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  • 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
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  • 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 10 | Thursday 11 April 2019 to Wednesday 5 June 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 8 May 2019)

This was a great round in Havant. Not only was the league back up to two strong groups, a very commendable 77% of all possible matches were played. Very well done to everyone for all their commitment and lovely to hear about these grass court matches. We are definitely in the Wimbledon mood!

Group Summary:

Defending champ Lee and runner up Paul successful maintain their number 1 and number 2 spots though this time their head to head went to three sets - great stuff! Lee however was dominant throughout, coming through all 6 of his matches with the win. Many congratulations. Thanks too for the many lovely commentaries. There were so many good matches here, it was hard to choose between them but great to see how much you enjoy playing on grass and to read about so many competitive, good spirited encounters.

Final Rankings:

  1. Lee Keeping [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Paul Whittenham 7.2 [W5, L2] 13 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Phil Tusler [W4, L2] 11 includes 2 bonus points
  4. George Knight [W2, L4] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Anthony Spencer 9.1 [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  6. James Hotson [W2, L2] 5
  7. Charlie Merrett [W1, L4] 3
  8. Olga Fialova-Downey 7.2 [L5]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentGeorge Knight bt Charlie Merrett (Jun 5) 6-4, 4-6, [10-6]

Player Comments:

  • "Very fun, light hearted match in nice conditions, always a pleasure to play Charlie. Looking forward to seeing and playing you again next round!"  -- George
Charlie Merrett bt Olga Fialova-Downey (Jun 4) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
Reveal CommentAnthony Spencer bt George Knight (Jun 3) 3-6, 7-5, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Very competitive game that could have quite easily gone the other way. Well played George. "  -- Anthony
Reveal CommentLee Keeping bt Paul Whittenham (Jun 1) 2-6, 6-1, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Tough hot conditions today . Paul played very well and it was a close match . Always a pleasure playing you mate . "  -- Lee
Reveal CommentGeorge Knight bt James Hotson (May 31) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Very nice to meet and play James, very competitive match in hot conditions, unfortunately James picked up a hamstring injury at the start of the third set which had a big impact on the end result, would have been much closer otherwise! Looking forward to playing again. "  -- George
Reveal CommentJames Hotson bt Phil Tusler (May 27) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable game played on the grass...every time I felt i was in control of the match Phil raised his level of play to make it a really tough contest. Thanks for the game and really good to meet you Phil :)"  -- James
Reveal CommentJames Hotson bt Paul Whittenham (May 24) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Epic 1st set which probably lasted an hour with lots of deuces. I saved a set point at 4-5 before coming back to take the opening set on a tie break. In the 2nd set I think I just managed to make less unforced errors. Really good to meet you Paul, i look forward to a rematch soon :)"  -- James

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham bt Phil Tusler (May 23) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "My first match on grass this Summer and what a rollercoaster it was! I took an early 3-0 lead only for Phil to fight back using a variety of spin to keep the ball low on a fairly unpredictable surface. Phil took 11 of the next 13 games to lead 6-4 and 5-1 as I struggled to keep the ball in play consistently enough. I'm not sure what changed at that point but I managed to fight back and win 7 games in a row, saving a match point in the process. A cagey opening to the third set where both of us had the chance to lead 2-1 which went my way and I closed out the match in tough conditions for us both. Thank you for the game Phil and good luck with your remaining matches."  -- Paul
Phil Tusler bt Charlie Merrett (May 20) 6-2, 6-0
Reveal CommentLee Keeping bt Charlie Merrett (May 19) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to play you again Charlie and best of luck with your remaining games . "  -- Lee
Lee Keeping bt Olga Fialova-Downey (May 17) Walkover
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham bt Olga Fialova-Downey (May 14) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely day for tennis and a pleasure to meet you Eli. Sorry that you weren't feeling that great but an good match nonetheless and really enjoyed our chat during and after match. Hope to play you again soon and very best wishes for your remaining matches."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentAnthony Spencer bt Olga Fialova-Downey (May 13) 6-3 Olga Fialova-Downey Retired

Player Comments:

  • "After the first set my opponent decided to retire and awarded me the match. "  -- Anthony
Phil Tusler bt Anthony Spencer (May 8) 6-0, 2-6, 6-4
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham bt Charlie Merrett (May 7) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Another very tough encounter with Charlie who deserved more from our match for being the more aggressive player and hitting the greater number of clean winning shots. He was also recovering from a virus and I fancy he would have won at least a set and possibly the match if he had been fully fit. Well played Charlie and good to see you again."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentLee Keeping bt James Hotson (May 6) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to meet James and played in a very friendly manner . The more the game went on the more James played better and served some good aces as well . Nice to meet you james and always free if you need a hit before your other matches . All the best of luck with your remaining games and hopefully you get to play everyone "  -- Lee
Phil Tusler bt George Knight (Apr 30) 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
Reveal CommentLee Keeping bt George Knight (Apr 24) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Best of luck with your remaining matches George . "  -- Lee
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham bt George Knight (Apr 19) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A very competitive match in hot conditions. George used his powerful serve to very good effect in this match and his groundstrokes were also more consistent than when we played each other in the last round. I just managed to keep the ball in play a little more often which tipped the balance in my favour. Always a pleasure to play you George and good luck in the rest of your matches."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentLee Keeping bt Anthony Spencer (Apr 18) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Well played Anthony today . Had to come back in 2nd set from 4-0 and 30-0 down to win 6-4 . Best of luck with your other matches mate . "  -- Lee
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham bt Anthony Spencer (Apr 17) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Ant is always a tough opponent and it was no different today. Made me play a lot of balls and I only really managed to get on top halfway through the second set. Lovely conditions for tennis too. Always enjoy our matches and our chat before and after the match. Thanks Ant and look forward to playing you again in the next round."  -- Paul
Phil Tusler bt Olga Fialova-Downey (Apr 12) 6-0, 6-1

Group Summary:

Christian takes gold very convincingly in this group, dropping just one set in 7 matches and getting his bonus points. Many congratulations. This was a really competitive group with a very high percentage of matches played. The weather did not always play ball - Christian said "it was me and Brian vs the wind" but we can almost hear the summary sound of the ball on the grass in many a match. Well played all!

Final Rankings:

  1. Christian Pascual [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Robert Haines [W5, L1] 11 RUNNER UP
  3. Stephen `chatfield [W3, L3] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Brian Wiggins [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  5. John Walls [W2, L3] 5
  6. Jake King [W1, L5] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Andy Williams 10.2 [L6]
  8. Harry Harrison [L1]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentJohn Walls bt Jake King (Jun 5) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good to meet Jake. Tough game with Jake chasing down some of my best shots, and returning most. I wish him all the best in his tennis journey - match practice, I'm sure, will make him an accomplished player."  -- John
Christian Pascual bt John Walls (Jun 3) 6-3, 6-3

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentRobert Haines bt Stephen `chatfield (May 31) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A strong attack by Stephen in the first set had me completely frustrated and beaten. After that I felt under less pressure and was able to gain more confidence in my stroke play. A good match played in good spirits."  -- Robert
Reveal CommentBrian Wiggins bt Jake King (May 29) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Well fought match by Jake, who seemed to run for EVERYTHING! Can't say that the conditions were particularly great - we got extremely wet. Well played Jake, look forward to playing you again soon!"  -- Brian
Reveal CommentRobert Haines bt Brian Wiggins (May 28) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "A great competitive match, in which I hung in and managed to win both sets after being a break down. Nice to play on grass despite being defeated by a few low bounces."  -- Robert
Stephen `chatfield bt Andy Williams (May 27) 6-3, 6-1
Reveal CommentRobert Haines bt John Walls (May 25) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A tough match fought in good spirits, had to recover from disappointment of losing 1st set from a winning position."  -- Robert
Jake King bt Andy Williams (May 25) 6-3, 6-1
Robert Haines bt Andy Williams (May 20) 6-1, 6-2
Stephen `chatfield bt John Walls (May 18) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentJohn Walls bt Andy Williams (May 14) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely evening for a match and nice to see Andy again. He played some decent forehand shots and served a few aces. Good luck in your remaining games, Andy. "  -- John
Reveal CommentBrian Wiggins bt Andy Williams (May 7) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Well played Andy, I enjoyed our match today! Was nice not to be playing in the wind!! Best of luck in your remaining matches. "  -- Brian
Reveal CommentBrian Wiggins bt Stephen `chatfield (May 3) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "A great game in somewhat challenging conditions at times. Really enjoyed the match and look forward to playing you again Stephen. Good luck in your remaining matches. "  -- Brian
Reveal CommentChristian Pascual bt Brian Wiggins (Apr 25) 7-5, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "It's actually me and Brian vs the wind. Haha"  -- Christian
Reveal CommentChristian Pascual bt Harry Harrison (Apr 22) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great game with lots of deuce and good points. Just managed to snatch it with luck by my side."  -- Christian
Stephen `chatfield bt Jake King (Apr 19) 6-3, 6-4
Reveal CommentRobert Haines bt Jake King (Apr 17) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A match played in good spirits with a young man who is keen to get into tennis. Jake played some good rallies, including a couple of good lobs that defeated me. An enjoyable game."  -- Robert
Christian Pascual bt Jake King (Apr 14) 6-2, 6-1
Christian Pascual bt Andy Williams (Apr 13) 6-1, 6-0
Christian Pascual bt Stephen `chatfield (Apr 13) 6-4, 6-0
Christian Pascual bt Robert Haines (Apr 13) 4-6, 6-1, 7-5


Looking for previous matches? Visit the Havant archive.
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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