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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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"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

"I have not played since school, and I loved it. Played some good games and I will continue to play all year now - thanks,"

Matt Cowdrey

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

Rod Bailey

"Great platform to showcase local talent and good people. Well organised by the league, I will be playing again!",

Josh Callaway

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

Robbie Raio

"A valuable first competitive experience. It has taught me that I can compete at a higher level and also encouraged me to work harder to be a better player,"

James Missen

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Collapse AllPortsmouth Singles - Round 38 | Thursday 1 August 2019 to Wednesday 25 September 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 28 August 2019)

Current Rankings:

  1. Liam Vacher 6.2 [W1] 2
  2. James Hotson [W1] 2
  3. Dan Cooper [W1, L1] 2
  4. David Howarth [L1]
  5. Daniel Lopez [L1]
  6. Derek Allaway 6.1 withdrawn
  7. Jay Smith 8.2
  8. Lewis Richards 8.2

Match Results:

Reveal CommentDan Cooper bt David Howarth (Aug 18) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable game, and a lot closer than the score would suggest - a lot of very close games. Great to see Dave getting back into tennis after a period away. He couldn't quite execute today, but once he finds his rhythm, he's going to be very tough to play"  -- Dan
Liam Vacher bt Dan Cooper (Aug 17) 6-2, 6-0
James Hotson bt Daniel Lopez (Aug 12) 7-6 (7-2), 6-4

Current Rankings:

  1. Joe Dobney [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Andy Hall 10.2 [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Dorin Vrasmas [W1, L2] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Daniel Piccolo [W1, L1] 2
  5. Terry Neale 8.2 [L1] 1
  6. Dennis Greenwood [L2]
  7. Christian Pascual

Match Results:

Joe Dobney bt Dorin Vrasmas (Aug 17) 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentAndy Hall bt Daniel Piccolo (Aug 13) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A consistent crosswind paired with gusts suddenly forcing the ball down made getting into a rhythm difficult and meant that neither of us played our best tennis. The first set saw me get the one extra break for a flattering scoreline. I went for too much at the start of the second given the conditions and Daniel was playing some great shots to go with the serves. At 2-5 down I decided to play the percentages and get my eye in for the 3rd set. This came at the same time as a dip from Daniel and I somehow got out of the set. Good luck with the studies Daniel and hopefully have a hit again when time allows."  -- Andy
Dorin Vrasmas bt Dennis Greenwood (Aug 12) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
Reveal CommentDaniel Piccolo bt Dorin Vrasmas (Aug 11) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet Dorin, this turned out to be less of a tennis match and more a battle of wills against Mother Nature and her destructive winds, which caused many shots that we thought were good to be out by large amount. Dorin played extremely solid in the first set and then I played better in the second to even it up. In the third set the wind got even heavier and both of us were really struggling to get any pace on our serves. I just managed to hang on and serve out the last game after Dorin saved a few match points. Thanks again Dorin for toughing out the weather and hopefully next time we play the conditions are better."  -- Daniel
Joe Dobney bt Andy Hall (Aug 10) 6-0, 6-3
Reveal CommentAndy Hall bt Terry Neale (Aug 7) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "What a fantastic match and one that could have easily gone either way. The first set was definitely a shock to the system after a year away from match play and Terry was solid from the back. The 2nd and third sets were a great battle once I'd found my range on scrambling. I just managed to bog Terry down enough in the third set as my serve improved throughout. Think we'll both feel the 30+ shot rallies in the morning that went all over the court. It was the heat and over 2hr mark rather than the tennis that won it! Thanks again Terry."  -- Andy
Joe Dobney bt Dennis Greenwood (Aug 6) 6-0, 6-3

Current Rankings:

  1. Daniel Alexandru Rada [W1, L1] 3
  2. Michael Johnson [W1] 2
  3. Ed Naylor 9.1 [W1] 2
  4. Emad Abdeltawab [L1] 1
  5. Rob Darling 9.2 [L1]
  6. Jack Heselwood
  7. Matt Webber 9.1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentEd Naylor bt Daniel Alexandru Rada (Aug 15) 6-7 (7-9), 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really close and enjoyable match with Daniel. He took the first set and soared away in the second with some really sharp tennis, I managed to come back after saving a couple of match points and then took advantage when Daniel tired a bit in the third. "  -- Ed
Reveal CommentMichael Johnson bt Emad Abdeltawab (Aug 14) 6-1, 0-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "It was a game of 3 very unique sets, I dominated the 1st, Emad dominated the 2nd and looked like he was going to take the 3rd but I got myself back in the 3rd set from 4-1 down. It could’ve gone either way with Emad having a match point himself but I just snatched it. Great rallies throughout and a very enjoyable match! "  -- Michael
Reveal CommentDaniel Alexandru Rada bt Rob Darling (Aug 8) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-1)

Player Comments:

  • "Another long match with Rob,almost 2 hours!We had long rallies in every game and too difficult to win the service !Thanks for playing Rob!"  -- Daniel Alexandru

Current Rankings:

  1. Peter Pullen [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Damian Hodnett [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Gemma Cutts [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Tim Durham [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. David Edwards 10.2 [L2] 1
  6. Lyuba Anderton 10.2 [L1]
  7. Kevin White 10.2 [L2]
  8. Simon Porter

Match Results:

Reveal CommentGemma Cutts bt David Edwards (Aug 17) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "The wind did not help! Great game, score does not reflect how hard I had to work for it!"  -- Gemma
Reveal CommentDamian Hodnett bt Gemma Cutts (Aug 16) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet and play Gemma in a closely contested match. Look forward to playing again."  -- Damian
Reveal CommentPeter Pullen bt Tim Durham (Aug 15) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Really good game Tim pushed me to play my best and think about every shot. I look forward to a rematch. Pete"  -- Peter
Reveal CommentDamian Hodnett bt Lyuba Anderton (Aug 14) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet Lyuba, and the 2nd second set especially had some good and really enjoyable rallies."  -- Damian
Reveal CommentTim Durham bt Kevin White (Aug 13) 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)

Player Comments:

  • "Good close game, especially the 2nd set which could have gone either way. "  -- Tim
Reveal CommentPeter Pullen bt Kevin White (Aug 11) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Both struggled to get going but some good rallies."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentTim Durham bt David Edwards (Aug 8) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game, lots of good long rallies and very close games throughout. "  -- Tim
Reveal CommentPeter Pullen bt Gemma Cutts (Aug 7) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really good game, abit windy but kept us on our toes."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentGemma Cutts bt Tim Durham (Aug 5) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great match, lots of running around!"  -- Gemma
Reveal CommentDamian Hodnett bt Peter Pullen (Aug 4) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet Peter and play a really close match in the heat. Plenty of long rallies and deuce games. Look forward to playing again some time."  -- Damian

Current Rankings:

  1. Andy Smith [W2, L1] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Andy Fuller 10.2 [W2] 4
  3. Paula O'toole 9.1 [W1] 2
  4. Miriam Mclean [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Penny Man [L1]
  6. Adam Dera
  7. Jake King
  8. Sarah Walters 10.1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAndy Fuller bt Miriam Mclean (Aug 16) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Miriam. Good to meet you. You were unlucky not to win a couple of games. Good luck with the rest of your matches"  -- Andy
Reveal CommentAndy Fuller bt Andy Smith (Aug 13) 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A very close game with Andy. The first 2 sets were played indoors and were something of an epic. Many deuce games and a long 1st set tie break Andy S recovered from several set points down to take it. We had to play the third set later in the week and moved outside with the wind making things a bit tricky. Good to meet you Andy and best of luck with your remaining games."  -- Andy
Reveal CommentPaula O'toole bt Miriam Mclean (Aug 7) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "After expecting to have to call off due to rain, it turned out really sunny if a bit windy! Thanks for the match, Miriam the score isn't a true reflection of the play!"  -- Paula
Reveal CommentAndy Smith bt Miriam Mclean (Aug 7) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "To be fair Miriam was less comfortable with the windy weather than I was, but soldiered on anyway. The match was actually a lot closer than the final score would suggest. I would be happy to play Miriam again in or between league matches."  -- Andy
Reveal CommentAndy Smith bt Penny Man (Aug 3) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "This was the first ever LTL match for both of us and I could not have asked for a better introduction to LTL. I think it is fair to say that Penny is even less used to competition than I am but soon got into the swing of things and a couple of games went to deuce in the 1st set before winning 3 out of 9 games in the 2nd. Penny is a lovely friendly person and I would definitely like to play her again."  -- Andy

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)

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Collapse AllPortsmouth Doubles - Round 3 | Thursday 6 June 2019 to Wednesday 14 August 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 10 July 2019)

Current Rankings:

  1. Bailey Rowsell & Paul Whittenham [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Neil Crawford & Ingrid Cole [W2, L1] 4
  3. Alice Head & Henrietta Backhouse [W1, L2] 2
  4. Roger Jarman & Chris Martin [W1, L2] 2
  5. Caron Howe & Lynne Foster [L3] 1
  6. Olga Fialova-Downey & Christian Pascual withdrawn

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAlice Head & Henrietta Backhouse bt Caron Howe & Lynne Foster (Aug 12) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "We had a lovely game against Caron and Lynne and found them very accurate, presise players. We are looking forward to playing them again. "  -- Alice
Reveal CommentRoger Jarman & Chris Martin bt Caron Howe & Lynne Foster (Jul 26) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable game against wonderful opponents Caron and Lynne on a great evening in Southsea. The match was very close going back and forth with me and Chris managing to get across the line after two and a half hours. The match was played in good spirit - which may have been assisted by the smell of the local Southsea youths smoking weed behind the courts. Looking forward to playing Caron and Lynne again in the future."  -- Roger
Reveal CommentNeil Crawford & Ingrid Cole bt Alice Head & Henrietta Backhouse (Jul 17) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Nice match to play although our opponents weren't at their previous best... when we fought to an epic close 3 setter - fully expect a tougher time next time we meet!"  -- Neil
Reveal CommentBailey Rowsell & Paul Whittenham bt Alice Head & Henrietta Backhouse (Jul 10) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely to see Alice again and to meet her partner Henrietta for the first time. The match was definitely closer than the score line suggests and these 2 delightful ladies made us work hard for the win. Very best wishes for the rest of your matches and hope to see you both again soon."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentNeil Crawford & Ingrid Cole bt Roger Jarman & Chris Martin (Jul 8) 7-6 (7-2), 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great match on lovely windless evening"  -- Neil
Reveal CommentBailey Rowsell & Paul Whittenham bt Neil Crawford & Ingrid Cole (Jul 3) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "This was a tough encounter against our fellow Avenue Club members Neil & Ingrid who took advantage of our early inconsistency to lead 4-2 before we managed to pick up our game and take the first set. The second set was little more straightforward although it has to be said that the deciding game at 5-1 went on for an age before we managed to cross the finishing line. Thank you both for the match and best wishes for your remaining matches."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentBailey Rowsell & Paul Whittenham bt Caron Howe & Lynne Foster (Jul 1) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely evening for a tennis match against Caron and Lynne who were spirited opponents and wonderful company. Despite the score line it was a fun encounter and we enjoyed a further set together in mixed format. This is what this league is all about, good competition and making new friends. Thank you to you both and wish you the very best for the rest of your matches."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentBailey Rowsell & Paul Whittenham bt Roger Jarman & Chris Martin (Jun 24) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable match against 2 fantastic guys. The score was in no way a fair reflection of the match and to prove that point we played another set which was extremely close and only just went in our favour. Good luck to you both in your future matches and hope to meet again in future."  -- Paul

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)