Friendly, competitive tennis on Waltham Forest's public courts

You are just a step away from joining our mixed-sex, singles league for men and women (aged 18+) of all standards.

If you have been meaning to get back into tennis or would like to meet new people to play, why not give it a go!

Close matches, close by.

Ridgeway Park - serving up an ace!
Ridgeway Park - serving up an ace!

Want to Get Playing?

From the dates above, choose your round and click on the Join By link.


Every player who completes three matches by the midway point of any round is sent a FREE can of tennis balls! Plus there are great offers all the time in our shop.


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.

If there is anything else you need help with get in contact with Nigel, Sally and the team who will be happy to help!

Missing Something?

If you notice any of our venue information is out of date, missing court costs or opening hours please let us know.


Primary Venues

Lloyd Park

Walthamstow, London, E17 5EH Tel: full venue details »

Abbotts Park

London, E10 5AJ Tel: full venue details »

Chingford School of Tennis

Rolls Park, Hickman Avenue, off Larkshall Road, Highams Park, London, E4 9JG Tel: 020 8523 0900 full venue details »

Ridgeway Park

Chingford, London, E4 6XU Tel: 0203-794-0109 full venue details »

Other Venues

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

Eton Manor, Leadmill Lane, London, E20 3AD Tel: 08456 770 604 full venue details »

Jubilee Park

Galliard Road, Edmonton, London, N9 7RH Tel: full venue details »

My home borough's league (Waltham Forest) has been a pleasure to play in. Great people and close matches with one particular person setting the standard for everyone else to aspire to. Please keep this league going you have my wholehearted support.

Winston Balfourth

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Collapse AllWaltham Forest Singles - Round 19 | Thursday 10 December 2020 to Wednesday 6 January 2021 (Midpoint: Wednesday 6 January 2021)

Current Rankings:

  1. Winston Balfourth [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  2. James Clarke 10.2 [W1] 2
  3. David Smith [W1, L1] 2
  4. Neal McGowan [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Andy McGlynn 10.2 [L1]
  6. James Hotson
  7. Mike Spitz

Match Results:

David Smith bt Neal McGowan (Jan 3) 6-4, 6-4
Reveal CommentWinston Balfourth bt Andy McGlynn (Jan 2) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "First time playing Andy and a great pleasure and experience. Some really great rallies and winners from both wings. Look forward to our next match. Best of luck in your remaining matches Andy"  -- Winston
Reveal CommentJames Clarke bt Neal McGowan (Jan 2) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Neal’s a great addition to the local tennis league. Got to a lot of my shots where I thought I won the rally and ended up being his point! Well played."  -- James
Reveal CommentWinston Balfourth bt David Smith (Dec 31) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Last day of the year and the coldest game Dave and myself have played so far. Even so lots of warmth from us both to brighten up a grim day some great rallies and overall great time as always."  -- Winston
Reveal CommentWinston Balfourth bt Neal McGowan (Dec 19) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Welcome to the Waltham Forest league Neal. An early Saturday morning start and a great knock between Neal and myself. A really good and sportingly played match with both players hitting good winners. Neal didn't get going in the first set and given that this was his first local tennis league match it was understandable. In the second set, Neal found a lot more range and it was tighter. Playing the great people that I have played in the Waltham Forest league will only make Neal become a tennis addict like many of us as well as find many hitting partners. Glad to have met Neal and knowing how we got on then I am sure that we will knock again outside of the league."  -- Winston

Current Rankings:

  1. Robert Van Haaren [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Arthur Shearlaw [W1, L2] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Tomasz Jaxa-Chamiec [W1] 2
  4. Graham Bowles 9.2 [L1, UF1] 1
  5. Oleg Petryk [L2] 1
  6. Anton Short [L1, UF1]
  7. HT Teklai withdrawn

Match Results:

Arthur Shearlaw bt Oleg Petryk (Jan 4) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
Robert Van Haaren bt Anton Short (Jan 2) 6-0, 6-1
Robert Van Haaren bt Oleg Petryk (Jan 2) 6-3, 6-1
Tomasz Jaxa-Chamiec bt Arthur Shearlaw (Dec 31) 6-3, 6-4
Robert Van Haaren bt Arthur Shearlaw (Dec 29) 6-0, 6-3
Robert Van Haaren bt Graham Bowles (Dec 24) 6-0, 6-1
Graham Bowles v Anton Short (Dec 20) 6-3, 1-1 TBC


Looking for previous matches? Visit the Waltham Forest archive.
The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches for Waltham Forest.

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)