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Collapse AllSt Albans and Harpenden Singles - Round 49 | Thursday 26 August 2021 to Wednesday 20 October 2021 (Midpoint: Wednesday 22 September 2021)

It was great to see so many players out on court during this Round, enjoying friendly, competitive tennis and making new friends. We hope you had a great time battling it out! There is just one more Round for 2021 and we’re looking forward to having you join us again. We think Local Tennis Leagues players are the keenest of them all, so it’ll be no surprise to see many of you back out there during the cooler months. Join now to secure your place!

Group Summary:

A closely contested group with Pavel an Deji both notching up 8 points from 3 wins, but it was Pavel who finished top thanks to conceding fewer sets and games on average... well played!

Final Rankings:

Pos. Name Played P Won W Lost L Bonus BNS Total PTS Form
1 Pavel Novotny 3 3 0 2 8 WWW
2 Deji Jaiyesimi 4 3 1 2 8 WLWW
3 Bob Sneesby 4 2 2 2 6 LLWW
4 Nick Acton 4 1 3 2 4 WLLL
5 Kevin Lomas 4 1 3 0 3 LLWL
6 Toby Sweeney 1 0 1 0 1 L

Match Results:

Reveal CommentDeji Jaiyesimi bt Kevin Lomas (Oct 19) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "I wonder what would have happened if we had played where we had originally planned? Instead of playing on a comfortable indoor court, we found ourselves playing outdoors in some gusty wind and pouring rain, with floodlights working at only one end of the court! Despite it all, we both battled on, with Kevin's slice proving particularly difficult in the conditions, and some lovely play from Kevin at net in terms of stretch volleys on a number of occasions, with Kevin difficult to get past. I managed to capture crucial breaks at the end of each set to take them both, managing to utilise all areas of the court on a match point to clinch it, in a match of fine margins, with breaks aplenty. Till next time Kevin, in better weather and light!"  -- Deji
Reveal CommentNick Acton bt Kevin Lomas (Sep 27) 5-7, 6-4, [10-5]

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyed this match with Kevin. The first game had a lot of deuce points and the rest of the match was similar with there never being more than 1 break in it. Kevin managed to take the tight first set with a timely break at 6-5. I managed to break early in the second and just about held on for the set. With time running out we played a 10 point tie breaker which I managed to come out on top on. Thanks for the game Kevin. Till next time :o)"  -- Nick
Reveal CommentKevin Lomas bt Bob Sneesby (Sep 25) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It was lovely to get the opportunity to play Bob again and the match didn't disappoint.The first set was neck and neck with a very crucial game on my serve at the score 1-1.We had around 12 deuces with neither of us budging so it was a relief when I won it to lead 2-1.Most games in this set were unusual as when either of us were 40 - 0 up in a game it generally ended on a duece somehow.I just about sneaked this set but there was nothing in it and could have gone either way.The second set I managed to get an early break and in my head knew that I needed to avoid a 3rd set as I feel I would have have lost if it had gone that way. I saw it out just!Thanks for the match as always bob and great to catch up with you. Hopefully see you next round."  -- Kevin
Reveal CommentPavel Novotny bt Nick Acton (Sep 21) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Scoreline doesn't reflect at all how tough and close match this was. Every single game went to deuce bar a couple, and I just found myself on the winning side in most of them. Nick is a great player, just getting back to playing tennis after a few years break and the one to watch in this league. Thanks Nick. Great match. Play soon"  -- Pavel
Reveal CommentPavel Novotny bt Bob Sneesby (Sep 19) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A very very enjoyable match, though the weather wasn't on our side today. Bob is one hell of a player, tough, and makes no unforced errors. Annoyingly good!!! And those drop shots, I have one thing or two to learn from Bob. Thank you again and hope we get to play again soon as we both enjoy singles."  -- Pavel
Bob Sneesby bt Nick Acton (Sep 17) 7-6 (7-0), 7-5
Reveal CommentBob Sneesby bt Deji Jaiyesimi (Sep 12) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Another enjoyable match with Deji. Very similar to the last one we played, with Deji’s fitness and stamina an encouragement for me to try and shorten the points! I didn’t always succeed, and we had several long rallies with a particularly tough game on my serve mid-way through the second set with multiple deuces, which I eventually edged. A closer contest than the score suggests. Well played Deji, good luck with your remaining matches, and look forward to playing again."  -- Bob
Reveal CommentPavel Novotny bt Kevin Lomas (Sep 10) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It was lovely to play Kevin after almost many many months, always a great match with his annoyingly good backhand slice. It was off to a unlucky start for Kevin as he injured his eyebrow area during warm up, bless! After I administered a plaster (all I am capable off), Kevin carried on - a true fighter. And Kevin started well, broke my very first service game but I regained control of my game and won the next 4 games. Kevin played well throughout and I don't think the scoreline is just. As I said his annoyingly good backhand slice made me dig deep. Thank you Kevin. Hope your injury is not too bad and your lock is fixed :) Play soon! "  -- Pavel

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentDeji Jaiyesimi bt Toby Sweeney (Sep 4) 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very even, up and down, and physical match, lasting about three hours! Managed to save set points in set one at 6-5 after Toby recovered from a slow start to the match to play some good tennis. I took the set to a tiebreak and managed to edge that. Toby came through in set 2 with some good consistent play, and then some cramping on my part affected me and the match, with a poor end to the 2nd set and poor start to the 3rd. I managed to recover enough to take the third set. Could have gone either way. Well played Toby and all the best with your remaining matches!"  -- Deji
Reveal CommentDeji Jaiyesimi bt Nick Acton (Sep 3) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Match played in lovely conditions and with a few competitive rallies ensuring the first set was tight, but in the second set I managed to sat ahead and close out the match after a double break. Thanks for the game Nick and all the best in your future matches :)"  -- Deji

Group Summary:

Final Rankings:

Pos. Name Played P Won W Lost L Bonus BNS Total PTS Form
1 Christopher Perry 6 5 1 2 12 WLWW
2 Steve Close 5 3 2 2 8 LWWW
3 David Mincer 4 3 1 0 7 WWWL
4 Peter Ormrod 3 1 2 0 3 WLL
5 Josephine Jim 1 0 1 0 0 L
6 Michael Peters 3 0 3 0 0 LLL
7 N Biswas 2 0 2 0 0 LL

Match Results:

Reveal CommentPeter Ormrod bt Steve Close (Oct 17) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "Cracking game played in the right spirit. Could have gone either way. Looking forward to playing Steve again"  -- Peter
Reveal CommentChristopher Perry bt Peter Ormrod (Oct 10) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A thoroughly enjoyable game with a lot of deuce games that the score does not fairly reflect."  -- Christopher
Steve Close bt Michael Peters (Oct 1) 6-2, 6-4
Reveal CommentDavid Mincer bt Michael Peters (Sep 25) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Forgot to put the score in and I can't generally remember what I had for breakfast so no in depth match write up here. Difficult match on a tricky clay surface if I remember. Tennis was the winner. Cheers Michael"  -- David
Reveal CommentDavid Mincer bt Peter Ormrod (Sep 23) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really competitive, thoroughly enjoyable Until next time Peter 👍"  -- David
Reveal CommentSteve Close bt N Biswas (Sep 22) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match with some good long rallies, especially in the 2nd set when Nish started to get his eye in. Fortunately my serve was working in my favour today, winning me free points. "  -- Steve
Reveal CommentSteve Close bt Christopher Perry (Sep 18) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable, close match with many long rallies."  -- Steve
Reveal CommentDavid Mincer bt Steve Close (Sep 13) 7-6 (7-5), 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Scores are bizarre really. 1st set was brutal, really competitive. Both of us were blowing hard. Steve's serve was firing and it was really hard to lay a glove on him. Tie break could have gone either way. I think we both put so much in to it that the loser of it was always going to struggle to come back and so it proved. Steve's intensity dropped ever so slightly in the 2nd set and this proved enough to see me home. Can't wait for the re-match, Cheers Steve"  -- David
Reveal CommentChristopher Perry bt Michael Peters (Sep 12) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable game in expected sunny conditions. Some good rallies throughout."  -- Christopher

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentChristopher Perry bt David Mincer (Sep 9) 6-2, 0-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "An epic game of shifting momentum. A very long opening game set the scene. My forehand was working today enabling me to win some crucial points in the first set. David found the response to my forehand in the second set and absolutely crushed me 6-0. The 3rd set was back and forth with the lead switching a few times. I managed to save 3 match points at 5-4 down to bring things level. I failed to convert my first match point and thought we'd head to a tie break but a rare miss from David saw me steal the match on my second match point. It's often said but this one really could have gone either way! "  -- Christopher
Christopher Perry bt N Biswas (Sep 5) 6-2, 6-3
Reveal CommentChristopher Perry bt Josephine Jim (Aug 30) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game, some good rallies and good fun."  -- Christopher

Group Summary:

Final Rankings:

Pos. Name Played P Won W Lost L Bonus BNS Total PTS Form
1 NJ Halley 4 4 0 0 8 WWWW
2 Joe Wells 3 1 2 0 4 WLL
3 Ashley Guinn 3 1 2 0 4 WLL
4 Leslie Okomi 2 1 1 0 3 LW
5 Claudio Longo 2 0 2 0 0 LL
6 Maria Skomorowska-Chwastek 0 0 0 0 0 0

Match Results:

Reveal CommentNJ Halley bt Leslie Okomi (Oct 13) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Leslie took charge of the first set with his heavy forehand dictating play which forced many errors from myself. However i managed to find some rhythm utilizing drop shots and slices, albeit with a bit of luck with my opponent who double faulted on crucial points in the 2nd and 3rd set. Loads of deuces throughout the game which tested both our fitness levels. Hope to play again soon mate, thanks for the game. "  -- NJ
Reveal CommentNJ Halley bt Claudio Longo (Oct 11) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game which included many baseline rallies. It took a few games for us to get a rhythm as the surface was damp. However, I dialled in my serve and forehand and was able to close the game out. Thanks for the game Claudio!"  -- NJ
Reveal CommentAshley Guinn bt Claudio Longo (Oct 7) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really great to play Claudio again. Lots of great rallies, a really fun and enjoyable match. "  -- Ashley
Reveal CommentJoe Wells bt Ashley Guinn (Sep 28) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very good match that swung with momentum to me and Ashley. Moved inside after a very wet start. After a close first set, Ashley won 6 straight games to win the second. Third set was a good battle. Ashley makes you work hard and gets lots of balls back into play. Great game Ashley and good luck with the rest of your matches"  -- Joe

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentLeslie Okomi bt Joe Wells (Sep 21) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "The was by far one of the best and competitive matches I've played in this league. It was played in a friendly and respectful atmosphere. I got an early break in the first set but Joe broke back almost immediately then there was a succession of breaks on each serve till he got a break and served for the set. The points were close a few deuces here and there. I got an early break in the second set and it went similar to the first set where Joe broke back but I managed to break again and served it out. The final set had a couple of breaks with Joe serving for the match but I scrambled it back and took it to a tie break which he had a quick start winning the first 3 points till I clawed it back and won it. Thanks Joe really enjoyable. "  -- Leslie
NJ Halley bt Joe Wells (Aug 30) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
NJ Halley bt Ashley Guinn (Aug 29) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

Group Summary:

Final Rankings:

Pos. Name Played P Won W Lost L Bonus BNS Total PTS Form
1 Mark Stevens 6 6 0 2 14 WWWW
2 Tim Kidd 6 4 2 2 10 WLWW
3 Alex Makarov 5 2 3 2 7 LWLL
4 Matt Ralph 3 2 1 0 4 WWL
5 Tim Smith 3 1 2 2 4 WLL
6 Christopher Lowe 2 0 2 0 2 LL
7 Rupert Ting 3 0 3 0 1 LLL
8 George Movila 2 0 2 0 0 LL

Match Results:

Reveal CommentTim Kidd bt Alex Makarov (Oct 19) 6-3, 4-6, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A really long tough match with Alex played over 2 days, I always enjoy playing Alex. Can’t wait for next time."  -- Tim
Reveal CommentMatt Ralph bt Tim Kidd (Sep 29) 7-6 (7-1), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A competitive match with many games going to deuce. Thanks Tim."  -- Matt
Reveal CommentTim Kidd bt Rupert Ting (Sep 26) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Such a close match. We were both great in some parts and rubbish in some parts. Rupert deserved to win this but I sneaked it out when we were 4/4 in the final set"  -- Tim

Match of the Group:

Matt Ralph bt Christopher Lowe (Sep 22) 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 7-5
Reveal CommentAlex Makarov bt Christopher Lowe (Sep 18) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Christopher took the lead in the first set which he easily won. It the second set Alex improved his serve and was able to equalise. Finally, Alex won the match in the third set. "  -- Alex
Mark Stevens bt Rupert Ting (Sep 18) 6-2, 6-1
Mark Stevens bt George Movila (Sep 12) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentTim Kidd bt George Movila (Sep 12) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyed today. A number of good rallies, thank you George "  -- Tim
Reveal CommentTim Smith bt Alex Makarov (Sep 11) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Alex, some great points, especially in the second set."  -- Tim
Mark Stevens bt Tim Kidd (Sep 10) 6-1, 6-1
Mark Stevens bt Matt Ralph (Sep 9) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentTim Kidd bt Tim Smith (Sep 1) 7-5, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A fun game, neither of us had decent balls, so frustrating for both of us, I worked out how to use this to my advantage at 4/5 down and I didn’t loose a game after that. First time I’ve ever beaten Tim in probably 5 matches. Can’t wait to play again."  -- Tim
Mark Stevens bt Alex Makarov (Aug 31) 6-2, 6-0
Alex Makarov bt Rupert Ting (Aug 30) 6-2, 6-3
Mark Stevens bt Tim Smith (Aug 26) 6-2, 6-1