Friendly, competitive tennis on Raphael Park and Romford's public courts

You are just a step away from joining our mixed-sex, singles league for men and women (aged 18+) of all standards.

If you have been meaning to get back into tennis or would like to meet new people to play, why not give it a go!

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This is how it works:

  • Players are organised into groups of between 5 to 9 people of a similar standard
  • It is a mixed sex, singles league, so men and women play each other
  • Groups are put together by standard and there can be any combination of men and women in a group (we do not guarantee a balance of men and women and you could be the only man in a group of women or vice versa!)
  • Contact details are emailed and posted to each player's account page
  • Players arrange their own matches
  • You can play on any court that suits both players

The league is:

  • For everyone over the age of 18
  • We welcome beginners as well as advanced players.
  • Don't worry that you won't be good enough - playing matches is the best way to improve, and we use an online questionnaire to assess people's ability so you play only people of a roughly similar level
  • Affiliated to the LTA For adults aged 18 years and above 

Key points

  • Matches are best of three sets; if a set reaches 6 games all it is decided by a tiebreak
  • The evening before the round starts you will receive an email with all the contact details of the players in your group. Contact details are also posted to your Account Page
  • Players are placed in groups according to past performance in the league and, for new players, their Player Standard Questionnaire
  • Each player attempts to play each of the other player on their group once during the round
  • A point is awarded for each set won
  • If you complete three matches before the midpoint of a round you receive 2 bonus points and a bonus prize (either a pair of Local Tennis Leagues dampeners, or a tube of tennis balls)
  • The winner of the group is the player with the most points at the end of the round
  • The winner of the group wins a voucher for £20 to be spent in the Local Tennis League online shop. A winner's certificate is also posted to the winner's Account Page as a PDF file.
  • Where possible, winners of groups are promoted to the group above for the next round.

See here for the complete rules and regulations

Getting started

New players will need to complete the player questionnaire before they can join a round. Once you’ve signed up, and for returning players you can join any of the upcoming rounds above.

For everything you need to know before you get started see the FAQs and review the Rules and Regulations, which all players agree to adhere to when playing in the leagues.

If there is anything else you need help with get in contact with Nigel, Sally and the team who will be happy to help!


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Primary Venues

Harold Wood Park

Romford, London, RM3 0LX Tel: full venue details »

Harrow Lodge Park

Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, London, RM12 4PN Tel: full venue details »

Raphael Park Tennis Centre

Raphael Park Tennis Centre, Park Way, Romford, RM2 5PA Tel: 01708 733445 full venue details »

Other Venues

Noak Hill Sports Complex

Noak Hill Road, Romford, RM3 7YA Tel: 03330 050448 full venue details »

Central Park

Wood Lane, Rainham Road north Tel: full venue details »

Haynes Park

Hornchurch, London, RM11 2HU Tel: full venue details »

Hylands Park

Osborne Road, Hornchurc, London, RM11 1DY Tel: full venue details »

Spring Farm Park

Lambs Lane, Rainham, London, RM13 9XF Tel: full venue details »

Upminster Park

Corbets Tey Road, London, RM14 2AJ Tel: full venue details »

Club Venues

Lodge Farm Tennis Club

Lodge Farm Park, Lodge Avenue, London, RM2 5AD Tel: full venue details »

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"I really enjoyed the round and had some very competitive matches, It's always good to play different players as it is a good test to your game, I look forward to the next round and the upcoming challenges,"

Ernie Morley

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Rich Heath

"My last match of the round and already I can't wait till the spring to get going again!"

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Tony Isaac

"Great league! Really enjoyed it and I have met so many nice people," 

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Collapse AllRaphael Park and Romford Singles - Round 36 | Thursday 18 June 2020 to Wednesday 12 August 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 15 July 2020)

It was great to have 2 groups in this round of Raphael Park and Romford Tennis League and to be able to welcome 4 new players to the league. Collectively you managed to complete nearly three quarters of all possible matches and lots of these were close affairs, so it was brilliant to see friendly, competitive tennis return to the courts. Thanks for supporting your local league and we look forward to welcoming you back in the next round!

Group Summary:

Congratulations to Patrik for winning the Group 1 crown by the narrowest of margins over runner up Rakan, finishing on 5 wins and a single point clear. Leagues debutant Rakan made Patrik work hard for his win as he took the opening set against Patrik before he came back to win in 3 sets, and Patrik's first set against Anish went to a tiebreak. This was surpassed by Rakan's nailbiting opening set tiebreak against Jack which went to [14-10]... what a match!

Final Rankings:

  1. Patrik Kolesar [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Rakan Shakhatreh [W4, L1] 11 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Christian Schnee [W3, L3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Sujeet Haldar 7.2 [W3] 6
  5. Jack Krawczyk 8.1 [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Anish Gandecha 10.2 [W1, L5] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. John Curtis [L6] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Patrik Kolesar bt John Curtis (Jul 24) 6-0, 6-1
Sujeet Haldar bt Christian Schnee (Jul 24) 6-2, 6-3
Sujeet Haldar bt Anish Gandecha (Jul 24) 6-0, 6-2
Reveal CommentPatrik Kolesar bt Rakan Shakhatreh (Jul 22) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Best game in this league yet :) "  -- Patrik
Christian Schnee bt Jack Krawczyk (Jul 20) 7-5, 6-2
Sujeet Haldar bt John Curtis (Jul 17) 6-0, 6-0
Christian Schnee bt Anish Gandecha (Jul 15) 6-2, 6-3
Reveal CommentPatrik Kolesar bt Christian Schnee (Jul 13) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Christian is a really good player with good tactics "  -- Patrik
Reveal CommentPatrik Kolesar bt Anish Gandecha (Jul 7) 7-6 (7-4), 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyed the game."  -- Patrik

Match of the Group:

Rakan Shakhatreh bt Jack Krawczyk (Jul 6) 7-6 (14-12), 6-3
Christian Schnee bt John Curtis (Jul 3) 6-4, 6-3
Reveal CommentAnish Gandecha bt John Curtis (Jul 1) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good game, hope to play again soon!"  -- Anish
Rakan Shakhatreh bt Christian Schnee (Jul 1) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentPatrik Kolesar bt Jack Krawczyk (Jun 30) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very good match." -- Patrik
Rakan Shakhatreh bt Anish Gandecha (Jun 26) 6-4, 6-1
Jack Krawczyk bt Anish Gandecha (Jun 25) 6-2, 6-3
Rakan Shakhatreh bt John Curtis (Jun 23) 6-2, 7-5
Jack Krawczyk bt John Curtis (Jun 20) 6-1, 6-3

Group Summary:

It was a successful return to Raphael Park and Romford for Mihai who topped the group undefeated on 4 wins and with a 2 point cushion over runner up Victor. Fittingly it was Victor who pushed Mihai the hardest in their head to head, coming very close to winning the opening set tiebreak but Mihai hung on to win in straight sets. Meanwhile Joel and Julian played out their customary marathon match!

Final Rankings:

  1. Mihai Bogza 9.2 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Victor Cojocaru [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Joel Peters 10.1 [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Julian Loveday [W1, L2] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Amanda Mills [L3] withdrawn
  6. Thomas Hilson 10.1 [L1]

Match Results:

Victor Cojocaru bt Amanda Mills (Jul 20) Walkover
Victor Cojocaru bt Joel Peters (Jul 19) 6-2, 6-4

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJoel Peters bt Julian Loveday (Jul 11) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game that matches our previous marathon match from a couple of years ago. Nice variety of spins and angles from both of us which kept us running round in the bright sun? Thanks for a great game and best of luck for the rest of your matches"  -- Joel
Victor Cojocaru bt Thomas Hilson (Jul 9) 6-0, 6-3
Mihai Bogza bt Joel Peters (Jul 4) 6-2, 6-2
Mihai Bogza bt Julian Loveday (Jun 28) 6-2, 6-2
Mihai Bogza bt Victor Cojocaru (Jun 27) 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
Mihai Bogza bt Amanda Mills (Jun 21) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentJoel Peters bt Amanda Mills (Jun 20) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely game played in pretty humid conditions. Had a marathon first service game with 5 deuces that I managed to scrape through! Thanks for the game Amanda and best of luck in the rest of your matches"  -- Joel
Julian Loveday bt Victor Cojocaru (Jun 19) 6-1, 6-4

Results

Looking for previous matches? Visit the Raphael Park and Romford archive.
The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches for Raphael Park and Romford.

Scoring Information:
You earn one point for every set you win. Players who complete three or more matches by the mid-point of the round receive 2 bonus points, and a bonus prize (typically a free can of HEAD tennis balls). Bonus prizes must be claimed within 28 days using the link posted to the player's Account page. The link is also emailed to players.

Please note, while matches tied at one set all may be completed with a matchtiebreak, singles matches completed to this shortened format, do not count toward bonus points.

Understanding the current rankings display: 
Player name, [LTA rating - if known], W - tally of wins, L - tally of  losses, UF - tally of unfinished matches] 'n' - points won (if bonus points have been won a  note to this effect is added) 

Comments:
Reporters of results are encouraged to leave a comment on the "Report Your Score" form. Additional commentaries may be added by submitting a result revision (see the pencil icon next to your results)