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This is how it works:

  • Players are organised into groups of up to 8 people of a similar standard
  • Contact details are emailed
  • Players arrange their own matches
  • It is a mixed sex, singles league, so men and women play each other
  • You can play on any court that suits both players

The league is:

  • For everybody!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 certificate and tennis prizes
  • Where possible, winners of groups are promoted to the group above for the next round.

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Collapse AllNew River Singles - Round 7 | Thursday 19 January 2017 to Wednesday 15 March 2017 (Midpoint: Wednesday 15 February 2017)

Great to get back into the swing of things in 2017 with another excellent round in New River. Rivalries were renewed and created in some exciting matches and new champions crowned. Thanks for all your efforts and we hope to see you back in the next round for more tennis in the longer days and warmer temperatures.

Group Summary:

Emil used his bronze medal from his previous performance as motivation this time round as he chalked up five victories to set him on his way to the top of the podium. Emil didn't have it all his own way as Tommy produced an excellent comeback to defeat the champion over three sets - could Tommy have challenged for the title if he'd played a few more matches? It is testament to the competitiveness of this group that there was very little to choose between the players in the majority of matches!

Final Rankings:

  1. Emil Tsekov 8.1 [W5, L1] 13 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Tim Rogers 9.1 [W4, L2] 11 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Tommy Power [W3] 6
  4. Mark Crooks 7.2 [W2, L3] 6
  5. Ivan Pondev 8.1 [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Atanas Barakov 8.2 [L5] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Ben Leach [L2]
  8. Christian Spittle 8.2 [L1] withdrawn

Match Results:

Emil Tsekov bt Ben Leach (Mar 13) 6-0, 6-4

Match of the Group:

Tim Rogers bt Mark Crooks (Mar 12) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
Mark Crooks bt Ben Leach (Mar 10) 6-3, 6-2
Tommy Power bt Emil Tsekov (Mar 2) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Tim Rogers bt Ivan Pondev (Feb 26) 6-3, 6-4
Mark Crooks bt Atanas Barakov (Feb 25) 7-5, 7-5
Emil Tsekov bt Tim Rogers (Feb 22) 6-2, 6-0
Tim Rogers bt Christian Spittle (Feb 15) 6-0, 6-1
Emil Tsekov bt Ivan Pondev (Feb 14) 7-5, 6-1
Ivan Pondev bt Atanas Barakov (Feb 11) 6-4, 6-0
Tommy Power bt Tim Rogers (Feb 5) 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2
Ivan Pondev bt Mark Crooks (Feb 3) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
Emil Tsekov bt Mark Crooks (Jan 30) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
Tim Rogers bt Atanas Barakov (Jan 29) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
Tommy Power bt Atanas Barakov (Jan 28) 6-2, 6-1
Emil Tsekov bt Atanas Barakov (Jan 23) 6-3, 6-1

Group Summary:

No doubt about the winner of this group - maximum points see Kyneil take the prize. However this was no easy ride as the chasing pack rose to the occasion, with Peter, Edward, Charlie and Norman all taking their matches with Kyneil to a deciding third set. Kyneil dug deep and found his best tennis when he needed it to come through these challenges and notch up the victories. Edward reaped the rewards of his good scheduling skills, with his bonus points leapfrogging him above Norman into second. Well played all!

Final Rankings:

  1. Kyneil Grant 9.2 [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Edward Barrett 9.1 [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Norman Freshney 8.2 [W3, L2] 7
  4. Peter Willis 9.2 [W1, L3] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Charlie Clinton 8.2 [W1, L1] 3
  6. Peter Mattravers 9.1 [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Lukasz Lukaszewski 9.1 [L2]
  8. Tim Weatherseed 10.2 [L1]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentEdward Barrett bt Lukasz Lukaszewski (Mar 15) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great game. Quite a surprise result after the last few against Lukasz!"  -- Edward
Kyneil Grant bt Tim Weatherseed (Mar 10) 7-5, 6-3
Norman Freshney bt Peter Willis (Mar 7) 6-1, 6-2
Kyneil Grant bt Lukasz Lukaszewski (Mar 6) 7-5, 6-4
Reveal CommentKyneil Grant bt Norman Freshney (Mar 6) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good game. Had to come back to complete. Good luck for other matches Norman :)"  -- Kyneil
Kyneil Grant bt Charlie Clinton (Mar 2) 6-1, 2-6, 6-3
Charlie Clinton bt Norman Freshney (Mar 2) 6-4, 6-3
Reveal CommentEdward Barrett bt Peter Mattravers (Feb 19) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play Peter again. His forehand was very effective especially in the first set but just about managed to cling on."  -- Edward
Kyneil Grant bt Peter Mattravers (Feb 11) 6-3, 6-1
Reveal CommentNorman Freshney bt Edward Barrett (Feb 6) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A close match overall, with most games going to deuce. Ed's strong serving gave me lots of problems but I just managed to get through the points that mattered at the end of several games."  -- Norman
Reveal CommentPeter Willis bt Peter Mattravers (Feb 5) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Pete put my serve under pressure with some great returns. but I managed to hold on for the win."  -- Peter
Norman Freshney bt Peter Mattravers (Jan 30) 6-1, 6-3
Kyneil Grant bt Edward Barrett (Jan 30) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentKyneil Grant bt Peter Willis (Jan 29) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "Great to win after a long match with long games. Had to dig deep after a terrible 1st set. Well played Peter "  -- Kyneil
Reveal CommentEdward Barrett bt Peter Willis (Jan 19) 7-5, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play Peter again. A real battle of a first set and its outcome ultimately proved to be pivotal in the match overall."  -- Edward

Group Summary:

Nicholas and Tom both secured three wins each but it was Nicholas who put himself out at the front on his own thanks to extra points from some excellent scheduling and battling three set losses. Only two points separate position two to five, and unfortunately there were a couple of matches that couldn't be finished between these players. Nevertheless it is Tom who edges ahead in this mini contest to finish as runner up.

Final Rankings:

  1. Nicholas Mott 9.2 [W3, L2] 10 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Tom Lewis [W3, L1, UF1] 6 RUNNER UP
  3. Charlotte Appel 9.1 [W2, L2, UF1] 5
  4. Jaroslaw Laka [W2, L2, UF1] 5
  5. Jonathan Hagos [W2, L2, UF1] 4
  6. Michael Ross 8.2 [W1, L4] 2
  7. Claire Frost 10.2

Match Results:

Jonathan Hagos bt Michael Ross (Mar 14) 6-1, 6-2
Jonathan Hagos v Jaroslaw Laka (Mar 14) 5-7, 1-4 TBC
Reveal CommentCharlotte Appel v Tom Lewis (Mar 14) 6-4, 3-4 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Tom hit some incredible shots and served very well. He hit an amazing drop shot which is impossible for anyone to get. Had we finished our match there is a good chance it could have gone either way. I hope to play him sometime again in the future."  -- Charlotte
Reveal CommentCharlotte Appel bt Jaroslaw Laka (Mar 13) 6-1, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Jaroslaw hit great volley's and was a very consistent player. In the second set, it was a close match. Good luck in your future leagues and it was nice meeting you!"  -- Charlotte
Michael Ross bt Tom Lewis (Mar 7) Walkover
Jonathan Hagos bt Charlotte Appel (Mar 5) Walkover

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentTom Lewis bt Nicholas Mott (Mar 3) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable battle. Most of me now hurts."  -- Tom
Reveal CommentNicholas Mott bt Jonathan Hagos (Feb 20) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Close match played outside in tricky conditions with a bit of wind and lots of noise from the adjacent football pitches. Higher percentage of unforced errors from Jonathan helped Nick win the match. "  -- Nicholas
Reveal CommentCharlotte Appel bt Michael Ross (Feb 19) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "In the first set we had some long games. Michael hit some great backhands and tried to get every ball back. I found this game enjoyable and I hope to play Michael again in the future. I wish him the best of luck for the rest of this league."  -- Charlotte
Tom Lewis bt Jonathan Hagos (Feb 19) 6-1, 6-3
Jaroslaw Laka bt Michael Ross (Feb 17) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentNicholas Mott bt Charlotte Appel (Feb 13) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Close match with some long games. Charlotte took a 3-0 lead in the second set as Nick struggled with his serve, before he came back to win the second set 6-4."  -- Nicholas
Tom Lewis bt Jaroslaw Laka (Feb 13) 6-1, 6-2
Nicholas Mott bt Michael Ross (Feb 11) 6-0, 6-2
Jaroslaw Laka bt Nicholas Mott (Feb 2) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3


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The results listed here include the current and previous rounds for New River. 

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 free can of balls which we will post to you.

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