Collapse AllActive Newcastle Singles - Round 19 | Thursday 20 July 2017 to Wednesday 13 September 2017 (Midpoint: Wednesday 16 August 2017)

A good summer round for the Newcastle league with some close competition for places and an excellent spirit on display in the many post match commentaries. Well done to the new group champs and we hope to see you all again next time!

Group Summary:

Stuart and Javier both secured five wins and bonus points to put themselves in contention for the prize. With nothing to separate the two in the standings their head to head comes into play and it was Stuart who made it out of the blocks quickest to prevail 6-1 6-4 to become to the new champ. Well done to Matthew and Tom for showing fantastic commitment to get all seven matches played.

Final Rankings:

  1. Stuart Mcgowan [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Javier Bernardez 9.1 [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Joseph Barton 9.2 [W4, L2] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Lee Breheny 9.2 [W3, L3] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Alexander Perros 8.2 [W1, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Matthew Davis 9.1 [W2, L5] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Tom Feltham 9.2 [W2, L5] 5
  8. Asif Tulah 10.1 [L2] 1

Match Results:

Lee Breheny bt Alexander Perros (Sep 12) 4-6, 6-0, 7-5
Reveal CommentMatthew Davis bt Tom Feltham (Sep 11) 6-0, 2-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A good match overall with some competitive rallies throughout. I played my best set in first set taking it to love with some confident ground strokes which all went in! Second set went Toms way where he proved to be more consistent. I managed to get the early break in the third and that was enough to see me home in some difficult windy/rainy conditions in the final set. Overall great match, cheers Tom!"  -- Matthew
Reveal CommentTom Feltham bt Asif Tulah (Sep 7) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "We laughed in the face of BBC Weather's forecast of heavy rain and had some good rallies and deuce games in somewhat damp conditions."  -- Tom
Reveal CommentStuart Mcgowan bt Tom Feltham (Sep 5) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Another fun match. We were both pretty consistent on the ground strokes, but considerably less so on the serve, leading to numerous breaks and lots of good rallies once we'd tapped our second serves over the net to one another."  -- Stuart
Reveal CommentJavier Bernardez bt Tom Feltham (Aug 30) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match against a tough player. Very good contest with a lot of good rallies althrough."  -- Javier
Reveal CommentStuart Mcgowan bt Joseph Barton (Aug 27) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A good contest with both players playing well. First set was peppered with some excellent rallies; one in particular which found both players up to the net popping volley after volley at each other. Second set I was able to find some better serving rhythm to close the match out. NB - if you are looking to play at exhibition park on Sundays there is a free tennis coaching session that takes over the three main courts from 1 - 3pm, so watch out."  -- Stuart
Reveal CommentJavier Bernardez bt Alexander Perros (Aug 25) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match played on very good conditions. A very tight first set with good rallies ended in a intense tie break. On the second set I could keep a better rhythm on my serve which helped me to close the match."  -- Javier
Reveal CommentJavier Bernardez bt Joseph Barton (Aug 24) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match played on very good conditions. Specially the second set contained some good rallies with Joey fighting back from 4-1 having two break points to even the set but finally I could keep my serve and close the match out."  -- Javier
Reveal CommentLee Breheny bt Tom Feltham (Aug 21) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A close and an enjoyable match, which contained some good rallies. "  -- Lee
Reveal CommentJoseph Barton bt Matthew Davis (Aug 20) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Windy morning at Exhibition Park. Nice to play Matt again after a while and glad he has recovered from his injury. Even played an extra 'friendly' third set after the match had finished, as we were both enjoying being out on the court. The match itself had a topsy turvy start as I won the first 2 games to love, before Matt responded by winning the following 2 games to love. After that I regained the momentum and won the set 6-2. Matt hit a series of eye catching winners to take a 2-0 lead in the second set. A run of long drawn out games followed with both players squandering game and break points as the rallies got longer as the match went on. I was relieved to edge these close games and turn the set around to win 6-2 6-2."  -- Joseph
Reveal CommentJoseph Barton bt Lee Breheny (Aug 15) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Scoreline was not reflective of the length of games and rallies that took place during this match. Both players found some consistency meaning there were no easy points. Not just a baseline slog either, there was plenty of play at the net as well to keep any potential crowd entertained. Lovely evening for tennis, shown by how we had to wait for a court. After the first set, the second set was much more tense and Lee took the opening game before saving 5 match points at 5-1, in a game which had 9 deuces, but I was eventually able to close out the match for a 6-0 6-3 win."  -- Joseph
Reveal CommentStuart Mcgowan bt Javier Bernardez (Aug 13) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A fast start from me allowed me to take the first before javi had really got going. Much more competitive second with some good rallies. I did find out after the match that javi had cycled to Sunderland and back again the day before AND he had some dodgy contact lenses in, but I need all the help i can get!"  -- Stuart

Match of the Group:

Matthew Davis bt Asif Tulah (Aug 12) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
Reveal CommentJavier Bernardez bt Matthew Davis (Aug 11) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Match played on very good conditions, just a bit windy sometimes. Enjoyable match with some good rallies."  -- Javier
Reveal CommentJavier Bernardez bt Lee Breheny (Aug 10) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match played on perfect conditions. Really good contest with a lot of competitive rallies."  -- Javier
Reveal CommentLee Breheny bt Matthew Davis (Aug 6) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Lee broke serve in the first and after a great last game in the opening set to take the lead. It was a more comfortable second set played on a nice morning at Leazers Park."  -- Lee
Reveal CommentJoseph Barton bt Tom Feltham (Aug 3) 7-6 (12-10), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A sunny but incredibly windy evening at Exhibition Park meant both players played the percentage shots leading to lengthy rallies. 750 characters is not enough to do justice to the tension of the 1st set tiebreak but let's just say it truly was one for the neutral. In the set itself Tom led 5-3 but we ended up at 6-6 after just 1 hold of serve each. Then came THE tiebreak. 4-2 Tom, 6-5 me, 3 set points for myself and 2 for Tom came and went. As the moon replaced the sun in the North Eastern sky, I finally nicked it 12-10 after a set lasting a measly 1 hour 20 minutes. His wife's comments (who wished for him to win or lose in 2 sets!) perhaps played on Tom's mind, and second set was much quicker although not straightforward as I took it 6-1."  -- Joseph
Reveal CommentJoseph Barton bt Alexander Perros (Jul 29) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Sunny Saturday afternoon in Exhibition Park. Evenly matched contest with a contrast of styles with Ali having success with the drop shot and putting a huge amount of slice on the ball. Lots of the early games were tight but I gained a 4-1 lead. Ali battled back to 4-3 and then saved plenty of set points before I saw out the set 6-4. In the second set Ali made the quicker start leading 3-0 before I fought back winning 5 successive games. Lots of long rallies made it hard work and Ali again made me work very hard to close out the set but I eventually won 6-4 6-4. Hope your refereeing continues to go well Ali!"  -- Joseph
Reveal CommentAlexander Perros bt Matthew Davis (Jul 29) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very tough match with almost every game going to deuce witg lengthy rallys. Several games lasting more than 10 minutes, but I just about held on despite some spirited tennis from Matt"  -- Alexander
Reveal CommentStuart Mcgowan bt Matthew Davis (Jul 27) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Wet conditions due to an untimely downpour moments before we had arranged to play. A tight first set in which neither of us seemed to want to hold serve but lots of good tennis played regardless. I managed to find some serving rhythm in the second and with it was able to take the decisive second set. "  -- Stuart
Reveal CommentTom Feltham bt Alexander Perros (Jul 26) 3-6, 6-1, 7-6

Player Comments:

  • "This game had more momentum swings than a Newton's Cradle with both of us digging in for the final set. Ali deserves credit for fighting back from 2-5 down in the third to force a tie-break. An enjoyable match up with two contrasting styles of play."  -- Tom
Reveal CommentStuart Mcgowan bt Lee Breheny (Jul 23) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match that we managed to squeeze in just before the rain set in. "  -- Stuart

Group Summary:

Chris had to dig deep into his energy reserves in this round as half of his matches went the distance, and with four victories and points in marathon defeats to Kris and Daniel he gave himself a shot at the title. Joe notched up a fantastic five wins but was defeated by Chris in a topsy turvy three set encounter however the set he won in this head to head gave him the point he needed to edge into the outright lead. A shame to see Daniel withdraw - hope you're ok.

Final Rankings:

  1. Joe Charlton 9.2 [W5, L1] 13 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Chris Quince 9.2 [W4, L2] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Daniel Adamson [W4] withdrawn 10 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Michael Brown 9.2 [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Jonathan Greener 9.2 [W1, L3] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Kris Blackburn [W2, L2] 4
  7. Paulie Wakefield [L6] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Jamie Gough 10.2 [L1]

Match Results:

Daniel Adamson bt Chris Quince (Sep 4) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Reveal CommentJoe Charlton bt Kris Blackburn (Aug 25) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Another great match that could have gone either way. A few dodgy bounces that worked in my favour was about all that separated us in a match with lots of long rallies and back and forth deuce games. I look forward to a rematch!"  -- Joe

Match of the Group:

K BLACKBURN bt Chris Quince (Aug 20) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
Chris Quince bt Jonathan Greener (Aug 18) 6-3, 6-0
Daniel Adamson bt Paulie Wakefield (Aug 15) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentDaniel Adamson bt Michael Brown (Aug 14) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A match of contrasting styles, which neither of us were used to playing against! Made for a fairly inconsistent match but fun nonetheless."  -- Daniel
K BLACKBURN bt Paulie Wakefield (Aug 13) 6-3, 6-1
Reveal CommentJoe Charlton bt Paulie Wakefield (Aug 13) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Some very good early games before playing consecutive matches took its toll on Paulie. There was still plenty of good tennis played in both sets to make an enjoyable match"  -- Joe
Jonathan Greener bt Paulie Wakefield (Aug 11) 6-0, 6-0
Michael Brown bt Paulie Wakefield (Aug 11) 6-0, 6-2
Reveal CommentDaniel Adamson bt K BLACKBURN (Aug 10) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Beautiful morning for tennis. Really nice guy, best of luck with the rest of your matches!"  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentMichael Brown bt Jonathan Greener (Aug 9) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "An incredibly tight 3 setter lasting roughly 2 hours (although it felt like a good deal longer!!). The momentum swung back and forth between players before I just about scraped the win in the final set"  -- Michael
Chris Quince bt Paulie Wakefield (Aug 9) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentChris Quince bt Joe Charlton (Aug 5) 6-2, 1-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "This was a great scrap. From 2-2, I took five games in a row to close out the opening set and get an early break in the second. From there solid play gave Joe a seven game run. That seventh game began the deciding set; I was broken to love, and struggling with some chest pain I thought the match would go downhill quite rapidly. I was able to get back on track and back on serve at 2-1. Joe led the fourth game 40-0, but I managed to take it and that was the last momentum shift in what was to be a six game run to me. Another enjoyable match with plenty of hard fought rallies."  -- Chris
Reveal CommentJoe Charlton bt Jonathan Greener (Aug 4) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "An incredible first set, despite the wind. Competitive throughout, a lot of deuce games and mostly played at the net. The second set didn't live up to the first; there wasn't a single deuce game but it was still close and a very good match in the end"  -- Joe
Reveal CommentJoe Charlton bt Michael Brown (Jul 29) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Another great match with Mike. Windy conditions but a fun match anyway with plenty of variety and lots of great winners hit"  -- Joe
Reveal CommentChris Quince bt Michael Brown (Jul 25) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)

Player Comments:

  • "I was playing catch-up for the most part in each set. Enjoyable long rallies in very good conditions."  -- Chris
Reveal CommentJoe Charlton bt Jamie Gough (Jul 25) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good, tough match to start with! Solid play from Joe who was all over the court. Tried to make him work for his win and managed to avoid the double bagel but Joe's consistency ultimately won the day. Well played!"  -- Jamie

Group Summary:

David was keen to make an impression on his debut, storming to three victories and bonus points to take control at the top of the table. Seth did well to slow down David's charge in their unfinished match that ended at one set apiece. Jonny got a couple of wins on the board and showed good scheduling skills too to come home in second.

Final Rankings:

  1. David Oxley [W3, UF1] 9 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Jonny Armstrong [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Seth Ridley [W2, UF1] 5
  4. Cameron Economides [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Chris Economides [W1, L2] 2
  6. Koti Buchepalli [L2]
  7. Azmat Siddiqui 10.2
  8. Ian Humphreys 10.2 withdrawn

Match Results:

Seth Ridley bt Jonny Armstrong (Sep 8) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentDavid Oxley v Seth Ridley (Sep 7) 7-5, 5-7 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Rain stopped play"  -- David
Seth Ridley bt Chris Economides (Sep 2) 6-1, 6-3

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentCameron Economides bt Koti Buchepalli (Aug 10) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "Really close match that was great fun! I came back from 5-1 down in the 2nd set to win the tie break. "  -- Cameron
Reveal CommentJonny Armstrong bt Chris Economides (Aug 8) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good match played in slightly damp conditions. Some good rallies."  -- Jonny
David Oxley bt Koti Buchepalli (Aug 6) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentJonny Armstrong bt Cameron Economides (Jul 29) 7-5, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good match with some great rallies, in very windy conditions! "  -- Jonny
Chris Economides bt Cameron Economides (Jul 28) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentDavid Oxley bt Jonny Armstrong (Jul 27) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good match with some long hard fought rallies."  -- David
David Oxley bt Cameron Economides (Jul 26) 6-0, 6-0