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  • Matches are best of three sets; if a set reaches 6 games all it is decided by a tiebreak
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Collapse AllCheltenham Parks Singles - Round 30 | Thursday 3 October 2019 to Wednesday 27 November 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 30 October 2019)

39 matches were played this round which is 68% of the total possible. That is a very respectable stat, especially at this time of year when the weather is doing its worst and if it wasn't raining the low-in-the-sky sun was showing no sympathy for tennis players. So well done Cheltenham! Here's to some great rounds in 2020!

Group Summary:

A great round for Andre who wins the group at his first attempt! Congratulations! It was hard luck on John, who beat him, but John played one fewer match and was pipped at the post by one point! Well played in any event. Jeroen was also on good form but a shame to see nothig of Jonathan this round. Maybe next time!

Final Rankings:

  1. Andre Jones [W3, L1] 7 WINNER
  2. John Feege [W3] 6 RUNNER UP
  3. Jeroen Veenstra [W2, L1] 5
  4. Mark Thomas [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Anthony Bushell [L3] 1
  6. Stéphane Rollin [L1]
  7. Jonathan Williams 10.2

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJohn Feege bt Andre Jones (Nov 23) 1-6, 7-5, [10-5]

Player Comments:

  • "Great game played indoors which was absolutely fantastic break from the wind and rain... really close game and really enjoyable .... Andre is a fantastic player.. Many thanks John "  -- John
Reveal CommentJohn Feege bt Jeroen Veenstra (Nov 10) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match really enjoyed it Pretty much a battle for every point with some great rallies Could have easily gone the other way "  -- John
Reveal CommentJohn Feege bt Mark Thomas (Nov 3) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Great game thanks mark Some really tight ends to each set also cheers John "  -- John
Reveal CommentJeroen Veenstra bt Anthony Bushell (Nov 3) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very unexpected to be playing in he sunshine! Thanks for the match, Anthony!"  -- Jeroen
Reveal CommentJeroen Veenstra bt Mark Thomas (Oct 27) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great to be playing in the sun - thanks for the game!"  -- Jeroen
Andre Jones bt Anthony Bushell (Oct 24) 6-4, 6-1
Andre Jones bt Mark Thomas (Oct 22) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
Reveal CommentMark Thomas bt Anthony Bushell (Oct 19) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great game in the rain and sun"  -- Mark
Andre Jones bt Stéphane Rollin (Oct 18) Walkover

Group Summary:

Conor moves from 5th place last time to 1st place this time! Congratulations! He tied on points with Sam (making his debut this round) but won the head to head. A very high percentage of possible matches were played in this group despite the 'blinding sun' so well played all!

Final Rankings:

  1. Conor Ryan [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Sam Grace [W5, L1] 10 RUNNER UP
  3. Tom Gadsby 10.2 [W3, L1, UF1] 8
  4. Robert Bishop 9.2 [W3, L3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Paul Elders 9.2 [W1, L4] 3
  6. David Green [W1, L4, UF1] 2
  7. Gianfranco Puzzanghera [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentSam Grace bt David Green (Nov 23) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Managed to squeeze this one in before the deadline thanks to David's highly tuned rain sonar. After a delayed kick off, it was clear that David's big serve was going to be a challenge to contend with on the slippy surface. We battled through some fantastic points and a gripping game involving 5 deuces. Thanks for the match! "  -- Sam
Reveal CommentDavid Green v Tom Gadsby (Nov 22) 4-6, 3-1 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Unfortunately rain stopped play, hope to finish Sunday, weather permitting."  -- David
David Green bt Gianfranco Puzzanghera (Nov 21) 6-2, 6-3

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentSam Grace bt Tom Gadsby (Nov 17) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable contest with lots of long ralleys, endless deuces and a thrilling final set. We found ourselves playing many extended points as our styles matched and skill levels were very even. The ball would seemingly never be out of the game, no matter the accuracy of the lob, power of the winner or angle of the dropshot. All three sets were closely contested and the match could have gone either way. Definitely cause for a re-match! "  -- Sam
Reveal CommentSam Grace bt Paul Elders (Nov 17) 1-6, 7-5, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Paul's impressive serving deservedly won him the first set. After a rain delay the second set was decided and a hard-fought third set was completed as the light faded. I'm thankful for the one street light that lit the court and kept play going! Paul played brilliantly through-out, an enjoyable (if slightly soggy) match. Thanks."  -- Sam
Paul Elders bt David Green (Nov 17) 6-2, 6-2
Conor Ryan bt Robert Bishop (Nov 17) Walkover
Reveal CommentSam Grace bt Robert Bishop (Nov 16) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great game with lots of close points, long ralleys and flare shots coming out. Lot's of fun and a much closer game than the scoreline reflects. Thanks!"  -- Sam
Reveal CommentTom Gadsby bt Paul Elders (Nov 11) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Paul, hope to play again soon"  -- Tom
Reveal CommentConor Ryan bt Paul Elders (Nov 3) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Sun was a right pain, thanks for the game paul"  -- Conor
Reveal CommentTom Gadsby bt Conor Ryan (Nov 1) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Great game. Look forward to rematch"  -- Conor
Reveal CommentSam Grace bt Gianfranco Puzzanghera (Oct 28) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game, thanks Gianfranco. Lots of long ralleys and deuces, scoreline doesn't reflect the closeness of lots if the games."  -- Sam
Reveal CommentRobert Bishop bt Gianfranco Puzzanghera (Oct 27) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "My first time playing Gianfranco, he had some really tricky shots and played some lovely angled shots!"  -- Robert
Reveal CommentRobert Bishop bt Paul Elders (Oct 27) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with Paul as usual, despite the blinding sun at the one end!"  -- Robert
Reveal CommentConor Ryan bt Sam Grace (Oct 27) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for game Sam. Some great rally’s. look forward to playing again"  -- Conor
Reveal CommentTom Gadsby bt Robert Bishop (Oct 19) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great game thanks Rob, much closer than score suggested "  -- Tom
Reveal CommentConor Ryan bt David Green (Oct 15) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "enjoyable match, Conor look forward to tackling your back-hand slice kill shot again soon. Best for rest matches "  -- David
Conor Ryan bt Gianfranco Puzzanghera (Oct 10) 6-1, 6-3
Reveal CommentRobert Bishop bt David Green (Oct 6) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure to play David! He pulled off some lovely shots including some great volleys at the net! "  -- Robert

Group Summary:

Every match came with a commentary and it was good to see how the tennis progressed as the round went on. Newcomer Toby who played his first ever match on Oct 5 was pushing Alastair to three sets by the end of the round 7 weeks later. As for Lu , the last of her 5 matches (against) Matt was 'absolutely the best match I have ever had'. Rallies went on so long, Matt apparently had the strength to laugh and Lu says she had to stop grunting to save energy! Still, it took her to the top of the group with Mark runner up. Congratulations all round.

Final Rankings:

  1. Lu Yin [W5] 10 WINNER
  2. Mark Twigg [W2, L2] 5 RUNNER UP
  3. Stephen Smith 10.2 [W2, L1] 4
  4. Matt Shepherd 10.2 [W1, L2] 3
  5. Toby Moate [L5] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Alastair Clark [W1, L1] 2

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentLu Yin bt Matt Shepherd (Nov 24) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "It was absolutely the best match I have ever had. So many long rallies, each rally had last over 30 shots, some reached 40 shots, which made Matt start to laughing of the ENDLESS, made me stopped grunting to save my last bit of energy. It was great fun, brilliant tennis and good people. Thank you Matt."  -- Lu
Reveal CommentAlastair Clark bt Toby Moate (Nov 24) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "It was a marathon! Well done to Alistair for winning through in the end. Loads of deuce/advantage games again. The most was 10 in the first set I think. It was touch and go whether we'd be able to finish as we were only half way through the second set when our booked time ran out (an hour and half). Fortunately the dank weather meant there were some no show-ers on other courts. We ended up playing on courts 1, 3, 4 and 6! "  -- Toby
Reveal CommentLu Yin bt Alastair Clark (Nov 18) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "It was a good match, a lot of rallies and a lot of fun. Alastair made extra efforts running for balls, so persistent. If the match had last longer, I would have lost my ground. "  -- Lu
Reveal CommentMark Twigg bt Matt Shepherd (Nov 16) 1-6, 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with Matt. Some brutal rallies and an epic game with endless deuces, that at 4-3 in the second set, was pivotal. Really enjoyed. Thanks"  -- Mark
Reveal CommentLu Yin bt Stephen Smith (Nov 16) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "It was good tennis, had good long rallies and deuces. Thank you Steve. "  -- Lu
Reveal CommentStephen Smith bt Mark Twigg (Nov 10) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game played in the sun. Steve played some faultless tennis in the 2nd set and was a well deserved winner. Cheers, Mark"  -- Mark
Reveal CommentStephen Smith bt Toby Moate (Nov 3) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "We were both plagued with 'sun-in-eyes' - that neither sunglasses nor visor could have done much about - and frustrated with our regular unforced errors. Despite that we had a fun enough match with some good rallies and the occasional cracking win-shot - and Stephen won fair and square. We chatted during and afterwards and learned some good lessons. Whether we can keep to them is another matter. I'm off to buy some sunglasses!"  -- Toby
Reveal CommentLu Yin bt Mark Twigg (Nov 3) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It was a good match, Mark & I had countless deuces & long rallies. Despite the sun made the playing harder, I enjoyed the match, thank you Mark. "  -- Lu
Reveal CommentLu Yin bt Toby Moate (Oct 27) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "It was a beautiful day and a good match. There were good rallies, and we had been sort of practising playing tennis half blind as the sun light went straight to our sight. We managed it eventually. Thank you Toby for the match. "  -- Lu
Reveal CommentMatt Shepherd bt Toby Moate (Oct 27) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match Toby. Very competitive at nearly an hour for each set! Glad we postponed from Saturday which would have been rather soggy, today was a perfect day for tennis, very enjoyable."  -- Matt
Reveal CommentMark Twigg bt Toby Moate (Oct 5) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "My first ever match. Despite the scores we both felt it was a very even and enjoyable match, but well done for winning Mark. I didn't mind loosing. We lost count of the deuce/advantage/deuce/advantage in many of the games. Lots of long rallies. I think the first game lasted 15 minutes (well it felt like it). We both enjoyed playing so much we carried on - free from the % play nervousness. Very encouraging for the both of us for the battles ahead - win or loose."  -- Toby

Results

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

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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