Collapse AllRichmond Parks Singles - Round 16 | Thursday 10 August 2017 to Wednesday 4 October 2017 (Midpoint: Wednesday 6 September 2017)

A great round for the Richmond Parks Tennis League! It’s wonderful to see that players had the opportunity to work on their own techniques, while learning from and helping each other – that’s what the leagues are all about! Thank you for the lively and detailed match descriptions, which reveal a real sense of sportsmanship. Well played everybody!

Group Summary:

It’s no coincidence that the only player to score bonus points this round was the one who came top of the group – those two extra points can make all the difference! Well played Tristan. Clifford and Manoj had a close three-setter, Oliver and Nick had an exciting tiebreak, Oliver and Manoj had a tough match, Matt and Oliver were very closely matched, and Bruce and Nick played an epic three sets with a tiebreak!

Final Rankings:

  1. Tristan Michel [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Toni Alvarez [W3, UF1] 7 RUNNER UP
  3. Matt Dean 10.1 [W3, L3] 7
  4. Bruce Harrison 9.2 [W3, L2] 6
  5. Oliver Chan [W1, L3, UF2] 5
  6. Nick Cummings [W2, L3] 5
  7. Clifford Stevenson [W1, L1, UF1] 4
  8. Manoj Jangra [W1, L5] 4

Match Results:

Matt Dean bt Manoj Jangra (Oct 2) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
Reveal CommentToni Alvarez v Oliver Chan (Oct 2) 6-7, 6-0, [3-4] TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Lights went off automatically at 21h30, we could not finish the championship tie break. "  -- Toni

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentBruce Harrison bt Nick Cummings (Oct 1) 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A really good, hard fought match. "  -- Bruce
Matt Dean bt Clifford Stevenson (Oct 1) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
Clifford Stevenson bt Manoj Jangra (Sep 30) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Clifford Stevenson v Oliver Chan (Sep 26) 7-5, 2-1 TBC
Oliver Chan bt Nick Cummings (Sep 24) 7-6 (9-7), 6-3
Bruce Harrison bt Matt Dean (Sep 23) 6-3, 6-2
Reveal CommentNick Cummings bt Manoj Jangra (Sep 20) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good match, M a really nice guy"  -- Nick
Toni Alvarez bt Matt Dean (Sep 19) 6-2, 6-0
Bruce Harrison bt Manoj Jangra (Sep 14) 6-2, 6-2
Toni Alvarez bt Manoj Jangra (Sep 12) 6-3, 6-3
Reveal CommentManoj Jangra bt Oliver Chan (Sep 9) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A tough match which could of gone either way"  -- Manoj
Toni Alvarez bt Bruce Harrison (Sep 6) 6-1, 7-5
Matt Dean bt Oliver Chan (Sep 1) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, [10-3]
Tristan Michel bt Nick Cummings (Aug 26) 6-2, 6-4
Tristan Michel bt Oliver Chan (Aug 26) 6-1, 6-1
Tristan Michel bt Bruce Harrison (Aug 21) 6-0, 6-0
Nick Cummings bt Matt Dean (Aug 18) 6-3, 4-6, 6-0

Group Summary:

A clean sweep of five match wins secured the top spot for James this round – well played! Binoy was just one point behind. Rod and Manish had plenty of deuces, Darryl and Rod had great rallies, Manish and Alex battled on through the rain, Martin and Darryl had a tight second set, and Binoy and Alex had a dramatic three-setter with a tiebreak! It’s great to see that so many players in Group 2 scored bonus points this round!

Final Rankings:

  1. James Lee [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Binoy Joseph [W4, L2] 11 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Rod Sumner 9.2 [W4, L2] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Martin Dewberry [W4, L2] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Alex Regan 10.2 [L5] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Manish Kainth [W1, L4] withdrawn 3
  7. Darryl Ashcroft 10.1 [L3]
  8. Paul Alexander

Match Results:

Reveal CommentMartin Dewberry bt Manish Kainth (Sep 18) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "The match had it's challenges all in all; location not great - will stick to Richmond Parks area as it ought to be, in the future."  -- Martin
Reveal CommentRod Sumner bt Manish Kainth (Sep 13) 6-4, 0-6, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Close game in really windy conditions with an incredible number of deuces in the final two sets. Enjoyable match that could have gone either way and great to meet Manish."  -- Rod
James Lee bt Binoy Joseph (Sep 11) 6-4, 6-3
Reveal CommentManish Kainth bt Alex Regan (Sep 11) 6-1, 7-6 (7-1)

Player Comments:

  • "Great game, closer than the score denotes. Alex is a true sportsman.. really enjoyed playing our game in testing (rainy) conditions."  -- Manish
Reveal CommentRod Sumner bt Darryl Ashcroft (Sep 7) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play Darryl again and some decent rallies in the second set, could have been much closer."  -- Rod
Reveal CommentMartin Dewberry bt Darryl Ashcroft (Sep 5) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good match in wet conditions - close second set!"  -- Martin
Reveal CommentBinoy Joseph bt Darryl Ashcroft (Sep 4) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good match in ideal weather.. Nice meeting and playing with you Darryl.."  -- Binoy

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentBinoy Joseph bt Alex Regan (Sep 3) 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Was fun meeting up and playing with Alex.. Match could have gone either way."  -- Binoy
Reveal CommentJames Lee bt Rod Sumner (Sep 2) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Significantly closer than score suggests, good fun"  -- James
Reveal CommentJames Lee bt Manish Kainth (Aug 31) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Tighter than score suggests, good fun!"  -- James
Reveal CommentRod Sumner bt Alex Regan (Aug 29) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very close and evenly matched game - could have gone either way and we just about beat the darkness to get it finished."  -- Rod
Reveal CommentJames Lee bt Martin Dewberry (Aug 28) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game, 4 set points saved by Martin in first set. Very close!"  -- James
Reveal CommentRod Sumner bt Martin Dewberry (Aug 24) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with some long rallies and much closer than the score suggests."  -- Rod
Binoy Joseph bt Manish Kainth (Aug 22) 7-5, 6-2
James Lee bt Alex Regan (Aug 21) 6-3, 6-4
Reveal CommentBinoy Joseph bt Rod Sumner (Aug 19) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Was a tight match, could have gone either way... Enjoyed meeting and playing with you Rob."  -- Binoy
Martin Dewberry bt Alex Regan (Aug 14) 6-1, 3-6, 7-5
Martin Dewberry bt Binoy Joseph (Aug 12) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

Group Summary:

Alexandru was unbeaten for all six of his matches, meaning he comes in first place this round – very impressive! James and Chris had plenty of deuces, Frantisek revealed his impressive serve, Karan and James played some powerful shots, Alexandru and Aman had a gripping three-setter, Sanjay and James had lengthy rallies, and Baresh showcased some skilful moves!

Final Rankings:

  1. Alexandru Tataru 10.2 [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. James Maher 9.2 [W4, L1] 11 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Frantisek Skorunka 10.2 [W4, L1] 8
  4. Karan Singal [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Aman Sood [W2, L1] 5
  6. Baresh Kebar 9.2 [L5] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Sanjay Makin [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Chris Andrews [L2]

Match Results:

Frantisek Skorunka bt Sanjay Makin (Oct 5) 6-4, 6-1
Aman Sood bt Baresh Kebar (Sep 27) 6-3, 6-1
Reveal CommentJames Maher bt Chris Andrews (Sep 23) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Played on Saturday morning at York House Gardens. Nice match with lots of deuces in the second set that could have made it closer. Thanks for the game."  -- James
Frantisek Skorunka bt Baresh Kebar (Sep 22) 6-0, 6-0
Frantisek Skorunka bt Chris Andrews (Sep 13) 6-1, 6-3
Reveal CommentAlexandru Tataru bt Frantisek Skorunka (Sep 12) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very interesting match. Many many breaks on both sides. A lot of very good shots and winners from Frantisek which has some very nice skills. His serve got stronger and better and in the final game he got a couple of aces. The match could have been won by any of us, but I think I was luckier... Thanks for the game Frantisek, it was nice to meet you. "  -- Alexandru
Frantisek Skorunka bt Karan Singal (Sep 10) 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentJames Maher bt Karan Singal (Sep 9) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable game on a bright Saturday morning at York House Gardens. Neither of us were serving well and it became a bit of a battle of the breaks. Still a good run around though and some good shots. Thanks for the game."  -- James

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentAlexandru Tataru bt Aman Sood (Sep 6) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "It was a nice match with Aman having very nice lobs and passings. It was very close. Aman fought till the last point. Nice meeting you again Aman."  -- Alexandru
Reveal CommentJames Maher bt Sanjay Makin (Sep 3) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good match on a cloudy Sunday morning at York House Gardens. Some long rallies and plenty of deuce games, especially in the first set. "  -- James
Reveal CommentJames Maher bt Baresh Kebar (Aug 28) 2-6, 6-4 Baresh Kebar Retired

Player Comments:

  • "Baris and I played on a sunny bank holiday afternoon on the clay courts of St Mary's club in Isleworth. It was the first time I'd played on clay for over 20 years and it took the first set for me to get used to it. The second set was much closer and the match was set up nicely for a decider, however unfortunately Baris' knee injuries meant that he was unable to continue. Hopefully the injuries recover soon."  -- James
Karan Singal bt Sanjay Makin (Aug 27) 6-1, 6-3
Aman Sood bt Karan Singal (Aug 26) 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentAlexandru Tataru bt James Maher (Aug 24) 2-6, 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "The best oponent I met so far. Really really good player. I feel my win is undeserved. Actually James lost on his own... it wasn't me who won... I was too lucky I think. "  -- Alexandru
Reveal CommentAlexandru Tataru bt Sanjay Makin (Aug 23) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A really good match with close games. Harder than the score looks like. Sanjay played well and put me in very difficult situations. The weather was a little bit humid and windy a bit. "  -- Alexandru
Reveal CommentKaran Singal bt Baresh Kebar (Aug 20) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "My first experience on clay. Baresh had some nice chip and charge moves which was a good challenge. Rallies were longer, thanks to training in my previous match with Alexander. Little bit of drizzle but Baresh mentioned it actually helps the clay surface. All in all, a very good experience."  -- Karan
Reveal CommentAlexandru Tataru bt Karan Singal (Aug 19) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Very good match with some nice rallies. Was harder than the score looks like. Thank you Karan."  -- Alexandru
Reveal CommentAlexandru Tataru bt Baresh Kebar (Aug 18) 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "It was a good and interesting match. Very nice shots and lobs from Baris. Really enjoyed it ... against the court being a little slippery. "  -- Alexandru

Group Summary:

Ian and Alex played an incredibly close three sets, Chris and Michael had a tight match, Alex and Reid had a gripping second set, and Domonic and Chris had some great rallies! Well done to Alex for winning the group, and to Andrew who was close runner-up. A special mention also to all players who scored bonus points this round!

Final Rankings:

  1. Alex Mumford [W5, L2] 13 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Andrew Dallamore [W5] 10 RUNNER UP
  3. Ian McKenzie [W4, L1] 8
  4. Bob Sherlock [W2, L4] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Chris McDonald [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Domonic Noble 10.2 [W2, L1] 4
  7. Reid Robb 9.2 [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Michael Ruggier [L5]

Match Results:

Andrew Dallamore bt Chris McDonald (Sep 30) 6-0, 6-2
Ian McKenzie bt Michael Ruggier (Sep 28) 6-0, 6-2
Ian McKenzie bt Chris McDonald (Sep 27) 6-1, 6-3
Andrew Dallamore bt Ian McKenzie (Sep 23) 6-1, 6-3

Match of the Group:

Ian McKenzie bt Alex Mumford (Sep 22) 7-5, 5-7, 7-5
Alex Mumford bt Michael Ruggier (Sep 20) 6-1, 6-1
Alex Mumford bt Bob Sherlock (Sep 17) 6-1, 6-3
Andrew Dallamore bt Bob Sherlock (Sep 10) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentChris McDonald bt Michael Ruggier (Sep 10) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Michael. It was a close one!"  -- Chris
Bob Sherlock bt Reid Robb (Sep 3) 6-2, 7-5
Andrew Dallamore bt Reid Robb (Aug 30) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentAlex Mumford bt Reid Robb (Aug 27) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Reid. Great second set in the heat!"  -- Alex
Alex Mumford bt Domonic Noble (Aug 26) Walkover
Chris McDonald bt Bob Sherlock (Aug 20) 2-6, 7-5, 6-4
Reveal CommentDomonic Noble bt Chris McDonald (Aug 19) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Chris and for some great rallies"  -- Domonic
Andrew Dallamore bt Alex Mumford (Aug 18) 6-2, 6-3
Alex Mumford bt Chris McDonald (Aug 17) 6-0, 6-1
Bob Sherlock bt Michael Ruggier (Aug 13) 6-4, 6-0
Domonic Noble bt Michael Ruggier (Aug 12) 6-3, 6-4
Ian McKenzie bt Bob Sherlock (Aug 11) 6-2, 6-2

Group Summary:

A stunning clean sweep of seven wins allowed Denise to claim the victory in Group 5 this round! Nuala and Denise demonstrated powerful lobs, Yinka and Nuala worked on their serves, Yinka and Maria had plenty of deuces, Jen and Denise got a great workout, Jen and Chantel had great rallies, David and Paul battled through the wind, and Jen and Paul enjoyed the sunshine!

Final Rankings:

  1. Denise Nemtzov [W7] 14 WINNER
  2. Jen Healing 9.2 [W4, L2] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Yinka Bankole [W3, L2, UF1] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Nuala Galazka [W3, L2] 6
  5. David Mardell [W2, L1] 4
  6. Paul Snoddy 10.2 [W1, L5] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Chantel Mardell [L5, UF1] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Maria Bulgakova 10.2 [L3]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentYinka Bankole v Chantel Mardell (Oct 1) 6-2 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Great set. Shame rain interrupted and no time to finish match as round will soon finish. "  -- Yinka
Reveal CommentDenise Nemtzov bt Yinka Bankole (Sep 30) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "What a fun match. We laughed all the way through it....almost! (apart from when we were concentrating of course!) Lots of long rallies with a few weird shots that neither of us had seen before and that I don't think are in any of the 'manuals'! It was really nice meeting you Yinka and thank you for the game."  -- Denise
Reveal CommentPaul Snoddy bt Chantel Mardell (Sep 30) 3-6, 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Really good match until we had to stop for darkness. Looking to complete it soon. Nice to meet you Chantel. "  -- Paul
  • "Finally managed to complete the match! I benefited from having a lot more recent match play otherwise it would have been a lot closer. Nice to see you again Chantel," -- Paul
Reveal CommentDenise Nemtzov bt Nuala Galazka (Sep 28) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A beautiful, sunny afternoon and warm! Long rallies, sneaky angle shots and crafty lobs! It was a pleasure to meet you Nuala, thankyou for the game."  -- Denise
Reveal CommentYinka Bankole bt Nuala Galazka (Sep 24) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great game and very close as can be seen from the scores. It really did come down to the serves. Thanks Nuala looking forward to playing again."  -- Yinka
Reveal CommentDenise Nemtzov bt Maria Bulgakova (Sep 23) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The match was much closer than it looks. We had loads of deuces and some lung-busting rallies! It was lovely to meet you Maria and I look forward to having another hit with you. Kind regards, Denise."  -- Denise
Reveal CommentDenise Nemtzov bt Jen Healing (Sep 21) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Chilly start but great match - thanks Denise. Some great wide placement shots and a deserved winner. Certainly got me runnning around court! "  -- Jen
Reveal CommentDenise Nemtzov bt David Mardell (Sep 19) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It was really lovely meeting you David. You are a true gentleman! Sorry you got stuck in horrid traffic. The match did not depict the score as we had many long rallies. Thanks for the game."  -- Denise
Nuala Galazka bt Jen Healing (Sep 16) 6-4, 6-2
Reveal CommentDavid Mardell bt Paul Snoddy (Sep 11) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable match despite the wind playing havoc with our serves! Good to meet you David."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentNuala Galazka bt Paul Snoddy (Sep 9) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to meet you Nuala, sorry I couldn't make it a bit more competitive!"  -- Paul
Denise Nemtzov bt Chantel Mardell (Sep 6) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentJen Healing bt Maria Bulgakova (Sep 6) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Started play at York house on Sunday 3 Sep. But rain stopped play as surface was slippery. Completed match at Cambridge Gardens on 6 Sep. "  -- Jen
Reveal CommentYinka Bankole bt Paul Snoddy (Sep 3) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Fun match, good to meet you Yinka."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentYinka Bankole bt Maria Bulgakova (Sep 2) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Nice game, lovely weather and match was closer than the scores suggest with lots of games going to deuce."  -- Yinka
Nuala Galazka bt Chantel Mardell (Aug 31) 6-3, 6-2

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJen Healing bt Yinka Bankole (Aug 26) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Hot hot hot! "  -- Jen
Reveal CommentDenise Nemtzov bt Paul Snoddy (Aug 21) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match despite the scoreline! Lots of games went to deuce, particularly in the second set. Was great to meet you Denise. "  -- Paul
Reveal CommentJen Healing bt Chantel Mardell (Aug 16) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Slightly dark at the end but a really enjoyable match. Some great rallies!"  -- Jen
David Mardell bt Chantel Mardell (Aug 14) 6-3, 6-1
Reveal CommentJen Healing bt Paul Snoddy (Aug 13) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Beautiful sunshine! "  -- Jen