World Tennis News | What Are The Professional Players Doing During Self-Isolation?

The current COVID-19 pandemic has impacted so many people across the globe in both their health and professional life. While most people are luckily enough to be able to work from home, professional tennis players, like most people involved in sport, have seen all their tournaments either cancelled or postponed until further notice.

In the tennis, the three remaining Grand Slam tournaments of 2020 have been disrupted, the French Open has currently been re-scheduled to September, the Wimbledon Championships have been cancelled (the first time since World War Two) and the US Open maybe re-scheduled for later in the year. This summer’s grass-court season has also been cancelled and there will be no professional tournaments happening elsewhere in the world as both the men’s and women’s professional tours are suspended until at least mid-July.

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So what are the professional players doing to keep active during self-isolation ? Former British and World number one Andy Murray challenged fellow professionals and tennis fans to try his 100 volley challenge. Murray took to his Instagram with wife Kim to complete the challenge in his back garden – Totally Tennis performance players Liam and Isla Hignett rose to the  challenge, see their video on our Facebook and Instagram

Tonight (17th February) Murray and current world number one Novak Djokovic will be live on Instagram (6pm BST) to answer any questions. Got a question? Comment on Murray’s Instagram post for a chance to be featured. Djokovic himself challenged his fans to try some acro yoga with a partner, he demonstrated the move with is wife Jelena on his Instagram page and they also completed Murray’s volley challenge.

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Meanwhile another former World Number One and 20-time singles champion Roger Federer gave his fans a social media tennis lesson. Federer took to Twitter and Instagram to offer his followers a solo drill to improve their volley skills, he tested his reflexes hitting the ball more than 200 times – the video has already been viewed over 3 million times. Federer asked his fans to video themselves in a hat and recreate his drill with the hashtag #tennisathome and then he shared a selection on his feed. Fellow champion Serena Williams took up Federer’s challenge posting her volley video to her page.

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The ATP Tour has been forced to suspend the 2020 Tour so the rankings have been frozen until it’s resumed, Djokovic still sits in the No. 1 spot but the frozen weeks will not count towards his reign.

If you need some inspiration to keep you occupied while in self-isolation check out the #AtHomeWithTheHignetts series with some challenges and fun games demonstrated by Liam and Isla Hignett – click HERE to see more.

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Local and International Summer Tennis Competitions Cancelled

Sadly Totally Tennis will be unable to contest their unbeaten record in the Annual Festival of Sport against Basingstoke’s twin town Euskirchen in 2020 after the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council announced that it’s been cancelled due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

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It’s the first time in twenty-seven consecutive years that the twin-town competition, which was scheduled to take place in Euskirchen in June, has been cancelled. Last year Basingstoke won 22-7 overall on home soil but the local clubs/teams will have to wait until June 2021 to contest the title in the rescheduled event in Germany.

Head Coach James McIntosh (pictured above with last year’s competitors) said, “It’s such a shame that the festival will not take place this year, much like many other events which have been cancelled.” he added “Some of the players who had previously been on the trip were looking forward to meeting up with their friends and others were excited to be part of the Festival of Sport for the first time. We look forward to going to Germany next year.”

It’s not just local sporting events being affected by COVID-19 but also prestigious international sporting competitions such as the Tokyo Olympics, Euro 2020, Tour de France and the F1 calendar all being cancelled or postponed. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) recently announced that this summer’s Wimbledon Championships has been cancelled for the first time since World War Two.

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The 134th tournament, that was due to be played between 29th June – 12th July in London, is not the only one to be cancelled with the news that the whole grass-court season including Queen’s and Eastbourne, will not go ahead in the UK. There will be no professional tournaments happening elsewhere in the world this summer, including the French Open which has been re-scheduled to September. It remains to be seen what will happen with the US Open later this year.

For more information about the cancellation of this year’s Wimbledon Championships, click HERE. Members of the public who paid for tickets in the Wimbledon Public Ballot for this year’s Championships will have their tickets refunded and will be offered the chance to purchase tickets for the same day and court for The Championships 2021.

Wimbledon photo used with courtesy of http://www.wimbledon.com/

 

 

 

July in Pictures

IMG_0578Liam Hignett (right) & partner Miles McDowall won the British Tour FAST4 Doubles at the National Tennis Centre

Some of our coaches enjoyed visits to the year’s Wimbledon Championships

IMG_0579Coaches Liam and Jamie (along with Tillie & Isla) played against each other in Warsash

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1710ac8f-a623-42c9-93ec-45c0f4e2f32eMini Performance player Hayden Cummings (left) and partner Tuna won the 10 & U Doubles in Bath

IMG_0515Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight team that participated in Group 4 of the LTA Summer Mens Doubles County Cup 2019

IMG_0512Isla Hignett won the 16 & U singles title in Woking

IMG_0511Tillie & Isla won the 16 & U doubles title in Woking

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June in Pictures

image2Tillie Reid and Isla Hignett were crowned 18 & under doubles champions at the Woking FAST4 tournament

image1Isla was also runner-up in the 18 and under Girls singles event

b88132ac-9b4e-4b81-ae51-b88a6ac3e291The coaching team visited local schools delivering tennis taster sessions as part of this year’s Totally Tennis Schools Roadshow

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6da7f53a-5062-4396-bb63-397d76ee7d01IMG_8496Basingstoke & Deane mayor Diane Taylor (left) popped down to the outdoor courts for a game

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Tennis Talk | Wimbledon Championships 2019

Tomorrow sees the start of this year’s Wimbledon Championships and a return to the famous grass courts of the All England Club of former British number one and two-time singles champion Andy Murray.

Murray, 32 will return to Wimbledon to play in the doubles (men’s and maybe mixed) after missing the 2018  Championships with an ongoing hip injury.  The Scot, who announced that he may have to retire after this years event, is now playing pain free after having a hip resurfacing operation five months ago.

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Other British hopes lie with British number one Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund, who followed Murray as British number one last year, is seeded 30th seed at Wimbledon this year. British wildcards include Jay Clarke, James Ward and Paul Jubb in the men’s draw and Heather Watson, Harriet Dart and Katie Swan in the ladies event.

Defending champion and top seed Novak Djokovic will kick things off tomorrow on Centre Court at 1:00pm against Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany.  Tuesday will see the start of the women’s competition with last year’s winner Angelique Kerber on Centre at 1:00pm. French Open winner Rafael Nadal will be looking for his 19th Grand Slam title, Roger Federer is playing for his 21st title and Djokovic will be on sixteen titles if he wins this years Wimbledon crown. Collectively the top trio have won an impressive fifty-three of the past sixty-four major titles.

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The women’s tournament is more unpredictable. Top seed is American Ashleigh Barty and fellow American is eleventh seed Serena Williams who will be bidding for her eighth Wimbledon title. An ongoing knee injury may scupper her chances to achieve an all-time record of twenty-four Grand Slam titles.

The 133rd Wimbledon Championships will take place from 1st – 14th July 2019 on the grass courts at SW19 – Visit www.wimbledon.com for all the news and up-to-date information.

Information used with courtesy of BBC Sport – www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/

 

 

 

Adult Doubles Tournament

Twelve players competed in our Adult Doubles Tournament last week that was followed by the club’s annual Wimbledon Draw.

The tournament format was timed twenty-minute doubles matches where players had to score as many games as they could in the timed match that accumulated towards their total score on the leaderboard. After each round everyone would change partners and play against different people.

0bafcfa0-2e37-4d65-815b-04ea7803be7a.jpgAfter three rounds the scores were very close for the top three places on the leaderboard and after the final round the top 3 players were 1st Jenny Vaux, 2nd Chris Farrer and 3rd Fawad Amin.

After the competition the players got into the Wimbledon spirit by enjoying some strawberries & cream and the ballet was drawn.

Head coach James McIntosh said, “Congratulations to Jenny! It was a great finish to the event as some of the players were lucky enough to win tickets in the Wimbledon ballot.”

World Tennis News: Federer Wins Eighth Wimbledon Title

Another Wimbledon Championships is over after a great fortnight of tennis in SW19 that saw third seed Roger Federer (3) became the first man to win Wimbledon a record eight times.

b_aerial_778_140717-2 Federer, who last won the prestigious in 2012, defeated an injured and emotional Marin Cilic (7) from Croatia 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to become the oldest man in the Open Era to win at the All England Club. This latest victory takes him to an impressive total of nineteen Grand Slam titles with Rafael Nadal behind on fifteen.

b_federer_1117_160717_jm.jpgWorld and British number one Andy Murray (1) struggled with a hip injury and crashed out of this year’s Wimbledon Championships in the quarter-final defeated by Sam Querrey (24) in five sets 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(7-4), 1-6, 1-6. His exit was swiftly followed by Women’s British number one Johanna Konta (6) in the semis who lost to five-time champion Venus Williams (10) 6-4, 6-2.

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Spain’s Garbine Muguruza (14) beat Williams in Saturday’s ladies final 7-5, 6-0 to win her first Wimbledon title.

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 It wasn’t all bad news for the British players however with top seeds Jamie Murray picking up the Mixed Doubles title with his partner Martina Hingis beating unseeded fellow Brit Heather Watson and her partner Henri Kontinen 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

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Two more titles for British players came in the wheelchair competition. Britain’s Jordanne Whiley and her partner Yui Kamiji won their fourth successive Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles title after beating Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot (2) 2-6, 6-3, 6-0. Defending champions Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid (2) beat top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer from France  6-7(5-7), 7-5, 7-6(7-3) to claim their second consecutive Wimbledon men’s wheelchair doubles title.

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 All photos used with courtesy of www.wimbledon.com

 

 

World Tennis News: Wimbledon 2017

It’s the most anticipated event in the British Tennis calendar and the first week of this year’s Wimbledon Championships has not failed to disappoint, even the weather has been amazing!

After a very early exit from The Aegon Championships at Queen’s Wimbledon defending champion Andy Murray opened up the tournament on Centre Court last Monday against lucky loser Alexander Bublik. The current World and British number one won whom he defeated 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 and continued in good form winning convincly against long-haired (allegedly he’s not cut his hair since 1996) German Dustin Brown 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. He finished up the first week by winning a thrilling four set third-round clash yesterday against Fabio Fognini from Italy 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. The match, that lasted over two and a half hours, thrilled fans and finished just as darkness fell over SW19. Murray is now in last sixteen and will be back in action on Monday against France’s Benoit Paire.

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Joining Murray and Paire in the last sixteen is second seed Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer (3), Rafael Nadal (4), Milos Raonic (6), seventh seed Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem (8), Alexander Zverev (10), Tomas Berdych (11), Grigor Dimitrov (13), Gilles Muller (16), Roberto Bautista Agut (18), Sam Querrey (24), Adrian Mannarinos and Kevin Anderson.

It’s not all been good news on the men’s tour with fifth seed Stan Wawrinka bowing out on the first day beaten 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 by Russian Daniil Medvedev, 21 who was making his debut on Centre Court. Australian Nick Kyrgios who was twentieth seed was forced to retire in the first round due to a hip injury and it was a sad match for American Steve Johnson who was playing after the sudden death of his father Steve Johnson Snr, a respected tennis coach. Johnson lost to Cilic 6-4 7-6(3) 6-4 in the third-round suffering an emotional outbreak during play and finishing the match in tears.

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British women’s number one and sixth seed Johanna Konta reached the second week of competition for the first time in her career after beating Maria Sakkari from Greece 6-4, 6-1, she will now face twenty-first seed Caroline Garcia. In the first round she defeated Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 6-2 followed by Donna Vekic 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-8 in round two. Fellow British player Heather Watson was knocked out yesterday in the third round by former number one Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, Azarenka will now face second seed Simona Halep in her next match.

Elsewhere in the Ladies’s event defending champion Serena Williams is unable to compete this year due to her pregnancy so 2016 runner-up Angelique Kerber is top seed. Kerber made light work of her first round opponent Irina Falconi 6-4, 6-4 in the opening event of the ladies competition and now finds herself in the fourth round against Garbine Muguruza (14). Day four saw Bethanie Mattek-Sands collapsing on court with a severe knee injury which resulted in her being rushed to hospital. Five time champion and tenth seed Venus Williams is also through to the fourth round and will face Ana Konjuh (27). Joining them in the last sixteen is Elina Svitolina (4), Caroline Wozniacki (5), Svetlana Kuznetsova (7), Agnieszka Radwanska (9)Jelena Ostapenko (13)Coco Vandeweghe (24), Petra Martic and Magdalena Rybarikova. 

In the Men’s doubles Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares had their hopes of a Wimbledon title dashed when they were knocked out by Sam Groth and Robert Lindstedt 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. Three-time men’s doubles champions brothers Bob and Mike Bryan also made their exit from this year’s championships after losing to Marcin Matkowski and Max Mirnyi in the second round 3-6, 5-7, 4-6. In the Ladies’s doubles Watson and partner Naomi Broady beat fellow Brit duo Harriet Dart/Katy Dunne 7-5, 6-4 in the first round. In a shock second round victory the British wildcards Jay Clarke and Marcus Willis beat second seeds and defending champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3 in an exciting five set match out on court three to round off middle Saturday.

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There’s still hope for some silverware for Jamie Murray in the Mixed Doubles event where he and partner Martina Hingis are top seeds and through to the third round after defeating the British pairing of Neal Skupski/Anna Smith 6-3, 6-0 in their second round match.

Totally Tennis coaches James McIntosh, Ben Jubin and Shaym Vithlani (Ben & Shyam pictured above enjoying their day yesterday) have all been enjoying Wimbledon this year with all three of them luckily enough to visit this week.

This year’s Wimbledon Championships runs until Sunday 16th July – for all the up-to-date  news and results visit www.wimbledon.com

Three official photos used with courtesy of www.wimbledon.com Additional photos kindly taken by Katherine Catlin and Ben Jubin/Shyam Vithlani.

Coaches and Players train with Wimbledon Boy Balls and Girls

Totally Tennis coaches Ben Jubin and Shyam Vithlani were joined by fellow Totally Alumni and current players at Wimbledon last weekend. The players were there to play while this year’s ball boys and girls candidates practice their skills ahead of the start of this years Championships in early July.

Steph Catlin, Simon James, Ali Olrog and Alex Dawson all played with Rubin and Vithlani at the famous SW19 location. In her other role as manager of the Wimbledon Championships ball boys and girls (BBG’s), Queen Mary’s College (QMC) PE Teacher Goldson invited the coaches and players to participate in the training process.

Tennis Talk: Second Wimbledon Title For Murray

British number one Andy Murray thrilled tennis fans ensembled in SW19 and the millions watching on TV around the world when he picked up his second Wimbledon title on centre court yesterday. Murray, 27 beat Canadian Milos Raonic in three sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2) to win his second Wimbledon title and his third Grand Slam.

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As the crowd went wild an emotional Murray wept into his towel as the result sank in and then vowed that he would enjoy this one more than his first title in 2013, even coach Ivan Lendl raised a rare smile from his position in the players box. Top seed and world number one Novak Djokovic made a surprise early exit from the tournament and Raonic defeated third seed Federer in the semi’s so it was left to a replay of the Queen’s club final to close out this year’s Wimbledon men’s singles event. On route to the final Murray beat fellow Brit Liam Broady in the first round 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 followed by a three set defeat of Yen-Hsun Lu in round two 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. Next up were two Australians opponents, John Millman and Nick Kyrgios whom he beat 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 and 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 respectively. His first real challenge of the tournament came against twelfth seed Jo-Wilfred Tsonga who took him to five sets with Murray forced to step up in the fifth set to secure the victory 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1. His semi-final win against tenth seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 secured his place in the final.

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It was a great tournament for Team GB all round as along with Murray picking up the prestigious men’s singles title on final’s Sunday, Heather Watson won her first ever Grand Slam title in the Mixed Doubles with partner Henri Kontinven, Gordon Reid won the inaugural Men’s wheelchair singles event and Jordanne Whiley won her third consecutive Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles title.

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After a very disappointing loss in the first round of the women’s singles Watson became the first woman to win a Wimbledon doubles title since Jo Durie in 1987. She and Kontinven, who comes from Finland, beat Colombian Robert Farah and German Anna-Lena Gronefeld 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in the final that followed Murray on Centre Court. Earlier that day Reid picked up his second Wimbledon title after he beat current Paralympic champion Stefan Olson from Sweden 6-1, 6-4 out on court seventeen which attracted a larger crowd worthy of a more prominent court. The previous day along with partner Alfie Hewett, Reid had won the men’s wheelchair doubles title. Top seeds Whiley and partner Yui Kamiji beat second seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot 6-2, 6-2 to win their title also out on court seventeen.

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In the women’s singles event top seed and defending champion Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon title with a straight-set victory over German Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 which also gave her an impressive twenty second Grand Slam singles title. Williams then won her sixth women’s doubles title later that afternoon with sister Venus again on Centre Court. They won the match and claimed their 14th Grand Slam trophy by beating Timea Babos and Yaroslavl Shvedova 6-3, 6-4.

The men’s doubles was an all French affair as top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeated fellow countrymen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 to win the title.

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Photos used courtesy of www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/ and www.wimbledon.com/