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This is how it works:

  • We have doubles and singles rounds!
  • Players/teams are organised into groups of between 5 to 9 people of a similar standard
  • The league is mixed sex, 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!)
  • In doubles teams may be any combination of gender
  • 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 available on 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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Canoe Lake Leisure

Southsea, Portsmouth, PO4 9RG
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Portsmouth Tennis Centre

Alex Way, Portsmouth, PO2 9AD
Tel: 023 9320 0402
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Portsmouth Tennis Academy

Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2EL
Tel: 023 9273 0082
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Milton Park

Milton Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO4 8PR
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Priory Community Sports Centre

Fawcett Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO4 0DL
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Drayton Park

Lower Drayton Lane, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 2HD
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Cosham Park

Portsmouth Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 2AE
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ROKO Portsmouth Limited

Copnor Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5EW
Tel: 02392 651400
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Club Venues

Southsea Tennis Club

Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO4 0XP
Tel: 023 9282 4693
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Wickham Community Tennis Club

Fareham Road, Wickham, Fareham, Hampshire, PO17 5DE
Tel: 01329 830149
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"​I had an amazing time playing in the league as usual. I find it exciting meeting new people and not knowing what I'm walking into - it gives me butterflies in my stomach the same as I used to get before stepping on stage in front of hundreds of people"
 

Robert Darling

"Looking forward to some good tennis - keep up the good work. It is very much appreciated,"

Mike Carrington

"I was not expecting to win the group. I am really happy about it,"

Robbie Raio

"Thank you for running the leagues and hope you keep increasing with participation as I'm sure you will. It's good to see everyone involved was enjoying every match and it gives everyone the chance to meet new people to play against,"

"The best thing about the tennis league is that you invariably meet some great people. You have some good games and just get out and enjoy playing tennis, preferably outside in the sun,"

Jeffrey Smith

"This is a great initiative and well done for kicking it off and keeping it going:- thanks,"

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Collapse AllPortsmouth Singles - Round 40 | Thursday 9 January 2020 to Wednesday 4 March 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 5 February 2020)

Current Rankings:

  1. Tomasz Wojtak [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Joe Dobney [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Paul Mifsud 8.2 [W1, L2] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Jay Smith 8.1 [L3] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Paul Whittenham 7.2 [W1, L1] 2
  6. Mark Tamba [L1] 1
  7. Lewis Richards 8.1 [L1]
  8. Chris Corbett 10.2 [L2]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentJoe Dobney bt Lewis Richards (Jan 25) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good game Lewis, good luck for the rest of the tournament. 👍"  -- Joe
Reveal CommentTomasz Wojtak bt Jay Smith (Jan 25) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match Jay, top bloke, good luck in the others."  -- Tomasz
Reveal CommentTomasz Wojtak bt Chris Corbett (Jan 23) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Chris, I could see you can play, just looked a bit rusty. Good luck in your other matches. "  -- Tomasz
Reveal CommentTomasz Wojtak bt Paul Mifsud (Jan 20) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Very tough second set Paul, the closest set I have played in any of these leagues."  -- Tomasz
Joe Dobney bt Jay Smith (Jan 19) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentJoe Dobney bt Paul Mifsud (Jan 18) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Paul is made of steel! Hardest match I’ve ever played, both physical and mental strength required to the highest level today. Great match Paul! "  -- Joe
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham bt Jay Smith (Jan 18) 2-6, 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "It has been well over 2 years since I played Jay last so it was good to have the opportunity to play each other again. Jay played an excellent first set and fully deserved to take it, playing several winners particularly off the forehand wing. I settled more into my game in the 2nd set and managed to secure an early break of serve which helped build my confidence as I went on to win the set. I think it’s fair to say the Jay’s level dropped in the final set and I managed to close out the win. Thank you Jay for the game and enjoyed our chat both before the game and after. Good luck with the rest of your matches."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentTomasz Wojtak bt Paul Whittenham (Jan 16) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match Paul, some very close games in that scoreline."  -- Tomasz
Reveal CommentPaul Mifsud bt Mark Tamba (Jan 13) 7-5, 5-7, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "This was a great match. Mark is a very tough opponent. All 3 sets were very close, the scoreline in the last set not indicating how close it really was. "  -- Paul
Joe Dobney bt Chris Corbett (Jan 11) 6-1, 7-5

Current Rankings:

  1. David Robertson [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Dorin Vrasmas [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Will Martin [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Steve Dobney [W1, L2] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Maksims Afanasjevs 10.1 [L3] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Tim Durham [L2]
  7. Daniel Alexandru Rada

Match Results:

Reveal CommentSteve Dobney bt Tim Durham (Jan 25) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good game, good to play you Tim. Good luck for the rest of the tournament. "  -- Steve
Reveal CommentDorin Vrasmas bt David Robertson (Jan 24) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very very hard game.Amazing player.Thanks"  -- Dorin
Reveal CommentWill Martin bt Maksims Afanasjevs (Jan 22) 7-6 (7-1), 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A good match, the second set a lot closer than the score suggests."  -- Will
Reveal CommentWill Martin bt Tim Durham (Jan 21) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match, with some really close points and one extra long game at 5-3 that could have gone either way."  -- Will
Reveal CommentDavid Robertson bt Steve Dobney (Jan 21) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Another good game with Steve on a beautiful sunny morning in Southsea. Thanks for the match!"  -- David
Dorin Vrasmas bt Maksims Afanasjevs (Jan 20) 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentDavid Robertson bt Maksims Afanasjevs (Jan 19) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A tough match against Max. I made so many errors in the first set and then saved 5 match points. I managed to grind out the win but could have gone either way. Thanks. Dave "  -- David
Reveal CommentDorin Vrasmas bt Steve Dobney (Jan 18) 7-5, 1-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Steve a great player"  -- Dorin
Reveal CommentDavid Robertson bt Will Martin (Jan 13) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "A good match in difficult windy conditions. As the scoreline suggests it was very close and a point here and there just swung it my way. Thanks. Dave"  -- David

Current Rankings:

  1. Damian Hodnett 10.2 [W2] 4
  2. Peter Pullen 8.2 [W1] 2
  3. Jess Doyle 9.2 [L1]
  4. Stephen Philpott [L1]
  5. Rob Darling 9.2 [L1]
  6. Dennis Greenwood
  7. Gemma Cutts
  8. Matt Webber 9.1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentPeter Pullen bt Rob Darling (Jan 23) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Some really long rallies and good shots. "  -- Peter
Reveal CommentDamian Hodnett bt Stephen Philpott (Jan 23) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Stephen for a really enjoyable game, i had to move alot, and just managed to come out on top in some of the longer rallies. "  -- Damian
Reveal CommentDamian Hodnett bt Jess Doyle (Jan 17) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really good to meet Jess, I really enjoyed the match, we had some good rallies and both dusted off the cobwebs a bit..."  -- Damian

Current Rankings:

  1. David Simmons 10.1 [W1] 2
  2. Andy Smith [W1, L1] 2
  3. Lesley Kelly 9.2 [UF1] 1
  4. Sarah Close [UF1]
  5. Miriam Mclean [L1]
  6. Lyuba Anderton 10.2

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAndy Smith bt Miriam Mclean (Jan 19) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good game, I enjoyed it."  -- Andy
Lesley Kelly v Sarah Close (Jan 18) 6-4 TBC
David Simmons bt Andy Smith (Jan 10) 6-2, 6-2

Results

Looking for previous matches? Visit the Portsmouth archive.
The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches for Portsmouth.

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 match tiebreak, 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) 

Comments:
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)

Collapse AllPortsmouth Doubles - Round 4 | Thursday 26 September 2019 to Wednesday 4 December 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 30 October 2019)

Some really great matches to see out a year of tennis! Well played all and thank for your support. We know how much effort goes into getting matches set up and played, especially in doubles. You have earned your Christmas break! So here's to 2020 and a year full of great tennis!

Group Summary:

Though Vitor and Andre didn't get going this time (next round we hope) everyone else had at least three matches and the winners and runner's up each played a mighty six matches. Fittingly, the match of the group and the the effective group decider was their head-to-head. Paul and Harry just edged it over Terry and Dorin, and with that match the group was won! Congratulations to them and a brilliant league debut for Harry! Well done too to Paula and Roger who headed up the chasing pack and earned third place.

Final Rankings:

  1. Paul Whittenham & Harry Thuillier [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Terry Neale & Dorin Vrasmas [W5, L1] 13 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Paula O'toole & Roger Paxman [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Neil Crawford & Ingrid Cole [W2, L2] 4
  5. Ben Swarbrick & Marina Pregigueiro Garcia [L4] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Alice Head & Henrietta Backhouse [W1, L2] 2
  7. Caron Howe & Lynne Foster [W1, L2] 2
  8. Roger Jarman & Chris Martin [L3]
  9. Vitor Barbosa & Andre Barbosa

Match Results:

Reveal CommentCaron Howe & Lynne Foster bt Ben Swarbrick & Marina Pregigueiro Garcia (Dec 2) 6-4, 3-6, [10-4]

Player Comments:

  • "The match was played fairly and in very good humour. The rallies were long and all the games were close. The only draw back was the temperature as it was only 3 deg and very chilly. All in all we were very lucky to come out with a win. We cannot wait to have a replay when the weather is a bit kinder to us all. "  -- Lynne
Reveal CommentNeil Crawford & Ingrid Cole bt Alice Head & Henrietta Backhouse (Nov 30) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good match, closer than score suggests, Always nice to play Alice and Henrietta"  -- Neil
Reveal CommentNeil Crawford & Ingrid Cole bt Paula O'toole & Roger Paxman (Nov 14) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very nice and close competitive match. Hope to play Paula and Roger again soon!"  -- Neil
Reveal CommentAlice Head & Henrietta Backhouse bt Roger Jarman & Chris Martin (Nov 14) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Henrietta and I absolutely LOVE to play Roger and Chris. The scoreline is not reflective of the game as we had deuce after deuce and they always make us think. We always have a real laugh playing against Roger and Chris and would now count them as our friends, rather than just opponents. Thanks again for the match. Hopefully see you again very soon. "  -- Alice
Reveal CommentTerry Neale & Dorin Vrasmas bt Caron Howe & Lynne Foster (Nov 9) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Thoroughly enjoyable match!! Caron and Lynne were both great company and, especially in the second set, formidable opponents. Indeed we had to save 3 set points at 5-4 down before just about managing to turn it around. Very much up for another game some time."  -- Terry
Reveal CommentPaula O'toole & Roger Paxman bt Alice Head & Henrietta Backhouse (Nov 7) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you for the match Alice and Henri, we both really enjoyed it. It was a tough competition, the majority of games going to deuce and could have gone either way. Good luck with the rest of you matches and hopefully we can play again sometime"  -- Paula
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham & Harry Thuillier bt Roger Jarman & Chris Martin (Nov 1) 6-0, 7-6 (7-0)

Player Comments:

  • "A tough match for both pairs played under floodlights and in drizzling rain. I think it's fair to say that Harry and I adapted more quickly to the conditions taking the first set fairly comfortably. The second set was much tighter however and Roger and Chris fought back admirably from 3-5 and match point down to force a tie-break before we managed to close out the match. Great to see you both again and thank you for joining us in the Club bar afterwards for a well deserved drink. Good luck with the rest of your matches too."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentPaula O'toole & Roger Paxman bt Ben Swarbrick & Marina Pregigueiro Garcia (Oct 30) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A very close match with some tough rallies. I’m glad not to have to face Ben’s serve again! Very nice to meet you both, thanks for the match. I hope Ben is feeling better soon. "  -- Paula

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham & Harry Thuillier bt Terry Neale & Dorin Vrasmas (Oct 29) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "This always had the makings of a close and competitive encounter and so it proved. Terry & Dorin were great opponents and I think it is fair to say our far greater experience in the doubles format was the difference in the end. Fantastic match against 2 skilful and very friendly opponents. Thank you for the game guys and hope to meet up with you again soon. "  -- Paul
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham & Harry Thuillier bt Caron Howe & Lynne Foster (Oct 26) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A match played against 2 delightful ladies in very windy conditions. Forget the result it was tremendous fun and we played 3 mixed pair sets afterwards, all of which were very close. A big thank you to Caron and Lynne from both Harry and I and we wish you both well for your remaining matches."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham & Harry Thuillier bt Neil Crawford & Ingrid Cole (Oct 23) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "This was always going to be a tough match against our fellow Avenue members and so it proved. The first set was relatively comfortable despite our inability to win points on Neil's serve but went a break down in the 2nd set which we managed to retrieve by breaking his serve. A close battle ensued which we eventually came out on top despite several scares. Well done to both Neil and Ingrid and good luck to you both for your remaining matches."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentTerry Neale & Dorin Vrasmas bt Paula O'toole & Roger Paxman (Oct 23) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Firstly our huge apologies and thanks again to Roger and Paula for going ahead with this game despite Dorin being around 30 minutes late due to a mix up. Thoroughly nice couple who made us battle all the way and it was quite a flattering scoreline in the end. Wish them all the best for their remaining games. "  -- Terry
Reveal CommentTerry Neale & Dorin Vrasmas bt Neil Crawford & Ingrid Cole (Oct 21) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "Really nice to catch up with Neil again and to meet Ingrid for the first time. Enjoyable match played in good spirit, with a few great rallies thrown in for good measure!"  -- Terry
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham & Harry Thuillier bt Ben Swarbrick & Marina Pregigueiro Garcia (Oct 20) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable match against a delightful young couple played in great spirit. Some excellent rallies and we found it difficult to return Ben’s excellent serve particularly in the first set. Marina showed her agility in diving for several balls that we would have given up as a lost cause and their determination as a team made it a difficult but thoroughly enjoyable match. We wish you both all the best for the future and hope you have a wonderful time Marina when you go to Vietnam."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentPaul Whittenham & Harry Thuillier bt Paula O'toole & Roger Paxman (Oct 16) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Despite the weather forecast it was an ideal morning for tennis and a pleasure to meet Paula & Roger. I think it is fair to say that Harry & I got into our stride from the off while Roger and Paula were coming to terms with the artificial grass surface. The score line was certainly not a fair reflection of the match itself and there were several close games that went our way. Thank you for coming over to The Avenue and we wish you all the very best with your remaining matches."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentTerry Neale & Dorin Vrasmas bt Roger Jarman & Chris Martin (Oct 15) 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • "Fair to say we all struggled to find any rhythm in a scrappy first set, but the second was a fair bit better with some nice rallies and Dorin and I had to fight back from behind to take it to a tie-break, which was also very tight! Pleasure to meet Roger and Chris and hope to play again some time."  -- Terry
Reveal CommentTerry Neale & Dorin Vrasmas bt Ben Swarbrick & Marina Pregigueiro Garcia (Sep 30) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A first foray into competitive doubles for all us today and safe to say Dorin and I found our feet a bit quicker than Ben and Marina. Clearly both capable players though, I don't think it will be long before they start making life difficult for opponents. Despite enduring a frustrating time, they never lost their sense of humour and I'm sure if we play again when they have a few matches under their belts, it will be a totally different prospect. Wish them well for the rest of their matches."  -- Terry

Results

Looking for previous matches? Visit the Portsmouth archive.
The results listed here include the current and previous round of Doubles matches for Portsmouth.

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). In doubles, matches tied at one set all may be completed with a matchtiebreak and still count toward bonus points. 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.

Understanding the current rankings display: 
Players' names, 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) 

Comments:
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)