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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 played to short-set format; if a set reaches 4 games all, the next game decides the set. If the match reaches a set all, a match tiebreak is played. (Long format matches may be played if both players agree.)
  • 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 and an extra a point is awarded for completing a match
  • 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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"I really enjoyed this round - although winning matches always makes it easier to enjoy things! It was nice to come up against the likes of Elspeth, Charles and Douglas again, and see how much my game has progressed in the 8 months since we last played. Looking forward to the challenges of playing up a league and testing my game,"

Simon Ritson

"Thanks for organising the last round of the Craiglockhart Tennis League, which helped me to enjoy my visit from Singapore" 

"It has been great to participate in this now finished round 11. It brought back good memories from a stage in my life whenI used to play a lot in Spain. I have felt a bit rusty but I am still maintaining good shoots and now feeling more comfortable  little by little thanks to your fantastic tennis league which is being a good training. It has also kept me fit and is a nice way to make new friends," 

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Collapse AllCraiglockhart, Edinburgh Singles - Round 41 | Thursday 3 October 2019 to Wednesday 27 November 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 30 October 2019)

An excellent and busy round to give 2019 tennis the send off it deserves! Thank you all for scheduling and playing so many matches. Here's to a great Christmas and Hogmanay and let's do it all again in the New Year!

Group Summary:

Pedrog may not have grabbed his bonus points but he played every available match in his excellent return to the league. Only Brian, narrowly, could better him on court but Brian needed more matches to capitalise. In the end, Aaron was closest in the chase, but no doubting who the champ is this time. Well done Pedrog!

Final Rankings:

  1. Pedrog Ichikawa-Bryant 7.2 [W6, L1] 20 WINNER
  2. Aaron Malcolm 9.1 [W4, L2] 16 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Chris Macadam [W1, L4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Brian Mclaren 7.2 [W3] 9
  5. Andrew Holliman [W1, L4] 9
  6. Robert Turnbull [W2, L2] 8
  7. Craig Lamb [L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Simon Ritson 8.2 [L1] 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentPedrog Ichikawa-Bryant bt Simon Ritson (Nov 24) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game today Simon! Very close match hinging on some close games during key stages of both sets. Think I was pretty fortunate to get away with that shoreline."  -- Pedrog
Chris Macadam bt Andrew Holliman (Nov 24) 6-2, 3-6, [10-8]

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentBrian Mclaren bt Pedrog Ichikawa-Bryant (Nov 20) 6-2, 3-6, [10-5]

Player Comments:

  • "Terrific match indoors tonight. Every point a battle and some great ralleys. Fair outcome of a set apiece and as ever in match tie-breaks getting off to a flier makes the difference which I did this time. Brian "  -- Brian
Reveal CommentRobert Turnbull bt Andrew Holliman (Nov 18) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Much closer than score suggests with us taking the full 90minutes to play 2 sets Deuce games and come backs lobs and volleys Fortunately service was going for me for the most part good game ! cheers Andrew. "  -- Robert
Reveal CommentPedrog Ichikawa-Bryant bt Robert Turnbull (Nov 15) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Robert, great game today. Just a little bit more consistency and that could easily have been a much closer game. Some really good points in there, particularly when you serve and volleyed! Many thanks for agreeing to postpone after I fell and my calf cramped up during our first attempt to play - and for helping me to try and stretch it out!"  -- Pedrog
Reveal CommentPedrog Ichikawa-Bryant bt Aaron Malcolm (Nov 10) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Huge thanks to Aaron for playing this one when he had every right to claim a walkover. We had a good game and Aaron had chances to make the score closer than it eventually was. Some great points in there and one particularly good serve and volley point."  -- Pedrog
Reveal CommentPedrog Ichikawa-Bryant bt Andrew Holliman (Nov 7) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for playing tonight. Not great conditions and you had horrendous luck breaking strings on both your rackets, but fair play for keeping going. I have to admit I was worried when you started so well and I was struggling to get my timing to begin with. Shame about the strings as I think it could have been a closer match if they hadn’t gone quite so early in the match."  -- Pedrog
Reveal CommentRobert Turnbull bt Chris Macadam (Nov 6) 2-4, 4-0, [10-5]

Player Comments:

  • "Great game today Chris many thanks !"  -- Robert
Reveal CommentBrian Mclaren bt Aaron Malcolm (Oct 31) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A great game of tennis on a fresh Edinburgh evening under the outdoor lights. Some great rallies and games. Brian"  -- Brian
Andrew Holliman bt Craig Lamb (Oct 30) 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, [12-10]
Reveal CommentPedrog Ichikawa-Bryant bt Chris Macadam (Oct 25) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for playing tonight Chris! Really enjoying getting back out on court and playing some matches again."  -- Pedrog
Reveal CommentAaron Malcolm bt Andrew Holliman (Oct 24) 4-6, 6-1, [10-4]

Player Comments:

  • "Really good match. We both played well and Andy started much better than me and was looking strong. Fortunately for me a slight change in tactics helped change the momentum in my favour."  -- Aaron
Reveal CommentAaron Malcolm bt Chris Macadam (Oct 21) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "What a great game. Many long rallies and great serving, drop shots, and so on. Huge amount of variety of shots. Chris played really well and by the end we were both dead on our feet!! Throughout both sets we each won two games in a row making it nip & tuck all the way through the match. Thanks again."  -- Aaron
Reveal CommentPedrog Ichikawa-Bryant bt Craig Lamb (Oct 21) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game today Craig. Really nice to get out and play some tennis again!"  -- Pedrog
Reveal CommentAaron Malcolm bt Craig Lamb (Oct 20) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match, lots of deuce games and good serving. Craig just kept in there the whole time and could have sneaked the first set very easily. At 2-2 in the second set Craig's serve started to falter just a little which really helped me see the match out. Result could have easily been 0-2. Thanks again, thoroughly enjoyed the match."  -- Aaron
Reveal CommentAaron Malcolm bt Robert Turnbull (Oct 16) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Match was much closer than the score suggests. In the second set 5 games went to deuce so could have gone the other way! Both Robert & I were clearly rusty from not having played much. We did manage some good rallies and some very good serving. I'm sure it will be much closer next time."  -- Aaron
Brian Mclaren bt Chris Macadam (Oct 11) 6-0, 6-2

Group Summary:

Michael refused to relinquish the chance of winning group two without a fight and his efforts brought him within a point of Bobby's hefty 18 point total making for a really exciting finish to the round. Well done Bobby - an unbeaten run full of good tennis that earns him a third Craiglockhart group title. Congratulations to him and to everyone in the group - a terrific set of commentaries brought all the action to life.

Final Rankings:

  1. Bobby Seiler 10.1 [W5, UF1] 18 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Michael Spafford 9.1 [W3, L3] 17 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Graeme Phillips [W3, L1, UF1] 11
  4. Douglas McPhail 8.1 [W3, L1, UF1] 11
  5. Peter Matthews 9.1 [W1, L5] 11 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Alex Onyeador 8.2 [W2, L2, UF1] 8
  7. Alex Hagon [L5] 6
  8. Simon Peakman 9.2 [W1, L1] 4

Match Results:

Reveal CommentGraeme Phillips bt Michael Spafford (Nov 25) 2-4, 5-3, [11-9]

Player Comments:

  • "I let this one slip through my fingers. It seemed more like a chess match at times with unconventional service positions to try to come to terms with. I think I was slightly ahead most of the time, even having the first match point on my serve, but Graeme’s tenacity got the upper hand just when needed. I hope it’s not too long before I get the opportunity for a re-match," -- Michael
Reveal CommentBobby Seiler bt Douglas McPhail (Nov 24) 4-0, 5-3

Player Comments:

  • "A game of two radically different sets. I managed to speed through the first set thanks to some consistent serving but in the second set things swung back and forth and could easily have gone either way. Luckily I managed to keep my cool and close out the last two games. Thanks for the match Douglas."  -- Bobby
Reveal CommentBobby Seiler v Alex Onyeador (Nov 24) 6-1, 5-5 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "A fantastic game of tennis with some titanic rallies. I followed my usual pattern of racing through the first set only to struggle in the second. Alex swatted the ball around with style and power and the game yo-yo’d back and forth and when we had to call time Alex was on the ascendency. Brilliant fun. Thanks Alex."  -- Bobby
Reveal CommentBobby Seiler bt Graeme Phillips (Nov 17) 4-0, 5-3

Player Comments:

  • "Fantastic match. My serve helped me race through the first set but despite going 3-1 up in the second, some amazing resilience and powerful groundstrokes from Graeme kept him in touch and the pressure on me began to tell. Numerous match points came and went and Graeme could have forced the set into a deciding game but luckily I managed to get the win just before the hour mark. Great fun. Thanks for the match Graeme. "  -- Bobby
Reveal CommentDouglas McPhail bt Alex Onyeador (Nov 17) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great match as ever with Alex...First set i raced out to a lead and just about held on, but second set was much more of a war of attrition, with lots of winners and unforced errors mixed in, but thankfully i just managed to serve it out at the second time of asking."  -- Douglas
Reveal CommentMichael Spafford bt Alex Hagon (Nov 13) 4-0, 5-3

Player Comments:

  • "This was my first rematch since starting playing in the Craiglockhart league so I knew what to expect. Things were going my way early on. I couldn’t have been in a more comfortable position at 4-0, 2-0 up, but then things changed. Suddenly I was 3-2 down in the second and potentially facing another devastating champions tie-break to decide the match. I didn’t want that again, after how the last two turned out. Luckily managed to stay focussed and get back on top and avoided the dreaded tie-break. Things can change so fast in this short from tennis! It made for a good match. "  -- Michael

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentDouglas McPhail bt Michael Spafford (Nov 10) 4-6, 6-2, [10-7]

Player Comments:

  • "Very close match throughout with the first set decided on a break in the very first game. When Michael broke again the first game of the second set and held serve I was right up against it...but a boost from a chocolate bar gave me something I was clearly missing and I managed to take 6 games on the spin to take the second set, and then hold on through the Tiebreak to take the win."  -- Douglas
Reveal CommentPeter Matthews bt Alex Hagon (Nov 8) 2-4, 5-3, [11-9]

Player Comments:

  • "A very tight game late on a Friday evening, the momentum moving to me towards the end as Alex's vicious first serve didn't find its mark quite so regularly. "  -- Peter
Graeme Phillips bt Simon Peakman (Nov 8) 6-0, 6-3
Graeme Phillips bt Alex Hagon (Nov 6) 4-0, 4-2
Reveal CommentAlex Onyeador bt Alex Hagon (Oct 31) 4-2, 4-1

Player Comments:

  • "Alex and I played out a quick fire short sets game indoor at Craiglockart. We both struggled for consistency at times and my slightly lower UE/FE count won me through. However when we finished, we played a couple of stress free games. Alex whipped me 4-0! Stringing together aces and winners a plenty.....we both need to take the care free approach into our matches"  -- Alex
Reveal CommentBobby Seiler bt Alex Hagon (Oct 28) 4-1, 4-0

Player Comments:

  • "A classic case of the score not reflecting the match. This was a tight game that swung on some critical points. Luckily I came out on top overall. Thanks again Alex."  -- Bobby
Reveal CommentDouglas McPhail bt Peter Matthews (Oct 27) 4-0, 4-1

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match on the indoors courts. A lot of close games and deuces, but i just managed to come out on top in most of them"  -- Douglas
Reveal CommentBobby Seiler bt Michael Spafford (Oct 24) 4-2, 0-4, [10-2]

Player Comments:

  • "This was a bit of an epic. After a titanic first few games, I managed to close out the first set. Mike owned the second set with some stunning ground strokes into the corners. Luckily I managed to grab the momentum back and took the final tie break after establishing a commanding lead. Great match. Thanks again Mike."  -- Bobby
Reveal CommentBobby Seiler bt Peter Matthews (Oct 20) 4-0, 4-0

Player Comments:

  • "A poor set of balls and a bit of fatigue had a big effect on the result of this match but it was played in a great spirit with some exciting rallies. Many thanks for the game Pete."  -- Bobby
Reveal CommentAlex Onyeador bt Peter Matthews (Oct 16) 4-2, 4-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game with Peter this evening at Craiglockhart. We elected for Short sets and the first set was decided by just one break. I got a few free points from my serve but Peter hit far more clean winners. A really enjoyable game "  -- Alex
Reveal CommentMichael Spafford bt Peter Matthews (Oct 14) 4-2, 4-2

Player Comments:

  • "Playing tennis on a Monday afternoon is a million times more fun than being in work, which is what I’d usually be doing at this time. So I enjoyed my time on court a lot. My game was a bit all over the place, but came good when needed. Thanks for the match Peter. "  -- Michael
Douglas McPhail v Graeme Phillips (Oct 13) 4-6, 7-6 (7-5) TBC
Reveal CommentMichael Spafford bt Alex Onyeador (Oct 11) 7-5, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "First time playing Alex, and hopefully won’t be the last. The first set was nip and tuck, I was close to losing it when I served two double faults at 5-4 down. Somehow got out of that game, and despite feeling some nerves, managed to play better to take the set. I didn’t feel the nerves in the second set but it never seemed like it was as one-sided as the scoreline suggests. It still felt close and could swing back at any time. My favourite part of the match was trying to return that huge first serve. I don’t think I’ve had to stand that far behind the baseline before! Hope we get the chance to play again sometime. "  -- Michael
Reveal CommentSimon Peakman bt Peter Matthews (Oct 11) 4-2, 2-4, [10-8]

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable and closely fought contest, with the result in doubt right until the end"  -- Simon

Results

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The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches for Craiglockhart, Edinburgh.

Scoring Information:
You earn one point for every set you win and a point for completing a match. 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.

In this short-format approved league, matches tied at one set all may be completed with a matchtiebreak, and do 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) 

Comments:
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