Friendly, competitive tennis on Waterlow Park's public courts

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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Primary Venues

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
Tel: 07525 278641
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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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"I am enjoying the tournament and I think it is a great initiative"

Sara Jolly

"Playing was most enjoyable. Every single match was played in a very good spirit, with fair calls and no arguments or debates. I was impressed with the level of sportsmanship from everybody that I played against," 

Angus

‘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

"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

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Collapse AllWaterlow Park Singles - Round 29 | Thursday 14 February 2019 to Wednesday 10 April 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 13 March 2019)

Two thirds of matches were played in a good early spring round in Waterlow Park. Thanks to everyone who got involved and we hope you enjoyed your time on court at this lovely venue. See you next time!

Group Summary:

There was a tight tussle for the number one spot with both James and George finishing on six points apiece. In the end it all comes down to the match between the two and James had too much in his locker for George, surging to a straight sets victory to take the gold. Credit to Paul who did well to take a set off the new champ in a "great" game.

Final Rankings:

  1. James Dobson [W3] 6 WINNER
  2. George Stewart 8.1 [W3, L1] 6 RUNNER UP
  3. Paul Hillier [W1, L2] 3
  4. Hilari Frances Cabanes 8.2 [L2]
  5. Oliver Coddington 10.1 [L2]
  6. Daniel Petersen

Match Results:

George Stewart bt Hilari Frances Cabanes (Apr 13) Walkover
James Dobson bt George Stewart (Apr 6) 6-3, 6-1
George Stewart bt Paul Hillier (Apr 5) 6-2, 6-2
George Stewart bt Oliver Coddington (Mar 16) 6-4, 6-2
Reveal CommentJames Dobson bt Hilari Frances Cabanes (Mar 9) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Tricky conditions in the wind. Lots of tight long games."  -- James
Paul Hillier bt Oliver Coddington (Mar 1) 6-2, 6-4

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJames Dobson bt Paul Hillier (Feb 16) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great first game in the league."  -- James

Group Summary:

Antonio stole the show in group two, recording a near full house of wins without dropping a set and scoring bonus points to leave us in no doubt as to who is the new champ. Robert and Richard matched each other stride for stride in a very close race for second, with their head to head ultimately deciding who takes home the silver. This was a "great game" which ebbed and flowed until Robert eventually got a crucial break in the third set to emerge victorious 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Final Rankings:

  1. Antonio Soto [W5, UF1] 13 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Robert Molesworth 8.2 [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Richard Clarke 9.2 [W3, L2] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Chris Esmond 10.2 [W2, L2] 4
  5. Beth Bonini 9.2 [W1, L4] 3
  6. Othmane Islah 8.1 [W1, UF1] 2
  7. Rachel Lock [L5] 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentChris Esmond bt Rachel Lock (Apr 11) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable match in the sun, the first set hard fought, very close, with a lot of lengthy rallies. A lot of fun, though pretty tiring."  -- Chris

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentRichard Clarke bt Beth Bonini (Mar 30) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable tennis"  -- Richard
Robert Molesworth bt Rachel Lock (Mar 24) 6-1, 6-3
Reveal CommentRobert Molesworth bt Beth Bonini (Mar 20) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable match with Beth with many deuces & rallies and hard fought points on both sides. "  -- Robert
Beth Bonini bt Rachel Lock (Mar 19) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
Richard Clarke bt Rachel Lock (Mar 18) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentAntonio Soto v Othmane Islah (Mar 17) 6-1, 3-0 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "we ran out of time and couldn’t finished our match. We will try to complete it next week. "  -- Antonio
Reveal CommentAntonio Soto bt Rachel Lock (Mar 13) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Very windy day but we managed to play our match. Difficult conditions "  -- Antonio
Reveal CommentRobert Molesworth bt Richard Clarke (Mar 10) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game...very close and extremely windy! "  -- Robert
Reveal CommentOthmane Islah bt Robert Molesworth (Mar 9) 1-6, 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play Robert again. Thanks for the game"  -- Othmane
Antonio Soto bt Chris Esmond (Mar 8) Walkover
Reveal CommentRichard Clarke bt Chris Esmond (Mar 1) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable tennis"  -- Richard
Reveal CommentAntonio Soto bt Robert Molesworth (Feb 27) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It was great to play with Robert. I really enjoy it. The weather was magnificent! Great conditions for a very enjoyable game "  -- Antonio
Reveal CommentChris Esmond bt Beth Bonini (Feb 25) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A most enjoyable, though very tiring match in the late February heat! Very close, we tested each other throughout. "  -- Chris
Reveal CommentAntonio Soto bt Beth Bonini (Feb 23) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "It was a great pleasure to meet and play tennis with Beth. The weather was perfect for tennis and I relally enjoy the time playing this match. "  -- Antonio
Reveal CommentAntonio Soto bt Richard Clarke (Feb 16) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "I really enjoyed playing with Richard. "  -- Antonio

Group Summary:

Arina impressively finished with a 100% winning record from her four matches to put herself right in the mix for the prize. David was the only player to earn bonus points and he combined these with three victories to join Arina out at the front. Their top of the table clash was therefore a winner takes all affair and after "braving the wind" Arina produced a strong performance to claim the victory.

Final Rankings:

  1. Arina Piskunova 10.2 [W4] 8 WINNER
  2. David Aron 9.1 [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Pete Ayrton [W2, L2] 4
  4. Sarah Montgomery [W1, L3] 3
  5. Andrew Knapp [W1] 2
  6. Karen Revel-Chion [L4]

Match Results:

Arina Piskunova bt Karen Revel-Chion (Apr 6) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentDavid Aron bt Karen Revel-Chion (Mar 24) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely sunny day for a game of tennis. Thank you Karen."  -- David
Arina Piskunova bt Pete Ayrton (Mar 23) 6-4, 6-1
Reveal CommentPete Ayrton bt Sarah Montgomery (Mar 18) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent match played in ideal conditions; sun and no rain."  -- Pete
Reveal CommentPete Ayrton bt Karen Revel-Chion (Mar 17) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Just as well we booked 2 hours. Fine match"  -- Pete
Reveal CommentSarah Montgomery bt Karen Revel-Chion (Mar 15) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Very windy conditions and, although it wasn't a close match, we had some good rallies and felt quite exhilarated by our game!"  -- Sarah
Reveal CommentArina Piskunova bt David Aron (Mar 10) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you David for braving the wind and encouraging me to do so! A great game despite the windy conditions and a short spell of rain. "  -- Arina
Reveal CommentArina Piskunova bt Sarah Montgomery (Mar 9) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A close game. It was a pleasure to play Sarah."  -- Arina
Reveal CommentDavid Aron bt Pete Ayrton (Mar 7) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "We had a third player - the weather. Both low sun and wind. Anyway an enjoyable game!"  -- David

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentDavid Aron bt Sarah Montgomery (Mar 1) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable close game with Sarah. It look me a little time to get my service right. "  -- David
Reveal CommentAndrew Knapp bt David Aron (Feb 21) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good fun game, David was a really nice chap and organised the match effortlessly. "  -- Andrew

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)