Intense training regime for Dean Cooper Kirby at Gomez Tennis Academy

Former Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby is now living and training full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy based in Naples, Florida. After winning the Spring Tropical Junior event and spending a month training at the Florida academy back in April, Cooper Kirby made the permanent move to the academy in the summer. His parents Brian and Karen visited him at his new home in the sunshine state over the recent October half term to check on his wellbeing and progress.

As well as training for thirty-eight hours a week, Cooper Kirby is studying at the school linked to the academy based in nearby Fort Myers. While resident at the academy Cooper Kirby will be following an intense daily training programme to improve every area of his game including technique, footwork, movement and strategy on an individual and small group basis. The training includes  match play and drills as well as mental training and fitness.

Brian said, “It was great to see Dean and to watch him train but also to understand how hard they are pushed in high temperatures – it was 36 degrees on court when we were there.”

The programme ensures that players are looked after in every way to improve their game, everything they eat and drink throughout the day is recorded and that data is used to analysis performance on court versus food intake to track energy levels.  He needs a massive 8,500 daily calorie intake to cope with a days training, he is weighted in the morning and lunchtime to record how much water he has lost due to the morning training session, so far the most he has lost in a morning session is four pounds.

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Cooper Kirby has two tournaments before Christmas, the Eddie Herr International Junior Championships in Florida starting in mid-November and the Junior Orange Bowl International also in Florida in December. He will then travel back to the UK for just a week for Christmas before heading back to Naples to resume training. His performance will be reviewed after his tournaments and training up to to Christmas and a new tournament schedule will be devised to include ITFs in South and North America.

The Gomez Tennis Academy was founded in 2010 by tennis coach Rene Gomez, his wife Leslie Gomez and her son Chase Muma. Gomez Tennis Academy is a boutique tennis training academy situated in Naples, Florida. Led by Rene’s knowledge and experience, the Gomez team practices a training philosophy based on commitment, consistency and individualized instruction.*

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Bromilow Secures Tennis Scholarship to Study in America

Performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar, Miles Bromilow has secured a tennis scholarship to join the Pioneers at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, just outside Chicago in Illinois.

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Bromilow, who was Head Boy at Sherfield School and even modelled on this year’s London Fashion Week catwalk, will leave to start the next stage in his education in America in the middle of August. He will be studying for a degree in engineering as well as training on court and working on his fitness with his new college team mates. He will compete in the Pioneers tennis team, who have just claimed their third straight Region IV Crown, against colleges from other states across the country.


This is an amazing opportunity for Bromilow that sees him follow in the footsteps of many former Totally Tennis performance players including current coach Steph Catlin, who studied in Colorado.

Bromilow said “On a personal note I would like thank all the coaches and staff at Totally Tennis for their help in my development as a player and a person over the years.” he added, “I will of course be back at the club during the summer breaks.”

World Tennis Update: Poland win the Hopman Cup

Despite British Number ones Andy Murray and Heather Watson winning their final fixture against Australia 3-0 in Group B, the Great Britain team were knocked out of the Hopman Cup in Perth as Poland progressed to the final over defending champions France to face the USA. Watson won her first singles match of the tournament against Casey Dellacqua 6-3, 6-4 and Murray kept up his unbeaten singles record defeating Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-2 and together the pair won their final Mixed Doubles match against Dellacqua/Matosevic 7-5, 6-1 to end the event on a positive note.


A win over Australia for British number ones Murray and Watson (

In Saturday’s final Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska beat Serena Williams in three sets 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-1 but the USA’s John Isner levelled things for the USA team defeating Jerzy Janowicz 7-6(10), 6-4, The Polish pair pulled victory out of the bag winning the Mixed Doubles match 7-5, 6-3 and lifting the trophy for their country.


Poland’s Janowicz and Radwanska win the Hopman Cup for Poland (

In other tennis news. Murray’s older brother Jamie and his Australian doubles partner John Peers beat Alexandr Dolgopolov and Kei Nishikori to win the Brisbane International men’s doubles title, winning 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in the final that lasted just over an hour. This victory gives the duo their fifth title (12th ATP men’s doubles for Murray since 2004) and the pair kept a clean sheet en route to the final not losing a single set on their way to the overall victory.


Doubles winners in Brisbane, Brit Jamie Murray and partner John Peer from Australia (

In the men’s singles event in Brisbane, top seed Roger Federer secured his 1,000th career victory beating Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4 in the final to win the Brisbane International title. World number two Federer becomes only the third man in tennis history, after Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl, to secure 1,000 ATP wins. In the Women’s event top seed and World Number two Maria Sharapova beat fellow former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3 to lift the winners trophy and claim her 34th career title too.


Federer wins his 1,000th ATP tournament (

Both the tournaments in Perth and Brisbane act as warm-ups for the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open which starts next Monday 19th January. The rest of the men’s top players were in Doha competing in the Qatar Open which was won by Spain’s David Ferrer. Seeded fourth Ferrer beat Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-5 in the final. Both World number one Novak Djokovic and number three Rafael Nadal suffered shock defeats in the event with Djokovic losing against Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 in the quarter-finals and Nadal bowing out in the first round defeated by Germany’s Michael Berrer ranked 127th in the world 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.


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Over in New Zealand seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus William’s beat number one seed Caroline Wozniacki to win the 2015 ASB Classic in Auckland. Williams won the match in three sets 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to claim victory after she was runner-up last year and that she would return and win in 2015.

Tennis Talk: British Team Gearing up for Davis Cup Tie

The Aegon GB Mens Davis Cup team are gearing up for their BNP Paribas World Group tie against the USA which starts tomorrow until Sunday 2nd February. The USA team will host their British opponents at Petco Park in San Diego, California home of baseball’s San Diego Padres.

ImageThe victorious Aegon GB team after their Croatia victory in September (

Captained by Leon Smith, the team of British Number Andy Murray, James Ward, Kyle Edmund and Colin Fleming, joined by Dominic Inglot as the reserve player, will play in the World Group for the first time since 2008. The team, who gained promotion to the world’s elite group following their 4-1 victory over Croatia last September, will be competing outdoors on clay in San Diego. The winning team of this weekends tie will face whoever wins the Italy versus Argentina fixture scheduled for April.

ImageTeam Captain Smith with Murray during the Croatia Tie (source:

Commenting about the team selection on the LTA website, Smith said: “We’re relishing the opportunity to compete in the World Group once again, and I’m delighted that Andy is able to play in the tie. This will be a huge step up for us against what will be a very strong US team. I’ve had to take into account a number of factors with regards to team selection, including the surface we’ll play on, and we’ll now spend the next week making sure the team are prepared in the best possible way to give us our best chance of getting the win.”

IMG_3277Venue for the fixture is Petco Park in San Diego, California (source:

This tie will be a rematch of the first-ever Davis Cup tie, which took place at the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston back in 1900. Head-to-head the Americans lead 11-7 and have won the last four meetings between the two nations. The last British victory against the USA was back in 1935. Fresh from his quarter final defeat at the Australian Open, Murray may be the secret weapon in the British assault on their American rivals to secure victory. He won all three points for Team GB against Croatia last September and he is favourite to win both his singles rubbers in San Diego. The team of John Isner, Sam Querrey and the formidable doubles pair of Bob and Mike Bryan will not give in without a fight as the USA have contested the World Group every year since 1989 and will want to maintain that record and guarantee their place in the top tier in 2015 by beating Team GB.