Da Silva Wins Doubles Title in Oxford

Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva (pictured left) and her partner Amelia Pirt won the Grade 4 Leys Junior Doubles 16 and under title at Leys Recreation Ground in Oxford on Sunday.


Da Silva, 12 and Pirt, 11 were the only pair to win all their three matches in the round robin competition. They beat Isabel and Georgia Black 4-2, 2-4 [10-7], Michaela Shakespeare and Oyinkansolami Durowoju 5-4(1), 2-4, [10-6] and Holly Craig and Beatrice Painter 4-1, 4-1 to win the event.

Congratulations Girls 😉

Hignett Wins Men’s Title in Southampton

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett won the David Lloyd Southampton Aegon British Tour FAST4 Open Mens singles title last weekend beating the top seed in the final. The Sherfield tennis scholar Hignett, 17 was second seed in the Grade 3 event which also featured fellow tennis scholar and performance player Miles Bromilow.


In the first round Hignett defeated Krishna Tanja 4-0, 4-3(4) (who went on to win the consolation event) followed by James Balir in the quarters 4-3(1), 4-1 and Jj Clark 4-0, 4-2 in the semis. The final saw him up against the highly rated Troy Dixon who had just beaten Bromilow in the semis, it was a close three set match which Hignett won 4-3(3), 3-4(4), 10-6 to clinch another title.

Bromilow had two three sets matches beating Tom Batchelor in the first round 4-3(1), 3-4(2), 10-3 and Daniel Dean 0-4, 4-2, 10-3 in his second match before he came up against Dixon.

Congratulations Liam, what a great to start the summer season!



Cooper Kirby Wins Winchester Open Title

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby recently won the 14 & under Boys Winchester Spring Open 2017 title. After a bye in the first round, Cooper Kirby beat Christian Yeates 6-1, 6-1 in round two followed by Louis Bowden 6-4, 4-6, 10-6 in the quarters and then Joshua Parsons in the semis 4-6, 6-4, 10-5,  he then defeated Oliver Fernandez 6-0, 6-2 in the final.


Cooper Kirby and partner Ayaan Haneef then won the 14 & U Doubles title beating clubmate Aaron Dawson/Louis Bowden 4-1, 4-1 in the semis and James Johnson/Alexis Paris in the final 5-3, 4-0.

In the Easter Grade 4 Tournament at Kings House, Chiswick Cooper Kirby won the 18 & U singles titles and was runner-up in the 16 & U event. In the first round of the 16 & U competition he defeated Alexander Pennycooke 4-1, 4-1 followed by wins against Bailey Mcatee 4-3, 4-0 and Warok Rai 4-2, 4-1 but he finished up in second place after losing in the final against Nicolas Sperat Czar 4-3, 4-0. In the 18U’s Cooper Kirby beat Adam Wilkinson 4-1, 4-2 in the quarters and then beat Laurence Woodford 4-0, 4-2 in the semis. In the final he defeated Mathieu Betto 5-3, 4-2 to win the event.

Cooper Kirby is also part of the Sherfield School sixth form team that has won the Hampshire/Dorset/Wiltshire knockout stage of the Glanville Cup. The team has now qualified for the National Finals that will be played at Nottingham Tennis Centre from 11th – 14th July.


First photo used with courtesy of the Basingstoke Gazette



Hignett Wins HSBC Road to Wimbledon Club Event

Five girls competed in this year’s Totally Tennis HSBC Road to Wimbledon (U14) club event which was won by Isla Hignett with Tillie Reid finishing as runner-up. Hignett won all her matches beating Reid 4-1, 4-0, Amberly Chapman 4-0, 4-0, Atinuke Adelakun 4-0, 4-0 and Kirsty Da Silva 4-0, 4-0. Reid beat Da Silva 4-0, 5-3 and both Adelakun and Chapman 4-0, 4-0. Hignett will now play in the county finals which will take place over the weekend of 15th & 16th July at Canoe Lakes in Southsea. Reid will have to wait and see if she makes the final as one of the lucky runners-up.


Head Coach James Macintosh said “Congratulations to Isla who has managed to qualify for the county event for the second year running.” he added, “Also well done to Tillie who was the runner up this year and hopefully she will get the opportunity to take part in the county finals for the first time“.

The two winners (boy and girl) of each County Final will be invited to play at Wimbledon from 14th – 19th August in the National Finals (an additional four lucky losers from the County Finals will also be invited to the National Finals). Hignett will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of her former Totally Tennis players and her older brother Liam who played at the National Finals in 2014.

The HSBC Road to Wimbledon is the biggest junior tournament in British tennis and gives all 14U players the opportunity to progress through to compete on the world famous grass courts at Wimbledon. Local clubs, parks and schools are encouraged to enter and stage a tournament for their members/pupils rated between 10.2 and 7.1. For stronger rated players (6.2 or higher) there is the HSBC Road to Wimbledon International event which players can enter directly.

Congratulations Isla and Good Luck in the County Finals next month 🙂

From the archives

Isla Wins HSBC Road To Wimbledon Club Tournament and Hignett On Road to Wimbledon

Catlin Joins The Totally Tennis Coaching Team

Former Totally Tennis Performance player Stephanie Catlin has joined the Totally Tennis coaching team. Catlin who has a Sports and Exercise Science and Communication degree will be available for coaching every Thursday at the indoor centre.

After completing her studies at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) as of part of a four tennis scholarship Catlin returned to the UK and studied for her Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University. She started playing at the club from a young age first in junior squads before quickly progressing into the performance programme, she played as part of the successful Brighton Hill Community College tennis team and also represented Queen Marys College in the Ladies and Mixed teams.


During her time at the club she achieved many great things including winning many singles and doubles titles, represented Hampshire in various county team events, including winning the county Road to Wimbledon singles title and going on to represent the club and county at Wimbledon in the Nationals finals. Along with doubles partner and now fellow coach Ben Jubin, she was part of the victorious QMC team that won the Senior Schools National Mixed Doubles Championships. While at university in America she captained the UNC Bears Women’s Tennis team in her senior year and was a key member of the women’s Oxford Brookes university 1st team that won the BUCS Midland league.

Catlin brings her extensive playing and match experience as well as her fitness and nutrition knowledge to the club, we sat down with Steph and asked her a few questions about her tennis career and her return to Totally Tennis as a coach……

When did you start playing tennis and where?

At the grand old age of 8, at Totally Tennis… little did I know it would become my childhood’s second home  

What’s your greatest tennis achievement so far?

Obtaining a 4-year tennis scholarship to a Division 1 University in the USA. It still makes my heart skip a beat talking about it 3 years on, because it was the most incredible, fun, life changing experience. If you ever wonder what it feels like to be treated like royalty, just go to the USA on a tennis scholarship

What do you enjoy most about the sport?

Playing doubles. The passion and intensity during a game of doubles is a completely different vibe to singles. If and when you find a partner that you just ‘click’ with on court, it’s a beautiful form of art. I was lucky enough to experience that in my tennis career!

Who inspired you most in the game? 

Serena Williams, without a doubt, On court she somehow makes top players in the world look like semi-pros. Off court she is an excellent role model with not only a great personality, but has a great attitude towards life. Her passion and drive to achieve greatness regardless of all the haters out there is very inspiring to me.

How did you find the transition from player to coach?

Relatively easy to be honest, and there is one key reason for that. I grew up playing at TT with quality coaching. Being surrounded by that daily it was engrained into me from a young age how to work with players of all different ages, genders and abilities, and to be successful by treating each player as an individual.

What made you take up a career in sports nutrition?

When in the USA we would train twice a day, 6 or 7 days a week, depending on our match schedule. Along with that I completely dove into American eating habits, I ate A LOT of food!! I thought it was okay because of all the exercise I did. On my return to the UK I stopped exercising and cleaned up my diet… the positive impact it had on both my mind and body was insane! Since going though my own transformation, I couldn’t stop reading and researching anything and everything to do with food and nutrition. It sounds cheesy I know, but I look back now and I know nutrition and helping others was my calling in life!

What is your favourite part about being a nutritionist?

Of course I love helping people improve their body physically as that’s what most people come to me for. But for me as their nutrition coach, I love seeing improvements in other areas of their lives. Energy levels soar through the roof, improvements in sleep quality and a better handle on dealing with stress. Feeling physically stronger, better focus and productivity at work, and generally finding happiness and content from within. THAT is what good nutrition does, and that’s what it’s all about for me

What do you hope to achieve coaching at Totally Tennis?

I want to inspire. It’s about everyone working as a team and creating an environment that is motivating, hard working and of course, fun. I want to get more adults into playing tennis and I want to make sure the up and coming youngsters know of the fantastic opportunities out there for them in tennis. Genuinely, I hope to give something back to a sport that has moulded me into the person I am today!



For coaching enquiries please contact Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, via email tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk

For nutrition enquiries please contact Steph via her website www.foodislifeuk.com or on her social media FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Two Trophies For Tillie

Even when visiting her grandparents in Devon for the Easter holidays performance player Tillie Reid still managed to win not one but two trophies to add to her collection.

image1-15Sherfield School tennis scholar Reid competed in the Grade 4 North Devon Spring Open 14U Girls singles and doubles events in the tournament held at the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple. After a bye in the first round of the singles she beat Grace Vowles 4-0, 4-0 in the semi-finals and then won the final against Amelia Pirt 4-0, 4-1.\


The following day she joined forces with Pirt to compete in the doubles which was played in the round robin format. Together they defeated Evie Norris-Bishop/Ruby Davis 4-0, 4-0 followed by Katie Rowe/Martha Macdonald 4-1, 4-1 and then won the final against Lucy Ward/Vowles 4-0, 4-2 to collect the winners trophies.

Congratulations Tillie! What a great start to the summer season!

A Win for Kirsty in Oxfordshire

Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva won the Grade 5 12 & under Girls event at the Game, Set & Match Play Spring Super Series held at Radley College Sports Centre in Oxfordshire last weekend.

After a bye in the first round, top seed Da Silva defeated Emma Gabriel in the semi-final 4-2, 4-0 and then in the final she beat Beatrice Painter 4-2, 4-2 to win the event and collect yet another medal.

Kirsty 1st Place Abingdon

Sue Da Silva said, “Good consistent play from Kirsty in the event. She had some really clever shots, moving her opponents well.”

What a great start to the Easter holidays, Congratulations Kirsty!