Friendly, competitive tennis on Raphael Park and Romford's public courts

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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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This is how it works:

  • Players are organised into groups of up to 8 people of a similar standard
  • Contact details are emailed
  • Players arrange their own matches
  • It is a mixed sex, singles league, so men and women play each other
  • You can play on any court that suits both players

The league is:

  • For everybody!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 certificate and tennis prizes
  • Where possible, winners of groups are promoted to the group above for the next round.

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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Primary Venues

Harold Wood Park

Romford, London, RM3 0LX
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Harrow Lodge Park

Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, London, RM12 4PN
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Raphael Park Tennis Centre

Raphael Park Tennis Centre, Park Way, Romford, RM2 5PA
Tel: 01708 733445
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Other Venues

Central Park

Wood Lane, Rainham Road north
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Haynes Park

Hornchurch, London, RM11 2HU
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Hylands Park

Osborne Road, Hornchurc, London, RM11 1DY
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Spring Farm Park

Lambs Lane, Rainham, London, RM13 9XF
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Upminster Park

Corbets Tey Road, London, RM14 2AJ
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Club Venues

Lodge Farm Tennis Club

Lodge Farm Park, Lodge Avenue, London, RM2 5AD
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"I really enjoyed the round and had some very competitive matches, It's always good to play different players as it is a good test to your game, I look forward to the next round and the upcoming challenges,"

Ernie Morley

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Tony Isaac

"I don't usually play singles but really enjoyed the tournament," 

Sharon Axtell

"Very much looking forward to the next round and playing again,"

Ernie Morley

"My last match of the round and already I can't wait till the spring to get going again!"

Ernie Morley

"Enjoyed playing competitive matches again and have signed up again but not sure if knees will hold out! Singles so much better and why I enjoy playing (as master of your own destiny)."

Richard Gardiner

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Collapse AllRaphael Park and Romford Singles - Round 29 | Thursday 16 November 2017 to Wednesday 24 January 2018 (Midpoint: Wednesday 20 December 2017)

There was just the one group in Raphael Park and Romford singles league this time around but it was a very competitive group with great participation from everyone, so that's great to see! Over 60% of all possible matches were played and lots of match commentaries provided which we always enjoy reading... so keep up the good work in the next round!

Group Summary:

It was a successful debut in Raphael Park and Romford Tennis League for James, who finished top of the table with an impressive 6 wins and no defeats. This put him 4 points clear of runner up Curtis, who was newly promoted to Group 1. Lots of matches were played this group and all but 2 players earned the midway bonus points for scheduling, so that's a good effort from everyone! Well done to Curtis and Terry for battling through with strong winds and a low sun in their match, and let's hope you're rewarded with better weather for your re-match in the next round!

Final Rankings:

  1. James Howard [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Curtis Sinclair 9.1 [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Julian Loveday [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Stuart Hutcheon 9.2 [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Andrew Bannister [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Ben Trip 10.2 [W1, L5] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Dominic Joseph [L1] 1
  8. Terry Allen 10.2 [L2]

Match Results:

Julian Loveday bt Andrew Bannister (Dec 16) 6-3, 6-3

Match of the Group:

Ben Trip bt Dominic Joseph (Dec 16) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
James Howard bt Julian Loveday (Dec 15) 6-0, 6-1
James Howard bt Curtis Sinclair (Dec 12) 6-1, 6-1
Julian Loveday bt Stuart Hutcheon (Dec 9) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
Andrew Bannister bt Ben Trip (Dec 9) 6-4, 6-4
James Howard bt Stuart Hutcheon (Dec 3) 7-6, 6-4
James Howard bt Ben Trip (Dec 2) 6-0, 6-0
Curtis Sinclair bt Stuart Hutcheon (Nov 26) 6-1, 7-5
Stuart Hutcheon bt Andrew Bannister (Nov 26) 6-4, 6-1
Julian Loveday bt Ben Trip (Nov 25) 6-3, 6-1
James Howard bt Andrew Bannister (Nov 25) 6-0, 6-2
James Howard bt Terry Allen (Nov 24) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentCurtis Sinclair bt Terry Allen (Nov 23) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Really strong winds today and coupled with the low sun this made for some pretty tricky playing conditions, especially on serve. Having played a few matches in the wind this year I think that helped me to more easily get to grips with the otherwise horrendous conditions. "  -- Curtis
Reveal CommentCurtis Sinclair bt Ben Trip (Nov 22) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Another nice day although quite windy at times and another recent newbie to the sport of tennis. Ben played some really great rallies for someone who has only been playing for a handful of months. You must be doing something right to bring someone who's 62 to the net and then do a lob volley winner - cheeky stuff! Well played Ben. "  -- Curtis
Stuart Hutcheon bt Ben Trip (Nov 19) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentCurtis Sinclair bt Andrew Bannister (Nov 19) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A sunny day but not warm enough to completely dry the courts out. Although slightly wet this didn't impact on the match. Andy only recently begun playing tennis so I was impressed with the standard he has reached in such a short space of time. Well played Andy! "  -- Curtis

Results

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The results listed here include the current and previous rounds for Raphael Park and Romford. 

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 free can of balls which we will post to you.

Legend: 
Player, [LTA rating], [win/loss/tie tally], points won

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)