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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 just wanted to say that I really enjoyed this round of matches and playing each of you in the group. We should also congratulate ourselves as a group, as we managed to play ALL our matches, with everything wrapped up by 1st June with 10 days to spare! I reckon that's pretty impressive with everybody leading ever-busier lives and the amount of inclement weather along the way :)  Hopefully see some or all of you in the next round :)"

Ashley Miller

"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

"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

"Very enjoyable, all played with good attitude and spirit in nice surroundings. Thanks to all concerned,"

Fred Woollard

"Very much enjoying the league, thank you for your efforts. As the old stager in this group at 52 I am playing my best tennis ever, not quite sure how I beat Hilary and Avery they are much better than me! You have done a great job with the league, encouraging participation and getting the mix right with the correct standards of players in each group," 

Nick Anthony

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Collapse AllChristchurch Park, Ipswich Singles - Round 34 | Thursday 9 January 2020 to Wednesday 4 March 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 5 February 2020)

A good round in Ipswich with a very impressive three quarters of all possible matches played - and that's despite some tennis unfriendly weather! Many thanks for all the efforts in getting these matches played and here's hoping for sun next round!

Group Summary:

A brilliantly competitive group, played in great spirits with a close contest between Marcus and Matthew, great returning from Xin, Stuart putting up fantastic defensive and Avery and Daniel tying on points at the top of the group! That means it all came down to the head to head with Avery emerging as group champ this time. Very well played all.

Final Rankings:

  1. Avery Jackson 7.1 [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Daniel Peck [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Marcus Sheaff [W3, L1] 6
  4. Matthew Last [W1, L3] 4
  5. Stuart Horrex 8.2 [W1, L4] 3
  6. Xin Chen 7.2 [L3]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAvery Jackson bt Xin Chen (Mar 1) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A beautiful day for tennis and both players played few extra sets to make the most of it. Hats off to Xin who battled well despite an earlier injury. With Xin’s double fault count increasing in the swirling winds in the first set Avery took the opportunity to Remain consistent and close out the first set. The second was a closer encounter with both players serves improving and the rallies getting longer with each points. Another enjoyable match played in good spirit."  -- Avery
Reveal CommentDaniel Peck bt Stuart Horrex (Feb 29) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Considering the very windy conditions with the ball flying in all directions we managed to have quite a few good long rallies. Daniel started the more consistent in the first set but Stuart really picked his game up in the 2nd taking a 1-0 then 2-1 lead. Daniel then won a few games on the bounce to lead 4-2 only for Stuart to make it a close end to the set winning the next. Daniel saw through the last 2 close games to take the win in a more competitive match than scores suggest. "  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentMarcus Sheaff bt Matthew Last (Feb 24) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Without stuffing painkillers or anything else or much icing, I recovered from real injuries carried into my last match from my match with avery to keep my arrangement with matt. As in my last match of identical duration, this was our fifth meeting. Like the previous four, this was closely contested and played at a high level from start to finish. Each of us played slightly better in streaks with Matt getting out of the traps like a March hare, getting to 4-0 and it looked like set 1 was in his bag. I had to execute difficult winners close to to lines with precision which is what was required to break through Matt's dogged defence. The momentum swung back Matt's way in set 2. Set 3 was even at 3-3 but the tortoise finished ahead of the hare."  -- Marcus
Reveal CommentStuart Horrex bt Xin Chen (Feb 21) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Decided best place to play was CCP with the weather a bit iffy, this was a good move as it gave us good shelter from the wind. 1st set was a very competitive long one with both players hitting good shots and trading games/breaks of serves, many games going all the way, Stuart played an aggressive goof tie break to command it and take the set. 2nd set Stuart continued with his good form moving Xin around the court and importantly returning serve very well which was probably the telling factor in the result. Great game played in good spirit, thanks. "  -- Stuart
Reveal CommentMatthew Last bt Stuart Horrex (Feb 18) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great couple of sets played in a great spirit. Most of the match followed the bizarre pattern of each player winning two games in a row which saw me see out a tight first set 6v4. Second set followed the same format until I til ruined it by winning three in a row only for Stuart to dig deep and string together a series of impressive games to level the set at 5v5. 11th game of the set finally saw me get a passing shot passed Stuart who had been a brick wall all game at the net bouncing back all volleys with interest. This plus abit of help from another lucky net cord (only the five in total!!!) set up the chance for me to serve out the set and win 7v5"  -- Matthew
Reveal CommentDaniel Peck bt Marcus Sheaff (Feb 14) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Both players started very well and half an hour had passed with the score only 2-2 following multiple deuces in every game. This pattern continued throughout the match and it's amazing the scoreline did not read closer by the end. Marcus served very well throughout and there were many well played aggressive points and long tactical rallies helped by playing under the floodlit dome at Stowmarket. The 2nd set could have gone either way after Marcus almost came back from 1-4 down to trail 3-5 before Daniel edged another very close game to finish what was a fiery but fair and physically exhausting match in just over 2 hours. "  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentAvery Jackson bt Stuart Horrex (Feb 8) 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Both players struggled in the first set but Avery managed to play well on the important points to close out the first. The second was more competitive as Stuart regain his form and the match could have gone to a third set with Avery running out of steam but managing to hang on to close out the second set......"  -- Avery
Reveal CommentMarcus Sheaff bt Avery Jackson (Feb 2) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Neither of us could hold serve for much of this match. At 4-5 on my serve I stood on the edge of the precipice at 0-40. I hit my second serve onto the outside edge of the service box for an ace which avery called out at first but then showed great sportsmanship and gave me two serves after a review when he said he wasn't sure it was out and I was sure it was in. I went on to take the game to draw level at 5-5. Avery was 6-5 and I had to stand firm again to take it to an inevitable tie-break to separate us. We were nip and tuck upto 5-5 when I perfectly judged a drop shot that just cleared the net and at last stole the set from Averys grasp. I had the momentum after this 90 minute toe-to toe battle of tennis and nerve which decided the match"  -- Marcus
Reveal CommentDaniel Peck bt Xin Chen (Feb 2) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "The windy conditions made things difficult for us but there many good rallies despite this. Xin got off to a great start breaking serve and holding to take a 2-0 lead. I recovered and managed to win the next 7 games in a row with Xin 30-0 and 40-0 in several of these games. I certainly had the luck of the net cord in my favour this afternoon. The 2nd set was another close one but I was able to get a vital bit of breathing space to go 4-2 and then 5-2 up with plenty of deuce games played. I then served out to complete the win on the 3rd match point. "  -- Daniel

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentAvery Jackson bt Matthew Last (Jan 26) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Another great game of tennis with both players serving and covering the court well in the opening set. Avery managed to stay focused to close out the first set. The second set was one way traffic with Matt playing consistently throughout with excellent serves and shorter rallies closing out the set in 20 minutes. The third set saw both players struggling and failing to hold serves as the wind picked up in a bright and quiet day at Christchurch Park. At 3-3 in the third set Avery managed to break serve and close out the set. A very close match with both players winning 13 games each out of the 26 games played. Thoroughly enjoyable match...," -- Avery
Reveal CommentAvery Jackson bt Daniel Peck (Jan 18) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A tough match to start the new year. Daniel was in great form so I knew I had to start well. At 3-3 in the first Daniel serves dipped and Avery managed to break his serves and hold out to win the set. The second set was a bit of the same. An enjoyable game of tennis played in good spirit."  -- Avery
Reveal CommentDaniel Peck bt Matthew Last (Jan 12) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "This was as much of a battle against the elements as much as each other! Wind, rain and a blinding sunshine at one end made conditions difficult for both throughout. I started off serving very well and led 3-0 before Matt pulled a game back. A consistent first set saw me through 6-1 with few unforced errors which I knew was vital to have any chance. Matt got off to a great start in the 2nd taking a 3-0 lead before I used the sun to my advantage with some high deep balls to recover and lead 4-3. At 4-4 the match was anyone's but I managed to sneak over the line before Matt could push it to a decider. Some very good points despite the conditions. "  -- Daniel
Marcus Sheaff bt Stuart Horrex (Jan 10) 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)

Group Summary:

No bonus points here and a small group but very well done to every one for playing every possible match after Chris withdrew. And what great matches they were! An epic between Zelma and David, very competitive sets between Pradeep and David and Zelma making Pradeep really earn his win. In the end, this was Philippa's round, finishing at the top just one point ahead of Pradeep, though as she says "Overall standings are 1-1 in matches and 2-2 in sets, couldn't be closer!" Well done all!

Final Rankings:

  1. Philippa Cowie [W2, L1] 5 WINNER
  2. Pradeep Rajakumar [W2, L1] 4 RUNNER UP
  3. Zelma Green 9.1 [W1, L2] 3
  4. David Sendall 10.2 [W1, L3] 3
  5. Chris Smith [W1] withdrawn 2

Match Results:

Reveal CommentZelma Green bt David Sendall (Feb 19) 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "At over three hours this was something of an epic. Last time I played David I think I commented he had said he'd had a gap and was coming back and it was evident he would improve... he now really has! The low sun affected both players at times and David took the first after set points on my part. I fought back to claim the second on another tight tie break. In the third I started to fear the worst as David clawed it back when I was 5-1 up. Just managed to hold it at the end though! A great match Thanks David! "  -- Zelma
Reveal CommentPradeep Rajakumar bt David Sendall (Feb 8) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very competitive sets. The scores don't really do justice to the level of games we played. A lot of deuce games and I was a bit cheeky to get quite a few net shots falling in David's court. Good conditions for this season and a great way to start the day."  -- Pradeep
Reveal CommentPhilippa Cowie bt Pradeep Rajakumar (Feb 7) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "An extended warm up ensured that the glorious sunshine melted the remaining ice that greeted us on court. Match started in a familiar pattern from the last meet with breaks of serve from both players. Pradeep warmed up quickly hitting winner after winner to build a 3-1 lead. Pip fought back to level the score and the breaks kept coming on serve to bring this set to a tiebreak finale: a very competitive start to the match. Second set started no different, with Pip able to build the lead this time with winners of her own and errors creeping in on Pradeep's side. Service games were held by Pip to see the match out. Overall standings are 1-1 in matches and 2-2 in sets, couldn't be closer! Thanks, Pradeep (maybe play a decider before you go?)"  -- Philippa
Philippa Cowie bt Zelma Green (Jan 29) 6-2, 6-0

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentDavid Sendall bt Philippa Cowie (Jan 26) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "This was a fantastic match. Some really good tennis and ridiculous retrievals on both sides. Philippa is quick around the court, so hitting clean winners is tricky. Despite me taking the first game, Philippa pretty much walked the first set. The were flashes from me, but nothing sustained. The second set scoreline is probably unjust and doesn't tell the story of a number of deuces and no love games. The third set seemed to be heading Philippa's way as she raced into a 4-1 lead. I managed to take 5 games in a row to complete an unlikely comeback. All the games in the third set were tight, with yet more deuce games with some games having at least 5 deuces in them. Great match. Well played Philippa."  -- David
Reveal CommentPradeep Rajakumar bt Zelma Green (Jan 26) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great first game of round 34 on a decent Sunday evening, not too cold, just about right conditions for this season. Both of us fought hard for our points. It could have gone either way."  -- Pradeep
Reveal CommentChris Smith bt David Sendall (Jan 11) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "David played some good shots, hes very quick across the court."  -- Chris

Group Summary:

Well done to Peter who played and won three matches. With a walkover as well, his position at the top become unassailable, though good to see he had a very close tie break first set in his match v Ryan who was runner up. A slightly quiet group overall but here's to better weather and more matches next time.

Final Rankings:

  1. Peter Haystead [W4] 8 WINNER
  2. Ryan Squirrell [W2, L1] 4 RUNNER UP
  3. John Barrett 10.2 [L1]
  4. Allan Santos [L2]
  5. Ashley Miller 10.1 [L2]

Match Results:

Peter Haystead bt John Barrett (Feb 21) Walkover
Peter Haystead bt Allan Santos (Feb 13) 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentRyan Squirrell bt Allan Santos (Feb 8) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable match with some long rallies and lots of deuce points. Many thanks for the game Alan"  -- Ryan
Reveal CommentRyan Squirrell bt Ashley Miller (Feb 3) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match with the first set being around 45 mins and very close at time - thanks Ashley"  -- Ryan

Match of the Group:

Peter Haystead bt Ryan Squirrell (Jan 20) 7-6 (7-4), 6-0
Peter Haystead bt Ashley Miller (Jan 19) 6-1, 6-4


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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) 

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