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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

Borough Gardens

Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RT
Tel: 01305 266861
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Wey Valley Tennis Centre

436 Dorchester Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 5AN
Tel: 01305 813113/340122
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St Osmunds Community Sports Centre

Barnes Way, Dorchester, DT1 2DZ
Tel: 01305 756472
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Other Venues

Radipole Park Gardens

Radipole Park Drive, Weymouth, DT3 5EZ
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Wyke Gardens

Portland Road, Weymouth, DT4 9BE
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Collapse AllDorchester Singles - Round 16 | Thursday 1 August 2019 to Wednesday 25 September 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 28 August 2019)

A smallish round and one player just didn't get going, but lots of nice summer tennis was played nevertheless. Thanks for your commitment and for your generous, sporting play.

Group Summary:

Once again, battle as they may, the chasing pack was caught in Chris' web as he eased himself to a back-to back group wins! He even added bonus points just to make it a little more difficult for the others to catch him. Ian, playing in his first round came closest while Steve earned the bronze. Right, who will step up to challenge Chris next time? Will it be another newcomer, or a case of try, try again!

Final Rankings:

  1. Chris Webb [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Ian Turner [W3, L2] 6 RUNNER UP
  3. Steve Bright [W2, L1] 4
  4. Jane Howard [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Mike Greenfield 10.2 [W1, L2] 3
  6. Paul Holroyd [L3]
  7. Andrew Elwell

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentIan Turner bt Mike Greenfield (Sep 25) 7-5, 6-7 (1-7), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "What a match! A great contest with Mike making an epic fightback in the second set. The final set was played out in near darkness! "  -- Ian
Reveal CommentChris Webb bt Steve Bright (Sep 15) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very close match in very hot weather. Steve deserved to take it to 3 sets but I'm relieved he didn't."  -- Chris
Reveal CommentMike Greenfield bt Jane Howard (Sep 13) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Hot day for September. Sweaty job. Close match. Enjoyed it. Thank you Jane."  -- Mike
Jane Howard bt Paul Holroyd (Sep 2) 6-4, 6-2
Reveal CommentChris Webb bt Paul Holroyd (Sep 1) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Beautiful sunny afternoon for tennis with some good rallies"  -- Chris
Reveal CommentIan Turner bt Paul Holroyd (Sep 1) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A good game which became increasingly competitive as the match progressed. Some good rallies in the second set."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentSteve Bright bt Ian Turner (Aug 31) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable match. Some close points in both sets. "  -- Steve
Reveal CommentChris Webb bt Jane Howard (Aug 22) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Plenty of good rallies and a particularly close first set"  -- Chris
Reveal CommentChris Webb bt Mike Greenfield (Aug 16) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Close game, good rallies and a strong forehand from Mike."  -- Chris
Reveal CommentSteve Bright bt Jane Howard (Aug 15) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • " Enjoyable game in good weather. Thanks Jane "  -- Steve
Reveal CommentChris Webb bt Ian Turner (Aug 13) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match with some good rallies. Ian was getting considerably stronger as the games progressed."  -- Chris
Reveal CommentIan Turner bt Jane Howard (Aug 7) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A closely contested match, especially the second set where there were several marathon deuce games!"  -- Ian


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

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)