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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.

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Lionmede Recreation Ground

Springfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6BN
Tel: 01245 606606
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Admirals Park

Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 2LY
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Central Park

Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JJ
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Oaklands Park

Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9AQ
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St. Andrew's Park

Patching Hall Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 4BX
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Other Venues

Chelmer Park

Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8RL
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Great Baddow Recreation Ground

Baddow Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9RL
Tel: 01245 473538
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Club Venues

Hamptons Sports & Leisure

Tydemans, Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, CM2 9FH
Tel: 01245 269422
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Writtle Tennis Club

Paradise Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3HW
Tel: 01245 420297
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Collapse AllChelmsford Singles - Round 12 | Thursday 4 October 2018 to Wednesday 28 November 2018 (Midpoint: Wednesday 31 October 2018)

Nearly 70% of matches were played in a good showing in Chelmsford for this Autumn round. Thanks for competing in such a great spirit, we love reading all the friendly comments as they come in. Well done to those of you who finished as group champs and we look forward to seeing you all next time for more tennis in the new year.

Group Summary:

Lucas played all of his matches and bagged his bonus points to leave his quest for success all in his own hands, and this proved to be a winning formula as he added a near full house of wins to his total to pull clear in first place. Runner up Hugo matched Lucas' wins tally and gave the new champ a real run for his money in their very competitive head to head. Kudos to Jake who also scheduled well to take home a bonus prize.

Final Rankings:

  1. Lucas Palau [W4, UF1] 11 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Hugo Pye [W4, L1] 8 RUNNER UP
  3. Ren Perera [W2, L2] 4
  4. Jake Smith 10.2 [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Guglielmo Migliori [L3] 1
  6. Martin Schramm [L2, UF1]
  7. James Jackson withdrawn

Match Results:

Hugo Pye bt Jake Smith (Nov 26) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentLucas Palau bt Hugo Pye (Nov 25) 7-5, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Most competed match I have ever played in this league. I was lucky of winning some important points. The match could have gone either side. On the second set I was 5-2 down, and I was sure we were going to a third set. If that had happened, I am pretty sure I had lost. I really enjoyed tennis today. Looking forward to play with Hugo again soon."  -- Lucas
Reveal CommentHugo Pye bt Guglielmo Migliori (Nov 19) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match with some long rallies. We battled on through some heavy rain showers in the first set, but soon warmed up, with many of the games going to deuce. Hope to play you again Guli!"  -- Hugo
Reveal CommentRen Perera bt Martin Schramm (Nov 18) 1-1 Martin Schramm Retired

Player Comments:

  • "Such a shame Martin injured his ankle at the start of the match. Hope to play Martin again in the new year."  -- Ren
Reveal CommentHugo Pye bt Martin Schramm (Nov 14) 7-5 Martin Schramm Retired

Player Comments:

  • "Unfortunately Martin had to pull out due to a hamstring injury. Its a shame as it it was shaping up to being an epic match! Hopefully we'll get a chance to play again next round"  -- Hugo
Reveal CommentHugo Pye bt Ren Perera (Nov 5) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great match to be continued, very evenly matched with some long (25+ shot) ralleys. Unfortunately we lost the light near the business end of the second set. Hopefully finish next week. "  -- Ren
  • "Hugo finished me off quickly for the conclusion of our game with some strong forehands. Well done mate, look forward to playing you again," -- Ren
Reveal CommentLucas Palau bt Jake Smith (Oct 28) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "We managed to find a sunny moment in the middle of a rainy day. Was nice to play with Jake. Even though I won he managed to win the best points in the match. Long rallies always went on his side."  -- Lucas

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJake Smith bt Guglielmo Migliori (Oct 27) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Closely fought match on a very cold day. Great to meet you Guli, all the best!"  -- Jake
Reveal CommentLucas Palau bt Ren Perera (Oct 21) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Another perfect day for tennis and another challenging fight with Ren. Particularly on the first set. It's always very difficult to find a winner considering he is incredibly quick and consistent."  -- Lucas
Reveal CommentLucas Palau bt Guglielmo Migliori (Oct 20) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Perfect weather conditions for a great tennis day. Enjoyed a nice fight with Guli. We broke and broke our services muliple times. In fact the most difficult thing was to keep our services, and that was what finally made the difference."  -- Lucas
Reveal CommentRen Perera bt Jake Smith (Oct 20) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Fun match, great to meet Jake. Good luck with your other matches."  -- Ren
Reveal CommentMartin Schramm v Lucas Palau (Oct 6) 2-6, 3-0 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Rain stopped our match, we will pick it up again with my serve in a few weeks’ time hopefully - due to my travel schedule it won’t be possible before November ... great matchuntil then ;-)"  -- Martin

Group Summary:

Carmel flew off the start line, notching up wins in each of her first five matches and picking up bonus points to climb into the lead. Samantha made sure Carmel didn't finish with an unbeaten record too, winning their head to head (the last match of the round,) thanks in part to a little bit of luck on match point, to secure the runner up spot. Well done also to Mohammed who took a set off the new champ and showed great commitment to play every match.

Final Rankings:

  1. Carmel Saulbrey 10.2 [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Samantha Riding [W4, L2] 11 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Mohammed Shihab [W3, L4] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Jai Ragbir [W4] 8
  5. Tom Auston [W4, L1] 8
  6. Harry Smith 10.2 [W1, L5] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Elgan Adlard [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  8. John Barrett 10.2 [L5] 3 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentSamantha Riding bt Carmel Saulbrey (Nov 24) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good match with Carmel, won match point on a net call which just plopped over the net - not the best way to win the match ! "  -- Samantha
Tom Auston bt John Barrett (Nov 18) Walkover
Reveal CommentSamantha Riding bt Harry Smith (Nov 18) 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great match Harry, thank you "  -- Samantha
Reveal CommentTom Auston bt Harry Smith (Nov 17) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you for the game Harry! "  -- Tom
Jai Ragbir bt Mohammed Shihab (Nov 14) 7-6 (7-1), 6-1
Reveal CommentElgan Adlard bt Harry Smith (Nov 11) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent match Elgan, the score doesn't tell the full story every point was close. Another great match between us. Good luck with the rest of your matches"  -- Harry
Reveal CommentCarmel Saulbrey bt John Barrett (Nov 11) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Some great rallies on a very blustery day. "  -- Carmel
Reveal CommentJai Ragbir bt Samantha Riding (Nov 5) 6-1, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Good match on a nice day."  -- Jai
Reveal CommentTom Auston bt Mohammed Shihab (Nov 4) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable game on a warm winter morning. Lots of deuce games and this was definitely closer than the score suggests. Thank you very much for the game! "  -- Tom
Mohammed Shihab bt Elgan Adlard (Nov 4) 6-2, 6-1
Jai Ragbir bt John Barrett (Oct 31) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentCarmel Saulbrey bt Elgan Adlard (Oct 29) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Sunny afternoon. Some great rallies!"  -- Carmel
Jai Ragbir bt Elgan Adlard (Oct 29) 6-1, 6-2
Mohammed Shihab bt Harry Smith (Oct 28) 6-2, 6-0
Reveal CommentTom Auston bt Samantha Riding (Oct 27) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match with Sam. Nice rallies and plenty of reasons to run around, which was nice on a chilly autumn morning. Had to dig in to fight back and I look forward to hopefully having another match in the new year."  -- Tom
Reveal CommentCarmel Saulbrey bt Mohammed Shihab (Oct 27) 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A very cold and blustery day, but some good tennis played. It took me a while to get used to the drop shots and net play, but by the third set I had found my rhythm and we had more baseline rallies, which suited my game more!"  -- Carmel

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentHarry Smith bt John Barrett (Oct 20) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great match John, lots of good rallies and shots. Good luck with the rest of your matches - Harry "  -- Harry
Mohammed Shihab bt John Barrett (Oct 20) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentSamantha Riding bt Elgan Adlard (Oct 13) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for a great match Elgan "  -- Samantha
Reveal CommentSamantha Riding bt Mohammed Shihab (Oct 8) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with Shihab - lots of deuces - watch out for the Shihab spin !!!!"  -- Samantha
Reveal CommentCarmel Saulbrey bt Harry Smith (Oct 7) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good match on a lovely, sunny morning. Harry has a great forehand and can read spin balls very well! We had some nice long rallies. "  -- Carmel
Reveal CommentCarmel Saulbrey bt Tom Auston (Oct 4) 6-3, 7-6 (7-0)

Player Comments:

  • "Some great rallies and Tom is a true gent. Neither of us played to our full potential but some great tennis none-the less."  -- Carmel


Looking for previous matches? Visit the Chelmsford archive.
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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