Box Leagues & Free Matches

In order to promote more tennis activities between members, the Club ran singles “box leagues” in the spring and summer , and has started the “free matches” programme in the autumn. In each case members can play friendly matches amongst small groups of players of similar abilities. We typically run men’s, ladies and junior groups and welcome everyone of all standards to get involved.

Box League format

Adult box leagues are groups of around 6 players or pairs of similar standard who play each other over 2-set matches. The starter and junior leagues play just one set. Juniors should be confident playing with standard balls. See below for more details on the rules.

Box league participants are invited to contact each other and arrange their friendly matches over a period of 2 or 3 months. As a result we typically run several box league cycles each season.

Free Matches format

Free Matches allow members to schedule and play against each other. Singles, doubles or just a bit a fun – whatever goes! There is no pressure to play games or keep scores. It’s the place to say “Hey, I am free this weekend if anyone wants to play a game?”.

WhatsApp groups are created to facilitate communication between members keen to participate, with each group typically consisting of players of similar standard.

How to participate in Box Leagues and Free Matches

First, let us know you are interested when you complete the membership form as part of your membership registration. There is a section to capture your interests in various activities. The Committee will then contact all members and organise a number of box leagues and free matches groups based on the number of interested members.

If you are keen to participate and have joined mid-season, or have not been contacted after your initial membership registration, please let us know by filling the contact form below.

Please note that by participating in box leagues or free matches, players agree to share their mobile numbers and email addresses with the other members in their group to make contact and arrange games.

Rules for the adult Box Leagues

  • Each match consists of  two sets with a 7-point tie-break in case of one set all. Starter league and juniors play one set only, with a 7-point tie-break in of 6 games each
  • The winning player or pair receives one point and is responsible for posting the results using the template provided
  • All matches to be completed by a set date (usually 2 to 3 months from the start date)
  • Tip: box league participants can create a WhatsApp group for their league, making it easier to arrange matches and keep track of results

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