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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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

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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"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

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

Jean-Paul Dowding

"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

"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

"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

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Collapse AllBedford Singles - Round 29 | Thursday 18 July 2019 to Wednesday 11 September 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 14 August 2019)

Current Rankings:

  1. Krzysztof Partyka 8.2 [W1] 2
  2. Stephen Stewart 8.2 [W1] 2
  3. Tim Johns [W1] 2
  4. Ricardas Lisovskis 8.2 [W1] 2
  5. Darren Kent [L2] 1
  6. Joshua Zwetsloot [L1] 1
  7. John Harrison 8.2 [L1]
  8. Simon Thomas 7.2

Match Results:

Reveal CommentRicardas Lisovskis bt Darren Kent (Jul 22) 0-6, 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It was difficult match for both of us. In the first set I couldn't find my rhythm and on top of that Darren was hitting very well. The second set was must win for me if I wanted to stay in the match. Luckily for me, I managed to get ahead at the beginning. However, Darren kept on coming back and we had many good rallies. This was the best set of the match. It was tough not just physically but mentally as well. After the second set I regained my confidence and it looked like the luck in third set was more on my side. Thank you Darren for the match. Hope to play you again."  -- Ricardas
Reveal CommentTim Johns bt Joshua Zwetsloot (Jul 21) 1-6, 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "The scoreline shows how the match flipped both ways but doesn’t really show how close it was throughout. By the end I wasn’t missing much and Josh was letting me have too much - a reversal of the first set where I watched plenty of winners pass me by. Really enjoyable match and hope to play you again soon Josh."  -- Tim
Reveal CommentStephen Stewart bt Darren Kent (Jul 21) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match today. Good rallies and Darren hit some monster winners. Best of luck for the rest of your matches Darren."  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentKrzysztof Partyka bt John Harrison (Jul 18) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "As always good and competitive game with John. This time I have managed to get into the match a bit more. Played on a perfect July evening. Thanks John and see you soon."  -- Krzysztof

Current Rankings:

  1. Adriano Di Carlo 9.2
  2. Ciaran McCarthy
  3. John Finn
  4. Linzi Mills
  5. Peter Hedley 10.2
  6. Sara Levorato

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)