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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.

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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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Collapse AllChelmsford Singles - Round 14 | Thursday 4 April 2019 to Wednesday 29 May 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 1 May 2019)

A good showing in Chelmsford with two thirds of matches played across the three groups. Thanks for taking part in a friendly spirit and we hope you fun out on court. Well done to the new champions and we look forward to seeing you all again next time!

Group Summary:

Robert raced to five fantastic victories to pull clear in first place and take home the prize on his debut - well played. Runner up Martin came closest to upsetting the champ in their "really close match" which was settled by a match tiebreak. Well done to David too for getting his matches in early to earn a bonus prize alongside Martin.

Final Rankings:

  1. Robert Watkins [W5] 10 WINNER
  2. Martin Schramm [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Hugo Pye [W2, L1] 4
  4. David Toombs [W1, L2] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Jamie Stone [L3] 1
  6. Kyle Massingham 9.1 [L1]
  7. Lucas Palau [L1]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentRobert Watkins bt Martin Schramm (May 19) 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), [10-6]

Player Comments:

  • "A really close match Martin, a really enjoyable game. Good luck in your other matches"  -- Robert
Reveal CommentRobert Watkins bt Hugo Pye (May 18) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A very close match Hugo, good luck with the rest of your matches"  -- Robert
Reveal CommentRobert Watkins bt Kyle Massingham (May 17) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A good match Kyle, good luck in your remaining matches"  -- Robert
Reveal CommentRobert Watkins bt Lucas Palau (May 16) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A great match Lucas, good luck in the rest of your matches."  -- Robert
Reveal CommentRobert Watkins bt Jamie Stone (May 12) 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Jamie, good luck with your remaining matches."  -- Robert
Reveal CommentMartin Schramm bt David Toombs (Apr 29) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet you, David, and sorry your game did not come off - you won several very well played rallies - next time it will be closer. Good to meet you "  -- Martin
Reveal CommentMartin Schramm bt Jamie Stone (Apr 28) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "The match was closer than the result indicates - With more consistency Jamie will be a dangerous opponent. Good meeting you, look forward to our future matches"  -- Martin
Reveal CommentHugo Pye bt Martin Schramm (Apr 22) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match Martin. Lots of distractions as the park was very busy, being Easter, but it was very enjoyable"  -- Hugo
Reveal CommentHugo Pye bt David Toombs (Apr 16) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable match against Dave. It was not an easy win by any means, and he was unlucky not to win more games. Well played Dave"  -- Hugo

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentDavid Toombs bt Jamie Stone (Apr 11) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good to brush offf the cobwebs. Thanks for the game Jamie cheers Dave "  -- David

Group Summary:

There were "30/40 shot rallies" and "many games that had so many deuces" in a competitive group two. Edward emerged victorious from all six of his matches to surge into top spot on his first appearance in the league. A special mention to Steve who also played every match. Denise finished with three wins under her belt to secure the silver.

Final Rankings:

  1. Edward Ogbebor [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Denise Watkins 9.2 [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Ren Perera [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Steve Wilson 10.2 [W2, L4] 5
  5. Jai Ragbir [W2, L1] 4
  6. Samantha Riding [W1, L3] 3
  7. Tom Auston [L5] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentDenise Watkins bt Steve Wilson (May 27) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for coming over to Stock to play Steve. The first set was very close and it could have gone either way, but I just managed to get ahead and take it. The second set was not as easy as the scoreline suggests. Thanks again Steve."  -- Denise
Reveal CommentRen Perera bt Steve Wilson (May 19) 6-1 Steve Wilson Retired

Player Comments:

  • "Nice set of tennis, unfortunately Steve had to retire after the first set. Lovely to meet you Steve, good luck with your last few matches. "  -- Ren
Reveal CommentSamantha Riding bt Tom Auston (May 18) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable match with Tom. Hope you carry on with the tennis if not good luck with your golf xx "  -- Samantha

Match of the Group:

Jai Ragbir bt Samantha Riding (May 11) 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
Reveal CommentEdward Ogbebor bt Steve Wilson (May 8) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Game was epic, with lots of long rallies. Steve was unlucky as he was 2-0 up in the second set. So gracious enough to lend me a spare racket, as the strings on mine broke as we were warming up. Kudos Steve, good luck on your remaining matches. "  -- Edward
Reveal CommentSteve Wilson bt Samantha Riding (May 4) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Once you got your timing (including the only ace of the match) Sam, you made it difficult for me. Experience enabled me close out the match. Wish you well on your remaining matches and look forward to our next match."  -- Steve
Reveal CommentSteve Wilson bt Tom Auston (May 1) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A tough match that could have gone either way just like our previous meeting. So many games that had so many deuces. Some great play Tom, particularly that backhand winner. Look foward to many more matches with you in the future."  -- Steve
Reveal CommentRen Perera bt Tom Auston (Apr 29) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play Tom, some cracking ralleys between us. Good luck in the rest of your matches."  -- Ren
Reveal CommentEdward Ogbebor bt Samantha Riding (Apr 28) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the brilliant game Sam. Weather was not quite perfect but totally enjoyed the game. Good luck on your remaining matches. "  -- Edward
Reveal CommentJai Ragbir bt Steve Wilson (Apr 27) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Played on hard court Indoors Enjoyable match . Thanks Steve"  -- Jai
Reveal CommentEdward Ogbebor bt Denise Watkins (Apr 22) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great game of tennis on a glorious sunny day. Again scoreline doesn't tell the true nature of proceedings, as Denise was simply spectacular all round. Looking forward to playing more games with you and better luck on the remainder of your games. "  -- Edward
Reveal CommentEdward Ogbebor bt Jai Ragbir (Apr 20) 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Fabulous weather for tennis. First set score line definitely not a true reflection of proceedings as Jai had two service breaks opportunities (15-40 and 0-40) and was up on one of his (40-0). Second set he was up 3-1 and then 4-2, was just unlucky. Absolute pleasure playing with you Jai and look forward to more games in future. Good luck on the rest of your games. -- Edward"  -- Edward
Reveal CommentEdward Ogbebor bt Ren Perera (Apr 14) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Absolutely tiring match against Eddy, played in great spirits, so many 30/40 shot ralleys. Well done Eddy, played a great match, well deserved. I will be back for revenge :) "  -- Ren
Reveal CommentDenise Watkins bt Ren Perera (Apr 13) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Always a tricky opponent, but managed to get the better of Ren today. Good luck with your remaining matches. "  -- Denise
Edward Ogbebor bt Tom Auston (Apr 12) 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentDenise Watkins bt Tom Auston (Apr 6) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for a nice game Tom. Good luck with the rest of your matches."  -- Denise

Group Summary:

Greg and Elgan contested a "tremendously tight game" to kick off group three, with it ultimately all coming down to a marathon final set tiebreak - great effort both. At the top of the table Mohammed proved to be unstoppable, winning every match, including a topsy turvy game with title rival Lorraine, to claim the number one spot. Lorraine finishes only a point further back in second place.

Final Rankings:

  1. Mohammed Shihab [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Lorraine Bartlett [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Alison Bowditch [W3, L1] 6
  4. Wendy Daden [W1, L2] 3
  5. Elgan Adlard [L5] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Greg Potts [W1, L2] 2

Match Results:

Reveal CommentLorraine Bartlett bt Elgan Adlard (May 14) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good game. It was closer tan the score suggests."  -- Lorraine
Reveal CommentLorraine Bartlett bt Wendy Daden (May 13) 6-1, 2-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Very good match. Good fun. "  -- Lorraine
Reveal CommentMohammed Shihab bt Greg Potts (May 7) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great Match"  -- Mohammed
Reveal CommentAlison Bowditch bt Wendy Daden (May 4) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "really windy conditions but enjoyed the match and we had some good rallies. Thanks Wendy"  -- Alison
Reveal CommentAlison Bowditch bt Elgan Adlard (May 3) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Close first set, neck and neck all the way. Good rallies throughout and very sporting behaviour. We both really enjoyed our time on court and I look forward to a rematch at some point"  -- Alison
Reveal CommentLorraine Bartlett bt Greg Potts (Apr 29) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really close and friendly match. Great fun."  -- Greg
Reveal CommentMohammed Shihab bt Alison Bowditch (Apr 28) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks to Alison for travelling twice from her place to Chelmsford (as the match has to be rescheduled due to rain and unavailability of court) to complete this good match in a windy weather "  -- Mohammed
Reveal CommentMohammed Shihab bt Elgan Adlard (Apr 20) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "The match was completed in 2 sets but most of the games were very close"  -- Mohammed
Reveal CommentMohammed Shihab bt Lorraine Bartlett (Apr 19) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very good match"  -- Mohammed
Wendy Daden bt Elgan Adlard (Apr 15) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentAlison Bowditch bt Lorraine Bartlett (Apr 13) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good match, every balanced. Very sporting."  -- Alison

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentGreg Potts bt Elgan Adlard (Apr 9) 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (11-9)

Player Comments:

  • "Tremendously tight game. Terrific fun, although the quality of the tennis was best described as 'variable'. Neither of us had been anywhere close to a '9-all in the final set tie break' situation before. One that will linger long in the memory."  -- Greg

Results

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

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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