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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
  • 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 

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  • Matches are played to short-set format; if a set reaches 4 games all, the next game decides the set. If the match reaches a set all, a match tiebreak is played. (Long format matches may be played if both players agree.)
  • 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.

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Collapse AllLincoln's Inn Singles - Round 30 | Thursday 4 April 2019 to Wednesday 29 May 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 1 May 2019)

A fairly quiet round for Lincoln's Inn this time. Don't forget short format is allowed in this league so if you are short on time why not consider that for a match - it certainly keeps the pressure on! Congratulations to all our winners this time, and welcome to the newcomers, we hope to see you all back again in the next round, for some sunny summer tennis - the season is finally here!

Group Summary:

Well done to everyone in Group 1, over 2/3 of matches were completed, many of them great battles and some tough, long games played! Congratulation to Ben for winning the group; he played the most matches and got his bonus points, which helped him over the finish line in first place. Luiz comes an honourable runner-up with 3 wins, but only 6 points - it just shows, the more matches you play, the more likely you are to win! Match of the group was Luiz beating Joseph - one of the longest matches we've recorded here - over 3.5hrs over 2 occasions, and 30 minutes just to get to 1-0! Here's to the next round!

Final Rankings:

  1. Ben Ewing [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Luiz Camara 8.2 [W3] 6 RUNNER UP
  3. Joseba Etxabe [W2, L1] 5
  4. Christopher Edwards 8.2 [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Ioannis Politis [L2]
  6. Shivang Patel

Match Results:

Reveal CommentLuiz Camara bt Christopher Edwards (May 23) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable match with Luiz as usual; lots of deuces but Luiz was in commanding form and his deep top spins to either side proved too much to handle."  -- Christopher
Joseba Etxabe bt Ben Ewing (May 14) Walkover

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentLuiz Camara bt Joseba Etxabe (Apr 24) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "After 2.5 hours we couldn’t finish this epic match with great rallies. Luiz serving in third set 1-0 add in."  -- Luiz
  • "Finally we managed to complete our epic match after 3.5 hours! It was a rollercoaster ride of great rallies and momentum swings but in the end, the match could have easily gone either way. You know it’s a long match when after 30 mins the score is only 1-0. Looking forward to the next one," -- Luiz
Reveal CommentJoseba Etxabe bt Christopher Edwards (Apr 23) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "Very competitive match, Christopher was very solid from the beginning to the end of the game, the second set had alternations and anyone could win it but this time in the tie break, luck was on my side. Looking forward to playing games like this again."  -- Joseba
Reveal CommentChristopher Edwards bt IOANNIS POLITIS (Apr 17) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable match in evening sunshine with some great rallies."  -- Christopher
Reveal CommentLuiz Camara bt Ben Ewing (Apr 11) 3-6, 6-3, [10-8]

Player Comments:

  • "Welcome Ben to the league. It was a great, close match played under good spirit. Some fantastic rallies but at the end, the lottery of the champions tie break decided the match. Looking forward to playing Ben again."  -- Luiz
Reveal CommentBen Ewing bt Christopher Edwards (Apr 10) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A very polished performance from Ben. Many close points, deuces etc but Ben was in commanding form. Enjoyable match all round. "  -- Christopher
Ben Ewing bt IOANNIS POLITIS (Apr 6) 6-0, 6-0

Group Summary:

Unfortunately we had quite a few unplayed matches in this group, which was a little disappointing, but the scores and quality of those that were played show it was an enjoyable and interesting round despite that. Congratulations to Matthew, with 4 solid wins he takes the Winner's Crown this time, with Sebastien in runner-up position with 3 wins. Sebastian came back from losing the first set against Matthew 1-6 to win their head-to-head 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in what was clearly a highly competitive match! We look forward to reading of more battles like this in the next round!

Final Rankings:

  1. Matthew Whiteley [W4, L1] 9 WINNER
  2. Sebastien Hung 9.2 [W3] 6 RUNNER UP
  3. Patrick Davey [W1, L2] 3
  4. Max Mortimer [W1, L2] 2
  5. Dom Ladden [L1]
  6. Tom Cocker [L3]
  7. Kim Marshall
  8. Will Graham

Match Results:

Matthew Whiteley bt Max Mortimer (May 29) 6-3, 6-4
Matthew Whiteley bt Tom Cocker (May 27) 6-1, 6-4
Reveal CommentPatrick Davey bt Tom Cocker (May 19) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "This match was played over two days, since the previous weekend at Lincoln's Inn we were interrupted by hailstones. Great to meet Tom and play some tennis. It was a nice contest played in good spirits. Admittedly, I played well first set and limited Tom's ability to get into the match. However, the second set even though I lost focus a bit, some really great shots from Tom forced me to make errors. I was made to hustle and play some shots that even I didn't know I had in me, such as one clawed back from behind me that Tom will remember! In the end I had enough to get over the line, but not without some great rallies in between. Thanks again Tom, and all the best :) "  -- Patrick
Sebastien Hung bt Max Mortimer (May 19) 6-2, 6-3

Match of the Group:

Sebastien Hung bt Matthew Whiteley (May 11) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
Matthew Whiteley bt Dom Ladden (May 5) 6-0, 6-2
Sebastien Hung bt Patrick Davey (May 5) 6-2, 6-2
Matthew Whiteley bt Patrick Davey (May 4) 6-1, 2-6, 6-3
Reveal CommentMax Mortimer bt Tom Cocker (Apr 16) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good match!"  -- Max

Group Summary:

Not as many matches played as we would like but we still had some highly competitive and friendly encounters so well done to everyone that played. Congratulations to Cyrus, winning the round with 3 victories, and the only player to get bonus points too! Freddie takes the runner-up position with 2 wins, including one over Cyrus in an epic 3-setter that took 2 days to complete, and was the only "regular" (not short format) match in this round - no wonder it took 2 days! Good to read that the rest of the matches were closely contested and many took place on lovely spring days too!

Final Rankings:

  1. Cyrus Motashaw [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Freddie Downes [W2] 4 RUNNER UP
  3. Jessika Melph [W1, L1] 3
  4. Mikenzie Ginsberg [L2]
  5. Peter Ward [L2]
  6. Barnaby Hone

Match Results:

Reveal CommentFreddie Downes bt Cyrus Motashaw (May 24) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent match, took two days to find a winner"  -- Freddie
Jessika Melph bt Peter Ward (May 3) 4-1, 4-0
Reveal CommentCyrus Motashaw bt Peter Ward (Apr 23) 5-3, 4-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great game with Peter! Closer even that the scores indicate "  -- Cyrus
Reveal CommentFreddie Downes bt Mikenzie Ginsberg (Apr 14) 4-2, 4-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great match on a nice spring morning!"  -- Freddie
Cyrus Motashaw bt Mikenzie Ginsberg (Apr 13) 4-0, 4-0

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentCyrus Motashaw bt Jessika Melph (Apr 8) 2-4, 4-1, [10-7]

Player Comments:

  • "Great game with Jessika on a wet morning."  -- Cyrus

Group Summary:

Looks like everyone else thought that this group should just have one grand final - Jose vs Bushra. And that was that, the only match played. At least they got on court and gave us a winner and runner up. Well done Jose on the win! Do let us try to help get matches set up next time.

Final Rankings:

  1. Jose Serra [W1] 2 WINNER
  2. Bushra Razaq [L1] RUNNER UP
  3. Aaron Manku 10.1
  4. Elizabeth Attew
  5. Laura Blake
  6. Sam Tickle

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Jose Serra bt Bushra Razaq (Apr 14) 4-2, 4-2

Results

Looking for previous matches? Visit the Lincoln's Inn archive.
The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches for Lincoln's Inn.

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.

In this short-format approved league, matches tied at one set all may be completed with a matchtiebreak, and do 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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