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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

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Draycott Sports Centre

Cresswell Lane, Draycott, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST11 9AF
Tel: 01782 394598
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Hanley Park

Cleveland Road,, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 3DP
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Moreton Parade, Wolstanton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 0ED
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Bucknall Park

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Burslem Park

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Fenton Manor Sports Complex

City Road, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2RR
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Fenton Park

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Stone Lawn Tennis and Squash Club

Newcastle Road, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 8LD
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"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

"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

"​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

"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 13 | Thursday 13 June 2019 to Wednesday 7 August 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 10 July 2019)

Two thirds of all the possible matches were played this time and Group One in particular was burning up the asphalt. Than you all for playing and supporting the league. Hope to see you all again next time!

Group Summary:

Robert is now a five-times Potteries Park Group One Champion, and that is a record that, like the man himself, will take some beating. This time Robert got all his matches played and won them all in straight sets, celebrating each with some really nice and sporting commentaries. Well done to Robert and to Daniel K for making it as close as he could in the points chase. He can be very proud of his second place. Thank you all for your commitment to getting your matches set up and played; you are a credit to the league!

Final Rankings:

  1. Robert Rhodes [W8] 18 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Daniel Kelter [W7, L1] 16 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Guy Forrest-Hay 10.1 [W5, L3] 13 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Dean Sibson [W3, L5] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Arvind Kumar [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Ben Jackson [W2, L5] 6
  7. Keith Whittaker [W1, L3] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Tayab Khurshid [W1, L5] 2
  9. Daniel Sayers 10.2 [L6] 2

Match Results:

Reveal CommentGuy Forrest-Hay bt Tayab Khurshid (Aug 7) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure to go toe to toe with Tayab - gent and a competitor. He certainly won the ace count and there were MANY deuce games. Until the next time Buddy"  -- Guy
Reveal CommentBen Jackson bt Daniel Sayers (Aug 7) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great afternoon for it in terms of weather, for once! Like our last game, had some long rallies and some hard points won. Alot of ground was covered! Well played Daniel, until next time."  -- Ben
Reveal CommentArvind Kumar bt Ben Jackson (Aug 6) 1-6, 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Match affected by a wet court for the first two sets and most of the third, both players unable to run after shots. Apart from that, enjoyable game, and very close could have gone either way. Alot of decent rallies, and some luck along the way too in the deciding set....! Well played Arvind!"  -- Ben
Reveal CommentGuy Forrest-Hay bt Daniel Sayers (Aug 3) 6-0, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable as ever with Dan - real ding dong of a second set - good and competitive! "  -- Guy
Reveal CommentDaniel Kelter bt Ben Jackson (Aug 2) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Set 1 - Kelter's serve was strong holding all games. Score doesnt reflex match with Jackson also holding well but Kelter edged the games that went to deuce. Set 2 - More strong serving from Kelter holding service games. Jackson was always in the game but Kelter mainly winning the rally points and games that went to deuce. Good constant and played in good spirit. "  -- Daniel

Match of the Group:

Tayab Khurshid bt Daniel Sayers (Aug 2) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Reveal CommentBen Jackson bt Tayab Khurshid (Jul 29) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Pleasure to play Tayab, had some good rallies and the second set could have gone either way."  -- Ben
Reveal CommentDaniel Kelter bt Guy Forrest-Hay (Jul 25) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Set 1, Closer set then the match score states. Lots of deuce games which could of gone either way. Kelter took advantage of the close games and won the first set. Set 2 saw Guy take an early 2-0 start, but Kelter taking control of his first serve and controlling the ralley's won 5 on bounce. 2 more hold of serves from both players saw out the set with Kelter winning 6-3. Very hot conditions but very enjoyable contast between the two. "  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentDean Sibson bt Daniel Sayers (Jul 25) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good contest with Dan in very hot conditions, lots of long rallies and one incredibly long deuce game but pleased to have completed all league games in what has been a very strong league and well done to all that have entered. I myself, will be returning abroad for the foreseeable future for my football commitments so wish you all well and will hopefully see you all on my return. Dean"  -- Dean
Reveal CommentRobert Rhodes bt Daniel Kelter (Jul 23) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Hottest day of the year 29° made for a tough afternoon on court. Rob took command of the first set with a double break early on and secure the first set 6'2. Dan came out the blocks in the second set taking a 2.0 lead, Rob fought back and went on to recover taking the 2nd set 6'2. Even played a cheeky third set as we where clearly not warm enough :-)"  -- Robert
Reveal CommentGuy Forrest-Hay bt Ben Jackson (Jul 21) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure with Ben - played in great spirit and both striving to improve our games. "  -- Guy
Reveal CommentRobert Rhodes bt Ben Jackson (Jul 20) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Very blustery morning some excellent rallies as per last time, Rob got broke first game of match yet again but recovered to take first set. Catch up again no doubt in next round :-)"  -- Robert
Daniel Kelter bt Arvind Kumar (Jul 19) 7-5, 6-0
Reveal CommentDean Sibson bt Tayab Khurshid (Jul 18) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A good battle with lots of long rallies and some good serving from both. An enjoyable contest. "  -- Dean
Reveal CommentDaniel Kelter bt Dean Sibson (Jul 17) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Set 1 - Very close encounter with a lot of games on serve going to tie break that could of been won by either player. Both held until the 7th game at 4-3 when Kelter broke and gain momenton and Ended the set strongly. Set 2 - Again, very close with long ralleys and good winning shots. With the game entering 5-5, Kelter broke Sibson's serve and held serve to win the match. Again this set could of gone either way. Very good constest throughout. "  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentRobert Rhodes bt Daniel Sayers (Jul 16) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Very warm afternoon, some great rallies and exchanges as always, both players solid on serving barely any double faults between us both :-) "  -- Robert
Reveal CommentRobert Rhodes bt Keith Whittaker (Jul 15) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Nice warm afternoon :-)"  -- Robert
Reveal CommentArvind Kumar bt Guy Forrest-Hay (Jul 7) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Yet another warm and nice afternoon. Great comeback by Guy from 0-3 down inthe first set to win it 6-4, does not let the opponent win most of the approach shot..well parsed everytime. Very close second set at 4 all and could have either way around and Arvind was bit lucky to make set a piece. Good fight in the third. All the more both us played in good and high spirits and enjoyed it. Well done Guy "  -- Arvind
Reveal CommentGuy Forrest-Hay bt Dean Sibson (Jul 5) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Another really enjoyable encounter! Good rallies and really varied game. Lovely weather and in the right spirit start to finish. Cheers Dean, look forward to the next bash."  -- Guy
Reveal CommentRobert Rhodes bt Arvind Kumar (Jul 5) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Brutal first set both players covering a lot of the court in long aggressive rallies, Arvind broke Rob first game despite solid first serve serving from Rob then took a 2.0 lead, Rob dug deep took a 4'2 lead before running out 6.3. 2nd set Rob started brightly and led the way to cement a 6.1 result in very warm conditions. Great game Arvind, you brought out the best in me this round in that match!"  -- Robert
Reveal CommentArvind Kumar bt Dean Sibson (Jul 4) 6-7, 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great afternoon though the start was really humid.. Thanks to Dean for accepting short notice. Thoroughly enjoyed it and coukd have gone either way.. "  -- Arvind
Reveal CommentRobert Rhodes bt Tayab Khurshid (Jul 1) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely evening bit blustery, plenty of breaks of serve in the first set."  -- Robert
Reveal CommentDean Sibson bt Ben Jackson (Jun 30) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Always good to play Ben, another very close contest with lots of long, quite brutal rallies played in the right spirit. "  -- Dean
Reveal CommentRobert Rhodes bt Dean Sibson (Jun 29) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet up again with Dean, always a good competitive match. 5 consecutive breaks of serve started the match but Rob ran out 6.2 with the first set. Second set Dean raced into a 3.0 lead after some solid serving but Rob clawed his way back to take the set 6.3, some great rallies and played in fab weather. "  -- Robert
Reveal CommentRobert Rhodes bt Guy Forrest-Hay (Jun 28) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great to do battle again with Guy, last time round 2. Some great rallies and winners hit by both players. Great Tennis weather finally too :-)"  -- Robert
Reveal CommentDaniel Kelter bt Keith Whittaker (Jun 28) 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Set 1 - Closer than the score line states, both serving strong, with long ralley but Whittaker was the better player and won the key rally's and cruised to victory in the set. Set 2 - Could of gone either way, under the hot conditions very long rally's, nip and tuck, both players waiting for the time to punish and playing the winning shot. Kelter ended up edging the tie break 7-2. Set 3 - Alot shorter rally's and first serves landing, with both players tired, Kelter winning the key rally's and ended up coasting to win the set 6-1. "  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentKeith Whittaker bt Dean Sibson (Jun 27) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A very tight game with some long, punishing rallies. It was nip and tuck all the way"  -- Keith
Reveal CommentDaniel Kelter bt Tayab Khurshid (Jun 25) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "1st set a closer encounter than score states. Long rally's and lots of tie breaks that could of gone either way. The keys points were won by Kelter and he went on to win the set. Conditions were slippy. 2nd set went one. Good shots, rallys and winners from both but Kelter came out on top. "  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentGuy Forrest-Hay bt Keith Whittaker (Jun 21) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really close encounter as first time playing competitively for both, for many a moon! Played in the right spirit all the way - important as base lines are tricky to see at far end. "  -- Guy
Reveal CommentDaniel Kelter bt Daniel Sayers (Jun 21) 6-4, 1-6, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Set One could of gone either way, with Kelter edging it. Very close contest with very long rally's throughout the set. Kelter serving first with serves held by both players in the first 5 games. Then Kelter took advantage of two double faults in row and went on to break Sayers serve. It went with serve again until 5-3 until Sayers broke Kelter's service game to make it 5-4. Kelter broke Sayers again winning 1st 6-4. Second set went one way, with Sayers taking full control of the set. Serving alot stronger, returning excellently going 5-0 up. Kelter got a game back on serve but Sayer coasted to victory winning 2nd 6-1. Third Set again went one way, but the way of Kelter this time crusing 6-0. Key first serves going in and shorter rallys."  -- Daniel

Group Summary:

Ideally a few more matches would have been played in Group 2, but truth be told, Rob had this one in the bag. Not that you know for sure and second-placed Carol very nearly won their match - a couple more wins and the group could have been hers. Promotion awaits Rob and hope you can all return for more matches next time.

Final Rankings:

  1. Rob Dale [W4] 8 WINNER
  2. Carol Bradley [W2, L1] 5 RUNNER UP
  3. Mike Pendergast 10.2 [W1, L1] 2
  4. Kudzy Mavengano [W1, L1] 2
  5. Andrew Mafunga [L1]
  6. Angela Staplehurst [L4]
  7. Andrew Thorley 10.2 withdrawn

Match Results:

Reveal CommentRob Dale bt Angela Staplehurst (Aug 2) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable match. Most games went to Deuce. Thanks Angela!"  -- Rob
Reveal CommentRob Dale bt Mike Pendergast (Aug 1) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable match, some great rallies. Cheers Mike"  -- Rob
Mike Pendergast bt Angela Staplehurst (Jul 24) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentCarol Bradley bt Kudzy Mavengano (Jul 22) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable game"  -- Carol

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentRob Dale bt Carol Bradley (Jul 16) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match. Lovely evening and incredibly close. I was very lucky. Thanks Carol!"  -- Rob
Reveal CommentRob Dale bt Andrew Mafunga (Jul 5) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Very nice to meet and play with Andrew."  -- Rob
Kudzy Mavengano bt Angela Staplehurst (Jul 1) 6-1, 6-3
Reveal CommentCarol Bradley bt Angela Staplehurst (Jun 16) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "We had a very nice game played indoors."  -- Carol

Results

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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) 

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