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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"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

"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

"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

"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

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

Kevin Jones

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Collapse AllBedford Singles - Round 31 | Thursday 23 January 2020 to Wednesday 18 March 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 19 February 2020)

Good tennis in Bedford as always and strong commitment on the whole. The weather was not the best - as John H said, 'Bring on the summer', and let's hope when it comes, we can all get back on court once again.

Group Summary:

The final standings are tough on Ciaran who once again beat defending champ Ryan but Ryan's scheduling earned him his bonus points so he tops the group. Congratulations! Ciaran did however swap places with Darren and finishes second this time. He also has the satisfaction of reversing his loss v Darren and won this time. The wind was an unwelcome factor this round but this was a great group and a busy one. Well played all!

Final Rankings:

  1. Ryan Chandhar 7.2 [W4, L1] 11 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Ciaran McCarthy [W5] 10 RUNNER UP
  3. Darren Kent 8.2 [W4, L2] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  4. John Finn [W1, L4] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  5. John Harrison 8.2 [W2, L3] 4
  6. Ben Friman [L5] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Joshua Zwetsloot [L1]
  8. Tim Johns

Match Results:

Reveal CommentRyan Chandhar bt John Harrison (Mar 16) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely conditions for tennis, dry and cool! Really tight first set that was won with only one break of serve. Great serving from both of us making the first serve nearly impossible to return. I managed to up my game in the 2nd set and played really well. Not many rallies this evening due to a very fast court but none the less very enjoyable. Thanks again John, I hope to play you again soon. "  -- Ryan
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt John Finn (Mar 15) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "This was a match played on a rainy Sunday afternoon, with limited wind and a mild temperature; so for this winter near perfect conditions! Bring on the summer! Although the surface was wet these courts play very well and hence we had a good competitive game. I took an early lead in the first set relying on the much out of favour serve and volley approach. The early success was addressed by John with some great shots down both lines and applying winning lobs (carefully out of the full reach of my 6ft 4 inch frame) to pull back. Forced to change tactics, I relied on grinding out points from the baseline to more success to take the match. With all sports cancelled due to a certain virus, I was half expecting the BBC cameras to turn up! "  -- John
Ciaran McCarthy bt John Finn (Mar 13) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentCiaran McCarthy bt John Harrison (Mar 13) 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Another great match especially on him improving his second set which has worried me a bit. The condition is lovely and clear which is very playable with both of us and also lots of great rallies! Thank you for playing John!"  -- Ciaran
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt Ben Friman (Mar 11) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure to play Ben "  -- Darren
Reveal CommentRyan Chandhar bt Ben Friman (Mar 8) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "The score line does not reflect the effort Ben put in today. Never giving up and chasing everything. Fortunately I had one of those days where i could not miss. Thanks again Ben, always a very fair player and a gent! "  -- Ryan
Reveal CommentCiaran McCarthy bt Darren Kent (Mar 1) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "The shoreline did not reflect Darren’s performance. We are struggling to play in windy conditions but we have to play under the circumstances and it is good game! "  -- Ciaran
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt Joshua Zwetsloot (Mar 1) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Some good rallies, Josh seems to have improved every time we have played Shame about all the weather conditions!"  -- Darren
Ciaran McCarthy bt Ben Friman (Feb 19) 6-2, 7-5
Reveal CommentRyan Chandhar bt Darren Kent (Feb 15) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Weather made today's match very difficult however we carried on none the less. Darren is a great player and has an very impressive forehand! 2 tight sets which could have gone either way. Thanks Darren hopefully play again soon!"  -- Ryan
Darren Kent bt John Finn (Feb 11) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentCiaran McCarthy bt Ryan Chandhar (Feb 5) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great match again. We build an excellent rallies and finishing shot! It can be any of of them to win and I enjoyed the game with ryan again! No doubt we will be playing soon! Well played ryan! "  -- Ciaran
Ryan Chandhar bt John Finn (Feb 4) 6-3, 7-5
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Ben Friman (Feb 2) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "A very competitive game with some excellent serving and passing strokes from Ben; who played a strong second set eventually decided on a tie breaker."  -- John
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt John Harrison (Jan 24) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great competitive match on the floodlit courts . Both of us held our serves well and enjoyed some good rallies and winners"  -- Darren
John Finn bt Ben Friman (Jan 24) 6-0, 6-2

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)