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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.

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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 17 | Thursday 23 January 2020 to Wednesday 18 March 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 19 February 2020)

A fantastic round in Sunderland with just 4 matches not played or 86% of all possible matches completed! Well done all and many thanks for the commitment, commentaries and great tennis.

Group Summary:

Small but almost perfectly formed! That was this round in Sunderland. Almost every match was played and every single player got bonus points! To pick out some highlights: the first set between Don and Monir which took 90 minutes; the battle between Scott and Luke where Scott had to save break points on every service game; and the topsy turvy game between Peter and Alin where errors from one or other kept giving the other player a chance. At the final count, Warren won the group, winning 6 matches out of 6 - congratulations - and Peter was unner up. Well played all.

Final Rankings:

  1. Warren Broadbent 7.1 [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Peter Toase 8.1 [W6, L1] 14 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Alin Gavriloae [W4, L2] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Don Carter 10.2 [W2, L4, UF1] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Scott Lishman [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Monir Ahmed 8.2 [W2, L5] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Damian Jones [W1, L2, UF1] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Luke Garbutt 9.2 [L6] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Peter Toase bt Luke Garbutt (Mar 18) 6-0, 6-0
Monir Ahmed bt Scott Lishman (Mar 17) Walkover

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentScott Lishman bt Don Carter (Mar 16) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "What a match, very gruelling! I came out on top today but this match could of gone either way. Don played great and it was a great fight. Looking forward to a rematch "  -- Scott
Reveal CommentAlin Gavriloae bt Don Carter (Mar 16) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great meeting and playing against Don."  -- Alin
Reveal CommentDon Carter v Damian Jones (Mar 11) 3-6, 6-1 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable game against Damian which sadly we were not able to complete due to lack of court time. Don"  -- Don
Reveal CommentDon Carter bt Monir Ahmed (Mar 10) 7-6 (7-5), 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A great game against Monir. The first set took 90 minutes to complete and could have gone either way. The second set was closer than the score suggests. I look forward to a re match."  -- Don
Reveal CommentWarren Broadbent bt Peter Toase (Mar 6) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Peter was clearly carrying a knock during but full credit to him for not only playing the game but putting up a fantastic fight in the second set. Some vintage back hand slice shots that had me in trouble. Pleased to get off court with the win!"  -- Warren
Peter Toase bt Monir Ahmed (Mar 4) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentAlin Gavriloae bt Monir Ahmed (Mar 3) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Nice match, against Monir. Very competitive, always getting the ball back. A good effort for both of us. "  -- Alin
Reveal CommentPeter Toase bt Don Carter (Feb 18) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good to be playing Don again after a break of more than 12 months. His game improved as the game developed. I am sure that he will improve with more games under his belt. Good Luck Don!!"  -- Peter
Reveal CommentAlin Gavriloae bt Scott Lishman (Feb 17) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game tonight against Scott, always a good fight on court. I thoroughly enjoyed playing our match. Looking forward to see Scott again on court."  -- Alin
Reveal CommentScott Lishman bt Luke Garbutt (Feb 14) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet and play Luke today. First set was a good battle, I had to save break points on every service game. The first set could of gone either way. The second set went more my way. Good look for your remaining matches and I’m looking forward to a rematch!"  -- Scott
Reveal CommentPeter Toase bt Alin Gavriloae (Feb 11) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Alin proved to be a formidable opponent today. The 1st set was competitive in every game but I managed to get the upper hand in clinching the 1st set. Alin started very well in the 2nd set, I made too many mistakes and he went into a 3-0 lead. Alin then made too many errors and I went 4-3 ahead but we then were equal up to 6-6 and then played the tie break. I then managed to scrape the 2nd set 7-6 winning 7-5 in the tiebreaker."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentWarren Broadbent bt Don Carter (Feb 10) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Was great to see Don back on a tennis court again. A good game with some good rallies. Sure Don will get back to where he was previously quickly now he is back playing. "  -- Warren
Reveal CommentPeter Toase bt Damian Jones (Feb 10) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good game played with Damian. I am sure he will improve with more games played and errors will no doubt reduce. The first set was pretty even but I managed to hit the important points and the 1st set result did not reflect the close games played. The second set was much closer but I managed to gain control at 4-3 up and broke serve."  -- Peter
Monir Ahmed bt Luke Garbutt (Feb 7) 7-5, 6-1
Reveal CommentDon Carter bt Luke Garbutt (Feb 7) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent game. We had a great first set that could have gone either way. Luke made more unforced errors than me in he second set. I'm looking forward to a re-match. Don "  -- Don
Reveal CommentAlin Gavriloae bt Luke Garbutt (Feb 4) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match against Luke, we both hit some nice shots. It went my way this time, but hopefully we'll play again. Cheers mate."  -- Alin
Reveal CommentWarren Broadbent bt Damian Jones (Feb 4) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good to meet and play Damian. He reminds me very much of myself when I returned to tennis. Plenty of raw talent but just needs more practice and games. Good luck in the remainder of your games Damian!"  -- Warren
Reveal CommentWarren Broadbent bt Monir Ahmed (Feb 3) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good to meet Monir, stick in and keep playing and you will improve quickly. "  -- Warren
Reveal CommentWarren Broadbent bt Luke Garbutt (Jan 31) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely to meet Luke who is coming back to tennis. From the start of the game the longer it went on the better Luke played. Stick in Luke!"  -- Warren
Reveal CommentWarren Broadbent bt Alin Gavriloae (Jan 29) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Scoreline is a bit miss-leading. Alin has a good serve and great backhand cross court. I was just very consistent not giving him any cheap points. With regular game time Alin would be a real threat."  -- Warren
Reveal CommentPeter Toase bt Scott Lishman (Jan 28) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very good game and Scott played very well. He has improved from our last game in 2019 and I am sure he will improve further as he plays more games."  -- Peter
Damian Jones bt Monir Ahmed (Jan 28) 6-3, 7-5


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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) 

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)