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This is how it works:

  • Players are organised into groups of up to 8 people of a similar standard
  • Contact details are emailed
  • Players arrange their own matches
  • It is a mixed sex, singles league, so men and women play each other
  • You can play on any court that suits both players

The league is:

  • For everybody!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 certificate and tennis prizes
  • Where possible, winners of groups are promoted to the group above for the next round.

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

Armstrong Park

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

Dunston Road, Gateshead, Durham & Cleveland, NE11 9EE
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Elswick Park

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

Claremont Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 4PZ
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Gosforth Central Park

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

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

Richardson Dees Park

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

"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

"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

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

Rich D

"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

"I had a great time playing and made some good tennis friends from the league, so thank you for that!" 

Sophie O'Connell

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Collapse AllActive Newcastle Singles - Round 17 | Thursday 23 February 2017 to Wednesday 19 April 2017 (Midpoint: Wednesday 22 March 2017)

Current Rankings:

  1. Gordon Smith 7.2 [W4, L1] 11 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Javier Bernardez 9.2 [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Stuart Mcgowan [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Joseph Barton 9.2 [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Martin Ashburn 10.1 [W1, L3] 2
  6. Matthew Davis 9.1 [L1] withdrawn

Match Results:

Reveal CommentJavier Bernardez bt Gordon Smith (Apr 7) 1-6, 7-5, 5-0 Gordon Smith Retired

Player Comments:

  • "Thought I would get my retaliation in first:) Beaten today by a younger and much fitter player; best player on the day. I had my chances, boy I had my chances, but I had to shake hands in the third before my knees and back totally seized up. I think at 58, somebody might be trying to tell me something. Well, anything else I say might just be sour grapes, so I shall wish Javi all the best for the next league and go away and lick my wounds for a suitable period of time. Tara! "  -- Gordon
Martin Ashburn bt Joseph Barton (Mar 31) 6-2, 6-3
Reveal CommentStuart Mcgowan bt Martin Ashburn (Mar 26) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "After a shaky start to this round I finally found a bit of form. Lovely day too. Best of luck in the rest of your games Martin. "  -- Stuart
Reveal CommentGordon Smith bt Matthew Davis (Mar 26) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Matthew is obviously a keen tennis player as he has taken the trouble to take part in this Newcastle event whilst based at Morpeth. More power to him. The weather was just this side of perfect for tennis, the sun very occassionally getting in the way. I managed to prevail again and look forward to my final match with Javier further down the line. Good luck to Matthew in his remaining fixtures."  -- Gordon
Reveal CommentGordon Smith bt Stuart Mcgowan (Mar 20) 7-6 (10-8), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Another windy day but some reasonable tennis played all the same. Stu has a nice game and pushed me all the way. A friendly beverage at the local cafe opposite before we seized up nicely."  -- Gordon
Reveal CommentJavier Bernardez bt Stuart Mcgowan (Mar 17) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "An excellent comeback from Javi to take the match. The usual adverse, windy conditions to contend with that Javi adjusted to much better as the games ticked by. I was more or less out on my feet by the time the coup de grace came. Well played Javi. "  -- Stuart
Reveal CommentGordon Smith bt Martin Ashburn (Mar 14) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Spoilt as a tennis match by the tail end of whatever America is calling the current storm. Serving and general play was difficult for both of us, but we managed to beat the sunset by quite a margin. Good to meet up with Martin again, best of luck in your remaining fixtures."  -- Gordon
Reveal CommentJoseph Barton bt Javier Bernardez (Mar 5) 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "This was the tightest and longest match I've played in these leagues. Conditions helped as it was still and probably the sunniest and warmest day of 2017 so far. I broke Javi early to lead 2-0 before Javi fought back to be 4-3 ahead thanks to some strong serving. 3 tight games followed but I was able to win the first set 6-4. The second set was an epic with the lead changing hands several times, as Javi fought brilliantly to save match point at 6-5 and then convert his 5th set point to win the tie break 9-7. Javi's volleying then helped him take a 3-1 lead in the decider but there was one last twist in the tail as I roared back to win the final set 6-3 characterised by long tense rallies from the back of the court. Cheers Javi for this epic"  -- Joseph
Reveal CommentStuart Mcgowan bt Joseph Barton (Feb 26) 6-1, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Windy throughout. Good comeback by joey in the second set but I was eventually able to hold out for the win. "  -- Stuart
Reveal CommentGordon Smith bt Joseph Barton (Feb 25) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Exactly the same as last time; we both suffered a bit with timing in the wind and the lively Head balls that I could grow to hate. Good luck Joey with the rest of your matches."  -- Gordon
Reveal CommentJavier Bernardez bt Martin Ashburn (Feb 24) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match with some good rallies. Martin made a great start to the first set quickly moving 4-0 ahead but couldn't quite keep the momentum. In the second the scoreline doesn't reflect the right level of the game."  -- Javier

Current Rankings:

  1. Aitor Lopez De Uralde 9.2 [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Michael Brown 9.2 [W3, L1] 7
  3. Bryan Gillingham 10.1 [W1, L2] 4
  4. Andrew Cuthbertson 10.1 [W1, L1] 3
  5. Peter McCue 9.2 [L4] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Jonathan Greener 9.2 [L2] 1
  7. Asif Tulah 10.1
  8. Michael Johnson

Match Results:

Reveal CommentMichael Brown bt Jonathan Greener (Apr 10) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "A good match with Jonathan really upping his game in the 2nd set and racing into a 3 game lead. After a few hard fought deuce/ad games and at least one saved set point I just about managed to get over the line in the tie break."  -- Michael
Reveal CommentAitor Lopez De Uralde bt Bryan Gillingham (Apr 7) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good match played in a nice but windy afternoon. The beginning of the match saw Aitor's strings just lasting 2 points, forcing the come back of his back-up racquet after 3 years of semi-retirement. The first set went for Aitor following some good rallies by 6-3. The second set was another history, with Bryan pushing and taking the set easily by 6-1. Last set saw one of the best points of the league, with a very long rally including 3 incredible saves and comebacks, finishing with a good dropshot by Aitor... football-tennis players at next court showed their enthusiasm clapping at the end of the point. Good rallies defined the set and match for Aitor with a 6-1 that didn't reflect how even was the set."  -- Aitor
Reveal CommentMichael Brown bt Bryan Gillingham (Mar 29) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A incredibly tight 2+ hour match. Bryan took an even first set, I came back in the 2nd and somehow managed to find the reserves of energy to edge it in the 3rd after many a deuce/ad game. Fairly wet conditions towards the end made for an even more gruelling final set."  -- Michael
Reveal CommentBryan Gillingham bt Peter McCue (Mar 19) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A really fun match against Peter with lots of long rallies! First set was very tight throughout. Second set hung on the third game, which went to countless deuces and that I just managed to sneak. "  -- Bryan
Reveal CommentMichael Brown bt Peter McCue (Mar 13) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "The sets had a certain sense of symmetry. Peter starting strongly in both but I prevailed eventually after many a tight deuce game."  -- Michael
Reveal CommentAitor Lopez De Uralde bt Jonathan Greener (Mar 3) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very competitive match played on a cold cloudy day. The first set saw a very good perfomance of Aitor, shooting plenty winners and very few errors. Serves were less effective in the second set and Jonathan improved his game with good approaches and volleys, taking the set. The final set was a fight against tiredness for both player but some nice shoots were seen. A break in the last game gave the match to Aitor, who will need a wheelchair after 4 matches in 5 days :)"  -- Aitor
Reveal CommentAndrew Cuthbertson bt Peter McCue (Mar 3) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Cold afternoon with very close sets and a lot of games going to to the wire both players playing some great tennis with Peter taking the 1st set ,second set very close with Peter coming back in very wet conditions to take the game to a tie break thankfully I manged to win the tie break , great game as always when playing Peter.after the tie break Peter give me the match as weather was bad so I finally got a win "  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentAitor Lopez De Uralde bt Michael Brown (Mar 2) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good even match played in heavy windy conditions. First set was conditioned by the strong wind, both of us not showing a great performance. The level on the second set improved with good rallies and some good winners. Final set was very competitive and even, just decided with a break in the 9th game."  -- Aitor
Reveal CommentAitor Lopez De Uralde bt Andrew Cuthbertson (Feb 28) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very competitive match played in a sunny but cold day. Aitor took the lead in the first set 5-2 having a couple of set points but Andrew came back, just short for a final 6-4 for Aitor. Andrew with continuous good shots to the baseline took the second set clearly for 6-2. Final set was even with break point chances and deuces in most games but finally Aitor broke in the 9th game to serve and win the match. Great game, especially for Andrew who came back from several months out of tennis."  -- Aitor
Reveal CommentAitor Lopez De Uralde bt Peter McCue (Feb 27) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good match played in a cold and cloudy day. The final result does not show how even was the match. Peter did a great defensive effort and very good rallies were seen in the match. Very enjoyable game."  -- Aitor

Current Rankings:

  1. Chris Quince 9.2 [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Joe Westerman 10.2 [W2] 4
  3. Lydia Horsfield [W1, L1] 2
  4. Azmat Siddiqui 10.2 [L2]
  5. Oliver Waite [L2]
  6. Khalid Shroufi 10.2

Match Results:

Reveal CommentChris Quince bt Lydia Horsfield (Apr 2) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The match was much more competitive than the scoreline suggests. Conditions were very good allowing many rallies of clean shotmaking and just the one double fault between us."  -- Chris
Lydia Horsfield bt Azmat Siddiqui (Mar 30) 6-3, 6-2
Joe Westerman bt Oliver Waite (Mar 18) 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentChris Quince bt Azmat Siddiqui (Mar 16) 6-0, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "The first set was a battle against the elements; things settled down in the second set and we matched each other in breaks and holds throughout until the final game."  -- Chris
Reveal CommentChris Quince bt Oliver Waite (Mar 13) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Ollie started strongly building a 4-1 lead in the first set, but conditions were blustery at Exhibition Park and as the match progressed the error count tipped in my favour."  -- Chris
Joe Westerman bt Chris Quince (Mar 11) 7-5, 7-5


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