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

Latest posts - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 15:54

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




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Parents play too!

Latest posts - Mon, 18/06/2018 - 17:06

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.

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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!)





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Greetings from Manchester 100K (Fusion 100 Manchester Trophy)

Latest posts - Thu, 14/06/2018 - 11:55

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.

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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.


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Want some more juice on your forehand?

Latest posts - Tue, 12/06/2018 - 09:52

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')

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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!



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The least practiced and paid attention to aspect of the serve?

Latest posts - Mon, 11/06/2018 - 10:52

It's one of the great contradictions of our sport that arguably the most important stroke, that is also the most easily practiced (just you and a basket of balls), is often the most ignored.  

And more often than not, the efficiency and effectiveness of the serve hinges so often around the contact point area and therefore the ball toss, or ball placement ('toss' conjures up images of a jerky throw, whilst placement suggests something more precise, smoother and controlled).

There are 3 aspects of contact point that relate directly to the location/accuracy of ball toss as shown in this video of world number 67 Taylor Fritz delivering a second serve at the Surbiton 100K last week.

Download TaylorFritzSecondServe.TRIM.MOV

 

1.  Height

Typically most top players contact the ball on the fall (ie: as it's dropping from the apex of the ball placement) so the ball requires a placement high enough to enable this.  Taylor has a relatively low ball toss, but a careful look shows he still makes contact on the fall.

2.  Distance front to back

Contact ideally should be made inside the baseline for both 1st and 2nd serves, though to facilitate more spin a second serve ball toss will be placed further back to encourage more vertical path of the racket (for a top/slice spin).

3.  Distance side to side 

A tricky one.  12 noon (in line with heel of front foot) to 1pm would be considered within a range of acceptability.  Ideally, you are looking for a contact point that enables 'shoulder over shoulder' (cartwheel rotation) rather than shoulder around shoulder as this creates more vertical velocity through the hips, a higher contact point, and promotes greater internal rotation of the hitting shoulder (this action contributes to 40% to the generation of racket velocity at impact in the male high-performance serve).  [Bruce Elliott & Machar Reid, 'Tennis Science']

Elliott and Red however, are keen to point out that 'coaches of young players alike must be careful to appropriately time when they emphasise the importance of internal rotation in the service action.  For example, research has observed that increases in internal rotation velocity occur primarily after puberty.  Therefore, young players should attend to other aspects of the service action and lay the foundations for appropriate internal rotation velocity development prior to puberty, so that they can most effectively use this aspect of the serve when they mature.'

A couple of photos below showing a slight contrast in body position at contact of Fritz to a younger, physically developing 14 year old (albeit it different angles)

Finally, a few keys for an accurate ball placement:

  • A smooth rhythmical service action is helpful, especially when score-board pressure and muscular tension come into the equation
  • Release at eye level
  • Straight arm and lift from the shoulder
  • Imagine holding on to a tube of balls or a plastic cup/ice-cream cone to limit last second wrist flick which can send the ball anywhere!

Above all, have fun getting out there and practicing your serve - no hitting partner required!








 


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

Latest posts - Tue, 05/06/2018 - 10:08

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!

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Width of your base foundation for great movement and strokes

Latest posts - Tue, 05/06/2018 - 09:37

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!

Download BouchardWidthofBase.MP4



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

Latest posts - Sun, 03/06/2018 - 09:34

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, Oliver Mccay-Brown for winning the 18&U Boys consolation event, and for Calum Fairey and Josh Bright getting to the 14&U Boys doubles final.

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

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

Latest posts - Wed, 30/05/2018 - 20:57

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

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Everyball's Miles Groom partners with Bolton's Billy Blaydes to take Grade 2 doubles title

Latest posts - Tue, 29/05/2018 - 21:41

Well done to Miles Groom and partner Billy Blaydes as they overcame Roan Jones and James Vincent in the finals of the Everyball Grade 2 14&U event at HaltonUK today 4-6, 6-2, (10-4)

Superb job Miles and Billy!



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Grit, resilience, determination to keep the dream of tennis supremacy alive! Check this out from a true Everyballer!

Latest posts - Tue, 15/05/2018 - 10:24

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!!
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Beth and Oliva move into another women's ITF 25K doubles final!

Latest posts - Fri, 11/05/2018 - 08:18

All the very best for today's final ladies!

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Halton excel in National Premier League of Doubles 2018

Latest posts - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 07:38
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)









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Is being consistently good, good enough?

Latest posts - Tue, 08/05/2018 - 11:34

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.




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Everyball's Head of Athlete Development Dom King part of The Tennis Summit 2018!!

Latest posts - Tue, 08/05/2018 - 07:29
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 Souter 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

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Aylesbury Grammar School tennis success powered by Everyball players

Latest posts - Thu, 03/05/2018 - 07:36

A fantastic result in the 2nd Round of The Senior National Tennis away at Watford Boys School on Tuesday with AGS coming away with a 10/2 victory. 

Daniel Dean won 6/0 2/0 40/15 retired against Ali Habib who is an internationally ranked junior.

Joel Good played extremely well to beat Tom Watts 6/0 6/0. Joel made very few mistakes and was just too good for his older opponent.

James Weller carrying a shoulder injury and forced to serve under arm beat Patrick Evans 6/3 6/2 a great result in difficult circumstances

DJ Mentiply (Yr 8) playing his first Senior match at AGS found Dhillon Dodhia just too strong at No 4 and lost 1/6 2/6 but a great effort for DJ.

In the doubles Dean/Good beat Habib/Watts 6/3 6/2 and Watford then conceded the second doubles with Weller/Chintamreddy playing Evans/Dodhia.

Great job AGS and Everyball!

 


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Mission impossible!!

Latest posts - Tue, 01/05/2018 - 16:54

Great fun in squad last night bringing out these 3 beliefs:

  1. No ball bounces twice!
  2. No ball gets past you!
  3. You touch it you make it!

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Beth moves into quarter-finals of Obidos 25K in Portugal

Latest posts - Fri, 27/04/2018 - 07:40

Great work by proV3 http://everyball.net/halton-tennis-centre-halton-uk-and-everyball-tennis-launch-prov3http://  and Everyball player Beth Grey as she marches into quarter finals of the Obidos 25K ITF Women's event in Portugal today.  She'll play fellow Brit Katie Swan (315) in a bid to push on into the semis.

All the best to Beth today.  First on at 12.30pm.


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Halton Tennis Centre (Halton UK) and Everyball Tennis launch 'proV3'

Latest posts - Thu, 26/04/2018 - 11:22

We are delighted at Halton to launch a new charitable initiative called proV3.  

The objective behind proV3 is to support the careers of aspiring but vulnerable* professional players currently ranked outside the WTA/ATP top 250.

Such vulnerabilities include:

  • high rates of burn-out, drop-out & injury
  • high stress/anxiety due to lack of resources (principally financial) as well as access to first class facilities, coaching and sparring partners
  • low to nil income due to small prize money purses at lower tier events
  • potentially ill-equipped and/or unprepared for life after tennis

Our strategy to achieve this objective comes through the pursuit of our HaltonUK definition of winning - to 'identify, gather and mobilise all our resources to go as far as we can'.  In this our behaviours will be driven by 3 key values (the V3 bit!): 

Excellence - the quality of being outstanding in all we do

Community - shared learning, experience and support.  A sense of 'belonging'

Team-ship - actively willing each other on, celebrating success, working together with other coaches & organisations [The image of a lone piece of charcoal struggling to stay alight versus a glowing bed where each piece heats and is heated]

Our tactics involve (and not limited to this list):

  • Provision of free court time, coaching, strength and conditioning, planning and competition scheduling
  • Redistribution of financial investment 
  • Periodic coach support on the road
  • Professional support and further personal development opportunities that experts in their field 'give' to proV3 players
  • Accommodation options
  • Training weeks to access

Current proV3 players

22 year old Beth Grey has been training under the HaltonUK/Everyball Tennis banner for the last 15 months and is our HaltonUK and now proV3 player ambassador.  She is currently ranked WTA 613 (rise of over 300 places during her time with us) in singles and 289 in doubles having just won two 25K events with her regular doubles partner Olivia Nicholls (Loughborough Tennis).  Beth plays in the main draw second round in Obidos, Portugal 25K event today after beating fellow Brit Freya Christie (524) yesterday.  (Beth and Olivia pictured below)

Toby Martin has been using Halton as his training base through the winter and spring whilst recovering from injury and he looks forward to progressing back up the ATP rankings over the remainder of 2018.

Gosling Tennis' Katy Dunne coached by Richard Hawkes (WTA 242) who grew up as a junior at Halton between ages 12-18) also continues to use facilities and sparring partners from time to time at Halton.

For further information on proV3 and to get involved in the project either as a player or in a support capacity, please contact Mike James, mikejames@everyball.net











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