Dean Cooper Kirby travelled to Iceland for his latest Tennis Europe tournament accompanied on this occasion by his Totally Tennis coach, Jordan Frederick. This was the first time that both Cooper Kirby and Frederick had visited Iceland and both were amazed by the extreme weather and lack of darkness.
The Kópavogur Open 16 and under tournament was held at Tennishöllin in Kopavogi, home to the country’s only three indoor courts. After a bye in the first round, Cooper Kirby who was fourth seed, beat Jonathan Sund Nordahl from Denmark 6-3, 7-5 to find himself in the quarters up against seventh seed, a hard hitting Russian named Dmitrii Ivanov whom he defeated 6-2, 6-3.
In the semis, he faced top seed Maximilian Homberg but he was not deterred coming back from 5-4 down in the first set to win 7-5, 6-3 overall. This important win placed Cooper Kirby in his ever Tennis Europe final and he was up against second seed Nicolas Moser who was the stronger player winning the match and the title 7-5, 6-2 and Cooper Kirby took the very respectable runners-up position.
In the doubles, Cooper Kirby teamed up with Mark Owen Endler from Germany and they beat fellow Brit Cameron Timlin and his Danish partner Nordahl in the quarters 6-1, 6-4 and then defeated another Brit Zachary Cox and his partner Ivo Isqueiro from Portugal in a tougher semi-final encounter 7-6(5), 2-6, 10-5. In the final it was retribution time for Cooper Kirby who along with Endler beat the pairing of Homberg/Moser 7-5, 6-3 to win the event.
Frederick said. ” Dean did well to reach both finals after defeating the number one seed in both cases. This tournament was a great learning curve and a very good result to be walking away with a doubles win and runner up in the singles. Great effort Dean!”
Read more about Dean Cooper Kirby’s Tennis Europe and Florida training in previous posts here
Performance player Isla Hignett won the 18 and under Girls singles title at Bradfield 2018 May Open last Friday. The Grade 4 event, which was held on the Bradfield Tennis Club’s clay courts, was played in the compass fast 4 format.
Second seed Hignett was joined in the draw by club mate Tillie Reid and former club mate Nina Williams. In the quarters Hignett beat Marta Poriete 4-1, 4-1followed by Reid in the semis 4-0, 4-1 and then defeated top seed Maisie Smith in three sets in the final 2-4,4-2,10-1 to win the event and ass yet another trophy to her growing collection.
Reid beat Williams in the quarters 4-0, 4-2 and finished a very respectable fourth overall after losing to Sofia Lejonvarn 4-1, 4-0 in the third/fourth playoff match. Williams went on to win the consolation event.
Isla’s mum Donella said ‘ “Isla played really well and although she had lost the first set 4-2 in the final, she pulled it back in the second set to win 4-2 and played an awesome tie break to win 10-1.”
Club mate Kirsty Da Silva was top seed in the 14 and under Girls singles event where she lost in the quarters against eventual winner Serena Manca in three sets 3-4(2), 4-3(1), 10-5.
Totally Tennis mini performance player Hayden Cummings won the 10 and Under Mixed title at the South West Summer County Tour held at David Lloyd Southampton at the beginning of the month.
In the group stages, Cummings won Box C beating Zoe Totolici 4-1 and Thomas Allen-Green 4-0. Club mates Guhan and Gevin Chendhilkumar played in Box A and B respectively and both won and lost a match so all three boys progressed to the main draw.
In the quarter finals, Cummings defeated Guhan 4-0 and Kevin lost to Group D winner Oliver Cole 4-2. Cummings then beat Aleksander Kudla 4-0 in the semis and Finley Betteridge-Hanson 4-2 in the final to win the tournament.
Photo used with courtesy of jamiejordantennis
The latest TT Tour competition, The Sony Open, took place at the indoor centre at the end of last month with nine junior players competing in the Red and Orange events.
Brazil Open winner William Durman (second left) was the winner of the Red event and Neel Chandrasekar (third left) was the runner-up
In the Orange competition Luke Shattock (pictured below) was the winner and James Blackwell finished in second place.
The next event is the Grand Slam French Open tournament that will be played on Sunday 20th May. 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.
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.
Totally Tennis mini performance player and reigning TT Tour orange champion Hayden Cummings competed in his first green ball tournament at the Maidenhead Junior Open 2018 earlier this month and he WON it!
Cummings, who was playing in the Grade 4 tournament held at Maidenhead Lawn Tennis Club, competed in Group B in the first stage of the 10 and under Mixed Singles competition. He won all his four of his matches defeating Jasper Tong 4-0, Pavana Nrshinga 4-3(3), Gabriel Riminton 4-1 and Flora Hodge 4-0. In the main draw, Cummings beat Alexander Bruce in the semi-finals 4-2 and then beat Marcel Jesenko in the final 4-2 to win the event and collect the winners medal.
Head coach James McIntosh said, “Hayden works really hard in his lessons and is progressing all the time, he has done really well to win his first green ball tournament. Well done Hayden, keep up the good work!”
Last week Cummings competed in the Winchester Spring Open 2018 in both the 9 & under and 10 & under Boys singles events. After a bye in the first round of the 9 & under competition he defeated Aidan Hewitt in the second round 7-2, 7-3 followed by a three set defeat of namesake Hayden Mundy 6-8, 7-3,7-4 in the quarters before losing in the semi-final to eventual winner Matteo Mirone 7-3, 8-6.
In the 10 & under event Cummings lost in the first round of the main draw against Michael Mitchell 5-3, 4-2 but then went on to be crowned consolation winner after beating Feliciano Ayala De Carolis 4-0, 4-1, Oliver Flynn 4-1, 4-1 and Jaydan Mitchell in the final 2-4, 4-1,1-0(2).
Congratulations Hayden 😉
Read more about the Winchester Spring Open 2018 in previous post Trophies for Performance Players at Winchester Spring Open
Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva got the Easter holidays off to good start by winning the Ash Manor Easter Open 14 and under Girls Singles title today.
In the Grade 4 tournament, held at Ash Manor Tennis Centre near Guildford in Surrey, Da Silva won all three of her matches without losing a set in a very confident all round performance. In her first match she beat Nina Williams 4-0, 4-2 then Cristina Medrano (who had knocked out top seed Parami Aye) 4-2, 4-0 followed by Olivia Cairns in the final 4-1, 4-1. This victory means she now qualifies for the Champions Bowl National Masters finals in August.
Congratulations Kirsty 😉
Totally Tennis performance player Isla Hignett won the South East Winter County Tour – 18 and Under Girls singles title last weekend at the event played at Reedham Park in Surrey.
In the quarter finals of the Grade 5 tournament Hignett beat Alexia Litten 4-0, 5-3 followed by Sofie Pickard in the semis 4-0, 2-4, [10-2]. In the final she defeated Saskia Hunter-Thielemann 4-2, 4-2 to win the event.
Congratulations Isla 😉