Waterlow Park Tennis League

Welcome to the league!

Friendly, competitive tennis on Waterlow Park's public courts

You are just a step away from joining our mixed-sex, singles league for adults (aged 18+).

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

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The courts at Waterlow Park
The courts at Waterlow Park

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New rounds for the Waterlow Park league start regularly. See next round dates and entry fees above. Entries close the Monday before a round starts. You are never committed to joining more than one round and round usually last eight weeks (ten weeks where we also run doubles rounds).

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This is how it works

  • Players are organised into groups of up to 8 people of a similar standard
  • Players arrange their own matches
  • It is a mixed sex, singles league, so men and women play each other
  • You can play on any court that suits both players

The league is

  • For everybody!
  • We welcome beginners as well as advanced players.
  • Players are grouped by 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 tie break 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
  • Players are grouped according to past performance in the league and, for new players, their Player Standard Questionnaire
  • Everyone in the group plays each other once during the round
  • You get one point for each set you win
  • 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 each group is the player with the most points at the end of the round
  • The winners get a certificate and tennis prizes
  • Where possible, winners of the groups (and sometimes the top two) are promoted for the next round; those who come bottom (and sometimes the bottom two) are demoted

New to the league?

Click on the round you want to join (see the links above) and we will guide you though the process! You will be asked to pay the round fee and complete the player questionnaire which will help us get you great matches.

If you would like to register before you commit to a round, complete the form here...

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Returning players

Choose the round you wish to join from your account page, or choose from the links at the top of the page. And let the tennis begin!

Getting started

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 contact us and we will be happy to help!

Primary Venues

Waterlow Park

Dartmouth Park Hill, Highgate, N6 5HG

Six outdoor hard courts.

Opening Times:

8am until the last hour before the park closes at dusk.

# of Outdoor Courts: 6
Prices:

 

Standard charge: £8.60, Senior citizens and children under 16: £4.45

Bookings are taken online at www.camden.gov.uk/active. If you have any quereis call 020 7974 8282 or email parks@camden.gov.uk. Camden will take advance online tennis bookings for up to 5 weeks in advance. However please note that you will still be able to turn up and play, if you go to the hut and pay, until the 6th June 2016, after which point you shall be expected to book online. You are not able to make advance bookings at the hut.

Camden Town Sports Pitch

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

Four outdoor courts on open-air tarmac, sports pitches with floodlights.  Clubroom and changing facilities available by arrangement. All facilities bookable for matches, practice sessions and functions. Pay ‘n’ Play tennis sessions run Fri 6.30pm–9.30pm, Sat and Sun 100am–3pm.  Courts cost £12.10 per hour (£8.40 Camden better health and fitness card holders - which also offeres 7 day advanced booking)

# of Outdoor Courts: 4

Other Venues

Tufnell Park Playing Fields

Campdale Road, London, N7 0EB

2 outdoor hard courts. Courts may be booked at the tennis hut, in person or on the phone (020 7226 2334) or online: seewww.book.aquaterra.org

# of Outdoor Courts: 2

Kilburn Grange Park Tennis Courts

Kilburn High Road near Messina Avenue, London, NW6

3 outdoor courts. To book phone 07525 278642. Bookings are taken up to 7 days in advance by phone or in person at the attendant's hut located by the tennis courts. Payment is required within 24 hours to confirm booking. The park attendant will be at the hut from 10 minutes to until 10 minutes past each hour to take bookings.

# of Outdoor Courts: 3

Parliament Hill

Highgate Road, London, NW5 1QR

10 hard courts. For advanced booking it is necessary to obtain an annual registration card from the Tennis Keeper, Tennis Courts hut, Parliament Hill Fields. If you have a registration card it is possible to book 3 days in advance. Others may check for availability each hour on the day. No booking required at quiet periods (i.e. Oct-Mar, Mon-Fri). Group coaching for adults and young people with qualified LTA coaches held throughout the summer. Applications from the Park Office.

# of Outdoor Courts: 10

Islington Tennis Centre

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

Although the centre gets very busy, Market Road is a useful playing option, especially when the weather gets bad. Izz Card Members can book 7 days in advance and non members can book five days in advance.

# of Indoor Courts: 6
# of Outdoor Courts: 2
Prices:

Adults: Indoor - £24/hour (£20 members); Outdoor - £10/hour (£8.50 members)

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"​As a new entrant into the league, I would like to say that your calibration technique pairing me and Richard in the same league was spot on. Although I came out on top, the game could easily have gone either way and more importantly we had a good game, which is what it is all about! I'm very much looking forward to my next match," Stephen Cocking

Stephen Cocking

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

Hrayr Diloyan

‘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

"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

"​That’s me done for the round. My thanks to you and Sally for organising another great league!",

George Stewart

"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

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Collapse AllWaterlow Park Singles - Round 19 | Thursday 13 October 2016 to Wednesday 7 December 2016 (Midpoint: Wednesday 9 November 2016)

Another good round with once again five groups of players and a very good strike rate for matches (70% of all possible fixtures!). Good to see some new faces and some others returning after an absence in what must be one our most friendly and and most picturesque leagues!.

Group Summary:

A brilliant debut from Daniel who won all his matches without breaking sweat! The search is on for a player to challenge him next round - though that's not to say that runner-up Samuel and the chasing pack haven't got in in them to turn the tables! Practice, we are told, is all it takes!

Final Rankings:

  1. Daniel Petersen [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Samuel Gruen 8.2 [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Eric Liknaitzky [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Jeremy Greenwood [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Tony Minichiello 9.1 [W1, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. George Stewart 9.2 [L4]
  7. Ben Cooper 9.2
  8. Daniel Ferry 9.2

Match Results:

Daniel Petersen bt George Stewart (Nov 23) 6-2, 6-1
Daniel Petersen bt Samuel Gruen (Nov 22) 6-0, 6-1
Eric Liknaitzky bt George Stewart (Nov 19) 6-1, 6-4
Samuel Gruen bt Tony Minichiello (Nov 13) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6
Samuel Gruen bt Jeremy Greenwood (Nov 7) 6-2, 6-3
Jeremy Greenwood bt Eric Liknaitzky (Nov 6) 6-1, 6-3
Daniel Petersen bt Tony Minichiello (Nov 4) 6-0, 6-1
Daniel Petersen bt Jeremy Greenwood (Nov 4) 6-1, 6-1
Samuel Gruen bt Eric Liknaitzky (Nov 1) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
Eric Liknaitzky bt Tony Minichiello (Oct 30) 6-4, 6-3

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJeremy Greenwood bt Tony Minichiello (Oct 29) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "A very long but brilliant match on a beautiful Autumn afternoon. I started strongly but Tony fought back and as usual with us two it was a hard fight right to the end. "  -- Jeremy
Reveal CommentTony Minichiello bt George Stewart (Oct 24) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Super match. Lots of long rallies. Great fun. "  -- Tony
Samuel Gruen bt George Stewart (Oct 22) 6-1, 6-4
Daniel Petersen bt Eric Liknaitzky (Oct 17) 6-0, 6-0

Group Summary:

A return to group-winning ways for Omurchadu but it couldn't have been much tighter. Richard matched Omurchadu for total number of wins, and beat him in their head to head. Matt who beat Richard was only one more point adrift too... But in the end, the earning bonus points proved crucial. So, bragging rights to Richard, warm applause to Matt and a champion's ovation for Omurchadu.

Final Rankings:

  1. Omurchadu Ghiassi 9.2 [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Richard Combs 8.2 [W5, L1] 11 RUNNER UP
  3. Matt Johnson 10.1 [W4, L2] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Jude De Silva 9.2 [W2, L4] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Sara Spearpoint 10.1 [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Liu Li 7.2 [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Richard Chatfield 9.2 [L6] 1
  8. Ian McLeod 9.1

Match Results:

Richard Combs bt Richard Chatfield (Dec 4) 6-1, 6-0
Matt Johnson bt Sara Spearpoint (Dec 3) 6-4, 7-5
Reveal CommentJude De Silva bt Richard Chatfield (Nov 27) 7-6 (10-8), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A close match - the tie break in the fist set could have gone either way. "  -- Jude
Matt Johnson bt Richard Chatfield (Nov 27) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
Richard Combs bt Liu Li (Nov 26) 6-1, 6-1
Omurchadu Ghiassi bt Richard Chatfield (Nov 20) 7-5, 6-3
Richard Combs bt Sara Spearpoint (Nov 19) 7-5, 6-3
Richard Combs bt Omurchadu Ghiassi (Nov 16) 6-2, 6-0

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentMatt Johnson bt Richard Combs (Nov 13) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "great game, competitive!"  -- Matt
Liu Li bt Richard Chatfield (Nov 7) 6-1, 6-2
Omurchadu Ghiassi bt Jude De Silva (Nov 6) 6-2, 6-2
Matt Johnson bt Liu Li (Nov 2) 7-5, 6-1
Omurchadu Ghiassi bt Matt Johnson (Oct 29) 7-5, 7-5
Richard Combs bt Jude De Silva (Oct 29) 6-3, 6-3
Reveal CommentLiu Li bt Jude De Silva (Oct 26) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "I didn't look happy after lost the first set, Jude might let me win to see me smile ;)"  -- Liu
Sara Spearpoint bt Richard Chatfield (Oct 23) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentJude De Silva bt Matt Johnson (Oct 23) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Really good and close game - the first set could have gone either way with every game going into Duece! Second set was also a lot closer than the result suggests. It was a lovely autumn morning - perfect for tennis. Matt was a pleasure to meet and we both agreed to keep in touch and play again. Exactly why i joined the league! "  -- Jude
Omurchadu Ghiassi bt Sara Spearpoint (Oct 22) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
Omurchadu Ghiassi bt Liu Li (Oct 19) 6-1, 6-3
Sara Spearpoint bt Jude De Silva (Oct 15) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2

Group Summary:

A few more matches played would have helped in this group... As it is, Stephen efficiently grabs the group thanks to bonus points and three good wins leaving Keven a slightly unlucky runner-up. Now had Kevin played Stephen, who knows what might have happened!

Final Rankings:

  1. Stephen Cocking 10.2 [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Kevin Tran [W3, L1] 7 RUNNER UP
  3. Peter Mattravers 9.1 [W1, L3] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Maud Salber 10.2 [W2] 4
  5. Robert Molesworth 9.2 [L2] 2
  6. Britta Becker 9.1 [L1]
  7. Richard Clarke 10.1 [L2]

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Maud Salber bt Kevin Tran (Nov 30) 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
Kevin Tran bt Robert Molesworth (Nov 27) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
Kevin Tran bt Richard Clarke (Nov 19) 6-0, 6-4
Maud Salber bt Peter Mattravers (Oct 30) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Kevin Tran bt Peter Mattravers (Oct 23) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentStephen Cocking bt Britta Becker (Oct 23) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable game with Britta. However, the sun was largely responsible for most of the winning shots today!!!!"  -- Stephen
Peter Mattravers bt Robert Molesworth (Oct 20) 7-5, 2-6, 6-2
Stephen Cocking bt Peter Mattravers (Oct 18) 6-2, 7-5
Stephen Cocking bt Richard Clarke (Oct 15) 7-5, 6-4

Group Summary:

Arina took the blows (lost to Thimios), stayed the course (two unfinished matches!) and notched up her own good wins. And all that was enough - with the help of bonus points too - to win the group in style. Congratulations to our champ and thanks to the others for making this an entertaining group.

Final Rankings:

  1. Arina Piskunova [W2, L1, UF2] 8 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Luca Ganz 10.2 [W2, UF1] 5 RUNNER UP
  3. David Aron 9.1 [W1, L3] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Simon Tabor [W1, UF1] 3
  5. Conor Macklin [W1] 2
  6. Thimios Tzallas [W1, L1] 2
  7. Karen Gibb [L3]

Match Results:

Luca Ganz bt Thimios Tzallas (Dec 3) 6-3, 6-4
Reveal CommentLuca Ganz v Arina Piskunova (Nov 27) 2-6, 7-5 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "We run out of time after 2 hours playing. We could not start the 3th set."  -- Luca
Simon Tabor bt Karen Gibb (Nov 23) 6-0, 6-1
Luca Ganz bt David Aron (Nov 5) 6-3, 6-1

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentArina Piskunova bt David Aron (Oct 30) 6-7 (2-7), 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "What a close game! Could have absolutely gone either way. Lasted over two hours in foggy conditions. Thank you David, for the great tennis! "  -- Arina
Conor Macklin bt David Aron (Oct 25) 6-2, 6-3
Reveal CommentArina Piskunova v Simon Tabor (Oct 23) 6-1, 5-7, 2-5 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "We played for two hours but were unable to finish the game as we had to vacate the court"  -- Arina
Thimios Tzallas bt Arina Piskunova (Oct 22) 6-0, 6-3
Reveal CommentDavid Aron bt Karen Gibb (Oct 20) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The low sun was very tricky but it was a lovely day to play tennis. Karen was a bit out of practice but played some nice strokes. Thanks for the game!"  -- David
Arina Piskunova bt Karen Gibb (Oct 15) 6-2, 6-0

Group Summary:

Stephan did his very best to win the group playing two more matches than Paul and equalling him on points - but the head to head was crucial. Played towards the end of the round it was effectively the group decider. Well done Paul and commiserations to Stephan and the rest of the chasing pack.

Final Rankings:

  1. Paul Schlesinger [W3] 6 WINNER
  2. Stephan Fowler 10.2 [W3, L2] 6 RUNNER UP
  3. Athina Kapsi 10.2 [W1, L1] 3
  4. Nigel Cansfield 10.2 [W1, L3] 3
  5. Andrew Willatt [W1] 2
  6. Fiona Amy 10.2 [L3] 1

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentPaul Schlesinger bt Stephan Fowler (Nov 27) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "An excellent well matched game. With several long rallies and an impressive backhand slice from Stephan was used to good effect. Look forward to more games with Stephan."  -- Paul
Stephan Fowler bt Athina Kapsi (Nov 20) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Nigel Cansfield bt Fiona Amy (Nov 19) 7-5, 6-4
Stephan Fowler bt Fiona Amy (Nov 13) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Reveal CommentPaul Schlesinger bt Nigel Cansfield (Nov 13) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very tight game. Nigel and I were well matched with some decent rallies "  -- Paul
Andrew Willatt bt Stephan Fowler (Nov 5) 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentPaul Schlesinger bt Fiona Amy (Nov 5) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "More evenly matched than the score would suggest. "  -- Paul
Stephan Fowler bt Nigel Cansfield (Oct 29) 2-6, 6-2, 7-5
Athina Kapsi bt Nigel Cansfield (Oct 14) 6-2, 6-4

Results

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The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles and 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 free can of balls which we will post to you.

Legend

Player, [LTA rating], [win/loss/tie tally], points won

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