Success for Totally Tennis youngsters

Isla Hignett and Daniel Prickett.

Isla Hignett and Daniel Prickett.

First published in Tennis

TOTALLY Tennis enjoyed a clean sweep with a one and two finish at the Bradfield College Nine and Under Mixed County Tournament.

Mini Performance players Daniel Prickett and Isla Hignett finished as the winner and runner-up respectively.

In the quarter-finals, Prickett beat Jessica Newman 7-3, 7-2 and Hignett defeated Ryan Mackley 7-6, 7-1. In the last four showdowns Prickett overcame Samuel Jones 7-3, 7-2 and Hignett saw off William McCormack in tense three setter 4-7, 7-5, 7-6.

In the all Totally Tennis final, Prickett defeated Hignett, who made him work for the title in another three-set battle, with the final scoreline being 7-1, 4-7, 7-2. Both young players received medals to reflect their hard work.

This win was just one in a run of achievements for Prickett, who also picked up two other titles in September and a fourth-place finish in the third event held at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.

In the Surrey Junior Tournament held at The Bourne Club, in Farnham, Prickett won the Nine and Under Boys singles event. In the group stages, Prickett won group A, beating Luke Hornett 7-3, 7-2, Toby Blackwell 7-4, 4-7, 12-10 and India Fulford 7-2, 7-5.

He then defeated Finlay Edwards in the last eight 7-5, 7-4 followed by Sam Thomas in their semi-final encounter 7-4, 7-4. He then won the final, beating Plamen Aleksandrov 7-4, 7-2 to win overall.

In his second event in Surrey, Prickett won the nine and under boys singles title at the Woking Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

Prickett progressed to the main draw after finishing runner-up in his group as he beat Manu Prasad 2-7, 7-2, 11-9, but lost to Kushai Tandon 7-3, 5-7, 7-5.

In the quarter-finals he defeated Sota Katano 9-7, 9-11, 7-2 and then Sebastian Holden 7-3, 10-8 on his way to a final re-match with Tandon. This time the Totally Tennis player came out on top, winning 7-5, 5-7, 10-8.

In his final event, he competed in the nine and under boys singles at the Winter County Tournament held at Roehampton.

Prickett won his group thanks to victories over James Pearson 7-2, 7-4, Maximillian Relic 6-8, 7-5, 7-5 and Sam Jarman 6-8, 7-5, 7-5.

In the last eight he beat Joshua Culshaw 7-4, 3-7, 7-5 but lost at the semi-final stage to George Shields 3-7, 7-5, 7-4. In the third and fourth place play-off match Prickett also went down, losing to Matthew Bates 7-3, 7-3.

Mini performance coach James McIntosh said: “Daniel has played exceptionally well and achieved great results.

“It was fantastic to have both Daniel and Isla in the final at Bradfield.”

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