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You are just a step away from joining our mixed-sex, singles and doubles leagues for men and women (aged 18+) of all standards.

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:

  • 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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Primary Venues

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
Tel: 02392 863035
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Drayton Park

Lower Drayton Lane, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 2HD
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Other Venues

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

"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,"

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

Mike Carrington

"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

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

Robbie Raio

"This round was fantastic! Winning was honestly just an added bonus. I really just joined to play against people of similar standards, with the competitive element just making it that bit more interesting. Can't wait for the next round :)"

Terry Neale

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Collapse AllPortsmouth Singles - Round 35 | Thursday 29 November 2018 to Wednesday 6 February 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 2 January 2019)

Current Rankings:

  1. Irena Cacicedo Jaroszynska [W1] 2
  2. Neil Crawford 6.2 [W1] 2
  3. Douglas Galley [W1] 2
  4. Paul Whittenham 7.2 [L1] 1
  5. Simon Clark [L2]
  6. Jordan Goff 7.2
  7. Martyn Lawrenson 9.1

Match Results:

Douglas Galley bt Paul Whittenham (Dec 14) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentNeil Crawford bt Simon Clark (Dec 10) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent match in noisy conditions as kids ran around on next door court. Some very good points and enjoyable to play!"  -- Neil
Reveal CommentIrena Cacicedo Jaroszynska bt Simon Clark (Dec 4) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Fun match! Lots of very good rallies!"  -- Irena

Current Rankings:

  1. Derek Allaway [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Dennis Greenwood [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Hannes Voss [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Jay Smith 9.1 [W1] 2
  5. David Robertson [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Terry Neale 8.2 [L2] 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentDerek Allaway bt Dennis Greenwood (Dec 15) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "I think Dennis was very nervous as he played to make no mistakes which didn't aid his game at all in the first set. He definitely got over his tightness in the second and started to swing through his shots more. I had to really up my game in the second as he was staging a comeback through more confidence."  -- Derek
Reveal CommentDennis Greenwood bt David Robertson (Dec 11) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really good competitive match with long rallies and lots of deuce games."  -- Dennis
Reveal CommentDerek Allaway bt Terry Neale (Dec 10) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great match! Nice to meet and play Terry, flattering score line for the second set. He didn't deserve the bagel, gets the ball even if you think it's a winner as he can run! Nasty difficult shots to contend with, so had to keep my head and concentrate. "  -- Derek
Reveal CommentHannes Voss bt David Robertson (Dec 6) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely match, really enjoyable! Thanks David and all the best!"  -- Hannes
Hannes Voss bt Terry Neale (Dec 4) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Reveal CommentDennis Greenwood bt Hannes Voss (Dec 3) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "The score is not a fair representation of a match that was very competitive and even throughout."  -- Dennis
Reveal CommentDerek Allaway bt David Robertson (Dec 1) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "I think Dave had a problem with the colour scheme at Priory and certainly did not deserve the double bagel-had many opportunities to get a few games but lack of experience let him down. As soon as he irons out a few things in his game he will become a formidable opponent."  -- Derek
Jay Smith bt Hannes Voss (Dec 1) 6-3, 6-3
Derek Allaway bt Hannes Voss (Nov 30) 6-2, 6-3

Current Rankings:

  1. Mark Tamba [W2] 4
  2. Ed Naylor 9.2 [W1, L1] 2
  3. Alice Head [L2]
  4. Daniel Alexandru Rada
  5. Lewis Richards 8.2
  6. Rob Darling 10.1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentMark Tamba bt Alice Head (Dec 10) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good match. Alice is a good returner of serve and we had some good rallies."  -- Mark
Reveal CommentMark Tamba bt Ed Naylor (Dec 10) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good Match and we had some good rallies. "  -- Mark
Reveal CommentEd Naylor bt Alice Head (Dec 9) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really tough conditions at Canoe Lake hard courts with gusting winds and dazzling glare from the sun. It was close throughout with both of us struggling to hold serve but we had some very decent rallies with Alice producing some great forehand winners...in the end I made slightly fewer errors to edge it. "  -- Ed

Current Rankings:

  1. Iain Smith [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Andre Martins [W2] 4
  3. Helen Slaven [L1]
  4. Robert Hope [L2]
  5. Marek Warlinski
  6. Roger Jarman

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAndre Martins bt Robert Hope (Dec 14) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It has been a truly pleasure with Bob, such a nice fellow"  -- Andre
Reveal CommentIain Smith bt Helen Slaven (Dec 14) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Score doesn’t reflect the way Helen played considering she hasn’t played in 3 years she played very well . It was a bitterly cold evening but refreshing . It was lovely to meet you Helen and a few more weeks practice you’ll be a force to be reckoned with . Have a good Christmas Helen and all the very best for the rest of the tournament.... Iain "  -- Iain
Reveal CommentIain Smith bt Robert Hope (Dec 8) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable game against the ever younger looking Robert . He had chances to clinch 2nd set but luckily for me he never took them . On a personal note another step towards getting back to competing to a reasonable level and I am pleased with the victory . All the best Robert for the rest of the tournament and it was a pleasure to meet you . Iain "  -- Iain
Reveal CommentAndre Martins bt Iain Smith (Dec 5) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "On a personal note , this is my 1st game back since being diagnosed with Cancer for over 1 year so I was very pleased to compete again . Andre is a great guy and very polite and deserved his victory. Good luck for rest of tournament Andre . "  -- Iain

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 2 | Thursday 27 September 2018 to Wednesday 5 December 2018 (Midpoint: Wednesday 31 October 2018)

This was just the second round for the Portsmouth doubles league, and it was great to see a terrific turnout on court and a "very friendly atmosphere" on show too. Thanks to you all for getting involved and we hope you enjoyed it. Please continue to spread the word if you can, it would be great to see this young league grow in 2019!

Group Summary:

It was close run thing for the gold, with only one point separating the top three. Chris & Matthew notched up wins in all four of their matches to retain their group crown, though it was far from an easy ride. Fellow title challengers Martin & Tim pushed the new champs all the way in a "thoroughly enjoyable" three setter encounter that "could have gone either way". Alice & Henrietta joined Martin & Tim on seven points, thanks in part to their excellent scheduling skills, so it all comes down their head to head to determine who takes the silver. Martin & Tim stepped it up a gear in this match to take a convincing victory and become the runner ups.

Final Rankings:

  1. Chris Wilde & Matthew Wilde [W4] 8 WINNER
  2. Martin Jewell & Tim Fielder [W3, L1] 7 RUNNER UP
  3. Alice Head & Henrietta Backhouse [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Neil Crawford & Ingrid Cole [W1, L3] 3
  5. David Simmons & Bailey Rowsell [W1] 2
  6. Roger Jarman & Chris Martin [L4] 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentNeil Crawford & Ingrid Cole bt Roger Jarman & Chris Martin (Dec 3) 7-5, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good match against two friendly guys, Ingrid's first win of the tour, which she is very happy about!"  -- Neil
Reveal CommentMartin Jewell & Tim Fielder bt Alice Head & Henrietta Backhouse (Nov 30) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable game, closer than the score suggests."  -- Martin
Reveal CommentMartin Jewell & Tim Fielder bt Roger Jarman & Chris Martin (Nov 29) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Windy"  -- Martin
Reveal CommentAlice Head & Henrietta Backhouse bt Roger Jarman & Chris Martin (Nov 22) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Third set to be completed on November 22nd "  -- Alice
Martin Jewell & Tim Fielder bt Neil Crawford & Ingrid Cole (Nov 8) 6-3, 6-4
Reveal CommentChris Wilde & Matthew Wilde bt Roger Jarman & Chris Martin (Nov 5) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "Against a backdrop of exploding fireworks and loud bangs, it was a very tactical match, played in a friendly manner. For a November evening, shorts and t-shirts were more than adequate, although the dew on the court made its eventual presence felt if a ball hit a line. Everyone stayed on for an extra set knock about after the match had completed."  -- Chris
Reveal CommentChris Wilde & Matthew Wilde bt Neil Crawford & Ingrid Cole (Nov 2) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A pleasant late afternoon match on a very mild November day. First set could have gone either way. Played in a very friendly atmosphere."  -- Chris

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentAlice Head & Henrietta Backhouse bt Neil Crawford & Ingrid Cole (Oct 26) 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Fantastic game against Ingrid and Neil, an awful lot of Dueces! Great to meet them. "  -- Alice
David Simmons & Bailey Rowsell bt Alice Head & Henrietta Backhouse (Oct 21) 6-7 (1-7), 6-3, 6-2
Reveal CommentChris Wilde & Matthew Wilde bt Martin Jewell & Tim Fielder (Oct 18) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A thoroughly enjoyable encounter. Good shots from everyone. At least one ace serve per player. Some very interesting tactical changes. And all played in a very good competitive and social manner. The kind of match that could have gone either way. Great fun. "  -- Chris
Reveal CommentChris Wilde & Matthew Wilde bt Alice Head & Henrietta Backhouse (Oct 16) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A very entertaining match played in very good spirit, with some excellant rallies on a warm evening for the time of year. All the best to Alice and Henrietta for the remainder of their matches."  -- Chris

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)