Beth and Olivia take on top seeds at Surbiton 100K today after wild-card reward

Everyball and PROv3 Beth Grey and partner Olivia Nichollls (Loughborough Tennis) have been awarded a wild-card into the 100K Women's ITF event at Surbiton today, taking on top seeds Laura Robson and Monique Adamczak (not before 2pm centre court).

Best of luck Beth and Olivia!!

Beth is no currently ranked WTA 550 in singles and 236 in doubles.

See her ranking progress over the last few years below.  Great strides this year so far Beth, keep up the great work!

Width of your base foundation for great movement and strokes

An old colleague of mine always used to say: 'You can't fire a canon from a canoe!'

How very true this is.  A good wide base is the foundation for explosive movement and great stroke stroke production.

Look at Eugenie Bouchard (you may remember at Wimbledon 2014 she became the first Canadian-born player to reach the finals of a Grand Slam in singles, finishing runner-up to Petra Kvitova) hit a few balls here.

Pay particular attention to the width of her base as she executes her split step as her hitting partner is striking the ball.  (Video courtesy of Everyballer Amelie Brooks who is currently out competing at the Moratoglou Academy and was able to watch Bouchard training).

Something we can all seek to emulate, whatever level we play at!



Singles & Doubles titles for Joel Good at Chesham Bois Grade 3

Joel Good showcased his improving game with a brace of titles this week at the Chesham Bois LTA Grade 3 tournament this week.

In the Open Mens Singles final against fellow Everyballer and AGS student Dan Dean, Joel came through 7-6, 6-4 and then teamed up with Ben Smith (also of Halton/Everyball & Eton) to win the 18&U Boys doubles.  (See Ben and Joel pictured below)

Well done also to Calum Fairey in reaching the final of the 14&U boys event and for Calum Fairey and Josh Bright getting to the 14&U Boys doubles final.

Congrats to each Everyball player in the event with all competing well and many making good progress within their respective events.  

Everyball's Josh Oakley moves into 1/4 finals of 12&U Grade 2 at Halton

Convincing wins today over Taymur Muhammed (6-0 6-0) and Joseph Mazingham (6-1 6-2) saw Josh Oakley move into the 1/4 finals of Halton's Everyball Grade 2 LTA 12&U event tomorrow.  Great in-between point towel work through both matches Josh, ensuring you are 100% ready to fight for the next point.  

Well done also to Amelie Brooks, Millie Day and Fraser Reeves for your performances today in the same event - lots of learning from matches at this level and all the best in the consolation event.

Miles Groom came up against top seed Louis Maxted in the first round of the 16&U Grade 2 event at Gosling losing by a scoreline that did not reflect the closeness of the match, and Sophia Mezzone went down fighting to the 7th seed Andrea Pineda.

Elsewhere, Everyball has had strong representation at the Chesham Bois Grade 3 event this week - well done all players so far and all the best to the players competing there tomorrow:

Ashton Taank, Jack Feinson, Ben Spencer-Jones, Alexander Pennycooke, Calum Fairey, Joshua Bright, Daniel Mccay-Brown, Emily Ineson, Oliver Mccay-Brown, Joel Good, Ben Smith, Daniel Dean. Finn Lester

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.

http://bit.ly/2jm57eb