Friendly, competitive tennis on Barry & the Vale'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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If you notice any of our venue information is out of date, missing court costs or opening hours please let us know.


Primary Venues

Romilly Park

Romilly Park Road, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 6RN
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Windsor LTC Penarth

Larkwood Avenue, Penarth, CF64 3JJ
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Barry Community Tennis Club

Pontypridd Rd,, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 7LX
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Llantrisant Leisure Club

Southgate Park, Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF72 8DJ
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Other Venues

Llantwit Major Tennis Club

Llantonian Hall, Boverton Road, Llantwit Major, CF61 1TF
Tel: 07909 987359
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Alexandra Gardens

Rectory Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 3AN
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Celtic Way

Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 3FT
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Gladstone Gardens

Gladstone Road, Barry, CF62 8DD
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Parc Bryn-y-Don

Dinas Powys, Vale of Glamorgan
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Penarth Recreation Ground

Lavernock Road, Penarth, CF64 3QH
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Collapse AllBarry & the Vale Singles - Round 8 | Thursday 28 March 2019 to Wednesday 22 May 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 24 April 2019)

Great to be back underway in Barry & the Vale in 2019, where the courts were kept busy with more than two thirds of matches played and a number of these very closely contested. Thanks for getting involved and do help spread the word locally if you can, it would be great to see numbers grow next time!

Group Summary:

Gary and Richard both finished with four wins to their names to put themselves in the mix for the number one spot. Crucially Gary emerged victorious from their "best match yet" and with scheduling skills part of his game too he clinches the prize. Credit to Matthew and Alison too for their efforts in their "absolute marathon" game.

Final Rankings:

  1. Gary Mickelsen 10.1 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Richard Powell [W4, L1] 8 RUNNER UP
  3. Matthew Hopkins 10.1 [W3, L1] 7
  4. Alison Williams [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Penny Mickelsen [W1, L2] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Claire Mott [W1, L5] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Benjamin Griffiths [L3]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentMatthew Hopkins bt Alison Williams (May 14) 7-6, 2-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Another absolute marathon. 2 hrs 31 mins with the first set going to 14-12 in the tiebreaker. A really tough game and I was lucky to come out a winner. Next time we'll play on a weekend I think! Thanks Alison. "  -- Matthew
Richard Powell bt Claire Mott (May 13) 6-0, 6-3
Reveal CommentRichard Powell bt Benjamin Griffiths (May 13) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for a good game. Come close in a few but too strong for me. Really enjoyed playing on a very plesant evening."  -- Benjamin
Reveal CommentMatthew Hopkins bt Benjamin Griffiths (May 13) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great to get another match in. The score is misleading as a lot a games went to deuce. Looking forward to our next match. "  -- Matthew
Reveal CommentClaire Mott bt Benjamin Griffiths (May 9) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great match some close games thanks Ben "  -- Claire
Reveal CommentRichard Powell bt Alison Williams (May 7) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "What a great game. We had so many long rallies! Our fitness levels were tested to the limits. "  -- Alison
Reveal CommentMatthew Hopkins bt Claire Mott (May 6) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really great to get back on court after nearly 2 months out with injury. Great conditions and a competitive match. Thanks Claire!"  -- Matthew
Reveal CommentGary Mickelsen bt Penny Mickelsen (Apr 22) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A fun match in the sunshine. Second set was closer than the score reflects. Thanks xxx"  -- Gary
Reveal CommentAlison Williams bt Penny Mickelsen (Apr 18) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Penny came back from 5-0 down in the second set and won 3 games on the bounce. The accuracy of her forehand topspin had me worried but I managed to get one more game and win the match. Always a difficult encounter playing against my friend and doubles partner."  -- Alison
Reveal CommentGary Mickelsen bt Richard Powell (Apr 16) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Our best match yet... some fantastic points, plenty of running, closer than than it looked!"  -- Gary
Reveal CommentGary Mickelsen bt Claire Mott (Apr 14) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Some nice tennis, with nice rallies. Enjoyed."  -- Gary
Reveal CommentAlison Williams bt Claire Mott (Apr 8) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The morning drizzle cleared and we had some nice rallies. Well done, Claire."  -- Alison

Match of the Group:

Richard Powell bt Matthew Hopkins (Apr 8) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Reveal CommentGary Mickelsen bt Alison Williams (Apr 7) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great rallies, close match, lovely sunny evening at Romilly Park. Thanks Alison!"  -- Gary
Reveal CommentPenny Mickelsen bt Claire Mott (Apr 1) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely match. Cold start but the sun came out eventually. Great start to the league"  -- Penny


Looking for previous matches? Visit the Barry & the Vale archive.
The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches for Barry & the Vale.

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) 

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)