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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.

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Sunderland Tennis Centre

Silksworth Lane, Sunderland, Durham and Cleveland, SR3 1PD
Tel: 03330 050152
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Barnes Park

Barnes Park Road, Sunderland, Durham and Cleveland, SR4 7PY
Tel: 0191 520 5550
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Roker Park

Roker Park Road, Sunderland, Durham and Cleveland, SR6 9NB
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Collapse AllSunderland Singles - Round 14 | Thursday 18 April 2019 to Wednesday 12 June 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 15 May 2019)

Current Rankings:

  1. Warren Broadbent 8.1 [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Peter Toase 8.1 [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Tom Winter [W4, L2] 11 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Col Macpherson [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Scott Lishman [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Howard McCain [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Tony Watson [L6] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentTom Winter bt Scott Lishman (Jun 5) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet and play Scott this evening. We have quite a similar style of play and the first set was well contested with lots of close games but I managed to take the set 6-3. The second set was a bit more comfortable and I was pretty consistent throughout, not giving many points away. Scott hit some fantastic shots in the match and with a bit more consistency it would have been a closer score."  -- Tom
Reveal CommentHoward McCain bt Col Macpherson (Jun 5) 7-5, 7-6

Player Comments:

  • "2 hour epic encounter where I was behind 5-2 in the first and 5-1 in the second against Colin who has the biggest serve in the World. I managed to hack a few lucky squash shots and edged it but equally Colin could have won 6-2, 6-3 for example. Very nice to meet Colin, a real gentleman and a better tennis player than me. "  -- Howard
Reveal CommentScott Lishman bt Howard McCain (Jun 3) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great match against Howard today. The first set was a lot tighter than the score line suggests with a lot of the games going to deuce. There was some great rallies and Howard changed things up a lot with a few drop shots and serve and volleys which kept me guessing. Overall we both played really well, a really fun enjoyable match. Best of luck for your last match Howard."  -- Scott
Reveal CommentTom Winter bt Tony Watson (Jun 3) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good to meet and play Tony today in what was an enjoyable match with plenty of long rallies and tight games that could have gone either way, particularly in the first set. Tony hit some great winners and drop shots and I’ll look forward to playing him again in the future."  -- Tom
Reveal CommentWarren Broadbent bt Peter Toase (May 31) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "As always matches between us are close. I really well first set. Second set was a high quality topsy turvy account. I was 2 nil up then 2 - 2, 4 - 2 up then 4 - 4. Peter was leading 30 love on his serve and I then managed to play some fantastic points to pinch the game and just hold my serve for the match. Some fantastic rallies and Peter's slice deep to my back hand drives me mad it is that good. All in all a fantastic advert for Local Leagues tennis."  -- Warren
Reveal CommentPeter Toase bt Col Macpherson (May 24) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Col played a good service game but made too many mistakes during the rallies. Look forward to playing him again in future league games."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentHoward McCain bt Tony Watson (May 20) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good competitive game. I edged the first at 4/4 and the 2nd was closer than the score suggests. Tony getting stronger every time we play. Good fair spirit throughout."  -- Howard
Reveal CommentScott Lishman bt Tony Watson (May 15) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A great enjoyable match today against Tony. The first set was really close with a lot of games going to deuce and some extremely long rallies but managed to win 6-2. Second set went a bit quicker but tony played some really great shots with some amazing angles. The second set was also 6-2. Best of luck for the future Tony !! "  -- Scott
Reveal CommentTom Winter bt Col Macpherson (May 15) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "First time playing against Col and he started and ended the match well but quite a few games went my way quickly in-between. Col has a very powerful serve but unfortunately for him it wasn’t consistent enough today and he gave me too many cheap points via unforced errors which led to a comfortable score line in the end."  -- Tom
Reveal CommentCol Macpherson bt Scott Lishman (May 14) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game with Scott, who was a real gent on court. He has some very strong, aggressive ground strokes and his serve is not far away from being another influential shot. There were a lot of deuce games, especially a marathon one at 3-3 in the second set which could have gone either way. We also both managed to survive the distraction of being filmed by BBC Look North! Hopefully games like today with lots of good rallies will help Scott develop the consistency he is after. If it does he will make an even tougher opponent in the future. Thanks for a great match Scott."  -- Col
Reveal CommentCol Macpherson bt Tony Watson (May 12) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "This was the first time Tony and I had played one another and I think we both really enjoyed the match. Tony has some great shots and court awareness from his badminton and squash experience. We had some very good rallies, especially in the second set once we had a better measure of one another. But I served well today, particularly in the first set which gave me a bit of an edge early on and I was able to last out the rallies a bit better in the second set. Thanks Tony for the game and enjoy your trip to Madeira!"  -- Col
Peter Toase bt Howard McCain (May 11) 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentWarren Broadbent bt Howard McCain (May 10) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Pleasure to see Howard as always. Howard was a bit rusty and I played very well. That said, there were some very good rallies. Enjoy your trip to La Manga!"  -- Warren
Reveal CommentWarren Broadbent bt Col Macpherson (May 8) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Despite what the scoreline says it doesn't to Colin justice. He play some good shots but I made very few mistakes and served really well."  -- Warren
Reveal CommentPeter Toase bt Tom Winter (May 5) 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "The first set I went 3-0 ahead comfortably only for Tom to pull back to 3-2. I then won the next 3 games to finish the set 6-2. The 2nd set started as per the first and I went 5-1 ahead. The old legs then started to tire and Tom pulled back to 5-5. He even went 6-5 ahead but I managed to pull back to 6-6 . The tie breaker was pretty even but Tom managed to win it 8-6. A cracking game !! To be continued in a few weeks time."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentWarren Broadbent bt Scott Lishman (May 4) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable game against Scott. He certainly has some fantastic shots, as he said just needs to be more consistent. If Scott keeps playing on a regular basis I can see him becoming a force to be reckoned with in future leagues. "  -- Warren
Reveal CommentPeter Toase bt Tony Watson (May 1) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Tony is a veteran like myself and is keen to play competitive Tennis.. In the 1st set Tony had a few chances to get more games but unfortunately he made too many mistakes. The 2nd set was very similar and I managed to keep on top. Good luck in the future Tony."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentTom Winter bt Howard McCain (Apr 28) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very good, close game against Howard who was much more consistent than when we last played, the lead changed hands often throughout the first set and could have went either way but I just managed to win the tie-break 7-4. The second set largely followed suit up to 3-3 but thankfully I edged the last 3 games to take the match. Enjoyable, fair game with plenty of long rallies. Good luck for the rest of your matches and the trek across Montenegro in May. "  -- Tom
Reveal CommentWarren Broadbent bt Tony Watson (Apr 27) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good to meet Tony. He is just starting out on his tennis career, he played some good shots and you can tell he has previously played squash with his technique which will stand him in good stead going forward. despiet the shoreline I hope Tony enjoyed, I know I enjoyed it! Hope to see on the courts soon Tony!"  -- Warren
Reveal CommentWarren Broadbent bt Tom Winter (Apr 25) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "What a good game of tennis! Tom thought so hard and had a 3 - 1 advantage in the second set. I had fight tooth and nail to get the upper hand and victory. Tom has progressed so much since I first played him it is great to see. Either that or my old racket he used is magical LOL"  -- Warren
Reveal CommentPeter Toase bt Scott Lishman (Apr 25) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Scott has recently taken up Tennis and is very keen to develop his game. Certainly in the first Set he was ahead 30-0 in a few games but only managed to clinch the one game. In the second set I managed to read his game a bit better and won all 6 games but he had a few wonder shots which will certainly surprise other players going forward. Good Luck Scott. "  -- Peter


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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) 

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