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If you have been meaning to get back into tennis or would like to meet new people to play, why not give it a go!

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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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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 18 | Thursday 16 May 2019 to Wednesday 10 July 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 12 June 2019)

A round where the sun shone sometimes and the wind blew a lot! Thanks to everyone for your support of the league and by getting on court yourself and for giving everyone else the chance to play. Here's to the next round!

Group Summary:

A nice return to the league by Darron who proceeded to show the others what they had been missing by winning his five matches in straight sets. Gracious as always in victory who will step up to challenge him next time? Runner up Alan certainly has a platform on which to build and let it not go unnoticed, Peter (in fifth place) was unbeaten this round!

Final Rankings:

  1. Darron Ayles [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Alan Lam [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Glen Bessant 8.2 [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Toby Wadey 9.1 [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Peter Hawker [W2] 4
  6. Andrew Hawker 9.1 [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Ryan Lewendon 10.1 [L3]
  8. Mike Hilton [L1] withdrawn

Match Results:

Andrew Hawker bt Ryan Lewendon (Jul 10) Walkover
Reveal CommentToby Wadey bt Ryan Lewendon (Jul 8) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "It was good to see Ryan again - he’s recovering from foot surgery and hasn’t reached full match sharpness yet... but there were still some big serves and flashes of class. I’ve not doubt it’ll be a much closer contest next time. "  -- Toby
Reveal CommentGlen Bessant bt Andrew Hawker (Jul 7) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Andrew. I really enjoyed playing on the grass, especially as I had been to Wimbledon the day before. Next time we'll try the clay."  -- Glen
Reveal CommentDarron Ayles bt Ryan Lewendon (Jul 4) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Ryan. Hope to play you again next time "  -- Darron
Reveal CommentDarron Ayles bt Alan Lam (Jun 27) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Cheers for the game Alan. Always a tough battle "  -- Darron
Reveal CommentGlen Bessant bt Toby Wadey (Jun 24) 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, [11-9]

Player Comments:

  • "Wow. A second titanic battle in the space of two days. First in the Bournemouth league and today in the Poole league. I know how Feliciano Lopez feels. Yesterday it went Toby's way and today I managed to clinch victory. Every game, set and match could have gone either way, it was that close. Looking forward to the next time we play. "  -- Glen
Peter Hawker bt Andrew Hawker (Jun 11) 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentDarron Ayles bt Glen Bessant (Jun 4) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "thanks for the game Glen, it was nice to meet you. Good luck for your remaining games"  -- Darron
Reveal CommentAlan Lam bt Toby Wadey (Jun 1) 6-1, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Nice match in the sun Toby. The second set was a real battle and fortunately I was able to save a set point otherwise I would have been toast. Again, always a super joy to play with you and a real laugh during the changeovers! See you next round. "  -- Alan
Reveal CommentAlan Lam bt Glen Bessant (May 29) 6-1, 7-6 (11-9)

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for playing Glen. Great competitive match as always in humid conditions. This 2nd set is turning into a real battle! Looking forward to playing the conclusion!"  -- Alan

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentPeter Hawker bt Glen Bessant (May 27) 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "It was a good match with lots of very long rallies. Glen played some great defensive tennis pulling balls back into play when I thought the point was won. Good luck the the rest of you matches and thanks for the match Glen."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentToby Wadey bt Andrew Hawker (May 25) 6-5 Andrew Hawker Retired

Player Comments:

  • "This promised to be another classic Wadey-Hawker dual, but sadly Andrew picked up an injury and was forced to retire before we could really get going. I hope you recover soon Andrew - and I look forward to playing you again in future rounds. "  -- Toby
Reveal CommentDarron Ayles bt Toby Wadey (May 25) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Toby, good luck with the rest of your games "  -- Darron
Reveal CommentDarron Ayles bt Mike Hilton (May 22) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "thanks for the game Mike good luck for the rest of the league."  -- Darron
Reveal CommentAlan Lam bt Andrew Hawker (May 20) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Andrew. I think I managed to save about 10 break points before you broke me so I was fortunate but also happy I was able to serve my way out of trouble. Plenty of deuces and plenty of nice rallies. Again, a joy to play and compete with you. Thanks!"  -- Alan

Group Summary:

Cliff will be heading up to the top group after this comfortable group win - he was also the only player to complete all his matches. Well done. It was also a good round from Simon in second place and not far behind him, Sue. Almost everyone left a commentary if only to say thanks for the match and it is that friendly spirit that makes this such a nice league. Here's to the next round.

Final Rankings:

  1. Cliff Sorge 8.2 [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Simon Vening [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Sue Eales 10.1 [W3, L2] 6
  4. Marco Zengarini [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Matej Hamza [L4] 1
  6. Phil Winfield [L1]
  7. Russ Pollard [L4]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentSue Eales bt Russ Pollard (Jul 7) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Well played Russ. We had some good rallies, particularly in set 1."  -- Sue
Reveal CommentSue Eales bt Marco Zengarini (Jul 6) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "thanks for a great match Marco. Lots of tough rallies."  -- Sue
Reveal CommentCliff Sorge bt Phil Winfield (Jul 6) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you for the game Phil it was a pleasure to play someone of such spirit I wish you well."  -- Cliff
Reveal CommentSimon Vening bt Matej Hamza (Jun 26) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Matej, some great forehands in there!"  -- Simon

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentMarco Zengarini bt Matej Hamza (Jun 25) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match! Look forward to playing again Matej."  -- Marco
Reveal CommentSue Eales bt Matej Hamza (Jun 23) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for a competitive match Matej. Lots of close games. "  -- Sue
Reveal CommentSimon Vening bt Sue Eales (Jun 22) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable match on a rare sunny day. Thanks for the game Sue and look forward to playing again"  -- Simon
Reveal CommentCliff Sorge bt Matej Hamza (Jun 15) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Mat, good game though the score does not do it justice."  -- Cliff
Reveal CommentCliff Sorge bt Russ Pollard (Jun 15) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for game Russ."  -- Cliff
Reveal CommentSimon Vening bt Marco Zengarini (Jun 12) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Scoreline is misleading, lots of deuce games and some good rallies. Thanks for the game Marco, look forward to playing again"  -- Simon
Reveal CommentCliff Sorge bt Sue Eales (Jun 4) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Sue enjoyed the game as always."  -- Cliff
Reveal CommentCliff Sorge bt Marco Zengarini (Jun 1) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Marco fun game in the sunshine. Good luck with your matches."  -- Cliff
Reveal CommentCliff Sorge bt Simon Vening (May 27) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Simon some tricky shots from your side well played. Lots of deuces in quite windy conditions. Good luck with your matches."  -- Cliff
Marco Zengarini bt Russ Pollard (May 27) 6-0, 6-2
Reveal CommentSimon Vening bt Russ Pollard (May 22) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great match. Played fair and square with some superb drop shots and lobs. A few nifty fore hands too."  -- Russ


Looking for previous matches? Visit the Poole archive.
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) 

Reporters of results are encouraged to leave a comment on the "Report Your Score" form. Additional commentaries may be added by submitting a result revision (see the pencil icon next to your results)