One of those moments to say, 'sod it, I'm just gonna do it!'?? Adult tennis camps at Halton this coming week!

If you're anything like me you put things off - put things off that you'd like to do, wish you could do, or are just too plain scared to do??

Well, this could be your moment to change that and hop onto one of our adult tennis camps days this week at Halton Tennis Centre.

9am - 12noon on Wednesday and Friday the 14th and 16th August we are running adult tennis camps - suitable for beginner, intermediate and club standard players - barrier to entry is ability (we won't accept you if you're too good!!).

One of our Everyball coaches will take you through a range of drills, games and practices to get you playing that tennis you always wished you could play and you'll get some great exercise, have a good giggle or two and meet some new faces!

Up for it?  Please email me on mikejames@everyball.net or text/call on 07958 008312.  Bring a friend and we'll knock 25% off the daily rate of £30.00

Still a chance to play like a PRO......well ok, maybe not, but come and have a bash anyway!

Here's 10 great reasons to play Doubles

In our Everyball Academy Programme we think playing doubles is a really important - so much so we dedicate one session per week to it.

Here's 10 reasons why and I'm sure you can think of a few more:

1.  Doubles is a team sport in what is generally a singular pursuit - learning to work effectively together with and support your partner develops great team skills.  

2.  Playing doubles can keep you in the tournament if you're out early in singles.  This is especially relevant when you're travelling and playing back to back events.  You don't want to be hanging around fighting for practice courts etc for too long and doubles keeps you competitive and on-court.

3.  There is now a bonafide career in doubles with a sustainable living to be made.

4.  Doubles is critical to Fed/Davis Cup and other major team competitions on the tour like the Hopman Cup.  Domestically County Cup will always involve doubles and of course doubles plays a key role in US College Tennis and GB University Tennis.  Therefore, you can gain selection into teams on doubles merit.

5.  Doubles develops so many aspects of your singles game - open racket face skills, net game, serve and return, reaction skills/fast hands and quick thinking to name just a few.

6.  Doubles brings a whole new tactical dimension to the sport (formations, poaching, etc) and players learn to think and talk with their partner through matches and tough situations.

7.  It's a destination many of us end up at - playing doubles brings longevity to playing when the singles legs aren't there any more!  (and it's a great route back into the sport after injury - a la Andy Murray).  All club league tennis in Britain will generally involve doubles.

8.  Doubles can be a positive distraction from the pressure of the singles court.

9.  Doubles brings a social aspect - meeting and getting to know different partners, travelling/eating with your partner, etc. etc.

10.  And the most important one - it's great fun!!


Addendum to earlier blog: Will Mottram and DJ Mentiply win Great Missenden Grade 3 16&U Doubles title

Sorry Will and DJ - having 'liked' the Instagram post yesterday of your win and including it on my back on an envelope

scribblings for the blog today I still managed to leave you off!  Very sorry and great job on your title, beating former Everyballers (now of Bradfield College) Will Mercer and Jack Shawyer 4-2 5-3.

Two years ago in the Everyball Academy Programme we launched 'doubles Mondays' where the training emphasis has been on doubles and the increase in doubles success by Everyball players during this time has been notable.  Great job to our Coaching team and for parents and players to embrace this - it could be 'easy' just to pursue success on the singles court, but as we know there are so many great reasons to work at and develop into accomplished doubles players.




Everyball success at Woking Ladies 25K and Great Missenden Grade 3

Congratulations to Everyball and ProV3 player Beth Grey for winning the Woking Ladies 25K doubles title yesterday with her partner Eden Silva beating second seeds Naiktha Bains and Ankita Raina in 2 sets.

More local in Buckinghamshire saw plenty of Everyball success at the Great Missenden Grade 3.

Amelie Brooks and Athina Radicopoulos won the 14&U Girls Doubles beating Evan Lancaster and Shreya Walia 7-5 6-4.

Finn Lester and Alexander Pennycooke (pictured below) won the 14&U Boys Doubles beating James Carter and Tom Chapman 7-5 6-3.

Joel Good won the Open Mens Singles with a 6-3, 0-6, (10-5) win over William McLennaghan, and a notable mention to Oliver Connor for a great run to the boys 12&U singles final which he lost to Ezra Annafi.

Great job all!