COVID-19 Update – 21/03/2020

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Following the government announcement yesterday Totally Tennis indoor facilities will unfortunately be closed from Saturday 21st March 2020 until further notice. 

We all know tennis is a unique sport which has many benefits – the main one being health and wellbeing. The Government has currently indicated that physical exercise that takes place at a safe distance from others and in safe exercise environments is something that can continue at this time.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has specifically advised that tennis is one of the best examples of social distancing in practice, and so should be encouraged as long as the guidance permits.

With this in mind there will be no group coaching sessions but the outdoor courts at Totally Tennis and also at Stratton Park are currently available for you to book and for the coaches to use for individual lessons should they wish to do so.  The courts will be free for you to use, however the clubhouse, changing and toilet facilities will remain closed. 

Direct Debits and Squad payments

For those of you who have Direct Debit payments for squads, we will cancel your Direct Debit payments from the 1st of April onwards until squads are resumed.  We will work out the amount that is owed up to Friday 20th March and if there is a balance outstanding, we will be asking you for that balance.  The reason for this is that we spread the DD payments over 12 months.

If you have paid for the term up front, we will credit your account for the last two weeks, when squads are resumed.

Obviously, the situation changes daily so we will stay in touch and hope that we are back in full swing soon!  

Please note that although we are housed in a council building and adhere to council guidelines we operate as a small business and we will do our utmost to provide a service and keep the tennis center operational (following the latest Government Guidelines) at this difficult and unprecedented time.

We would like to thank all our Totally Tennis players for your support, and we wish you to all stay safe.  We will be available to answer any of your questions about playing tennis at a social distance.

Thank you and stay safe

The Totally Tennis Team

 

British Tennis FAST4 Doubles Title for Liam

Totally Tennis performance player and coach Liam Hignett won the British Tour FAST4 Doubles title with partner Miles Mcdowall at the National Tennis Centre in London.

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The pairing were top seeds in the Open Mens Doubles event winning all their matches to claim the title. After a bye in the first round they beat Andreas Whelan Merediz and
Kian Yazdi in the quarters  4-3(2), 4-1, Eliot Glaysher and Josh Reynolds 4-1, 4-2 in the semis and then defeated second seeds Alex Fox and Elliot Stevens in the final 4-1, 4-2.

Congratulations Liam and Miles 😉

Hignett also competed in the LTA British Tour in Nottingham where he went out in the first round in a three set match against qualifier James Davis 6-3, 4-6,6-0. Next up is the LTA British Tour Sutton on 11th August.

 

Tennis Talk: British Ladies In Action

British number one Johanna Konta, who was voted Glamour Magazine UK Sportswomen of The Year this week, beat American Victoria Duval 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of the AEGON Nottingham Open. Second seed Konta will now face Zheng Saisai from China in round two today alongside teammate British number four Tara Moore who defeated Croatia’s Donna Vekic 6-2 7-5 in round one and will now play eighth seed Christina McHale from America.

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It wasn’t all good news for the British ladies however as their grass court preparations ahead of Wimbledon were halted pretty quickly. British number two Heather Watson, Laura Robson and Naomi Broady were all knocked out in the first round, Watson lost against Magdalena Rybarikova after winning the first set 4-6, 6-0, 6-4, Robson lost 6-3 7-5 Michelle Larcher de Brito from Portugal and Brady was beaten by Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 6-1.

WTA Aegon Open Nottingham - Day 2

It’s a big achievement for unseeded Moore (currently world number 280), who plays her second round match after Konta this afternoon, as its only her first round win is only her second victory in the main draw of a WTA event. Last week she won an ITF event in Eastbourne but she may still need a Wimbledon wildcard to play at SW19 this year.

For more information about the Nottingham Open visit www.lta.org.uk/major-events/aegon-open-nottingham/

Photos used courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/major-events/aegon-open-nottingham/photos/