Venues

Welcome

At Banbury Tennis Leagues we are focused on stimulating interest in tennis and increasing grass roots participation in Banbury and District by offering competitive tennis to clubs in the area. 

Our team competitions are played all year-round in a variety of formats and are currently enjoyed by close to 600 players of different abilities ranging from complete novices to county standard  from 16 different Tennis Clubs across Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Warwickshire. 

We are always looking to expand and would love to hear from the new players, teams and clubs willing to join in.

If you would like to play competitive tennis at any level in a friendly and well organised competition then please  get in touch !

Weather

 

2017-2018 Floodlit and Winter Leagues are now on! See News & Forum section for the Summer and New Leagues results summary and congrats to the winners and runners up!

45 Years of History!

The Leagues started in the summer of 1972 and the first affiliated members were - Middleton Cheney, Banbury West End, Kings Sutton, Banbury School, and two Company teams from Alcan International and Alcan Booth. The following year they were joined by Banbury Town and Brackley  and in 1977 Byfield signed up.

The leagues have been growing very fast and by 1979  Brackley, for example,  aleady  had three teams playing in the Leagues.

Deddington Tennis Club joined the leagues in 1981...

Now in the summer 2017 we are  100 doubles teams strong ( each 4-6 players ) and almost 600 players from 16 different Tennis Clubs from  Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Warwickshire are able to enjoy tennis all year-round playing in our four Leagues.

How did it all start?  And why we have such an unusual  11 games format for each rubber in our Summer League!?

Sue Jelfs who is a longstanding member at Banbury West End Lawn Tennis & Squash Club kindly shared with us her memories ( Many thanks Sue! )  explaining how and why :

“I remember Ken Young, a member from Banbury Tennis Club, talking to Peter Billingham , a Banbury West End  member, about setting up a tennis league on a similar basis to the Banbury Town Composite Badminton League. I wasn't party to the conversation but I overheard what they were talking about.

Peter was a very good player and head of PE at Banbury School. Clearly, they were wanting a match that could be played in an evening, so needed to be finite, as it were. And so the format was hatched. 

As with the badminton , there was to be three Ladies' rubbers, three Men's and three Mixed. Because of the format for tennis, each player maintained their position throughout the match, eg 1,2 or 3. Originally the 11 games were just played with serve but some years later, the tie break was introduced at 5-5.

The Floodlit League began some years later, when Banbury West End  lit the bottom three courts. I'm not exactly sure of the date but something like 1984 comes to mind. Again, Peter was instrumental in establishing the format, that being 2 sets Men's 2 Women's and 4 mixed. I think the format has remained the same.

Sadly, Peter died prematurely in 1992 and Ken died within in the last year in his mid 80s.

However, local tennis continues to thrive thanks to their inspiration.”

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