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Collapse AllHove Singles - Round 51 | Thursday 4 June 2020 to Wednesday 29 July 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 1 July 2020)

It was great to have an extra group in the league this round and to welcome 9 new players alongside our regulars and returners... and fantastic to see friendly, competitive tennis return to the courts of Hove! Well done for completing two thirds of all possible matches and contending with the usual mixed bag of British weather conditions, although fortunately there was more heat than rain to contend with this time!

Group Summary:

It was a successful return to Hove Tennis League for James who finished comfortable winner with 6 match wins and no defeats, a full 5 points clear of runner up Piers who was the only player to take a set off James. Piers enjoyed "a bit of luck" in his win over third placed Dimitri while Dimitri showed his fighting qualities to win in 3 sets against Will. Alastair and Paul had a close 3 setter too although it was "hampered unfortunately by the wind".

Final Rankings:

  1. James Ovnik 10.2 [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Piers Spencer [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Dimitri Takas [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Paul Ramsden 8.2 [W2, L1] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Alastair Todd [W2, L2, UF1] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Guy Voce 8.2 [W2, L4, UF1] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Will Lowrie [W1, L5] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  8. James Caulfield [L4]
  9. Harvey Freear 9.2

Match Results:

Reveal CommentJames Ovnik bt Alastair Todd (Jul 28) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Cheers Alister, great game in the afternoon sun."  -- James
Reveal CommentGuy Voce bt James Caulfield (Jul 27) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Blustery conditions but an enjoyable game none the less, thanks James"  -- Guy
Reveal CommentPiers Spencer bt Will Lowrie (Jul 16) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great start to the morning. Some great rallies. "  -- Piers
Reveal CommentWill Lowrie bt James Caulfield (Jul 14) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks James!"  -- Will
Reveal CommentJames Ovnik bt Dimitri Takas (Jul 12) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great game as always mate! Well played. "  -- James
Reveal CommentJames Ovnik bt James Caulfield (Jul 11) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Cheers for the game mate."  -- James
Reveal CommentGuy Voce v Alastair Todd (Jul 4) 6-4, 4-6 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Regretfully we lost our court at 3-3 in a match tie breaker and never got around to rescheduling a time to finish. "  -- Guy
Reveal CommentAlastair Todd bt James Caulfield (Jul 1) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good game! James is very quick and a very good player for someone recently come back to tennis."  -- Alastair
Reveal CommentDimitri Takas bt Guy Voce (Jul 1) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure playing you Guy, good game. Cheers Dimitri"  -- Dimitri
Reveal CommentJames Ovnik bt Piers Spencer (Jun 26) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game mate, we need to work on our volleys though!"  -- James
Reveal CommentPiers Spencer bt Guy Voce (Jun 24) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game, nice to play early in the morning with the weather like this. Guy hit some great serves rallies were much longer than the score depicts. Thanks Guy. P"  -- Piers
Reveal CommentJames Ovnik bt Guy Voce (Jun 21) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game Guy, cheers. "  -- James
Reveal CommentDimitri Takas bt Alastair Todd (Jun 18) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match Ally. Cheers Dimitri"  -- Dimitri
Reveal CommentGuy Voce bt Will Lowrie (Jun 16) 2-6, 7-5, [10-8]

Player Comments:

  • "A tough game, could have gone either way. "  -- Guy
Paul Ramsden bt Will Lowrie (Jun 16) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentPiers Spencer bt Dimitri Takas (Jun 14) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play Dimitri again. Think a bit of luck was on my side with this one!"  -- Piers
Reveal CommentPaul Ramsden bt Guy Voce (Jun 13) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great game Guy well played"  -- Paul

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentDimitri Takas bt Will Lowrie (Jun 12) 6-4, 5-7, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Dimitri, great game!"  -- Will
Reveal CommentJames Ovnik bt Will Lowrie (Jun 8) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great game Will, cheers. "  -- James
Reveal CommentAlastair Todd bt Paul Ramsden (Jun 5) 4-6, 6-1, [10-2]

Player Comments:

  • "Good game, hampered unfortunately by the wind. Hopefully better conditions for the next time we play."  -- Alastair

Group Summary:

Fred and Matt finished as group winner and runner up respectively on their return to Hove Tennis League, with Fred going undefeated on 6 wins to pull clear by 2 points. Simon pushed both players hard but couldn't quite secure a third set, and Juan took Fred to a second set tiebreak "in some horrible weather". Simon secured a tight 2 set win of his own against Juan though, a match with "a lot of running and very long points"!

Final Rankings:

  1. Fred Grumitt [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Matt Barnes 8.1 [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Adam Smith 8.2 [W3, L4] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Simon O'Neill [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Juan Pane [W3, L3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Jon Rattenbury 8.2 [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Adam Arabzadeh 10.1 [L6] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Juan Reig Morant [L1]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentMatt Barnes bt Simon O'Neill (Jul 21) 7-5, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great match, so close!"  -- Matt
Reveal CommentFred Grumitt bt Jon Rattenbury (Jul 18) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Fun game in the evening sun"  -- Fred
Reveal CommentFred Grumitt bt Matt Barnes (Jul 9) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good game with some long rallies"  -- Fred
Reveal CommentFred Grumitt bt Simon O'Neill (Jul 7) 7-5, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Really great game with some memorable rallies. "  -- Fred

Match of the Group:

Juan Pane bt Jon Rattenbury (Jul 5) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
Matt Barnes bt Adam Smith (Jul 2) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentSimon O'Neill bt Juan Pane (Jul 1) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game Juan, a lot of running & very long points! Cheers"  -- Simon
Matt Barnes bt Juan Pane (Jun 23) 6-3, 6-4
Jon Rattenbury bt Adam Arabzadeh (Jun 21) 6-0, 7-6 (7-3)
Reveal CommentAdam Smith bt Juan Reig Morant (Jun 20) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Nice match in the sun, well played Juan!"  -- Adam
Reveal CommentAdam Smith bt Adam Arabzadeh (Jun 19) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable game, both having improved since we last played we had some good rallies"  -- Adam
Reveal CommentMatt Barnes bt Jon Rattenbury (Jun 17) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great match very tight!"  -- Matt
Reveal CommentSimon O'Neill bt Adam Arabzadeh (Jun 17) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Cheers Adam, the score didn’t reflect the flow of the match. Some very long, tight games. "  -- Simon
Reveal CommentFred Grumitt bt Adam Arabzadeh (Jun 14) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable game in the Sunday sun"  -- Fred
Adam Smith bt Jon Rattenbury (Jun 14) 6-2, 6-3
Reveal CommentSimon O'Neill bt Adam Smith (Jun 13) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great game, Adam. Really enjoyable - cheers! "  -- Simon
Reveal CommentFred Grumitt bt Juan Pane (Jun 12) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)

Player Comments:

  • "A fun game in some horrible weather, thanks Juan. "  -- Fred
Reveal CommentMatt Barnes bt Adam Arabzadeh (Jun 11) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "good game in high wind!"  -- Matt
Fred Grumitt bt Adam Smith (Jun 8) 6-1, 6-1
Juan Pane bt Adam Smith (Jun 8) 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
Juan Pane bt Adam Arabzadeh (Jun 6) 6-3, 6-1

Group Summary:

Khalid was the emphatic winner of Group 3 recording 5 match wins to finish 4 points clear of runner up Christopher. Appropriately he had to work hardest against the runner up, coming from a set down to eventually win in a match tiebreak. Khalid proved too strong for Kate though, surviving a first set tiebreak to win in 2 close sets, while Jon very nearly forced a decider against Khalid but couldn't quite win the second set tiebreak.

Final Rankings:

  1. Khalid Al Hamadi 10.2 [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Christopher Isherwood [W2, L3] 8 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Andy Gray 9.1 [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Kate Morley [W1, L2] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Jon Cook 10.1 [W1, L1] 2
  6. David Ford [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Bobby Treweek 10.2 [L1] withdrawn

Match Results:

Khalid Al Hamadi bt Jon Cook (Jul 11) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
Reveal CommentKate Morley bt David Ford (Jun 29) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A tight match as always with Dave! I managed to get a lucky break in both sets at the right time to secure a win. Ridiculously windy conditions with the ball flying all over the place, impossible to read! Thanks an entertaining windy match Dave!"  -- Kate
Reveal CommentKhalid Al Hamadi bt Kate Morley (Jun 28) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Was a really close first set, I thought Kate would take it! Definitely some crazy rallies in this match, well played."  -- Khalid
Reveal CommentKhalid Al Hamadi bt Andy Gray (Jun 24) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "The heat made this a very tough game but well played Andy!"  -- Khalid
Reveal CommentChristopher Isherwood bt David Ford (Jun 22) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Long rallies kept the games flowing with some great gets by David early on in the match before the heat slowed up play."  -- Christopher
Reveal CommentChristopher Isherwood bt Kate Morley (Jun 20) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Hot and humid, so a slow paced match with some good shots played by both players."  -- Christopher
Reveal CommentKhalid Al Hamadi bt Bobby Treweek (Jun 20) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good game Bobby! Started off a bit slow but got some interesting rallies and good serving as well. Best of luck for the rest of the group."  -- Khalid

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentKhalid Al Hamadi bt Christopher Isherwood (Jun 17) 5-7, 7-5, [10-6]

Player Comments:

  • "A very long match with 2 toughly contested sets, some great games in there, well played Chris!"  -- Khalid
Andy Gray bt David Ford (Jun 15) 6-4, 6-2
Reveal CommentJon Cook bt Christopher Isherwood (Jun 14) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Neither us really got into our stride and the people on the next court playing loud music didn’t really help! But fun all the same and very close!"  -- Jon
Andy Gray bt Christopher Isherwood (Jun 9) 6-2, 2-6, [10-6]

Group Summary:

Congratulations to Bankim for winning the group on his Leagues debut in fine style, winning all 5 matches to finish 2 points clear of runner up John. John made him work hard for his win though and his recorded a great win of his own against Mel in 3 sets, "a proper slog fest with some great rallies and shots throughout". Third placed Amanda had a strong round too winning 3 matches and impressing with a "fantastic serve and great forehand" in a close 3 set defeat to John.

Final Rankings:

  1. Bankim Chandra [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. John Tovey 10.2 [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Amanda Atkins 10.1 [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Mel Dixon 10.2 [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Julia Loucks [W1, L4] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Juliana Zordan [L5] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Stefanos Kourtesis withdrawn

Match Results:

Reveal CommentJohn Tovey bt Julia Loucks (Jul 19) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "An epic 3 week contest... separated by a rain break and busy diaries. Some really fun rallies and one game hitting Deuce circa 1 million times. Julia has a cracking forehand and on one point produced the best return of serve of the round; blasting a kicking serve down the line, sending me flying. Looking forward to another game!"  -- John
Amanda Atkins bt Mel Dixon (Jul 15) 6-1, 6-3
Amanda Atkins bt Julia Loucks (Jul 6) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentBankim Chandra bt John Tovey (Jul 4) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "John has amazing fitness, accuracy & proper tennis shots unlike me. Almost every game went to deuce stage & at least 2 deuces in a game. Very enjoyable match, would like to play John again. I think he should move to the next league with me. BIG WARNING: NEVER PLAY AN EX-MILITARY ON A SATURDAY!!"  -- Bankim
Reveal CommentBankim Chandra bt Juliana Zordan (Jun 29) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Juliana played really well. Great Rallies, good run around & the windy weather didnt stop us to have a good sweat out & enjoy Tennis & Fresh Air. Really enjoyable game & we will arrange more friendlies in future. Thanks!!"  -- Bankim
Reveal CommentMel Dixon bt Julia Loucks (Jun 24) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match on a hot summer's afternoon. Any thoughts of an easy win were dispelled in the second set when Julia raised her game. She could be a force with a few more games under her belt!"  -- Mel

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJohn Tovey bt Mel Dixon (Jun 21) 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "A proper slog fest with some great rallies and shots throughout. A swirling wind and laser beam sunshine added to the fun in a very close and enjoyable game. Thanks Mel!"  -- John
Reveal CommentJulia Loucks bt Juliana Zordan (Jun 20) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great match against Juliana, can’t believe she’s only been playing for 2 years! I reckon she was a tennis player in a previous life... "  -- Julia
Reveal CommentJohn Tovey bt Juliana Zordan (Jun 14) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A great way to start a Sunday with a really enjoyable match. Closer than the score suggests and Julianna played one of the finest backhand passes I have ever seen! Good luck with the rest of your games :)"  -- John
Reveal CommentBankim Chandra bt Amanda Atkins (Jun 13) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable game on a sunny cool Saturday morning. Amanda played really well, lots of aces, great backhand, very crafty drop shots. Scores doesn't reflect the very evenly skilled match. Would love to play with Amanda again!! Thanks Bankim"  -- Bankim
Reveal CommentBankim Chandra bt Mel Dixon (Jun 11) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Amazing Match...Great Rallies & the last game had a rally of 50+ shots...Finally found someone who plays exactly like me...Squash + Tennis = Squennis...Best match of my life....Thanks Mel!!"  -- Bankim
Reveal CommentAmanda Atkins bt Juliana Zordan (Jun 8) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The match was much closer than the score suggests! A really enjoyable evening. Thank you."  -- Amanda
Reveal CommentMel Dixon bt Juliana Zordan (Jun 7) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable match with some good rallies and plenty of games going to deuce."  -- Mel
Reveal CommentJohn Tovey bt Amanda Atkins (Jun 7) 1-6, 6-3, [10-5]

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable game played in the early Sunday Morning sunshine. Amanda, by far the more skillful player, has a fantastic serve and a great forehand! Good luck with your other games : )"  -- John
Reveal CommentBankim Chandra bt Julia Loucks (Jun 4) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Bankim walked all over me today... I’d like to think that as it was my first match in a year and a half I was dusting off the cobwebs, but he beat me fair and square with some excellent shots and extreme speed manoeuvring around the court. Well played Bankim! "  -- Julia

Group Summary:

This was a smaller group but there were some entertaining matches nonetheless with group winner Andy recording 5 match wins and finishing 3 points clear of runner up Jeremy. Third placed Caroline beat Jeremy in a "fun game" on the seafront but was hampered by a slower start scheduling matches and hence missing out on the midway bonus points... which goes to show the importance of scheduling and tennis skills in the Leagues!

Final Rankings:

  1. Andy Grant [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Jeremy Beales [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Catherine Clifton [W3, L1] 6
  4. Daniela Dourado [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Louis Blair [W1, L3] 2
  6. Kai Jeans [L3]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAndy Grant bt Kai Jeans (Jul 28) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good to meet you, Kai. "  -- Andy
Reveal CommentJeremy Beales bt Kai Jeans (Jul 15) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Fun game in nice conditions. We both got a good runaround. Thanks Kai"  -- Jeremy
Reveal CommentCatherine Clifton bt Louis Blair (Jul 11) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to meet you Louis."  -- Catherine
Reveal CommentCatherine Clifton bt Jeremy Beales (Jul 7) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Such a fun game, Jeremy, the move to the seafront was definitely a good decision!😊"  -- Catherine
Reveal CommentAndy Grant bt Louis Blair (Jul 3) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A fun match, Louis, despite the wind. Nice to meet you."  -- Andy
Reveal CommentAndy Grant bt Catherine Clifton (Jun 28) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Catherine, another enjoyable match against you."  -- Andy
Reveal CommentLouis Blair bt Daniela Dourado (Jun 26) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely to meet Daniela. Tough playing in the heat"  -- Louis
Jeremy Beales bt Daniela Dourado (Jun 23) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentCatherine Clifton bt Daniela Dourado (Jun 20) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely to meet you, Dani and I hope we can have a friendly over the summer."  -- Catherine
Jeremy Beales bt Louis Blair (Jun 18) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentAndy Grant bt Daniela Dourado (Jun 15) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Nice meeting Andy and getting some tips!"  -- Daniela
Reveal CommentDaniela Dourado bt Kai Jeans (Jun 9) 4-2, 4-2

Player Comments:

  • ''An enjoyable evening and a pleasure to play with Kai. Good luck on your next games ;) ''- Daniela

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentAndy Grant bt Jeremy Beales (Jun 7) 5-7, 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game, Jeremy. A pleasure to play such a good-natured match. Hard fought in the first set but my forays to the net paid off in the end."  -- Andy