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Collapse AllFinsbury Park Singles - Round 45 | Thursday 18 April 2019 to Wednesday 12 June 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 15 May 2019)

A very impressive 66% of all possible matches were played in another well fought round in Haringey which was full of friendly and polite commentaries and many a three set thriller. Hope to see you all again next time!

Group Summary:

Owen managed to push defending champ Uche into second place this round by virtue of playing two more matches and though he lost them, crucially, he picked up a set and a point in each. So well done Owen and bragging rights to runner up Uche who beat the champ! We also liked Uche's comment in his match v Paul - "Fitbit says I burned 2000 cals". You need to do a lot of exercise to burn off that many calories, so that is every impressive! Great battles throughout this group and thanks for all the kind comments. Well played all and hope you are on the mend Charlie!

Final Rankings:

  1. Owen Lee 9.1 [W5, L2] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Uche Onyema 7.1 [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Michael Carter 8.2 [W3, L3] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Razvan Telitoiu 8.2 [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  5. James Begg 9.2 [W2, L4] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Paul Britton [W1, L4] 4
  7. Charlie Clinton 8.1 [L1] withdrawn
  8. Mark Thorpe [L3]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentMichael Carter bt Mark Thorpe (Jun 9) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely day lovely, venue at Albert Rec. Very close first set. Long rallies which point could have gone either way. Mark rushing the net laws to some good tennis. Not the first match where it was all about the first set in. Match played in a great spirit. Looking forward to our next game. "  -- Michael
Reveal CommentMichael Carter bt Paul Britton (Jun 9) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "We've all had one of those, Bad day at the office days. I think Paul had one of those, especially with his first serve. I'm glad I didn't meet him in his form against Uche, against whom he had match point. Gives the rest of us some hope. We'll done Uche."  -- Michael
Reveal CommentOwen Lee bt Paul Britton (Jun 8) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Not the best match from either player. Paul’s serve didn’t quite come good when it needed to but was a better player in rallies. A topsy turvey 2nd set had Paul save 2 match points and break to push it further. All very tense"  -- Owen
Reveal CommentJames Begg bt Mark Thorpe (Jun 6) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Well fought game especially especially in the first set with some excellent serve and volleying from Mark. Was able to see out the second set probably helped by more tennis having been played. Look forward to playing again! Cheers for the game Mark"  -- James

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJames Begg bt Michael Carter (Jun 2) 3-6, 6-0, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "We had a well fought game in hot sunshine with a little breeze. Michael won the first set playing a consistent ralking game with some brilliant serving games. On the second set he lost his energy owing to a hot day in the sun down in Brighton on Saturday. I took advantage of this and took the second set thanks also to serving better than the first set. In the third I thought i was cruising to Victory at 4-0 up until Michael fought back with a much improved game following a dip in play. With some strong serving and hard shots down the line he bought it back to 5-4 up. I managed to hold it together and win the next three games, although could have gone either way at this point. Thanks for playing despite suffering from too much sun! "  -- James
Reveal CommentRazvan Telitoiu bt Paul Britton (Jun 2) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "What a slugfest. 3h in the sun. Paul played well, probably better than me. In the end he kind of ran out of 'juice' and I managed to return a few more balls. My favourite game this season, by far."  -- Razvan
Reveal CommentOwen Lee bt James Begg (May 30) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good match. James played brilliantly from 2-2 in the second, but couldn't quite keep momentum in the third."  -- Owen
Reveal CommentOwen Lee bt Razvan Telitoiu (May 26) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Nice game with some good long rallies. Razvan's serve disappeared a little in the middle of the first set which helped Owen over the line. Some good baseline play from both in the second set and many games could have gone either way."  -- Owen
Uche Onyema bt Owen Lee (May 25) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
Paul Britton bt James Begg (May 15) 6-3, 6-2
Reveal CommentMichael Carter bt Owen Lee (May 12) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Closer game than the score reflects. Some good rallies, played in a good, on beautifully sunny Finsbury Park day. Not for the first time, service and serve return were key."  -- Michael
Reveal CommentRazvan Telitoiu bt James Begg (May 12) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Long match. James played really well. He deserved to win the first set but I managed to get a few extra in. As always, a pleasure."  -- Razvan
Uche Onyema bt James Begg (May 10) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentUche Onyema bt Paul Britton (May 8) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "WOW! What a match. A 2.5 hour battle. Fitbit says I burned 2,000 cals. Paul came out blistering and played at a much higher level than in our previous matches. The 1st set went to serve until 4-4 when I broke Paul's serve and then won 6-4. Having the momentum, I thought I'd take the 2nd set but Paul was having non of it. He continued to serve and play excellently, which enabled him to overturn my 2-0 lead and go on to win the set 6-4. Paul continued to play impressively and took a 4-1 lead in the 3rd. I pulled it back to 4-3 then we had a 10-min game, with both players missing multiple chances at advantage point. I won the game to make it 4-4. Phew! But soon I was serving at 4-5 and match-point down. Not sure how I won this match."  -- Uche
Uche Onyema bt Michael Carter (May 6) 6-4, 6-3
Razvan Telitoiu bt Michael Carter (May 4) 6-3, 6-1
Reveal CommentOwen Lee bt Mark Thorpe (Apr 30) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really close and tense match. Mark did excellently to hold after saving 6 break points at 3-1 down, then immediately breaking back in another right game before I just managed to edge the first set. He picked himself up well and won 4 close games in a row with some solid baseline forehands to be 4-0 up. I somehow manage to scramble back into the match and take it 6-4 with some at times scrappy defensive play, with all games went to at least 30 all. Mark definitely deserved a set in what was a very mental as well as physical battle. Having just picked up a racket after a year off I'm expecting he'll have the measure of me next time we play"  -- Owen
Reveal CommentOwen Lee bt Charlie Clinton (Apr 28) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Better game than score shows. Charlie didn't quite get his serve going which helped at some key times"  -- Owen
Uche Onyema bt Razvan Telitoiu (Apr 22) 7-6, 6-3

Group Summary:

An almost clear round for Johan who didn't drop a set in six matches until he met Nuno who beat him in a great three setter. Very well done to both players. Runner up Alexis also had a very good round in a competitive group where many matches were close, despite "windy Finsbury" doing its worst!

Final Rankings:

  1. Johan Galvis [W6, L1] 13 WINNER
  2. Alexis Michaelides [W5, L2] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Andrew Whelan [W3, L4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Aleksandar Natovski 10.1 [W3, L1] 6
  5. Nuno Campos [W1, L2] 2
  6. Lukasz Lukaszewski 8.1 [W1, L3] 2
  7. David Brown 10.2 [L3] 1
  8. Jon Abbey 10.1 [L3]

Match Results:

Johan Galvis bt David Brown (Jun 11) 6-4, 6-2
Johan Galvis bt Lukasz Lukaszewski (Jun 9) 6-2, 6-0
Reveal CommentAndrew Whelan bt Nuno Campos (Jun 8) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Wimdy finsbury park Well done for making the effort Nuno thanks "  -- Andrew
Nuno Campos bt Johan Galvis (Jun 5) 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
Johan Galvis bt Aleksandar Natovski (Jun 5) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentAndrew Whelan bt Jon Abbey (Jun 5) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Fair play t9 j9n for playing while under the weather He will be back !!some great rallies "  -- Andrew
Johan Galvis bt Alexis Michaelides (May 23) 6-0, 6-2

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentLukasz Lukaszewski bt Andrew Whelan (May 22) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Always pleasure to Play with Andrew . Lots of great play"  -- Lukasz
Reveal CommentAlexis Michaelides bt David Brown (May 22) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good game with plenty of full on rallies on a tricky court"  -- Alexis
Aleksandar Natovski bt Alexis Michaelides (May 19) 6-3, 6-1
Reveal CommentAlexis Michaelides bt Jon Abbey (May 18) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very good game of tennis - Jon was getting stronger as game went on so for me good to avoid a deciding set Alexis "  -- Alexis
Johan Galvis bt Jon Abbey (May 16) 6-0, 6-0
Aleksandar Natovski bt Lukasz Lukaszewski (May 16) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
Reveal CommentAlexis Michaelides bt Lukasz Lukaszewski (May 12) 7-6 (8-6), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "We finished this game early on a Sunday morning where although close neither of us played too well - nice game Lukas played in good spirit!" Alexis
Reveal CommentAndrew Whelan bt David Brown (May 7) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Windy finsbury 2nd set was very close Thanks Dave "  -- Andrew
Johan Galvis bt Andrew Whelan (Apr 30) 6-2, 6-4
Aleksandar Natovski bt Andrew Whelan (Apr 29) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
Reveal CommentAlexis Michaelides bt Nuno Campos (Apr 28) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great game Nuno with some epic points and a few 10 min games "  -- Alexis
Reveal CommentAlexis Michaelides bt Andrew Whelan (Apr 22) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very close every game for majority of the match - thanks for game Andrew "  -- Alexis

Group Summary:

Every player but one got their bonus points which is fantastic and shows how much commitment there was in this group. James made it to the top of the podium, coming successfully through five matches including two three setters and brilliant come back by Ashley in the second set in their match. Jermaine is runner up who had "some very long games and hard rallies" with Nino, a "hard fought match" with Kevin and three setters with both James and Ashley. Well played all!

Final Rankings:

  1. James West [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Jermaine Francis [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Alex Cazorla 9.1 [W2, L1] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Kevin Hall 9.1 [W1, L2] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Ashley Marshall 9.2 [W1, L3] 4
  6. Nino Hunter [L5] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentJames West bt Ashley Marshall (May 29) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "In the second set I was 5-2 up, 40-0 up with 3 match points and Ash managed to get it back to 5-5! Great second set - thanks Ash."  -- James

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJermaine Francis bt Ashley Marshall (May 28) 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A very tough match. "  -- Jermaine
James West bt Nino Hunter (May 22) 6-3, 6-1
Ashley Marshall bt Nino Hunter (May 21) 7-5, 6-4
Reveal CommentJames West bt Kevin Hall (May 13) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "There were a couple of games in the first set that had 6 or 7 deuces that swung in my favour and dictated the rest of the match."  -- James
Kevin Hall bt Nino Hunter (May 12) 6-1, 6-0
James West bt Jermaine Francis (May 5) 7-5, 4-6, 6-0
Alex Cazorla bt Nino Hunter (May 1) 6-4, 6-4
Reveal CommentJermaine Francis bt Kevin Hall (Apr 28) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Hard fought match. Swung in the final set. "  -- Jermaine
Reveal CommentAlex Cazorla bt Ashley Marshall (Apr 28) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great. Match and very long rallies. "  -- Alex
Reveal CommentJermaine Francis bt Nino Hunter (Apr 27) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "The scoreline doesn’t reflect the match. Some very long games and hard rallies. Good fun "  -- Jermaine
Reveal CommentJames West bt Alex Cazorla (Apr 25) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match - some entertaining and long rallies. Alex was also very sporting."  -- James

Group Summary:

Unlike group 3, there were almost no bonus points won here, but every match came with a commentary, so many thanks for those! Louise takes gold this round with four wins and just one loss to runner up Alistair. He was undefeated in three matches himself so could he have toppled the winner if he had played and won a few more matches. We will never know! Here's to even more tennis next time!

Final Rankings:

  1. Louise Mellor [W4, L1] 8 WINNER
  2. Alistair Munday [W3] 6 RUNNER UP
  3. Anca Staicu [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Allan Nazareth [W1, L3] 4
  5. Michael Goold 10.1 [W1] 2
  6. David Ansell [L2]
  7. Georgia Patterson [L2]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAnca Staicu bt Georgia Patterson (Jun 9) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you Georgia for arranging the game and venue"  -- Anca
Reveal CommentAlistair Munday bt Louise Mellor (Jun 9) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great match in the sunshine. Good to have Anca & Georgia playing next to us too!"  -- Alistair

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentMichael Goold bt Allan Nazareth (Jun 7) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent match. Difficult conditions at first with wind and slippery court, but as the court dried out the match became very energetic! Really close result."  -- Michael
Reveal CommentLouise Mellor bt Allan Nazareth (Jun 1) 6-4, 4-6, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match!"  -- Louise
Reveal CommentLouise Mellor bt David Ansell (May 30) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match!"  -- Louise
Reveal CommentAlistair Munday bt Anca Staicu (May 25) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match in seriously hot weather! Loads of deuce games & very enjoyable. Thanks for booking the court Anca, look forward to playing again!"  -- Alistair
Reveal CommentLouise Mellor bt Georgia Patterson (May 20) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game, and a lovely evening. "  -- Louise
Reveal CommentAlistair Munday bt Allan Nazareth (May 17) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good match, shame the weather wasn’t! Great games, every point contested & some serious distance covered! "  -- Alistair
Reveal CommentAllan Nazareth bt Anca Staicu (May 10) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Close tough game. Thank you Anca for organising and booking the court. "  -- Allan
Reveal CommentLouise Mellor bt Anca Staicu (May 4) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match. Very windy, but good to get out onto the courts! "  -- Louise
  • "Congratulations Louise for the win. If only I could had the courage to stop the match as wind was way too strong and balls blowing all over the place. But never the less. Well done Louise," -- Anca
Reveal CommentAnca Staicu bt David Ansell (Apr 23) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Lots of deuces with both going for every single ball. Great match David"  -- Anca

Group Summary:

A great round for group 5 with many hard fought matches including one between Guilherme and Chris which as unfinished after 3 hours 10 minutes. Valerio topped the group with six wins out of six (many congratulations), finishing just two points ahead of runner up Chris who had to figure out a way to neutralise Kamila's lobs and Jo's hard hitting. Great commitment from Sarah, who played 6 matches, and well done to Massimiliano who came within a whisker of taking a set off the champ. Hope to see more from Isabel another time!

Final Rankings:

  1. Valerio Rinaldi 10.1 [W6] 12 WINNER
  2. Chris Ward 8.2 [W4, L2] 11 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Guilherme Lopes [W4, L1] 8
  4. Massimiliano Rossi [W2, L1, UF1] 5
  5. Joanne Bronte 9.2 [W1, L3, UF1] 5
  6. Kamila Naz [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Sarah Caton [L6] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Isabel Tinsley [L1]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentGuilherme Lopes bt Chris Ward (Jun 11) 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Guilherme serving and 40-30 up when the courts were locked up so - after 3 hours 10 minutes of effort - there's one point between us. Hopefully we'll get to finish. "  -- Chris
Valerio Rinaldi bt Massimiliano Rossi (Jun 9) 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
Valerio Rinaldi bt Kamila Naz (Jun 9) 6-1, 6-1
Valerio Rinaldi bt Guilherme Lopes (Jun 6) 6-0, 6-4
Valerio Rinaldi bt Joanne Bronte (Jun 5) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)

Match of the Group:

Guilherme Lopes bt Joanne Bronte (May 28) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
Reveal CommentChris Ward bt Isabel Tinsley (May 24) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A glorious sunny day for an early morning match."  -- Chris
Reveal CommentChris Ward bt Joanne Bronte (May 22) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Hard-hitting Jo's shots at times are wholly unreturnable and this made for an enjoyable, challenging match, with many deuces along the way."  -- Chris
Valerio Rinaldi bt Sarah Caton (May 16) 6-2, 6-0
Reveal CommentJoanne Bronte v Massimiliano Rossi (May 16) 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "We ran out of time - were meant to finish game today (23rd) but unfortunately Massimiliano currently injured. Hope to conclude before end of the round"  -- Joanne
Guilherme Lopes bt Kamila Naz (May 15) 6-1, 7-5
Massimiliano Rossi bt Sarah Caton (May 14) 6-1, 6-0
Valerio Rinaldi bt Chris Ward (May 13) 6-0, 6-0
Massimiliano Rossi bt Kamila Naz (May 11) 6-4, 6-3
Guilherme Lopes bt Sarah Caton (May 7) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentChris Ward bt Kamila Naz (May 6) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A thoroughly enjoyable way of spending a bank holiday morning. My erratic start was punished by Kamila with a series of pinpoint lobs, well beyond my capability to turn and run for. Only when I had cut off that source of points was I able to claw my way back into a very competitive first set. Happily for me, greater consistency returned as the match went on. "  -- Chris
Reveal CommentKamila Naz bt Sarah Caton (May 1) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match Sarah and the good chat afterwards! "  -- Kamila
Reveal CommentChris Ward bt Sarah Caton (May 1) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great to be back on court after missing several rounds for various unwelcome reasons - and a very enjoyable match with Sarah (so we played an extra set for fun)"  -- Chris
Joanne Bronte bt Sarah Caton (Apr 29) 6-0, 6-1