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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.

See here for the complete rules and regulations

Getting started

New players will need to complete the player questionnaire before they can join a round. Once you’ve signed up, and for returning players you can join any of the upcoming rounds above.

For everything you need to know before you get started see the FAQs and review the Rules and Regulations, which all players agree to adhere to when playing in the leagues.

If there is anything else you need help with get in contact with Nigel, Sally and the team who will be happy to help!


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Primary Venues

Christchurch Park

Christchurch Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3JL
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Other Venues

Gainsborough Sports and Community Centre

5 Braziers Wood Road, Ipswich, IP3 0SP
Tel: 01473 433644
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Northgate Sports Centre

Northgate Sports Centre Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 3DJ
Tel: 01473 433611
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Old Felixstowe Community Centre

Old Felixstowe Community Centre, Ferry Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9NB
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Copleston Sports Centre

Copleston Road/Off Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5HD
Tel: 01473 277260
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Chantry Academy

Mallard Way, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 9LR
Tel: 01473 696596.
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Maidenhall Sports Centre

Maidenhall Approach, Ipswich, IP2 8NZ
Tel: 01473 433622
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Murray Road Recreation Park

Murray Road Recreation Park, Murray Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 9AH
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Club Venues

Sproughton Tennis Club

Playing Fields, Church Lane, Sproughton, IP8 3AX
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Aldeburgh Tennis Club

Park Road, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5EN
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"I definitely improved over the course of the round," 

Dan Davies

"Big congratulations on an excellent league set up, the reports posted on the Internet and match reports, married alongside your very good e-mail updates enhance the league no end, and adds considerably to the overall enjoyment factor of the games," 

Rob Fratel

"I'd like to say again how much I enjoyed playing in the league. I met interesting people, and have played some good matches," 

Peter Valasek

"I really enjoyed playing in the tennis league. It ensures you play tennis regularly and meet new people" -- Ankur Singhania

Ankur Singhania

"​Thank you very much for the organisation of the tennis leagues. I have taken part in the Ipswich Christchurch Park league for the first time this round after a long time off from playing tennis. I think this is a great way of getting to play regularly and meet new people to play. I have had great, enjoyable matches with some very friendly people. My league matches may be finished for this round but have already arranged a couple of extra games within my group of players and will definitely be entering the next round. Once again thank you for the leagues as without dedicated people like yourself this would not be possible. Very happy player," Stuart Horrex

Stuart Horrex

"​I have thoroughly enjoyed playing in the local league. It really fits my work hours now where I can arrange the matches myself. I had given up on singles a number of years ago and was accepting that I needed to be younger and fewer ladies were interested in singles anyway. If I was going to get back into tennis since I moved jobs, I realised it would have to be singles and so far I have been surprised,"

Mary Crawford

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Collapse AllChristchurch Park, Ipswich Singles - Round 33 | Thursday 26 September 2019 to Wednesday 20 November 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 23 October 2019)

Current Rankings:

  1. Matthew Last [W1, L1] 3
  2. Avery Jackson 7.1 [W1] 2
  3. Marcus Sheaff [W1] 2
  4. Xin Chen 7.2 [L2] 1
  5. Chris Mitchell
  6. Joel Spencer
  7. Nick Anthony 7.2
  8. Tyrone Bradnam

Match Results:

Reveal CommentMatthew Last bt Xin Chen (Oct 13) 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Drizzly conditions fail to dampen four hour epic!!! Think this game probably broke us both by the end however in some tormented way I'm sure we both massively enjoyed it despite the long gruelling rallies and constant dueces. Hats off to Xin as played superbly in the first two sets with only a handful of errors. Xin raced to an early first set lead before I pegged him back slightly however he held firm. Second set sure a series of dueces resulting in Xin going 5v4 up. Unfortunately he didn't quite manage to take any of his 3 or 4 match point chances enabling me to draw level with one set a piece. Final set saw me race away to an early 4v0 lead only for Xin to again show brilliant battling spirit forcing me to earn a very hard fought victory"  -- Matthew
Marcus Sheaff bt Matthew Last (Oct 7) 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2
Reveal CommentAvery Jackson bt Xin Chen (Oct 5) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A great start for both players. Xin and I know each other games very well after our practice matches. Xin started well and was unlucky not to close out the first where he led 5-2. The second was a ding dong battle with Avery managing to clinch the set."  -- Avery

Current Rankings:

  1. Mark Scott 8.2 [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Philippa Cowie [W1, L4] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Waldemar Kapkowski [W2] 4
  4. Gary Wolton [W2] 4
  5. Stuart Horrex 8.2 [W2] 4
  6. Pradeep Rajakumar [W1] 2
  7. Elliot Bliss [L2]
  8. Jon Ling 9.1 [L1]
  9. Paul Ridley [L1]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentMark Scott bt Paul Ridley (Oct 11) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "We took a chance on the weather, and considering it drizzled all morning, the court was fine by 2pm. We started fairly evenly, breaking each other, but with the score at 4-2, I managed to see the set out. I hit some decent form in set 2, and was able to inflict the bagel on Paul. Thanks for the match Paul."  -- Mark
Reveal CommentGary Wolton bt Philippa Cowie (Oct 9) 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "Gary to start serving in the 3rd set tiebreak to decide the match at a later date. Pip managed to reduce her unforced errors in the first set to give Gary a much better game in the 2nd and 3rd sets. Both sets started with breaks of serve on both sides for the first few games. Gary saved a few match points in the third set to take it to a tiebreak, but unfortunately, play had to be stopped to allow Pip to go to work (not that she wanted to leave the match hanging on this tenterhook)!"  -- Philippa
  • "We resumed on 9/10 for the tie break, I served first and double faulted! We had many great rallies and I managed to sneak the tie break and with it the match. A thoroughly enjoyable match played in great spirits, well played Pip I look forward to the next one!," -- Gary
Reveal CommentPradeep Rajakumar bt Philippa Cowie (Oct 5) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very fine tennis on a very pleasant day. Me & Pip were quite equally posed on the first set breaking each other’s serve until 5 all. The last couple games turned my way after some very good deuce games. We started the 2nd set after a small break due to court shifting where I managed to get an initial lead, but Pip managed to pull it back with a couple of solid games. After a bit of scare I managed to take the set. Pip has some great serves & excellent shots, a bit more improvement on unforced errors & placement could really make the difference. -Pradeep "  -- Pradeep
Waldemar Kapkowski bt Elliot Bliss (Oct 5) 6-1, 6-4
Reveal CommentStuart Horrex bt Philippa Cowie (Oct 4) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "This was the first time Philippa and I had met and must say we had a great game. 1st set was very competitive with both of us having our serves broke on more than one occasion, unfortunately Philippa made a few to many unforced errors which meant I took the set. 2nd set with Philippa's serve working a lot better and fewer errors meant an even closer set, I having to come back from 0-40 on 2 occasions, fittingly it went into a tie-break which I just managed to scrape to take the match. Very enjoyable match and look forward to playing again, thanks. "  -- Stuart
Reveal CommentGary Wolton bt Mark Scott (Oct 4) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Another close encounter played in damp conditions in the park which rendered the court a little slippery at times and on occasion hampered movement. Mark started the stronger, adapting better to the conditions and taking a 3/1 lead with some good attacking play. I grabbed the next two to get to 3/3 before mark got the next. At 4/4 I managed to find a couple of winners to take the next 2 games and the set. The early exchanges in set 2 were very close and well contested. I crept to a 4/2 lead and had 40/0 on my serve but Mark wasn’t having it and broke me to get to make it4/3. I ground in to sneak the next two games and the set. A good match given the conditions and compliments to Mark on a sporting baseline call in the penultimate game. "  -- Gary
Waldemar Kapkowski bt Jon Ling (Oct 3) 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentPhilippa Cowie bt Elliot Bliss (Oct 2) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Gorgeous blue skies and cool breeze made for a great morning for tennis. The match became a battle of the forehands and unforced errors. Much better rallies in the second set with lots of great runs on both ends to retrieve the ball. Plenty of winners for Elliot contrasted with a couple of aces for Pip. Overall a very enjoyable game with both sets following the same trend in terms of breaks and holds."  -- Philippa
Reveal CommentStuart Horrex bt Mark Scott (Sep 30) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure to play Mark and as expected this was a close encounter. 1st set we traded games with some breaks of serves and great rallies that would have looked good on camera. 2nd set Marks game rocketed up to another level and before I knew it he was 5-0 up, I dug in to get a couple back but ultimately the damage was done. 3rd set was a real tussle similar to the 1st from start to finish and could of gone either way but I managed to get over the line to take the match. As usual it was a great match with Mark and I look forward to our next encounter. "  -- Stuart
Reveal CommentMark Scott bt Philippa Cowie (Sep 27) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "We played in the morning, as showers looked likely in the afternoon.First time I've played Phillipa, always good to meet new players. We started with a game of 10 dueces!..Phillipa's a consistent player, and our rallies were often long. I managed to make less errors though, and eventually got the breaks in both sets. "  -- Mark

Current Rankings:

  1. Paul Flanagan [W2] 4
  2. Jamie Cussans 9.2 [W1] 2
  3. David Sendall [W1, L1] 2
  4. Peter Haystead [W1] 2
  5. Zelma Green 9.1 [L1] 1
  6. Mark Walker [L1]
  7. Bill Garside [L2]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentPaul Flanagan bt Bill Garside (Oct 10) 7-6 (7-5), 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A really close first set unfortunately littered with errors from both players, with each admitting a bad day at the office. Paul managed to go 5-2 ahead only for bill to show great tenacity to win 4 games on the bounce to take it to 6-5, Paul managed to hold his serve to take it to tie break, Paul again raced into The lead, 5-1 only for bill to come back, eventually Paul got the two points needed. In the 2nd set Paul found a little rhythm and consistency but the score doesn’t reflect what was still many close games."  -- Paul
David Sendall bt Mark Walker (Oct 5) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentPaul Flanagan bt David Sendall (Oct 2) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A really good battle under the lights where the score doesn’t reflect how close the match really was. After the first finished 6-2 the 2nd was a very even affair with neither player holding serve, at 4-3 Paul managed to hold making the vital difference. I suspect if this game had started in the 2nd set the winner may well have been different."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentJamie Cussans bt Bill Garside (Sep 30) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good close match at CCP. I managed to get 5-1 up in the 2nd set before Bill played brilliantly to win 3 games in a row to make a very competitive finish which I luckily edged...just! Great game thanks Bill"  -- Jamie
Peter Haystead bt Zelma Green (Sep 27) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

Results

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The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches for Christchurch Park, Ipswich.

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) 

Comments:
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