Friendly, competitive tennis on Exeter Parks' public courts

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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If you notice any of our venue information is out of date, missing court costs or opening hours please let us know.


Primary Venues

Heavitree Pleasure Ground

Whipton Lane, Exeter, Devon, EX1 3DS
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Exeter University Tennis Centre

Stocker Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4QN
Tel: 01392 723699
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Cowick Barton Playing Field

Off Barton Road, via Church Path Road, Exeter, EX2 9DG
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Other Venues

King George V Playing Field

Adjacent to Bridge Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7BA
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Exmouth Tennis Centre

Withycombe Village Road, Exmouth, EX8 3AE
Tel: 01395 223355
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Club Venues

Cranford Sports Club

42 Salterton Road, Exmouth, EX8 2EQ
Tel: 01395 265771
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I have now played and enjoyed three of my singles matches. Opponents were all very friendly and although easily outplayed by two so far am really enjoying the opportunity to play singles again after a break of more than four years due to being unable to find opponents. Travelling from Plymouth is a pain but thoroughly enjoying meeting new players. Thanks everyone.

Karey Mayers

"I think I speak for both of us [my opponent and myself] when I say a big thank you for such a simple but great idea to get people playing tennis,"

Dave Dalziel

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Collapse AllExeter Parks Singles - Round 28 | Thursday 18 July 2019 to Wednesday 11 September 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 14 August 2019)

Current Rankings:

  1. Rory Gray 9.2 [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Alex Webber [W3] 6
  3. Matthew Smith [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Matthew Dent 9.2 [W1, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Jared Parsons [W2] 4
  6. Geraint Williams [W1, L2] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Olivia Milton-Thompson [L4] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Matt Harmer [W1] 2

Match Results:

Matthew Smith bt Matthew Dent (Aug 18) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentJared Parsons bt Rory Gray (Aug 17) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyed the match. Thanks for that extra set! Great run around "  -- Jared
  • "Blitzed but I really enjoyed the game! Glad to have got 1 game in the end! :-) Cheers Jared!," -- Rory
Reveal CommentAlex Webber bt Rory Gray (Aug 15) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Well done Alex - different class as ever!"  -- Rory
Reveal CommentMatthew Smith bt Geraint Williams (Aug 10) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good game. So windy that had to resort to some underarm serves!"  -- Matthew
Reveal CommentGeraint Williams bt Olivia Milton-Thompson (Aug 9) 0-6, 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Feel I got lucky to win this one today. A crazy scoreline but was competitive after Olivia completely outplayed me in first set. Good luck with the rest Olivia and hope your shoulder mends soon. Was a pleasure to play you! "  -- Geraint
  • "Very strange score but very well defended in the second and third sets Geraint, and fun match! Thank you for the game!" -- Olivia
Reveal CommentMatt Harmer bt Geraint Williams (Aug 8) 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)

Player Comments:

  • "Cheers Geraint, well battled!"  -- Matt
Reveal CommentJared Parsons bt Matthew Smith (Aug 3) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for playing so early Matt. Good luck with your remaining matches. "  -- Jared
Reveal CommentAlex Webber bt Olivia Milton-Thompson (Aug 1) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Really good hitting and fun match with some good rallies, felt much closer than the score indicates although I struggled with the sun at times! Well played Alex!"  -- Olivia
Reveal CommentRory Gray bt Matthew Dent (Jul 30) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great game, very even-and exhausting! Matt had a purple patch from midway through the 2nd set to midway through the 3rd that looked like might be decisive but I managed to steal the dramatic netcord filled last game!"  -- Rory
Reveal CommentRory Gray bt Olivia Milton-Thompson (Jul 23) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Sorry for the poor performance on my part compared to last time! Great play though, you hit some great serves! Hopefully when my shoulder is fixed I'll be better competition!" -- Olivia
  • "Really enjoyed the game. Thanks Olivia, it goes like that sometimes! Good luck for the rest of the round and hope to play again soon," -- Rory
Alex Webber bt Matthew Dent (Jul 23) 6-0, 6-3
Rory Gray bt Matthew Smith (Jul 20) 6-4, 6-1
Reveal CommentMatthew Dent bt Olivia Milton-Thompson (Jul 18) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Well played Olivia! Good luck with the rest of group and I'm sure I'll see you on court soon. "  -- Matthew

Current Rankings:

  1. Fabien Carminati 10.1 [W3, L1] 6
  2. Mark Sharratt 9.1 [W1] 2
  3. Ray Hunt 8.2 [W1] 2
  4. David Brown [W1] 2
  5. Bernard Bretagne [L2] 1
  6. Rob Fairley 9.2 [L1] 1
  7. Paul Tearle [L2]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentFabien Carminati bt Bernard Bretagne (Aug 19) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyed that game, ee had good rallies at the 4 corners of the court. Good luck for your next matches Bernard"  -- Fabien
Ray Hunt bt Paul Tearle (Aug 17) 6-1, 6-3
Reveal CommentFabien Carminati bt Paul Tearle (Aug 13) 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very pleasant game. We were both happy to have opted for a court at Uni when it started pouring down outside! "  -- Fabien
Reveal CommentFabien Carminati bt Rob Fairley (Aug 11) 3-6, 6-4, [10-4]

Player Comments:

  • "Very nice match with long battled deuces, especially in the second set"  -- Fabien
Mark Sharratt bt Fabien Carminati (Aug 10) 6-1, 6-2
David Brown bt Bernard Bretagne (Jul 28) 1-6, 6-3, 6-1

Current Rankings:

  1. Nick Lea 10.1 [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  2. John Bartlett [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Mark Kelly 10.2 [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Juan Castillo 10.1 [W1, L2] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Terence Gilbert [L2]
  6. Mark Felgate [L2]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentNick Lea bt Juan Castillo (Aug 12) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Well played, Juan. See you again"  -- Nick
Reveal CommentJuan Castillo bt Mark Kelly (Aug 1) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "In the first set Mark started winning 4-2, but I managed to turn around the score, in particular in one game where Mark was serving 40-0. Mark made me run a lot though, and he threw several aces with balls at an incredible angle. In the second set we started breaking each other serve until when we were 4-3, when I won my serve to become 5-3. This was the turning point of the set where we were both becoming tired. Perfect temperature for playing and sun only at the start."  -- Juan
Reveal CommentMark Kelly bt Mark Felgate (Jul 31) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match with Mark, lots of deuce points in the games. No wind at Cowick Barton made the game a good contest. Thanks for the game Mark."  -- Mark
Nick Lea bt Terence Gilbert (Jul 31) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentNick Lea bt Mark Kelly (Jul 29) 7-5, 1-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Pretty much impossible to play tennis in that wind, but we did try... Thanks for the game. "  -- Nick
Reveal CommentMark Kelly bt Terence Gilbert (Jul 26) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "This was an enjoyable friendly game with Terence. Thank you for the match."  -- Mark
Reveal CommentJohn Bartlett bt Juan Castillo (Jul 24) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Another really enjoyable match, so many games went to deuce making it exhausting in the sun. First set was very close and could have gone either way. Great to meet you Juan, hope to play again soon."  -- John
Reveal CommentJohn Bartlett bt Nick Lea (Jul 22) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match, despite the humidity and swarm of flying ants at Heavitree...! Delighted to have won in a deciding set as this could easily have gone the other way. Plenty of long, exhausting games and lots of baseline rallies (along with some guilt edge misses at the net!) which all made for a dramatic match. Great to meet you Nick, hope to play you again soon! "  -- John
Reveal CommentJohn Bartlett bt Mark Felgate (Jul 21) 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable debut in the Local Tennis Leagues. Some great rallies and a really good fitness workout with plenty of drop shots and lobs. The match really came to life in the second set which was on a knife edge and could have gone either way- very tense! Thanks for the game Mark and well played, hope to play you again soon. "  -- John


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

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)