Another incredible opportunity for all British Tennis players. Would love to see more female players taking part, the tournaments are perfect for your development on and off the court.
With increased prize money, a chance to train in Spain, the guarantee of 3+ level based matches it is a tournament which you shouldn't miss. ...
INCREASED PRIZE MONEY PLUS 18U BONUS PRIZE AT BRIGHTON PROGRESS TOUR EVENT... 3 DAYS UNTIL CLOSING DATE 👨🎓🎾🏆👌
With the support of ISE Language School in Brighton, we have an increased prize fund for the forthcoming Progress Tour Event at Preston Lawn Tennis Club in Brighton. The event is open to male and female players of any age, with a UTR level of 7.5 or upwards - juniors, club players, pros and Vets!
Main Draw Winner - £300
Main Draw Runner Up - £150
Female Bonus Winner - £150
NEW - 18U Bonus Winner - Comprehensive training week at a Spanish academy (to be announced on Friday 23rd March) including housing, 6 hours training per day as part of the full time training program, and flights.
One of the major facets of the Tour is to enable deserving players the opportunity to 'Earn' player support/development opportunities and we are excited to partner with the academy.
Please share with your players, parents and coaches...
What a great trip to the #NationalCampus with SpringBreak Sports. Met a lot of new coaches, saw a lot of teams compete & cheered on my Tennis Smart players.
Very excited to bring @Millfieldtennis to the National Campus, a very fun schedule mapped out for the student-athletes. 5 matches with PlaySight so parents can watch, trips to college campuses & of course a day at Universal. See you soon Millfield school. ...
Well done Esther what a great interview & a good role model to every British Tennis female player looking to compete. It would be great to see a 50/50 spilt with men and women in the Brighton event. ...
An Interview with Millfield Progress Tour Female Winner - GB No3 16U & current ITF World 217 No Esther Adeshina after her recent title.
BF: Esther, Congratulations on winning The
Female Bonus Prize at Millfield School, having made the
Quarter-Finals of the Main Draw, how did you
enjoy your first Progress Tour experience?
EA: Thank you. Yeah I really enjoyed playing this tournament, at first I was a bit nervous about playing against boys as I haven't played a match against one since orange ball! But, overall it was a great experience and it's nice to have a different challenge once in while.
BF: You came through two very tight encounters in your first two rounds, both against male players. Did you find it different to a normal match and if so, how?
EA: I went into both matches not really expecting much, just aiming to do my best and not lose 0 and 0, Ha ha! I just
wanted to treat it like any other match and not put pressure on myself to win.
BF: Did you have to make any major adjustments against them tactically?
EA: Yeah, both boys came into the net a lot which is different to the game styles I'm used to playing as there aren't that many girls that come forward as much as they did. So I had to come up with some decent lobs and angles to try and pass them at the net. Also the serve was something I struggled to deal with at first as they came through so fast so I just tried to block them back and get them back into play.
BF: Did you enjoy competing against the boys?
EA: Yeah I actually did, I mean the boys probably didn't like losing to a girl but, like, confidence wise, it has definitely boosted me, and like I said it's quite nice to have a different challenge once in a while.
BF: You won a tight two set match against 3rd Seed, Seb Harris, talk us through the ups and downs of that match.
EA: I knew going into the match that I was gonna have to play well if I was going to win, which is exactly what I did at the start, going 3-0 up. After that, I think Seb managed to find his rhythm and cruised the next 5 games going 5-3 up. By this time I was starting to think he was too strong for me but I kind of got lucky, as I saved a set point at 3-5, and at 4-5 he had a sitter volley on top of the net and he missed it, so I think that point changed the set around massively. Second set was pretty tight again and I got a bit nervous towards the end as the rest of his millfield team came to support him but I somehow managed to scrape
BF: What do you think the benefits of the UTR system are? In terms of the rating itself, but also in terms of the cross-age and cross-gender format we use for The Progress Tour?
EA: I think that it's quite an interesting event which gives opportunities for both male and female players to boost up their UTR ratings. It's also something different to normal LTA tournaments, especially for the females as they are playing for more prize money than the males.
BF: What type of events are you currently focusing on - ITFs (Juniors, Pro), LTA events?
EA: At the moment I'm playing junior ITFs every few months, but I'm taking my GCSEs this year so cutting back on the tournaments and focusing on (academic) work more.
BF: How would the Progress Tour events fit into your tournament schedule?
EA: I think that it's good having the Progress Tour events quite local as I don't have to travel too far and I can still get some very good match play in as well as the money side of it is quite attractive too.
BF: Do you have a message for other female players out there who might be keen or unsure about playing against male players?
EA: I would say just go for it and play, and that I understand why females may initially feel at a disadvantage or that it's unfair, but boys are not unbeatable! Also, you are playing for money as well so there are some extra bonuses of playing the tournament too.
BF: Three words to sum up your experience in Millfield...
EA: Amazing, fun, competitive!
BF: Would The Progress Tour events be something you’d look to take part in again in the future?
EA: Yes definitely. This one at millfield was my first one and it was such a great experience and I stayed with a lovely host family who looked after me so well, and it's such a friendly tournament, meeting new people and making more friends, the atmosphere really makes it a good tournament to be part of.
Thanks to Esther for the interview.
SotoTennis Academy oooh I like this! Having very clear goals, intentions makes tennis a little less stressful. If you know your gamestyle, plan of action, your key plays, you might keep those nerves at bay & play those big points well. ...
TACTICAL INTENTIONS: Lara Schmid and Zoi Spyrou working on Serve and Ball 3 patterns earlier today. 70% of points on the WTA tour are won between shots 0-4. We want our practice to reflect that.. #firststrike #awareness #teamsoto
MILLFIELD PROGRESS TOUR 2018 REPORT - PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE...
Millfield Tennis Progress Tour 2018 came to a close yesterday with Millfield resident and 4th seed, Pierce Widdecombe scooping the title with a workmanlike performance in the final, hustling a 7-6 6-3 win over 2nd seed Sam Bossem. GB international, Esther Adeshina claimed the Female Bonus Title having won through to the Quarter-finals with two tight matches, notably saving 4 consecutive match points in her first round victory over Sam Harris and then defeating 3rd seed Seb Harris in two tight sets.
Despite snow hampering (cancelling!) the Qualifying event last weekend, we pressed ahead with Qualifying Draw bright and breezy on Friday morning for the loss of just six players from the original draw. A big thanks to those players who made the effort to travel down a week after originally planned to take part in the Qualifying. A revised scoring format enabled us to get through a packed schedule on the Friday, and start the Main Draw on time on Friday afternoon.
All in all, 42 players took part in 77 matches over the course of the three day event, each player playing at least three matches...
A big thanks to our hosts at Millfield School - a fantastic venue where players were afforded luxury treatment with housing and food provided to all competitors, and a great team of coaches who helped to support the event. A special thanks to the Sports Science team at Millfield who delivered two specialist workshops for players and parents as part of The Progress & Learn element of the Tour. Also, a thank you Taunton Tennis Centre who provided us with three indoor courts to help complete a packed schedule on the Saturday.
Once again, I loved talking to players and parents about the current ‘tennis climate’ in this Country - feedback from participants/players has been very positive (I’m open to constructive also!) - The UTR system, it seems, is starting to be embraced and understood by far more players and parents - a system which allows cross-age and cross-gender competition - the benefits of which were evident across the course of the weekend.
In my view, UTR is most certainly the way forward for tennis in the U.K - it is a means of structuring and enabling improved competitive opportunities for all and a system that encourages players to compete more often. UTR is also a true representation of level; increasingly accurate; and a system that can’t be ‘played’.
Entries are coming in for the next event in Brighton which takes place April 6th - 9th... Enter here - events.universaltennis.com/tournaments/782/
Also look out for details of some new 1 & 2 day Progress Tour Events across the U.K. which will be launched at the end of this week...
My last thank you is to the players - it’s great to see more and more new faces participate in these events, and looking forward to the next one at my home club.... Onwards and upwards!