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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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Primary Venues

Emsworth Recreation Ground

Horndean Road, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7PT
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Bidbury Mead Recreation Ground

Bedhampton, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 3JG
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Havant Park

Market Parade, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1PY
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Other Venues

Cowplain Recreation Ground

Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO8 8EH
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Hayling Park

Station Road, Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11 0HB
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Jubilee Park

Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO7 7HU
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Purbrook Heath

Purbrook Heath Road, Purbrook, Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO7 5RU
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Club Venues

The Avenue Lawn Tennis, Squash and Fitness Club

Southleigh Road, Havant, PO9 2RS
Tel: 02392 482750
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Collapse AllHavant Singles - Round 8 | Thursday 4 October 2018 to Wednesday 28 November 2018 (Midpoint: Wednesday 31 October 2018)

A very busy group in Havant with nearly every match played, bonus points aplenty and lots of comments to tell the story of this Autumn round. Thanks for your efforts everyone and we hope you enjoyed the numerous competitive contests. It would be great to see numbers grow when the league returns in 2019, so do help spread the word locally if you can. See you next time!

Group Summary:

Lee and Paul once again found themselves battling it out at the top of the table for the prize and ultimately their head to head is the only difference between the two. It is "always tough playing a good friend" but Lee managed to put camaraderie aside to hold off Paul's comeback and emerge victorious over three well contested sets to add another title to his name. There were excellent matches elsewhere too with Stella v Robert and Brian v Stella particularly exciting highlights. Well played everyone.

Final Rankings:

  1. Lee Keeping [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Paul Whittenham 7.2 [W6, L1] 15 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Anthony Spencer 9.1 [W4, L2] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Brian Wiggins [W4, L3] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Stella Smith [W3, L3] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Robert Haines [W2, L5] 5
  7. John Walls [W1, L6] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Andy Williams 10.2 [L7] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentRobert Haines bt Andy Williams (Nov 25) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good to get to play Andy again, and get this match played at last."  -- Robert
Reveal CommentRobert Haines bt John Walls (Nov 25) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Frustrating 1st set with 9 breaks of serve and only 1 hold. Fortunately for me the hold was the 10th and last game of set, and on my serve. 2nd set more normal with 7 holds and 3 breaks. A good hard-fought match, good to meet with John and play him."  -- Robert
Reveal CommentBrian Wiggins bt Robert Haines (Nov 17) 7-6 (8-6), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Well played Robert, a great match all round! Good luck in your remaining matches!"  -- Brian
Reveal CommentAnthony Spencer bt Robert Haines (Nov 10) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "As usual Robert this was a difficult game to play. The tie break was particularly close. Look forward to our next game."  -- Anthony
Reveal CommentAnthony Spencer bt Brian Wiggins (Nov 9) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Terrible conditions for tennis today. The wind was extremely annoying in a very tightly fought match. Thanks for the game Brian."  -- Anthony
Stella Smith bt John Walls (Nov 6) 6-1, 6-3
Stella Smith bt Andy Williams (Nov 4) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentLee Keeping bt Robert Haines (Nov 3) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Tough windy conditions today . Best of luck with your remaining matches Robert . "  -- Lee
Reveal CommentJohn Walls bt Andy Williams (Nov 3) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good to meet Andy this morning, and to play in the sunshine. Andy played some decent cross court shots, and I was fortunate that my usually erratic serve went well today otherwise the result could have been different. He showed strong determination in the first set saving several set points, and making one power run that ended with a tumble, but a point won! Thanks for the game, Andy, and good luck with your remaining games."  -- John
Reveal CommentLee Keeping bt Anthony Spencer (Nov 1) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Anthony played very well in the first set and had chances to make set closer . All the best with your remaining matches mate and look forward to playing you next time "  -- Lee
Reveal CommentLee Keeping bt John Walls (Oct 28) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to meet John. He has a good serve and a good forehand . I’m not sure the score line reflects on how the match went . Had a few games that went to deuce which I just nicked them. All the best with your remaining games John . "  -- Lee
Reveal CommentAnthony Spencer bt Andy Williams (Oct 28) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A dogged performance today Andy. Good luck with your next match. "  -- Anthony
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham bt Robert Haines (Oct 27) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Robert wasn’t at his best today but had several opportunities to win games, none more so than in the 2nd set when he was twice 40-0 up on his serve. but close the games out. Always s pleasure Robert and good luck for the rest of your matches."  -- Paul

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentBrian Wiggins bt Stella Smith (Oct 27) 7-5, 0-6, 7-6 (10-8)

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyed my match against Stella. I played on the back foot for a lot of the match and lost my way in the 2nd set. I got back into the match in the 3rd set but had to save multiple match points at 6-5 0-40 down and then again in the tie break. Stella played well throughout but I managed to grind out the win. I look forward to playing you again Stella and good luck in the rest of your matches!"  -- Brian
Reveal CommentLee Keeping bt Andy Williams (Oct 27) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Tough windy conditions . Nice to play andy and we had a few games that went to deuce . 2nd set andy played a lot better even though the score doesn’t reflect .goid luck with the rest of your matches andy "  -- Lee
Reveal CommentAnthony Spencer bt John Walls (Oct 24) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game John. I had to battle hard for the second set. "  -- Anthony
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham bt Anthony Spencer (Oct 23) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Having played Ant several times in past league encounters, all of which have been competitive affairs, I never expected to post this match score. Ant lost his first service game from 40-0 and it seemed to affect his confidence. I served well today and my own confidence levels were high in perfect match conditions. Good luck for the rest of your games Ant."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentBrian Wiggins bt John Walls (Oct 22) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyed the match against John, hard fought and really pushed me throughout! Great afternoon for tennis - sun shining brightly! John had a few well placed jammy shots but a great encounter overall. Look forward to playing you again in the future John and good luck in your remaining matches! "  -- Brian
Reveal CommentLee Keeping bt Stella Smith (Oct 21) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to play Stella again at her tennis club this time . Nice weather and a good match with many games going to deuce . Thanks for the game Stella and best of luck with your remaining matches . "  -- Lee
Reveal CommentLee Keeping bt Paul Whittenham (Oct 20) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Always tough playing a good friend , 1st set Paul made a few mistakes ,2nd set Paul played more aggressive and deserved to take it into a deciding 3rd set . A crucial 2ndgane in the last set which I managed to just nick it and then managed to win the deciding set . Thanks for always making it fun playing you mate and see you soon . "  -- Lee
Stella Smith bt Robert Haines (Oct 20) 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
Reveal CommentBrian Wiggins bt Andy Williams (Oct 19) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play against Andy for the first time! He has a very consistent serve and made me fight hard for my win. I enjoyed playing against you Andy and look forward to playing you again in the future."  -- Brian
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham bt John Walls (Oct 16) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A battle between fellow Financial Advisers and Avenue Club members fell my way in a match that was keenly contested and played in great spirit. Just one of those days when pretty much everything seemed to go my way. Lovely to meet you John and good luck with the rest of your matches."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentLee Keeping bt Brian Wiggins (Oct 16) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to meet you Brian , you had a good serve and was just unlucky on some of your shots . Good luck for the rest of your games mate and always free to have another game . "  -- Lee
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham bt Andy Williams (Oct 13) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely to see Andy again and even though the final match score might suggest a relatively easy game I had to concentrate very hard on every point. The longer the match went on the better Andy played and he had several opportunities in the second set to win games that I had to dig deep for. One shot sticks in the mind in particular when Andy ended one long rally with a high angled backhand volley across the court which I could only watch and applaud. Good luck with the rest of your games Andy and hope to play against you again soon."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham bt Stella Smith (Oct 13) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "My second match with Stella this time on home soil after a close match the last time we played at her club in North Mundham in a previous round. I fell behind early on in our first match that I managed to turn round in a very tough encounter but made a much better start this time round which helped me on a court surface that I feel favoured my game. Always lovely to see you Stella and thank you for making the trip over to The Avenue. I enjoyed our game and look forward to a re-match soon."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham bt Brian Wiggins (Oct 12) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Honoured to play Brian in his first competitive singles competition match for some time, a position I myself was in when I joined the Local Tennis Leagues at the end of 2016. The final score might suggest a comfortable match but far from it in a match hampered by very difficult windy conditions which I think it’s fair to say I adapted to much better on the day and on an artificial grass surface that I enjoy. I have no doubt that Brian will play some great matches in this league and I wish him all the very best. It was a pleasure to meet you Brian and look forward to playing you again in the future."  -- Paul


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

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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