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Clapham Common Tennis League

Rules & Regs


Important or useful to know 
Basic rules for the tournament will be added here. We will try to keep them simple, with an emphasis on self-regulated fair play! Disputes will be settled by an impartial third party - but we hope there won't be any.
How it works

When we have everyone signed up for a round you will recieve contact details for players in your group. You will contact each player, by email or phone, and arrange a mutually convenient time to play your match. Easy!
If you complete three matches before the midway point you will receive a FREE tube of tennis balls. Group winners will win 20 or a FREE coaching lesson. 

Reporting matches

Winners report matches. Please email Sally: with the date of the match, your opponent, and the score. Match report, complete with all the drama, are welcome!
No one at this site or connected with the League can take responsibility for the safety or security of players whether playing on Clapham Common or elsewhere. Players compete at their own risk and are solely responsible for court hire, tennis ball provision etc.


Balls and courts

Courts: Please share the cost of the courts, and allow for two hours of play. We expect most matches to be played on the courts at Clapham Common, but if both players agree matches can be played at any appropriate venue and on any surface.
Balls: Balls must be of a good quality if not new and both parties should provide a set. Either party has the right to object to poor balls (prior to the match). If the balls are objected to, and no alternatives can be found, the match must be re-scheduled. In this case the challenged player pays for courts and balls and takes responsibility for making the booking.

What if?

If it rains before the match starts, the whole match must be re-scheduled

If it rains during the match... either player may decide to call a halt to the match, but the match must still be completed. Matches should be re-started with whatever the score was when play stopped. Players must share any additional court fee. If re-scheduling becomes impossible, the score can be reported as final if both parties agree

If a player retires injured, he or she loses the match - it cannot be re-played.

If a player does not turn up at the agreed time, or is more than half an hour late, he or she forfeits the match.

If one or other player decides they don't want to play a match they can not offer a walkover to the other. That is, for points to be awarded a match has to be played.

Scoring rules

  • Matches are the best of three tie-break sets
  • That means, if a player wins the first two sets, the game is over. A third set is only played if players have each won one set
  • The winner of each set wins 1 point. So, the winner of a two set match gets 2 points. In a three set thriller, the winner gets 2 points, the loser 1 point 
  • Players play each other once in every Round
  • An additional two points will be awarded to players who have completed three of their matches by the half way point. This is to encourage everyone to get on with it!
  • Players who have paid their subscription fee will also get a FREE set of balls for completing three matches by the mid way point.
  • The player with the most number of points at the end wins their group.
  • In cases of two or more players with the same number of points, the player who beat the other during that round wins.
  • At the end of each round, where possible, the top one (or two) players in each group will be promoted to the group above (if there is one). Similarly, the bottom one (or two) players will be relegated, and for those who want to, it starts again with another round


Need to know how to play a tiebreak?
Click below

How to play a tiebreak


Clapham Common Tennis League
In association with Lambeth Sports and Recreation