How to set up your matches
First things first! Make sure you've joined a league...
Once you have joined a round and paid the entry fee you will be organised into a group of players of similar standard.
We will send you the email addresses and telephone numbers of all the players in your group and add them to your account page on the website (do check yours – if we have got it wrong, or your contact details have changed, let us know as soon as possible).
To find your account page, just log on to the website, and click on your name, top right.
Organising matches can be hard! Juggling schedules is never easy, but everyone who has joined is keen to play.
- You email everyone in your group as soon as you can. Let them know the times you are free to play. Emailing one person at a time is often the best approach.
- Organise your first match quickly! What seems like a long time in which to play soon becomes a last-minute scrabble. And remember, if you play THREE matches by the half-way point you will receive bonus points and a free can of tennis balls.
- Put your opponents’ phone numbers in your phone; if you are late to a match or have to reschedule at the last minute, at least you will be able to get in touch.
Keep it friendly!
The league is a great way to make new friends and build up your own network of tennis partners. But there are a few things you can do to keep the cogs of the machine running smoothly...
Try always to respond to requests for matches - especially if they have been sent to you personally. Players who enter the tennis Bermuda Triangle make things tricky for their opponents!
Agree the venue and the time available for the match... If you can only play for an hour, make sure your opponent knows (you can agree continue the match at another time).
If you have to reschedule a match give as much time as possible - and if you are on the wrong end of a rescheduling, try to be sympathetic; you never know when you may have to do the same. There are rules for walkovers, but everyone would much prefer to see matches played.