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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 up to 8 people of a similar standard
  • Contact details are emailed
  • Players arrange their own matches
  • It is a mixed sex, singles league, so men and women play each other
  • You can play on any court that suits both players

The league is:

  • For everybody!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 certificate and tennis prizes
  • Where possible, winners of groups are promoted to the group above for the next round.

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

Derbyshire Tennis Centre

Ashe Place, Vicent Street, Normanton, Derby, DE23 8BF
Tel: 01332 273770
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Markeaton Park

Markeaton, Derby, DE22 4AA
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Rutland Sports Park

West End Drive, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5GH
Tel: 0115 9302033
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Club Venues

Ilkeston Tennis Club

Rutland Sports Park, lkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5GL
Tel: 0115 930 2033
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Collapse AllDerby Singles - Round 7 | Thursday 17 August 2017 to Wednesday 11 October 2017 (Midpoint: Wednesday 13 September 2017)

A lovely round in the Derby Tennis League! Despite some difficult weather conditions, our players had really exciting and enjoyable matches, complete with tight sets, long rallies and plenty of deuces! Thank you for a range of lively match descriptions and friendly commentaries. As always, a special mention to the players who scored bonus points!

Group Summary:

A clean sweep of four match wins allowed David to claim the top spot this round – very impressive! James and David played an exhausting three-setter, James showcased his powerful serves and returns, David and Michael had great rallies and a tight second set, James and Gavin had plenty of deuces, and Catherine and David demonstrated impressive movement on the court!

Final Rankings:

  1. David Drake [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. James Barlow 9.1 [W3, L1] 7 RUNNER UP
  3. Michael Chester [W1, L2] 2
  4. Catherine Humphreys [W1, L2] 2
  5. Gavin Malewski [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Matt Fitchett

Match Results:

Reveal CommentCatherine Humphreys bt Gavin Malewski (Sep 27) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great game"  -- Catherine
James Barlow bt Michael Chester (Sep 26) Walkover

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentDavid Drake bt James Barlow (Sep 25) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Full on game as always Indoor court so no weather variations or issues. Court was booked for hour and half but epic match meant extended time needed DTC happily obliged. Forehand backhand drop shots lobs slice volleys all was happening. Big serves and great returns by James. I hadn't got a dry area on me looked like I'd just come out of a sauna shame there wasn't a plung bath available. I can just about walk this morning New knees required "  -- David
Reveal CommentMichael Chester bt Gavin Malewski (Sep 11) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good match, hinged on a couple of points here and there."  -- Gavin
Reveal CommentDavid Drake bt Michael Chester (Sep 8) 6-2, 7-6

Player Comments:

  • "Great tennis Long competitive rallies Great indoor court at DTC"  -- David
James Barlow bt Catherine Humphreys (Aug 31) 6-0, 6-3
Reveal CommentJames Barlow bt Gavin Malewski (Aug 29) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Tricky conditions at Borrowash, wind swirling around and Gavin's first match here on the carpet courts. Lots of deuce games and this scoreline didn't reflect a great match, look forward to playing next time around."  -- James
Reveal CommentDavid Drake bt Gavin Malewski (Aug 22) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great evenings tennis.... "  -- David
Reveal CommentDavid Drake bt Catherine Humphreys (Aug 19) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Catherine getting back into the game. Great movement great day of tennis"  -- David


Looking for previous matches? Visit the Derby archive.
The results listed here include the current and previous rounds for Derby. 

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 free can of balls which we will post to you.

Player, [LTA rating], [win/loss/tie tally], points won

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