Friendly, competitive tennis on St Mary's Park, Bury'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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From the dates above, choose your round and click on the Join By link.


Every player who completes three matches by the midway point of any round is sent a FREE can of tennis balls! Plus there are great offers all the time in our shop.


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

St Mary's Park

St Mary's Road, Prestwich, M25 1GG Tel: full venue details »

Manchester Tennis & Football Centre

Sportcity, Rowsley Street, Manchester, Lancashire, M11 3FF Tel: 0161 220 3800 full venue details »

Hamilton Road Park

Hamilton Road, Whitefield, M45 6QW Tel: full venue details »

Bolton Road Park

Wordsworth Avenue, Radcliffe, M26 3GP Tel: full venue details »

Other Venues

Clarence Park

Walmersley Road, Bury, BL9 6NQ Tel: full venue details »

Close Park

Dumers Lane, Radcliffe, M26 2QA Tel: full venue details »

Manchester Road Park

Manchester Road, Bury, BL9 0TJ Tel: full venue details »

Openshaw Park

Rochdale Road, Bury,  BL9 7DF Tel: full venue details »

Town Meadow Park

Off Market Street, Tottington,  BL8 3LY Tel: full venue details »

Whitehead Park

Ainsworth Road, Bury, BL8 2QD Tel: full venue details »
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Collapse AllSt Mary's Park, Bury Singles - Round 11 | Thursday 30 July 2020 to Wednesday 23 September 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 26 August 2020)

It was great to see friendly, competitive tennis make a return to the courts of St Mary's Park, Bury after a lengthy gap and fantastic to welcome 11 new players to the league! Judging from the scorelines a lot of you hit the ground running while others had to shrug off some understandable post-lockdown rustiness, but well done to all of you for dusting off your rackets and getting back on court. With over four fifths of all possible matches played we're looking forward to the next round already!

Group Summary:

Congratulations to Shoukat for winning all 5 matches to finish as Group 1 champ on his debut in St Mary's Park, although he had to work hard against James W and James B and was taken to 3 sets by Steven. Runner up and Leagues debutant Chris also had a fight on his hands against James W, coming from a set down to win the match tiebreak. James B proved a tough opponent for Chris too as he was "cracking the aces in" but it was Chris who edged a close second set tiebreak to secure the win.

Final Rankings:

  1. Shoukat Ali 9.1 [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Chris Rose [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. James Ward [W3, L2] 7
  4. James Batey [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Steven Garman [W2, L3] 5
  6. Giles Smith [L5]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentShoukat Ali bt Steven Garman (Sep 17) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great game! Well play played mate."  -- Shoukat
Steven Garman bt Giles Smith (Sep 13) 6-2, 6-3
Chris Rose bt Giles Smith (Sep 12) 6-2, 6-1
James Ward bt Steven Garman (Sep 10) 6-2, 6-4
James Ward bt Giles Smith (Sep 5) 6-2, 6-1

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentChris Rose bt James Ward (Sep 4) 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, [11-9]

Player Comments:

  • "Great game! "  -- Chris
Reveal CommentJames Ward bt James Batey (Aug 31) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great game, much closer than the score :)"  -- James
Shoukat Ali bt Chris Rose (Aug 18) 7-5, 6-3
James Batey bt Steven Garman (Aug 12) 6-4, 6-4
James Batey bt Giles Smith (Aug 12) 6-3, 6-4
Reveal CommentShoukat Ali bt James Ward (Aug 6) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "One of the greatest tennis matches played in local leagues. Fully enjoyed it. Could have gone either way. Unlucky James, Good luck with the rest! :)"  -- Shoukat
Shoukat Ali bt James Batey (Aug 5) 6-3, 7-5
Reveal CommentChris Rose bt James Batey (Aug 4) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Bit slippy, but good game. James was cracking the aces in!"  -- Chris
Steven Garman bt Chris Rose (Aug 3) 4-0, 1-4, 4-1
Reveal CommentShoukat Ali bt Giles Smith (Aug 2) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Well played Giles. See you again!"  -- Shoukat

Group Summary:

It was close at the top of Group 2 with Casian and Ewan each winning 4 matches however Casian bagged midway bonus points from early match scheduling to secure the group title. Sadly the pair never played their head to head which could have been title deciding, but both had tough wins against third placed Martyn who pushed Ewan all the way to a match tiebreak in a match that "could have gone either way right til the end". Alex also battled hard against the group champ over 3 sets.

Final Rankings:

  1. Casian Cimpan [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Ewan Armstrong [W4] 8 RUNNER UP
  3. Martyn Shaw 10.2 [W3, L2] 7
  4. Alex Kenyon 10.2 [L3] 1
  5. Azam Begg [L3]
  6. James Nazroo [L3]

Match Results:

Martyn Shaw bt James Nazroo (Sep 19) 6-1, 6-0
Casian Cimpan bt Martyn Shaw (Sep 17) 6-4, 6-4
Martyn Shaw bt Azam Begg (Sep 13) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentEwan Armstrong bt Azam Begg (Sep 4) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Windy day made it tough to serve and time the ball, but there were still some nice rallies. Was also a pleasure meeting Azam, a fellow West Londoner up in the north!"  -- Ewan
Reveal CommentEwan Armstrong bt James Nazroo (Aug 29) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The score flatters me. There were lots of 40-30 games. Good match."  -- Ewan
Martyn Shaw bt Alex Kenyon (Aug 29) 6-1, 6-3
Casian Cimpan bt Azam Begg (Aug 13) 6-2, 6-0
Reveal CommentEwan Armstrong bt Alex Kenyon (Aug 10) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Tight game. A few points here and there made the difference."  -- Ewan

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentCasian Cimpan bt Alex Kenyon (Aug 9) 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Tight game against a great opponent."  -- Casian
Casian Cimpan bt James Nazroo (Aug 7) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentEwan Armstrong bt Martyn Shaw (Aug 3) 3-6, 6-4, [10-5]

Player Comments:

  • "Great match, really tight game. Could have gone either way right till the end."  -- Ewan

Group Summary:

Congratulations to Leagues debutant Aman for winning Group 3 in style, notching up 5 wins and earning scheduling points to finish 4 points clear of runner up Norm. Aman also recorded 4 'double bagels' in an impressive display, while Norm sneaked a very tight opening set against Bee in a tiebreak, dropped the second set and then eased away in the third. Meanwhile Alice & Eduardo and Laura & Alice played out close 2 setters.

Final Rankings:

  1. Aman Arora [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Norm Benton [W4, L1] 8 RUNNER UP
  3. Bee Evans [W2, L2] 5
  4. Alice Bolton-Gough [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Laura Liepa [W1, L2] 2
  6. Eduardo Rodriguez [L4]

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Norm Benton bt Bee Evans (Sep 22) 5-4 (9-7), 2-4, 4-0
Laura Liepa bt Alice Bolton-Gough (Sep 21) 7-5, 7-5
Alice Bolton-Gough bt Eduardo Rodriguez (Sep 20) 7-5, 6-3
Bee Evans bt Eduardo Rodriguez (Sep 19) 6-0, 6-0
Aman Arora bt Bee Evans (Sep 17) 6-1, 6-1
Norm Benton bt Laura Liepa (Sep 15) 6-2, 6-3
Aman Arora bt Norm Benton (Sep 10) 6-0, 6-0
Norm Benton bt Eduardo Rodriguez (Aug 27) 6-3, 6-0
Norm Benton bt Alice Bolton-Gough (Aug 24) 6-1, 6-2
Aman Arora bt Eduardo Rodriguez (Aug 20) 6-0, 6-0
Aman Arora bt Laura Liepa (Aug 14) 6-0, 6-0
Aman Arora bt Alice Bolton-Gough (Aug 13) 6-0, 6-0
Bee Evans bt Alice Bolton-Gough (Aug 12) 6-0, 6-2


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The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches for St Mary's Park, Bury.

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) 

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