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!

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

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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!


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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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"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 15 | Thursday 11 June 2020 to Wednesday 5 August 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 8 July 2020)

Current Rankings:

  1. Robert Rhodes [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Martin Walker [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Guy Forrest-Hay 10.1 [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Dean Sibson [W2, L4] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Arvind Kumar [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Daniel Kelter [W1, L2] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Ian Whittaker [L7] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Rob Dale [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentMartin Walker bt Arvind Kumar (Jul 6) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match played in warm sunshine. Walker settled quickly and hit lots of forehand winners. Several games saw excellent long rallies and Kumar at the net was exceptional. The best volleying I've seen in the league so far! On a different day the score would have been closer but Walkers forehand and lob worked throughout and proved too big a weapon overall. Looking forward to our next encounter. "  -- Martin
Reveal CommentMartin Walker bt Daniel Kelter (Jul 5) 6-0, 3-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Walker started well and showed good consistency and controlled the game well. Kelter was making errors and couldn't get into the game. First set over in a flash. 2nd set seemed to be heading the same way with Walker 3-1 up and 40-15 to the good but Dan showed great character to dig in and mix the game up a bit and make Walker make the errors. Kelter took the set 3-6. With the wind picking up the 3rd set was full of unforced errors which was a shame as the contest deserved better. Walker created himself match points at 5-4 but Kelter kept coming back. More match points came Walkers way and he eventually saw the match out. Hopefully the next meeting will be without strong winds. The joys of the Brittish summer! "  -- Martin
Reveal CommentDean Sibson bt Rob Dale (Jul 4) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good to get a game in with Rob, having never played before. Dean took an early 3-0 lead in the first set but Rob came back well with some lovely winners to level at 3-3. Dean went on to take the first set 6-3 and the second 6-1 but lots of good rallies and the match was a lot closer than the score would suggest. Look forward to playing Rob again. "  -- Dean
Reveal CommentRobert Rhodes bt Daniel Kelter (Jul 3) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Started in damp conditions, courts drying then some showers, Dan struggled first set for grip to move at the baseline, but 2nd set seemed to find his footing better, can't believe it's July playing in cold, damp, blustry conditions. "  -- Robert
Reveal CommentArvind Kumar bt Ian Whittaker (Jul 2) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good match, could have gone either way. Ian played fantastic consistent tennis throughout first set drawing errors from opponent. Second continued the same until one break of serve helped. Great come back Ian in the third from 1-4down to 4 all. Very friendly personality cool too. "  -- Arvind
Reveal CommentRobert Rhodes bt Arvind Kumar (Jul 1) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Always some excellent rallies. Arvind broke Rob first game after Rob hit all first serves in, some long deuce games brought up some tight encounters in both sets. Great contest as always, plenty of the court covered by both players😀"  -- Robert
Reveal CommentDaniel Kelter bt Ian Whittaker (Jun 30) 6-0, 5-7, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Dan played a patient game letting Ian, particularly in the first set make the errors. The second set was a lot closer with Ian just snatching it in the end. Normal service was resumed for the last set, Dan keeping the rallies going, ratcheting up the pressure till the inevitable errors returned. Good game."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentArvind Kumar bt Dean Sibson (Jun 29) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "its always a pleasure to play with Dean, great attitude and spirit. first Set : Dean started well, with accurate serves and finishing the points quicker. Second set , Arvind managed to re- group and was leading 4-2 when Dean came back with 2 great games and levelling 4-4. Managed to close 6-4. Over enjoyed the match inspite of gusting wind. "  -- Arvind
Reveal CommentGuy Forrest-Hay bt Arvind Kumar (Jun 28) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really appreciate Guy for his gesture to give me a gradual warm up as this is first time on court after year. What a terrible windy day Guy started well. Long rallies, Guy took first set. Second started well with break of serves and was tensed 3all. Arvind managed to push to the match. 2nd Arvind got a good start with 2-0, however Guy came up well and played fantastic to close the match. Except for the awful windy conditions great spirit and throughly enjoyed. Thanks "  -- Arvind
Reveal CommentGuy Forrest-Hay bt Dean Sibson (Jun 27) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure with Dean and a good tussle - vicious swing serve out wide - far too many aces from the Sibson. Good to catch up and all the best on the footy job front. Until next time, Guy"  -- Guy
Reveal CommentRobert Rhodes bt Rob Dale (Jun 26) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely day for a match, but cooler than yesterday, both players served well very few double faults some good exchanges, good luck with remaining matches Rob D.😀"  -- Robert
Reveal CommentRobert Rhodes bt Dean Sibson (Jun 25) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great to catch up with Dean, tight start, Dean took a 4.2 lead first set, but Rob pulled it back to take the first set 6.4. 2nd set saw 5 consecutive breaks of serve before Rob took control to see out the 2nd set 6.3. Dean served very consistent with no double faults, unlike his counterpart😀, look forward to our next meeting"  -- Robert
Reveal CommentGuy Forrest-Hay bt Ian Whittaker (Jun 24) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure meeting up and playing Ian. I hit that many lines as Ian will testify - must bring my margins in (as if I have that degree of control). Cheers Ian, look forward to the next one. "  -- Guy
Reveal CommentMartin Walker bt Dean Sibson (Jun 22) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely warm sunny conditions. Dean served well and big but Martin returned very well. Some long rallies and cracking shots. unforced errors seemed to be key in this match whilst Martin was more consistent overall. Enjoyed the match, look forward to the next meeting. "  -- Martin
Reveal CommentMartin Walker bt Rob Dale (Jun 20) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good game played in nice weather. Some good shots from both players. Look forward to the next encounter "  -- Martin
Reveal CommentRobert Rhodes bt Ian Whittaker (Jun 20) 7-6 (7-1), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Nice early start, tight first set at 3.3 Ian went a break up and had a few set points at 5.3, eventually Rob squeezed it to the tie breaker where he ran away with it. Second set Rob got into his groove with a 6.1 win. A lovely morning, Ian served solidly throughout and was the more consistent player in the first set, unlucky not to take it on reflection. Look forward to meeting again 😀"  -- Robert
Reveal CommentMartin Walker bt Guy Forrest-Hay (Jun 17) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Dark clouds, thunder and lightning but got the match done, just! Strong start from Walker going 5 nil up but Guy responded well winning the next 3 games before Walker served out the set. 2nd set similar pattern. Walker 4 up but guy dug in! The last few games were difficult in very slippy conditions as the rain became heavier. Enjoyable game. Look forward to the next meeting. "  -- Martin
Reveal CommentRobert Rhodes bt Guy Forrest-Hay (Jun 15) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Started off in light rain on a lovely warm evening. Always a great match between us both, Guys one of the best server's in the game. Great to catch up, look forward to our next encounter 🎾"  -- Robert
Reveal CommentMartin Walker bt Ian Whittaker (Jun 14) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Some great rallies and several deuce games played on a damp slippy court. Great to catch up. Look forward to the next meeting. "  -- Martin
Reveal CommentRob Dale bt Ian Whittaker (Jun 13) 7-6 (7-3), 1-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Really close and enjoyable match with Ian. Great company too. Thanks Ian"  -- Rob
Reveal CommentDean Sibson bt Ian Whittaker (Jun 12) 7-5, 7-6 (7-2)

Player Comments:

  • ''A great match to start the new round of the league. Dean got off to a fast start, 4-0 up in the first set but Ian fought back superbly to get to 4-4 and then one break of serve won it for Dean. A very close second set all the way to a tie-break with lots of long rallies and it was very enjoyable contest played in great spirit!'' -- Dean

Current Rankings:

  1. Jake Cole [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Paul Fryer [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Daniel Sayers 10.1 [W2, L1] 4
  4. Andrew Thorley 10.2 [W1, L2] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Andrew Mafunga [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Philip Bloor [L2]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentDaniel Sayers bt Andrew Mafunga (Jul 12) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Always good fun playing with Andy. Glorious weather and fun match in good spirits."  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentJake Cole bt Daniel Sayers (Jul 10) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Another very enjoyable match at Westlands in the sun. Some great defensive play with Daniel very solid with his serve! "  -- Jake
Reveal CommentDaniel Sayers bt Philip Bloor (Jul 5) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great workout on a Sunday morning. Nice weather with the wind causing some interesting shot choices. Very tough second set with the last few games lasting an eternity!"  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentJake Cole bt Paul Fryer (Jul 2) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "First time playing at Westlands... great courts, great weather and an enjoyable match! "  -- Jake
Reveal CommentAndrew Thorley bt Andrew Mafunga (Jul 2) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good game in tough conditions. "  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentPaul Fryer bt Andrew Thorley (Jun 30) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Result does not reflect the actual game. I was down 2-0 and 3-1 in the 1st set. Some good rallies (and some not so good rallies), Andy will know what I mean. Andy, best of wishes for your other games"  -- Paul
Reveal CommentJake Cole bt Philip Bloor (Jun 25) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable match with a second set that could have gone either way at 3-4, with some good rallies and an exhibition of drop shots in the heat! "  -- Jake
Reveal CommentJake Cole bt Andrew Mafunga (Jun 24) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A midday, 30 degrees swelter where my greatest strength was youth! "  -- Jake
Reveal CommentPaul Fryer bt Andrew Mafunga (Jun 20) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed my first parks tennis game with Andrew. Had a few laughs along the way, which is how it should be. Look forward to our next game. Hopefully, we'll both be a bit fitter by then. Glad it didn't go into a third set 😀"  -- Paul
Reveal CommentJake Cole bt Andrew Thorley (Jun 19) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A great game in very tough conditions!"  -- Jake

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)