Use B.R.E.A.D in your match warm-ups

I came up with this little checklist to run through in your hitting warm-up this past week.  What do you think?  Could be specially useful in a match warm-up to help focus your mind and body in the right areas.

Breathe out on contact.  This will help your timing as well help you feel more Relaxed.  Rid yourself of any muscle tension, especially in arms and shoulders.  Then begin to bring some more Energy to the feet, whilst you check your Attitude for any unhelpful or irrational thinking.  Finally, begin to focus more now on your ball outcome by hitting with increased Depth.  






You may want to add a second 'D' for Detective at this point (thanks Jemima King for this one!).  Are there any hints or clues you might be picking up from your opponent as to their physical and mental condition, strengths and weaknesses?  My recommendation is not to get too bogged down with this.  I've warmed up against guys who look amazing in the warm-up and turn out average in the match and visa-versa, but always good to focus a little attention to what your opponent is bringing to the match-court.

Warm-up with B.R.E.A.D to get you into the zone, whether for a match or training session.  It will only take you 2-3 minutes but could be a useful addition to the tool-kit.

Who are your favourite picks for Wimbledon? It's Groom and Mezzone for us....!

Will Murray win his 3rd title this year?  The bookies have Fed as favourite and many are talking up Joanna Konta's chances, especially as she looks to be hitting grass-court form down in Eastbourne this week.

Our picks, however, come in the forms of Miles Groom and Sophia Mezzone who last weekend qualified for the HSBC Road to Wimbledon International.  Seven venues across England and Scotland hosted qualifying events alongside India, China  and Hong Kong who.  4 boys and 2 girls from each of these events have won through to the HSBC RTW Finals held at SW19 between the 14th-19th August.

This is a fantastic achievement for both Miles and Sophia and no doubt they'll be watching The Championships over the next couple of weeks with a little extra interest knowing they'll be competing on the very same courts in just 6 weeks time.

Congratulations both of you and a great representation for Everyball Tennis and Halton UK!

Further honours for Everyball players

The Bucks 12&U County Cup team is 100% made at Everyball.  Congratulations to Josh Oakley, Calum Fairey, DJ Mentiply, William Mottram, Fraser Reeves and Ben Perkin on your recent selections.

Berkhamsted School Girls reach Aegon Schools finals beating Bancroft School in the final round.  Finals are being held in Nottingham from 11th to 14th July in Nottingham.  Again, the squad consists of all but one Halton player. Great job Sophia Mezzone, Amelia Barton, Lauren McKinaly, Emma Savage (Chesham 1879), Bethan Miles, Alice Taylor and Sophia Wise.

Finally, Tring School join AGS and Berkhamsted in the Aegon Schools finals.  Everyballers Jake Williams and Sam Gough are members of this team.

Great to see our players so actively contributing to their schools and counties and British Tennis!  Fantastic job all!

Aylesbury Grammar School's 'Everyball' boys reach National Finals...

Big congratulations to the AGS Senior Tennis Team of Oscar Glenister, Dan Dean, James Weller and Joel Good (all Halton players) who qualified for the National School Finals last Friday 23rd June by beating Cooper's Coborn School, Essex in the regional qualifier. The Finals are being played at Notts Tennis Centre 11th-14th July.

Very best of luck to the boys as they take on some of the top tennis schools in Great Britain next month!

Come eat Pizza with the coaches tomorrow night at Halton!!

To all our players, parents, members and friends,

No need to cook dinner tomorrow night!! Come and join this Wednesday evening between 6.30 and 8,30 pm for some pizza!!

Chris, from Mozzarella Nation (his mobile pizza business) will be cooking pizza down at the club.

Margherita £6.00
Pepperoni £7.00
Chili and Chorizo £8.00
Veggie £8.00 

(all 10 inch pizzas)

Bar open as usual for refreshments!!

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Jemima and Gemma talk 'respect'

The first of a four part mini-series where we talk about the 4 life-skills that we uniquely develop through the game with Everyball Tennis.

Not only to serve us in life outside tennis, developing Respect, Resilience, Responsibility, and Reflection help us become better competitors and players here and now!

Here, I ambush Jemima King and Gemma Elliott-Wetton as they have a quiet bit of lunch yesterday.