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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.

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Collapse AllBelair & Dulwich Parks Singles - Round 18 | Thursday 11 April 2019 to Wednesday 5 June 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 8 May 2019)

A round played in a fantastic and sporting spirit as the many match commentaries reveal. Great to see how tennis is bringing together new and old friends and producing so many epic encounters!

Group Summary:

In a well fought group with lots of three setters, Michael finished in first place, after a "topsy turvy match" v Jack, a match that was "heading into marathon territory" v Jamie, a good match v Alexandre who has "some amazing shots in his locker", a match that was "much tougher than the score suggests" v Joseph and what Rob says was "another close and competitive match". Rob was runner up, just one point behind and a shame not to see more from Derek. After 2 good wins, it would be interesting to see what might have happened had he played a few more.

Final Rankings:

  1. Michael De Luca 7.2 [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Rob Lye 7.2 [W4] 8 RUNNER UP
  3. Jamie Young 8.2 [W3, L2] 8
  4. Joseph Harker 8.1 [W2, L4] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Derek Daly 9.1 [W2] 4
  6. Jack Cunliffe 10.1 [L4] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Alexandre Meriguet 9.1 [L2]

Match Results:

Rob Lye bt Jamie Young (Jun 3) 0-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)
Rob Lye bt Joseph Harker (May 29) 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentJamie Young bt Joseph Harker (May 25) 7-6 (8-6), 1-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "The first and last sets were back and forth battle, lots of great rallies and arguably shot of the year from Joseph following a rally which had it all and ended at the net. Joseph dominated the 2nd set but I composed myself in the third and stole a break at 4-5 to breather a sigh of relief. Lucky there was a Bank Holiday Monday to recover!"  -- Jamie
Reveal CommentJoseph Harker bt Jack Cunliffe (May 21) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match. First set was level-pegging right to the end, and second set had lots of deuce games. Jack has a great forehand and plays an attacking game so I felt under pressure all the way through. Look forward to playing again."  -- Joseph
Reveal CommentMichael De Luca bt Alexandre Meriguet (May 21) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Alex told me he hasn't played much in three years, but he's actually got some amazing shots in his locker. If he can keep playing regularly Alex will surely get back the consistency in his game. "  -- Michael
Reveal CommentJamie Young bt Michael De Luca (May 18) 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "With game time already at 2 1/2 hours, this match was heading into marathon territory when floodlight time ran out. TBC"  -- Michael
  • "A really competitive match, with the turning point coming in the second set tie break. Michael was 5-4 up but Jamie managed to reel off 3 points and keep the momentum going in the decider. The match lasted almost 3 hours in total!," -- Jamie
Reveal CommentRob Lye bt Jack Cunliffe (May 3) 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really tight match - TBC on Friday!"  -- Jack
Reveal CommentMichael De Luca bt Joseph Harker (Apr 30) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "That score makes it sound easy - think again! Our previous encounters had gone to three sets and were really really hard-fought matches and this one was equally tough. There were long rallies and many deuces, so I was really pleased to get over the line in this one. Thanks for a good match Joseph. "  -- Michael
Jamie Young bt Jack Cunliffe (Apr 27) 6-4, 6-2
Reveal CommentRob Lye bt Michael De Luca (Apr 23) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Another close and competitive match against Michael !"  -- Rob
Derek Daly bt Joseph Harker (Apr 19) 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentMichael De Luca bt Jack Cunliffe (Apr 16) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "When you play Jack expect to see plenty of winners flash past you! However, in this match Jack couldn't get enough 1st serves in and that proved to be the difference. A topsy-turvy first set resulted in a narrow win for me, but in the second I was able to take advantage of facing a lot of those 2nd serves. Thanks for an enjoyable match Jack. "  -- Michael

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentDerek Daly bt Jamie Young (Apr 14) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Well, that was a strange one..........a 20 min opening set as easy as you like from Jamie who started out really well. I thought I was heading for the early shower. I dug in though and stayed ahead all the way in the second on the back of one break. In the 3rd, Jamie raced out to a 4-1 lead and with the legs going didn't think the come back was on. But somehow reeled off 5 on the bounce to win. The game at 4-4 was crucial as it was 10 deuces but managed to break at the 6th!! time of asking. Thanks Jamie for tough match. "  -- Derek
Reveal CommentJoseph Harker bt Alexandre Meriguet (Apr 13) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Very pleased to have played Alex so early in the round. He's got some great all-round shots and a powerful serve, but he's not played for a while. By the end of this round he'll be a lot better. "  -- Joseph

Group Summary:

It was very close at the top of this group with Francis and George finishing on 3 wins and 1 loss a piece. But Francis started one more match and though it was not completed, it was a "fantastic game" and it gained him an extra point for the set he won. So gold to Francis and silver to George, though George gets bragging rights for having beaten the champ. Well played to both.

Final Rankings:

  1. Francis Horovitch 10.1 [W3, L1, UF1] 9 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. George Williams [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Carlo Ninchi 9.1 [W2, L2] 5
  4. John Francis [W2] 4
  5. Linton Lahoud 9.2 [W1, L4] 2
  6. Josh Baker [L1] 1
  7. Rosena Robson [L1, UF1]
  8. Jack Jacob [L1]

Match Results:

Carlo Ninchi bt Linton Lahoud (Jun 5) 6-2, 6-3
Reveal CommentFrancis Horovitch v Rosena Robson (Jun 4) 7-6 (7-1), 2-0 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Rain stopped play in the second set. Unfortunately Rosena was unable to meet again to finish our match before the end of the round. Fantastic game though! "  -- Francis
Francis Horovitch bt Linton Lahoud (Jun 3) 6-0, 6-0
Carlo Ninchi bt Rosena Robson (May 30) 6-4, 6-1
John Francis bt Linton Lahoud (May 21) 6-3, 6-3
Reveal CommentLinton Lahoud bt Josh Baker (May 18) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent match played in surprisingly muggy conditions in which we both ran out of water for the third set! Josh won a tight first set before Linton managed to come back and win the next two"  -- Linton

Match of the Group:

Francis Horovitch bt Carlo Ninchi (May 6) 1-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2
George Williams bt Carlo Ninchi (May 5) 6-1, 6-3
John Francis bt George Williams (May 4) 6-4, 6-3
Francis Horovitch bt Jack Jacob (Apr 30) 6-2, 6-1
George Williams bt Linton Lahoud (Apr 28) 6-3, 6-0
George Williams bt Francis Horovitch (Apr 16) 6-4, 6-2

Group Summary:

Despite Martina having to withdraw, this was a committed group with everyone playing at least 3 matches, most people playing four or five and bonus points and free balls earned by three of you. When it was all done and dusted, Ragnar emerged with most points and will be heading up the groups. Well played!

Final Rankings:

  1. Ragnar Lorentzen 8.2 [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Gb Ladipo 10.1 [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Adam Stratford 10.2 [W4, L1] 8
  4. Ioana Nica [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Louisa Boscawen [L3]
  6. Oliver Pickup [L4]
  7. Martina Ryan withdrawn

Match Results:

Ragnar Lorentzen bt Louisa Boscawen (Jun 1) Walkover
Ioana Nica bt Louisa Boscawen (May 27) 6-1, 6-0
Gb Ladipo bt Oliver Pickup (May 27) 6-2, 6-3
Adam Stratford bt Oliver Pickup (May 19) 6-3, 6-0
Reveal CommentAdam Stratford bt Louisa Boscawen (May 19) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable match with lots of winners (and some unforced errors :) ) hit by both. Look forward to our next match."  -- Adam
Ragnar Lorentzen bt Oliver Pickup (May 18) 6-1, 7-5

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentAdam Stratford bt Ioana Nica (May 12) 7-6 (12-10), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "An epic encounter with the pendulum swinging multiple times in this crazy match of momentum swapping. The last set could have looked very different with all but the last game going to deuce (the 3rd game with about 20 deuces!). A thoroughly enjoyable encounter on a glorious day."  -- Adam
Reveal CommentAdam Stratford bt Gb Ladipo (May 6) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable and competitive match. Its was a topsy turvy match that could have gone either way."  -- Adam
Reveal CommentGb Ladipo bt Ioana Nica (May 5) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game, really competitive and it could have gone either way"  -- Gb
Reveal CommentIoana Nica bt Oliver Pickup (May 4) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Windy conditions lead to conservative play"  -- Oliver
Reveal CommentGb Ladipo bt Ragnar Lorentzen (Apr 28) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "A very competitive game, which could have gone either way. Great fun"  -- Gb
Ragnar Lorentzen bt Ioana Nica (Apr 14) 7-5, 6-0
Ragnar Lorentzen bt Adam Stratford (Apr 13) 6-2, 6-3

Group Summary:

A well deserved win for Nick who played and won every available match - and contributed many a fine match report to boot. Fittingly, there was an epic against runner up Pedro where, said Pedro, "The sun and the moon, in one of those rare occasions decided to make an appearance together to watch the skills of two people from different parts of the world who had never met in a competitive match, and who found a common language in the sport of tennis" which is very much what the league is all about! Well played.

Final Rankings:

  1. Nick Lyell 10.1 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Pedro Figueroa 9.1 [W1, L1] 3 RUNNER UP
  3. James Gooding 10.1 [W1, L1] 2
  4. Charlie Smedley 9.2 [W1, L1] 2
  5. Neill Quinton [L4]
  6. Kate Coughlin withdrawn

Match Results:

Charlie Smedley bt Neill Quinton (Jun 2) 6-3, 6-3
Reveal CommentPedro Figueroa bt Neill Quinton (May 22) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A blazing match of tennis which would be impossible to sum it all up in a few words took place this evening at Dulwich Park. Neill's forehand was turning into a very useful weapon in the first set which translated into winning four games. He began the second set in a similar vein winning the first two games but I soon put an end to his revival by winning the next 6 games of that set and with it the match! Final score: 6-4, 6-2."  -- Pedro
Reveal CommentJames Gooding bt Neill Quinton (May 5) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable match, thank you Neill. We had some good long rallies."  -- James
Reveal CommentNick Lyell bt James Gooding (Apr 30) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great to get a rematch against James and overturn the last result. Really nice early morning game. Looking forward to the next match. Nick"  -- Nick
Reveal CommentNick Lyell bt Neill Quinton (Apr 22) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really nice evening for tennis. thanks for the game Neill - really enjoyable and good luck with the rest of the round."  -- Nick

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentNick Lyell bt Pedro Figueroa (Apr 18) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Epic game, thank you Pedro. Really good fun. "  -- Nick
  • "What a match", These were the words Rita used to describe the fixture in an e-mail which she sent us both. Indeed, it was one of those matches where Aces, volleys, and lobs were features of great length, so much so that Nick and I had to lace up our trainers tight enough to avoid losing control of it. On top of that, it was a match where the Sun and the moon, in one of those rare occasions decided to make an appearance together to watch the skills of two people from different parts of the world who had never met in a competitive match, and who found a common language in the sport of tennis to measure their strength in a pastime where taking part and socializing are as important as doing something about climate change and global warming!
Reveal CommentNick Lyell bt Charlie Smedley (Apr 17) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Charlie, nice to get an evening game with the sun still out. "  -- Nick

Group Summary:

Helen is the very well deserved new champ, came successfully through a Charlotte's "great spins", a thoroughly enjoyable game against Carolyn, a "hard fought match" v Vicky, long rallies v Elizabeth , all after a lovely sunny start to the league v Peter. Many congratulations and many thanks for all the match reports. There was one for every result.

Final Rankings:

  1. Helen Davison [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Carolyn Robertson 9.1 [W2, L2] 5
  3. Vicky Reeves 9.1 [W2, L1] 4
  4. Elizabeth Kane 9.2 [W1, L3] 2
  5. Peter Frost [L3]
  6. Charlotte Morton 9.2 [L1]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentHelen Davison bt Charlotte Morton (May 23) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Caroline put some great spins on her shots and had me running all over the court. A well played and enjoyable match. "  -- Helen
Reveal CommentHelen Davison bt Carolyn Robertson (May 20) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A wonderfully hot sunny day for a game of tennis! Sunscreen, caps and glasses were worn. We did a good amount of running and had a thoroughly enjoyable game. A very close match."  -- Helen
Reveal CommentVicky Reeves bt Elizabeth Kane (May 19) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely game despite the number of distractions because of the dulwich fair :)"  -- Vicky

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentVicky Reeves bt Carolyn Robertson (May 14) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely game in the sunshine. Some great rallies!"  -- Vicky
Reveal CommentCarolyn Robertson bt Peter Frost (May 13) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Beautiful conditions to play in. Some nice rallies."  -- Carolyn
Reveal CommentCarolyn Robertson bt Elizabeth Kane (May 10) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Another great match in great conditions. Some fairly athletic shots and lively rallies. Thanks for a great match."  -- Carolyn
Reveal CommentHelen Davison bt Vicky Reeves (May 5) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "A hard fought match in windy conditions. Thoroughly enjoyable."  -- Helen
Reveal CommentHelen Davison bt Elizabeth Kane (Apr 30) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A lovely game of tennis played in the sunshine. Some great shots by Elizabeth and lengthy rallies. "  -- Helen
Reveal CommentElizabeth Kane bt Peter Frost (Apr 22) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable match played on the bank holiday Monday. Peter was injured but persevered and played some great passing shots."  -- Elizabeth
Reveal CommentHelen Davison bt Peter Frost (Apr 19) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A lovely sunny start to the tennis league. "  -- Helen

Results

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The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches for Belair & Dulwich Parks.

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) 

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