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Collapse AllSwindon Singles - Round 32 | Thursday 18 June 2020 to Wednesday 12 August 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 15 July 2020)

It was great to have 3 groups again in this round of Swindon Tennis League to mark our return to action post-lockdown and to welcome 4 new players to the league! Collectively nearly two thirds of all possible matches were played which is a good effort and judging from the commentaries and scorelines you all enjoyed getting back on court to play friendly, competitive tennis once more. Keep up the good work in the next round!

Group Summary:

Congratulations to Gianni for topping Group 1 in style with 6 straight sets wins and no defeats to finish 2 points clear of runner up Daniel and third placed Nicholas. Daniel and Nicholas were tied on 12 points with 5 wins apiece so third place came down to their head to head which Daniel won in "windy conditions". The group's only 3 set match was won by Livio despite Iryada's "point accurate shots" while Iryada just fell short of taking Daniel to a third set.

Final Rankings:

  1. Gianni Gray 7.2 [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Daniel Lamport 7.1 [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Nicholas Newton [W5, L2] 12 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Livio Pavone [W4, L3] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Iryada Ashmore [W2, L4] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Abhiram Mokasdar [W1, L5] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Ricardo Pizarro [W1] 2
  8. Carlo Lorusso 8.2 [L5] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  9. Michael McNeilage [L5]

Match Results:

Abhiram Mokasdar bt Carlo Lorusso (Aug 8) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentDaniel Lamport bt Michael McNeilage (Aug 5) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A thoroughly enjoyable match. Many games went to deuce and michael hit some excellent winners from both wings, especially in the first set. Good tennis! "  -- Daniel
Livio Pavone bt Michael McNeilage (Jul 28) 6-0, 6-2

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentLivio Pavone bt Iryada Ashmore (Jul 26) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Strong technical player Iryada won many points with point accurate shots. Enjoyable match with some ups and downs"  -- Livio
Livio Pavone bt Abhiram Mokasdar (Jul 26) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentNicholas Newton bt Livio Pavone (Jul 25) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Always an enjoyable match with Livio."  -- Nicholas
Gianni Gray bt Michael McNeilage (Jul 19) 6-0, 6-0
Gianni Gray bt Abhiram Mokasdar (Jul 19) 6-2, 6-0
Iryada Ashmore bt Carlo Lorusso (Jul 18) 6-3, 6-2
Livio Pavone bt Carlo Lorusso (Jul 15) 6-2, 6-0
Reveal CommentNicholas Newton bt Iryada Ashmore (Jul 15) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable match with Iryada, I think I was quite fortunate to win both sets. Lots of good attacking rallies and winners."  -- Nicholas
Reveal CommentNicholas Newton bt Michael McNeilage (Jul 14) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "It was nice to meet Michael and I enjoyed the tennis. He wasn't moving 100% which made the scoreline flatter me a bit. Look forward to next time."  -- Nicholas
Reveal CommentIryada Ashmore bt Michael McNeilage (Jul 14) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "First time playing in a league. A totally different ball game. Loved the experience and Iryada was an absolute delight to play against. "  -- Michael
Nicholas Newton bt Carlo Lorusso (Jul 12) 6-3, 6-3
Nicholas Newton bt Abhiram Mokasdar (Jul 11) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentDaniel Lamport bt Abhiram Mokasdar (Jul 5) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The score doesn’t really reflect this one with lots of games going to deuce. Abhiram’s serve was a little too inconsistent today, but when it was in, he won most of the points. Good to meet Abhiram, a nice guy. "  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentDaniel Lamport bt Iryada Ashmore (Jul 4) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A great match with Iryada who has some really excellent shots from both wings. Iryada really got going in the second set when from 2 games down she won 5 straight games by hitting numerous winners. Luckily I managed to dig in and fight back to take the set as Iryada’s level dropped a little. Good tennis, always a pleasure playing with Iryada. "  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentDaniel Lamport bt Livio Pavone (Jul 1) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match with Livio who hits a nice topspin ball. Some good rallies throughout. Fun tennis "  -- Daniel
Gianni Gray bt Nicholas Newton (Jul 1) 6-0, 6-0
Gianni Gray bt Carlo Lorusso (Jun 28) 6-2, 6-2
Gianni Gray bt Livio Pavone (Jun 26) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentDaniel Lamport bt Nicholas Newton (Jun 22) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Windy conditions made this a little challenging for playing decent rallies. I managed to cope with the conditions a little better than nick today. I suspect it’ll be much closer next time, always enjoyable playing nick though. "  -- Daniel
Ricardo Pizarro bt Abhiram Mokasdar (Jun 20) 6-3, 6-4
Gianni Gray bt Iryada Ashmore (Jun 20) 6-3, 6-1

Group Summary:

There was a 4 point cushion between group winner Vasco and runner up Jacob thanks to Vasco winning 6 matches without dropping a set. Jacob and third placed Carlos had strong rounds too recording 4 wins each and their head to head was "very close and some great points" with Jacob holding his nerve to edge the second set tiebreak to secure the win. Carlos showed great fighting spirit to come through 3 close matches against Tony, Charanya and Dmitry to show he's a force to be reckoned with.

Final Rankings:

  1. Vasco Silva [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Jacob Hirsch-Holland [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Carlos Tavares [W4, L2] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Charanya Crome 9.2 [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Tony Wilson 8.2 [W1, L4] 3
  6. Dmitry Ivanov [L4] 1
  7. Jason Lewis [L2]
  8. Andy Miller 8.2

Match Results:

Reveal CommentJacob Hirsch-Holland bt Tony Wilson (Aug 11) 5-4 Tony Wilson Retired

Player Comments:

  • "Real shame that Tony had to concede, especially after a 0-3 comeback to 3-3, but unfortunately his back had other ideas! Was really great tennis up to that point with long rallies and nice finishes. Looking forward to playing Tony again one day."  -- Jacob
Reveal CommentCharanya Crome bt Tony Wilson (Aug 9) 2-6, 7-5, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Really good match, lots of great rallies and deuces games but the heat was intense. Pleasure to meet Tony and look forward to playing again in cooler conditions."  -- Charanya
Jacob Hirsch-Holland bt Dmitry Ivanov (Aug 9) 6-2, 6-2
Vasco Silva bt Dmitry Ivanov (Aug 8) 6-0, 6-0
Tony Wilson bt Dmitry Ivanov (Aug 7) 6-2, 7-5
Carlos Tavares bt Tony Wilson (Jul 29) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
Vasco Silva bt Tony Wilson (Jul 14) 6-4, 6-2
Reveal CommentJacob Hirsch-Holland bt Charanya Crome (Jul 11) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable tennis. Charanya's game really allowed me to play my best. We had some great rallies and and super fun points, especially in the second set. I didn't want the game to end and am looking forward to the next time we play! Thanks Charanya. "  -- Jacob
Reveal CommentJacob Hirsch-Holland bt Carlos Tavares (Jul 10) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match. Very close and some great points. Could have gone either way."  -- Jacob
Vasco Silva bt Jason Lewis (Jul 6) 6-3, 6-3
Vasco Silva bt Charanya Crome (Jul 6) 6-0, 6-2
Vasco Silva bt Carlos Tavares (Jul 4) 6-3, 6-4
Vasco Silva bt Jacob Hirsch-Holland (Jul 3) 6-4, 6-4
Carlos Tavares bt Jason Lewis (Jul 1) 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentCarlos Tavares bt Charanya Crome (Jun 30) 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • "I enjoyed playing with Charanya.It was a very competitive game. Good luck for the next games."  -- Carlos

Match of the Group:

Carlos Tavares bt Dmitry Ivanov (Jun 21) 5-7, 6-4, 6-0

Group Summary:

It was a 2 horse race at the top of Group 3 with Patrick and Alastair both winning 5 matches and losing one so it was very close, however Patrick earned an extra point by winning a set in the match he lost to Graham to see him take the title. Their head to head was a "really good, close match" including some "rapid net exchanges". In fact there were several closely contested 2 setters in this group that could easily have gone to 3... well played!

Final Rankings:

  1. Patrick Zebedee 9.1 [W5, L1] 13 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Alastair Kirk 9.1 [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Joseph Murphy 9.1 [W3, L2] 6
  4. Paul Stevens [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Charlotte Phelps 10.1 [W1, L4] 2
  6. Graham Fletcher 10.2 [W1, L1] 2
  7. Ben Williams [L5]
  8. Gordon Heywood 9.2

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Graham Fletcher bt Patrick Zebedee (Aug 11) 6-1, 4-6, [10-3]
Reveal CommentAlastair Kirk bt Charlotte Phelps (Aug 10) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable, friendly match of tennis played in very intense heat on a humid evening. Thanks for the game, Charlotte."  -- Alastair
Reveal CommentPatrick Zebedee bt Joseph Murphy (Aug 3) 7-6 (7-4), 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A long, tight two-setter, every bit as close as the score suggests. Neither of us started well - it wasn’t until the second set that we started to hold serve more regularly - but there were lots of long rallies and deuces, both of us managing to get a racket on shots that our opponent probably hoped were winners. In the end, I won a couple of points at the right time to scrape home"  -- Patrick
Reveal CommentPaul Stevens bt Ben Williams (Aug 2) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The scoreline doesn't reflect the closeness of the match. Plenty of deuce games and some good rallies. Looking forward to the next match. "  -- Paul
Patrick Zebedee bt Ben Williams (Aug 1) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentJoseph Murphy bt Charlotte Phelps (Aug 1) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "It was great to meet-up with Charlotte again. It was an enjoyable match with some really good rallies where Charlotte gave me the runaround! Thanks Charlotte."  -- Joseph
Reveal CommentAlastair Kirk bt Joseph Murphy (Jul 29) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match with Joe. Despite the breezy conditions that affected us both at different times, we still managed to maintain some long, enduring rallies, pushing one another to keep the play alive whilst negotiating with the wind. Thanks for the match and I look forward to playing Joe again."  -- Alastair
Reveal CommentCharlotte Phelps bt Ben Williams (Jul 28) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Finally the weather was in our favour! Thank you for a nice game."  -- Charlotte
Reveal CommentJoseph Murphy bt Paul Stevens (Jul 21) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "This was a close match with lots of long games and breaks of serve. A good run around for both of us. Thanks Paul."  -- Joseph
Reveal CommentJoseph Murphy bt Ben Williams (Jul 18) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match with Ben with some good rallies and close games. Thanks Ben."  -- Joseph
Reveal CommentPatrick Zebedee bt Alastair Kirk (Jul 15) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A really good, close match. We only just got the two sets done in two hours. There were lots of good rallies - Alastair managed to get a racket onto lots of shots I hoped were winners, and had the better of some rapid net exchanges, and we both managed some pretty good lobs, despite both being tall. Looking forward to the next one!"  -- Patrick
Reveal CommentAlastair Kirk bt Graham Fletcher (Jul 14) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Graham and I enjoyed a very energetic match which was closely contested. Despite me taking an early 3-0 lead, Graham came back to take the lead 4-3. In the end the set swung my way finishing 7-5. The second set was equally close. This time I managed somehow to hold my lead and it finished 6-3. Thanks for the match Graham, I look forward to future matches."  -- Alastair
Reveal CommentAlastair Kirk bt Paul Stevens (Jul 13) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Was good to meet Paul and we had an enjoyable match, despite the damp conditions. This was a really close match with almost every game of the first set going to deuce and eventually leading to a tight tie break which finished 7-5. The second set started with possibly one of the longest games I have ever played. We moved through the rest of the second set slightly quicker, but the 6-1 score no way reflected the closeness of the set with both of us pushing the other with some good rallies. I look forward to playing Paul again in the future."  -- Alastair
Alastair Kirk bt Ben Williams (Jul 9) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentPatrick Zebedee bt Paul Stevens (Jul 1) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "It was nice to meet Paul for a friendly match. We would both probably have preferred to have made a few less errors, but it was competitive, with a few games going through multiple deuces. Good luck with your remaining matches, Paul, and hope to play again soon!"  -- Patrick
Reveal CommentPatrick Zebedee bt Charlotte Phelps (Jun 29) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A pleasure to meet Charlotte, for a match played in really good spirit. As can be the way in tennis, the score line flatters me by glossing over the several deuces. Good luck with your remaining matches, Charlotte!"  -- Patrick
Reveal CommentPaul Stevens bt Charlotte Phelps (Jun 22) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "It was great to meet Charlotte and to get back to playing tennis. The conditions were a little challenging with gusty winds blowing, but we were determined not to let that put us off. Good luck with the rest of your matches, Charlotte, and hope to play you again. "  -- Paul