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Collapse AllGDT Slough Singles - Round 17 | Thursday 17 October 2019 to Wednesday 11 December 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 13 November 2019)

A fantastic round in Slough where all but 7 matches were played. That means 86% of matches were completed which is a brilliant result! Very well done one and all!

Group Summary:

A beer or two, tennis chats, come backs and changes of momentum - this was an exciting, well fought group with all but one possible match played. With so many matches completed, every point counted and Marc just edged one point ahead of Phil to take gold in this group, though bragging rights to Phil who won their head to head in a close 3 setter. "Boy did we have some really, really long rallies, " said Phil. "Some could have been 30 shots." Congrats to Marc and Phil and well played all.

Final Rankings:

  1. Marc Chan 7.2 [W5, L1] 13 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Phil Nash [W6] 12 RUNNER UP
  3. Falco Niekoop 8.1 [W4, L2] 11 includes 2 bonus points
  4. John Ryley [W3, L3] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Sandeep Minhas [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Stephen Wade [W1, L5] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Luke Beckley 9.2 [L5] 3 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

John Ryley bt Luke Beckley (Dec 9) 6-1, 6-4
Reveal CommentPhil Nash bt Stephen Wade (Dec 7) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "It was the first time we'd played and Stephen wasn't accustomed to the surface nor the spin I put on the ball. When he got his forehand moving t was a definite threat and weapon. Cheers Stephen."  -- Phil
Reveal CommentMarc Chan bt Sandeep Minhas (Dec 6) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A mild evening under the lights. First set was a real battle to and fro with lots of deuce games. Always nice to play at ULTC. Thanks for the game. Merry Christmas all..."  -- Marc
Reveal CommentPhil Nash bt Marc Chan (Dec 3) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "1st game to me, next 6 to Marc and was over in a flash, a set that may be decisive in this league. 2nd and 3rd sets we both stayed in the rallies. Odd trip to the net where we both put up high balls into the lights. Boy did we have some really, really long rallies, some could have been 30 shots. The last set I donated two successive points to Mark. I called myself up for hindrance groaning loudly thinking my ball was flying long. Next point a high ball clearly dropping long I allowed to hit my racket a foot from the ground. fatigue was hampering decision making. The pressure Marc enforced on me meant I berated myself when erroring. I apologised to Marc afterwards as I was babbling too much. Marc however was a gent throughout. Cheers Marc"  -- Phil
Reveal CommentMarc Chan bt Stephen Wade (Dec 1) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to play vs someone new in LLT. First set was a close run thing and the final game had plenty of deuces. Nice to meet you Stephen and thanks for the game. Was sunny but very windy. Sad to see half the courts at Salthill now being turned into a football pitch :("  -- Marc
Reveal CommentFalco Niekoop bt John Ryley (Nov 24) 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A 2 hour long match which could have been much shorter if John would have extended his 3-0 lead in the 2nd set tie-break. Luckily I managed to turn things around in the end. I think we both increased our protein level during the match due to the many tiny flies buzzing around our heads at a surprisingly warm Sunday afternoon. Thanks John."  -- Falco
Reveal CommentFalco Niekoop bt Stephen Wade (Nov 24) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "The score in the end is a bit deceiving as quite a few games went to deuce. Steve has a tricky loopy cross-court hand forehand which won him a lot of points. Luckily I managed to pull through. Thanks Steve."  -- Falco
Reveal CommentPhil Nash bt Sandeep Minhas (Nov 23) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Drizzle all way through and balls fizzed through on the astro turf. Sandeep was 1 love up but then a swing of 8 games. The second set was a very close affair. Cheers Sandeep."  -- Phil
Reveal CommentPhil Nash bt John Ryley (Nov 17) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "It was all going nicely until 2nd set, 5-3, 30 all. I returned John's serve hard and deep, I landed on all fours and my racquet banged the concrete. John, immediately concerned for my welfare asked if i was ok while floating the ball long and suggested we play a let; but I claimed the point. Please note I'm getting more desperate to win these days. John, please keep me on the Christmas card list !"  -- Phil
Reveal CommentPhil Nash bt Luke Beckley (Nov 13) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It wasn't the most pleasant conditions with a fair bit of rain, but the artificial clay meant no worries of slipping. Luke played well and wanted to advance to the net whenever possible but I managed to get the better of the passing shots to edge the first set. The second set went more swiftly with help of more first serves from me. It was great to get the match played at a lovely club. Cheers Luke."  -- Phil
Reveal CommentStephen Wade bt Luke Beckley (Nov 11) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It was a close match in tough conditions in the dark and cold. But some great rallies. Thanks for the match Luke "  -- Stephen
John Ryley bt Stephen Wade (Nov 10) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentSandeep Minhas bt Stephen Wade (Nov 9) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match Stephen! Really tough second set... I was glad to squeak through on a cold morning! "  -- Sandeep
John Ryley bt Sandeep Minhas (Nov 3) 7-5, 6-3
Reveal CommentMarc Chan bt Luke Beckley (Nov 1) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Always a treat to play at Windsor LTC. Such a great venue. We got lucky with the weather. Dry and mild. A close one with plenty of games going to deuce, scoreline didn’t reflect the match. Nice to have a beer in the clubhouse afterwards as well. Thanks Luke."  -- Marc
Reveal CommentFalco Niekoop bt Sandeep Minhas (Oct 31) 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • "Very tight match where Sandeep kept on playing like a champ until the very end. In both sets I broke Sandeep's serve on 5-5 and had the chance to wrap it up on my own serve. Both times Sandeep managed to break back by returning many of my serves deep onto the court which led to me making too many forced errors. The very last point was pretty epic as I sliced the ball with tons of backspin short on Sandeep's half while he was still at the baseline. Thanks Sandeep! Until a next time."  -- Falco
Reveal CommentFalco Niekoop bt Luke Beckley (Oct 30) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "We played our match under the floodlights on the beautiful outdoor poraflex courts at WLTC. The conditions were excellent and I managed to be very consistent on serve for once. Luke made some very good points at the net, but in the end I was playing a bit more solid on the fast surface. Thanks for the hospitality and the beer & tennis chat afterwards Luke! Good to see you back on the courts again."  -- Falco
Reveal CommentMarc Chan bt John Ryley (Oct 28) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play at a new tennis club. Lovely sunny morning. John was 2-0 up and the first 5 games were all long ones. A close match with some good rally’s. Very enjoyable company and location."  -- Marc
Reveal CommentMarc Chan bt Falco Niekoop (Oct 22) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "First time under lights for me at Salthill. Always a pleasure catching up with Falco. His topspin bh & fh won many points with clean winners. Falco was a double break up in the 2nd set and it appeared to be heading to a 3rd. I got lucky."  -- Marc
Reveal CommentPhil Nash bt Falco Niekoop (Oct 20) 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Falco was out of the blocks really quickly racing to 6-2. The second set was tight all the way, deuce in most games and plenty of 40 love games going the other way. At 5 all in the tiebreak was tense. The final set was narrowly edged in the end. Cheers Falco."  -- Phil

Group Summary:

A great round for Randeep which was all the more impressive as he was simultaneously playing in another league! In a very busy group, where a very high percentage of matches were played, Randeep finished just one point ahead of Sukhveer proving once again, how every match counts! Commiserations to Sukhveer who beat the champ in a close head to head but the point Randeep got for the set he won in that match, helped him clinch the group!

Final Rankings:

  1. Randeep Bahia 10.1 [W5, L2] 13 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Sukhveer Dhillon [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Rupert Banks [W5] 10
  4. Kumbi Makore [W3, L1] 7
  5. Barry Walter [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Rory Nosworthy [W1, L5] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Leon Sodeyfi 9.2 [W1, L2] 3
  8. Hellinda Smith [L7] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentBarry Walter bt Rory Nosworthy (Dec 7) 3-6, 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "another marathon with Rory."  -- Barry
Reveal CommentRupert Banks bt Randeep Bahia (Nov 30) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Lots of winners early on. It was a pleasure playing you Randeep"  -- Rupert
Reveal CommentRupert Banks bt Hellinda Smith (Nov 27) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you Hellinda for making the effort to play on such a wet miserable evening"  -- Rupert
Reveal CommentKumbi Makore bt Rory Nosworthy (Nov 24) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "nice to have met Rory, we had some good rallies."  -- Kumbi
Reveal CommentRandeep Bahia bt Hellinda Smith (Nov 21) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match with Helinda , look forward to playing in a future league round!"  -- Randeep
Reveal CommentRupert Banks bt Sukhveer Dhillon (Nov 20) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable match Sukh. Lots of close games"  -- Rupert
Reveal CommentKumbi Makore bt Barry Walter (Nov 19) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "good game, with a nice gentleman, true lover of the game..."  -- Kumbi
Leon Sodeyfi bt Hellinda Smith (Nov 18) 6-3, 6-3
Reveal CommentRupert Banks bt Rory Nosworthy (Nov 18) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Lots of closer games than the score suggests. Always enjoy your tennis Rory"  -- Rupert
Reveal CommentSukhveer Dhillon bt Leon Sodeyfi (Nov 17) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good to see Leon again. Thanks for the match! Good luck in the rest of your matches."  -- Sukhveer
Reveal CommentRandeep Bahia bt Kumbi Makore (Nov 12) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "a really close third set , in very tough conditions. Kumbi was hitting some great winners in the first set. look forward to playing again in a future round"  -- Randeep
Reveal CommentBarry Walter bt Hellinda Smith (Nov 11) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure to play Hellinda, despite the cold and blustery wind."  -- Barry
Reveal CommentRory Nosworthy bt Hellinda Smith (Nov 10) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Another good spirited match with a consistent rival in the league"  -- Rory
Reveal CommentRupert Banks bt Barry Walter (Nov 10) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match "  -- Rupert
Reveal CommentSukhveer Dhillon bt Hellinda Smith (Nov 10) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good to play Hellinda again. Good luck in the rest of your matches Hellinda."  -- Sukhveer
Reveal CommentRandeep Bahia bt Rory Nosworthy (Nov 9) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Rainy conditions!! But we soldiered on. Luckily the MLTC courts we played on were not slippery despite the rain. Closer match than the score suggests. "  -- Randeep
Reveal CommentKumbi Makore bt Hellinda Smith (Nov 6) 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Some really good hard hitting rallies which reflect the come back in second set, pleasure to play as always."  -- Kumbi
Reveal CommentSukhveer Dhillon bt Rory Nosworthy (Nov 3) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good to play Rory again. The second set was a lot closer than the score suggested, with a lot of the games going to deuce."  -- Sukhveer
Randeep Bahia bt Barry Walter (Oct 30) 6-0, 6-2
Reveal CommentSukhveer Dhillon bt Barry Walter (Oct 27) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good to play Barry again. A very difficult match where Barry made some great returns where I was left standing. Good luck in the rest of your matches."  -- Sukhveer
Reveal CommentRandeep Bahia bt Leon Sodeyfi (Oct 26) 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play Leon! A close third-set where momentum swung each way. "  -- Randeep

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentSukhveer Dhillon bt Randeep Bahia (Oct 19) 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • "A pleasure to play Randeep for the first time. A very close match where the third set swung each way. Either player could have won the match. Great to play Randeep and hope to play him again soon."  -- Sukhveer