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Collapse AllMeadows, Edinburgh Singles - Round 56 | Thursday 19 November 2020 to Wednesday 13 January 2021 (Midpoint: Wednesday 16 December 2020)

Just the 3 groups in this round of Meadows Tennis League but it was great to be able to keep playing while other regions went into lockdown. As usual there were plenty of exciting contests and entertaining commentaries, so well done and we look forward to seeing you back in action next time!

Group Summary:

This was a fairly quiet group with a number of matches left unscheduled, but it tightly contested nonetheless with Christopher just edging clear of Radoslav by virtue of winning their head to head. Both players won 3 matches each and there was an exciting 3 setter between third placed Seb and Mo, a "very even match" with a game of 12 deuces in the first set alone!

Final Rankings:

  1. Christopher Trigg 7.2 [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Radoslav Iliev 10.1 [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Seb Cotton 9.2 [W1, L2] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Sam Harvey [W1, L2] 2
  5. Mo Mirza [L2] 1
  6. Corbin Chaplin 9.2 [L1]
  7. Rudolf Sims

Match Results:

Reveal CommentSam Harvey bt Corbin Chaplin (Dec 19) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A good match played in the wind. Under floodlights from about 4 on, thanks to Corbin. Each struggled serving, but despite the wind had some good rallies."  -- Sam
Radoslav Iliev bt Mo Mirza (Dec 16) 6-2, 6-2

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentSeb Cotton bt Mo Mirza (Dec 13) 1-6, 7-5, [10-4]

Player Comments:

  • "Smashing game with mo! Went all the way to a 3rd wet tiebreaker. Very even match even in the first set we had a game with 12 deuces!"  -- Seb
Christopher Trigg bt Seb Cotton (Dec 6) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
Christopher Trigg bt Sam Harvey (Nov 30) 6-1, 6-0
Radoslav Iliev bt Seb Cotton (Nov 29) 6-0, 6-3
Christopher Trigg bt Radoslav Iliev (Nov 25) 6-2, 6-1
Radoslav Iliev bt Sam Harvey (Nov 25) 6-2, 6-0

Group Summary:

Congratulations to Alan for heading up Group 2 unbeaten on 4 match wins including an excellent 2 setter against Keith played across 2 days. Runner up Ivan notched up 3 wins but sadly had to withdraw before the close of the round, while Javier put up a good fight against Pavel, saving 6 or 7 match points in the course of their 3 set battle.

Final Rankings:

  1. Alan Seywright 8.1 [W4] 8 WINNER
  2. Ivar Bundulis 8.2 [W3, L1] withdrawn 8 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Keith Michell [W2, L4] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Sam Phipps [W2] 4
  5. Pavel Beja [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Román [L4] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Colin Gill 8.1 [W1, L1] 2
  8. Scott Runciman

Match Results:

Reveal CommentKeith Michell bt Pavel Beja (Jan 12) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A cold sunny day, not a cloud in the sky. We warmed up on the Meadows but were blinded by the sun, so we moved to Priestfield where 2 of the courts were not covered with frost. An enjoyable match with some good rallies."  -- Keith
Reveal CommentAlan Seywright bt Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Román (Jan 10) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good to see tennis singles allowed as lockdown exercise and the courts open again after the Christmas and New Year snow and ice"  -- Alan
Reveal CommentAlan Seywright bt Colin Gill (Dec 23) 7-5, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A cracking march on a good but cold day for winter tennis. I was serving at 5-0 and set point in the first set but Colin's strong fight-back to the set to 5-5 before a squeezed a tight win. the second set was equally (but more conventionally) competitive. Thanks for the match colin. "  -- Alan
Reveal CommentSam Phipps bt Keith Michell (Dec 20) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "The score is deceptive - we had lots of long rallies covering most of the court, and quite a few deuce games. Conditions were perfect, with a blue sky, no wind and no glare. Keith hit some brilliant winners. A really enjoyable match."  -- Sam
Reveal CommentAlan Seywright bt Keith Michell (Dec 17) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent game over 2 days, both in beautiful winter weather. The first 2 sets on day 1 were particularly competitive with many long rallies and games." -- Alan
Reveal CommentIvar Bundulis bt Pavel Beja (Dec 15) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A great game. Pavel made a spirited come back to 4 all in the second set. Thanks for the match"  -- Ivar
Reveal CommentSam Phipps bt Ivar Bundulis (Dec 13) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match with lots of good rallies. The rain was getting heavier and the sky darker by the end! Thank you Ivar."  -- Sam
Reveal CommentAlan Seywright bt Pavel Beja (Dec 9) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Cold but nice winter's day for tennis with no wind (not typical of the Meadows!!) - plenty of good rallies. Thanks for the game Pav"  -- Alan
Reveal CommentPavel Beja bt Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Román (Dec 6) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "great game with long rallies. Javier saved about 6 or 7 match points, two of them in the second set and managed to win to play a 3rd set. I hope we can play again as it was a realy enjoyable game. Thanks Javier!"  -- Pavel
Reveal CommentIvar Bundulis bt Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Román (Dec 6) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A great competitive match. The low Edinburgh afternoon sun made it very difficult to play at one end."  -- Ivar
Reveal CommentColin Gill bt Keith Michell (Dec 6) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A lovely day for tennis apart from the low sun but I always feel bad complaining about sun in Scotland in December 😁 This was out 3rd match in the leagues in the last few years and the first I was able to win which was nice. We had a lot of deuce games that I managed to edge and, even though he aced me twice, Keith’s usually excellent first serve wasn’t quite firing today and that helped me massively. Thanks for the game Keith. "  -- Colin

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentKeith Michell bt Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Román (Nov 29) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Near perfect conditions at Priestfield, not too hot, no wind and no sun in the sky to blind us. A very close and exciting match that could have gone either way. Plenty of good rallies, most enjoyable."  -- Keith
Reveal CommentIvar Bundulis bt Keith Michell (Nov 28) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A very tight and enjoyable game. Lots of deuce games. The first and second sets followed the same pattern with me taking an early lead, followed by a strong comeback from Keith and me scraping past at the end."  -- Ivar

Group Summary:

There was a clear winner in Group 3 as Keith won an impressive 7 matches to take the group crown, closely followed by Gytis with 5 wins. Their head to head was a close contest with Gytis recovering from a break down in the second set before Keith pulled clear again. Meanwhile Helen also gave Gytis and Pierce a run for their money in close 2 setters.

Final Rankings:

  1. Keith Martin [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Gytis Balynas [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Liam Kemp [W2, L5, UF1] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Pierce Glennie [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Paulius Gudenas [W1, L2, UF1] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Laura Wallace 9.2 [W1, L1, UF1] 3
  7. Max Mulholland [W1, L1, UF1] 2
  8. Helen McMahon 9.1 [W1, L3] 2
  9. Michael Sebastian Albat [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentGytis Balynas bt Helen McMahon (Dec 28) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very strange, but still an enjoyable match. We started very early and the surface was frozen and it did not get any better. Gladly, we managed to avoid injuries and falls. The match was close and nobody had a clear advantage. Thanks, Helen, for this penguin tennis match and good luck in the rest of the league matches."  -- Gytis
Reveal CommentKeith Martin bt Helen McMahon (Dec 27) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A fairly cold morning down at the meadows - welcomed on to court with some light snow which thankfully came to nothing. A really enjoyable game with fun rallies throughout. Always great playing Helen - a real mixture of shots from both of us. Thanks and good luck with the rest of the league. "  -- Keith
Reveal CommentKeith Martin bt Pierce Glennie (Dec 22) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable game- the first set had some long rallies especially at 4-3... really could have gone either way. A real mixture of shots with baseline and net play and a few lobs chucked in for good measure. Thanks for the game Pierce and good luck with the rest of the league. "  -- Keith
Reveal CommentPierce Glennie bt Helen McMahon (Dec 20) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Exciting match with Helen up 5-1 in the first set and lots of long rallies. Great weather other than sun in our eyes. Good to play you again!"  -- Pierce
Reveal CommentPierce Glennie bt Paulius Gudenas (Dec 16) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Fun match with some long games to the end. Thanks Paulius!"  -- Pierce
Reveal CommentGytis Balynas bt Pierce Glennie (Dec 16) 6-0, 7-6 (7-2)

Player Comments:

  • "Great match and closer than the first set's score suggests. Had a blunder with the lights, but still managed to play the match to the end and had some great rallies."  -- Gytis
Max Mulholland v Paulius Gudenas (Dec 15) 5-7 TBC
Reveal CommentKeith Martin bt Paulius Gudenas (Dec 15) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Paulius to serve at start of 2nd. "  -- Keith
  • "Always great to play Paulius and even better to get the second set played in drier conditions. Thanks Paulius and good luck with the rest of the league." -- Keith
Reveal CommentKeith Martin bt Laura Wallace (Dec 15) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match with one or two lobs thrown in from both sides. Timed to perfection before the rain started. Thanks Laura and good luck with the rest of the league. "  -- Keith
Reveal CommentGytis Balynas bt Max Mulholland (Dec 14) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good match. The first set was close and in the second I managed to get an early lead and hold it to the end. But still, there were nice points and rallies from both sides. Had a great time."  -- Gytis
Liam Kemp v Laura Wallace (Dec 10) 4-6, 6-1 TBC
Reveal CommentGytis Balynas bt Michael Sebastian Albat (Dec 9) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good match with some longer rallies and nice points. Weather was a little bit chilly, but had a great match with Michael."  -- Gytis
Reveal CommentLiam Kemp bt Pierce Glennie (Dec 8) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Pierce took a while to get into his stride, as I managed to get several points from errors, but then things started to change very late into the 2nd set, and the last 3 games went to deuce. Given another set, I think the score would have been very close. All the best for your future games, Pierce..."  -- Liam
Laura Wallace bt Michael Sebastian Albat (Dec 6) 6-3, 6-1
Reveal CommentLiam Kemp bt Michael Sebastian Albat (Dec 3) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A game in the freezing cold and rain. Challenging, though we manage to see it through, with several games going to deuce. All the best with your future matches, Michael."  -- Liam
Reveal CommentMax Mulholland bt Liam Kemp (Dec 1) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It’s always a close match with lots of long rallies and deuce games when Liam and I play. Started off that way again today. Our second set was Liam’s fourth of the day which might have contributed to the score. Looking forward to playing Liam again in the future."  -- Max
  • "The game started very evenly balanced, but in the 2nd set Max pulled away, remained focussed, and struck some very strong forehand points. Hope to play again soon, as we always have a good game...." -- Liam
Reveal CommentHelen McMahon bt Liam Kemp (Nov 28) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Nice dry, steady conditions in the meadows, unlike the match itself! Every game in the first set went to deuce and Liam conquered all. Finally I managed to loosen up and get into my stride in the second set, perhaps the wakening of a angry bear! Liam started strong in the 3rd but I managed to set the goal in sights and battled through. Thanks for a great marathon of a game. "  -- Helen
  • "A match that came in waves - the first set Helen just couldn't get into her stride, then something switched and she dominated the second set, coming back from 2 games down to win 6 in a row! The rallies increased in length as the third set played out, Helen returning pretty much everything I had to give. A great game of physical and mental endurance! All the best for your next games, Helen...." -- Liam
Reveal CommentKeith Martin bt Gytis Balynas (Nov 27) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A really great match - the second set was close with Gytis coming back from 1-3 to level at 5-5. Thankfully I was able to hold and break to finish the set and match. Good rallies in both sets. Thanks Gytis and good luck with the rest of the league. "  -- Keith
Reveal CommentKeith Martin bt Liam Kemp (Nov 25) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match- some really good rallies moving both of us from side to side. Thanks for the game Liam and good luck with the rest of the league. "  -- Keith
  • "A really tough one - trying to deal with Keith's side-spinning shots was a challenge itself! All the best with your future games, Keith..." -- Liam
Reveal CommentGytis Balynas bt Liam Kemp (Nov 23) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Not the best weather conditions but still enjoyable match. Match was close and there were a lot of points influenced by the wind. Looking forward to playing against Liam in calmer weather."  -- Gytis
  • "Great match in crazy weather! Would have been even better if the wind hadn't been so influential! Hope to play you again soon..." -- Liam
Reveal CommentKeith Martin bt Michael Sebastian Albat (Nov 22) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable game on a very quiet Meadows Courts. Great to get the league started and continuing to play outdoors. Thanks for the match Michael and good luck for the rest of the league. "  -- Keith
Reveal CommentPaulius Gudenas bt Liam Kemp (Nov 22) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Competitive and very entertaining match, full of uncountable amount of deuce situations, nice rallies and break points. Also weather conditions shifted multiple times during the match starting with flawless sunny morning, but constantly interrupted by rain and strong wind gusts. Thanks Liam for a great match and good luck in future matches!"  -- Paulius
  • "Lots of stuff going on in the match, with some great rallies and movement. All the best with your next matches, Paulius..." -- Liam