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New rounds for the Derby league start regularly. See next round dates and entry fees above. Entries close the Monday before a round starts. You are never committed to joining more than one round and round usually last eight weeks (ten weeks where we also run doubles rounds).

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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 4 | Thursday 24 November 2016 to Wednesday 1 February 2017 (Midpoint: Wednesday 28 December 2016)

The winter weather and festive period may have shrunk the league this round but this did not stop lots of competitive tennis being played. Thanks to all of you for getting involved and we look forward to seeing much more tennis in 2017!

Group Summary:

Darran certainly made an entrance into this league as he stormed to the top of the table earning the maximum number of points without dropping a set - well played Darran! There was a much tighter contest for second place with Murray and David tying on six points. Their head to head proved decisive and this match was as close as it comes, but in the end it was Murray who emerged victorious to secure the silver.

Final Rankings:

  1. Darran Cooper [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Murray Tait 10.1 [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. David Drake [W1, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Anthony Barrable [W1, L1] 2
  5. James Barlow 10.2 [W1, L1] 2
  6. Michael Chester [L3]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentMurray Tait bt Michael Chester (Feb 1) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you Mike for a close game, many deuce points. Look forward to playing again soon. Cheers Murray"  -- Murray
Reveal CommentJames Barlow bt David Drake (Jan 31) 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Fantastic match against David, we're very evenly matched and every set had a stack of service breaks and long exhausting rallies. Don't think I've enjoyed a competitive game this much in a long time. Dave beat me in the summer, so we're even, decider in the next round perhaps..! "  -- James
Reveal CommentDarran Cooper bt James Barlow (Dec 29) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "I really enjoyed this competitive match, it was a great clash of styles, James with his powerful, attacking baseline play against my more cautious, defensive, opportunist play. The scoreline doesn't property reflect the match as there were many deuce points and long rallies that I just managed to win, a good afternoons tennis played indoors."  -- Darran
Reveal CommentDarran Cooper bt Murray Tait (Dec 21) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A good match played indoors, I got off to a great start breaking Murray's serve and rode the momentum to take the first set. Murray came out firing big solid shots early in the second set hitting unreturnable winners, I managed to weather the storm and was happy with my win over a very dangerous opponent."  -- Darran
Reveal CommentDarran Cooper bt Michael Chester (Dec 21) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "My experience told in this match, also playing earlier in the day helped by cementing my ground strokes, everything seemed to be working well for me,Michael was understandably frustrated at times and his racket took the brunt of it on occasion getting thrown and slammed about the court, I admired Michaels desire and effort and his speed and coverage of the court was first class."  -- Darran
Reveal CommentDavid Drake bt Michael Chester (Dec 19) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good afternoons tennis... indoor.... great facility "  -- David
Reveal CommentDarran Cooper bt Anthony Barrable (Dec 17) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Nice game played in the right spirit My left handed sliced serve was working as well as it ever has and it helped me get off to a good start, I had to play from the back of the court as Tony's passing shots were just too good!"  -- Darran

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentMurray Tait bt David Drake (Dec 14) 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very, very close game on a lovely winter's day. Difficult serve to read. Well played David!"  -- Murray
Reveal CommentDarran Cooper bt David Drake (Dec 12) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with long rallies it was much closer than the scoreline suggest, note to other players watch out for David's inside out serve it's frightening! "  -- Darran
Reveal CommentAnthony Barrable bt Murray Tait (Nov 29) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A very even match played in good spirit in lovely sunshine albeit very cold."  -- Anthony


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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