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You are just a step away from joining our mixed-sex, singles league for men and women (aged 18+) of all standards.

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 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 13 | Thursday 13 September 2018 to Wednesday 7 November 2018 (Midpoint: Wednesday 10 October 2018)

This was a fairly quiet round of Dorchester Tennis League with only half the possible matches completed, perhaps you were still recovering from your marathon matches last time! We welcomed 4 new players to the league though and there was a great 3-set battle in Group 1... so it's good you enjoyed the tennis played. Hope to see you all back again next time!

Group Summary:

It was a successful return to league action for John who won 3 matches to finish top of Group 1 with a 3 point margin over runner up Cameron. This was a fairly quiet group with only 5 matches played, the pick of these without a doubt being Peter's 3-set comeback against Cameron. After going a set down Peter narrowly warded off defeat by taking the second set in a tiebreak and then secured a break of serve in the decider. A great match!

Final Rankings:

  1. John Clancy 10.2 [W3] 6 WINNER
  2. Cameron Spence 10.1 [L3] 3 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Steve Bright [W1, L1] 2
  4. Peter Hateley [W1] 2
  5. Theresa Davies [L1]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentJohn Clancy bt Theresa Davies (Oct 25) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great game with some lovely rally's. Much closer than the score suggests."  -- John
Reveal CommentJohn Clancy bt Steve Bright (Oct 8) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game cheers!"  -- John

Match of the Group:

Peter Hateley bt Cameron Spence (Oct 5) 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
Reveal CommentSteve Bright bt Cameron Spence (Sep 17) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good match as always. Thanks Cameron"  -- Steve
John Clancy bt Cameron Spence (Sep 16) 6-3, 6-2

Group Summary:

Congratulations to Chris for winning the group on his league debut, recording 3 wins to finish 5 points clear of runner up Stuart. It was a close run contest for runner up spot with Stuart just pipping third placed Andy to the post by one point, thanks to winning a set in his defeat to Andy... whereas Andy's defeat to Chris was in straight sets. A shout out to Paul who was stung during his match with Chris and succumbed to a double bagel... not a match to remember for Paul!

Final Rankings:

  1. Chris Dawson-Bishop [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Stuart Gallagher [W1, L1] 3 RUNNER UP
  3. Andy Sagar [W1, L1] 2
  4. Mike Greenfield 10.2 [L1]
  5. Paul Holroyd [L2]

Match Results:

Chris Dawson-Bishop bt Mike Greenfield (Oct 7) 6-3, 6-2
Chris Dawson-Bishop bt Andy Sagar (Sep 25) 6-3, 6-0
Reveal CommentChris Dawson-Bishop bt Paul Holroyd (Sep 23) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you for game Paul enjoyed it, hope your sting isn’t to bad."  -- Chris
Stuart Gallagher bt Paul Holroyd (Sep 21) 6-0, 6-3

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentAndy Sagar bt Stuart Gallagher (Sep 18) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great game in bad light and tough conditions!"  -- Andy


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)