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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

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: 01159 302033
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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 11 | Thursday 31 January 2019 to Wednesday 27 March 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 27 February 2019)

Current Rankings:

  1. Ross Jillings 8.2 [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Richard Burley [W4] 8
  3. Gary Spruce [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Andy Butterton [W1, L3] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Simon Toms [W2, L1] 4
  6. Christopher Wood [L5] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentRichard Burley bt Simon Toms (Mar 9) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • "The first set was decided by one break at 3-2 to see Rich win it. The second set looked to be going the same way with an immediate break where Rich went 2 up but Simon immediately responded making it all square. Then same again with Rich breaking but Simon then started to gain a footing in the match breaking back and going ahead. Some amazing pressure from Simon meant Rich clung on to a tie break situation where it looked like Simon had got what he deserved going 5-2 up. Rich however got it back to 5-5 but Simon still had the first set point which he didn’t take and the next one went to Rich who took it. An epic match in awful wind and Simon deserved this to go to 3 sets but I’m not sure either player had anything left in the tank!!"  -- Richard
Reveal CommentSimon Toms bt Christopher Wood (Mar 3) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good match played in tricky conditions as it was drizzling for most of the time. Plenty of tight games but I don't think either of us played at our best."  -- Simon
Reveal CommentRichard Burley bt Gary Spruce (Mar 3) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "“This score does not reflect how tight many of the games were. Some great play by both of us at times with just a few more unforced errors by Gary, making the difference in the end. Pretty poor weather also made good drop shots a deadly weapon despite both players naturally hitting hard. Credit to Gary, I had to be very consistent today or the outcome would have been very different."  -- Richard
Reveal CommentRichard Burley bt Andy Butterton (Mar 2) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "This match should have been much tighter than this. Andy never got that game to get him going and Rich captitalised on every opportunity."  -- Richard
Reveal CommentSimon Toms bt Ross Jillings (Feb 26) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "My first match in the singles league and it was a good one. Closer than the score would suggest and nip-and-tuck right 'till the end."  -- Simon
Reveal CommentRoss Jillings bt Christopher Wood (Feb 24) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Really great game. Very enjoyable, some good tennis and a tight match. Weather was glorious."  -- Ross
Reveal CommentGary Spruce bt Andy Butterton (Feb 22) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)

Player Comments:

  • "A very even and competitive match … very little between us. Beautiful day, glorious sunshine but the body is aching again."  -- Gary
Reveal CommentRoss Jillings bt Gary Spruce (Feb 15) 6-4, 6-7 (9-11), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Epic encounter lasting over 2 hours ...glorious day with some glorious tennis (mostly from Ross) Legs, lower back and most other body parts are feeling the effects … anyone know a good physio ?"  -- Gary
Reveal CommentRichard Burley bt Christopher Wood (Feb 10) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game. Great company. Really enjoying meeting new people. Rich played really well."  -- Christopher
Ross Jillings bt Andy Butterton (Feb 9) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Reveal CommentAndy Butterton bt Christopher Wood (Feb 7) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Due to the weather, this match was played indoors...thanks to Chris booking the court at the last minute! This was an enjoyable match and was tight, particularly in the second set when Chris upped his game. "  -- Andy
Reveal CommentGary Spruce bt Christopher Wood (Feb 1) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent game. Frozen outside so swooped to Reptons indoor courts. Nice to get the first game played."  -- Christopher


Looking for previous matches? Visit the Derby archive.
The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches 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 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)