TT Tour Champions 2017

The champions in this year’s TT Tour competition have been crowned. After months of events including Grand Slam and other events that shadow the professional tour, the top eight players from their respective coloured leaderboards were invited to compete in finals day to determined the overall 2017 winners.
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In the Red event Kevin Karjalainen was crowned champion after beating Neel Chandrasekar 10-6 followed by a win against Diya Shanmugaras in the final 10-5. Shanmugaras defeated Lottie Blackwell 10-6 in their semi-final encounter.
Shanmugaras was runner-up overall, Blackwell was third, Chandrasekar was fourth, fifth place went to Ayush Thondapu and William Durman was sixth.
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Hayden Cummings is Orange champion after beating Guhan Chendhilkumar 10-5 in the final. In the semis Cummings defeated Harry Dolman 10-7 and Guhan beat brother Gevin 10-3. Gevin beat Dolman 10-4 to finish third, Rory Thompson was fifth after beating Lottie Blackwell 10-6 and James Blackwell was seventh after winning against Caitlin Manley 10-3.
024D1173-2451-494A-82EE-DAADF55E5791Coach Andrew Dingwall said “A huge well done to everyone that has taken part in the TT Tour this year, there has been some amazing matches and it has been fantastic to see everyone learn and enjoy the tournament experience.”
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He added, “A special well done to Hayden Cummings and Kevin Karjalainen for coming 1st on our finals day!
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 The TT Tour is a series of tournaments played throughout the year that are open to all squad players running. After the last event in October the top eight players of each leaderboard are invited to play in the Grand Finals in November with a chance to be crowned overall champion. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as for entering. The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points and all points are added to each age group leaderboard.

Congratulations to the 2017 champions and to everyone that participated in all the events throughout the year.

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Player Profile: Kirsten Hazelwood

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Age: Nine

Squad: Giants

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Seven

How were you introduced to the sport?

At a tennis club in Winchester

Why did you choose Totally Tennis?

Because it’s better than my old one

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Rafael Nadal

What do you like most about the sport?

Volleys

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Smash

How often do you play?

Every Monday

Do you play any other sport?

Hockey, basketball, judo and athletics

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Coming 3rd in competitions at my old club

 

50+ Lunch Club

Totally Tennis’s 50+ mixed session on a Wednesday morning is an exciting session for the ‘young at heart’ held in a relaxed social environment. Aimed at players over 50 who are interested in keeping fit and healthy while playing tennis with other liked minded people.

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The session involves drills and mostly doubles tactics followed by points and fun games and now players can stay for a healthy lunch of a tasty soup.

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According to medical research from the Cleveland Clinic, playing tennis on a regular basis for older people  is good for the heart. It’s also good for the body and mind and playing tennis on a regular basis produces physical, physiologic and psychologic benefits. These benefits include increased burning of calories, reduction in blood pressure and reduced stress. All of these benefits play a role in reducing a person’s risk of developing heart disease, the number-one disease among men and women.

Session: 50+

Time: Wednesday 10.00am -11.30am

Level: Mixed Ability

Cost £6.50

For more information, please telephone the office on 01256 358816

Player Profile: Kiran Head

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KIRAN HEAD

Age: Thirteen

Squad: Holiday Camp

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Seven

Why did you choose Totally Tennis?

Because it seemed like a very good tennis club and it is

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

The running around and the games

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Backhand

How often do you play?

Not much

Do you play any other sport?

Swimming, karate, cricket, badminton and squash

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Improvement

 

TT Tour – US Open

The TT Tour US Open tournament took place at the indoor centre last weekend with events for the red and orange players run by coaching assistant Andrew Dingwall.

In the red event there were lots of really close matches and players were learning much about competing in matches. Kevin Karjalainen was the winner beating William Durman in the final 10-3. Neel Chandrasekar and Ayush Thondapu were joint third and fourth overall, other players who competed were Julia Mikztal, Roksanna Jelonek, Andrew Smith, Owen Hammond, Diya Shanmugaras and Luke Porter.

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Dingwall said, “For many players this was their first ever competition and everyone did very well by helping each other keeping score.” he added “William did incredibly well to fight through and beat Ayush 14-12 in one of the semi finals to progress to the final but was then beaten by Kevin who became TT Tour champion!

In the Orange competition there was some great tennis played with some fantastic rallies and well deserved winners. Hayden Cummings was the overall winner once again beating Guhan Chendhilkumar in the final 10-4. James Blackwell and Megan Fisher were third and fourth, Harry Dolman was fifth, sixth place went to Rory Thompson followed by Caitlin Manley and Lottie Blackwell. Special mention to Harry who battled through and beat Rory 16-14 in their very close fought match.

Dingwall commented “A special well done to Caitlin, Harry, James and Lottie for competing in their first ever TT Tour!” he continued, “Congratulations to Hayden on coming out the victor against Guhan to become the champion of the day.”

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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 29th October – Valencia Open

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

October Half Term Tennis Camps

Looking for healthy alternative for your children in the upcoming October Half Term break? Want your children to have fun and learn a new sport in the holidays? Then Totally Tennis has just the answer and places are filling up fast. Children can keep active whilst having lots of fun and learn a new sport with the club’s popular Holiday Tennis Camps.

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Packed with opportunities to learn and play tennis the sessions will take place at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke. Tennis Camps will running all week from Monday 23rd – Friday 27th October from 9.00am – 4.00pm (full day*) and bookable in various options (morning, afternoon and full-day).

IMG_1382 Tennis camps are great fun and include lots of games and mini-competitions for both new and experienced players alike for all children aged four to fifteen years. It’s a safe environment with Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) fully qualified, licensed and experienced coaches and the centre has OFSTED accreditation.

For more information about the school holiday programme held at Totally Tennis please call 01256 358816, e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our www.totallytennis.co.uk

*Children must be five years and over to stay all day at Tennis Camps.

Player Profile: Ebony Grzbiela

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EBONY GRZBIELA

Age: Twelve

Squad: Holiday Camp

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Twelve

How were you introduced to the sport?

I was interested from watching TV

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

To play tennis and learn new sports

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Chasing the tennis ball

What do you consider to be your best shot?  

Forehand

How often do you play?   

I don’t usually play

Do you play any other sport?  

I am a dancer

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?  

Being able to hit the ball