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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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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
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Other Venues

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
Tel: 0191 520 5550
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Collapse AllSunderland Singles - Round 16 | Thursday 19 September 2019 to Wednesday 13 November 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 16 October 2019)

And that's our Sunderland tennis done and dusted for the year. Thank you so much for your commitment to the format and we hope to see you again in 2020. The new round starts in January. Until then, all the best for Christmas and the holidays. Have a great time!

Group Summary:

Three nice matches played in a smaller than usual group, so if that leaves us, Oliver Twist like, asking for more, we applaud the tennis that was played. Peter got the best of it, winning both his matches and the group.

Final Rankings:

  1. Peter Toase 8.1 [W2] 4 WINNER
  2. Stephen Pollard [W1, L1] 2 RUNNER UP
  3. Tom Winter [L1] 1
  4. Paul Binding [L1] 1
  5. Olga Glanville

Match Results:

Reveal CommentStephen Pollard bt Paul Binding (Nov 6) 3-6, 6-3, [10-8]

Player Comments:

  • "Very competitive and enjoyable match with some great rallies. Look forward to our next match. "  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentPeter Toase bt Stephen Pollard (Oct 15) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Stephen played very well in the first set and most games were very close. In the second set I did not make as many mistakes as Stephen and won this set fairly easy. Plenty of good shots and looking forward to another game with Stephen."  -- Peter

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentPeter Toase bt Tom Winter (Oct 6) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "This was a very hard and close game and service breaks were at a minimum. Tom's game is improving all the time and I was pleased to win this one."  -- Peter

Group Summary:

Again great matches but too many left unplayed! Alin just edges the group win thanks to the set he won off Scott in their exciting three-setter.

Final Rankings:

  1. Alin Gavriloae [W1, L1] 3 WINNER
  2. Scott Lishman [W1] 2 RUNNER UP
  3. Manu Rangar [L1] 1
  4. Howard McCain
  5. Nicola Gardner

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAlin Gavriloae bt Manu Rangar (Oct 8) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great match, we had a very good time o court, first two sets we went head to head and we had to stop due to being very late. We played third set today and went my way. Manu has great shots and I enjoyed playing against him. Can't wait for our next match."  -- Alin

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentScott Lishman bt Alin Gavriloae (Sep 27) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet and play Alin tonight. It was a really though match with the first set going the way of Alin, but I managed to dig in and battle through the 2nd and 3rd. Good luck for the rest of your matches Alin! "  -- Scott


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)