Friendly, competitive tennis on Bedford's public courts

You are just a step away from joining our mixed-sex, singles league for men and women (aged 18+) of all standards.

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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This is how it works:

  • Players are organised into groups of between 5 to 9 people of a similar standard
  • It is a mixed sex, singles league, so men and women play each other
  • Groups are put together by standard and there can be any combination of men and women in a group (we do not guarantee a balance of men and women and you could be the only man in a group of women or vice versa!)
  • Contact details are emailed and posted to each player's account page
  • Players arrange their own matches
  • You can play on any court that suits both players

The league is:

  • For everyone over the age of 18
  • 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. Contact details are also posted to your Account Page
  • 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
  • A point is awarded for each set won
  • 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 voucher for £20 to be spent in the Local Tennis League online shop. A winner's certificate is also posted to the winner's Account Page as a PDF file.
  • Where possible, winners of groups are promoted to the group above for the next round.

See here for the complete rules and regulations

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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Langford Tennis Club

Mill Lane, Langford, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9QB
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"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

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

Kevin Jones

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

Jean-Paul Dowding

"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

"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

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Collapse AllBedford Singles - Round 30 | Thursday 3 October 2019 to Wednesday 27 November 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 30 October 2019)

Current Rankings:

  1. Darren Kent 8.2 [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Tony Fowkes 9.1 [W3, L4] 11 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Ciaran McCarthy [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Ryan Chandhar [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  5. John Harrison 8.2 [W3, L3] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  6. John Finn [W3, L5] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Ben Friman [W1, L5] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Matt Willis [W2] 4
  9. Joshua Zwetsloot [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentRyan Chandhar bt Ben Friman (Nov 12) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Really great tight game with Ben who is a real gentleman. Ben ran hard for every point and played some amazing shots. Hope to play you again in the future. Thank you "  -- Ryan
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Joshua Zwetsloot (Nov 10) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Some very tight and long games. All round a fun match in brilliant sunshine."  -- Ben
John Finn bt John Harrison (Nov 10) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt Ben Friman (Nov 9) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Ben cleared the courts before we started which was great. Cold icy morning but we and the courts soon warmed up. Ben hits so great shots and served well. Very enjoyable game"  -- Darren
Ciaran McCarthy bt John Finn (Nov 8) 7-5, 6-0
Reveal CommentTony Fowkes bt Joshua Zwetsloot (Oct 27) 6-1, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable session played on a glorious autumn day on the excellent courts at Dynevor Road . Many thanks to whoever was responsible for building these courts only a year or so ago , a valuable addition to the choice of courts in Bedford. This was the first time Josh and I have played . Josh didn't really get his eye in until the second set when he came back strongly , the second set could've gone either way. A good match played in the best of spirits , I hope that we can play again before too long Josh , thank you. "  -- Tony
John Finn bt Ben Friman (Oct 27) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Reveal CommentCiaran McCarthy bt John Harrison (Oct 25) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "we've played tricky condition with wind and rain but we are not going to stop the game and John does very well especially 4-0 on second set and I made a comeback to win the second set. Very well played John and hope to play with you soon :)"  -- Ciaran
Reveal CommentCiaran McCarthy bt Ryan Chandhar (Oct 25) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Scoreline doesn't reflect Ryan's performance. He has made most of great finish shot and lots of good rallies. I really enjoyed the match and we were carried on playing during light rain! Hopefully we will play again soon and thank you Ryan :)"  -- Ciaran
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt Ciaran McCarthy (Oct 22) 6-7 (6-8), 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game ! A big battle for every point. I had to dig seriously deep for this win. Made men work hard for every point "  -- Darren
Matt Willis bt Tony Fowkes (Oct 22) 6-2, 6-4
Reveal CommentTony Fowkes bt John Finn (Oct 20) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "John and I have played each other many times . This was one of the closest matches we've played . John often takes the first set , I think it takes me a set to get going. John played particularly well this day , I was struggling . A recipe for a hard fought encounter which could've easily gone either way . Thanks for a great game John. "  -- Tony
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Ben Friman (Oct 20) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "All games were close with a number of long rallies in a very enjoyable game on a Sunday afternoon."  -- John
Darren Kent bt John Finn (Oct 19) 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Joshua Zwetsloot (Oct 18) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very competitive and enjoyable match played on floodlit courts at Bedford Lawn Tennis Club."  -- John
Reveal CommentRyan Chandhar bt Tony Fowkes (Oct 16) 6-1, 6-7 (7-9), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable game with some great rallies. Hopefully play Tony again in the future. Thanks again "  -- Ryan
Matt Willis bt John Finn (Oct 14) 6-2, 6-3
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Tony Fowkes (Oct 13) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Took a chance to play after a very wet morning and apart from a strong wind the weather steadily improved ending in clear skies and sun. The tennis matched the weather with a very competitive, enjoyable and close game."  -- John
Tony Fowkes bt Ben Friman (Oct 12) 6-0, 6-3
John Finn bt Joshua Zwetsloot (Oct 12) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt Tony Fowkes (Oct 9) 4-6, 6-1, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Always a tricky match against tony. Momentum went back and forth but I just got it in a comeback situation in the 3rd! Great battle "  -- Darren
RYAN CHANDHAR bt John Finn (Oct 5) 7-5, 6-0
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt John Harrison (Oct 4) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great evening for tennis. After a slow start on my side I got my game together Always a great game against John "  -- Darren

Results

Looking for previous matches? Visit the Bedford archive.
The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches 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 bonus prize (typically a free can of HEAD tennis balls). Bonus prizes must be claimed within 28 days using the link posted to the player's Account page. The link is also emailed to players.

Please note, while matches tied at one set all may be completed with a matchtiebreak, singles matches completed to this shortened format, do not count toward bonus points.

Understanding the current rankings display: 
Player name, [LTA rating - if known], W - tally of wins, L - tally of  losses, UF - tally of unfinished matches] 'n' - points won (if bonus points have been won a  note to this effect is added) 

Comments:
Reporters of results are encouraged to leave a comment on the "Report Your Score" form. Additional commentaries may be added by submitting a result revision (see the pencil icon next to your results)