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Ridgeway Park - serving up an ace!
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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.

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.

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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 »

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Collapse AllWaltham Forest Singles - Round 17 | Thursday 23 July 2020 to Wednesday 16 September 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 19 August 2020)

Current Rankings:

  1. James Hotson [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Winston Balfourth [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  3. James Clarke 10.2 [W1, L1, UF1] 3
  4. Sujeet Haldar 7.2 [W1, L1] 2
  5. Ilya Tkachiov 7.2 [W1, L3] 2
  6. Graeme Rawlings [L1] 1
  7. Ari Krepostman [L2, UF1]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentIlya Tkachiov bt Ari Krepostman (Sep 16) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Completed over two legs. Very tight match. One game in the second set lasted for an eternity!"  -- Ilya
Reveal CommentWinston Balfourth bt Ilya Tkachiov (Sep 14) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A warm mid September evening and a really warm friendly match between Ilya and myself. There were some great rallies throughout with many games going to extended deuces. You always need to be wary of Ilya has he can produce some devastating winners and have you feeling like you're punch drunk. We have arranged to meet up at another time outside of the league with a crowd of players I know which Ilya will complement. Thanks again Ilya and catchup very soon"  -- Winston
Reveal CommentWinston Balfourth bt Sujeet Haldar (Aug 9) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "The 2nd game in a trilogy of matches Sujeet and I have in three different leagues. One unfinished, this one going to me and one to go. A great person to play against. We had some great rallies and points. Until round 3 Sujeet."  -- Winston
Sujeet Haldar bt Ilya Tkachiov (Aug 6) 6-3, 6-2
Reveal CommentWinston Balfourth bt James Clarke (Aug 3) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "Always great to play James. We have great competitive sporting matches."  -- Winston
James Hotson bt Ilya Tkachiov (Aug 1) 6-1, 6-0
James Hotson bt Winston Balfourth (Jul 31) 6-4, 6-0
James Clarke v Ari Krepostman (Jul 28) 6-3, 6-6 TBC
Reveal CommentJames Clarke bt Graeme Rawlings (Jul 24) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Could of gone either way. Enjoyable first game back."  -- James
James Hotson bt Ari Krepostman (Jul 24) 6-1, 6-0

Current Rankings:

  1. Gilbert Ward [W5, L1] 13 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Lucas Ford 10.2 [W5, L2] 12 includes 2 bonus points
  3. David Smith [W4, L2] 9
  4. Sol Ali [W4, L2] 8
  5. Edward Melech 8.2 [W3, L3] 7
  6. Stuart Mackay 8.2 [W3, L2] 6
  7. Mark Rider [W1, L6] 4
  8. Wenlery Manuel [L7] 3 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentLucas Ford bt Mark Rider (Sep 16) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • "A very close game. Mark played with precision and I was a bit lucky to get away with the second set. Overall, I felt that all my opponents were very evenly matched this round. The LTL had it right! "  -- Lucas
Reveal CommentStuart Mackay bt Mark Rider (Sep 14) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "After a mammoth 3rd game which had about 12 deuce points the tone was set! Fun, enjoyable match with some good rallies, cheers Mark."  -- Stuart
Sol Ali bt Edward Melech (Sep 12) 6-2, 6-4
Sol Ali bt Wenlery Manuel (Sep 11) 6-2, 6-0
Reveal CommentDavid Smith bt Mark Rider (Sep 11) 4-6, 7-6, [10-7]

Player Comments:

  • "A gruelling midday match, where both players struggles to hold serve initially. "  -- David
Reveal CommentDavid Smith bt Stuart Mackay (Sep 9) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Long rallies under floodlights, made it a tiring match, but great fun, aside from the gnat bites to poor Stuart! "  -- David
Edward Melech bt Lucas Ford (Sep 8) 6-1, 6-3
Reveal CommentDavid Smith bt Wenlery Manuel (Sep 7) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Lots of close games, and great rallies. "  -- David
Stuart Mackay bt Sol Ali (Sep 4) 6-1, 6-3
Sol Ali bt Mark Rider (Sep 1) 6-1, 6-3
Reveal CommentDavid Smith bt Edward Melech (Sep 1) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "A close game, Melech was carrying an injury but battled through, he plays some great shots. Hope to play you again soon. Thanks. "  -- David
Gilbert Ward bt Edward Melech (Aug 31) 7-5, 7-5
Reveal CommentGilbert Ward bt Mark Rider (Aug 26) 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • "Good game, cheers Gilbert"  -- Mark
Reveal CommentGilbert Ward bt David Smith (Aug 24) 4-6, 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Cheers Gilbert, well played, hope to have a hit again soon. "  -- David
Lucas Ford bt Sol Ali (Aug 24) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4
Edward Melech bt Wenlery Manuel (Aug 20) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentMark Rider bt Wenlery Manuel (Aug 16) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Close games in tricky conditions. Cheers Wenlery "  -- Mark
Reveal CommentLucas Ford bt Stuart Mackay (Aug 12) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Another close (and hot!) match. "  -- Lucas
Gilbert Ward bt Lucas Ford (Aug 10) 6-4, 6-3
Gilbert Ward bt Wenlery Manuel (Aug 6) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
Sol Ali bt Gilbert Ward (Aug 5) 7-5, 2-6, [7-3]
Reveal CommentLucas Ford bt Wenlery Manuel (Aug 5) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A great match. Similar styles, I felt. Thanks Wenlery."  -- Lucas
Reveal CommentLucas Ford bt David Smith (Jul 29) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Perfect day for it and a close match. Great rallies and a mix of some impressive shots! "  -- Lucas
Edward Melech bt Mark Rider (Jul 28) 7-5, 6-3
Reveal CommentStuart Mackay bt Wenlery Manuel (Jul 28) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Both of us were fairly rusty after a lengthy layoff and the first set just highlighted that, it was neck and neck but I just managed to nick it in the tiebreak. 2nd set was much better attacking tennis with some good rallies although with Wenlery still adjusting to the new strings on his racket meant I could hold out for the 2nd set. Good luck for the rest of your games mate!"  -- Stuart
  • "Good first match in what seems like forever! Nice rally at points!" -- Wenlery

Current Rankings:

  1. Darren Lawrence [W5, L1] 10
  2. Theo Andrew [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Jan Podaril [W4, L1] 9
  4. Jonas Niessen 9.1 [W1, L3] 3
  5. Ricci Stein [W1, L2] 2
  6. Tiziano Pilustri [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Tristan Paton [L3] 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentDarren Lawrence bt Tristan Paton (Sep 12) 6-2, 5-7, [10-8]

Player Comments:

  • "Absolute epic match! Very close indeed. Thanks Tris. "  -- Darren
Theo Andrew bt Jonas Niessen (Sep 11) 6-4, 6-3
Theo Andrew bt Jan Podaril (Aug 31) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
Reveal CommentJonas Niessen bt Tiziano Pilustri (Aug 28) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Some great shots in there. Thanks for a good match."  -- Jonas
Reveal CommentDarren Lawrence bt Ricci Stein (Aug 26) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent game, some really good rallies and long deuce's played. Nice one 👍"  -- Ricci
  • "Great match and closer than the score suggests." --Darren
Jan Podaril bt Darren Lawrence (Aug 23) 6-2, 6-4
Jan Podaril bt Jonas Niessen (Aug 22) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
Reveal CommentDarren Lawrence bt Jonas Niessen (Aug 20) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great sport Jonas, ever improving throughout the match."  -- Darren
Reveal CommentTheo Andrew bt Tristan Paton (Aug 18) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good knock - cheers Tristan!"  -- Theo
Reveal CommentDarren Lawrence bt Tiziano Pilustri (Aug 18) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Low sun made conditions tricky at times, but Tiz made sure the banter was flowing so a great match all round."  -- Darren
Reveal CommentDarren Lawrence bt Theo Andrew (Aug 10) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very close match played under very hot conditions! Thanks for the game Theo. "  -- Darren
Jan Podaril bt Ricci Stein (Aug 9) 6-3, 6-3
Jan Podaril bt Tristan Paton (Aug 1) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentRicci Stein bt Tiziano Pilustri (Aug 1) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyed the match, good rallies, very friendly opponent. Thanks!"  -- Ricci
Reveal CommentTheo Andrew bt Tiziano Pilustri (Jul 28) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good effort from both players and some lovely rallies at points. Great to play with Tiz!"  -- Theo

Current Rankings:

  1. Andy Constantinou 10.1 [W4, L2] 11 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Michael Kenny 10.1 [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Eric Huang 10.2 [W4] 8
  4. Michael Chiswell [L3] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Jake Mignot 10.2 [L1]
  6. Philip Wortrich [L3]
  7. Fahad Ahmed [L2]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentEric Huang bt Michael Kenny (Sep 12) 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • "Tough match, not a lot of rhythm and it was very back and fourth. "  -- Eric
Reveal CommentEric Huang bt Philip Wortrich (Sep 5) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Lot of top spin on Phil's shots and it was tough to hit from the backhand side. Great weather for a match. "  -- Eric
Reveal CommentEric Huang bt Andy Constantinou (Aug 29) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great forehands from Andy, was a tough match with a lot of back and forths"  -- Eric
Reveal CommentAndy Constantinou bt Fahad Ahmed (Aug 20) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyed this game. We had some great rallies and great shooting in every game. Good luck in your remaining matches Fahad. "  -- Andy
Reveal CommentAndy Constantinou bt Jake Mignot (Aug 18) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "The match does not reflect the final score, lots of deuces and great rallies. Jake has a great serve which kept me on my toes throughout the match. Overall a great game of tennis. "  -- Andy
Reveal CommentEric Huang bt Michael Chiswell (Aug 11) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "great serves Mike - was a nice game in tough conditions. best of luck"  -- Eric
Reveal CommentMichael Kenny bt Andy Constantinou (Aug 9) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "We played the match in one of the hottest day's of the year at Ridgeway Park. This was Michael's 4th match in a week and the energy levels he had during our match was incredible especially in the deciding third set. The match was nearly two and half hours long . Well done my friend, this will go down as one of the classic matches ever played between us. "  -- Andy
Michael Kenny bt Michael Chiswell (Aug 7) 2-6, 7-5, 6-0
Michael Kenny bt Philip Wortrich (Aug 4) 6-2, 6-3
Reveal CommentMichael Kenny bt Fahad Ahmed (Aug 2) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Good start Fahad. Played well once warmed up should have gone to 3 sets. "  -- Michael
Reveal CommentAndy Constantinou bt Philip Wortrich (Aug 2) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Another glorious day at Ridgeway Park and a super match played with just the one break of serve in each set. Always a pleasure playing Philip and is a truly nice guy. Good luck in your remaining matches. "  -- Andy
Reveal CommentAndy Constantinou bt Michael Chiswell (Jul 29) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A lovely evening at Ridgeway Park and what a great match played. Lots of long rallies and deuce games. Michael kept coming back at me in both sets and never gave up. Thanks again for a great match - Andy"  -- Andy

Current Rankings:

  1. Toby Spearpoint 10.1 [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Warren Darking 10.1 [W4] 8
  3. Graham Bowles 9.2 [W3, L1] 6
  4. Anton Short [W1, L3] 3
  5. Laurenz Hussain [L1]
  6. Tom Wehrle [L4]
  7. Robert Collins withdrawn

Match Results:

Graham Bowles bt Tom Wehrle (Sep 15) 6-1, 6-1
Graham Bowles bt Toby Spearpoint (Sep 14) 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1
Graham Bowles bt Anton Short (Sep 13) 6-2, 6-2
Toby Spearpoint bt Tom Wehrle (Sep 11) 6-3, 6-1
Reveal CommentWarren Darking bt Graham Bowles (Sep 10) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Some good rallies, with Graham finding his stride during the second set. Some great net play, and strong serving - very enjoyable match."  -- Warren
Anton Short bt Tom Wehrle (Sep 8) 6-3, 6-2
Reveal CommentWarren Darking bt Anton Short (Sep 2) 6-7 (5-7), 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "What a wet set! We started in the rain, which was not too heavy and the courts at Ridgeway were still relatively grippy. It was a very close set all the way through with only a break of serve by me in the later stages of the match. Anton then broke back and it went to a tie. We had to stop as the rain was very heavy, even though there were some excellent rallies with some solid shots from both sides. "  -- Warren
  • "Good finish to the match with some really excellent rallies. The scoreline for the second set does not really reflect the amount of deuces that were played." -- Warren
Reveal CommentWarren Darking bt Toby Spearpoint (Aug 14) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "What a match. Warren and I have played a lot over the last few leagues and this time i was not prepared for his consistent and determined play style. We had some epic rallies and great points. Well done Warren, thoroughly deserved and a really fun, challenging match. "  -- Toby
Reveal CommentWarren Darking bt Tom Wehrle (Aug 9) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Some strong serves by Tom, and some excellent rallies. Thanks for a great match."  -- Warren
Reveal CommentToby Spearpoint bt Anton Short (Aug 2) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Another fun match at Ridgeway. We had a cracking match and it was very competitive, especially when Anton found his serve. We had a jungle soundtrack playing from an event in the park which was a great motivator. Thanks Anton!"  -- Toby
Reveal CommentToby Spearpoint bt Laurenz Hussain (Jul 24) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Always good to play at Ridgeway. Good weather and a good back and forth match with some great rallies and deuce games. Thanks Laurenz"  -- Toby

Current Rankings:

  1. Sanpaul Singh [W5] 10
  2. Ismail Sik 10.1 [W3, L1] 6
  3. Vanessa Bingle 10.2 [W2, L2, UF1] 5
  4. Adam Walters [L1, UF1] 1
  5. Amin Oomatia [L3]
  6. Anna Rawlings [L3]

Match Results:

Ismail Sik bt Amin Oomatia (Sep 13) 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentIsmail Sik bt Anna Rawlings (Sep 11) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "It was a great game with some very good rallies! Anna had some great shots. Thanks for the game 👍"  -- Ismail
Reveal CommentSanpaul Singh bt Anna Rawlings (Sep 9) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game against a great opponent. A lot of good rallies throughout the match."  -- Sanpaul
Reveal CommentIsmail Sik bt Vanessa Bingle (Sep 8) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "It was a great game with loads of rallies! Both games could’ve gone either way! Thanks for the great game 👍"  -- Ismail
Reveal CommentSanpaul Singh bt Ismail Sik (Sep 6) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great game against a really tough opponent. Match result did not reflect how the game went."  -- Sanpaul
Reveal CommentVanessa Bingle bt Anna Rawlings (Sep 1) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The completion of a trilogy of matches in Goldilocks style: Match #1 in the freezing cold and dark last winter Match #2 in the heatwave this summer Match #3 in perfect tennis conditions A fun match with many tricky angled shots and low bounces"  -- Vanessa
Reveal CommentVanessa Bingle bt Amin Oomatia (Aug 16) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable Sunday morning match on the nicely refurbished courts at Higham Hill - a hidden gem!"  -- Vanessa
Reveal CommentSanpaul Singh v Vanessa Bingle (Aug 12) 7-5, 6-2 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Great start to the match against an excellent tennis player. Set was very close with Vanessa leading 5-3 at one stage. I look forward to finishing the match and coming up against that deadly backhand again."  -- Sanpaul
Reveal CommentSanpaul Singh bt Adam Walters (Aug 11) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Very good game in extremely hot conditions, which was definitely a factor. The game was much closer than the result on paper with a lot of good rallys. "  -- Sanpaul
Reveal CommentVanessa Bingle v Adam Walters (Aug 10) 4-6, 7-5 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "A very close two sets in sweltering conditions. Plenty of deuces...."  -- Vanessa
Reveal CommentSanpaul Singh bt Amin Oomatia (Aug 9) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game! The match was much tighter than the score line suggests. A lot of the games went to deuce and there were a lot of tight margins."  -- Sanpaul

Results

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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) 

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