Friendly, competitive tennis on Potteries Parks's 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!

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

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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!


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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
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Westlands

Wedgwood Avenue, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 2JD
Tel: 07788 946247
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Hanley Park

Cleveland Road,, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 3DP
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Wolstanton Park

Moreton Parade, Wolstanton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 0ED
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Other Venues

Bucknall Park

Finney Green, Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST2 8AB
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Queen's Park

Queen's Park Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 4AU
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Tunstall Park

Victoria Park Road, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 6EE
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Burslem Park

Moorland Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 1EA
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Fenton Manor Sports Complex

City Road, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2RR
Tel: 01782 233222
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Fenton Park

Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 3JG
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Club Venues

Stone Lawn Tennis and Squash Club

Newcastle Road, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 8LD
Tel: 01785 815429
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"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

"​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

"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

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Collapse AllPotteries Parks Singles - Round 11 | Thursday 26 July 2018 to Wednesday 19 September 2018 (Midpoint: Wednesday 22 August 2018)

There may have only been one group in this round, but the players taking part more than made up for this by showing a fantastic commitment to get most matches played and the majority of bonus points earned. Congratulations to the new group champion who came through some strong competition to finish top. Hope to see you next time and do spread the word if you can - it would be great to see numbers grow!

Group Summary:

It was nip and tuck all the way for the group crown, with Darren, Ian and Daniel all finishing with five wins on the board to put themselves right in the mix for the prize. Darren defeated both of his title rivals and picked up an extra point from a thrilling three set loss to Tayab to pip Ian and Daniel to the winners post. Ian came out on top of the "cat and mouse tactics" in his match with Daniel to emerge with the victory that secures him the silver. Great to see lots of you also taking home a bonus prize.

Final Rankings:

  1. Darren Bloor [W5, L1] 13 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Ian Whittaker [W5, L2] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Daniel Sayers 10.2 [W5, L2] 12 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Tayab Khurshid [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Kudzy Mavengano [W1, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Andrew Mafunga [W1, L2] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. James Pattinson [L3] withdrawn
  8. Richard Coates 10.2 [L4]

Match Results:

Kudzy Mavengano bt Richard Coates (Sep 9) 6-0, 6-3
Daniel Sayers bt Richard Coates (Aug 23) 6-4, 6-2
Darren Bloor bt Richard Coates (Aug 21) 6-0, 6-0
Darren Bloor bt Kudzy Mavengano (Aug 20) 6-3, 6-1
Tayab Khurshid bt Darren Bloor (Aug 15) 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
Darren Bloor bt Ian Whittaker (Aug 14) 6-2, 6-0
Darren Bloor bt James Pattinson (Aug 12) Walkover
Darren Bloor bt Daniel Sayers (Aug 11) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentIan Whittaker bt Richard Coates (Aug 10) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good game."  -- Ian
Ian Whittaker bt James Pattinson (Aug 9) Walkover
Reveal CommentTayab Khurshid bt Ian Whittaker (Aug 7) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with some good rallies!!"  -- Tayab

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentAndrew Mafunga bt Kudzy Mavengano (Aug 4) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A beautiful game of tennis between me and kudzy.Some lovely shots and rallies played.A very balanced game and very enjoyable and great weather to play in..Well done Kudzy!!" Andrew
Reveal CommentIan Whittaker bt Daniel Sayers (Aug 3) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game. Lots of cat and mouse tactics from both sides, long rallies and some great shots."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentDaniel Sayers bt Tayab Khurshid (Aug 2) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A good match in very humid conditions. Nearly every game a deuce game. Good to play Tayab again after a couple of years."  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentIan Whittaker bt Andrew Mafunga (Aug 1) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The score doesn’t do the match justice. There were plenty of rallies which could have gone either way. Good game!"  -- Ian
Reveal CommentIan Whittaker bt Kudzy Mavengano (Jul 31) 6-0, 4-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable game, lots of long rallies, side to side with play from the back of the court and at the net.."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentDaniel Sayers bt Andrew Mafunga (Jul 28) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Balls went everywhere in the wild winds, it made for another fun match with Andrew."  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentDaniel Sayers bt Kudzy Mavengano (Jul 27) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with so many deuce games. We dealt with court invaders, who were gifted old balls, and all kinds of distractions during a fun match. "  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentDaniel Sayers bt James Pattinson (Jul 26) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Haven't played James in a few rounds and good to play again. Score deceiving as practically every game went to deuce. Competitive match in high humidity!"  -- Daniel

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)