Friendly, competitive tennis on Christchurch Park, Ipswich's public courts

You are just a step away from joining our mixed-sex, singles league for men and women (aged 18+) of all standards.

If you have been meaning to get back into tennis or would like to meet new people to play, why not give it a go!

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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 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

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

Ankur Singhania

"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

"​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've had some excellent matches, learnt a few things about myself in relation to match play, met some nice people and made some new tennis buddies which I think is the whole idea of the League - so thank you for that.  I shall look forward to playing in the League again in January!",

Helen Challis

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

Fred Woollard

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Collapse AllChristchurch Park, Ipswich Singles - Round 30 | Thursday 7 February 2019 to Wednesday 3 April 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 6 March 2019)

Current Rankings:

  1. Marcus Sheaff [W2] 4
  2. Avery Jackson 7.1 [W1] 2
  3. Xin Chen 7.2 [W1] 2
  4. Daniel Peck [L1] 1
  5. Nick Anthony 7.2 [L1] 1
  6. Matthew Last [L1]
  7. Waldemar Kapkowski [L1]
  8. Stuart Horrex 9.1
  9. Tyrone Bradnam

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAvery Jackson bt Daniel Peck (Feb 16) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A welcome break from watching Netflix during the wintry weather conditions but it was Daniel who was first out of the blocks serving up Aces and showing great composure to close out the first set in around 18 mins. In the second Daniel took his foot off the pedal and I took advantage to race into a 5-0 lead and finally closing off the game. Daniel kept up the pace in the third and raised his game serving several aces taking him to a 3-1 lead. I managed to break even and then to take the lead to 5-3. But Daniel was not done and the improvements in his overall game should see him really creating problems for all the players. Another enjoyable encounter and now back to having a pint and watching the final episode of the movie on Netflix. "  -- Avery
Reveal CommentMarcus Sheaff bt Waldemar Kapkowski (Feb 16) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "This was as close to a copy of my last match as possible. Raconteur and tennis aficionado Waldemar got off to a similarly quick start as Matthew, racing to 3-1 then 4-2 and I had to use my powers of recovery and serve to get my out of trouble. It was our turn to take a tumble each today on slippy lines on an otherwise bone dry centre court, with Waldemar landing flat-out on his back and me springing back up like a boxer suffering a flash knockdown. The second set was a re-run with Waldemar 2-0 then again 4-2 and me repeating the comeback with patience, improved serving and more attacking play. This match shows that its never over in tennis until the final point is won and this can and has worked the other way-to many times for my liking!"  -- Marcus
Reveal CommentXin Chen bt Nick Anthony (Feb 16) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Nick and Xin toiled in another titanic battle for just short of three hours. Nick started sharper, helped by uncharacteristic double faults from Xin and took the first set 6_4. Xian hit back in the second racing into a 4-1 lead with good use of his trademark backhands. Nick levelled at 4-4 but Xin was strong enough to break back to win the next two games and level the match. The final set followed a similar pattern. Xian seized on some poor serving by Nick to take a 4-1 lead, Nick dug deep to level with his backhand slice coming to the fore. But Xin was not going to be denied and pounced like his new jaguar to win the next two games and the match. Another enjoyable and sporting contest. "  -- Nick
Reveal CommentMarcus Sheaff bt Matthew Last (Feb 12) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Matthew started much sharper than me, building a 3-1 lead in no time. I knew I had to improve fast or it would be to late and raised my level, playing more aggressively. Matthew seemed distracted at a turning point in the set, when leading 4-3, 30-30 by a siren and then in the next game he fell heavily after pushing off from a slippery side of the court to run-down a slice I played down the line on the other side of the court. I was at 5-4 after this and I had to maintain a high level to get over the line. The 2nd set followed a similar pattern with Matthew not allowing his fall to affect him, taking a 2-0 lead, forcing me to raise my level again to catch him and stay with him up to 4-4 and I was lucky to get the break I needed then hold."  -- Marcus

Current Rankings:

  1. Ashley Miller 10.1 [W2] 4
  2. Jorunas Barzdzius [L1] 1
  3. Justin Morey [L1]
  4. Jamie Cussans 9.2
  5. Patrick Davey
  6. Zelma Green 9.1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAshley Miller bt Justin Morey (Feb 16) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A cool, overcast Saturday morning, brightened up by the Park Runners part way through the match. Justin hadn't played tennis for a few years, but was keen to get playing again, whilst Ashley had just about recovered from a lengthy match against Jorunas 5 days ago. Justin struggled to find his range and angles, which was to be expected after such a lengthy absence from the game, but there were flashes of good strategy and shot-making, especially during the break of serve in the second set. The match was over all-to-quickly, but the players stayed on to play a 3rd set anyway, as they'd warmed up by then and nobody else was waiting for the court."  -- Ashley
Reveal CommentAshley Miller bt Jorunas Barzdzius (Feb 11) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A warm Monday afternoon in February; it’s not often you hear that arrangement of words! Having met twice previously, today’s match started steadily, with the first 4 games going with serve. Jorunas was attacking wherever possible though and eased into the lead at 3-2 on serve, before going on to take the 1st set. The 2nd set saw Ashley come out scrapping to try and force a final set and by the end, it was honours even on the scoreboard. The 3rd set became a war of attrition, as breaks of serve and unforced errors crept in from both players. With Ashley leading 5-3, Jorunas still wasn’t done for and came back again to 4-5, before Ashley finally managed to hold serve when required. A thoroughly enjoyable and absorbing match."  -- Ashley

Results

Looking for previous matches? Visit the Christchurch Park, Ipswich archive.
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:
Reporters of results are encouraged to leave a comment on the "Report Your Score" form. Additional commentaries may be added by submitting a result revision (see the pencil icon next to your results)