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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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Collapse AllSwindon Singles - Round 27 | Thursday 4 April 2019 to Wednesday 29 May 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 1 May 2019)

An terrific turnout in Swindon for this spring round with more than 70% of matches played throughout the three groups. Thanks for all your efforts to get on court and we hope you enjoyed it - here's to more of the same next time!

Group Summary:

Gianni and Nicholas recorded an impressive five wins each to make it a two horse race for the number one spot. Crucially for Gianni "everything seemed to go right" for him in their head to head and this saw him secure the victory he needed once again top the podium. Kudos to Alvaro for also playing every match.

Final Rankings:

  1. Gianni Gray 7.2 [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Nicholas Newton [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Alvaro Tanarro [W3, L2, UF1] 7
  4. Stefano Pigliapoco 8.2 [W2, L3] 4
  5. Carlo Lorusso 8.2 [W1, L3, UF1] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Ricardo Pizarro [L2] 2
  7. Tom Bartram 9.2 [L5]

Match Results:

Carlo Lorusso bt Tom Bartram (May 29) 6-4, 6-2
Alvaro Tanarro v Carlo Lorusso (May 28) 6-2 TBC
Reveal CommentNicholas Newton bt Tom Bartram (May 23) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely evening weather for the match. Tom's consistency wasn't there this time, but I hope it will come back for future matches."  -- Nicholas
Alvaro Tanarro bt Ricardo Pizarro (May 23) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
Nicholas Newton bt Alvaro Tanarro (May 18) 6-3, 6-2
Alvaro Tanarro bt Tom Bartram (May 17) 6-1, 6-3
Alvaro Tanarro bt Stefano Pigliapoco (May 14) 6-2, 7-5
Reveal CommentGianni Gray bt Tom Bartram (May 12) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Match played in perfect conditions. Tom has a nice serve and likes to hit the ball. We played some good tennis with some nice rallies."  -- Gianni
Reveal CommentNicholas Newton bt Stefano Pigliapoco (May 11) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you to Stefano for coming to Swindon for the match. It was all decided in a very close first set, in which we had our usual long rallies and deuce games. Once I came through that I think Stefano let the 2nd set go, especially as the breezy conditions weren't great."  -- Nicholas
Reveal CommentGianni Gray bt Stefano Pigliapoco (May 7) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Match started fairly comfortable for me taking a 3-0 lead. Maybe I relaxed a bit too much, but Stefano piled on the pressure and we fought hard for every point, the set finishing 6-3. Second set started very close reaching 3-3 with some tight games. Then managed to take the last 3 games. "  -- Gianni
Stefano Pigliapoco bt Tom Bartram (May 3) 6-3, 6-1
Reveal CommentGianni Gray bt Alvaro Tanarro (Apr 24) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Alvaro likes to play his shots and hit some nice cross court forehand shots. Alvaro gained in confidence and consistency as the match progressed and made me work hard for most of the points towards the end."  -- Gianni
Reveal CommentGianni Gray bt Nicholas Newton (Apr 22) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Not our normal type of match, with long rallies and tight games. Everything seemed to go right for me today and playing on my 'home' court probably helped as well."  -- Gianni
Reveal CommentGianni Gray bt Carlo Lorusso (Apr 20) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Match played in perfect weather conditions. Carlo gave me a lot of free points unfortunately."  -- Gianni

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentNicholas Newton bt Ricardo Pizarro (Apr 19) 6-2, 5-7, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Very tough match, but enjoyable rallies."  -- Nicholas
Reveal CommentNicholas Newton bt Carlo Lorusso (Apr 13) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Carlo had a tough day today, but I wish him luck in his remaining matches."  -- Nicholas
Stefano Pigliapoco bt Carlo Lorusso (Apr 9) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)

Group Summary:

Alastair played every match and earned his bonus points to leave nothing to chance in the race for top spot. This proved to be a recipe for success as he picked up a fantastic five wins to boost his total into the lead. Iryada takes the bragging rights for defeating the new champ and she carried on this strong form throughout the round to notch up three further wins and become the runner up.

Final Rankings:

  1. Alastair Kirk 9.1 [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Iryada Ashmore [W4, L1] 8 RUNNER UP
  3. Patrick Zebedee 9.1 [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Carlos Tavares [W2, L4] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Nigel Hopkins 8.2 [W2, L3] 6
  6. Livio Pavone [W1, L1] 2
  7. Andy Miller [L5]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAlastair Kirk bt Nigel Hopkins (May 28) 1-6, 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "As always it was good to play with Nigel and we always have a friendly but competitive contest. The first set was won convincingly by Nigel. I went two games without winning a point followed by what seemed like a marathon deuce game at 4-1 which Nigel won before taking the set. The second I managed to find renewed confidence to win 6-0 and maintained momentum to take the third set likewise. Thanks Nigel again for the match."  -- Alastair
Alastair Kirk bt Livio Pavone (May 24) Walkover
Iryada Ashmore bt Nigel Hopkins (May 19) 6-2, 6-0
Reveal CommentPatrick Zebedee bt Andy Miller (May 17) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match, with some good rallies and several deuces. Andy hit some good, flat ground strokes which were tricky to deal with, and some nice serves, but I think I was just a bit more consistent. Hope to see you in a future round, Andy. "  -- Patrick
Carlos Tavares bt Andy Miller (May 16) 6-1, 7-5
Reveal CommentNigel Hopkins bt Carlos Tavares (May 10) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A fine match. Carlos played some excellent tennis. I broke Carlos’ serve in the first set but then every game went with serve. The second set flipped at first and neither of us seemed to be able to win our service games. At 3-2 I found a bit of form and Carlos (which was out of character) hit a few double faults. A thoroughly enjoyable game and I look forward to a rematch. "  -- Nigel
Iryada Ashmore bt Alastair Kirk (May 7) 6-2, 6-2
Livio Pavone bt Carlos Tavares (May 4) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
Iryada Ashmore bt Patrick Zebedee (May 3) 7-6, 6-0
Reveal CommentNigel Hopkins bt Andy Miller (May 3) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable and close match! Andy played some gtreat tennis, especially some of his serves and drop shots. I look forward to another match."  -- Nigel
Reveal CommentAlastair Kirk bt Patrick Zebedee (Apr 30) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Another enjoyable match with Patrick. Scoreline doesn't truly reflect the closeness with plenty of good rallies and several games going to deuce. Looking forward to our next encounter."  -- Alastair
Carlos Tavares bt Iryada Ashmore (Apr 24) 6-1, 6-3
Reveal CommentAlastair Kirk bt Andy Miller (Apr 24) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good to meet and play Andy for first occasion. The match was closer than scoreline suggests with several games going to deuce. I look forward to our next encounter."  -- Alastair

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentPatrick Zebedee bt Nigel Hopkins (Apr 19) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A close, and very enjoyable early morning match After a pretty even first set, Nigel raised his level, and mine dropped in the second, and I was lucky to avoid a bagel. Then roles reversed as I took a 5-0 lead in the third, before they reversed again, with Nigel almost staging a glorious comeback. Thanks, Nigel, and good luck with your other matches!"  -- Patrick
Reveal CommentPatrick Zebedee bt Carlos Tavares (Apr 17) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A close match that ebbed and flowed between us, with some good, long rallies. Carlos hit some great forehand winners and lobs to take the second set, but I was able to keep the ball away from his strengths in the first and third, so edged it. Thanks Carlos, and good luck for your other matches!"  -- Patrick
Iryada Ashmore bt Andy Miller (Apr 17) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentAlastair Kirk bt Carlos Tavares (Apr 15) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "This match was played over two evenings due to bad light preventing us from starting the second set. Both sets were very tight, but I managed to get past the post in both, the first time I have won after a number of attempts against Carlos. As always it was an enjoyable and well-spirited match and Carlos is always very encouraging. I look forward to our next one. "  -- Alastair

Group Summary:

Joseph "scrambled" his way to a slim victory over Patrick, picked up a point from a "really close" defeat to Tony and secured three more straightforward wins to put himself in pole position - well played. Tony had his three match winning streak ended by Andrew in the last match of the round but this was still enough for him to comfortably take the silver.

Final Rankings:

  1. Joseph Murphy 9.1 [W4, L1] 9 WINNER
  2. Tony Wilson 9.1 [W3, L1] 7 RUNNER UP
  3. Patrick Scott [W2, L1] 5
  4. Andrew Armitage [W2, L2] 5
  5. Catriona Carver [L2]
  6. Charlotte Phelps 10.1 [L4]
  7. Gordon Heywood 9.2

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAndrew Armitage bt Tony Wilson (May 28) 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), [10-7]

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with Tony. I got a big lead in the first set before Tony got going. In the second Tony got a big lead, I managed to get back into the set, but lost the tie break. It was getting dark and the lights we're out of action so we played a tie break for the decider, which I just managed to edge. Great game. "  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentTony Wilson bt Catriona Carver (May 24) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Catriona. Always a pleasure."  -- Tony
Reveal CommentJoseph Murphy bt Andrew Armitage (May 21) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A good competitve match with Andy who deserved more games as many of them went to multiple deuces. Thanks Andy."  -- Joseph
Reveal CommentPatrick Scott bt Charlotte Phelps (May 15) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Charlotte. Nice to catch up with you again !"  -- Patrick
Reveal CommentTony Wilson bt Charlotte Phelps (May 12) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A good game with Charlotte hitting some fierce cross court shots which had me stranded. Just not consistent enough, thankfully for me. Well played Charlotte. Good luck in your remaining games."  -- Tony
Reveal CommentJoseph Murphy bt Catriona Carver (May 10) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match played in good spirits. It was Catriona's first game for a while, so initially she was a little bit rusty but she kept fighting and we had some good rallies and fun points. Thanks Catriona."  -- Joseph

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentTony Wilson bt Joseph Murphy (May 5) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Another really close match against Joe at St Marks lasting just short of 3 hours. Loads of long rallies with Joe returning consistently throughout and playing some deft drop shots which had me stranded. All three sets were close and could have gone either way. Well played Joe, thanks for yet another great match."  -- Tony
Reveal CommentJoseph Murphy bt Patrick Scott (May 1) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A really close match with Patrick at St. Mark's. Lots of long deuce games, breaks and break-backs. Patrick was producing some great shots, clinically slicing or drop-shotting at any short ball opportunity. After nearly 3 hours, I somehow scrambled my way to a slim victory in the 3rd, but this was definitely a match which could have gone either way. Well played Patrick. Looking forward to our next one!"  -- Joseph
Reveal CommentAndrew Armitage bt Charlotte Phelps (Apr 26) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A wet day, hoping for the sun but it never came. Despite the weather we had a great time playing tennis. Some good shots, some unusual shots being played at times. Thanks for the match Charlotte, good luck the remaining games."  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentPatrick Scott bt Andrew Armitage (Apr 16) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Andy raced through the first set. Match went the other way in the second set. Final set very tight. Thanks Andy for a very enjoyable match !"  -- Patrick
Reveal CommentJoseph Murphy bt Charlotte Phelps (Apr 12) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A good match with plenty of competitive games and good rallies which belie the scoreline. Thanks Charlotte!"  -- Joseph

Results

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The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches for Swindon.

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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