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  • Players are organised into groups of up to 8 people of a similar standard
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  • For everybody!
  • We welcome beginners as well as advanced players.
  • Players are grouped by 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 matchtiebreak is played (see linl on right)
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  • Players are grouped according to past performance in the league and, for new players, their Player Standard Questionnaire
  • Everyone in the group plays each other once during the round
  • You get one point for each set you win
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Collapse AllLincoln's Inn Singles - Round 20 | Thursday 12 January 2017 to Wednesday 8 March 2017 (Midpoint: Wednesday 8 February 2017)

Thanks everyone who got involved this round, and we hope you enjoyed it - when players did get matches in, more often than not it was a highly competitive affair. Just a shame there weren't more of them in some cases!

Group Summary:

Spactacular round from Jason, who takes the gold with no fewer than 7 wins, usurping previous group winner Luiz, who takes the silver. Special mention to Joseba too, who found himself with an injury after his first match, ending on a cliffhanger at 5-4 in the 3rd set against Jason! Well played all.

Final Rankings:

  1. Jason Chainey 10.1 [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Luiz Camara 9.2 [W4, L3] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Max Turnell 10.2 [W4, L2] 8
  4. Omer Cavusoglu 10.1 [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Etan Ilfeld 8.1 [W2] 4
  6. Stelian Rosca 9.2 [L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Gary Dunn [W1, L3] 3
  8. Joseba Etxabe [L1] 1
  9. Pierluigi Ricchiuti [L3]

Match Results:

Gary Dunn bt Omer Cavusoglu (Mar 6) 6-1, 6-3
Reveal CommentEtan Ilfeld bt Omer Cavusoglu (Mar 4) 4-1, 4-0

Player Comments:

  • "Fun match with lots of running."  -- Etan
Reveal CommentJason Chainey bt Gary Dunn (Mar 1) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Well played Jason. Nice match played in great spirit. "  -- Gary

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentMax Turnell bt Gary Dunn (Feb 26) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Tough match. Well fought Max! "  -- Gary
Max Turnell bt Luiz Camara (Feb 25) 4-2, 5-3
Jason Chainey bt Luiz Camara (Feb 22) 6-3, 6-0
Jason Chainey bt Pierluigi Ricchiuti (Feb 20) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentLuiz Camara bt Omer Cavusoglu (Feb 20) 6-0, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Very tough match played in great spirit."  -- Luiz
Max Turnell bt Pierluigi Ricchiuti (Feb 19) 4-0, 4-2
Max Turnell bt Stelian Rosca (Feb 18) 2-4, 4-1, [10-5]
Reveal CommentLuiz Camara bt Pierluigi Ricchiuti (Feb 18) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match. it was nice to meet Pierluigi !"  -- Luiz
Jason Chainey bt Max Turnell (Feb 12) 7-5, 7-6 (7-2)
Jason Chainey bt Stelian Rosca (Feb 6) 6-1, 6-1
Omer Cavusoglu bt Max Turnell (Jan 28) 4-2, 4-1
Luiz Camara bt Gary Dunn (Jan 27) 6-3, 7-5
Omer Cavusoglu bt Stelian Rosca (Jan 26) 2-6, 6-0, [15-13]
Jason Chainey bt Omer Cavusoglu (Jan 25) 6-0, 6-2
Reveal CommentJason Chainey bt Joseba Etxabe (Jan 23) 5-7, 6-3, 4-5 Joseba Etxabe Retired

Player Comments:

  • "Joseba injured himself as I went advantage in game 10 of the third set. I hope we can get to replay the third set after a cracking game."  -- Jason
  • "We tried to replay the final set again. After 4 games, Joseba unfortunately tore his hamstring again so I will relucatantly have to claim the win," Jason
Reveal CommentEtan Ilfeld bt Luiz Camara (Jan 22) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with lots of running!"  -- Etan
Luiz Camara bt Stelian Rosca (Jan 17) 5-3, 4-2

Group Summary:

Although not a huge amount of tennis got played in this round, when players did get on to the courts there were some fantastic matchups of which the majority went to 3 sets. Round of applause to our group winner Stephen who takes the win this time with 2 wins, and to group runner up Andres too, who managed to get the highest number of matches in too (3).

Final Rankings:

  1. Stephen Webb [W2] 4 WINNER
  2. Andres Barrios 10.1 [W1, L1, UF1] 4 RUNNER UP
  3. Alan Revel 9.2 [W1] 2
  4. Gilles Dufrasne [L1, UF1] 1
  5. Tony Foreman 8.2 [L2] 1
  6. Aniruddha Barua 10.1
  7. Sam Bravery 10.2

Match Results:

Andres Barrios v Gilles Dufrasne (Feb 19) 5-3 TBC
Reveal CommentStephen Webb bt Tony Foreman (Feb 19) 4-0, 5-3

Player Comments:

  • "A great match and nice to meet Tony"  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentStephen Webb bt Andres Barrios (Feb 13) 2-6, 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to meet Andres and we played a great match under the westway on the (un)clay courts. First 2 sets split, Andres got the first break in final set but I managed to regain composure and seal the win - very competitive until the end and the netcord was definitely on my side."  -- Stephen

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentAndres Barrios bt Tony Foreman (Feb 12) 5-4, 4-5, 5-4

Player Comments:

  • "after 1.5 hours, and one set all, we agreed to play another tie-breaker at 3-3, it was anyone's match even at 4-5, i still felt that I had a chance but Andres kept his composure and hit two winners to clinch the tie-breaker (and the match) 7-4 Great match played in the best of spirit"  -- Tony
Reveal CommentAlan Revel bt Gilles Dufrasne (Feb 7) 4-2, 0-4, 4-1

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match at the third time of trying with frost and rain defeating us previously. Gilles has a fantastic quick serve and some great ground shots."  -- Alan

Group Summary:

Vidur, Jonathan and Paul were all vying for the top spot this round, with all 3 players tying with 4 points each. However, with wins against both Jonathan and Paul, it's Vidur that takes the spot at the top of the podium this round! Well played Vidur and to all involved, and a special mention to Paul who was the only player that managed to claim his bonus points and prize!

Final Rankings:

  1. Vidur Taneja 10.1 [W2] 4 WINNER
  2. Jonathan Bunney 8.2 [W2, L1] 4 RUNNER UP
  3. Paul C Bentall [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Kevin Egan [W1] 2
  5. Josh Viney [L1]
  6. Phil Varnavides [L1]

Match Results:

Jonathan Bunney bt Paul C Bentall (Mar 4) 4-1, 4-0

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentVidur Taneja bt Jonathan Bunney (Feb 19) 4-2, 4-1

Player Comments:

  • "Scoreline not reflective of a competitive match with lots of deuces. Good game!"  -- Vidur
Vidur Taneja bt Paul C Bentall (Jan 29) 4-1, 4-1
Jonathan Bunney bt Phil Varnavides (Jan 29) 4-1, 4-2
Paul C Bentall bt Josh Viney (Jan 28) 4-1, 4-2
Reveal CommentKevin Egan bt Paul C Bentall (Jan 27) 4-0, 4-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good conditions - no wind and light clouds. Cool - around 3 degrees. Score a bit harsh on Paul - didn't reflect number of rallies, deuces and breakpoints."  -- Kevin

Group Summary:

Only one match played this round...what happened!? Please do get in touch if you were having problems arranging matches this round. Well played Katherine and Henry for getting onto the court regardless, and congratulations Katherine on the win!

Final Rankings:

  1. Katharine Scott [W1] 2 WINNER
  2. Henry Yu [L1] RUNNER UP
  3. Aaron Manku 10.1
  4. Carla Graves 10.2
  5. Justin Warshaw withdrawn
  6. Linda O'Halloran
  7. Segolene Lapeyre 10.2

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Katharine Scott bt Henry Yu (Feb 12) 7-5, 6-4

Results

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Scoring Information:
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