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Collapse AllChiswick House Gardens Singles - Round 5 | Thursday 25 June 2020 to Wednesday 19 August 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 22 July 2020)

It was great to have 3 groups this round of Chiswick House Gardens Tennis League and even better to be able to complete the round again after having to abandon the previous round when lockdown was announced! We were delighted to welcome 5 new players to the league alongside regulars and returners, and collectively you managed to play over two thirds of all possible matches which is a great effort. Thanks for supporting your local league and we hope to see you back in the next round!

Group Summary:

Congratulations to Leagues debutant Krzysztof for winning the Group 1 crown in convincing style, going undefeated in 6 matches to finish 3 points clear of runner up Flavio. He had to come from behind in his head to head against Flavio after going a set down but managed to retain his unbeaten record. Flavio and Jonathan-Pierre had 3 wins apiece although their head to head was sadly unfinished, and unfortunately Flavio had to retire in the third set against Marcin.

Final Rankings:

  1. Krzysztof Mikstacki [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Flavio Taffoni 7.2 [W3, L2, UF1] 11 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Jonathan-Pierre Lion 8.1 [W3, L1, UF2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Edward Rives [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Valeria Zilkha [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Marcin Gustyn 8.2 [W1, L1, UF1] 3
  7. Tom Shenstone 10.1 [L5] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Edward Rives bt Valeria Zilkha (Aug 18) 6-0, 6-2
Flavio Taffoni bt Tom Shenstone (Aug 16) 6-2, 6-0
Reveal CommentValeria Zilkha bt Tom Shenstone (Aug 4) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Perfect sunny evening to play tennis with Valeria. She was in top form hitting lots of winners while throwing in quite a few tricky drop shots (which kept catching me out). She seemed to get to almost every ball and it was a fun match for both of us. Look forward to playing again sometime in the future!"  -- Tom
Marcin Gustyn v Jonathan-Pierre Lion (Aug 4) 6-4, 2-2 TBC
Reveal CommentKrzysztof Mikstacki bt Marcin Gustyn (Jul 24) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "It was a pleasure to meet and play with Marcin. He is a player with a big tennis heart. Very passionate and competitive. We had fantastic game and Marcin chased every ball with commitment and dedication. He is a true competitor and I wish him good luck for the rest of the league. We are hoping to cross swords soon again as we bo want revenge. "  -- Krzysztof
Marcin Gustyn bt Flavio Taffoni (Jul 23) 1-6, 6-1, 2-2 Flavio Taffoni Retired
Flavio Taffoni v Jonathan-Pierre Lion (Jul 22) 6-4, 5-5 TBC
Reveal CommentJonathan-Pierre Lion bt Edward Rives (Jul 20) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great seeing Edward again as we share a membership at the same club! Fun Sunny lunchtime match on Clay ! See you soon on Court Ed! "  -- Jonathan-Pierre
Reveal CommentKrzysztof Mikstacki bt Edward Rives (Jul 17) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for coming over to my local park Ed. Good match and good weather but a bit noisy in the background making concentrating a bit more tricky. I look forward to play Ed on clay next time if possible."  -- Krzysztof
Flavio Taffoni bt Edward Rives (Jul 15) 6-4, 6-2

Match of the Group:

Krzysztof Mikstacki bt Flavio Taffoni (Jul 14) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Reveal CommentJonathan-Pierre Lion bt Valeria Zilkha (Jul 13) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great meeting Valeria, pleasant game & lovely gal! "  -- Jonathan-Pierre
Flavio Taffoni bt Valeria Zilkha (Jul 9) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentKrzysztof Mikstacki bt Jonathan-Pierre Lion (Jul 9) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Fun meeting such a strong player, even though the conditions werent perfect! Well done Kris! "  -- Jonathan-Pierre
Reveal CommentKrzysztof Mikstacki bt Tom Shenstone (Jul 7) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "We were lucky and just managed to avoid the heavier rain. "  -- Krzysztof
Reveal CommentJonathan-Pierre Lion bt Tom Shenstone (Jul 5) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great meeting Tom & kick-off this round in almost perfect weather to play : )! "  -- Jonathan-Pierre
Edward Rives bt Tom Shenstone (Jul 4) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentKrzysztof Mikstacki bt Valeria Zilkha (Jul 3) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great venue but quite windy day so it was hard to control the ball at times. Valeria is a good runner and she gets to so many balls. We had a good game and both enjoyed it despite the wind. "  -- Krzysztof

Group Summary:

It was a successful transition to Chiswick Tennis League for Paul and Robin who finished winner and runner up respectively, with Paul's toughest match being a tight 3 setter against Robin with the third set going to a tiebreak. Robin won a 3 setter of his own against John, a "very close backwards and forwards match" and was commended for good sportsmanship in his defeat to Christopher. Meanwhile John and Christopher had a close and exciting 3 setter judging from a great match commentary!

Final Rankings:

  1. Paul Karacaoglu 9.1 [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Robin Sibley [W2, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Christopher Jackson 9.2 [W2, L1] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  4. John Dickinson [W1, L2] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Alex Evans 9.2 [L1]
  6. Adeleke Aregbe 10.1 [L1] withdrawn

Match Results:

Paul Karacaoglu bt Alex Evans (Aug 6) 6-3, 6-2
Paul Karacaoglu bt John Dickinson (Jul 21) 6-3, 6-4

Match of the Group:

Paul Karacaoglu bt Robin Sibley (Jul 17) 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2)
Reveal CommentJohn Dickinson bt Christopher Jackson (Jul 14) 7-5, 4-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Dickinson overcame the relentless onslaught of heavy topspin of Jackson by some very timely hitting of the top of the net to dribble it over, some cunning just-in-just-out-but-who-knows deep shots, and a timely, destabilising distraction of a claim on the court by the amateurs following this pro game."  -- John
Reveal CommentChristopher Jackson bt Paul Karacaoglu (Jul 7) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good Game Paul, last set i think we were both out on our feet."  -- Christopher
Reveal CommentChristopher Jackson bt Robin Sibley (Jul 6) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Up and down game, well played Robin. Also hats off to Robin for such honest line calls, at times giving the oppo the benefit of the doubt which is rare to see."  -- Christopher
Reveal CommentRobin Sibley bt Adeleke Aregbe (Jul 3) 6-0, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Match of 2 sets. Ade starting really slow in first set but found his game in the 2nd with getting lots of balls back in awkward positions.. Anyway thanks for the game and good luck in the rest of your matches "  -- Robin
Reveal CommentRobin Sibley bt John Dickinson (Jun 29) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very close backwards and forwards match with a lot of good shots at times from both players. Thanks John for a really good match and good luck for the future games "  -- Robin

Group Summary:

There was a runaway winner in Group 3 with Ben winning an impressive 6 out of 6 matches to finish as group champ 5 points clear of the chasing pack. Declan's 2 wins and midway bonus points secured him runner up spot while Anne-France also won 2 matches in third place. Credit to Sanjeev for taking Ben to a third set on a hot day where the "post-match smoothies were earned today" while Philippa won the group's only full format 3 setter.

Final Rankings:

  1. Ben Redshaw [W6] 12 WINNER
  2. Declan Flood [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Anne-France Kennedy [W2, L1] 4
  4. Philippa Seal 10.1 [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Gabriele Ginardi [W1, L1] 2
  6. Sanjeev Verma [L1] 1
  7. Stephen Meek [L4] 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentBen Redshaw bt Stephen Meek (Aug 12) 4-1, 4-2

Player Comments:

  • "Stephen and I thrashed out a good match in muggy conditions and slippery footing. "  -- Ben
Reveal CommentBen Redshaw bt Sanjeev Verma (Aug 11) 2-4, 4-1, 4-2

Player Comments:

  • "Sanjeev and I always have a great time playing. Very hot day for us to wrap our three-setter. Some good long rallies w Sanjeev pinning me at the baseline quite a bit. Post-match smoothies were earned today. "  -- Ben
Ben Redshaw bt Gabriele Ginardi (Aug 4) Walkover
Reveal CommentBen Redshaw bt Anne-France Kennedy (Jul 30) 4-0, 4-1

Player Comments:

  • "Anne and I had a great match with beautiful weather. The score doesn’t reflect our long rallies with both players hitting strong shots. Anne plays some great attacking shots to the baseline on both sides. Her patience as I worked on my serve was much appreciated! "  -- Ben
Gabriele Ginardi bt Stephen Meek (Jul 28) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentAnne-France Kennedy bt Declan Flood (Jul 28) 2-4, 4-2, 4-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great rally and amazing drop shots from Declan- a great game - next time we should play full sets! "  -- Anne-France
Reveal CommentBen Redshaw bt Philippa Seal (Jul 16) 4-0, 4-0

Player Comments:

  • "Philippa and I had a really enjoyable match with frequent conversation breaks. She’s got a very cheeky put away shot to the sides from the net of which future players should be aware. Thanks for the match!"  -- Ben

Match of the Group:

Philippa Seal bt Stephen Meek (Jul 12) 6-0, 3-6, 6-2
Reveal CommentAnne-France Kennedy bt Philippa Seal (Jul 6) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great rallies and really enjoyed the match - the score does not reflect the good level of rallies and shots "  -- Anne-France
Reveal CommentBen Redshaw bt Declan Flood (Jul 6) 4-0, 4-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with some long rallies and many games going to deuce. All winners hit were the result of both players' superior skills. All errors were the result of the blustery conditions. "  -- Ben
Reveal CommentDeclan Flood bt Stephen Meek (Jul 5) 4-2, 4-1

Player Comments:

  • "Some screaming serves from both of us!!!!... even if many were into the net ;-)"  -- Declan
Reveal CommentDeclan Flood bt Philippa Seal (Jul 3) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Playing to 6 games per set... tbc"  -- Declan