Katy Dunne receives wild card into Wimbledon singles Main Draw - 'Keep the dream alive' is realised!

Just over 10 years ago, we took on at Everyball Tennis & HaltonUK a promising young 12 year old Katy Dunne from Batchwood Tennis Centre where her then coaches had done a great job on setting her on a journey towards becoming a professional tennis player.

By 14 years old Katy was ranked inside the top 10 in Europe and in order to travel and train more she left school and with the superb support of her parents embarked on a full-time programme of tennis and education with us at Halton.

In order to further support Katy on her travels alongside the LTA High Performance programme (Katy also spent time at the National Tennis Centre under coach Jane O'Donaghue) we developed a (still ongoing) scheme called, 'Keep the dream alive' (KTDA) - the dream being to see an Everyball trained player compete in the Main Draw of Wimbledon (or indeed another grand slam).  Through this scheme, led by Alec Clapperton, Halton adult members contribute into a monthly fund that contributes to the overall investment that Halton makes to support our up and coming junior players.

By 18 years old, and with the help of our own Pete Thorne (now coaching in Sydney, Australia but still in close contact) who travelled extensively with Katy in those last couple of years of her junior career, Katy had broken into the worlds top 10 ITF junior world rankings.

Since that time, Katy has worked and travelled tirelessly on the women's ITF circuit, recently breaking into the world top 200.  Over the last couple of years she has been based at Gosling Tennis Centre under the watchful eye of coach Richard Hawkes who has done a superb job in bringing Katy on in this critical phase of her career.

Yesterday, Hertfordshire's Katy Dunne (turned 23 in Feb) was delighted to hear that, on the basis of her progress of late, has received a wild-card into the Main Draw Singles of Wimbledon and all of us at Everyball and Halton would like to say a massive 'well done' to you Katy and we'll be backing you all the way in a couple of weeks time when you take to the courts for your maiden Grand Slam singles event.  This is only the beginning for you!!

A massive thanks to all those original members of KTDA who contributed to making this possible.

See Katy training here at Halton back in 2011!






Optimal Competition Parenting Workshop - Thursday 21st June 6.30-9.00pm at Halton Tennis Centre

Are you a parent to a competitive tennis player?  Would you like to learn more about how best to help and support your child during competition or have you been at it for years and think you've got it sorted??!!  

Attending this fantastic course developed by the LTA and Loughborough University may shed some light on how to most effectively help your child during competition, and even the most battle hardened parent can pick up something new with the fantastic material presented and the discussions that result.  

This course is being delivered across the country by a trained panel of tutors, so don't miss this one on your doorstep here at HaltonUK (Halton Tennis Centre, HP22 5PD)  (Suitable distance for Bucks, Herts, Beds, Oxon).

Not too late to book, and even The Times today had parenting on the front page!!

Course tutor for this course: Mike James




Parents play too!

As part of a new Everyball/HaltonUK scheme, parents of our mini tennis players had an opportunity to play themselves this past weekend  whilst their children attended their regular Saturday morning coaching session.

The objectives of this 'parent play' scheme are to:

  • Introduce or re-introduce parents to our fantastic sport through the game of mini tennis - it's easy to play, social and great exercise!
  • Coach parents using the same language, techniques and philosophy that we apply to their children, thus equipping parents to play with their kids more often, and at the right moments, to be able to offer some basic reminders and tips that will speed up the learning process and help our minis progress a little quicker!

If, as a parent/carer of one of our Mini Tennis Red players, you missed this session, don't worry and we'll see you next week 9am for another go! (We'll be rolling this out every Saturday for the rest of term, so look forward to seeing you on court!)





Greetings from Manchester 100K (Fusion 100 Manchester Trophy)

Greetings from Manchester where Everyball and PROv3 player Beth Grey takes on Tunisia's Ons Jabeur (WTA 180), second on court 1.  Beth then teams up later with Olivia Nicholls (Loughborough Tennis) to take on 3rd seeds Jamie Loeb (US) and An-Sophie Mestach (BEL).

Conditions a little breezy to say the least but rain looks to be staying away, and the grass courts here at The Northern Tennis Club are in great shape.

Beth warming up this morning and also pictured below with Olivia after yesterday's doubles victory.

Conditions a little breezy to say the least but rain looks to be staying away, and the grass courts here at The Northern Tennis Club are in great shape.

Beth warming up this morning and also pictured below with Olivia after yesterday's doubles victory.


Want some more juice on your forehand?

Everyball's Sophia Mezzone demonstrates her killer forehand in training yesterday.  Notice how she sets up with great load through the legs and upper body turn/coil, ready to explode into the shot.

'In groundstrokes, the back leg and hip, to a greater (square stance) or lesser (open stance) degree, are the first part of the kinetic chain.  They begin trunk rotation and drive the trunk upward and forward.  This enables the trunk and then the arm to build racket speed...The trunk of the body links the legs and the racket arm, and has an important role to play in transferring energy from the slower-moving yet large legs to the faster-moving yet smaller upper limbs.' (Elliott/Reid from 'Tennis Science')

Rotation as we know is key to developing power, but notice also how well Sophia combines her body segments and uses the forward movement of her hitting shoulder through impact.  Her head also stays beautifully still providing great stability through the shot.

Great work Sophia in learning to bring more control to your fearsome forehand!