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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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.

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

Jean-Paul Dowding

"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

"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 19 | Thursday 11 May 2017 to Wednesday 5 July 2017 (Midpoint: Wednesday 7 June 2017)

Current Rankings:

  1. Ricardas Lisovskis [W1] 2
  2. Pasquale D'amelio 9.2 [W1] 2
  3. Nicholas Johnson 8.2 [L1]
  4. John Harrison 9.1 [L1]
  5. Artur Zielinski 9.1 withdrawn
  6. Ed Ekanem
  7. Tony Fowkes 9.2

Match Results:

Ricardas Lisovskis bt Nicholas Johnson (May 22) 6-3, 6-3
Pasquale D'amelio bt John Harrison (May 21) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)

Current Rankings:

  1. Krzysztof Partyka 10.2 [W2] 4
  2. Ben Friman [W1] 2
  3. Adriano Di Carlo 9.2 [L1]
  4. John Finn [L1]
  5. Richard Lake 9.2 [L1]
  6. Thomas Watt 10.1
  7. Tom Fuller
  8. Tom Prothero

Match Results:

Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Adriano Di Carlo (May 21) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Fun match with a few good rallies. We were well matched for rallying but a lot of points were won and lost from the service."  -- Ben
Krzysztof Partyka bt Richard Lake (May 20) 6-3, 6-2
Krzysztof Partyka bt John Finn (May 13) 6-0, 6-0

Current Rankings:

  1. Calogero Catania 9.2 [W1] 2
  2. Jat Bubbra 10.1 [L1] 1
  3. Claire Higginson
  4. David Bown 10.1
  5. Linzi Mills
  6. Mark Standish
  7. Martin Copland

Match Results:

Reveal CommentCalogero Catania bt Jat Bubbra (May 21) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable match which took 2 hours to complete. Jat played well utilising all parts of the court with neat spins and effective precise corner base line shots. Close game could have gone either way "  -- Calogero

Current Rankings:

  1. Peter Hedley 10.2 [W1] 2
  2. Judy Hammond [L1]
  3. Benn Kirkham
  4. Deborah Moore
  5. Jeanette Babb
  6. Sohail Butt

Match Results:

Reveal CommentPeter Hedley bt Judy Hammond (May 21) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really good match, plenty of long rallies."  -- Peter

Results

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.

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

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)