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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

Branksome Park

Leicester Road, Poole, Dorset, BH13 6BY
Tel: 01202 751944
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Poole Park Tennis Facility

Parkstone Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 2SF
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Other Venues

The Junction Sports and Leisure Centre

Station Approach, Broadstone, BH18 8AX
Tel: 01202 777766
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Ashdown Leisure Centre

Adastral Road, Canford Heath, Poole, Dorset, BH17 8PY
Tel: 01202 604224
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Hamworthy Park

Lulworth Avenue, Poole, Dorset
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Club Venues

East Dorset Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club

Salterns Road, Parkstone, Poole, BH14 8BL
Tel: 01202 740219
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"​Very pleased to have come top of my group and looking forward to the next round!  I like the resume email you sent out at the end of the round too - it's a nice touch.  I'll choose my prize now...!",

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It was an enjoyable round, people very nice and good players. It's sometimes difficult to arrange the games, but not many problems if you keep chasing the people!

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Collapse AllPoole Singles - Round 21 | Thursday 16 January 2020 to Wednesday 11 March 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 12 February 2020)

Only 5 matches were not played in this round, which is a fantastic achievement. Very well done to everyone on such efficient scheduling and such great tennis! Here's to the next one!

Group Summary:

A brilliantly competitive group with a very high percentage of matches played and in which almost everyone got their bonus points. Cliff had a great round, moving from 3rd place last time to the winner's podium this time. In six matches, he lost only to Toby. Sally led the chasing pack and finished a close second - many congratulations to both.

Final Rankings:

  1. Cliff Sorge 8.2 [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Sally Revell 8.2 [W4, L2] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Charles Kipping [W4, L1] 9
  4. Andrew Hawker 9.1 [W3, L3] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Toby Wadey 8.2 [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Marco Zengarini [W1, L5] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Mike Hilton [L4] 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentCliff Sorge bt Sally Revell (Mar 8) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Sally, very challenging in the wind but at least we beat the conditions before they beat us!"  -- Cliff
Reveal CommentCliff Sorge bt Charles Kipping (Mar 7) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Many thanks Charles, tight match as always. Looking forward to the next one."  -- Cliff
Reveal CommentCharles Kipping bt Marco Zengarini (Mar 6) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play in the sunshine! Thanks for organising."  -- Charles

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentCharles Kipping bt Toby Wadey (Mar 1) 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game, result could have gone either way."  -- Charles
Reveal CommentCliff Sorge bt Marco Zengarini (Mar 1) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Many thanks Marco, good game in a challenging wind, where was that ball sometimes!!"  -- Cliff
Marco Zengarini bt Mike Hilton (Feb 29) Walkover
Reveal CommentCharles Kipping bt Sally Revell (Feb 23) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great game, good rallies, good fun."  -- Charles
Reveal CommentAndrew Hawker bt Toby Wadey (Feb 16) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Many thanks for playing an enjoyable match, Toby. Best of luck with your remaining matches"  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentToby Wadey bt Cliff Sorge (Feb 8) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "Good to see Cliff again and it was an enjoyable match in the sunshine at East Dorset. I ran away with it a bit in the first set but Cliff went racing into a 4-1 lead in the second and I feared we were destined, as we usually are, for a decider. Thankfully for me I managed to claw my way back into it and edge the tiebreaker. I look forward to us playing again in the next round. "  -- Toby
Reveal CommentAndrew Hawker bt Marco Zengarini (Feb 4) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Marco for playing a highly enjoyable and competitive match in tough windy conditions on the clay at East Dorset."  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentCharles Kipping bt Andrew Hawker (Feb 3) 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great match, could have gone either way."  -- Charles
Andrew Hawker bt Mike Hilton (Feb 1) Walkover
Reveal CommentToby Wadey bt Marco Zengarini (Feb 1) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good to see Marco again for the first time in a couple of years. It was a closely fought match in the winter sun at Poole Park. I’m hoping it won’t be so long until our next match! "  -- Toby
Reveal CommentSally Revell bt Toby Wadey (Jan 31) 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "It was dank January weather for our match but we persevered and Toby built a lead in the second set before I broke his serve at 4-4 which proved crucial. Toby has nice variety to his game and ghosted into the net on several occasions when I wasn't expecting it... thanks for a good match!"  -- Sally
Reveal CommentSally Revell bt Marco Zengarini (Jan 27) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "We were both pleased to play on the artificial clay and not have to worry about our footing after yesterday's heavy rain... but conditions were still quite tricky with an unpredictable wind that picked up as the match went on. Marco hit lots of slice returns that landed short forcing me to chase forwards more than I liked... and I had to be wary of his serve too. Thanks for the match and nice to meet you!"  -- Sally
Reveal CommentSally Revell bt Mike Hilton (Jan 25) 6-3, 5-7, [10-8]

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match which built to a close second set and third set tiebreak. We both opted for the tiebreak in lieu of a third set due to other commitments in the afternoon, also we'd both done quite a bit of running around by then! Thanks Mike and see you next time!"  -- Sally
Reveal CommentSally Revell bt Andrew Hawker (Jan 22) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It was good to play Andrew again after a long gap and we opted for the artificial clay. Lots of good rallies and I was lucky with 2 net cords going my way and lots of balls bouncing close to the lines. Thanks for the match Andrew!"  -- Sally
Reveal CommentCliff Sorge bt Mike Hilton (Jan 19) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Mike good luck with your matches"  -- Cliff
Reveal CommentCliff Sorge bt Andrew Hawker (Jan 18) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Well played Andrew, ice and sun what a combination, good game as always, thanks."  -- Cliff

Group Summary:

An excellent debut round for Alexander who wins his group at his first attempt, finishing a crucial two points ahead of runner up Sue, (who lost only to the champ). As in group one, there were a very high percentage of matches played here, despite some gusty conditions, so many thanks for all the commitment and well done to Steve, another newcomer on his first league win. We like the sound of those 'superb' half volleys!

Final Rankings:

  1. Alexander Hensher [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Sue Eales 10.1 [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Bradley Hutchings [W1, L3] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Peter Livesey [W1, L2] 4
  5. Steve Pike [W1, L3] 2
  6. Elaine Boorman 10.2 [L3]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAlexander Hensher bt Steve Pike (Mar 10) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you Spike, well played in gusty conditions and you got me with a number of tactical drop shots"  -- Alexander
Reveal CommentSue Eales bt Elaine Boorman (Mar 9) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Elaine, we had some good rallies "  -- Sue
Reveal CommentSteve Pike bt Elaine Boorman (Mar 2) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Some great rally,s, lots of juice games but very enjoyable game. My first league win! "  -- Steve
Reveal CommentSue Eales bt Peter Livesey (Mar 2) 7-5, 2-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Well played Peter. Very close match between us."  -- Sue
  • "Beautiful day for tennis - a welcome change after all this mad weather A close, enjoyable game - well played Sue," -- Peter
Reveal CommentAlexander Hensher bt Bradley Hutchings (Feb 11) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Alex. I enjoyed our close match. Hope to play you again. Brad"  -- Bradley

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentAlexander Hensher bt Peter Livesey (Feb 8) 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (7-9), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A close, enjoyable game. Well played Alex Good luck in your other matches "  -- Peter
Alexander Hensher bt Elaine Boorman (Feb 6) Walkover
Reveal CommentPeter Livesey bt Bradley Hutchings (Feb 4) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Another long but enjoyable game against Brad despite the windy conditions. Thanks for organising the court Brad and good luck with your remaining matches "  -- Peter
Reveal CommentBradley Hutchings bt Steve Pike (Feb 2) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Spike. We played against the wind a bit! Your ‘pick-up’ shot or half volley is superb. All the best for your other games."  -- Bradley
Reveal CommentAlexander Hensher bt Sue Eales (Feb 1) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you Sue, enjoyed the challenging game," -- Alexander
Reveal CommentSue Eales bt Steve Pike (Jan 31) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match Spike. We had some good rallies"  -- Sue
Reveal CommentSue Eales bt Bradley Hutchings (Jan 25) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for a competitive match Brad. Well played"  -- Sue

Results

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The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches for Poole.

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) 

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