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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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Ilkeston Tennis Club

Rutland Sports Park, lkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5GL
Tel: 0115 930 2033
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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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Collapse AllDerby Singles - Round 5 | Thursday 16 March 2017 to Wednesday 10 May 2017 (Midpoint: Wednesday 12 April 2017)

Good to see the league return to two, albeit small, groups. We hope to see numbers grow further particularly with summer on it's way but do help spread the word if you can. Thanks to you all for your efforts in getting some fantastic matches played, and we look forward to seeing you next time!

Group Summary:

The commentaries accompanying every match revealed numerous great games in a highly competitive group one. David and Greg put themselves in the hunt for the title with three wins each, and the match between the two was perhaps the pick of an excellent bunch. Greg emerged victorious (just!) and comes away with the bragging rights, however David takes the bigger prize, the group win, as he earns bonus points with his good scheduling skills. Well played all!

Final Rankings:

  1. David Drake [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Greg Stenson 10.2 [W3] 6 RUNNER UP
  3. Murray Tait 10.1 [W1, L2] 3
  4. Andy McCormack [L2] 1
  5. Mark Walsh 9.1 [L2]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentGreg Stenson bt Andy McCormack (May 5) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Another very close match! Andy was unfortunate not to take the first set, he was playing some positive tennis and his serve/volley game was effective. I grew into the game and just managed to take it in two sets. Well played Andy."  -- Greg
Reveal CommentGreg Stenson bt Murray Tait (May 3) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really close game. Difficult, windy conditions which irritated both of us at times. Murray has a solid forehand and great variation in his serves, just managed to get over the line eventually!"  -- Greg

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentGreg Stenson bt David Drake (Apr 28) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great game Solid 2 hours play Well battled by Greg"  -- David
Reveal CommentMurray Tait bt Mark Walsh (Mar 28) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable mornings tennis, Mark has not played for a year so played very well considering, definitely one to watch in future rounds. Very nice bloke also, look forward to other games in the future."  -- Murray
Reveal CommentDavid Drake bt Andy McCormack (Mar 27) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match Clear skies very little wind great start for new day light hours. Plenty of long rallies ... games closer than scores suggest. "  -- David
Reveal CommentDavid Drake bt Murray Tait (Mar 24) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great game. Murry has a great forhand drive... hard to read.. Legs like jelly for most of match but felt great for rest of day. Close games lots of dueces and decent rallies. I tried my best to hide how exhausted I was. Very fair and honest line calls... all promotes an enjoyable mornings tennis. "  -- David
Reveal CommentDavid Drake bt Mark Walsh (Mar 17) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great competitive game, DTC indoor court kept us out of the rain and wind. 1 1/2 hour booked so no rush or pressure for either of us. Powerful dynamic game enjoyed by both of us. We won't give too much away as full determination and respect given on both sides. We look forward to future encounters... "  -- David

Group Summary:

A shame to see not everyone make it off the start line in what was already a small group. James made the most of his time on the court, showing formidable form to win both his matches by the same convincing scoreline. Michael defeated Simon in a three set thriller to finish second.

Final Rankings:

  1. James Barlow 10.1 [W2] 4 WINNER
  2. Michael Chester [W1, L1] 2 RUNNER UP
  3. Simon May [L2] 1
  4. Connor Mcintyre 10.2

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Michael Chester bt Simon May (Apr 5) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
Reveal CommentJames Barlow bt Simon May (Apr 4) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Cheers for a friendly but competitive match, and no rain in sight this time around! All the best."  -- James
Reveal CommentJames Barlow bt Michael Chester (Mar 21) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Wet & Windy match on the outdoor carpet courts at Borrowash, heavy balls and difficult conditions, but still had a good match with plenty of tight games and long rallies, cheers Mike, indoors next time though!"  -- James


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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