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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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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

Sunderland Tennis Centre

Silksworth Lane, Sunderland, Durham and Cleveland, SR3 1PD Tel: 03330 050152 full venue details »

Other Venues

Barnes Park

Barnes Park Road, Sunderland, Durham and Cleveland, SR4 7PY Tel: 0191 520 5550 full venue details »

Roker Park

Roker Park Road, Sunderland, Durham and Cleveland, SR6 9NB Tel: 0191 520 5550 full venue details »

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Collapse AllSunderland Singles - Round 18 | Thursday 13 August 2020 to Wednesday 7 October 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 9 September 2020)

Current Rankings:

  1. Peter Toase 8.1 [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Alin Gavriloae [W2, L1] 4
  3. Monir Ahmed 8.2 [W2] 4
  4. Scott Lishman [W1, L3] 2
  5. Ayush Khapra [L4]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAlin Gavriloae bt Ayush Khapra (Sep 23) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game against Ayush, we hit some good rallies. He's got very good shots, just needs a bit more practice. With time I think Ayush can become a very competitive player. "  -- Alin
Reveal CommentScott Lishman bt Ayush Khapra (Sep 21) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet and play Ayush today, very tough game also. Ayush played a great match, some very intense rallies and some powerful ground strokes from both of us. I clinched it 6-4 6-3 but a few games could of gone either way. Very close match. Good luck for your last match Ayush"  -- Scott
Reveal CommentPeter Toase bt Ayush Khapra (Sep 8) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Ayush tried very hard but made too many mistakes. I am sure that with more games under his belt he will improve. Good luck Ayush."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentPeter Toase bt Alin Gavriloae (Sep 7) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "I played Alin last year and I remember it was a hard game. This was no different. The first set, Alin was leading 4-2 but I managed to get on top and win 6-4. The second set was even closer as Alin led up to 5-4 and then I went 6-5 ahead only for Alin to equalise the set at 6-6. The tiebreaker was just as close as I held on to win 7-5. All round a very close and competitive game. "  -- Peter
Reveal CommentMonir Ahmed bt Ayush Khapra (Sep 5) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It was enjoyable playing, a lot of good long ralies. Ayush did hit balls hard and returned well."  -- Monir
Reveal CommentPeter Toase bt Scott Lishman (Sep 3) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Scott played very well in the first set but I managed to hang on and win. The second set was also competitive but I managed to stay on top. Well done Scott and definitely an improvement from last year."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentAlin Gavriloae bt Scott Lishman (Sep 2) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "It was so good to be back on the tennis court. Great match against Scott, we hit some really good shots. I managed to win by being more consistent. Looking forward to play again with Scott."  -- Alin
Monir Ahmed bt Scott Lishman (Aug 31) Walkover

Current Rankings:

  1. Keith Roberts [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Howard McCain [W3, L1] 6
  3. Luke Garbutt 9.2 [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Neil Kirtley [L4] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Tony Watson [W1, L3] 2

Match Results:

Reveal CommentHoward McCain bt Luke Garbutt (Sep 13) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Luke has only been playing tennis since January and first time today on the carpet surface at David Lloyd Sunderland. Despite this he won the first game and very nearly went 2/0 up before I edged the set 6/3. I served better in the 2nd set. Nice to meet you Luke - some great forehand shots and close rallies - hope to see you again - match played in a good spirit."  -- Howard
Reveal CommentTony Watson bt Neil Kirtley (Sep 13) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Neil for a good spirited match Great serve when it comes off but today both of us were guilty of a lot of unforced errors Hope to meet up soon for another game "  -- Tony
Reveal CommentHoward McCain bt Tony Watson (Sep 12) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "2nd attempt at playing this match as last week we ran out of time at 7/5, 2/3 Howard/Tony Tight again today and at 4/4 in the 2nd set it could have gone any way. A good hit and thanks Tony for the game."  -- Howard
Reveal CommentHoward McCain bt Neil Kirtley (Sep 6) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great game with Neil who started well going 2-0 up in the first set with blistering forehands and serves. Close throughout. Played in an excellent spirit."  -- Howard
Reveal CommentKeith Roberts bt Tony Watson (Sep 6) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "1st time I have played Tony, really enjoyed the game, I managed to win the 1st set ok, then Tony lifted his game in the 2nd set, i was 5-1 up and Tony managed to win the next 2 games to take it to 5-3, I was pleased to get over the line, Tony, Thanks for the game and good luck in the rest of your matches"  -- Keith
Reveal CommentLuke Garbutt bt Neil Kirtley (Sep 1) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Really good to meet and play Neil today! Neil was struggling a bit with a knee injury, which meant he wasn't as mobile as usual. Second set was much more competitive than the first with most games going to deuce. Neil's serve was by far his best weapon with a quite a few pin point aces down the middle line. All in all it was a really enjoyable game and hope to play Neil again in the future! "  -- Luke
Reveal CommentLuke Garbutt bt Tony Watson (Aug 31) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet Tony today and get the game played! First set was a close set with some great rallies. I got quite lucky with a few shots hitting the net and dropping in. Second set was again a tough set but i slightly edged it this time. Hope to play Tony again in the future for another good game! "  -- Luke
Reveal CommentKeith Roberts bt Luke Garbutt (Aug 28) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyed the game Luke, it was your 1st game back since Covid, so you are bound to be a bit rusty,a lot of the games were tight, but I managed to pull through, Good luck for the rest of your games"  -- Keith
Reveal CommentKeith Roberts bt Howard McCain (Aug 23) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyed the game with Howard as always, Howard started the 2nd set well, but I managed to hold out and get over the line, Good luck for the rest of your matches Howard"  -- Keith
Reveal CommentKeith Roberts bt Neil Kirtley (Aug 14) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A Cracking game with Neil, scoreline doesn't reflect the match, 1st set was very close, I went into a 3-0 lead, then Neil pulled one back, the next game was really close, but i managed to hold on, or Neil was right back on it, Really enjoyable Match, Thanks Neil and Good Luck in the rest of your Games!!"  -- Keith


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

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) 

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)