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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.

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"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,"

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"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!", 

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"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 25 | Thursday 26 September 2019 to Wednesday 20 November 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 23 October 2019)

And that's Crystal Palace tennis done and dusted for the year! Thanks for making it such a nice round to see out the Old Year, and to welcome the new, don't forget the next round starts in January. For now, we hope you have a great Christmas and a tennis-filled New Year!

Group Summary:

There were two group winners from last time in this group, including runner up Hugh, so specially well done to Mathew for scheduling his run so well. With two good wins and a point from a set won in a match lost (to Peter) it was bonus points that helped him leapfrog Hugh and win the gold. Well played! Now had Hugh played and won another match we would have a different story to tell!

Final Rankings:

  1. Matthew Field 9.1 [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Hugh Macnicol 10.1 [W3] 6 RUNNER UP
  3. Burnham Quail 9.1 [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Peter Emery 9.1 [W1, L2] 3
  5. Jon Strathdee 10.2 [W1] 2
  6. Alistair Good [L2]
  7. Chris Derwitsch 7.2 withdrawn
  8. Ziad Douglas 10.2

Match Results:

Hugh Macnicol bt Burnham Quail (Nov 14) 6-3, 6-0
Matthew Field bt Alistair Good (Nov 9) 6-2, 6-3
Hugh Macnicol bt Matthew Field (Nov 5) 6-3, 6-1
Hugh Macnicol bt Peter Emery (Nov 3) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Burnham Quail bt Alistair Good (Oct 20) 6-2, 6-3
Peter Emery bt Matthew Field (Oct 10) 0-6, 6-4, 6-4
Matthew Field bt Burnham Quail (Oct 8) 6-4, 7-6 (7-0)

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJon Strathdee bt Matthew Field (Oct 5) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with Matt. I was leading in both sets but he came back strongly in each, and served very well for most of it. Enjoyed it, cheers"  -- Jon
Burnham Quail bt Peter Emery (Oct 4) 6-2, 7-5

Group Summary:

A busy group - thanks for getting all those matches played. If we had to pick one from the unplayed matches which we would have loved to have seen, perhaps it would have been between Pedro and Antonio; it would have been fun to see how the two unbeaten players faced off! But no doubt about our winner though... Well done Antonio, a fantastic round.

Final Rankings:

  1. Antonio Giorgioni [W6] 12 WINNER
  2. Pedro Figueroa 9.1 [W3] 6 RUNNER UP
  3. Paul Oster [W2, L3] 6
  4. Tony Foreman 8.1 [W2, L1] 5
  5. Joanna Kiernander [W2, L2] 4
  6. Patrick Dixon 8.2 [W1, L5] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Justin Mc Carthy 10.2 [L3] 1
  8. Chris Allanson [L2]
  9. Neil Boreham

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Antonio Giorgioni bt Paul Oster (Nov 18) 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
Antonio Giorgioni bt Patrick Dixon (Nov 18) 6-3, 6-2
Reveal CommentTony Foreman bt Paul Oster (Nov 17) 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "This was a fantastic match, played under continuous pressure, but always in a good spirit. There were many great rallies and also mistakes as the tension got to each of us. thank goodness we don't play best of five sets!"  -- Tony
Reveal CommentAntonio Giorgioni bt Tony Foreman (Nov 9) 1-6, 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Avery enjoyable and competitive match, I am looking forward to a re-match if we are in the same division next time round," -- Tony
Reveal CommentPedro Figueroa bt Joanna Kiernander (Nov 4) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A hydrous nimbus swept Woodfield grove Tennis club in Streatham this afternoon & left the tennis courts filled with water as the light began to fade & the floodlight needed to step in for the Local League match to take place. It needs to be said that Joanna & I did a sterling job of clearing the moist away from the tennis court as it was pretty damp, to say the least. The match itself was full of passion & endeavour as Joanna fought fiercely to return my heavy serve. Certainly, there was plenty of fun to be had for those who sought a corner away from the wet to watch the match & I believe they got plenty of entertainment watching it even though the final score doesn't do justice to Joanna's talent. Final score: 6 - 1, 6 - 0!" -- Pedro
Reveal CommentPedro Figueroa bt Patrick Dixon (Nov 3) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Sunday forgot to bring an umbrella to shield itself from the mizzle which moistened the tennis court at Sanderstead Lawn Tennis & Social Club this afternoon. Still, the show had to go on, and it did, as Patrick and I played a local tennis league match which lasted exactly two hours. Albeit, the score was extraordinarily closed - with so much at stake - the match was played in a great atmosphere so much so that the silence had its occasional shout. As often is the case in every competition there has to be a winner and I was just pleased that on this occasion it was me who prised the match out of Patrick. Final score: 6 - 4, 6 - 3!"  -- Pedro
Reveal CommentPedro Figueroa bt Paul Oster (Oct 31) 7-5, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Experience often helps one to customize one's game to try to take advantage over one's opponent, and last night's match was one of this instance when there was a need for such a shift, for I was playing a very useful player in Paul Oster, who - as the final score suggests - was not a pushover. The first set summoned Paul's and I determinations to contest it and win it, of course; but as often in a contest there always have to be winners and losers and in this occasion, the result went my way. It was a similar story in the second set which brought about the same outcome. However, the thrill that the match generated made us both feel like winners, in my opinion. Final score: 7 - 5, 7 - 5. "  -- Pedro
Joanna Kiernander bt Justin Mc Carthy (Oct 31) 6-4, 6-4
Reveal CommentPaul Oster bt Justin Mc Carthy (Oct 28) 5-7, 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with some marathon games and a very tight final set!"  -- Paul
Antonio Giorgioni bt Joanna Kiernander (Oct 21) Walkover
Reveal CommentPaul Oster bt Patrick Dixon (Oct 20) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with Patrick on cold and sunny morning. Thanks for hosting at your club, Patrick."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentTony Foreman bt Patrick Dixon (Oct 19) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "a great match played in brilliant sunshine"  -- Tony
Antonio Giorgioni bt Chris Allanson (Oct 19) 6-1, 6-1
Joanna Kiernander bt Patrick Dixon (Oct 16) 6-0, 6-2
Reveal CommentAntonio Giorgioni bt Justin Mc Carthy (Oct 9) 7-6 (7-2), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable close game with Justin. Hats off to his sportsmanship, i was late and he waited for me. Thanks mate!"  -- Antonio
Reveal CommentPatrick Dixon bt Chris Allanson (Oct 2) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for coming to the club to get our match played Chris. We were lucky the weather was good and there was no rain or wind. Good luck with the rest of the matches. "  -- Patrick

Results

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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) 

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