Friendly, competitive tennis on Southend's 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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Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre
Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre

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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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Primary Venues

Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre

Garon Park, Eastern Vanue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 4FA
Tel: 01702 613000
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Other Venues

Priory Park

Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6NB
Tel: 01702 613000
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Gunners Park

Shoeburyness, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS3 9QN
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Chalkwell Park

Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 8NB
Tel: 01702 613000
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Bonchurch Park

Bonchurch Avenue, Southend, SS9 3AS
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Cavendish Gardens

South end on Sea, Essex, SS0 0AX
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Milton Gardens

South end on Sea, Essex, SS0 7PP
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Shoebury Park

Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS3 9PD
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Southchurch Park

Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2XB
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"Very enjoyable and good to meet with and play other tennis players other than those that I regularly play with at my club.", 

Neil Dunlop

"Thoroughly enjoyed my 1st experience in the league & met some lovely new people who I hope to keep in contact with.",

John George

"​I'm loving competing in your leagues, everybody wants to win...yet also want to help improve my grip/stance/serve etc. It's like having free coaching sessions!", Jonathan Bridgland

Jonathan Bridgland

" I loved playing in the Southend Tennis League. I wasn't sure if the standard was going to be too much for me (I'm fat and over forty!). As it happened, I won my group and didn't drop a set. I'm probably due a hammering in the next round...but I'm ready and up for the challenge! My friend Stuart is also planning to join in the next round (July 2016)...so it'll be good to have a regular practice partner. I wish this league had been available when I was growing up...great fun/great people.", 

Jonathan Bridgland

"​All the matches played have been enjoyable, well matched and competitive. I will encourage others from my club to sign up", Gary Nicholls

Gary Nicholls

"I'm really enjoying playing in the league, so pleased I joined", 

Jonathan Bridgland

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Collapse AllSouthend Singles - Round 21 | Thursday 11 April 2019 to Wednesday 5 June 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 8 May 2019)

Current Rankings:

  1. Ogba Ogbimi 7.2 [W1, L2] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Gavin Hodges 7.1 [W1] 2
  3. Paul Bundock Steel 8.1 [W1] 2
  4. John Willens 8.1 [UF1] 1
  5. Bruno Machado 7.2 [UF1] 1
  6. Reece Syrett [L1]
  7. Bradley Payne 9.1
  8. George Brounos 9.1
  9. Ross Casson

Match Results:

Reveal CommentPaul Bundock Steel bt Ogba Ogbimi (Apr 19) 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • Final set tie break 8-6 to Paul. My overhead smashes letting me down again at key moments. Though it be said - fair play to Paul for allowing us continue today Good Friday. Paul had the chance to have rapped up the encounter tuesday but a true gentleman he is, wanted me to be fit to conclude just 3 points to win either way. I look forward to another fascinating top level game of tennis with Paul. Please we need you in this league
Reveal CommentOgba Ogbimi bt Reece Syrett (Apr 18) 7-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Reece. Very competitive match. Lots of interesting rallies and ground strokes. All the best in your other matches"  -- Ogba
Reveal CommentGavin Hodges bt Ogba Ogbimi (Apr 18) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Well done to Gavin once again. I was in the game whole match and competed. Gavin afterwards said I needed to work on my overhead smashes. He is right. I missed a few to be in great commanding position. Anyhow, credited to Gavin he maintained his composure to win the match. I led once or twice but it wasnt a runaway lead and he always came back to control the game. However, I have to say stamina wise I am happy. To have played Reece same day as Gavin am quite happy with my fitness. Coming closer Gavin watch out!"  -- Ogba
Reveal CommentJohn Willens v Bruno Machado (Apr 13) 6-3, 4-6 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure to play Bruno. Strange match with lots of breaks. John had multiple points to go 5-2 and 5-4 in the second only for Bruno to take the set. To be concluded!"  -- John

Current Rankings:

  1. Tomasz Wegrzyn [W2] 4
  2. John George [W2] 4
  3. Robeřt Mcgovern 10.1 [W1, L1] 2
  4. Andrew Phillips [W1, L1] 2
  5. Simon Routh 10.1 [L2] 2
  6. Laurie Stone [L2]
  7. Ian Fraser
  8. Paul Bhanji
  9. Tim Staines

Match Results:

Reveal CommentRobeřt Mcgovern bt Andrew Phillips (Apr 18) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good game in good conditions, some big serving from Andrew which was hard to deal with. In the end I made tge least errors to take the match. Will play indoor for our next encounter. Good to meet you and good luck in your next matches."  -- Robeřt
Reveal CommentJohn George bt Simon Routh (Apr 18) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great to see Simon back in the league again as we normally do battle in doubles matches. We were both feeling weary after games earlier in the week so I got off to a great start storming through the set 6 - 1. Simon changed his tactics in the 2nd set which worked perfectly as he won the set 6 - 2 & was looking like winning the match as he went 4 - 1 up in the decider. Fortunes then changed again as I managed to win 5 straight games to clinch a good match 6 - 4. Best of luck I n remaining games Simon & will no doubt see you soon."  -- John
Tomasz Wegrzyn bt Robeřt Mcgovern (Apr 16) 6-0, 6-1
Tomasz Wegrzyn bt Simon Routh (Apr 15) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-2)
Reveal CommentJohn George bt Laurie Stone (Apr 13) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good to play Laurie again & armed with his new racquet got off to great early start taking the first 4 games. He then got pegged back to 5 - 3, 5 - 5 before I was relieved to take it 7 - 5. Second set was a bit more straight forward as Laurie was suffering with pains to his shin but battled on bravely. Have a good holiday & best of luck with remaining games."  -- John
Andrew Phillips bt Laurie Stone (Apr 11) 6-4, 6-0

Results

Looking for previous matches? Visit the Southend archive.
The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches for Southend.

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)