Summer Ladders and Club Titles
The summer ladder competitions officially ended on 20th September, although the ladders have been left open for members to continue to arrange play. I hope everyone has enjoyed the opportunity for some friendly, but competitive matches and the chance to meet and play new members.
The committee decided that it was not practical to hold a finals weekend or other competition events this year. Instead, the highest ranked mens’ and ladies’ singles players will be directly awarded the club titles. Moreover, the highest ranked doubles team will be awarded the Karen Wignall trophy. I’m pleased to announce that the top-ranked players, as of 20th September, and hence our club champions for 2020 are:
- Penny Rice in ladies’ singles
- Joe Conaghan in men’s singles
- Renske van Engelen and Naweed Bukhari in doubles
Congratulations to all our winners! Their titles are well-deserved. The winners’ names will be added to the boards in the clubhouse in due course.
Given the positive feedback on the summer ladders, we’ve decided to run winter ladders starting Saturday 17th October, and continuing until the end of March 2021.
The winter ladders will run over a longer period, as playing opportunities will be more irregular in the darker and wetter months. Players will no longer be dropped places if they can’t play for an extended period and a longer time will be given to arrange and play challenges.
All existing players and teams on the summer ladders will be rolled over to the winter ladders at their current positions, but scores will be reset.
If you don’t want to play in the winter ladders you can either withdraw from a ladder or choose to temporarily leave a ladder. Please don’t remain on the ladders if you have no intention of playing though. You can always rejoin in the summer.
If you haven’t played on the ladders and would like to join, then this would be a great time. To sign up just go to https://app.tennisrungs.com/Public/Register/80451371 and register, then choose to join the singles and/or doubles ladder. New players will join at the bottom, where the level should be easier. If you need a partner for combined doubles, please contact Penny who may be able to help.
If you played in the summer ladder, but found the level too difficult, I’d encourage you to have another try, as some natural sorting of the players has now occurred and everyone should be able to find a level at which they are comfortable. I am happy to move players down the rankings, if they wish.
As the weather may be poor for prolonged periods over winter, players might like to consider booking indoor courts at Carnegie or John Charles (South Leeds) if the outdoor courts are unsuitable. Costs of indoor booking should be shared equally.