Friendly, competitive tennis on Bedford's public courts

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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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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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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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"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

"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

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Collapse AllBedford Singles - Round 25 | Thursday 30 August 2018 to Wednesday 24 October 2018 (Midpoint: Wednesday 26 September 2018)

Current Rankings:

  1. Stephen Stewart 9.1 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Ricardas Lisovskis 9.1 [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Ivaylo Zahariev 8.2 [W2, L1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Krzysztof Partyka 9.1 [W1, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. John Harrison 8.2 [W1, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Ian Holoweckyj [W2] 4
  7. Tony Fowkes 9.1 [L4] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Darren Kent [L2] 1

Match Results:

Ian Holoweckyj bt John Harrison (Sep 16) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6
Ricardas Lisovskis bt Tony Fowkes (Sep 16) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
Reveal CommentIvaylo Zahariev bt Krzysztof Partyka (Sep 15) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Played on a lovely Saturday morning in Mowsbury park with a lot of people out in the park also enjoying the good weather. First set saw me take the lead from the get go and it seemed like every shot was going in. Second set, Krys came back strong, holding his service games comfortably and forcing me to do the same which I was unable to do and suddenly we were a set a piece. At the start of the third I once more managed to take a comfortable lead, but Krys had other ideas and I soon saw myself at break point at 4-2. Thankfully I somehow managed to hold that service game before both of us holding serve and finishing at 6-3. It was a pleasure playing Krys again, good luck with your other matches :) "  -- Ivaylo
Ricardas Lisovskis bt Darren Kent (Sep 15) 7-5, 7-5
Reveal CommentIan Holoweckyj bt Tony Fowkes (Sep 15) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure matches with Tony; although this one perhaps lacking the usual intensity as niggling injuries continue to prevail. 2nd set was full of verbal 'oohs and aahs' - reminiscent of Sharapova in her prime.... only they were related to shoulder and foot spasms instead of roaring down-the-line-back-hand-winners! Glad to see out a tighter 2nd set, wasn't much in it towards the end."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentKrzysztof Partyka bt Tony Fowkes (Sep 12) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "One more enjoyable and competitive game with Tony who despite an arm injury played well and gave us both a good run. At the end we've played one more set of 'killer tennis' which is great fun . Thanks Tony and I hope your arm will get better! "  -- Krzysztof
Reveal CommentIvaylo Zahariev bt Ricardas Lisovskis (Sep 11) 6-2, 0-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A very tough and hard-fought match played in the morning in windy conditions. In the first two sets the momentum swung from Ivo in the first set to Ricardas in the second set. Both of us had high amount of winners and unforced errors and there was quite a few points with some excellent rallies, where we would switch from offence to defence to offence back and forth. Third set would see both of us locked in constant break of serve situation. In the end, at 6-5 with a break of serve for me and looking like the set would go into a tiebreak, the difference that sealed the 7-5 win was only one or two exchanges going in my favour. Good luck with your other matches Ricardas and looking forward to our next encounter. "  -- Ivaylo
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Darren Kent (Sep 9) 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "This match was played on a dry but stormy feeling morning in Allen Park. Of all the players I have come across Darren has one of the most devastating selection of ground strokes; and in the first set I was completely blown off the court by fast, penetrating and accurate shots. As we moved to the second set, the increasing wind started to make a real impact on our styles of play (NB: as a footnote...Allen Park must rank as one of the windiest tennis courts in England!) and certainly gave me the opportunity of a foothold in the match. The remaining sets were close, but with the wind running down the court meant that the wind impacted Darren's shot length more than mine. I managed to pip the win but Darren was by far the better player!"  -- John
Reveal CommentStephen Stewart bt Ivaylo Zahariev (Sep 9) 7-6 (7-4), 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great seeing Ivo again. The first set could have easily gone to Ivo with major gusts of wind causing swings in momentum. Best of luck for the rest of your matches Ivo!"  -- Stephen
Ricardas Lisovskis bt John Harrison (Sep 7) 6-2, 7-5
Reveal CommentStephen Stewart bt Tony Fowkes (Sep 5) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure playing Tony , today luck was on my side. All the best for the rest of your matches Tony !"  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentStephen Stewart bt John Harrison (Sep 2) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Another epic contest. Momentum and temperature played a huge factor in this contest , with long rallies and both players having swings in momentum. John is a true gent and is an incredibly intelligent opponent. All the best for the rest of your matches John!"  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentStephen Stewart bt Krzysztof Partyka (Aug 31) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "What a match! , neck and neck and could have gone either way. Krys was a handful with a big forehand and serve with epic rallies pushing both of us to the limit. Best of luck for the rest of your matches Krys!"  -- Stephen

Current Rankings:

  1. David Whitmore [W2] 4
  2. Ben Friman [W2] 4
  3. Cem Cakir [W1, L1] 3
  4. Julie Minter [W1] 2
  5. Martin Copland [L1]
  6. John Finn [L2]
  7. Tim Johns [L2]
  8. Stefanos Efthimiou

Match Results:

Reveal CommentDavid Whitmore bt John Finn (Sep 16) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good match "  -- David
Reveal CommentJulie Minter bt Martin Copland (Sep 11) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Jules and myself met on an overcast September day with the rain just about holding off. We played our usual close game with nothing much in it in the early exchanges before Jules powered ahead to win each set with her superior fitness! Well done Jules!"  -- Martin
Cem Cakir bt John Finn (Sep 11) 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-0)
Reveal CommentDavid Whitmore bt Tim Johns (Sep 9) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A good match. Credit to tim his shoulder was playing up and he battle thro. "  -- David
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Cem Cakir (Sep 5) 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1)

Player Comments:

  • "Another great match with some twists and turns and a lot of breaks of serve. In the end, it's a game played in the head!"  -- Ben
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Tim Johns (Sep 2) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "An interesting match that was very very tight. Tim was a break ahead right through both sets but I managed to catch up both times to force a tie break. Much enjoyed!"  -- Ben

Results

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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

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