Tennis Tips | 2. Using the Left Hand on the Backhand Volley

Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh designed to improve your game.

Tip 2: Using the Left Hand on the Backhand Volley

Keep your left hand on the racket for longer when preparing for a backhand volley. This will stop you from taking the racket too far back so it will help you get a better contact point out in front of you.

Wrong –  The left hand has gone behind

Correct –  The left hand is supporting the racket and staying out in front

Read the first Tennis Tip | 1 here


Tennis Tips | 1. Creating More Topspin on Your Forehand

Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh to improve your game.

Tip 1: Creating More Topspin on your Forehand 

Make sure you drop your racket head below the ball before hitting and accelerate your racket up the back of the ball to create more topspin on your forehand.

Wrong – Racket is too high
Correct:  The racket is dropping below the ball

TT Tour | The Australian Open

The winners have been decided in the first TT Tour event of 2018, the Australian Open held at the indoor centre last weekend.

In the Red event 2017 champion Kevin Karjalainen was the winner and collected the maximum 1,000 Grand Slam points. William Durman was runner-up, Neel Chandrasekar was third, Lottie Blackwell fourth and Ayush Thondapu finished in fifth place. Harry Dolman picked up the maximum points in the Orange event with James Blackwell in second place and Caitlin Manley in third position.

Last years Orange champion Hayden Cummings won the Green event with Nikes Bomma in the runner-up spot, twins Gevin and Guhan Chendilkumar finishing third and fourth respectively and Jack Moria was in fifth place. Tinuke Adelakun won the Yellow competition and Luke Davies was second and Nathan Dolman was third overall.

The TT Tour is a competition programme for Totally Tennis players. There are seven events overall, six tournaments throughout the year and the Grand Finals in November. An up-to-date leaderboard will show each player’s rankings in each group. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as additional points for entering. The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open (25/2), French Open 20/5), Wimbledon (24/6) and the US Open (16/9) offer higher points and all points will be added to each group leaderboard.

NEXT EVENT – The Brazil Open on Sunday 11th March

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

GREEN (Giants and Green Squad) 1pm – 3:30pm

ORANGE (Dodgers and Orange Squad) 10 am – 12 noon

YELLOW (A,B,C and Performance Squads) 1 pm – 3:30pm

PLAYERS MUST BOOK IN BEFORE THE EVENT. There must be a minimum of 4 players per age group for each tournament to be played. Each event costs £6.50 per player.

All players interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816. The TT Tour events will be run by coach Miles Bromilow.

Read more about the TT Tour 2018 in previous posts TT Tour 2018

Player Profile: Michael Gilbert

Mike Gilbert 2018


Squad: 50+

How old were you when you first started tennis?


How were you introduced to the sport?

My two sons played

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Indoor courts

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Johanna Konta

What do you like most about the sport?


What do you consider to be your best shot?

Back spin chop

How often do you play?

Two/Three times a week

Do you play any other sport?


What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Still playing!


January in Pictures


Performance player Dean Cooper Kirby competed in his second European Tournament in Bergen, Norway

It was announced by Basingstoke Sports Council that Totally Tennis and performances players Liam, Isla and Tillie are all finalists in their respective categories at Annual Sports Awards to be presented in February


All set up for the new squad term that started this month

IMG_9678Pirates and Indians squad in full swing

IMG_9646All set-up for another Totally Tennis Birthday party

Player Profile: Neel Chandrasekar

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Squad: Red Squad

How old were you when you first started tennis?  


How were you introduced to the sport?

Because my dad plays tennis

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

My dad plays here

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?  

Roger Federer

What do you like most about the sport?

Spin shot

What do you consider to be your best shot?


How often do you play?

Twice a week

Do you play any other sport?

Karate and swimming

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Runner up in the TT tour

February Half Term Tennis Camps

Looking for healthy alternative for your children in the upcoming February Half Term break? Want your children to have fun, burn off some energy and learn a new sport in the school holidays? Totally Tennis has just the answer – Tennis and Multi Sport Camps.

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Running at the Indoor Centre in War Memorial Park from 12th – 16th February sessions can be booked as morning, afternoon or full day options (discounted two-day packages are also available). Tennis camps give children plenty of opportunity to keep active and the camps are not only tennis orientated, although that is the main focus, but combine a variety of sports so there really is something for everyone (morning sessions tennis only, afternoon sessions tennis & multi-sport).

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Tennis camps are great fun and include lots of games and mini-competitions for both new and experienced players for children aged 4 – 16 years in a safe environment with fully qualified, licensed and experienced Lawn Tennis Association coaches.

Session Timings

Morning ~ 9am – 12 noon (Tennis)

Afternoon ~ 1pm – 4pm (Tennis & multi Sports)

Full Day ~ 9am – 4pm (children must be 5 years and over to stay all day)

Each child should dress appropriately for tennis activities and the weather (layers if chilly, sunscreen if hot), bring plenty of drinks and a packed lunch if staying all day. Children will be supervised throughout the day, including lunch breaks. Rackets will be provided for those who need one. Please note refunds will only be given with 24 hours notice and sessions need a minimum number of participants in order to take place. As a result of a cancellation by Totally Tennis an alternative will be offered.

For more information about the Holiday Tennis Camps please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, email or visit the website