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Collapse AllActive Newcastle Singles - Round 33 | Thursday 8 April 2021 to Wednesday 2 June 2021 (Midpoint: Wednesday 5 May 2021)

Wow, what a Round!! It was amazing to see so many of you back on court after restrictions lifted – nearly 5,000 of you got straight back to tennis across 130 Leagues with more than 8,000 matches played so far and counting! Congratulations to everyone for a fantastic Round and also to our Group Winners, you lucky bunch. We’re looking forward to even more tennis in the coming weeks with Wimbledon on the horizon and also some Mixed Doubles and brand new Women’s Doubles Rounds launching in some areas, with more to follow later in the year. We look forward to seeing you next time – don’t forget to book your place early and get set for the summer season.

Group Summary:

Final Rankings:

  1. Kishan Patel [W6, L1] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. John Waites 8.1 [W5, L1] 13 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Thomas Fulton [W5, L1] 10
  4. Joseph Barton 8.2 [W3, L4] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Stuart Mcgowan [W2, L1] 4
  6. Dan Hayman 8.2 [W1, L6] 3
  7. Ryan Canning [L5] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Richard Stephenson [W1, L4] 2

Match Results:

Reveal CommentKishan Patel bt Richard Stephenson (Jun 2) 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "These were two very different sets played between Richard and I!"  -- Kishan
Thomas Fulton bt Richard Stephenson (Jun 1) 6-4, 6-3
Thomas Fulton bt Ryan Canning (Jun 1) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentRichard Stephenson bt Dan Hayman (May 29) 7-5, 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable game with Dan today, some good rallies and close games throughout which could of gone either way on another day, happy to get this done in 2 sets. Thanks again Dan "  -- Richard
Reveal CommentThomas Fulton bt Dan Hayman (May 28) 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Very exciting match between Tom and I! We were both playing at the top of our games throughout, and only when it got to the 3rd set did the unforced errors start to come through. I managed to (just) take the first set, and then we had to pause at 5-5 in the second set as the evening was drawing in. When we restarted, we both held our serves and played a tiebreak at 6-6, which Tom managed to edge. The final set was also close, with there being nothing between us until Tom broke my serve at 7-7, then held his to take the match! Absolute mammoth of a match, but thoroughly enjoyable! Well played and deserved Tom! (We didn't realise the last set should have a tiebreak, so played until 2 clear games; hope writing 7-5 rather than 9-7 is okay here)"  -- Dan
Reveal CommentKishan Patel bt John Waites (May 27) 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 0-3 John Waites Retired

Player Comments:

  • "John and I played a match that was really going the distance. Unfortunately John pulled his groin chasing a tough shot down the line, wishing you a speedy recovery. The first set took a very long time despite the score line, the first 3 service games alone took almost 25 minutes! The second set see sawed and resulted in John deservedly winning the second set. The third set finished at 0-3 40-0 and John was in command but unfortunately the injury struck at that point."  -- Kishan
Reveal CommentDan Hayman bt Ryan Canning (May 23) 6-1, 3-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Brilliant match between Ryan and myself, it was incredibly close the whole way through. I served the best I have so far this round in the first set, but even so several of these matches went to deuce, so the score doesn't really reflect how close that was. In the second set, Ryan pulled the match back in his favour by playing with a lot more consistency and took the second set without much difficulty. The third set was close the whole way through; whenever one of our serves was broken, the other's would also be broken immediately after, and the same when holding our serves. In the last couple of games, I just about edged ahead, but it could have easily gone the other way! Excellent match Ryan, thoroughly enjoyed it!"  -- Dan
Reveal CommentJohn Waites bt Richard Stephenson (May 20) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Despite Richie admitting he was a bit rusty from a lack of play and me not quite being on my game, this was a good workout for both players today, with many long and competitive rallies. Richie kept himself in points with good court coverage plus a willingness to chase down and keep the ball in play and so proved to be a frustrating opponent at times. "  -- John
Reveal CommentThomas Fulton bt Kishan Patel (May 18) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Tom and I had to play this match over 2 different days because the rain started to chuck it down towards the end of our first set. We carried on at 5-2, I managed to bring it back to 5-4 before Tom quashed any hope of a first set revival for myself. Tom then edged ahead and stayed ahead in the second set to clinch the match. Despite several double faults, this was a well deserved victory for Tom. I definitely don't fancy my chances once he gets his serve back to his best!"  -- Kishan
Joseph Barton bt Richard Stephenson (May 15) Walkover
Reveal CommentJoseph Barton bt Dan Hayman (May 12) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match as I got revenge for 2 losses to Dan in previous editions of the Newcastle league. Dan was unfortunate that this match came at the end of a month when I played more tennis than usual and therefore I produced my most consistent performance for some time. At 3-0 in the 1st set disaster struck as my racket string snapped. Fortunately a man doing some DIY work on the clubhouse found me an old racket from his DIY shed, and after dusting it off it did a good job for me. Best of luck to Dan for his remaining matches, as this match was played in very good spirits where we were both happy to be back exercising and socialising again after the COVID winter. I am sure Dan will be a lot less rusty with a few more matches under his belt."  -- Joseph
Reveal CommentKishan Patel bt Stuart Mcgowan (May 11) 4-3 Stuart Mcgowan Retired

Player Comments:

  • "Stuart and I played on a day in which it looked like the heavens could open up at any time! Fortunately, after a 15 minute wait, we got a court and we managed to play in dry conditions for about 20 minutes, then the rain came down gently before gradually getting heavier to the point we had to call it for the day. The match itself was very close, with me staying a break ahead by the time we came to a halt. I wish you a quick recovery from your ankle injury Stuart."  -- Kishan
Reveal CommentStuart Mcgowan bt Dan Hayman (May 9) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "I managed to get my serve going early in the first and played some of my best tennis in a wee while. Second set was closer than the score suggests, a fair few long games that went to duece several times. Always a good game played in a good spirit with Dan."  -- Stuart
Reveal CommentStuart Mcgowan bt Joseph Barton (May 3) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Started a little later than planned as i couldn't find the tennis club! Once there (very nice set up with some well drawn courts with plenty of room at the back) I started well and took the first set, only dropping my serve once. Second set was a much tighter affair with some good winners hit by both players, which I then somewhat made a mockery of on match point by winning the match with one of those shots that hits the net chord and does a little dance as it decides which side of the net it wants to fall on. Thankfully the tennis gods favoured me on this bank holiday. "  -- Stuart
Reveal CommentJohn Waites bt Ryan Canning (May 2) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Not as straight forward as the scoreline suggests as Ryan proved a stubborn and sometimes unpredictable opponent. Many time under pressure he managed to conjure up a shot to stay in the rally and he was also come to the net when he could. Serving was one of the differences, as Ryan struggled on occasion with his. There were also 2 unbelievable net cords in his favour which we put down to the luck of the Irish."  -- John
Reveal CommentThomas Fulton bt Joseph Barton (May 1) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "This was an enjoyable first ever match with Tom and was played on a good morning for tennis. Tom was really consistent and hit some textbook, top spin ground strokes to force me constantly on to the back foot. Tom had much greater consistency than myself and thoroughly deserved the win. In the first set I was able to win a few games by taking advantage of some rusty serving from Tom, but as he improved his serving in the second set I couldn't get on the scoreboard. A challenging but fun match."  -- Joseph
Reveal CommentJohn Waites bt Thomas Fulton (Apr 29) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A high level and enjoyable match with Tom today. We started in hailstones/sleet then heavy rain which meant wet courts and the ball aquaplaning on some serves and generally playing difficult conditions, before ending in sunshine. Despite this, both players played well and I just managed to take an entertaining and close first set. The second set had more good quality play and the first 5 games were all long and hard fought with many deuces and some great rallies. The deciding factor with me at 3-2, was when Tom lost his serve after hitting a couple of double faults, followed by good service game by me, so the scoreline does not really reflect how tight the match was, with both players on the offensive when the opportunity arose. "  -- John
Reveal CommentKishan Patel bt Joseph Barton (Apr 28) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Joey and I played a tense match in which the score kept see sawing. This resulted in an entertaining match which neither of us could predict the outcome. The second set involved coming back from a break down to nab it at the death, fortunately so because I’m not sure how I would’ve fared going into a third set! Well played Joey, good luck for your other matches."  -- Kishan
Reveal CommentJoseph Barton bt Ryan Canning (Apr 21) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A few years after we last met in the league, this was another fun match with Ryan. The setting sun was a big factor in the first set with it shining directly in the eyes of the player at one end of the court. The match was closer than the scoreline suggests and Ryan had some success when he came to the net to volley. Fortunately for me I was more consistent than usual from the back of the court and didn’t make many mistakes so managed to get the win. Enjoyed playing a couple of champions tie breaks after the match to get some extra practice in"  -- Joseph
Reveal CommentJohn Waites bt Joseph Barton (Apr 19) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Despite starting well and taking a good lead, Joey showed resilience and came back with some consistent play to level at 5-5. The next 2 games were close but went my way. I quickly went 5-0 up in the second set only for the same thing to happen with Joey digging in to come back to 5-3, so I needed a good service game to see out the set."  -- John
Reveal CommentKishan Patel bt Ryan Canning (Apr 18) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Well played Kishan. Lovely weather & nice game to get back into it. "  -- Ryan
Reveal CommentJohn Waites bt Dan Hayman (Apr 12) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match with Dan today. Several good rallies, especially in the second, as both players improved their quality of play."  -- John
Reveal CommentKishan Patel bt Dan Hayman (Apr 10) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "This was a first competitive match back to the courts after Lockdown 3.0 and rustiness definitely showed! There were more unforced errors than normal with the rare exceptional shot that kept us both on our toes. Overall a good match, and thoroughly enjoyed playing in the sunshine, and we finished just in time before the snow came!"  -- Kishan

Group Summary:

Final Rankings:

  1. Monir Ahmed 8.2 [W4, L1] 11 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Chris Quince 9.1 [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Michael Burke [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Joe Charlton 8.2 [W2, L2] 5
  5. Asif Tulah 10.1 [W1, L3] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Cameron Hume [L5] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Monir Ahmed bt Asif Tulah (Jun 2) 6-4, 6-3
Reveal CommentJoe Charlton bt Cameron Hume (May 29) 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Plenty riding on this match at the start of play, with Cameron winless, and Joe with just the one win hitherto. A sunny day meant a busy Exhibition Park, and a half an hour wait for a court. Both players were keen to get going, then, but any optimism on Cameron's part was soon snuffed out as he was dismantled by Joe in the opening set. A steady stream of double faults, combined with good variation from Joe, meant a double bagel looked like a distinct possibility. The second was a different story, however. After finally getting on the board in the first game, Cameron found some rhythm and a way to break up Joe's effective net-play. In the end though, Joe wrapped up a deserved win - getting a crucial break at 4-4, and serving out confidently."  -- Cameron

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentMichael Burke bt Monir Ahmed (May 28) 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "A quick Google tells me there have been longer 3 set games- but this one took over 3.5 hours to finish with few breaks. I took a good early lead and held on to win first set 6 4. Monir took second set 7 5 with greater consistency. Nearly every game went to deuce with several getting into double figures! Final set was very close. From 3 all we were on serve until tie break. Monir slightly unlucky not to take it 6-4 but some strong serving and forehands saved the day and I recovered from 4-0 in tie break to edge it 7 5. Certainly the longest match I've ever played- unlucky Monir and good luck in future games. "  -- Michael
Reveal CommentMichael Burke bt Cameron Hume (May 24) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "We managed to get a game in when it was relatively warm, dry and with outbreaks of sun. Anyway enough of the weather forecast. Cameron started really well and raced into a 3-0 lead, winning these games comfortably. I rallied back with some good serves and returns to win the set 6-4, harsh on Cameron who probably won as many points in the set. Second set similar- Cameron led 3-2 but then I managed to win 4 straight games. Really enjoyable game- watch out for Cameron's devilish drop shots! "  -- Michael
Reveal CommentChris Quince bt Joe Charlton (May 16) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Once again a great match I wasn’t expecting to win. A couple of games snatched from the jaws of defeat gave me a surprise 4-0 lead; I could settle-in and prepare for Joe’s fight back. I kept ahead just enough to claim the first set. By the start of the second Joe was easing through his early games and I was struggling, dropping to 0-3 and only just winning the fourth game. Breaking in the fifth helped me close in a little, but the momentum was still with Joe, and three more games gave him the set 6-2. The final set felt the closest; from 0-40 claiming the second game was crucial for me. Just breaking in the fifth led to a succession of them that got me ahead at 4-3, before reaching 6-3. Great rallies and a really tough opponent in Joe."  -- Chris
Reveal CommentJoe Charlton bt Michael Burke (May 3) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Another good match with Michael, we've yet to have a bad one. Good serving on his part and a generally more comfortable start saw him take a 3-1 lead, but I regained composure and turned it around, eventually taking the set 6-3, which was a bit unfair given a close set with plenty of good base line rallies. Michael regained momentum and flew to a 4-0 lead in the second set, at which point I had nothing to lose and started playing my best tennis, luckily for me at the same time Michael lost all consistency. "  -- Joe
Reveal CommentChris Quince bt Cameron Hume (May 1) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "This was a fun and close match, and another that was quite different to previous ones. I took small leads early on in both sets but by the mid point things were all square again. I found Cameron’s shots difficult to manage and with a number of deuces, the games could have gone either way throughout. It was only towards the end of each set that I just managed to do enough to get ahead. The rallies were long and varied, and the final point of the match was one of the longest rallies I recall having ever played! "  -- Chris
Reveal CommentChris Quince bt Michael Burke (Apr 28) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "I didn’t have high hopes for myself today, but once there, I found the court and conditions to be ideal, and I was striking the ball just as intended in the first set. Mike has some fantastic shots and was finding the rhythm to overpower me often in the second set, mirroring the score line from set one. By the third set things were evening-out much more. Fatigue was lengthening the rallies, but fortunately I started off with a small 2-0 cushion. Although this was pegged back to 3-3, and some points were getting nervy (approaching ten break points saved but ultimately broken back for 5-4), this close competitive match finally wrapped-up at 6-4. Another one very much enjoyed!"  -- Chris
Reveal CommentMichael Burke bt Asif Tulah (Apr 26) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Luckily I played my best tennis and Asif didn't so I managed to get a good win. Good luck in remaining matches and I look forward to playing again soon! "  -- Michael
Reveal CommentChris Quince bt Asif Tulah (Apr 24) 7-5, 0-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "It’s been a while since I last played Asif but I knew this would be tough to win. The challenging rallies flowed from the outset; the scoreline would swing a little (3-1, 3-4, 5-4) but ultimately stayed even with the final two games just enough for me to clinch the first set. The balance then steadied with Asif, as his power and control edged up and mine slipped back. The result was nine games in a row to Asif, leaving me facing a 0-3 deficit in the decider. My aim now was to get one more game on the board, and not face a 2nd/3rd set double-bagel (it’s happened before!). My hopes were exceeded and I managed to turn it around for the win. It was great to play Asif again and would still have enjoyed the match regardless of the outcome. "  -- Chris
Reveal CommentMonir Ahmed bt Joe Charlton (Apr 23) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "It was an indoor court match. I won the toss and decided to serve. The first set completed with a lot of good long exchanges but Joe made double faults and unforced errors which helped to get the first set comfortably. The second set was competitive, Joe served much better but I was able to keep him to the baseline and forced him to do unforced errors. At some point, it was 4-1 but Joe pushed me back with winning shots and he nicely turned it around 5-5 all. It was an epic second set and Joe was about to take it but I made him stretched further and managed to win the second set too. We had many long exchanges and most games ended with a lot of deuces. It was such a joy, looking forward to playing again."  -- Monir
Reveal CommentAsif Tulah bt Cameron Hume (Apr 17) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "It was a world away from the Monte Carlo Country Club, but Leazes Park was the venue for this match played in quite nice weather conditions. While the weather was good, the nets certainly could do with a bit of TLC. That said, a fun and enjoyable matched ensued. Games were very close with many deuces and some come good comebacks in individual games. Some nice short court play from both players and opportune slices made court coverage important. Asif managed to keep the break advantage to take the first set. The second was also a close affair with some long rallies in the sun. overall a good match, thanks Cameron."  -- Asif
Reveal CommentMonir Ahmed bt Cameron Hume (Apr 11) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "It was nice sunny day with some surprise patchy snow fall! After warm-up I won the toss and decided to serve. Cameron played well with some really tricky spin on the balls. I focused on keeping him in the baseline and made him stretched. First set ended with some good long exchanges. In the second set I focused on consistency on my first serves but Cameron returned well. There were some really good long rallies and most games ended with deuces, one game in particular ended with about 7 deuces. So the second set was competitive and could go either way. It was really a good fun playing. I think Cameron will benefit from improving his serves. Many thanks Cameron, hope we play again soon."  -- Monir
Reveal CommentMonir Ahmed bt Chris Quince (Apr 11) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It was first time I played at the Exhibition park. Chris was helpful meeting me at the car park and guiding me towards the courts. It was a good fun playing at the open ground after such a long lock down. First set was competitive with a lot of good rallies. I kept Chris moving around the court, with some drop shots and slices which I think made Chris difficult to cope, particularly in the second set. Despite playing well, Chris made unforced errors that led me to win. I think Chris might benefit from improving his serves and may consider taking some coaching on balance and movements. Many thanks Chris, surely you will improve with more practice.. keep it up!"  -- Monir

Group Summary:

Final Rankings:

  1. Ryan Dray [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Sean Stephen 10.2 [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Jason Hussein 10.2 [W3] 6
  4. Michael Nee 9.1 [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Peter McCue 9.2 [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Craig Hendry [W1, L3] 2
  7. Neil Wallace 10.2 [L1]

Match Results:

Jason Hussein bt Sean Stephen (May 29) 6-0, 6-4
Jason Hussein bt Peter McCue (May 29) 6-0, 6-1
Jason Hussein bt Michael Nee (May 28) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentRyan Dray bt Craig Hendry (May 18) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to play Craig in the perfect weather. Craig is new to the league however has a couple of excellent shots which will only get better over time including a deadly short spin which caught me out a few times! Good luck in future matches and leagues."  -- Ryan
Craig Hendry bt Michael Nee (May 2) Walkover
Reveal CommentRyan Dray bt Peter McCue (Apr 29) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A nice evening match in the sun after a mixed weather day. Peter was super consistent and very rarely if ever made unforced errors. The first set went fast however after dropping my focus Peter made up for it with a strong start however I found my rhythm again and eventually managed to win the match. An excellent and enjoyable match good luck in the rest of your games Peter!"  -- Ryan
Reveal CommentMichael Nee bt Neil Wallace (Apr 29) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Some long games, Neil looked very rusty on his first outing for a long time. Meanwhile I played the best since I started playing again."  -- Michael
Reveal CommentSean Stephen bt Michael Nee (Apr 25) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Had a fantastic match with Michael with some very close games particularly in the second set going back to deuce over and over in the last two games but I managed to break Michael and hold my serve, an incredibly enjoyable game and I’m really looking forward to playing Michael again hopefully!"  -- Sean
Reveal CommentPeter McCue bt Craig Hendry (Apr 25) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match played in Spring sunshine at Exhibtion Park. Craig is new to the league and relatively new to tennis . The match was closer than the score suggests with some good rallies . A good game all round and maybe we will play again some time Craig and good luck with your remainiimng matches"  -- Peter
Reveal CommentRyan Dray bt Michael Nee (Apr 22) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "An excellent evening game, both of us were rusty at first with a lucky break allowing me to take the first set. The second was not as the score suggests with lots of the matches doing to decuce. Lots of long rallies and a decent enjoyable game. -- Ryan"  -- Ryan
Reveal CommentSean Stephen bt Craig Hendry (Apr 21) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to meet Craig and get our match played, tough serving into a low afternoon sun. Good luck with the rest of your games Craig!"  -- Sean
Reveal CommentRyan Dray bt Sean Stephen (Apr 18) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Had a great game against Ryan some very close games but in the end, Ryan closed the crucial ones, the final game of the second set being particularly tense with me having to save match point several times over but in the end couldn’t hold serve and Ryan took it, great game and look forward to playing him again some time!"  -- Sean
  • "The short wait for a court built up the anticipation for 14 months of no play. It was fantastic to be back on the court and to get back in the rhythm of playing. Sean was a fantastic opponent with a good variety of play with a lucky break allowing me to take the first set. The second was just as contested before I managed to get a couple of points to allow me to take the win. A fantastic 2 ish hours and looking forward to playing Sean in the future. Thanks for the game." - Ryan

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentMichael Nee bt Peter McCue (Apr 16) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very topsy turvy match where my rustiness (1 tennis session in 3 games) showed through and Peter was hitting with considerable accuracy. Lots of deuce games. I improved as the match went on. Very enjoyable game played in lovely sunshine."  -- Michael
Reveal CommentSean Stephen bt Peter McCue (Apr 11) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to get a first match played coming back to the League after over a year out, had a good game with Peter after a long half an hour wait for a court, but well worth it to get a fun game of tennis in, thanks for the game Peter!"  -- Sean