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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 AllTonbridge Singles - Round 2 | Thursday 23 August 2018 to Wednesday 17 October 2018 (Midpoint: Wednesday 19 September 2018)

Thanks to everyone who took part in only the second round of the Tonbridge league. There was a good turnout on the courts with more than two thirds of matches played and some tight tussles described in the many commentaries. We'd love to see the league grow when we return in 2019, so do help spread the word if you can. Until next time!

Group Summary:

George stole the show on his debut, recording six stunning wins and bonus points to become the undisputed new champ - well played. Mark and Philip both got four wins on the board to put themselves in the hunt for the silver. Crucially Mark also picked up a point from his unfinished match with William to edge into the runner up spot. Well played all.

Final Rankings:

  1. George Penlington [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Mark French 8.2 [W4, L2, UF1] 11 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Philip Benton 9.1 [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  4. William Mata [W3, L2, UF1] 8
  5. Beth Begg [W1, L2] 2
  6. Richard Glencross [L4] 2
  7. Matthew Peacock [L2]
  8. Rosie Glencross 10.1 [L5]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentGeorge Penlington bt Mark French (Oct 14) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Finally managing to get on court after a number of failed attempts, it was great to meet and play Mark, although both of us had arrived after large Sunday roasts. Despite carrying the extra weight, the tennis was strong, with me winning out on the serves and Mark taking the forehand winners. The score did not reflect the closeness of the match. Looking forward to playing again."  -- George
Beth Begg bt Rosie Glencross (Oct 13) 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentMark French v William Mata (Oct 8) 6-2, 4-6 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Close match and ended 2-1 to me in the third set but run out of time and next court booking was waiting. First set went quickly but second set was very competitive with some great tennis and rallies and a few aces from Will. Hope to complete by the 17th but now struggling with a back injury! Mark"  -- Mark

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentWilliam Mata bt Richard Glencross (Oct 6) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Very close match. There were some long rallies and good points. We started shortly after I had played Rosie - but felt I played better in this one. Third set was much closer than the score would suggest. "  -- William
George Penlington bt Matthew Peacock (Oct 6) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentWilliam Mata bt Rosie Glencross (Oct 6) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "Evenly matched contest. The second set could have gone either way with some very closely matched rallies. I really had to work to come through this one!"  -- William
Reveal CommentPhilip Benton bt William Mata (Oct 5) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A nice game under the lights full of some entertaining rallies. I edged the first set after several successive breaks of serves. Will battled back well to comfortably take the second set before I regrouped to take final set. Enjoyable match all round."  -- Philip
Philip Benton bt Rosie Glencross (Sep 30) 6-2, 6-3
Reveal CommentMark French bt Rosie Glencross (Sep 30) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A good game indoors on a fast indoor court with some good rallies and some good volleys/lobs. Second set was a closer set with close games and many going to deuce. The serving was consistent with some fast points."  -- Mark
Reveal CommentGeorge Penlington bt Richard Glencross (Sep 29) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "In stunning sunshine (the last of the summer), we hit the courts and played a very enjoyable match full of nice long rallies. A great way to spend the late-morning."  -- George
Reveal CommentMark French bt Matthew Peacock (Sep 24) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Matt had not played for a while and the first set went quite quickly. The second set was a close affair and Matt served well. Some close games and long rallies. Overall a good match and we both got a good workout indoors whilst it was cold outside. Looking forward to playing again."  -- Mark
Reveal CommentMark French bt Beth Begg (Sep 18) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The first set had many close games and quite a few went to deuce. The serve dominated the games and we had alot of baseline rallies under the flood lights. The second set went a little quicker but we still enjoy some close games. Well played and a fun match on a dry but cold evening."  -- Mark
Reveal CommentPhilip Benton bt Richard Glencross (Sep 16) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A match where serving seemed to be a disadvantage with multiple breaks of serves throughout. An enjoyable game all the same on a pleasant Sunday afternoon which I was fortunate to edge in the 3rd."  -- Philip
Reveal CommentPhilip Benton bt Mark French (Sep 15) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Scoreline wasn't a reflection of a very competitive game with lots of deuces throughout. Fine evening under the floodlights. Look forward to our next battle."  -- Philip
Reveal CommentMark French bt Richard Glencross (Sep 14) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Dry but cold evening under the flood lights and on a hard court. Richard and enjoyed some good base line rallies and some attacking net play. Close games in the beginning of each set but the games went quicker towards the end of each set. Both of us served well with a few double faults. I enjoyed our game and we hope to play in the next league and clay being our choice of surface next time. Good hour of tennis on both sides of the net."  -- Mark
Reveal CommentGeorge Penlington bt Philip Benton (Sep 6) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Played over two days, this was quite the tussle, both on the court and, on the first day, with the light and rain. Although neither player served well, the tennis was compelling and, late on Thursday night, very difficult with a lot of guesswork in action in the dying light. "  -- George
George Penlington bt Rosie Glencross (Sep 5) 6-1, 6-1
William Mata bt Beth Begg (Sep 2) 6-0, 6-2
George Penlington bt William Mata (Sep 1) 6-2, 6-2

Results

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

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) 

Comments:
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)