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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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
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 "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

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

Pam Naylor

"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

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

Jill Craven

"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 round will be my last in the Crystal Palace league as I am moving out of London. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 3 years or so in the league and have had so many great matches against so many great competitors.  I like the way you guys run it. It is slick, well organised and a greatalternative to joining a cub and it is one of the things I will miss most about moving away," Tom Burnell

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Collapse AllCrystal Palace Singles - Round 26 | Thursday 23 January 2020 to Wednesday 18 March 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 19 February 2020)

Great tennis to inspire us through the winter months and now, great memories to make sure we don't forget why we love this sport so much and why, just as soon as we can, we will be back on court again!

Group Summary:

It's been a little while since Chris last won a group in Crystal Palace, but his trophy drought is over with this unbeaten run. Burnham ran him closest in the points chase and Ziad gave him the toughest time on court, but no doubt, this is Chris's round!

Final Rankings:

  1. Chris Derwitsch 7.2 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Burnham Quail 9.1 [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Matthew Field 9.1 [W2] 4
  4. Ziad Douglas 10.2 [W1, L2] 3
  5. Jack Morrison [L1]
  6. Katherine Feather [L1]
  7. Thomas Oknainsky [L2]

Match Results:

Matthew Field bt Ziad Douglas (Mar 14) 6-2, 6-3
Burnham Quail bt Katherine Feather (Mar 3) 6-3, 6-1
Reveal CommentZiad Douglas bt Burnham Quail (Mar 1) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really good game, looking fwd to the next! "  -- Ziad
Chris Derwitsch bt Jack Morrison (Feb 7) Walkover
Matthew Field bt Burnham Quail (Feb 6) 6-1, 6-1
Burnham Quail bt Thomas Oknainsky (Feb 1) 6-3, 6-1

Match of the Group:

Chris Derwitsch bt Ziad Douglas (Feb 1) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Chris Derwitsch bt Burnham Quail (Jan 26) 6-0, 6-4
Chris Derwitsch bt Thomas Oknainsky (Jan 26) 6-4, 6-0

Group Summary:

What a fantastic set of matches and a terrific winning performance from Alberto who also gave us a wonderful set of commentaries to bring the action alive. No fewer than six players earned their bonus points underlying what a competitive group this was. If Alberto was the run away winner in terms of points, he had to battle hard for the privilege. Well done all!

Final Rankings:

  1. Alberto Santini 9.2 [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Gianni Grillo [W4, L1] 11 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Patrick Dixon 8.2 [W2, L4] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Justin Mc Carthy 10.1 [W1, L3] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Tony Foreman 8.1 [W2, L1] 4
  6. Martina Ryan [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Tabrez Akhtar [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Tom Player [W1, L3] 2

Match Results:

Reveal CommentTony Foreman bt Patrick Dixon (Mar 14) 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "To be completed at a later date. "  -- Patrick
Reveal CommentAlberto Santini bt Patrick Dixon (Mar 7) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "This is why I joined the league to meet nice people and enjoy my tennis. Patrick is a gentleman with fantastic sportsmanship and I totally enjoyed the game and the chat afterwards. The scoreline is hard on him especially on the second set when Patrick took the foot off the gas. I am looking forward to meeting him again. Good luck with the rest of the matches."  -- Alberto
Reveal CommentAlberto Santini bt Tom Player (Mar 3) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "I enjoyed playing Tom. The score is a bit harsh on Tom side and I do think it a true reflection of his technical skills. I was playing good tennis from the off and sometimes the score line can look very much one sided. Thank you Tom and good luck with the rest of the matches"  -- Alberto
Tom Player bt Martina Ryan (Mar 2) 7-5, 6-1
Reveal CommentGianni Grillo bt Justin Mc Carthy (Feb 26) 7-6 (10-8), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A really very nice and excellent game played out in beautiful surroundings. Horrible wind made it difficult throughout though. An incredible first set. This practically should have been a draw. Every single game went with serve. Perfect set from both players. Even on the tiebreak every point except 4 went with the server. Brilliant standard, excellent game. I would be happy for this match to be drawn. "  -- Gianni
Reveal CommentPatrick Dixon bt Tabrez Akhtar (Feb 22) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for booking the court Tabrez. Windy conditions, but good to get our match played. I managed to get an early break in both sets and maintained the lead. We had some good rallies and a few duce games which could have changed the outcome. All the best for the rest of the round. "  -- Patrick
Reveal CommentAlberto Santini bt Tabrez Akhtar (Feb 18) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Match was definitely impacted by the strong wind which probably suited my game better. The result would have been different with no wind. Tabrez thank you very much for the match and good luck with the rest of your matches. Regards "  -- Alberto
Reveal CommentJustin Mc Carthy bt Patrick Dixon (Feb 17) 1-6, 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "we have agreed to try and play the 3rd set on the 15/02/20."  -- Patrick
Gianni Grillo bt Tom Player (Feb 17) Walkover
Reveal CommentAlberto Santini bt Tony Foreman (Feb 16) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match against Tony as they always are full of sportsmanship. I was 3-0 up in the first set to find myself 3-4 down after 15 minutes. I had to bring up some of my best tennis to overturn the situation and secure the first. As for the second set I found more of my swing and managed to secure it as well. Thank you so much Tony and good luck with the remaining matches. We shall meet again. Regards "  -- Alberto
Reveal CommentPatrick Dixon bt Tom Player (Feb 12) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good to meet Tom and get our match played. The weather was kind to us and we even had a bit of sunshine. Enjoy the rest of your matches Tom. Patrick"  -- Patrick
Reveal CommentAlberto Santini bt Justin Mc Carthy (Feb 11) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great match played with true sportsmanship by both players. First set could have gone either way but I was lucky enough to secure it. Second was also a battle to the wire. Thank you Justin and I am looking forward to playing you again. Good Luck with the remaining matches"  -- Alberto
Reveal CommentMartina Ryan bt Patrick Dixon (Feb 10) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Patrick for a good match in the lovely sunshine."  -- Martina

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentAlberto Santini bt Gianni Grillo (Feb 6) 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "A really very nice and good game played out at the Croydon Road tennis courts. The secondary school kids were going wild!!"  -- Gianni
  • "I game of mental strength for me! Gianni put me through my pace several times and I really had to dig deeper to win the match which by the way could have gone either directions. Thank you and I am looking forward to our rematch," -- Alberto
Reveal CommentTabrez Akhtar bt Justin Mc Carthy (Feb 5) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "After a good start, I felt the match slipping away as Justin started to hit the ball really well. Luckily I managed to keep it together towards the end. Thanks Justin for the match!"  -- Tabrez
Reveal CommentAlberto Santini bt Martina Ryan (Feb 5) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "I enjoyed playing Martina who is lively with a great sportsmanship. The ground was quite slippery and we were both conscious of falling badly onto the floor. I am sure with better conditions the score line would have been fairer. Good luck Martina with you next games."  -- Alberto
Reveal CommentGianni Grillo bt Martina Ryan (Feb 3) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A really very nice game. "  -- Gianni
Reveal CommentTony Foreman bt Tabrez Akhtar (Feb 1) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match, was good to meet Tony again," -- Tabrez
Reveal CommentGianni Grillo bt Tabrez Akhtar (Jan 29) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "It was a nice, fun game. "  -- Gianni
  • "Thanks Gianni for the practice session!," -- Tabrez


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)