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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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Lloyd Park

Walthamstow, London, E17 5EH
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Chingford School of Tennis

Rolls Park, Hickman Avenue, off Larkshall Road, Highams Park, London, E4 9JG
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Chingford, London, E4 6XU
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Collapse AllWaltham Forest Singles - Round 15 | Thursday 26 September 2019 to Wednesday 20 November 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 23 October 2019)

A fantastic round to end the year with over three quarters of matches played! Thank you so much for sticking with the tennis even when the autumn turned decidedly damp. The new round starts early in January so, till then, we wish you all the compliments of the season and a great tennis-filled 2020!

Group Summary:

A second successive win for the talented Nathalie and that leaves us the same question as last time... who will step up to challenge her! This time the head-to-head between Nathalie and Tomasz did happen, but with Nathalie prevailing Tomasz is unable to improve on his runner's up slot. A lot to look forward to in 2020 - well done all.

Final Rankings:

  1. Nathalie Larsen 7.2 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Tomasz Jaxa-Chamiec [W4, L2] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Winston Balfourth [W2, L4] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Tom Bird [W3, L1] 6
  5. James Clarke 10.2 [W2, L1] 5
  6. Graeme Rawlings [W1, L4] 3
  7. Matthew McGuigan [L4]

Match Results:

James Clarke bt Graeme Rawlings (Nov 10) 7-5, 6-4
Reveal CommentNathalie Larsen bt Matthew McGuigan (Nov 8) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Always great to play Matt!"  -- Nathalie
Reveal CommentTomasz Jaxa-Chamiec bt Graeme Rawlings (Nov 4) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Tough slimy conditions with wet brown balls after the first 3 games! But great fun "  -- Tomasz
Reveal CommentWinston Balfourth bt Graeme Rawlings (Oct 31) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "What a pleasure to meet and play Graeme. We had a great match with some outstanding rallies. A great chat both after and during the match. Best of luck with your remaining matches Graeme."  -- Winston
Reveal CommentTomasz Jaxa-Chamiec bt James Clarke (Oct 28) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Real epic slog of a match, good first 2 sets and a cagey 3rd, well played James "  -- Tomasz
Reveal CommentWinston Balfourth bt Matthew McGuigan (Oct 27) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "What a pleasure to meet and play Matt. Some real power hitting rallies, winners and great sportsmanship. Definitely going to meet up again. Best of luck in your remaining matches Matt."  -- Winston
Reveal CommentTom Bird bt Tomasz Jaxa-Chamiec (Oct 26) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A fun game with Tomasz, in challenging conditions"  -- Tom
Reveal CommentTom Bird bt Winston Balfourth (Oct 24) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable and competitive match with Winston. The first set was gruelling!"  -- Tom

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentTomasz Jaxa-Chamiec bt Winston Balfourth (Oct 20) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "What a match. Some amazing rallies and points. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done Tomasz"  -- Winston
Tomasz Jaxa-Chamiec bt Matthew McGuigan (Oct 19) 6-3, 7-5
Reveal CommentNathalie Larsen bt Tomasz Jaxa-Chamiec (Oct 16) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good to have Tomasz back after a little injury break - hopefully it will stay at bay!"  -- Nathalie
Reveal CommentGraeme Rawlings bt Matthew McGuigan (Oct 10) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good spirited match....enjoyed it."  -- Graeme
Reveal CommentNathalie Larsen bt Tom Bird (Oct 9) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "The score doesn't do the many deuce games justice! Enjoyed the match! "  -- Nathalie
Reveal CommentJames Clarke bt Winston Balfourth (Oct 6) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great game thanks Winston"  -- James
Reveal CommentTom Bird bt Graeme Rawlings (Oct 3) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable and close game!"  -- Tom
Reveal CommentNathalie Larsen bt Winston Balfourth (Oct 2) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Happy to have played the maiden match and kicked off the new league! We had a great, competitive two sets. Am super glad Winston has joined the Waltham Forest league this season!"  -- Nathalie

Group Summary:

Hassan battled through some thrilling matches this time but made sure of his group victory by winning them all and adding bonus points. Runner-up Sol took a set off the champ in a great match but he'll have to wait for another round to see if he can better Hassan!

Final Rankings:

  1. Hassan Patel 8.2 [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Sol Ali [W3, L1] 7 RUNNER UP
  3. Andy McGlynn 10.2 [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Darren Lawrence [W2, L1] 4
  5. Eric Huang 10.2 [W1, L4] 3
  6. Robert Collins [L5]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentDarren Lawrence bt Eric Huang (Nov 19) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Wow, what an epic match!!! Good job too given it was nearly freezing playing conditions. Thanks Eric for a fantastic match, extremely close and some great rallies. "  -- Darren
Reveal CommentDarren Lawrence bt Robert Collins (Nov 16) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "High level tennis evening more surprising by the early start time! Cheers Robert. "  -- Darren
Reveal CommentSol Ali bt Eric Huang (Nov 15) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Intense match. Played with great competitive and fair spirit. Second set scoreline flattered me. One of those sets where the scores could of gone either way with feintest of margins"  -- Sol
Reveal CommentHassan Patel bt Robert Collins (Nov 12) 7-6 (7-2), 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "One of the best matches I played. Great game. Great battle. 1st set was neck and neck all the way to tiebreaker. I just had a lucky break in tiebreaker. Again 2nd set was thrilling. I was winning 5-3 and Rob does not give in that easily.and fought back to make it 5-5. In the end I managed to win 7-5. Had it gone to 3rd set Rob would have won it because he really tired me out. Great match Rob. "  -- Hassan
Reveal CommentSol Ali bt Andy McGlynn (Nov 8) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Playing Andy in the last few rounds have been excellent. The game was played with quality rallies" -- Sol
Reveal CommentEric Huang bt Robert Collins (Nov 3) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "i thought we played pretty good consistent tennis even though it rained in the first set which made moving around difficult. overall very enjoyable match thank you Robert"  -- Eric
Sol Ali bt Robert Collins (Oct 30) 6-0, 6-3
Reveal CommentAndy McGlynn bt Robert Collins (Oct 23) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good fun match despite the slippery court. Lots of close games."  -- Andy
Hassan Patel bt Darren Lawrence (Oct 20) 6-4, 6-3
Reveal CommentAndy McGlynn bt Eric Huang (Oct 13) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good fun match. Lots of close games."  -- Andy
Hassan Patel bt Sol Ali (Oct 12) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
Hassan Patel bt Eric Huang (Oct 5) 6-1, 6-3

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentHassan Patel bt Andy McGlynn (Sep 28) 6-3, 0-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great game. Andy was 4- 1 up in the 3rd set and I am not sure how I came back to win 7-5. We really had good rallies."  -- Hassan

Group Summary:

Any one of four players could have won this closely-matched group. With 14 wins between them and bonus points in the mix as well it could not have been more exciting. While we do have a clear winner, Andy by a point, there are loads of positives for all the players to take from the round. Louis and Toby for instance both won against Andy and while not notching up wins themselves, Tom and Adam both claimed points for sets won. Hat's off though to Andy on a memorable win.

Final Rankings:

  1. Andy Constantinou 10.2 [W4, L2] 11 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Abdul-Rashid Patel 9.2 [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Toby Spearpoint 10.1 [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Rafa Alonso 10.2 [W4, L1] 8
  5. Tom Wehrle [L4] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Louis Wise [W1] 2
  7. Adam Walters [L4] 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentRafa Alonso bt Toby Spearpoint (Nov 20) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Always a good match with Rafa. So consistent. Unfortunately, the first set never got going for me. The second was a real battle and lots of fun. Very close with a tight tie-break to end it. Rafa played some great shots and we had good rallies. Thanks Rafa. "  -- Toby
Reveal CommentAndy Constantinou bt Rafa Alonso (Nov 16) 4-6, 2-1 Rafa Alonso Retired

Player Comments:

  • "The score was 4-6, 2-1 and was played on 30th Oct So first set to Rafa, and I was up in the second set. [Resumption of match a walkover]"  -- Andy
Andy Constantinou bt Tom Wehrle (Nov 14) Walkover
Reveal CommentAndy Constantinou bt Adam Walters (Nov 9) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great rallies and some close games. Thanks Adam for a great morning of Tennis, really enjoyed it."  -- Andy
Reveal CommentRafa Alonso bt Adam Walters (Nov 3) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Very good game on Sunday morning, with long rallies and many games going to deuce. Cheers Adam!"  -- Rafa
Reveal CommentRafa Alonso bt Abdul-Rashid Patel (Oct 27) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent game with really nice weather. Lots of good rallies and very good opponent, I enjoyed every point! Thank you Abdul!"  -- Rafa
Reveal CommentLouis Wise bt Andy Constantinou (Oct 20) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A fine dry day at Chingford School of Tennis. An entertaining match with many long rallies. Louis is a good player who has a good serve and is consistent in his play. Thanks for a really enjoyable match Louis. "  -- Andy
Reveal CommentToby Spearpoint bt Adam Walters (Oct 11) 6-2, 1-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A really hard-fought battle with the majority of games going to deuce. Adam played a killer second set with some great rallies. A really fun match. Thanks Adam"  -- Toby

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentAndy Constantinou bt Abdul-Rashid Patel (Oct 6) 0-6, 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "No rain but court very slippery . Got off to a slow start then the sun made an appearance which helped me get back into the match. Abdul is a very strong player with superb placement shots. Thank you for a great match Abdul. "  -- Andy
Reveal CommentRafa Alonso bt Tom Wehrle (Oct 6) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game on Sunday morning on a very slippery court, Tom even fell over after smashing a ball in one of the best points of the game."  -- Rafa
Reveal CommentAbdul-Rashid Patel bt Adam Walters (Oct 5) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent tennis match in good weather, Good opponent with hard fought games with some good rallies and everlasting deuces "  -- Abdul-Rashid
Reveal CommentAbdul-Rashid Patel bt Toby Spearpoint (Oct 2) 0-6, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A very up and down match with a worthy opponent. A beautiful evening in abbotts park. Abdul played a varied game and there were some great points. In the end the match came down to some very close line calls. Thanks Abdul. "  -- Toby
Reveal CommentToby Spearpoint bt Tom Wehrle (Sep 30) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A great match in good weather. Tom is a hardy opponent and every game in the second set went to deuce. Some great rallies. Thanks Tom, well played. "  -- Toby
Reveal CommentToby Spearpoint bt Andy Constantinou (Sep 29) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "This was certainly an eventful match. Strong leads and strong comebacks, deuce games and tie breaks. Andy was a great opponent and despite some heavy rain we carried on. Thanks for really fun match, Andy. "  -- Toby
Reveal CommentAbdul-Rashid Patel bt Tom Wehrle (Sep 27) 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Welcome to local leagues Tom Thanks for a great match on my first local league meeting this year After coming back from 2-5 to tie breaker was my best ever achievement I was fortunate to win second set 6-2, to take us into deciding 3rd set which was evenly matched All the best to your rest of the matches"  -- Abdul-Rashid

Group Summary:

When a match is concluded at 16-14 in the third set tiebreak it hardly seems fair that there should be a winner! And that is doubly true when the match is the head-to-head between the two players at the top of the table. Well done Warren and Michael on that terrific group decider and for excellent runs in the league.

Final Rankings:

  1. Warren Darking 10.1 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Michael Kenny 10.2 [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Ismail Sik 10.1 [W1, L1] 3
  4. Vanessa Bingle 10.2 [W1, L2] 3
  5. Kim Marsh [W1, L2] 2
  6. Anna Rawlings [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentVanessa Bingle bt Anna Rawlings (Nov 18) 7-5, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A very close match played on a cold, dark, atmospheric night under the floodlights in Ridgeway Park. A few long side-to-side baseline rallies, and several tightly angled shots hitting the line stand out as highlights. Never before have I had to contend with the condensation from breathing being an obstruction to seeing my opponent's serve!"  -- Vanessa
Reveal CommentWarren Darking bt Kim Marsh (Nov 14) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good match played under floodlights on a cold autumn evening. Some great rallies with a number of acurate shots by Kim very close to the base line."  -- Warren
Michael Kenny bt Anna Rawlings (Oct 23) 6-3, 6-4
Michael Kenny bt Vanessa Bingle (Oct 20) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentWarren Darking bt Michael Kenny (Oct 17) 6-0, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (16-14)

Player Comments:

  • "Once everybody warmed up it was a very competitive match with lots of holds of serve and breaks of serve. Intense all the way through the second and third set and unfortunately ran out of time to complete on this meeting. Some great rallies, with each player adapting to each others style of play at different points of the match. To be continued..."  -- Warren
  • "We played a warm up set as we were restarting the game at such a late stage and once we started the league match from the place we left off (5-5 in the final set) very quickly it went to a tie breaker. The weather was against us as it started raining steadily at around 7-7 during the final tie breaker but we were both adamant to finish the match. Some very good rallies towards the end even though it was very wet but this time it was not to be for Michael. He holds the record between us though at 2-1 ;) all in all a great match," -- wARREN
Reveal CommentWarren Darking bt Anna Rawlings (Oct 11) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable game even though conditions were somewhat challenging. Extremely windy with a wet, slippery court meant caution was required. Some great rallies, with Anna striking some excellent top spin lobs that bounced very close to the baseline."  -- Warren
Kim Marsh bt Ismail Sik (Oct 9) 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
Reveal CommentWarren Darking bt Vanessa Bingle (Oct 5) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really great match - lots of long rallies as things progressed. Great conditions with the score line not telling the whole story."  -- Warren
Reveal CommentIsmail Sik bt Anna Rawlings (Oct 2) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "It was a great game to get back into the league, and a lot fun too with long rallies we had (some which I couldn’t return!)..."  -- Ismail
Michael Kenny bt Kim Marsh (Sep 27) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5

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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