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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
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  • 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.
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Collapse AllHove Singles - Round 48 | Thursday 26 September 2019 to Wednesday 20 November 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 23 October 2019)

A nice, slip-slidy with sunny intervals round to almost finish off the year! 60% or so of matches were played which is not at all bad for the time of year and there were a few absolute classics. So how about one more round in 2019, a special 10-week round to take us into the New Year! It's the perfect antidote to the over-indulgence of the season!

Group Summary:

A great group marked out by a dominant performance from Dimitri who played all his matches, won them all and picked up his bonus points. Judging by the commentaries it all looked like a lot of fun, and just to make sure Dimitri didn't take it all for granted, Piers took his encounter with the eventual group winner the distance in an exciting three-setter. In the tussle for second place, Steven just edged ahead of James by virtue of points for sets won in the three-setters he lost. Well played all!

Final Rankings:

  1. Dimitri Takas [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Steven Denman [W3, L2, UF1] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. James Ovnik 10.2 [W3, L3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Ben Kofi [W3, L2] 7
  5. Piers Spencer [W2, L1, UF1] 6
  6. Will Lowrie [W1, L5] 3
  7. Alex Beaumont 8.2 [L5] 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentWill Lowrie bt Alex Beaumont (Nov 19) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A closely fought match on a difficult astro surface... a good mix of long points, winners, and of course - mistakes! Thanks Alex."  -- Will

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentDimitri Takas bt Piers Spencer (Nov 17) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really close match with lots of good points and rallies. Both of us had spells of making mistakes and playing well and the match kept swinging back and forth as the score suggests. In the end I was fortunate to clinch the win. Cheers Piers"  -- Dimitri
Reveal CommentJames Ovnik bt Alex Beaumont (Nov 17) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Alex, great fun."  -- James
Reveal CommentBen Kofi bt Alex Beaumont (Nov 11) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "There were some fun rallies, thanks or the game Alex"  -- Ben
Reveal CommentDimitri Takas bt Ben Kofi (Nov 9) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Dimitri continued his run of blitzing through the league today, I saved a few match points at 2-5 on serve but it was only prolonging the almost inevitable. Thanks for the game Dimitri, there were some good rallies and long games n there today"  -- Ben
Reveal CommentPiers Spencer bt Will Lowrie (Nov 9) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great fun game, some great serves and volleys towards the end. Thanks Will. "  -- Piers
Reveal CommentBen Kofi bt Will Lowrie (Nov 8) 6-7 (12-14), 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "In a match that started on the 28th October and was postponed after 2 sets due to lack of light until 8/11 when it was finished, there was a lot of good tennis mixed in with some not so good tennis. I almost squeaked the first set after being behind for ~95% of it when I had set point at 8-7 in the breaker. Will won it though after serving for the set at 5-4 and 6-5 and 10 set points in the breaker. In the second set, I then got ahead and didn't look back. The final set was played under the morning sun which only came into play in the final game when it made Will miss the ball completely on an overhead and the match point was unfortunately decided by a lucky net cord for me. Ultimately though, a good battle between lefties"  -- Ben
Reveal CommentPiers Spencer bt James Ovnik (Nov 3) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable match, thanks Piers."  -- James
Reveal CommentDimitri Takas bt Will Lowrie (Oct 26) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very windy day which made play tricky but we managed to play some good tennis with plenty of good points. Thanks Will."  -- Dimitri
Reveal CommentSteven Denman bt Will Lowrie (Oct 24) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "The two maverick renegades of tennis returned to face off against one another in this late evening fixture. The fans wanted more, but Will was out of practice and it ended in straight sets."  -- Steven
Reveal CommentJames Ovnik bt Will Lowrie (Oct 23) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Cheers Will, really fun match. "  -- James
Reveal CommentSteven Denman bt Ben Kofi (Oct 23) 6-3, 0-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Not sure what to say about this one. The first set was pretty even, I fell apart in the second for a lovely bagel and then Ben fell apart in the third...."  -- Steven
Steven Denman v Piers Spencer (Oct 22) 6-3, 3-6 TBC
Reveal CommentDimitri Takas bt Steven Denman (Oct 20) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Deserved win as always for Dimitri. The umpire had to give me a couple of warnings for racket abuse but we got through the game amicably. Cheers Dimitri, until next time...."  -- Steven
Steven Denman bt Alex Beaumont (Oct 19) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
Reveal CommentDimitri Takas bt James Ovnik (Oct 13) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game James, some really tight long games and plenty of great rallies. Cheers"  -- Dimitri
Reveal CommentJames Ovnik bt Steven Denman (Oct 8) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match Steve, really enjoyed it. Could of swung either way at any point! Cheers."  -- James
Reveal CommentDimitri Takas bt Alex Beaumont (Oct 4) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match Alex, some really tight long rallies. Cheers"  -- Dimitri
Reveal CommentBen Kofi bt James Ovnik (Oct 1) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Cheers for the game Ben, you played some great defense!"  -- James

Group Summary:

Not as many matches played as in Group One, but still some nice tennis to record and it was Harvey, making his return to the league, who had the most success. He won each of his three matches and that, with the help of bonus points, was enough to keep him ahead of the chasing pack. More matches could have changed all that of course, but no doubt who the winner is this time. Meanwhile, with two good wins of his own, the runner up is Dominic.

Final Rankings:

  1. Harvey Freear 9.2 [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Dominic Jackson 9.1 [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Adam Arabzadeh 10.2 [W1, L4] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Joe McPherson 8.2 [W2] 4
  5. Jon Rattenbury 8.2 [W1, L2] 2
  6. Andy Gray 9.1 [L1]
  7. Andrew Yule 10.1

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJon Rattenbury bt Adam Arabzadeh (Nov 17) 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), [10-6]

Player Comments:

  • "Great game!"  -- Jon
Reveal CommentDominic Jackson bt Jon Rattenbury (Nov 10) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good game Jon - and a good comeback in that 2nd set!"  -- Dominic
Reveal CommentAdam Arabzadeh bt Andy Gray (Oct 27) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Really close, enjoyable match with a lot of great rallies and some great shots! Well played Andy!!"  -- Adam
Reveal CommentJoe McPherson bt Dominic Jackson (Oct 22) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match Joe - a well earned win - got quite close in the second - bit of a shame I couldn't push more in the third!! "  -- Dominic
Reveal CommentHarvey Freear bt Dominic Jackson (Oct 19) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great match Harvey - and a very close second set - look forward to the next time!"  -- Dominic
Reveal CommentJoe McPherson bt Adam Arabzadeh (Oct 19) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable game, thanks Adam, was getting closer as it went on."  -- Joe
Reveal CommentHarvey Freear bt Adam Arabzadeh (Oct 8) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great game Adam, thanks. Much closer than scores suggest. Have you stopped running yet!!"  -- Harvey
Reveal CommentHarvey Freear bt Jon Rattenbury (Oct 4) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Jon, good to get out in lovely weather!"  -- Harvey
Reveal CommentDominic Jackson bt Adam Arabzadeh (Sep 27) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Adam - a good and challenging match with some fun rallies despite the windy conditions and slightly damp court.. A pleasure to meet you too - good luck for the rest of the group"  -- Dominic

Group Summary:

Right said Fred on his return to the league, let's get's this winning thing done! A terrific round saw him complete and win all his matches and of course pick up bonus points along the way. Paul did his very best to keep in sight of the group leader and earns a very creditable second place too. And a special word for Kalon. No wins in his first visit to the league but he was involved in some of the best matches and was the only player to take a set off Fred!

Final Rankings:

  1. Fred Grumitt [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Paul Mellowship [W4, L2] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. David Stevens 8.2 [W1, L2] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Simon Purwar [W2, L1] 4
  5. Kalon Richfield [L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Robert Morgan [L2]
  7. Ben Gordon 10.2 [L2]

Match Results:

Paul Mellowship bt Ben Gordon (Nov 17) 7-5, 6-0
Simon Purwar bt Paul Mellowship (Nov 13) 6-2, 6-4
Reveal CommentFred Grumitt bt Paul Mellowship (Nov 5) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "We braved the damp conditions to have a great game with some long and varied points. "  -- Fred
Reveal CommentFred Grumitt bt Ben Gordon (Nov 3) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A good game with some long rallies."  -- Fred
Reveal CommentPaul Mellowship bt Robert Morgan (Oct 23) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Much closer than the score. I had many lucky breaks and sorry for a few badminton volleys Rob"  -- Paul
Reveal CommentPaul Mellowship bt Kalon Richfield (Oct 22) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "No Rain, no wind, sunshine, a fab tennis match with a great opponent! Was I dreaming? Amazing game and looking forward to playing Kal again.... "  -- Paul
Reveal CommentSimon Purwar bt Kalon Richfield (Oct 19) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The sun came out just for us. Good to get the game played. Scoreline does not reflect the closeness of the game - lots of hard fought rallies."  -- Simon
Fred Grumitt bt Robert Morgan (Oct 15) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentPaul Mellowship bt David Stevens (Oct 9) 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Seizing a window of opportunity between fleeting showers and blustery winds we managed to play a great game of tennis in the calm sunshine with a great comeback from David in the 2nd set - well played!"  -- Paul
Reveal CommentDavid Stevens bt Kalon Richfield (Oct 5) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "enjoyable match with a lot of tough rallies and some lucky net cords for me.. "  -- David
Reveal CommentFred Grumitt bt Simon Purwar (Oct 3) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Some great rallies, thanks for the game Simon. "  -- Fred
Reveal CommentFred Grumitt bt David Stevens (Sep 30) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good game with some nice tennis played. "  -- Fred

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentFred Grumitt bt Kalon Richfield (Sep 28) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really good game in tough, windy conditions. We got used to the conditions towards the final set and had some really good rallies. "  -- Fred

Group Summary:

Dee kept his nose ahead throughout the round and crucially made sure he didn't slip up in what sounds like a really nice match with Kate. So in a group full of good tennis, Dee is the champ and Kate earns the silver. Gavin, close behind, takes the bronze.

Final Rankings:

  1. Diarmuid (dee) O'hare [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Kate Morley [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Gavin Reynolds [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Andy Grant [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Daisy Dicker [W1, L4] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Jeremy Beales [L5] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Bobby Treweek 10.2 withdrawn

Match Results:

Reveal CommentGavin Reynolds bt Daisy Dicker (Nov 21) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good conditions for a change with little wind and some really good rallies.Thanks Daisy."  -- Gavin
Reveal CommentDiarmuid (dee) O'hare bt Jeremy Beales (Nov 14) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great game had. Good rallies and majority of games went to Deuce. We were lucky to get a window of dry weather too."  -- Diarmuid (dee)
Reveal CommentDiarmuid (dee) O'hare bt Andy Grant (Nov 3) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "It had been raining just before we played so the courts were a bit slippery which meant we didn't get as many of our gut busting rallies as we did in previous matches. that's one match each against Andy so look forward to the next league!"  -- Diarmuid (dee)
Reveal CommentKate Morley bt Andy Grant (Oct 30) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A standardly close match with Andy, lots of Deuces and rallies! I anticipated that we were heading for a tie break in the second set, as Andy caught up with me from 4-1 down, I had to dig deep to wrap things up in two sets!!! Always a guaranteed fun match with Andy G :)"  -- Kate
Reveal CommentDiarmuid (dee) O'hare bt Gavin Reynolds (Oct 22) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "a great competitive game. many long rallies and enjoyable to play in the sunshine."  -- Diarmuid (dee)
Reveal CommentKate Morley bt Jeremy Beales (Oct 22) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Fun match with a fair few deuces! Slippery and sunny conditions, shared pair of Sunglasses at the sunny end of Court!!!"  -- Kate
Reveal CommentDiarmuid (dee) O'hare bt Daisy Dicker (Oct 21) 7-6 (7-2), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "great game with most games going to several dueces. some great long rallies + look forward to playing Daisy again"  -- Diarmuid (dee)
Reveal CommentGavin Reynolds bt Andy Grant (Oct 20) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A really tight game with some long deuces which could have gone either way.Just managed to finish as the sun went down.Thanks Andy for a very competitive match."  -- Gavin
Reveal CommentGavin Reynolds bt Jeremy Beales (Oct 15) 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)

Player Comments:

  • "Had a lot of catching up to do as Jeremy was ahead in both sets.Look forward to our next friendly encounter"  -- Gavin
Reveal CommentKate Morley bt Daisy Dicker (Oct 10) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "This was a crazy match, the first set could have gone either way, I was 4-1 down and caught up fairly last minute.com, and secured the first set on literally a couple of points. The second set score line does not really reflect, as most of the games went to deuce with me nabbing them at the last minute! Daisy is a tricky player and I really had to step up to find a way in this match :)"  -- Kate
Reveal CommentDaisy Dicker bt Jeremy Beales (Oct 7) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable match - rain just about held off!"  -- Daisy
Reveal CommentAndy Grant bt Jeremy Beales (Oct 6) 7-6 (7-4), 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A hard struggle! Thanks for the match, Jeremy."  -- Andy
Reveal CommentAndy Grant bt Daisy Dicker (Oct 5) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Among my most enjoyable LTL matches. Lots of multiple deuce games and serve breaks. Daisy is a great retriever, i was trying to put the ball from side to side but it kept coming back!"  -- Andy
Reveal CommentDiarmuid (dee) O'hare bt Kate Morley (Oct 2) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "it was great to get a game in the sunshine after the recent rain an yet conditions then became a mixture of blinding sunshine and strong winds. lovely friendly game with some great rallies particularly in the second set."  -- Diarmuid (dee)

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentKate Morley bt Gavin Reynolds (Sep 30) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "This was a crazy first match of the group, and a tight match that could have gone either way. I was 5-0 up in the 2nd set and Gavin made his way back to 5-4, I only just managed to secure the second set. And then the third set was similar to the second, I secured a safe lead and then Gavin chased me all the way to the very end! Gavin is tricky to get past and has brilliant short winners - this match was tough!! "  -- Kate

Group Summary:

There was definitely more tennis to be got out of this group so with a nod to the matches that didn't get played let's celebrate the excellent matches that were. David emerged on top just preventing Khalid earning a group win on his debut!

Final Rankings:

  1. David Ford [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Khalid Al Hamadi [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Mary Kelly 9.2 [W1, L2] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Judith Mackenzie [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Dave Jones
  6. Joe Wells
  7. Louis Blair

Match Results:

David Ford bt Mary Kelly (Oct 23) 6-0, 6-2
Reveal CommentKhalid Al Hamadi bt Mary Kelly (Oct 19) 7-6 (7-1), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great first set and plenty of rallies over all. Weather came out nice in the end!"  -- Khalid
Reveal CommentMary Kelly bt Judith Mackenzie (Oct 16) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Finally got to play in between showers. Nice to meet you Judith and good luck with your matches"  -- Mary

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentDavid Ford bt Khalid Al Hamadi (Oct 14) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Just managed to complete our game before it poured down again. Very even first set that could have gone either way . Hope to play you again in the league"  -- David
Reveal CommentDavid Ford bt Judith Mackenzie (Oct 9) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely to play you Judith. For someone whose a relative newcomer to tennis you’ve already got an impressive serve. Good luck in your other matches"  -- David
Khalid Al Hamadi bt Judith Mackenzie (Oct 6) 6-0, 6-0

Results

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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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