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!

Close matches, close by.

Bedford Park, aerial view
Bedford Park, aerial view

Want to Get Playing?

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


Every player who completes three matches by the midway point of any round is sent a FREE can of tennis balls! Plus there are great offers all the time in our shop.


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!

Missing Something?

If you notice any of our venue information is out of date, missing court costs or opening hours please let us know.


Primary Venues

Bedford Park

Park Ave, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK4 02 Tel: full venue details »

Allen Park

Ford End Road, Queens Park, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK4 04 Tel: full venue details »

Mowsbury Park

Wentworth Drive, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 8BD Tel: 01234 363227 full venue details »

Southfield Tennis Courts

Southfields Road, Kempston, Bedfordshire, MK4 Tel: full venue details »

Russell Park

The Embankment, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3SA Tel: full venue details »

Club Venues

Pavenham Tennis Club

The Playing Fields, High Street, Pavenham, Bedfordshire, MK43 7PH Tel: 07494534595 full venue details »

Langford Tennis Club

Mill Lane, Langford, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9QB Tel: full venue details »

"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

"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

"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

"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 35 | Thursday 17 December 2020 to Wednesday 6 January 2021 (Midpoint: Wednesday 13 January 2021)

Current Rankings:

  1. Wesley Randle 9.2 [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Ian Holoweckyj [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Tim Johns [W1, L2] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Darren Kent 8.1 [W2] 4
  5. John Harrison 8.2 [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Pasquale D'amelio 8.1 [W1, L1] 3
  7. Ryan Chandhar 7.2 [W1, L1] 2
  8. Adriano Di Carlo 9.2 [L6] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  9. Faizel Ashfaq

Match Results:

Reveal CommentWesley Randle bt Pasquale D'amelio (Jan 3) 6-7 (10-12), 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "If this was a movie it would be a trilogy! 3 set spin off. Fabulous first set in very slippy conditions after some morning rain. 10am. start. An epic battle to 6-6 after some lovely placement play from PD with WR needing to change trainers it was so slippy. Finally ended 12-10 tiebreak to PD. Well deserved after some careful play to 10-10. The Sun then posed even greater problems serving and slippy conditions in 2nd set that WR took 6-3 although it was close again but the courts were starting to dry out a little. The Sun then continued to burn both the moisture off the courts and our retinas whilst serving. Final set WR 6-3 PD. Almost a heroic forehand shot pulled off by PD whilst lying on the ground after a slip. Great match! Thx."  -- Wesley
Reveal CommentTim Johns bt Adriano Di Carlo (Jan 3) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "They call him Adriano 'Badmington' Di Carlo... Adriano has improved since we last played and we had some nice rallies with some challenging shots. On a slighty slippery court I had no chance of getting anywhere near some of Adriano's excellent 'badminton-inspired' low and fast forehands. At times I felt like a spectator! Overall I was more consistent so came through. Enjoyed a couple of extra sets afterwards - good workout - thanks Adriano."  -- Tim
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt Adriano Di Carlo (Jan 2) 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to meet Adriano, good fun today. I started strong going up 6-0 4-0 then my form dipped and Adriano caught me out a few times with some awkward shots to make it 6-4 Thanks "  -- Darren
Reveal CommentIan Holoweckyj bt Wesley Randle (Jan 2) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Stunning January morning although play was challenging every two games with one of us facing the low, shining sun! First time we've played each other and it was a well contested match with most games reaching deuce, Wes puts considerable spin on the ball which makes it a struggle to return, I managed to edge in front and close out a very enjoyable match, wouldn't have minded a third set decider - good game."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentIan Holoweckyj bt Tim Johns (Dec 30) 6-0, 4-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Played on the BLTC courts, the second set was certainly the most competitive, Tim deservingly taking it. Pleasure to play on such a lovely winters afternoon."  -- Ian
Pasquale D'amelio bt Adriano Di Carlo (Dec 29) 6-2, 6-3
Reveal CommentIan Holoweckyj bt John Harrison (Dec 29) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Fabulous morning and decent game upon the impressive courts at BLTC; one of those days when your first serve just won't behave but credit to John for battling, I was 5-2 up in the 2nd set before eventually closing out 7-5."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Adriano Di Carlo (Dec 28) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Played on a cold but still day over the Christmas period. One warmed up, Adriano started to fire in a number of hard hit passing shots. All the best for you other games."  -- John
Reveal CommentWesley Randle bt Ryan Chandhar (Dec 28) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Fine, misty and cold noon game. Match started evenly and got to 3-3 - great serving from both including some bullets from Ryan! Ended 6-3 but all games were deuce battles and could have gone either way several times. WR 6-3 RC. Second set was equally competitive with some tremendous drop shots and net play from Ryan. Ended WR 6-2 RC. WR 2-0 RC. Thanks Ryan."  -- Wesley
Reveal CommentWesley Randle bt Adriano Di Carlo (Dec 27) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great game - loved it. Some tricky play from Adriano using his Badminton knowledge! Very bright with the low sun. Thanks again Adriano."  -- Wesley
Reveal CommentRyan Chandhar bt Adriano Di Carlo (Dec 24) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great to finally get back on the courts. My first meeting with Adriano who is a really nice guy and clearly loves getting out on the court. I was on top form today playing some really nice ground strokes. All the best for your next matches. Thank you "  -- Ryan
Reveal CommentWesley Randle bt John Harrison (Dec 22) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A fine, mizzley rainy evening under floodlights on carpet - all tight games. Fun exchanges close to the net. Second set was tight at 3-3. Thanks John."  -- Wesley
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt John Harrison (Dec 21) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "First game back since lockdown 2.0 and I felt rusty but we had 2 close enjoyable sets with some decent rallies. Played on the Astro at Allen park which have recently been cleaned and they are very impressive, so good for movement. Cheers John "  -- Darren
Reveal CommentWesley Randle bt Tim Johns (Dec 20) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Lefty vs Righty - extremely pleasant/crisp/dry/calm morning to play tennis in Tier 4 - using separate balls for serving. Tim started very well with a 3-0 lead - playing some lovely attacking tennis and good serving. Wesley came back with a few games before the sun popped it's head above the buildings to provide additional challenge serving / receiving every two games. First set was close and could have gone either way after a ping pong net battle - eventually ending WR 6 - 4 TJ. Second set started evenly at 2-1 and then ended WR 6-1 TJ. WR 2-0 TJ."  -- Wesley


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) 

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)