Friendly, competitive tennis on Bedford's public courts

You are just a step away from joining our mixed-sex, singles league for adults (aged 18+).

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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Bedford Park, aerial view
Bedford Park, aerial view

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From the dates above, choose your round and click on the Join By link.


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This is how it works:

  • Players are organised into groups of up to 8 people of a similar standard
  • Contact details are emailed
  • Players arrange their own matches
  • It is a mixed sex, singles league, so men and women play each other
  • You can play on any court that suits both players

The league is:

  • For everybody!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 certificate and tennis prizes
  • Where possible, winners of groups are promoted to the group above for the next round.

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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If you notice any of our venue information is out of date, missing court costs or opening hours please let us know.


Primary Venues

Allen Park

Ford End Road, Queens Park, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK4 04
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Bedford Park

Park Ave, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK4 02
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Mowsbury Park

Wentworth Drive, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 8BD
Tel: 01234 363227
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Russell Park

The Embankment, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3SA
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Southfield Tennis Courts

Southfields Road, Kempston, Bedfordshire, MK4
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Club Venues

Pavenham Tennis Club

The Playing Fields, High Street, Pavenham, Bedfordshire, MK43 7PH
Tel: 07494534595
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"Having struggled for a game locally, I was happy to find this league. Everyone in the league was warm on arrival and all the games were friendly.  I met some great people in the group.
If you want to play competitively, it doesn't matter what standard you are and /or how nervous you are about playing strangers. I highly recommend entering these leagues as it's a great place to enjoy a game and meet like-minded people for games in the future.  Well played to everyone in the league."

Richard Washbrook

"Thoroughly enjoying it so far... didn't know I was so unfit. Can't wait for the next game," 

Kevin Jones

"It was a good feeling to be back on the court.  I hope everybody from our group enjoyed the competition and I wish them good luck in the next tournament,"

Florin Nistor

"This has been a brilliant idea, and the best thing that’s happened to me for many years, sport-wise. I’ve always loved playing tennis, but haven’t had anyone to play with for years. Apart from  joining a club, it’s so difficult meeting anyone to play. I’ve had some fantastic games and all have been very enjoyable, win or lose. Everyone I’ve spoken to feel the same, so well done to both of you," 

Richard Lake

"I have really enjoyed playing matches. Thank you very much for organising the league and making the arrangements for us players to feel it's 'Wimbledon' every round....."

David Bown

"Playing this round has been so much fun and has definitely sharpened my game.  Looking forward to the next one," 

Jean-Paul Dowding

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Report your results

Collapse AllBedford Singles - Round 20 | Thursday 27 July 2017 to Wednesday 20 September 2017 (Midpoint: Wednesday 23 August 2017)

Current Rankings:

  1. Ricardas Lisovskis [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  2. James Rimmer [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  3. John Harrison 9.1 [W1, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Pasquale D'amelio 9.2 [W2] 4
  5. Tom Prothero [W1, L1] 2
  6. Tony Fowkes 9.2 [L1] 1
  7. David Smith [L2]

Match Results:

Pasquale D'amelio bt David Smith (Aug 13) 6-4, 6-1
Ricardas Lisovskis bt John Harrison (Aug 7) 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 6-1
Reveal CommentJames Rimmer bt John Harrison (Aug 6) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Very good day for tennis and a nice court to play on. Both enjoyed the match. "  -- James
Ricardas Lisovskis bt Tom Prothero (Aug 4) 6-4, 6-1
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Tony Fowkes (Aug 4) 4-6, 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A great game of tennis on a still summers evening. Tony started strongly with a range of penetrating shots, racing to a 5-1 lead. I managed to compete more with a change of tactics to reduce the errors and managed to fight back in set 2 and 3. Throughout, all games were hard fought with a number of long base line rallies. Overall, A very enjoyable game."  -- John
Pasquale D'amelio bt James Rimmer (Jul 30) 6-4, 6-4
Tom Prothero bt John Harrison (Jul 30) 6-3, 0-6, 6-4
James Rimmer bt David Smith (Jul 29) 6-1, 7-6
Ricardas Lisovskis bt James Rimmer (Jul 29) 6-4, 6-1

Current Rankings:

  1. Sohail Butt [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Ben Friman [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Thomas Watt 10.1 [L2] 1
  4. David Bown 10.1 [L1]
  5. Martin Copland [L1]
  6. Richard Lake 9.2 [L2]
  7. Calogero Catania 9.2 [L1]
  8. Kevin Jones 10.1

Match Results:

Sohail Butt bt Richard Lake (Aug 15) 7-5, 6-0
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Thomas Watt (Aug 15) 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (3-7), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Very tight match. Could go either way but we ran out of daylight."  -- Ben
Sohail Butt bt David Bown (Aug 12) 6-0, 6-2
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Richard Lake (Aug 12) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Another great match with Richard who had a disadvantage of the position of the sun when serving facing the sun as he is left-handed. "  -- Ben
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Martin Copland (Aug 11) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent tight match, uncharacteristically mostly going with serve. It all hinged on a few points and a few lucky shots!"  -- Ben
Sohail Butt bt Thomas Watt (Aug 11) 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentSohail Butt bt Calogero Catania (Aug 1) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "Really close match that could have gone either way!! Shattering but really competitive and enjoyable. "  -- Sohail

Current Rankings:

  1. Stephen Stewart [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Ian Holoweckyj [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Ivaylo Zahariev 10.2 [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Adriano Di Carlo 9.2 [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Benn Kirkham [L4] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Deborah Moore [L2]
  7. John Finn

Match Results:

Reveal CommentIan Holoweckyj bt Adriano Di Carlo (Aug 13) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet and play Adriano - we had an entertaining game with some good rallies on a lovely summer afternoon. Wish you well with your remaining games Adriano."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentStephen Stewart bt Deborah Moore (Aug 10) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Deborah was kind enough to allow me to play at Riverside tennis club on the hard courts. Tough match with long rallies and lengthy games. Court and standard of play was thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you Deborah I wish you all the best for the rest of the competition. "  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentAdriano Di Carlo bt Benn Kirkham (Aug 10) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "This was an close match throughout played across two days due to the bad weather on the 1st day, could have gone either way, really enjoyed it, good luck for your other games Ben"  -- Adriano
Reveal CommentStephen Stewart bt Ivaylo Zahariev (Aug 6) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match , nail biting at times and hard fought. Ivaylo was great with line calls and was a very unpredictable opponent that kept me guessing throughout the match. "  -- Stephen
Stephen Stewart bt Adriano Di Carlo (Aug 5) 6-0, 6-2
Reveal CommentIan Holoweckyj bt Deborah Moore (Aug 3) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Conditions were pretty good down on the carpet courts of the Riverside. Deborah 's lovely, pleasure to play with - the score not really a fair representation as we had a number of good rallies. Best of luck with your upcoming games Deborah...."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentIvaylo Zahariev bt Adriano Di Carlo (Jul 31) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "There was some really good rallies in both sets. Near the end of the match both of our nerves crept in as it was a game for one player to get back into the match and for the other to complete a straight sets win. There were a few times where the ball was close to being in/out and I am thankful that both Adriano and I showed good sportsmanship and fair play throughout the whole match. "  -- Ivaylo
Reveal CommentIan Holoweckyj bt Benn Kirkham (Jul 30) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Pleasure meeting and playing against Benn. One of those days when things went well for one, whilst the net was huge and court small for the other - blustery conditions didn't help. Wish you well for the rest of the league Benn - Ian"  -- Ian
Stephen Stewart bt Benn Kirkham (Jul 30) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentIvaylo Zahariev bt Benn Kirkham (Jul 29) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "The weather was a it windy which meant a few of the balls were flying around during a point, but other than that it was good. Also the net of the courts were a bit lower than expected. The first set was close at the beginning which was copied over onto the second set. Both of us were a bit rusty as this was our first match of the round. Benn is a really nice guy and it felt more like two friends playing with a competitive spin on the match. Very enjoyable match, thanks Benn. "  -- Ivaylo


Looking for previous matches? Visit the Bedford archive.
The results listed here include the current and previous rounds for Bedford. 

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 free can of balls which we will post to you.

Player, [LTA rating], [win/loss/tie tally], points won

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