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HOW IT WORKS:

  • Players are organised into groups of 6 to 8 players of a similar standard
  • It is a mixed sex, singles league
  • Groups are put together by standard and there can be any combination of men and women in a group
  • Contact details are emailed and posted to each player's account page the day before the Round begins
  • Players arrange their own matches, book courts and share costs 
  • You can play on any court that suits both players

THE LEAGUE IS:

  • For anyone over the age of 18
  • We welcome beginners as well as advanced players

KEY POINTS:

  • There are various scoring formats you can use for your match
  • Contact details are emailed and posted to each player's account page the day before the Round begins
  • Players are placed in groups according to previous results in the League and, for new players, their Player Standard Questionnaire
  • Each player attempts to play each of the other players in their group once during the Round
  • A point is awarded for each set won
  • If you complete 3 matches before the mid-point of a Round you receive 2 bonus points and a bonus prize
  • 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

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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 »

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Richard Lake

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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

"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,"

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Collapse AllBedford Singles - Round 36 | Thursday 8 April 2021 to Wednesday 2 June 2021 (Midpoint: Wednesday 5 May 2021)

Current Rankings:

  1. Richard Washbrook 7.1 [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Jean-Paul Dowding 9.1 [W1, L2] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Ian Holoweckyj [W1] 2
  4. Pasquale D'amelio 8.1 [W1] 2
  5. Darren Kent 8.1 [L2]
  6. Ryan Chandhar 7.2 [L2]
  7. Jeff Briggs
  8. Wesley Randle 9.2

Match Results:

Pasquale D'amelio bt Darren Kent (Apr 15) 6-3, 6-4
Reveal CommentJean-Paul Dowding bt Ryan Chandhar (Apr 15) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "This was such a close match - one break of serve each in the first set and only one mini-break in the tie-breaker. In the second set Ryan had break point to go 5-1 up and somehow I pulled it back. Not sure what made the difference today, I was just determined to keep the ball in play as much as possible but when Ryan's serve and ground-strokes get going it is so hard to play against. Great fun match. Thanks Ryan, good luck in your remaining games!"  -- Jean-Paul
Reveal CommentRichard Washbrook bt Darren Kent (Apr 12) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "I settled a bit quicker than Darren taking a 2-0 lead, Darren then played some really good tennis to get it back to 2-2. I served loads better in the first set than i have been in other matches so played with a bit more freedom. I lost focus with my serving in the beginning of the 2nd dropping my serve twice by giving too many doubles and free points, Darren really upped his game taking a 3-1 lead, he nailed the short centre ball with his whipped forehand multiple times hitting the corner of the lines.. some cracking shots. I found my serve again and managed to turn the second around. Some nice long rallies towards the end as we were both growing a bit more confident with our shots. Cheers Darren!"  -- Richard
Reveal CommentRichard Washbrook bt Jean-Paul Dowding (Apr 11) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Jean-Paul really battered me the first set. I had no confidence in any shots everything was landing short, JP put the short balls away for fun and volleyed really well. Second set I went for more depth on the forehand and started to find some serves. JP started well in the 3rd winning some tight games going 3-1 up, I didn't play that well in the 3rd but managed to grind out the games. Still can't get my head around this game after lockdown, JP probably deserved the W, another one I got away with, really fun morning.. cheers Jean-Paul!"  -- Richard
Reveal CommentIan Holoweckyj bt Jean-Paul Dowding (Apr 8) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Bit blustery, but after months indoors, we're certainly not moaning! It was really great to blow away the cobwebs, get out and swing a racket! Most of our games went to deuce, contrasting styles made for good rallies and well contested points - the score somewhat flatters me. The BLTC courts have been recently treated and play really well. I think we both really enjoyed our exchange and look forward to future games."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentRichard Washbrook bt Ryan Chandhar (Apr 8) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "First match since Jan 2020, so good to be back on court again! Ryan is a top guy, couldn't read his first serve at all and puts the ball away when it's in his zone. We were both rusty, too many double faults, too many horrible shots. First set wasn't pretty it was a case who could put a few games together in a row. Second set Ryan came out firing, had points for 0-3, and 40-0 up for a 3-1 lead, no clue how i ended up ahead. Thanks Ryan, good fun and good luck in your other matches."  -- Richard

Current Rankings:

  1. Charles Standish [W1] 2
  2. Tony Fowkes 9.1 [L1] 1
  3. Ben Friman
  4. Calogero Catania 9.2
  5. John Harrison 8.2
  6. Joshua Zwetsloot
  7. Michael Edgeworth
  8. Peter Hedley 10.2

Match Results:

Charles Standish bt Tony Fowkes (Apr 11) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3

Results

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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. Bonus prizes must be claimed within 28 days using the link emailed to the player.

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).

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