Grit, resilience, determination to keep the dream of tennis supremacy alive! Check this out from a true Everyballer!

A delightful email this morning from one of my adult clients:

Went to the physio on Monday and got some interesting feedback:
  • Have a rotator cuff injury that has been there for a while which is increasing load on my elbow, forearm and wrists
  • Have tennis elbow
  • Have three pieces of metal left in my elbow one of which looks like a scalpel head  
So I have started rotator cuff exercises which apparently can only take 18 months to work!!  In addition, I guess I'll have to take a little further interest in my medical records.
The work we have been doing on the FH should support the exercises, as more of the load is being taken up by better mechanics

My plans for tennis supremacy by the age of 65 is still firmly on track!

A true Everyballer!!

Halton excel in National Premier League of Doubles 2018

Halton have had an excellent first year in the National Premier League of doubles where winners of each region go through to a finals with 16 teams from all over the UK competing.

Over the year, the Halton team consisted of Roy Knight, Gavin McKinlay, Ed Taylor, Alex Barnes, Christian Colvin, Oscar Glenister and Calum McKinlay with Roy, Gavin, Alex and Ed making up the team for the national finals.

This year's standard was very high high, Marcus Willis played for the winning team, Jonny Marray played last year and Ed and Alex coming up against Dan Cox!

In the finals (qualifying through a regional play-off) Halton drew 2-2 with Thongsbridge, with Roy and Ed narrowly losing in a tiebreak shootout.  However Roy and Ed came back to win a shootout against Lincoln and had Lincoln won their shootout against Thongsbridge, Halton would have gone through on a count-back but Thongsbridge came through in the end.

It was a superb effort for the boys to come so close in our first year in the competition.

A special mention to Roy and Gavin who came through the whole competition with a 100% record (pictured below)

Is being consistently good, good enough?

There is something about aiming for consistently good that strikes a cord with me this week.

Some may say boring, dull, low risk, un-exciting.

But I say there is something powerful even honourable and that endeavour.  Day in, day out to be consistently good in all we do; our relationships, our work, our training, our studies, our general operating standards, and our performances.

And not only that, but consistently good over time.  This is really important, as the values of 'staying in' and 'sticking at it' in this 'insta' world are gradually being eroded.  The longer we are consistently good, ever-present, doing the job, the more impact we can have on others and the world around us.

And when we are consistently good, there will be days of brilliance, of insight, of innovation of high drama and excellence but finding a baseline of consistently good is, in of itself, not a bad aim.

Everyball's Head of Athlete Development Dom King part of The Tennis Summit 2018!!

Everyball Tennis's own Head of Athlete Development, Dom King, was recently part of The Tennis Summit 2018, the World's Biggest Online Tennis Conference

The Summit ran from April 25-30 and featured many great presentations. Dom's presentation,was titled 'Developing Rotational Power'.

The Tennis Summit brought together over 30 world­ class coaches and experts, including:
Paul Annacone, Gigi Fernandez, Craig O’Shannessy, Jeff Salzenstein, Dr. Mark Kovacs, Ian Westermann, Allistair McCaw, Peter Freeman, Emma Doyle, Feisal Hassan, Satoshi Ochi, Dean Hollingworth, Kris Soutar and of course, Dom and many more.

These top coaches and experts had never been together at one event before! It is estimated that close to 10,000 tennis enthusiasts from across the world signed up!

Although the free access to the presentations has passed, The All Access Pass to the Summit is still available to buy, but will be taken down very soon so you'll need to be quick!
This will give you access to all the recordings for you to watch anytime. Please see the link below for more information.

Aylesbury Grammar School tennis success powered by Everyball players

A fantastic result in the 2nd Round of The Senior National Tennis away at Watford Boys School on Tuesday with AGS coming away with a 10/2 victory. 

Daniel Dean won 6/0 2/0 40/15 retired against Ali Habib who is an internationally ranked junior.

Joel Good played extremely well to beat Tom Watts 6/0 6/0. Joel made very few mistakes and was just too good for his older opponent.

James Weller carrying a shoulder injury and forced to serve under arm beat Patrick Evans 6/3 6/2 a great result in difficult circumstances

DJ Mentiply (Yr 8) playing his first Senior match at AGS found Dhillon Dodhia just too strong at No 4 and lost 1/6 2/6 but a great effort for DJ.

In the doubles Dean/Good beat Habib/Watts 6/3 6/2 and Watford then conceded the second doubles with Weller/Chintamreddy playing Evans/Dodhia.

Great job AGS and Everyball!


Halton Tennis Centre (Halton UK) and Everyball Tennis launch 'proV3'

We are delighted at Halton to launch a new charitable initiative called proV3.  

The objective behind proV3 is to support the careers of aspiring but vulnerable* professional players currently ranked outside the WTA/ATP top 250.

Such vulnerabilities include:

  • high rates of burn-out, drop-out & injury
  • high stress/anxiety due to lack of resources (principally financial) as well as access to first class facilities, coaching and sparring partners
  • low to nil income due to small prize money purses at lower tier events
  • potentially ill-equipped and/or unprepared for life after tennis

Our strategy to achieve this objective comes through the pursuit of our HaltonUK definition of winning - to 'identify, gather and mobilise all our resources to go as far as we can'.  In this our behaviours will be driven by 3 key values (the V3 bit!): 

Excellence - the quality of being outstanding in all we do

Community - shared learning, experience and support.  A sense of 'belonging'

Team-ship - actively willing each other on, celebrating success, working together with other coaches & organisations [The image of a lone piece of charcoal struggling to stay alight versus a glowing bed where each piece heats and is heated]

Our tactics involve (and not limited to this list):

  • Provision of free court time, coaching, strength and conditioning, planning and competition scheduling
  • Redistribution of financial investment 
  • Periodic coach support on the road
  • Professional support and further personal development opportunities that experts in their field 'give' to proV3 players
  • Accommodation options
  • Training weeks to access

Current proV3 players

22 year old Beth Grey has been training under the HaltonUK/Everyball Tennis banner for the last 15 months and is our HaltonUK and now proV3 player ambassador.  She is currently ranked WTA 613 (rise of over 300 places during her time with us) in singles and 289 in doubles having just won two 25K events with her regular doubles partner Olivia Nicholls (Loughborough Tennis).  Beth plays in the main draw second round in Obidos, Portugal 25K event today after beating fellow Brit Freya Christie (524) yesterday.  (Beth and Olivia pictured below)

Toby Martin has been using Halton as his training base through the winter and spring whilst recovering from injury and he looks forward to progressing back up the ATP rankings over the remainder of 2018.

Gosling Tennis' Katy Dunne coached by Richard Hawkes (WTA 242) who grew up as a junior at Halton between ages 12-18) also continues to use facilities and sparring partners from time to time at Halton.

For further information on proV3 and to get involved in the project either as a player or in a support capacity, please contact Mike James,