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  • There are various scoring formats you can use for your match
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  • Players are placed in groups according to previous results in the League and, for new players, their Player Standard Questionnaire
  • Each player attempts to play each of the other players in their group once during the Round
  • A point is awarded for each set won
  • If you complete 3 matches before the mid-point of a Round you receive 2 bonus points and a bonus prize
  • The winner of the group is the player with the most points at the end of the Round
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Collapse AllCrystal Palace Singles - Round 31 | Thursday 19 August 2021 to Wednesday 13 October 2021 (Midpoint: Wednesday 15 September 2021)

It was great to see so many players out on court during this Round, enjoying friendly, competitive tennis and making new friends. We hope you had a great time battling it out! There is just one more Round for 2021 and we’re looking forward to having you join us again. We think Local Tennis Leagues players are the keenest of them all, so it’ll be no surprise to see many of you back out there during the cooler months. Join now to secure your place!

Group Summary:

Final Rankings:

  1. Burnham Quail 9.1 [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Chris Derwitsch 7.2 [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Aitor Lopez De Uralde 8.2 [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Matteo De checchi [W2] 4
  5. Neil Johnson 9.2 [W1] 2
  6. Leonora McNabb [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Richard McCarthy [L3]

Match Results:

Matteo De checchi bt Burnham Quail (Sep 27) 6-1, 7-5
Neil Johnson bt Richard McCarthy (Sep 23) 6-2, 6-3
Reveal CommentAitor Lopez De Uralde bt Richard McCarthy (Sep 7) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good match in a hot sunny afternoon. The match saw an mix of good shots with sometimes too many errors from both sides. Great guy Richard, I wish him good luck for the remaining matches"  -- Aitor
Burnham Quail bt Chris Derwitsch (Sep 3) 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
Burnham Quail bt Aitor Lopez De Uralde (Sep 1) 6-2, 6-2
Burnham Quail bt Leonora McNabb (Aug 30) 6-1, 6-1

Match of the Group:

Matteo De checchi bt Chris Derwitsch (Aug 24) 7-5, 6-1
Reveal CommentAitor Lopez De Uralde bt Leonora McNabb (Aug 24) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great enjoyable match with a lot of even games. Leonora was unlucky on the important point. A windy day and old balls made the day more difficult for both of us"  -- Aitor
Chris Derwitsch bt Richard McCarthy (Aug 23) 6-1, 6-0
Chris Derwitsch bt Leonora McNabb (Aug 22) 6-4, 6-1

Group Summary:

Final Rankings:

  1. Anton Billy Russo [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Justin Mc Carthy 10.1 [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Neill Quinton [W2, L3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Malcolm Spence 10.2 [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Tony Foreman 8.1 [W1, L3] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Joel Ockwell [L3] withdrawn

Match Results:

Reveal CommentNeill Quinton bt Joel Ockwell (Sep 27) 6-3, 5-4 Joel Ockwell Retired

Player Comments:

  • "A close fought and enjoyable match cut short by our time slot running out! Joel later reported a recurring injury so had to retire this time round - looking forward to our next battle!"  -- Neill

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentAnton Billy Russo bt Neill Quinton (Sep 19) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "This really was just the most insane crazy epic unbelievable draining exhausting exhilarating match. Beautiful long 3 hour match played out at a lovely clay court in Sydenham. Very well fought Neill - I think I will need a year off after that one. Match was on a complete knife-edge throughout the entire 3rd Set. Either of us easily could have won it - was insanely close. Well played Neill - thanks for inviting me too. "  -- Anton Billy
Reveal CommentJustin Mc Carthy bt Joel Ockwell (Sep 12) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely day for tennis, match was closer than the scoreline suggests. Thanks Joel"  -- Justin
Reveal CommentNeill Quinton bt Malcolm Spence (Sep 12) 7-5, 5-6 Malcolm Spence Retired

Player Comments:

  • "An incredibly close and competitive match with lots of great rallies and both players struggling to get the upper hand. Sadly we were able to complete the match as Malcolm tripped over and damaged his arm (on set point!): hopefully we can play again soon and resume the friendly hostilities!"  -- Neill
Reveal CommentAnton Billy Russo bt Tony Foreman (Sep 8) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really good and thoroughly nice and pleasant game played out at Croydon Road with Tony a brilliant, fantastic competitor and player. Thanks Tony + well played, see you again soon hopefully. "  -- Anton Billy
Reveal CommentAnton Billy Russo bt Justin Mc Carthy (Sep 6) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really beautiful match played out on gorgeous, luscious carpet courts. I must be honest - in many tight games I have been extremely exceptionally lucky with multiple net chords. Thanks Justin for the game - beautiful new look and well played. "  -- Anton Billy
Malcolm Spence bt Tony Foreman (Sep 5) 6-3, 6-1
Reveal CommentJustin Mc Carthy bt Neill Quinton (Sep 5) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Always enjoyable and close games with Neil, this one was under the lights in honour of the US Open!"  -- Justin
Reveal CommentMalcolm Spence bt Justin Mc Carthy (Sep 4) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Justin for a good match with a lot of competitive rallies, lovely to meet you!"  -- Malcolm
Reveal CommentAnton Billy Russo bt Joel Ockwell (Sep 3) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really great game played out at Sydenham Wells Park courts with a really nice bloke. Thanks for the game Joel was nice to meet you ."  -- Anton Billy
Reveal CommentJustin Mc Carthy bt Tony Foreman (Aug 31) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure to play against Tony. We've always have close games with big momentum swings and I was lucky enough to come out on top this time. Look forward to playing again. "  -- Justin
Reveal CommentAnton Billy Russo bt Malcolm Spence (Aug 30) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really great competitive game played out with a lovely great bloke. Well played Malcolm. We braved the many beautiful distractions along the way."  -- Anton Billy
Reveal CommentTony Foreman bt Neill Quinton (Aug 29) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "This was a very competitive match with most games going to deuce. A great start to this round for both of us. Neil - thanks for a great match"  -- Tony

Group Summary:

Final Rankings:

  1. Alberto Santini 9.1 [W4] 8 WINNER
  2. James Nickerson [W2, L1] 4 RUNNER UP
  3. Laura Davorn [W1, L3] 4
  4. Maryline Goldman [W2, L1] 2
  5. Cecile Boulanger [L4] 2
  6. Daniele Tino

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAlberto Santini bt Laura Davorn (Oct 8) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you Laura for the game you are very friendly with a very good attitude to tennis. I wish you all the best for the remaining of the competition. Regards "  -- Alberto
Maryline Goldman bt Laura Davorn (Oct 3) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJames Nickerson bt Cecile Boulanger (Sep 27) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game, a lot of fun and very close in all sets. Look forward to playing again!"  -- James
Reveal CommentJames Nickerson bt Laura Davorn (Sep 25) 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A thriller. A great game that could have gone either way and I was lucky to have won!"  -- James
Reveal CommentMaryline Goldman bt Cecile Boulanger (Sep 21) 5-7, 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Maryline and I were unable to finish the match on that day but have booked to finish it next week. So far it has been an intense but fun match with lots of long rallies and deuces !"  -- Cecile
Alberto Santini bt James Nickerson (Sep 15) Walkover
Reveal CommentLaura Davorn bt Cecile Boulanger (Sep 7) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really good match - lovely opponent. Was very close throughout the game and had a lot of good rally’s. "  -- Laura
Reveal CommentAlberto Santini bt Cecile Boulanger (Sep 3) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Cecile has a great attitude to the game. I think she just needs to play more games. She did very well and this is not reflected by the scoreline. I wish her all the best for the next matches in the group. Looking forward to playing her again. All the best"  -- Alberto
Reveal CommentAlberto Santini bt Maryline Goldman (Aug 26) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It was a pleasure to play Maryline as she is a very sporty opponent. The score does not reflect how good technically Maryline is. She has not played for a very long time and she recently got back to tennis. I am sure next time we meet it will be a real battle. Good luck with the remaining matches. "  -- Alberto


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The results listed here include the current and previous Rounds 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. Bonus prizes must be claimed within 28 days using the link emailed to the player.

Understanding the current rankings display: 

Players' names, 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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