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You are just a step away from joining our mixed-sex, singles and doubles leagues 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!

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This is how it works:

  • We have doubles and singles rounds!
  • Players/teams are organised into groups of between 5 to 9 people of a similar standard
  • The league is mixed sex, 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!)
  • In doubles teams may be any combination of gender
  • 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 available on 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!


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Waterlow Park

Dartmouth Park Hill, Highgate, N6 5HG
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Camden Town Sports Pitch

Camden Street, Adjacent to Richard Cobden School, London, NW1 0LL
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Other Venues

Islington Tennis Centre

Market Road, London, N7 9PL
Tel: 020 7700 1370
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Kilburn Grange Park

Camden, London, NW6 4LD
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Parliament Hill

Highgate Road, London, NW5 1QR
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Tufnell Park Playing Fields

Campdale Road, London, N7 0EB
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"Thank you very much! I liked being part of this round and playing at Waterlow Park - great view. And the matches were good for my tennis!" 

Rodrigo Carvalho

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‘I really enjoyed my first round at Waterlow Park – everyone was very friendly and it was great to get back into playing tennis’

Sara Spearpoint

"It was a brilliant round. Though I won all my completed matches I felt I had to fight in every match. A great standard of players and a pleasure all round.",

Gary Clarke

"Thanks again for well organised tournament. It was my second time and I am already ooking forward to next one!!!" 

Hrayr Diloyan

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Collapse AllWaterlow Park Singles - Round 32 | Thursday 3 October 2019 to Wednesday 27 November 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 30 October 2019)

Well done to all our winners and thanks for all your efforts in getting on court. Unfortunately, the weather seemed to have the upper hand this round and it was distinctly quiet overall. Don't forget there are floodlit courts nearby at Highbury Fields if you want to play in the evening and do get in touch if you're struggling to hear back from anyone. We will help if we can!

Group Summary:

A strangely quiet group with just 7 matches played and no match commentaries! Please do let us know if you are struggling to get matches played - we are here to help if we can and we hate to see matches unplayed! Daniel wins. George tied on points but lost the head to head so is runner up this time.

Final Rankings:

  1. Daniel Petersen [W2] 4 WINNER
  2. George Stewart 8.1 [W2, L1] 4 RUNNER UP
  3. Christophe Bellonie [W1] 2
  4. Kevin Matthews 10.1 [W1, L1] 2
  5. Eric Liknaitzky [W1, L2] 2
  6. Mat Law 10.1 [L1]
  7. Tom Molyneux [L2]

Match Results:

Daniel Petersen bt Mat Law (Nov 22) 6-4, 6-0

Match of the Group:

George Stewart bt Tom Molyneux (Nov 16) 6-4, 6-2
Daniel Petersen bt George Stewart (Nov 15) 6-0, 6-0
Eric Liknaitzky bt Tom Molyneux (Nov 10) 6-0, 6-2
Christophe Bellonie bt Kevin Matthews (Nov 9) 6-3, 6-1
Kevin Matthews bt Eric Liknaitzky (Oct 31) 6-1, 6-1
George Stewart bt Eric Liknaitzky (Oct 27) 6-4, 6-1

Group Summary:

All credit to Sara who played more matches than anyone else in this group and is rewarded by being the new champ! Thomas gets the bragging rights for winning their head to head but played only two matches so had to settle for second place this time. Good to hear about Tom's killer first serve, and sorry to see nothing from David this round. Hope you are ok and please let us know if we can help another time.

Final Rankings:

  1. Sara Spearpoint 9.1 [W2, L3] 5 WINNER
  2. Thomas Steare 9.2 [W2] 4 RUNNER UP
  3. Robert Molesworth 8.2 [W1, L1] 3
  4. Paul Hillier [W1] 2
  5. Tom Jackson [W1, L2] 2
  6. Richard Clarke 9.2 [L1]
  7. F. David Sacerdoti

Match Results:

Reveal CommentThomas Steare bt Tom Jackson (Nov 17) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good close match with Tom who had a killer first serve!"  -- Thomas
Reveal CommentRobert Molesworth bt Sara Spearpoint (Nov 17) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play Sara again after a long absence. It was a long, tiring but exciting game where every point counted as it was so close. Sara's effortless consistency dominated the second set while I could do nothing right but fortunately it somehow came together in the third set."  -- Robert

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentTom Jackson bt Robert Molesworth (Nov 16) 6-2, 1-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match, Robert stepped it up a level in the 2nd set and started to find the edges of the court. Excellent drop shot in the arsenal too. "  -- Tom
Reveal CommentThomas Steare bt Sara Spearpoint (Nov 9) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good match with Sara, with some nice long rallies towards the end. Both did well to battle near freezing conditions!"  -- Thomas
Reveal CommentSara Spearpoint bt Tom Jackson (Nov 3) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good match. Some hard fought long games in the rain with sluggish wet balls which slowed us both down. I think we both struggled to find the edges of the court throughout but when Tom’s first serve hit the mark he nailed it."  -- Sara
Reveal CommentPaul Hillier bt Sara Spearpoint (Oct 27) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable game. Some tough battles over points but Paul held it together to get a well deserved win. Sara"  -- Sara
Reveal CommentSara Spearpoint bt Richard Clarke (Oct 20) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "A good battle that could have gone either way in the second set"  -- Sara

Group Summary:

A very convincing and worthy win for Nigel who didn't drop a set in four matches. Promotion is definitely on the way for him and congratulations. Good to see players making the most of the good weather when it came but sorry to see Andrew didn't get underway. Hope you are ok!

Final Rankings:

  1. Nigel Cansfield 10.1 [W4] 8 WINNER
  2. Stephen Pereira [W2, L1] 4 RUNNER UP
  3. Chris Esmond 10.2 [W1, L2] 2
  4. Oliver Coddington 9.2 [W1, L1] 2
  5. Beth Bonini 9.2 [L4] 1
  6. Andrew Knapp

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentNigel Cansfield bt Oliver Coddington (Nov 22) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "very close second set, great play from Oly"  -- Nigel
Reveal CommentChris Esmond bt Beth Bonini (Nov 19) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match, as usual with Beth, good to be out there in ok weather."  -- Chris
Nigel Cansfield bt Chris Esmond (Nov 15) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentStephen Pereira bt Chris Esmond (Nov 10) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A great game in rare november sunshine, thanks Chris"  -- Stephen
Stephen Pereira bt Beth Bonini (Nov 8) 6-2, 6-3
Oliver Coddington bt Beth Bonini (Oct 28) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Nigel Cansfield bt Beth Bonini (Oct 9) 6-0, 6-2
Nigel Cansfield bt Stephen Pereira (Oct 5) 6-0, 6-1

Group Summary:

Well done to the new champ David who got 3 wins + a walkover, and runner up Pete, though this was, unfortunately, another quiet group overall. Do let us know if you are struggling another time. We will always help if we can!

Final Rankings:

  1. David Aron 9.1 [W4] 8 WINNER
  2. Pete Ayrton [W2, L1] 4 RUNNER UP
  3. Heidi Pereira [L2]
  4. Karen Revel-Chion [L1]
  5. Viktorija Kirjanova [L2]
  6. Vince Pope

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

David Aron bt Pete Ayrton (Nov 4) 6-4, 6-2
David Aron bt Viktorija Kirjanova (Nov 1) 6-2, 6-3
David Aron bt Karen Revel-Chion (Oct 31) 6-0, 6-0
David Aron bt Heidi Pereira (Oct 26) Walkover
Pete Ayrton bt Heidi Pereira (Oct 20) 6-4, 6-2
Reveal CommentPete Ayrton bt Viktorija Kirjanova (Oct 13) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent game played in hostile weather!"  -- Pete

Results

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

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 match tiebreak, 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)

Collapse AllWaterlow Park Doubles - Round 1 | Thursday 19 July 2018 to Wednesday 26 September 2018 (Midpoint: Wednesday 22 August 2018)

It was great to get the first round of the doubles league up and running in Waterlow Park. It is always more difficult to get doubles matches arranged, particularly with the added complication of the summer holidays, so thanks to everyone for their efforts to get on court. Hope to see you all next time for many more competitive matches.

Group Summary:

There were some incredible encounters in this group and most of these seemed to involved David & Beth. Their matches with Duncan & Beth, Oscar & Sol and Peter & Jonathan were all three set thrillers that kept us on the edge of our seat. David & Antonia recorded a couple of strong victories and picked up a point from their unfinished match with Chloe & Arun to climb into first place. Oscar & Sol kept the pressure on throughout, securing two wins to finish only one point behind in the runner up spot.

Final Rankings:

  1. David Snower & Antonia Burrows [W2, UF1] 5 WINNER
  2. Oscar Clarke & Sol Polo [W2, L1] 4 RUNNER UP
  3. Duncan Wagstaff & Beth Kreling [W1, UF1] 3
  4. David Aron & Beth Bonini [L5] 3
  5. Peter Mattravers & Jonathan Bunney [W1] 2
  6. Chloe Chaplin & Arun Parkash [W1, L1, UF2] 2
  7. Tom Callahan & Georgina Taylor

Match Results:

Reveal CommentDavid Snower & Antonia Burrows v Chloe Chaplin & Arun Parkash (Sep 22) 6-0, 4-3 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Arun to serve. Hope we get a chance to carry on!"  -- Antonia
David Snower & Antonia Burrows bt David Aron & Beth Bonini (Sep 20) 6-4, 7-5
Duncan Wagstaff & Beth Kreling bt David Aron & Beth Bonini (Sep 16) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
Reveal CommentOscar Clarke & Sol Polo bt David Aron & Beth Bonini (Sep 9) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really good, topsy-turvy match! Could have gone either way."  -- Oscar
Chloe Chaplin & Arun Parkash bt David Aron & Beth Bonini (Aug 30) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5

Match of the Group:

David Snower & Antonia Burrows bt Oscar Clarke & Sol Polo (Aug 19) 6-1, 6-1
Chloe Chaplin & Arun Parkash v Duncan Wagstaff & Beth Kreling (Aug 4) 3-6, 4-2 TBC
Reveal CommentPeter Mattravers & Jonathan Bunney bt David Aron & Beth Bonini (Jul 31) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A great match against tough opponents. We had to raise our level. Well played all..."  -- Jonathan
Oscar Clarke & Sol Polo bt Chloe Chaplin & Arun Parkash (Jul 22) 7-6, 6-4

Results

Looking for previous matches? Visit the Waterlow Park archive.
The results listed here include the current and previous round of Doubles matches for Waterlow Park.

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). In doubles, matches tied at one set all may be completed with a matchtiebreak and still count toward bonus points. 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.

Understanding the current rankings display: 
Players' names, 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)