Everyball Academy players notch up several titles early on in the summer competitive season

Joel Good, Amelie Brooks, Millie Day all win titles early on in the summer competitive season.  A big congrats to you all.

Joel wins Penny Sinclair Grade 3 18&U and Mens Singles beating a string of highly ranked players on the way.

Amelie (shown in a classic summer tennis pic below!) wins 12&U Penny & Sinclair Grade 3 singles following doubles success in winning the Scotland Grade 2 12&U Doubles and then backing this up with a second Grade 2 12&U doubles title in Bath.  All of this whilst reaching the quarters of both 12&U/14&U Grade 2 singles in Bath.

Millie Day won the 16&U Grade 3 Dan Burden Trophy coming back from 0-6 down in the final set tie-break to win it 13-11.  She also won the 14&U and 16&U doubles events there.  Millie then backed this up with a 14&U Grade 3 singles win at the Cambridge Summer Open winning the doubles event as well.  Just so happens at the same time Millie has been selected for Regional Lacrosse as part of the England Pathway and is now attending a 3 day camp before heading off on a well earned holiday!

The summer tennis tour lands locally in Bucks this coming week with several Everyball Academy Players competing at the Great Missenden Grade 3 event.  All the best to all our players competing there and of course elsewhere around the country!  Keep us posted on your results.




Footwork masterclass from Felix Auger Aliassime - lessons from the practice courts at Wimbledon

A hop means to take off on one foot and land on that same foot.  A jump is the reverse, take off on one land on the other.

See Felix Auger Aliassime work on his movement forward off a short ball.  His footwork through the short is determined by: 

- his initial position on the court (where he's coming from)

- the characteristics of the ball he is receiving; in this case a slow (speed) shorter ball (distance) to the forehand from  a cross-court direction, relatively low (height) and with a little topspin.

- his shot selection (FH topspin approach down the line - attacking with precision) and movement after towards the net.

He therefore selects on this occasion a hop step through the shot, taking off on his left and landing on his left to increase his ability to get up to the top of the bounce to take it early and the distance he can cover towards the net to ensure a good volley position.

Play both back when returning in doubles to counter the big server - great lessons for all levels of doubles play

There are a good reasons to play in a 'both back' formation when returning in doubles, one of them being to counter the big server and the vulnerability of the returner's partner against the server's partner when in the 'up' position.  This is demonstrated well here by Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez last week at Wimbledon.

See also Lopez movement into the split step and his reduced backswing on the FH return to counter to speed of the oncoming speed.  It was a good serve into his body and whilst he managed to hit a winning return down the line the net player probably should have done a better job with his technical anticipation (ie: Lopez was never going to find the inside of the ball here to go back cross-court) to cover it.

Carreno Busta is not passive in his role - see his movement on and just after the return, ready for the short reply.


PROV3 delivers on it's aims as Beth Grey plays at Wimbledon 2019

2 years ago we launched ProV3 - a beneficial initiative of Halton UK's charitable projects with the objective of supporting the careers of aspiring but vulnerable professional tennis players outside the WTA/ATP top 250.  Vulnerabilities include high rates of burning/dropping out, high stress/anxiety due to lack of resources, low incomes due to minimal prize money at lower tier professional events, and perhaps being ill equipped and/or unprepared for life after tennis.

We aim to achieve this through pursuing our HaltonUK definition of 'winning': To identify, gather and mobilise all our resources to go as far as we can.  In doing this our behaviours are driven by 3 key values (3V):

Excellence – the quality of being outstanding in all we do

Community – shared learning, experience and support

High Performance team-work - strong interdisciplinary approach, clear roles and responsibilities, celebrating success and willing each along [The image of a lone piece of charcoal struggling to stay alight versus a glowing bed where each piece heats and is heated]

We are absolutely delighted that the support Beth has received through ProV3 has contributed to her being in a position this year to play at Wimbledon and it has been an absolute pleasure for all of us at Halton/Everyball Tennis to be part of her journey.  We wish her all the best today with her mixed partner Scott Clayton as they take on Venus Williams and Frances Tiafoe not before 5.30pm on Court 12.