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Collapse AllSwindon Singles - Round 33 | Thursday 27 August 2020 to Wednesday 21 October 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 23 September 2020)

This was an action packed round of Swindon Tennis League with lots of close and exciting scorelines and everything from gusty winds to adjacent fitness classes to contend with... so well done for keeping your focus and completing nearly two thirds of all possible matches! Thanks for taking part and we hope to see you back in the next round.

Group Summary:

Congratulations to Gianni for a successful defence of her Group 1 crown finishing in top spot again, although she was pushed all the way by runner up Nicholas. The pair both finished on 12 points from 5 wins however Gianni won their head to head to retain her title. Nicholas had to deal with "a game of heavy spin" against Matt and lots of deuces against Livio to win two close 3 setters.

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. Matt Holland [W2, L3, UF1] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Livio Pavone [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Vasco Silva [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Rishi Kumra [L2, UF1] 1
  7. Nigel Hopkins 8.2 [L2]
  8. Christopher Edwards 8.2 withdrawn
  9. Ricardo Pizarro

Match Results:

Reveal CommentNicholas Newton bt Nigel Hopkins (Oct 19) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match, thanks Nigel"  -- Nicholas
Gianni Gray bt Matt Holland (Oct 12) 6-1, 6-0
Nicholas Newton bt Vasco Silva (Oct 11) 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentMatt Holland bt Nigel Hopkins (Oct 7) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match. But a clash of styles, which favoured Nigel less than me. Still a good match, with many games closer than final score suggests. Thanks Nigel, for the game and for hosting me on such a nice indoor court."  -- Matt
Reveal CommentMatt Holland v Rishi Kumra (Oct 4) 6-4, 4-6 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Late afternoon, near the end of a rainy day when few others were out on the courts, Rishi and I were. We played two great sets. Really enjoyable tennis. But then bad light and damp courts prevented us playing a third set. Pity."  -- Matt
Nicholas Newton bt Rishi Kumra (Sep 26) Walkover
Reveal CommentMatt Holland bt Vasco Silva (Sep 20) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "It was hard work but a pleasure to play Vasco. He played the beautiful shots. Vasco has a really good attitude to tennis. Thanks for the game and good luck in next matches. Matt"  -- Matt
Gianni Gray bt Rishi Kumra (Sep 20) 6-1, 6-1
Livio Pavone bt Matt Holland (Sep 17) 6-3, 6-4
Gianni Gray bt Vasco Silva (Sep 13) 6-3, 6-0
Livio Pavone bt Vasco Silva (Sep 12) 6-4, 6-1
Gianni Gray bt Livio Pavone (Sep 11) 6-3, 6-2
Reveal CommentNicholas Newton bt Livio Pavone (Sep 6) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Livio for another good match. It's getting tougher to win each time. The final set score doesn't reflect the number of deuces there were."  -- Nicholas

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentNicholas Newton bt Matt Holland (Sep 2) 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very interesting to play Matt and deal with a game of heavy spin. It was a real battle. Looking forward to next time."  -- Nicholas
Gianni Gray bt Nicholas Newton (Aug 31) 6-0, 6-3

Group Summary:

There was a runaway winner at the top of Group 2 with Jacob recording a clean sweep of 7 match wins to open a 7 point lead over runner up Carlos. Jacob's toughest test was against Chris which was as much a tactical encounter as anything as both players had to "play and think hard to figure out each other's, as well as our own games", while our 'Match of the Group' was Peter's truly "epic" win against Alastair that went all the way to [13-11] in the third set tiebreak... what a match!

Final Rankings:

  1. Jacob Hirsch-Holland [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Carlos Tavares [W3, L4] 9 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Chris Stewart-Smith 8.2 [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Alastair Kirk 9.1 [W3, L3] 7
  5. Carlo Lorusso 8.2 [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Michael McNeilage [W2, L2] 4
  7. Peter Wilson 10.2 [W1, L5] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Uchenna Adimonye [L3]

Match Results:

Michael McNeilage bt Peter Wilson (Oct 22) 6-4, 6-1
Alastair Kirk bt Carlo Lorusso (Oct 20) Walkover

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentPeter Wilson bt Alastair Kirk (Oct 20) 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 7-6 (13-11)

Player Comments:

  • "Epic match that could have gone either way."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentAlastair Kirk bt Uchenna Adimonye (Oct 18) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The scoreline doesn't reflect the competitiveness of this match with several games going to deuce. Thanks for the match Uche and I look forward to next time."  -- Alastair
Michael McNeilage bt Alastair Kirk (Oct 15) 6-4, 6-4
Reveal CommentAlastair Kirk bt Carlos Tavares (Oct 11) 1-6, 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "As always it was an enjoyable and friendly match with Carlos. Lots of really exciting rallies - some of them exhausting! - with both of us pushing one another beyond our limits. This match was played over two days due to our 2 hour time limit running out at 4-4 in the third set after Carlos took the first set 6-1 and I took the second set 6-2. It wasn't easy for either of us to restart 24 hours later at such a pivotal moment in the match, but we both gave it a really good effort and after finishing 7-5 it felt like we had just played another whole set! Thanks Carlos for the match!"  -- Alastair
Reveal CommentJacob Hirsch-Holland bt Peter Wilson (Oct 9) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A fun game with lots of cross court sprints for heavy slice drop shots and some satisfying play at the net. Thanks for an enjoyable match Peter. Good luck with your others."  -- Jacob
Reveal CommentJacob Hirsch-Holland bt Alastair Kirk (Oct 8) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable game with Alastair. Some nice deep baseline rallies along with quirky drop shots. Look forward to the next one. Good luck in your next games Alastair! "  -- Jacob
Reveal CommentJacob Hirsch-Holland bt Carlo Lorusso (Sep 25) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "super frustrating windy conditions made this a struggle. Felt more like each of us was playing tennis with the wind rather than each other. Look forward to playing Carlo when we can hit proper balls. Thanks for getting through it Carlo. "  -- Jacob
Reveal CommentJacob Hirsch-Holland bt Carlos Tavares (Sep 24) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Another battle with Carlos in tough conditions - bright morning sun and strong cross wind. Many epic battles at deuce. Overall a very enjoyable and competitive game. Thanks Carlos."  -- Jacob
Carlo Lorusso bt Peter Wilson (Sep 22) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
Carlo Lorusso bt Carlos Tavares (Sep 20) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
Chris Stewart-Smith bt Carlo Lorusso (Sep 14) 6-1, 6-3
Reveal CommentCarlos Tavares bt Peter Wilson (Sep 14) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great afternoon to play tennis.Peter is a great player with a tennis game totally different from mine.I won because I was more consistent,but Peter's game caused a lot of wear on me.Good luck in the next games."  -- Carlos
Reveal CommentJacob Hirsch-Holland bt Chris Stewart-Smith (Sep 10) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Had a really fantastic game with Chris. Our styles met in a way that allowed some great rallies and a well fought battle. We both had to play and think hard to figure out each other's, as well as our own games. Really looking forward to the next time we play, when it could for sure go either way! Thanks Chris. "  -- Jacob
Reveal CommentCarlos Tavares bt Uchenna Adimonye (Sep 6) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A good day to play tennis. Uchenna is a fast player but needs to play more to be more consistent. I hope we play more often. Good luck in the next games."  -- Carlos
Chris Stewart-Smith bt Peter Wilson (Sep 5) 6-0, 6-2
Reveal CommentCarlos Tavares bt Michael McNeilage (Sep 3) 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Michael started the first set badly and the result shows that. The second set was more balanced so the result was 6-4. Good luck for the next games."  -- Carlos
Reveal CommentJacob Hirsch-Holland bt Michael McNeilage (Sep 1) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "As ever the numbers do not tell the whole story; we had some epic points and this was a tough win. When Michael wins a point he really wins a point! Some great play at the net and stunning passing shots made this an exciting match. Thanks a lot Michael. Good luck in your other matches. "  -- Jacob
Reveal CommentChris Stewart-Smith bt Carlos Tavares (Aug 30) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Some close games, and I know Carlos will win more as the league goes on. Best of luck next match. "  -- Chris
Reveal CommentJacob Hirsch-Holland bt Uchenna Adimonye (Aug 30) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "The score does not reflect how hard I had to try! A game of concentration and long rallies. Thanks Uchenna!"  -- Jacob

Group Summary:

Charanya notched up 5 wins out of 6 to top the table with a comfortable 2 point lead over Dmitry although kudos to Dmitry for winning their head to head in 2 close sets. Sadly Joseph had to retire in the opening set against Charanya when it was "shaping up to be a really close match" while Tony recorded a solid 3 set win against Bill.

Final Rankings:

  1. Charanya Crome 9.2 [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Dmitry Ivanov [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Tony Wilson 8.2 [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Charlotte Phelps 10.1 [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Bill Wescott [W1, L3] 3
  6. Joseph Murphy 9.1 [L1] withdrawn
  7. Ben Williams [L3]
  8. Gordon Heywood 9.2

Match Results:

Charanya Crome bt Ben Williams (Oct 16) 6-0, 6-1
Tony Wilson bt Bill Wescott (Oct 14) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
Dmitry Ivanov bt Bill Wescott (Oct 9) 6-1, 6-3
Reveal CommentCharanya Crome bt Joseph Murphy (Sep 26) 3-3 Joseph Murphy Retired

Player Comments:

  • "This was shaping up to be a really close match. Hope Joe recovers well and swiftly. Look forward to playing together again soon."  -- Charanya
Reveal CommentCharanya Crome bt Bill Wescott (Sep 25) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Challenging conditions with very gusty winds. Thank you for the game Bill!"  -- Charanya
Reveal CommentBill Wescott bt Charlotte Phelps (Sep 24) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Interruptedby heavy rain at start of second set, delayed for 25 minutes. In the games many close with long rallies."  -- Bill
Reveal CommentTony Wilson bt Charlotte Phelps (Sep 21) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Charlotte. A pleasure, as always."  -- Tony
Dmitry Ivanov bt Charlotte Phelps (Sep 18) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentCharanya Crome bt Tony Wilson (Sep 18) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Gusty winds and a fitness class on the next court made it quite challenging but we still managed to have a good game. I enjoyed playing on the artificial grass court, was a really good experience. Thanks for the game Tony!"  -- Charanya
Reveal CommentCharanya Crome bt Charlotte Phelps (Sep 16) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Perfect weather and a really enjoyable morning of tennis, Thanks for the game Charlotte!"  -- Charanya
Reveal CommentCharlotte Phelps bt Ben Williams (Sep 15) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Another nice day to be playing tennis! Thank you "  -- Charlotte
Dmitry Ivanov bt Ben Williams (Sep 13) 6-0, 6-1
Tony Wilson bt Dmitry Ivanov (Sep 11) 6-2, 6-2

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentDmitry Ivanov bt Charanya Crome (Sep 6) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very good play of Charanya - consistent and smart."  -- Dmitry