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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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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.

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Primary Venues

Hampden Park

Rosebery Avenue, Eastbourne, BN22 9QA
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Tennis in the Park

Gildredge Park, off the Goffs, Eastbourne, BN21 1HD
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Old Town Recreation Ground

Longland Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 8JA
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Other Venues

Eastbourne Sports Park

Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne, BN21 2UF
Tel: 01323 649214
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Hampden Park Sports Centre

Brodrick Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 9RQ
Tel: 01323 509859
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Manor Gardens

Eastbourne, BN20 8BB
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Club Venues

Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club

Devonshire Park, College Road, Easbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4JJ
Tel: 07581 076730
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Hailsham Tennis Club

Recreation Ground, Western Road, Hailsham, BN27 3DY
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Collapse AllEastbourne Singles - Round 17 | Thursday 19 July 2018 to Wednesday 12 September 2018 (Midpoint: Wednesday 15 August 2018)

Tennis by the sea always sounds attractive when you're stuck indoors in the city, but some of the matches in this round, especially, sound like they were played in less than ideal conditions. Take, for instance, Sarah vs Phil's lengthy sweat-soaked 3-setter, and Phil vs Val who had to put up with very windy weather. But despite these difficulties, group matches were played with great friendly spirit and in a competitive manner. Nearly two-thirds of matches were completed and this despite a non-starter. So here's to the next time when perhaps the elements will be kinder. It certainly won't be as hot, that's for sure.

Group Summary:

Nothing, it seems, could stop Adam this time as he went to the top of the group with 4 wins out of 4 and without dropping a set. Phil's point from a three-set match against Sarah put him in runner-up slot, just above Sarah. Sarah had some good rallies against newcomer Val, who also got a game off group winner Adam. None of the sets in the round went to tie breaks this time but there were some 3-setters, including Sarah and Phil's aforementioned sweatbath and Phil and Steve's match; both these could have gone either way. Here's to the new round!

Final Rankings:

  1. Adam Beaney 8.2 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Phil Talbot 8.2 [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Sarah Wilson [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Steve Bowles 10.1 [W1, L2] 3
  5. Val Clark-Irving [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Nick Clayphan

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentPhil Talbot bt Steve Bowles (Aug 24) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A very tight match which could have gone either way"  -- Phil
Adam Beaney bt Steve Bowles (Aug 23) 6-2, 6-4
Adam Beaney bt Sarah Wilson (Aug 12) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentPhil Talbot bt Val Clark-Irving (Aug 10) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Very windy conditions that suited me more than Val. I am sure the result would have been closer in normal conditions"  -- Phil
Adam Beaney bt Val Clark-Irving (Aug 3) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentSteve Bowles bt Sarah Wilson (Aug 2) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you Sarah for an enjoyable game two close sets , a very competitive match on a very warm afternoon "  -- Steve
Adam Beaney bt Phil Talbot (Jul 28) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentSarah Wilson bt Val Clark-Irving (Jul 28) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "What a bright but blustery day! Lovely to meet Val who's new to the league. We had some good rallies."  -- Sarah
Reveal CommentSarah Wilson bt Phil Talbot (Jul 25) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Oh my word what a hot day to play tennis! Phil and I usually have a tussle of a match and today was no different just with longer breaks changing ends to wipe down and rehydrate. Feel lucky to have won, could of gone either way. Thanks, Phil, for a good game played in the right spirit."  -- Sarah

Results

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The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches for Eastbourne.

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) 

Comments:
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