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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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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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Primary Venues

Bedford Park

Park Ave, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK4 02
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Allen Park

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

Wentworth Drive, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 8BD
Tel: 01234 363227
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Southfield Tennis Courts

Southfields Road, Kempston, Bedfordshire, MK4
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Russell Park

The Embankment, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3SA
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Club Venues

Pavenham Tennis Club

The Playing Fields, High Street, Pavenham, Bedfordshire, MK43 7PH
Tel: 07494534595
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Kevin Jones

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Richard Lake

"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

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Collapse AllBedford Singles - Round 24 | Thursday 14 June 2018 to Wednesday 8 August 2018 (Midpoint: Wednesday 11 July 2018)

Current Rankings:

  1. Ricardas Lisovskis 9.2 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Pasquale D'amelio 8.2 [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  3. David Smith [W2, L2] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Ivaylo Zahariev 9.1 [W1, L4] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  5. John Harrison 9.1 [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Krzysztof Partyka 9.2 [W1, L1] 2
  7. Darren Kent [L1] 1
  8. Ian Holoweckyj

Match Results:

Reveal CommentIvaylo Zahariev bt David Smith (Jul 15) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Tough battle with David once again, regardless of the final score. The match was won due to a little bit more of a higher count of unforced errors coming from David than me in some clutch moments. Good luck with your next matches David. "  -- Ivaylo
Pasquale D'amelio bt Ivaylo Zahariev (Jul 8) 6-4, 6-3
Ricardas Lisovskis bt John Harrison (Jul 8) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentDavid Smith bt Krzysztof Partyka (Jul 5) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match Krys and good luck in your remaining matches!"  -- David
Reveal CommentKrzysztof Partyka bt Ivaylo Zahariev (Jul 3) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "It was a very competitive game again. In the last set Ivo made a come back from 5-2 down to 5-4 and nearly equalized. Thanks Ivo!"  -- Krzysztof
Ricardas Lisovskis bt Ivaylo Zahariev (Jul 1) 6-0, 6-3
Reveal CommentPasquale D'amelio bt Darren Kent (Jul 1) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • "As a long time fan of both watching and playing tennis, I can only take my hat (cap) off to the professionals who can play 5 sets in hot conditions. Today was over 2 hours of close tennis in the morning sunshine against Darren and his often punishing ground strokes. I guess sometimes all you can do is try and survive the onslaught, weather the storm and hope a match plays itself out in your favour. On this occasion I won, but will be looking to the professionals at the start of Wimbledon next week for inspiration in the remaining matches. "  -- Pasquale
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Ivaylo Zahariev (Jun 29) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Played on a warm summers evening (on the World Cup rest day) with the tennis heavily impacted by a strong wind running down the length of the court. In spite of the conditions we had an enjoyable game with a number of long rallies. Best of luck to Ivo in his future games."  -- John
Ricardas Lisovskis bt David Smith (Jun 26) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
Ricardas Lisovskis bt Pasquale D'amelio (Jun 24) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Reveal CommentDavid Smith bt John Harrison (Jun 22) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play on a warm, sunny evening at Bedford LTC. Good luck in your remaining matches John!"  -- David
Reveal CommentPasquale D'amelio bt John Harrison (Jun 17) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "An incredibly close match against John today - good to see him back in Group 1 where he belongs."  -- Pasquale

Current Rankings:

  1. Stephen Stewart 9.1 [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Tony Fowkes 9.2 [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Ben Friman [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Stefanos Efthimiou [W1, L2] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Adriano Di Carlo 9.2 [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  6. John Finn [L2]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentTony Fowkes bt Adriano Di Carlo (Jun 29) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable match in ideal conditions . A bonus was to discovered this new venue , recently built free public courts off Bromham Road . Thank you Adriano , here's to the next one. Tony"  -- Tony
Reveal CommentStefanos Efthimiou bt Adriano Di Carlo (Jun 29) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "This was a really good match, had some good rallies throughout on a hot summer's day, good luck with your other games"  -- Adriano
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Adriano Di Carlo (Jun 28) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "It was close! Adriano's tight cross-court shot following my spinning drop shot was the shot of the match. It looked physically impossible."  -- Ben
Reveal CommentStephen Stewart bt John Finn (Jun 26) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "What a great evening for tennis. John hit some very good shots and had a lot of talent. I look forward to playing more in the future. All the best for the rest of your games John. "  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentTony Fowkes bt Ben Friman (Jun 26) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "we are being spoilt with this run of glorious weather . Such evenings at Allen Park are perfect for tennis. It's quiet and green and peaceful and the court is in excellent condition. Always a pleasure Ben , thank you for the game. Tony"  -- Tony
Reveal CommentStephen Stewart bt Tony Fowkes (Jun 23) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "First time playing Tony. Tony made me work for every point , as a result very long rallies occurred. Tony had great net play with a very intelligent approach. Knackered after this one all the best for the rest of your matches Tony. "  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentStephen Stewart bt Adriano Di Carlo (Jun 22) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure playing Adriano. Very hot and humid conditions , Adriano had great spin as always with a lot of the games going being battled in the heat. Best of luck for the rest of your games !"  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentTony Fowkes bt Stefanos Efthimiou (Jun 21) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "another perfect evening for a knock , such a pleasure. Thank you Stef , see you next time. "  -- Tony
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt John Finn (Jun 20) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Tight match, with the level of play improving throughout. "  -- Ben
Stephen Stewart bt Stefanos Efthimiou (Jun 15) 6-3, 6-1
Reveal CommentStephen Stewart bt Ben Friman (Jun 14) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Ben was a really nice guy. The score does not reflect the match , with the oppening set having long hard fought rallies, with Ben having a solid forehand with good spin. Best of luck for the rest of your matches Ben. "  -- Stephen

Current Rankings:

  1. Calogero Catania 9.2 [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Volker Lilienthal 10.2 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Peter Hedley 10.2 [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. David Bown 10.1 [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Linzi Mills [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Ian Jarvis [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Peter john Walker [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Carla Whitmore [L1]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentCalogero Catania bt Ian Jarvis (Jul 15) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A good match with some very close games going either way. "  -- Calogero
Reveal CommentLinzi Mills bt Ian Jarvis (Jul 12) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable set of games. Venue wasn’t crowded and it was a nice temperature to play in. Many tough rallies with some awesome finishes. Sportsmanship was excellent. "  -- Linzi
Reveal CommentDavid Bown bt Linzi Mills (Jul 10) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A thoroughly good and equal match between two brilliant tennis stars."  -- David
Reveal CommentCalogero Catania bt Linzi Mills (Jul 9) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Played on a much cooler night with some good rallies All the best Linzi for the remaining matches "  -- Calogero
Reveal CommentCalogero Catania bt David Bown (Jul 8) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A great game played in the shade for the most part. David is a competitive opponent who never gives up, showing plenty of resolve on the baseline with intricate returns with spin to the net. Very close match and a pleasure once again to play David. Good luck with the remaining games. "  -- Calogero
Reveal CommentVolker Lilienthal bt Linzi Mills (Jul 5) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "This was a tough match on a very warm summer evening. The score is not really reflecting how tight the match was, some really nice rallys and shots on both sides, a lot of deuces. Enjoy your next matches, Linzy....and looking forward playing again!"  -- Volker
Reveal CommentVolker Lilienthal bt Peter john Walker (Jul 1) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "The heat on the court was brutal...but was great fun playing with Peter...maybe we can play again, but then with a bit lower temperature LOL..."  -- Volker
Reveal CommentCalogero Catania bt Peter Hedley (Jun 30) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "The score does not reflect the pattern of play, Peter offered many close games with points won on many rallies, very enjoyable. "  -- Calogero
Reveal CommentVolker Lilienthal bt David Bown (Jun 30) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "This was a close match with a lot of deuces in the summer sun of Bedford Park. The second set was very tight one and kind of a festival of breaks with the lucky end on my side. I have no clue how it would have turned out if it would have come to a third set as I was already tired out. Was great playing with David and I wish him success and fun in his next challenges."  -- Volker
Reveal CommentDavid Bown bt Ian Jarvis (Jun 26) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A thoroughly good match and more evenly played than the score suggests. The many deuces confirms the closeness of the games which the score doesn't detail. "  -- David
Reveal CommentPeter Hedley bt David Bown (Jun 23) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really close match on a sunny Saturday morning. Lots of deuces. Apologies for winning from a net chord. "  -- Peter
Peter john Walker bt Carla Whitmore (Jun 21) 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentIan Jarvis bt Peter john Walker (Jun 20) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "This was a really fun game and I look forward to playing with Peter again. Some nice backwards and forwards interspersed with both players getting progressively better at getting the first serves in. Great fun!"  -- Ian
Calogero Catania bt Peter john Walker (Jun 17) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentPeter Hedley bt Peter john Walker (Jun 17) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Really good match, close throughout. The second set score was not really a fair reflection of the set lots of deuces. "  -- Peter
Reveal CommentVolker Lilienthal bt Ian Jarvis (Jun 16) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "It was a fun match with Ian...two guys who have not played for around 20 years...took some time to shake off the rust but was a great game. The score could have been much tighter and there was a lot of luck involved. Looking forward to play again with Ian. Wish Ian a lot of fun and success in his next games in the league!"  -- Volker

Results

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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.

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

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