Sport event against twin town Euskirchen. Head coach James McIntosh (pictured below) ran the tennis competition at the indoor centre

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McIntosh and Jubin ran the North Waltham Primary Schools Wimbledon event at the indoor centre

WP_20170716_16_46_29_ProKirsty Da Silva (pictured left) and her partner Amelia Pirt won the Grade 4 Leys Junior Doubles 16 and under title at Leys Recreation Ground in Oxford.

image1Isla Hignett was runner-up in the 14 and under Girls singles Road to Wimbledon (RTW) County Finals held at Canoe Lake Leisure in Southsea.

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The Sherfield School Boys team, which consists of four Totally Tennis performance players, completed in the Team Tennis Schools National Championships Finals 2016-2017 (formerly known as the Glanville Cup) at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Totally Tennis played host to a Benenden Tennis Festival with a Summertime Slam event open to both mini red and orange players run by performance players Miles Bromilow and Liam Hignett. 

image5Hayden Cummings and William Durman (pictured above L to R) were the overall winners in the two Benenden Festival events.

 

Benenden Tennis Festival Summertime Slam

Totally Tennis played host to a Benenden Tennis Festival last Sunday with a Summertime Slam event open to both mini red and orange players. The three hour event was run by performance players Miles Bromilow and Liam Hignett and packed with a whole host of tennis related fun, games and competition.

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The festival is designed to give players new to competition the opportunity to learn about scoring and the rules of tennis while the more experience players get some match practice but the overall theme is for the players to have fun.

Games to get everyone warmed-up, including balloon tennis, around the world and knockout tennis, preceded the matches. The mini red competition was a round robin draw of seven players with lots of competitive matches. The overall winner was William Durman who won all his matches and Neel Chandrasekar was runner-up.

The Orange competition was split into two boxes with the top two players from each box going through to the semi-finals. The first semis match was an all sibling affair with Box A winner Geven Chendhilkumar facing his brother Guhan who was Box B runner-up, Geven was the victor 10-6. Meanwhile in the other semi-final the winner of Box B Hayden Cummings beat Box A runner-up Ansh Annaredy 10-4.

The final was watched by all the competitors with Cummings declared the overall winner beating Geven 10-4. The day finished with a presentation and prizes for all the competitors.

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Bromilow said, “Congratulations to all the players who took part. We look forward to hosting similar events in the future and even some more Benenden Tennis Festivals.”

image3image1Healthcare provider Benenden has partnered with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to encourage people of all ages from the local community to get involved in themed competitions and live an active lifestyle. Benenden Tennis Festivals are a fantastic opportunity for clubs and venues throughout the country to host fun, themed competitions for local players.

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Launched in 2016, the Benenden Tennis Festivals programme saw 870 venues get involved which created over 30,000 opportunities for players to take part in fun, local competitions. There are four themed festivals that clubs can choose to host this year; Aussie Open (celebrating the first Grand Slam of 2017), Women/Girls (a female only festival to celebrate International Women’s Day in March), Summertime Slam (celebrate Wimbledon and the summer of tennis in June or July) and Monster Smash (a spooky event in October or November to celebrate Halloween).

Hignett and Bromilow are part of the LTA’s Referee Development Group which teaches them the necessary competition organisation skills to run events – read more about that here

Additional information used courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/competitions/family/benenden-tennis-festivals/

 

 

May and June In Pictures

See what’s been happening at Totally Tennis in May and June in pictures 🙂

The first Great British Tennis Weekend (GBTW) at Totally Tennis

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IMG_18561620697_488567244580917_1829988691_nSteph Catlin joined the coaching team

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image1-3The Totally Tennis Girls 14 & under team (pictured above and below) won the Premier 14&U Girls Tier 2 South West (East)

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Totally Tennis Schools Roadshow Open Days Weekend

image1-4Isla Hignett won the Totally Tennis HSBC Road to Wimbledon event

image2The Sherfield School sixth form team of Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson and Dean Cooper Kirby won the Hampshire/Dorset/Wiltshire knockout stage of the Glanville Cup.

IMG_1884The Totally Tennis U10 team won the Aegon Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2017 10&U Mixed Division league

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The Hampshire Court coaching team gave free tennis sessions at the Old Basing Village Carnival

image1Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett won the David Lloyd Southampton Aegon British Tour FAST4 Open Mens singles title

image2-2Performance players Jasmin Bromilow and Isla Hignett met Judy Murray at a regional She Rallies event

 

Competition Nutrition – What, When and How Much?

One of the most popular questions asked during Wimbledon, What is in that drink the players are drinking?”

Answer: It is a precise formula made up predominately of carbohydrates and electrolytes (salt and minerals).

The next question is usually, Why are they drinking that?”

Answer: When you play tennis for longer than 60 minutes, you begin to deplete carbohydrate and electrolyte stores. If you fail to keep those stores topped up, you will get tired quicker; your concentration levels will lower, and your reaction time on court will get slower.

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It’s essential to maintain the same intensity and focus on court for the duration of the match if you want to win it…

Professional players keep their carbohydrate and electrolyte stores topped up via a drink formula because it’s the easiest way to maintain intensity and performance. Sometimes, they will consume food in the form of a banana or an energy bar, but here’s why consuming liquid nutrition on court is the best option:

  1. It’s physically more practical than eating a big meal
  2. It will digest faster, therefore the nutrients can be utilised by the body quicker.    
  3. Consuming food can sit heavily in the gut and therefore slow you down on court as a consequence.

So now you know you MUST consume both carbohydrates and electrolytes during tennis matches that last longer than 60 minutes, what’s the best practical strategy to do this?

1) Here is how to top up electrolytes:

 

Consuming water with added salt
 

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Coconut water is a good alternative to plain water as it naturally contains electrolytes with some additional flavouring.
 

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The ideal way is to consume sports drinks. Sports drinks contain a very specific solution to comprise the correct water to electrolyte ratio, with the added benefit of a pleasant flavour. Three companies I recommend are: Gatorade, Powerade and Lucozade Sport.
Squash or cordials are not recommended, as the electrolyte levels are too low.

2) Here are good sources of carbohydrates to keep your stores topped up:

  • Sports drinks (Gatorade, Powerade, Lucozade)
  • Sports gels (SIS, High 5, MyProtein)
  • Fruit
  • Fruit smoothie
  • Energy bars (Cliff bar, SIS energy bars, cereal bars)
  • Jam sandwich

My recommendation: consuming a sports drink is OPTIMAL because it contains both carbohydrates AND electrolytes in ONE drink.

I would recommend consuming primarily liquid nutrition on court for ease. With that being said, it’s personal preference therefore if you would prefer to consume food instead, that is perfectly adequate.  

Real world application: It’s best to consume your on court nutrition in small amounts regularly, rather than all in one sitting. This reduces the stress on the digestive system.

Individual recommendations will be different depending on the context and person, but previous blogs outline average quantities of carbohydrates and electrolyte (hydration) strategies needed to maintain optimal tennis performance.  

Side note: It’s best to try your on court nutrition strategy in training first because you don’t know how your body will react to particular foods during intense exercise, and you don’t want to be caught short during a competitive match.

Yours in Health,

Steph

Former Totally Tennis performance player Steph Catlin has founded Food Is Life, a sports nutrition consultancy business based in Basingstoke. If you would like to learn more about how to achieve your personal nutrition goals and for specific personal advice please contact Steph directly via foodislifeuk@gmail.com via her website www.foodislifeuk.com or visit her social media channels FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Read more nutrition advice in previous posts  Is Nutrition The Missing Puzzle Piece to Your Ultimate Tennis Performance?Do You Suffer With Performance Dips During a Tennis Match and Protein Isn’t Just For Body Builders

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March and April in Pictures

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Former Totally Tennis performance player and nutrition coach Steph Catlin ran two nutrition and fitness sessions at the club in March

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Basingstoke’s Queen Mary’s College (QMC) Mixed team competed at the USN Bolton Arena in the Team Tennis Schools Senior Students Finals 2017

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Performance players and assistant coaches Liam Hignett and Andrew Dingwall both passed their Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) level 2 assessment

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Performance player Kirsty Da Silva was runner-up in the grade 5 Chesham Bois 12 and under Girls singles tournament in Amersham, Buckinghamshire 

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The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) tennis team who train at Totally Tennis debuted their new tennis kit ready for the Spring/Summer season

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Kirsty Da Silva won the Grade 5 12 & under Girls title at the Game, Set & Match Play Spring Super Series held at Radley College Sports Centre in Oxfordshire 

Hampshire Court players enjoyed the Drunken Drills session in early April

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Performance player Isla Hignett was runner-up in the Winchester Spring Open Girls 14U singles that took place last week at Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club

Totally Tennis Alumni/coaches were part of the Wimbledon Ball Boys and Girls training at Wimbledon

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Singles and doubles trophies for Tillie Reid at the Grade 4 North Devon Spring Open 14U Girls event in the Easter Holidays

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Orange event competitors at the TT Tour – Sony Open event. Congratulations to Hayden Cummings (orange top) who was the winner.