Friendly, competitive tennis on Potteries Parks' public courts

You are just a step away from joining our mixed-sex, singles league 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!

Close matches, close by.

Longton Park - perfect for a hit
Longton Park - perfect for a hit

Want to Get Playing?

From the dates above, choose your round and click on the Join By link.

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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!


Missing Something?

If you notice any of our venue information is out of date, missing court costs or opening hours please let us know.

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Primary Venues

Draycott Sports Centre

Cresswell Lane, Draycott, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST11 9AF Tel: 01782 394598 full venue details »

Westlands

Wedgwood Avenue, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 2JD Tel: 07788 946247 full venue details »

Hanley Park

Cleveland Road,, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 3DP Tel: full venue details »

Wolstanton Park

Moreton Parade, Wolstanton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 0ED Tel: full venue details »

Other Venues

Bucknall Park

Finney Green, Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST2 8AB Tel: full venue details »

Queen's Park

Queen's Park Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 4AU Tel: full venue details »

Tunstall Park

Victoria Park Road, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 6EE Tel: full venue details »

Burslem Park

Moorland Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 1EA Tel: full venue details »

Fenton Manor Sports Complex

City Road, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2RR Tel: 01782 233222 full venue details »

Fenton Park

Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 3JG Tel: full venue details »

Club Venues

Stone Lawn Tennis and Squash Club

Newcastle Road, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 8LD Tel: 01785 815429 full venue details »

"I really enjoyed playing tennis again, my first time playing competitive singles against others. I'm rather surprised to have won all my games especially as many of my opponents appeared to be technically superior to me in some areas of the game. Looking forward to playing again, hopefully I will be able to fit all my matches in :)", 

Robert Rhodes

"​It was great to play again.  First outing playing singles. Played about 10years ago in club league but that was doubles so nice to wind back the clock and hit a ball again,"

Robert Rhodes

"Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Met some lovely people and the camaraderie was just what I was looking for. Thanks ever so much for the organising efforts - keep up the good work. Bring on the next round.", 

Guy Forrest-Hay

"Just to say thanks for all your organisation of the tennis leagues. I have played in all of them since round 1. I had been unable to commit to a tennis club since I became Self employed, but these league matches have been just fantastic, and I have met so many great opponents of differing abilities, but played in such a friendly manner. Alas I am moving on and so will not be playing in the forthcoming Potteries league round, so I wish you all the very best. I may be able to rejoin one of the other leagues later in the year, but for now, keep up the good work and please pass on my thanks to all who make it possible," 

David Creasey

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Collapse AllPotteries Parks Singles - Round 16 | Friday 21 August 2020 to Wednesday 14 October 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 16 September 2020)

Current Rankings:

  1. Robert Rhodes [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Martin Walker [W2, L1] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Daniel Kelter [W1, L2] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Dean Sibson [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentRobert Rhodes bt Martin Walker (Sep 16) 6-0, 1-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Another tight encounter between us. The scoreline didn't reflect how close the match was with over 75% of games going to deuce, both players serving well, very few double faults. Martin hit the majority of winners whisky rob created his points by hitting the angles. Rob takes his 9th title. Look forward to playing again in 2021."  -- Robert
Reveal CommentRobert Rhodes bt Daniel Kelter (Sep 13) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely weather, Rob got an early break in the first and broke again late in the same set. 2nd set Dan hit some big serves but Rob managed to block them back and managed a match without a double fault. Look forward to catching up soon Dan."  -- Robert
  • "This marked Robs 50th consecutive win in the Potteries Parks league stretching back to round 1 in 2016..." -- Robert
Reveal CommentMartin Walker bt Daniel Kelter (Sep 11) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Nice evening for tennis. Martin started well and raced into a 5-1 lead. Dan responded well and won the next three games before Martin saw out the set. Good rallies. Strong serving and excellent winning shots from both players. 2nd set Martin went 2 up and again Dan responded well to level at 2-2. Dan was then struggling with injury and found it hard to stay in the longer rallies. Martin managed to be consistent and took advantage to see out the match. Well played Dan looking forward to our next game "  -- Martin
Reveal CommentDaniel Kelter bt Dean Sibson (Sep 8) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very close and enjoyable game in excellent conditions. Both were Serving excellent throughout match. With only 2 breaks of service games in the whole match. 1 in first and 1 in the second set. Long punishing rallies from both. "  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentMartin Walker bt Dean Sibson (Sep 3) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Strong performance from both players overall. Good rallies. Strong serving. Superb winning shots from both. First set Martin took control of the big points and the forehand was the difference. In the second Dean responded well and went 3up and 30 love up but Martin found the forehand again and started to edge the games again. Dean served really well but Martin managed to return well and deep to gain control of the rallies. The games in the second were often deuce games highlighting the quality of shots from both players. Great game dean look forward to our next match "  -- Martin
Reveal CommentRobert Rhodes bt Dean Sibson (Aug 24) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Another enjoyable encounter between us both, a lovely afternoon, great conditions. Some good rallies as ever, Dean served well, Rob was pretty consistent throughout. Look forward to meeting up again 😀"  -- Robert

Current Rankings:

  1. Ian Whittaker [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Paul Fryer [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Daniel Sayers 10.1 [W1, L2] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  4. James Pattinson [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Michael Dyche withdrawn

Match Results:

Reveal CommentPaul Fryer bt James Pattinson (Sep 12) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Game played in good spirits, both players not at their best with many enforced errors. James is capable of a strong first serve but unfortunately for him today wasn't to be. Lovely weather today and I look forward to our match (friendly 🙂) next week"  -- Paul
Reveal CommentIan Whittaker bt Paul Fryer (Sep 6) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable game. Paul went for everything which made for long rallies with Ian just edging it that the score didn’t do justice. Thanks for a great match Paul. "  -- Ian
Reveal CommentDaniel Sayers bt James Pattinson (Sep 5) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Good, competitive match with a good three quarters of the games going to deuce. James hit some wonderful serves."  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentPaul Fryer bt Daniel Sayers (Aug 30) 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • "Very close match, could very easily have been a different result. Some long rallies. Game played in good spirits. Last round of games, Daniel won 2 sets to 1, so very pleased that it didnt go to a third set 🙂. Good luck in your other matches Daniel."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentIan Whittaker bt Daniel Sayers (Aug 29) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good match, the score doesn’t do justice to the back and forth rallies we had. In a previous round, Daniel’s serve put Ian under pressure, but this game, his first serve deserted him. Great game, thanks Daniel."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentIan Whittaker bt James Pattinson (Aug 24) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Ian took early advantage of James being a little rusty. As the match progressed, James made Ian work harder for the points. Great day for a nice game of tennis, thanks James."  -- Ian

Results

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

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) 

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)