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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.

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Primary Venues

Exhibition Park

Claremont Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 4PZ
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Leazes Park

Richardson Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 4BJ
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Other Venues

Richardson Dees Park

North Road, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, NE28 8RH
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Armstrong Park

Heaton Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE6 5HP
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Elswick Park

Beech Grove Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE4 6SQ
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Dunston Park

Dunston Road, Gateshead, Durham & Cleveland, NE11 9EE
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Gosforth Central Park

Gosforth High Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE3 1HD
Tel: 0191 278 7878
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Nuns Moor Park

Fenham, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 5PA
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Paddy Freemans Park

High Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE7 7AH
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Saltwell Park

Gateshead, Durham & Cleveland, NE8 4SF
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"I had a great time playing and made some good tennis friends from the league, so thank you for that!" 

Sophie O'Connell

"Thanks for tennis balls and certificate- I enjoyed participating in the league competition and meeting new like-minded tennis players who enjoy the game. Delighted with all and will get the certificate framed. Will certainly play in league again next year. Thanks again" 

Susan Dunn

"After 30 years of barely picking a tennis racket up, I'm enjoying playing again after starting in March. The league offers the opportunity to play against a variety of styles. It can sometimes be difficult to arrange league matches, particularly when the weather is so unpredictable. However, since playing my first league match v Matt Davis, in March we have played about a dozen friendlies,, so the league also offers the opportunity to meet others with whom matches can be arranged, not only between rounds, but also during rounds when league matches can't be arranged," 

Rajeev Dhirani

"The round was great. I won  all my matches which obviously is a real thrill.However at the same time. I was pushed and were all good,difficult opponents. It's good to play real, competitive matches with incentives to win and do well, while at the same time, not worrying too much about the results and just enjoying the experience without having to feel too much pressure or anything. All my opponents were extremely friendly, nice guys who I'd like to now call friends,and that's one of the main reasons I started to play more competitive tennis in the first place, to socialise and meet new people.  It's a real delight to win this great league, as I didn't believe I could ever win any tennis competition of any kind. I really can't wait to receive my certificate as I will be pinning it up on my wall. I will be entering again sometime. Many thanks"

Dominik Saddington

"The round was great. I won  all my matches which obviously is a real thrill.However at the same time. I was pushed and were all good,difficult opponents. It's good to play real, competitive matches with incentives to win and do well, while at the same time, not worrying too much about the results and just enjoying the experience without having to feel too much pressure or anything. All my opponents were extremely friendly, nice guys who I'd like to now call friends,and that's one of the main reasons I started to play more competitive tennis in the first place, to socialise and meet new people.  It's a real delight to win this great league, as I didn't believe I could ever win any tennis competition of any kind. I really can't wait to receive my certificate as I will be pinning it up on my wall. I will be entering again sometime. Many thanks,"

Dominik Saddington

"Brilliant commentary, very entertaining.  Well done guys for putting it together. I've had a good time and met some nice people," 

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Collapse AllActive Newcastle Singles - Round 29 | Thursday 3 October 2019 to Wednesday 27 November 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 30 October 2019)

Some fine match reports to go with some great tennis here with many a friendly rivalry renewed! Well played Newcastle, and hope to get back up to three or even four groups again next year!

Group Summary:

Serving well definitely seemed to be a key part of James's game judging by the match commentaries and it helped take him to five wins and the top of the group. Congratulations! But he did run up against Stuart who was serving well himself and liked the conditions: 'I think the indoor life suits me as that's the best I've played in a long time' he said. Stuart won this one so gets bragging rights for beating the champ, but with only 3 matches played, has to settle for second place this time.

Final Rankings:

  1. James Lethaby [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Stuart Mcgowan [W3] 6 RUNNER UP
  3. Kishan Patel [W2, L1, UF1] 5
  4. Jonathan Kearney [W1, L1] 3
  5. Dan Hayman 8.2 [W1, L3] 2
  6. Joseph Barton 8.2 [L2, UF1] 1
  7. Matthew Davis 8.2 [L2] 1
  8. Chris Pearson [L2]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentKishan Patel v Joseph Barton (Nov 26) 6-4, 4-5 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "This is a match which had a time constraint on it and we left it at an unfortunate position of 4-5 in the 2nd set with the games going with serve. Joseph and I had a good match with several winners so it was a shame we weren’t able to finish it off! Looking forward to our match in the next round of the league. "  -- Kishan
Reveal CommentKishan Patel bt Matthew Davis (Nov 24) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "This was a very wet day, the odd puddle here or there on the court didn’t make for free flowing tennis! It did allow for some exquisite drop shots though. The first set was completed with a shot that clipped the net and just went over, it must’ve felt like a gut punch, I’ve never felt so guilty on a tennis court! Some good tennis played all round and it was a hard fought match."  -- Kishan
Reveal CommentStuart Mcgowan bt James Lethaby (Nov 20) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "I think the indoor life suits me as that's the best I've played in a long time. Really competitive match with James with both players hitting pretty well. My serve was as consistent as it's ever been and I was getting good pace on it too for once, even managed an ace. James took the lead early in the first getting it to 4-2, then I managed to start finding some form and some angles and after that my confidence grew as James's perhaps took a dent. Great game though and great courts at DL, got me considering a membership. "  -- Stuart
Reveal CommentKishan Patel bt Dan Hayman (Nov 9) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Really good match between Dan and I on what was a wet surface, meaning the tennis balls got very heavy, and we’re staying very low which leads to some unusual and fun rallies! 2nd set was really good, full of twists and turns with one set point saved, and I just about managed to hold out to avoid a 3rd set in these miserable conditions!"  -- Kishan
Reveal CommentStuart Mcgowan bt Dan Hayman (Nov 2) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Wet courts so the balls kept low today which favoured the player of shorter stature (me!). We also had the sun to contend with as it was shining brightly through the trees behind the courts. Despite all that a good match broke out with both of us hitting pretty well, I was ultimately able to hold serve a few more times and so I emerged the victor. Best of luck in the rest of the round Dan. "  -- Stuart
Reveal CommentJames Lethaby bt Joseph Barton (Oct 29) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Very close game at David Lloyd. Good tennis played by both of us. Really enjoyed playing all way to end. Cheers !"  -- James
Reveal CommentDan Hayman bt Joseph Barton (Oct 27) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Had a great match against Joey. The wind was blowing strongly and the sun was very bright throughout, so sides really made a big difference. After losing the first set, Joey made a great comeback in the second, making me feel like it was going to go to 3 sets at multiple times. The match felt remarkably equal throughout this set, until I just about managed to pull away at 4-4. Always have a good match against Joey, looking forward to playing him again soon!"  -- Dan
James Lethaby bt Chris Pearson (Oct 15) 6-2 Chris Pearson Retired
Reveal CommentStuart Mcgowan bt Matthew Davis (Oct 12) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A hot day and some well worn balls meant short points were hard to come by. Matt got off to the better start and jumped out to a 4-1 lead before I was able to find some form and take the first set. I then must have mislaid the aforementioned form that i had so recently found in the second as matt cruised it and took it 6-1. The deciding set then went with serve until I got the crucial break at 3-3 and then was able to eek out the win. Some good tennis played by both."  -- Stuart
James Lethaby bt Dan Hayman (Oct 12) 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (12-10)

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJames Lethaby bt Kishan Patel (Oct 8) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Really great game with Kishan. Very competitive from the start on the indoor courts. He got the first break in first set but I managed to pull it back. I started serving better in the 2nd which allowed me to take the extended lead. Some great ball hitting throughout. Look forward to the next game and good luck in rest of your matches mate!"  -- James
Jonathan Kearney bt Chris Pearson (Oct 6) 6-3, 6-1
Reveal CommentJames Lethaby bt Jonathan Kearney (Oct 5) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good match with Jonny on the indoor courts. He took the first set 3-6. I started serving better in the following sets and took the match 3-6 6-1 6-1. Good game and look forward to play again."  -- James

Group Summary:

Everyone seemed to be trying out their drop shots in this competitive group which kept opponents on their toes and trying to get to the net. It called for some consistency in defence and made some interesting games. Chris Q tops the groups with 4 wins and one loss, edging just one point ahead of runner up Joe thanks to a point for a set won in the match he lost - to Joe! Congratulations to them both and good to see people welcoming newcomers to the league - many thanks.

Final Rankings:

  1. Chris Quince 9.1 [W4, L1] 11 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Joe Charlton 8.2 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Chris Stanworth [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Peter McCue 9.2 [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Andrew Thorp [L4]
  6. Jonny Corrall [L1]
  7. Jonathan Greener 9.1 withdrawn

Match Results:

Reveal CommentPeter McCue bt Andrew Thorp (Nov 17) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good to get this match played after so much rain recenlty - fortunately the courts at Armstrong Park are quick drying and we managed to get a reasonably dry couple of hours . Andy went into a 2-1 lead in the first set but I managed to close it out 6-2 . Andy is quite new to tennis and this was his first time in the league so is finding his way but hit some good shots and winners - some good games in the second set and overall the score flattered me somewhat . Thanks for the game Andy "  -- Peter
Joe Charlton bt Chris Stanworth (Nov 17) 6-4, 6-2
Reveal CommentChris Quince bt Andrew Thorp (Nov 2) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Damp ground aside, conditions were very comfortable. Andy is another newcomer to the Newcastle league and approached the game with positive play. On many occasions I was thrown by his crafty shots and strong backhand slice, particularly during a sweet spot in the middle of the first set. My serve was pretty reliable and despite a few more forehand errors than I would have liked, overall I was pleased with winning the enjoyable match."  -- Chris

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJoe Charlton bt Chris Quince (Oct 23) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Chris defence was as good as ever, and because of that I was probably going for the winner too often in the first set and frequently hitting too wide and long. It wasn't a long set. I readjusted in the second and found my consistency, approaching the net more often rather than just firing for the back corners, and this got me results. Nevertheless, Chris' ability to chase down sure winners and somehow return them made for some amazing points. Towards the end of the third set it started getting dark, creating a situation where seeing the ball mattered far more than technique, and tarnished what was a good match. Always good to play Chris though, one of (if I remember correctly) only three people in the league I've both won and lost against "  -- Joe
Reveal CommentJoe Charlton bt Andrew Thorp (Oct 22) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "I won the racket spin for serve and gave it to Andrew, the serve is usually a liability for me, but as it happens my serve was better than ever, something I wasn't expecting! Andrew played a lot of effective drop shots and unusually had a better backhand than forehand, something it took me a while to figure out. I've been on good form recently though, and with some rare aces and consistency managed to get the win"  -- Joe
Reveal CommentChris Quince bt Jonny Corrall (Oct 21) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "It was another decent day (for October) to play and good to welcome Jonny to his first Newcastle league match. As the match progressed the rallies became more frequent and longer, particularly with some great ones in the multi-deuce penultimate game. "  -- Chris
Reveal CommentChris Quince bt Peter McCue (Oct 15) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Conditions for this match were surprisingly good; the rallies were challenging and interesting with a variety of shots on display. The games were particularly close at the start of the second set and I was pleased to win what was a fun match."  -- Chris
Reveal CommentJoe Charlton bt Peter McCue (Oct 14) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Peter hits good drop shots and lobs, so several times I was pulled to the net and then lobbed (if I even got to the drop shot). Despite this, my volleys and overhands were on good form so the pattern of the match suited me. We had several great points and a few long deuces so all in all it was a fun match and we were lucky with the weather"  -- Joe
Reveal CommentChris Stanworth bt Andrew Thorp (Oct 12) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable game with Andy who is new to the league - some good rallies and several lovely winners dinked over the net from Andy - a skill I haven’t mastered yet! Good luck with the rest of your matches Andy."  -- Chris
Reveal CommentChris Quince bt Chris Stanworth (Oct 10) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Conditions were typically autumnal, with spots of rain, a few leaves on the ground and fading light to contend with. Chris S took the early lead in both sets with him breaking both of my first service games, but I managed enough consistency to build up a score line. Throughout it was tight with some tense games particularly in the second set; another enjoyable match had."  -- Chris
Reveal CommentChris Stanworth bt Peter McCue (Oct 9) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "I’ve played Peter a lot recently and we’ve had some extremely close matches. While the overall score wasn’t as close this time there were still plenty of close games. I found more consistency with my first serve and completed a much higher percentage of winners attempted than in recent games which helped me take more control of the match this time around. Cheers for the game Peter"  -- Chris


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The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches for Active Newcastle.

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) 

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