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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.

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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.

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Primary Venues

Clarence Park

St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4NG
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Colney Heath Recreation Ground

Colney Heath, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0NP
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Greenwood Park Lawn Tennis Club

Greenwood Park Lawn Tennis Club, Tippendell Lane, Chiswell Green, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 3HW
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London Colney Adventure World

Perham Way, London Colney, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 1LB
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Marford Road Playing Fields

Wheathampstead, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 8AT
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Napsbury Open Space

London Colney, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 1UA
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Rothamsted Park

Leyton Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL5 2HU
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Sherwood Avenue Recreation Ground

Sandridge, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 9RW
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Spencer Meadows Courts

Sandridge, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 9DB
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The Batchwood Golf and Tennis Centre

Batchwood Drive, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5XA
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Verulamium Park

Verulamium Park, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4SW
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White Horse Lane

Behind Morris Playing Fields, London Colney, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 1GR
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"I think the set-up you run is absolutely fantastic. Met some great people already and enjoyed some wonderful tennis. Tthank you once again for arranging such an enjoyable and competitive round. I may have lost a few more matches this time round, but for me the players you assembled were a good bunch, each talented players in their own way and as a result I enjoyed the challenge that much more - so thank you. Keep up the good work!" 

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Adam

"What a lovely write up. It's nice to get mentioned a few times too, even though I couldn't get a single win. Never mind, it was my first go! This was my first ever time playing competitive tennis and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought everybody was really friendly and there was no tennis snobbery to be seen - something that I had previously been afraid of. I have already played Bish again and managed to get a set off him, so there's hope for me in the next round. You guys deserve continued success with this venture, it really works well. I look forward to the next round as my next task is to sign up for the next league," 

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Collapse AllSt Albans & Harpenden Singles - Round 29 | Thursday 19 January 2017 to Wednesday 15 March 2017 (Midpoint: Wednesday 15 February 2017)

Current Rankings:

  1. Andrew De Csillery 7.2 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Pavel Novotny 9.1 [W2, L1] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Sunil Mehra 9.2 [W1, L2] 3
  4. Steven Dunn [W1, L1] 2
  5. David Mincer [L2]
  6. Miles Robinson [L2]
  7. James Douglas 8.2

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAndrew De Csillery bt Sunil Mehra (Feb 14) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great defensive play from Sunil in the first set. He managed to get back almost everything I threw at him and made me really fight for it. I think he ran out of puff in the second set after all that effort. Well played and thanks for the game. "  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentAndrew De Csillery bt Pavel Novotny (Feb 12) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great match. Flowed one way then the other. Just one break of service separated us in each of the first two sets. In the third I went ahead 4-1, then Pavel recovered back to 4-4, then 5-5. A couple of key points gave me the final break to take the set 7-5. Well played Pavel, particularly given your awkward fall part way through set 2. I know carpet is not your preferred surface so next time on a hard court to even things up!"  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentSteven Dunn bt David Mincer (Feb 9) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable match as always, well played David"  -- Steven
Sunil Mehra bt Steven Dunn (Feb 6) Walkover
Reveal CommentAndrew De Csillery bt David Mincer (Feb 4) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The match was definitely closer than the score suggested with most of David's service games going to deuce. I edged the important points and was very solid on my serve, which made all the difference, but there were lots of good rallies. Well played David and good luck with your other matches."  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentAndrew De Csillery bt Miles Robinson (Jan 28) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A nice game, with each set starting closely before I pulled away. My serve made the difference, only dropping a couple of points in each set, but Miles pushed me all the way. Well played."  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentPavel Novotny bt Sunil Mehra (Jan 28) 7-5, 2-6, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "What a match Sunil, many thanks, you played great tennis today. Despite the scoreline,it's fair to say that Sunil could have easily won today. The opener - Sunil took a 5:1 lead in no time at all, I collected myself and somehow managed to take the next 6 consecutive games to take the first set 7:5. Second send felt like deja vu, Sunil was once again in 5:1 lead but this time, he did not allow me for a second to turn it around and comfortably took the second set 6:2. First game of the decider was crucial and went on for at least 5 minutes with multiple deuces. I got lucky to take it and it was straightforward from there on, I stepped up and my forehand winner shots came back. Sunil, you and I know you could have won today. Many thanks again."  -- Pavel
Reveal CommentPavel Novotny bt Miles Robinson (Jan 24) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great match, enjoyed every minute of it. I took a 5:1 lead in the first set but it was hard work as all but 2 games went to deuce. Miles had a great come back and erased my lead rather quickly. I managed to hold my serve at 5:5 to take 6:5 lead and had it not been for 2 Miles's double faults, the set may well have gone into a tie breaker. Second set saw the pace pick up even more and it was close all the way. I just about mamaged to break Miles at 5:4 to win the match. Close match all the way, fantastic pace and great rallies often leaving us both breathless. Many thanks Miles, until next round."  -- Pavel

Current Rankings:

  1. Antony Parselle 8.2 [W4, L2] 11 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Thomas Abrahams [W2] 4
  3. Stuart Mackay 9.2 [W2, L1] 4
  4. Samantha Calderwood [W1, L1] 2
  5. Susan Hoblin [W1, L1, UF1] 2
  6. Aaron Paul 9.2 [L2, UF1] 2
  7. Chris Bryson 10.1 [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentThomas Abrahams bt Antony Parselle (Feb 22) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable game played in blustery conditions - a definite test of technique for both of us. Well played!"  -- Thomas
Reveal CommentAntony Parselle bt Samantha Calderwood (Feb 20) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "The score doesn't do justice to how competitive the points were. Loads of good rallies. I just managed to have the edge. Was a lot of fun. Great way to spend a Monday Morning. Ant "  -- Antony
Reveal CommentStuart Mackay bt Antony Parselle (Feb 19) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "After yesterday's game against Aaron I thought it wasn't possible to have another epic, marathon game. I was wrong. From the outset both of us were retrieving every ball from impossible positions coupled with long tiring rallies. However Antony's overall game and net play was to strong as he won the first set. The 2nd set was very similar and lots of games went to deuce and lots of energy sapping deuces at that, but I manged to break early and then hold on to take the 2nd set. We were both knackered starting the third but the first game began with an epic 30+ stroke rally which literally left us on our knees. I then raced into a 3-0 lead, but Antony pulled it back and then I broke at a crucial time and just won 6-4. well played Ant!"  -- Stuart
Reveal CommentStuart Mackay bt Aaron Paul (Feb 18) 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (4-7), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "An absolute marathon of a match! first set went one way and the other, both of us breaking serve regularly. I managed to build a lead early in the tiebreak which I managed to hold onto. The 2nd set continued in the same vain as the first although the performance improved in both of us with some fine rallies. Again it went to a tie break and Aaron this time building a lead which he consolidated. Into the 3rd, and both of us were getting tired. The energy from my Morrisons muesli in the morning was fading fast but I just managed to break late in the set and hold on for a 6-4 win but it could have gone either way. The longest game I've played in this league. Look forward to playing again once I've had a rest!"  -- Stuart
Susan Hoblin v Aaron Paul (Feb 14) 5-7, 3-5 TBC
Reveal CommentAntony Parselle bt Aaron Paul (Feb 12) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "We've been playing each other for about 4 years in the league now, and this was probably the best game we've had. Certainly the best i've ever played against Aaron. And I needed to be at my best to win this one. Some great rallies. Lots of winners and hardly any mistakes meant every point had to be won. The first set was close but I edged it. Aaron was 4-2 and 5-3 up in the second with set point. But I managed to fight back with some consistent play to eventually edge it 7-5. Great game Aaron. Looking forward to the next one. Ant"  -- Antony
Reveal CommentAntony Parselle bt Susan Hoblin (Feb 10) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "6-4, 6-3 is really flattering. As it should probably have been the other way round. If it was a boxing match I would have lost on points. Susan's groundstrokes had me pinned to the back wall for most of the match and it was my retrieval ability that got me through. Every point was hard won. It was gruelling, but fun. A really good match with some great points that had us both running ourselves into the ground. Looking forward to the next match. After i've had a few weeks off to recover!! Well played Susan and good luck in the other group matches."  -- Antony
Reveal CommentSusan Hoblin bt Stuart Mackay (Feb 5) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Another fun match against Stuart. Look forward to playing again!"  -- Susan
Reveal CommentThomas Abrahams bt Chris Bryson (Feb 5) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A decent game on slippy outdoor courts, well played!"  -- Thomas
Reveal CommentSamantha Calderwood bt Chris Bryson (Feb 3) 7-6 (7-2), 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you Chris for such an enjoyable match played in such good spirit.Thank you for all your organising too, my first singles match in the local Tennis league I now know what to expect"  -- Samantha
Reveal CommentAntony Parselle bt Chris Bryson (Jan 27) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable match played in good spirit. Both enjoyed it and the score flattered me although dry January seemed to have helped my fitness! Thanks Chris. Looking forward to next one."  -- Antony

Current Rankings:

  1. Jonny Hatchman 10.1 [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Phil Chin 10.2 [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Philip Jacobs [W1] 2
  4. Charles Whitehead 9.1 [L2] 1
  5. Lucy Webster 10.1 [L1]
  6. Richard Washbrook 9.2 [L2]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentPhilip Jacobs bt Jonny Hatchman (Feb 18) 6-4, 7-6 (12-10)

Player Comments:

  • "Great match. Really close all through out. I had chances to take the second set a few times, but didn't get the points on the important chances. Took me half the game to find my ground on the grass style courts. Phill player a great game though. Well deserved "  -- Jonny
Reveal CommentPhil Chin bt Charles Whitehead (Feb 15) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A close fought match with momentum switching frequently - a fast start to lead the first set 5-0 was soon reduced to 5-3 before I managed to close the set out. The second set started tentatively with a lot of long rallies and some questionable net play from my side before a decisive break allowed a 5-2 lead but was unable to close at the first attempt and a break was require to take the win. A very enjoyable match!"  -- Phil
Reveal CommentPhil Chin bt Lucy Webster (Feb 10) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable match indoors, first set went on serve with no break points until a break at 4-3 which swung the first set. Lots of long rallies in the second set but eventually went my way although closing out was tricky and had to fight off break points to finally take it."  -- Phil
Reveal CommentJonny Hatchman bt Richard Washbrook (Feb 5) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great game today, some good rallies and run around the court. Rick didn't play badly by any means, I just managed to be more consistent and hit all my shots where I wanted. Could have definitely beating me on another day. "  -- Jonny
Reveal CommentJonny Hatchman bt Charles Whitehead (Feb 4) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Fairly close in the first set. Charles managed to close in when it mattered and take advantage at my lack of consistency. From there on, I dominated the match and Charles was let down by a lot of unforced errors. Good match on fine winters morning!"  -- Jonny
Reveal CommentPhil Chin bt Richard Washbrook (Jan 27) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A closer match than the score suggests, overall I was able to be more consistent in my service and in the important points. Some good forehand rallies and big serving, a good match! "  -- Phil
Reveal CommentJonny Hatchman bt Phil Chin (Jan 22) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great opening game. Felt great to play on some indoor hard courts for the first time. I felt I played well today and a bit more aggressive than Phil. It was close at times, but I managed seal the win at the right time."  -- Jonny

Current Rankings:

  1. Joao Cal 10.2 [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Dave Martell 10.2 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Ashley Guinn 10.1 [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Jonathan Sandars 10.1 [W1, L2] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Tim Smith [W1, L2] 2
  6. Tim Kidd 10.2 [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Sophie Stack 9.2 [L3] 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentTim Smith bt Tim Kidd (Feb 20) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good, close game, some excellent rallies. Thanks Tim, I owe you a game!"  -- Tim
Reveal CommentJoao Cal bt Sophie Stack (Feb 19) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "An early Sunday morning match. Seems to be the only way to find indoor courts available. We had some good rallies, enjoyable game. Thank you Sophie. "  -- Joao
Reveal CommentJoao Cal bt Ashley Guinn (Feb 18) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "Great outdoor match. First set Ashley did a couple of unforced errors. 2nd set he was ahead 5-3 but I managed to comeback force a tiebreak and finish the game. Thanks Ashley."  -- Joao
Reveal CommentJonathan Sandars bt Ashley Guinn (Feb 14) 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "This was a match that turned into an absolute beast of a tie! Although only 2 sets, they were 2 tiebreaks and we even played on 2 different surfaces (started outdoors and moved indoors because of the wind). There were too many breaks and counter-breaks of serve to recall and momentum changed all too frequently. Another good match Ashley - thanks for the game. "  -- Jonathan
Reveal CommentDave Martell bt Jonathan Sandars (Feb 14) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Outdoors floodlit at Harpenden; great conditions and a good old 3-set ding dong! Thanks Jonathan!"  -- Dave
Reveal CommentDave Martell bt Sophie Stack (Feb 12) 2-6, 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Indoors at Goslin: another match turned on a bit of a mean streak - all part of my cunning strategy?!! Enjoyed the match and great venue, cheers Sophie! "  -- Dave
Reveal CommentDave Martell bt Tim Smith (Feb 8) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Late show Indoors at Luton 360 and thanks be for those heaters. Tim led the first set 5:2 only for me to hit a bit of a streak up to 4:0 in the 2nd. Blimey, where did that come from? Good game, thanks Tim! "  -- Dave
Reveal CommentJoao Cal bt Jonathan Sandars (Feb 5) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "We played outdoors, it was chilly and not totally dry but we manage to play nicely, only one slip over. Good game overall."  -- Joao
Reveal CommentAshley Guinn bt Sophie Stack (Feb 4) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "I think almost all the games went to deuce. There were a lot of very long rallies, we were both exhausted by the end. But was a very fun match and it is always a pleasure to play Sophie."  -- Ashley
Reveal CommentJoao Cal bt Tim Kidd (Feb 3) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good game, it was nice playing in a different venue."  -- Joao
Reveal CommentJoao Cal bt Tim Smith (Jan 27) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great first match to kick off the 29th Round. There were lots of games with multiple deuces."  -- Joao
Reveal CommentAshley Guinn bt Tim Kidd (Jan 27) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "I think it's fair to say we were both quite inconsistent on serve. However I think we both did get in some excellent serves at some points and some strong returns too. Both sets started out very tightly contested, but I managed to edge it out. Many thanks for the match Tim."  -- Ashley
Reveal CommentDave Martell bt Tim Kidd (Jan 21) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Despite carrying a shoulder injury throughout, Tim led 5:3 in the 1st set and 4:3 in the 2nd (from 0:3) ; this could easily have gone either way. First time at this venue and what a find: dead easy to reach off the M1, two cracking heated indoor courts and very reasonably priced - can I tempt any of my other opponents out there? Thanks for the match Tim."  -- Dave

Current Rankings:

  1. Richard Dodd [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Anna Marszal [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Ed Blake 10.2 [W1, L2] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Matt Ralph 9.2 [W1, L2] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Sarah Webster [L3] 1
  6. Lucy Healy [L2]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentRichard Dodd bt Sarah Webster (Feb 19) 7-5, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great match. Lots of very good quality long rallies with lots of variation. Thanks"  -- Richard
Reveal CommentEd Blake bt Lucy Healy (Feb 11) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Lucy for letting me talk you into going ahead with our match despite the freezing temperatures and falling snow! An enjoyable match, with a few nice long rallies and at least a couple of games which went to deuce."  -- Ed
Reveal CommentRichard Dodd bt Ed Blake (Feb 5) 6-0, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "It's always a good match against Ed. I won the first set fairly easily but then Ed roared back in the second, to take a 5-2 lead...I was fortunate to be able to make my own fight back to take the set 7-5...if we'd have gone into a third set, I'm not sure the result would have been the same. Thanks Ed, until next time."  -- Richard
Reveal CommentMatt Ralph bt Sarah Webster (Feb 5) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match with some long rallies."  -- Matt
Reveal CommentAnna Marszal bt Sarah Webster (Jan 30) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you Sarah for great match! First set I started quite slowly (3:0 for Sarah) but then managed to come back. Sarah served very well and made me run a lot. I think we both found it enjoyable, and even played 3rd set just for fun and Sarah led 5:1. Thanks again! "  -- Anna
Reveal CommentRichard Dodd bt Matt Ralph (Jan 29) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Some solid ground strokes where we also both tried to mix up our strokes a little bit with some spin. Enjoyable match. Thanks Matt"  -- Richard
Reveal CommentAnna Marszal bt Matt Ralph (Jan 28) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match! I really enjoyed. Matt served very well. We had lots of long, fast rallies. Thanks again!"  -- Anna
Reveal CommentAnna Marszal bt Ed Blake (Jan 22) 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great 3 sets match! lovely weather for the first match of my life :) Ed was tough opponent and he was also very helpful with the rules I did not know so well. Thanks again! Anna"  -- Anna
Richard Dodd bt Lucy Healy (Jan 22) 6-1, 6-0

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