Friendly, competitive tennis on Golden Lane's public courts

You are just a step away from joining our mixed-sex, singles league for adults (aged 18+).

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 up to 8 people of a similar standard
  • Players arrange their own matches
  • It is a mixed sex, singles league, so men and women play each other
  • You can play on any court that suits both players

The league is

  • For everybody!
  • We welcome beginners as well as advanced players.
  • Players are grouped by 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 played to short-set format; if a set reaches 4 games all, the next game decides the set. If the match reaches a set all, a matchtiebreak is played (see link on right)
  • The evening before the round starts you will receive an email with all the contact details of the players in your group
  • Players are grouped according to past performance in the league and, for new players, their Player Standard Questionnaire
  • Everyone in the group plays each other once during the round
  • You get one point for each set you win
  • 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 each group is the player with the most points at the end of the round
  • The winners get a certificate and tennis prizes
  • Where possible, winners of the groups (and sometimes the top two) are promoted for the next round; those who come bottom (and sometimes the bottom two) are demoted

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

Golden Lane Sport and Fitness

Golden Lane Estate, Fann Street, London, EC1Y 0SH
Tel: 020 7250 1464
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Other Venues

Aske Gardens

Pitfield Street, London, N1 6EU
Tel: 020 8800 0680
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Highbury Fields

Highbury Crescent, London, N5
Tel: 020 7226 2334
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Rosemary Gardens

Southgate Road, London, N1 3JP
Tel: 0203 793 6880
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"Thanks for organising the league. I met some really good and nice tennis players via Golden Lane tennis league," 

Torsten Langhans

"Many thanks for organizing these leagues; it's a brilliant way of meeting players outside of my regular club, and I hope to keep playing with them once the matches are finished."

"I really enjoyed playing and thank you very much for the tireless organisation you and Nigel carry out to make this league happen. I thoroughly enjoyed it and thank you for giving me this opportunity to play in the City"

Sachio Ando

"I’ve really enjoyed playing, it’s a great way to play regularly and meet people."

Thank you for organising the leagues. I only wish I had known about them sooner.

"I thoroughly enjoyed playing in this round, was lovely to meet new people and play some good matches, which is what it's all about!  I look forward to playing again next year!" 

Charles Williams

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Collapse AllGolden Lane Singles - Round 27 | Thursday 17 August 2017 to Wednesday 11 October 2017 (Midpoint: Wednesday 13 September 2017)

Some players got sunshine, others were faced with rain, but that didn’t stop everyone completing some really great matches in the Golden Lane League this round! There were lengthy rallies, tight sets and plenty of deuce points all round, making for exciting as well as enjoyable tennis. The commentaries reveal the lovely spirit of sportsmanship in this league – well played everyone!

Group Summary:

It’s no coincidence that the only player to score bonus points this round is the one who came top of the group – it’s so important to get those matches played! Well done Nigel. Lucas and Bernat had a gripping tiebreak, Bernat and Christopher battled on through the rain, Nigel and Bernat played an enjoyable two sets, Matthew and Nigel had long rallies, Lucas and Christopher had plenty of deuce points, and Christopher showcased his impressive lobs!

Final Rankings:

  1. Nigel Billen 8.1 [W3] 11 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Lucas Arnold [W2] 6 RUNNER UP
  3. Christopher Hill 8.2 [W1, L2] 5
  4. Bernat Gabor [L3] 3
  5. Matthew Burgess [L1] 1

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentLucas Arnold bt Bernat Gabor (Oct 1) 5-4 (8-6), 5-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great close game - could have gone either way. Pity the court was so slippery so we couldn't quite go 100%"  -- Lucas
Reveal CommentChristopher Hill bt Bernat Gabor (Sep 14) 4-0, 4-0

Player Comments:

  • "Second set was nervous - played through a rain shower. "  -- Christopher
Reveal CommentNigel Billen bt Bernat Gabor (Sep 10) 5-3, 5-3

Player Comments:

  • "Terrible conditions - constant drizzle. But fun despite that! Good to meet you Bernat."  -- Nigel
Reveal CommentNigel Billen bt Matthew Burgess (Aug 29) 5-3, 4-2

Player Comments:

  • "We played quickly - we had to as the rallies and points were long - and finished in exactly an hour. Very nice opponent and a fun match on a steamy night!"  -- Nigel
Reveal CommentLucas Arnold bt Christopher Hill (Aug 21) 4-1, 5-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match. A lot of games were only decided after very long duece points."  -- Lucas
Reveal CommentNigel Billen bt Christopher Hill (Aug 19) 5-3, 4-1

Player Comments:

  • "Very competitive match with Chris punishing me with super-accurate lobs if I got to the net . Great fun and nice to try the Barbican courts!"  -- Nigel

Group Summary:

Once more, the player in first place was the only one to score bonus points! Those two extra points can make all the difference – congratulations Sriram! Well done also to Saurabh who was close runner-up. Saurabh and Sriram had a very tight first set, Sriram and Teresa had plenty of close games, and Alex and Julie had an enjoyable match!

Final Rankings:

  1. Sriram Bharadwaj [W2, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Saurabh Bikram 10.2 [W2] 6 RUNNER UP
  3. Alex Bell [W1] 3
  4. Julie Smith [L2] 2
  5. Teresa Fernández de Arévalo [L2] 2

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentSaurabh Bikram bt Sriram Bharadwaj (Sep 10) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great game - super close first set! Thanks."  -- Saurabh
Sriram Bharadwaj bt Julie Smith (Sep 9) 4-0, 4-1
Saurabh Bikram bt Teresa Fernández de Arévalo (Sep 2) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentSriram Bharadwaj bt Teresa Fernández de Arévalo (Sep 2) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Though the match was completed in 2 sets, Teresa played very well and the second set became very competitive with many close games. Great match overall!"  -- Sriram
Reveal CommentAlex Bell bt Julie Smith (Aug 29) 4-1, 4-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great to get the first game played, the summer evenings beginning to draw in."  -- Alex


Looking for previous matches? Visit the Golden Lane archive.
The results listed here include the current and previous rounds for Golden Lane. 

Scoring Information:
You earn one point for every set you win and a point for completing a match. Matches are short format. See here for details. Players who complete three or more matches by the mid-point of the round receive 2 bonus points, and a free can of balls which we will post to you.

Player, [LTA rating], [win/loss/tie tally], points won

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)