Friendly, competitive tennis on Crystal Palace's public courts

You are just a step away from joining our mixed-sex, singles league for men and women (aged 18+) of all standards.

If you have been meaning to get back into tennis or would like to meet new people to play, why not give it a go!

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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.

If there is anything else you need help with get in contact with Nigel, Sally and the team who will be happy to help!

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If you notice any of our venue information is out of date, missing court costs or opening hours please let us know.


Primary Venues

Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

Ledrington Road, London, SE19 2BB
Tel: 020 8778 0131
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Biggin Wood

Covington Way, London, SW16 3BY
Tel: 020 8726 6900
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Other Venues

Belair Park

Gallery Road, West Dulwich, London, SE21 7AB
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Brockwell Park

Norwood Road, London, SW2 2YJ
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Dulwich Park

College Road,, Dulwich, London, Kent, SE21 7BQ
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Kings Hall

Kings Hall Road, Beckenham, London, Kent, BR3 1LN
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Mayow Park

Mayow Road, Lewisham, London, SE23 2XR
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South Norwood Lake Woodvale Avenue

South Norwood, Croydon, Surrey, SE25 4AN
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Sydenham Wells Park

London, SE26 6QL
Tel: 020 8318 3986
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Trumble Gardens

Lucerne Road, Thornton Heath, London, CR7 7JH
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Upper Norwood Recreation Ground

Eversley Road, Croydon, Kent, SE19 3QS
full venue details »

"Thanks for all your organisation I have enjoyed my first league matches"

Pam Naylor

"Fantastic round. Only one match not played. Winner not decided until the last week. I played a grand total of 140 games!!"

Tony Foreman

"This was my first league here in Crystal Palace and it was brilliant, great people, flawless organisation. I had such a great time and I hope I could join soon another one,"

Marco Guida

 "This was the first time I have participated in the Crystal Palace league (having played in other Local Tennis Leagues) and as per usual it did not disappoint! The tennis and opposition were first class and I look forward to doing battle again in the New Year! Please keep the league going!"

Jamie Fowler

"I'm really enjoying the contest: it's a really good way to meet fellow players"

Jill Craven

"I really enjoyed myself! It was a return to tennis after 8 years of injuries and work addiction, so getting back in and winning is a huge confidence boost and more than enough motivation to carry on competitively. Many thanks for running such a great and friendly tournament system!", 

Bryan Serwatka

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Collapse AllCrystal Palace Singles - Round 24 | Thursday 11 July 2019 to Wednesday 4 September 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 7 August 2019)

Current Rankings:

  1. Peter Emery 9.1 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Burnham Quail 9.2 [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Paul Rubinstein 7.2 [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. James Rutherford 8.1 [W1, L3] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Hugh Macnicol [W2] 4
  6. Matthew Field 9.1 [L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Andrea Stevens [L3]

Match Results:

Hugh Macnicol bt Burnham Quail (Aug 17) 6-0, 6-3
James Rutherford bt Andrea Stevens (Aug 13) Walkover
Reveal CommentPeter Emery bt Andrea Stevens (Aug 8) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match, Andrea."  -- Peter
Burnham Quail bt Matthew Field (Aug 7) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
Burnham Quail bt James Rutherford (Aug 6) 6-3, 6-3
Reveal CommentPeter Emery bt James Rutherford (Aug 3) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Another epic game. James played some fantastic shots. And some long epic rallies on a warm day. Thanks mate. Well played. "  -- Peter
Reveal CommentPeter Emery bt Burnham Quail (Aug 2) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Close as always.. thanks for the match as Burnham. :)"  -- Peter
Burnham Quail bt Paul Rubinstein (Jul 29) 6-2, 6-2
Paul Rubinstein bt James Rutherford (Jul 26) 6-3, 6-0
Peter Emery bt Matthew Field (Jul 18) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
Hugh Macnicol bt Andrea Stevens (Jul 15) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentPaul Rubinstein bt Matthew Field (Jul 14) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Two lefties facing each other. Matthew was by far the best player in the first set, hitting plenty of winners with his big forehand. My forehand on the other hand completely malfunctioned... Second set was much closer and Matthew would probably have taken it were it not for too many double faults. In the third set I started hitting a bit more freely and returning better and increased the solidity on the forehand side. Thanks Matthew for an enjoyable morning!"  -- Paul

Current Rankings:

  1. David Del Greco [W3, L3] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Ziad Douglas [W4] 8
  3. Alistair Good [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Tony Foreman 8.2 [W2, L1] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Joe Gravestock [W3, L1] 6
  6. George McNaughton Ellis [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. John Higgins [L2] 1
  8. Harriet Kingaby [L4]

Match Results:

Alistair Good bt Joe Gravestock (Aug 11) 6-4, 6-3
Reveal CommentZiad Douglas bt George McNaughton Ellis (Aug 11) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Rushed but good game! "  -- Ziad
Reveal CommentZiad Douglas bt Harriet Kingaby (Aug 10) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really fun game with gale force winds! Thanks Harriet. "  -- Ziad
Reveal CommentJoe Gravestock bt George McNaughton Ellis (Aug 9) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Cracking Match - great rallies and yet another close one for me that could've gone well if id kept concentration in the tie-break! Slightly gutted didn't get the opportunity to strike mentally demanding as it was physical today...Anyway looking forward to some more games Joe, Well Played! "  -- George
Reveal CommentDavid Del Greco bt Harriet Kingaby (Aug 8) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Fun game with great shots and rallies."  -- David
Reveal CommentAlistair Good bt Tony Foreman (Aug 4) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "I don't know why both Alistair and I were so exhausted at the end of this match - possibly it was because we took no breaks and all the games were fought tooth and nail," -- Tony
Reveal CommentZiad Douglas bt David Del Greco (Aug 3) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really good game. The score flattered me! "  -- Ziad
Reveal CommentZiad Douglas bt Alistair Good (Jul 28) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Solid game of tennis. Great fun all round "  -- Ziad
Reveal CommentTony Foreman bt David Del Greco (Jul 28) 6-0, 1-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Actually the score in the third set was 8-6 - I don't know if we should have played a tie break at six games all. This was a great match that nearly didn't happen. We turned up at 4pm at Crystal Palace Sports Centre but something had gone wrong with the booking. So we raced down to Croydon Road anf took possession of a vacant court. All went my way in the first set but then Davide starting accumulating games and, before, I knew it, the score was one set all. We were then thrown off the court by people who had booked. We found another court and the tension mounted as the score crept up to 4-3, 4-4 , 5-4 and so on. By then we were both desperately tired and somehow I held on to win. Thanks Davide for a really great match"  -- Tony
Reveal CommentDavid Del Greco bt George McNaughton Ellis (Jul 25) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great match, happy that I managed to make a comeback in both sets (scoreline could've looked at lot worse for me...), and nearly took it to a second set tie-break (saved a couple of match points) but alas not to be. Perhaps for the best given that it was one of the hottest days of the year so far! Anyway great shots and rallies from David - looking forward to another game sometime. "  -- George
Reveal CommentJoe Gravestock bt Harriet Kingaby (Jul 23) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "This was a great match on a very hot July evening. Lots of deuce games and changes in momentum. Good shot placements was a test in the heat. "  -- Joe
Reveal CommentJoe Gravestock bt David Del Greco (Jul 20) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "It was a very enjoyable game and a very close affair. Lots of long rallies and close games. Played in the right spirit. "  -- Joe
Reveal CommentTony Foreman bt Harriet Kingaby (Jul 16) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "a very sporting match. I think Harriet will do very well once she gets going. At times she can produce ace serves"  -- Tony
Reveal CommentAlistair Good bt George McNaughton Ellis (Jul 13) 6-1, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Good match, with some interesting changes in momentum and great points, although absolutely blitzkrieged by Alistair in the first set! Nearly pulled through for the 2nd set... "  -- George
Reveal CommentGeorge McNaughton Ellis bt John Higgins (Jul 12) 4-6, 6-1, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Really cracking game, great momentum swings and dynamic points (lobs, drop shots, baseline hits, volleys). Looking forward to playing again and extremely close! "  -- George
David Del Greco bt John Higgins (Jul 11) 6-3, 6-2

Current Rankings:

  1. Lien Hoang 9.2 [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Justin Mc Carthy 10.2 [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Alvaro Chirivella [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Neil Johnson 9.2 [W2, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Tabrez Akhtar [W1, L3] 3
  6. Jonathan Buck 10.2 [L4] 1
  7. Michael Fenton

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAlvaro Chirivella bt Jonathan Buck (Aug 9) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "It was nice to play with Johnny. Good match."  -- Alvaro
Justin Mc Carthy bt Tabrez Akhtar (Aug 8) 6-3, 6-3
Justin Mc Carthy bt Jonathan Buck (Aug 7) 6-0, 6-3
Reveal CommentAlvaro Chirivella bt Lien Hoang (Aug 4) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Another great match with Lien.. She played a fantastic tennis in the first set. It was a very closed and long match. Many Thanks Lien !!"  -- Alvaro
Reveal CommentLien Hoang bt Justin Mc Carthy (Aug 4) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Justin wasn't at his best today - I know this as we played a match a few weeks ago in which he was at a much higher level (and beat me!). Nevertheless, it is always fun playing Justin - looking forward to the next time."  -- Lien
Reveal CommentJustin Mc Carthy bt Neil Johnson (Aug 2) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with some epic long deuce games. "  -- Justin
Reveal CommentAlvaro Chirivella bt Tabrez Akhtar (Aug 1) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A really good match with Tabrez. "  -- Alvaro
Reveal CommentNeil Johnson bt Tabrez Akhtar (Aug 1) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very close match. Thanks Tabrez for a great game."  -- Neil
Tabrez Akhtar bt Jonathan Buck (Jul 22) 3-6, 6-2, [10-4]
Reveal CommentLien Hoang bt Jonathan Buck (Jul 17) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "This was Jonny's first match in a year and we played some good rallies. He had a few opportunities at game point but didn't manage to convert. Thanks for the game!"  -- Lien
Reveal CommentLien Hoang bt Neil Johnson (Jul 15) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A very long match started at Crystal Palace and finished at Sydenham in the same afternoon. Despite the scoreline, the second set took some time to complete due to the numerous baseline rallies and a few deuces. In this set, Neil hit a drop shot that was impossible for me to get as the back spin on it sent it bouncing back over the net! Thanks, Neil."  -- Lien
Neil Johnson bt Alvaro Chirivella (Jul 13) 6-2, 6-4


Looking for previous matches? Visit the Crystal Palace archive.
The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches for Crystal Palace.

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) 

Reporters of results are encouraged to leave a comment on the "Report Your Score" form. Additional commentaries may be added by submitting a result revision (see the pencil icon next to your results)