Friendly, competitive tennis on Bedford's public courts

You are just a step away from joining our mixed-sex, singles league for adults (aged 18+).

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
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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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"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

"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

"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

"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 22 | Thursday 11 January 2018 to Wednesday 7 March 2018 (Midpoint: Wednesday 7 February 2018)

Current Rankings:

  1. Ian Holoweckyj [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Pasquale D'amelio 9.1 [W3] 6
  3. David Smith [W2, L2] 4
  4. Tony Fowkes 9.2 [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. John Harrison 9.1 [L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentDavid Smith bt John Harrison (Feb 18) 7-5, 4-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable, competitive match with John, with plenty of changes in momentum. I came back from 0-3 to take a close opening set. I was then 4-1 up in the second before John got back in to it and won 6 games in a row to go 1-0 up in the third. I then won 6 games in a row to take the match. The last two games were very close, and John was close to making another comeback. A very enjoyable match with lots of nice rallies and some great volleys too. Thanks for the match John. "  -- David
Pasquale D'amelio bt David Smith (Feb 11) 6-2, 6-1
Reveal CommentIan Holoweckyj bt David Smith (Feb 4) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Pleasure meeting and playing against David. Blustery conditions affected us both on the odd occasion but generally not a bad day for tennis. Some good hitting and rallies, was particularly impressed with David's forehead - hit a few clean winners I could barely see let alone get back into play! First set came down to a couple of points when locked at 4-4 and just a little more consistency saw me through the second. Good game - look forward to more......."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentPasquale D'amelio bt Tony Fowkes (Jan 28) 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "This was a match in which the conditions played its part and the sets themselves couldn't have been more contrasting. Although not the Australian Open final, the second set had no less the drama - multiple momentum shifts, some key missed opportunities... and a local dog very eager to offer its services as a ball fetcher. In all honesty, Tony deserved to win the second set and contest a third. So I look forward to a rematch in the near future."  -- Pasquale
Reveal CommentIan Holoweckyj bt John Harrison (Jan 28) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure meeting and playing against John. Sudden gusts of wind occasional carried the ball much further than intended, often out - but that aside, the 2nd set was a much tighter affair, John led 4-2 before being pegged back. Most memorable moment was a rally which started around 12:15 and finished what felt like mid-afternoon! Must have been 40+ shots! Look forward to playing again...."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentDavid Smith bt Tony Fowkes (Jan 18) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play another very close match with Tony! The first number of games were close to get to 2-2 before Tony turned that into 5-2. We were then rained off for a while (which seems to always happen in our matches!), and I eventually managed a comeback to take the first set 7-5. Both of Tony's service games at 5-3 and 5-5 seemed to go on forever, and must have had at least 5 deuces each. In the second set I got out to a 3-0 lead but it was Tony's turn to make a comeback. We then seemed to struggle on with neither of us able to take hold of the match. I was lucky in the end to get over the line at 6-4 and prevent a third set. Cheers for another excellent match Tony! "  -- David
Reveal CommentPasquale D'amelio bt John Harrison (Jan 14) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "The tennis gods must have been smiling down on us today, as considering we're only in January, the playing conditions were pretty good. The first 2 sets were very much cat and mouse with both of us trying to make sure the other didn't run away with the match. I lost the first set when I thought I could have won it and won the second when I thought I could easily have lost. The third and final set however brought a slightly different approach and this resulted in a couple of momentum swings back and forth. But after 2 hours of solid, hard fought tennis I eventually managed to scrape a win and start my new year's resolution. Overall then, a testing but very enjoyable match. "  -- Pasquale
Reveal CommentIan Holoweckyj bt Tony Fowkes (Jan 13) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Always fun and a pleasure playing against Tony; great lengthy rallies and decent shots required to win points. Tony refused to go down and fought back from 5-3 to 5-5 in the 2nd set. I was glad to see the match out. Look forward to many more encounters.... "  -- Ian
Reveal CommentTony Fowkes bt John Harrison (Jan 12) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "A very close , hard fought match which could easily have gone the other way. I was on fair form while John struggled to find consistency with more than his share of unforced errors. Some great rallies though and good tennis played in the right spirit. I felt pleased to come back from 5-2 down to win the tie break in the second. Many thanks for such a competitive game , John , I'm looking forward to our next meeting. Tony "  -- Tony

Current Rankings:

  1. Ivaylo Zahariev 10.2 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. John Finn [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Ben Friman [W1, L2] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  4. David Bown 10.1 [W1, L2] 2
  5. Peter john Walker [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentDavid Bown bt Peter john Walker (Feb 17) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A good match with some excellent shots and classy skill. Peter did well as he was still recovering from flu symptoms."  -- David
Reveal CommentJohn Finn bt David Bown (Feb 12) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great battle. Very even. Very close. Could have gone either way."  -- John
Ivaylo Zahariev bt David Bown (Feb 10) 6-3, 6-2
Reveal CommentJohn Finn bt Ben Friman (Feb 5) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Always a great battle with Ben. Really close. Somehow just held on to finish it."  -- John
John Finn bt Peter john Walker (Feb 4) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Peter john Walker (Jan 25) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Sunshine! Maybe too much of it. Thanks to Peter for lending me his lucky hat! It worked a treat."  -- Ben
Ivaylo Zahariev bt John Finn (Jan 17) 6-1, 6-2
Ivaylo Zahariev bt Peter john Walker (Jan 14) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentIvaylo Zahariev bt Ben Friman (Jan 12) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "The rainy and damp conditions didn't make it easy for either of us to show the best form plus it was the first match of the new season so both of us were shaky at the start. The first set had both of us making mistakes and it was only by a point of two in each game that made the difference in the score. Second set was tighter with Ben clinching an early break before Ivo closing the gap and eventually sealing off the set and the match. We played a third set for fun and the score was even closer with Ivo just managing to scrape through the set with a 6-4 win. Overall, an enjoyable match with some light drizzle and cold air making it a good January match. "  -- Ivaylo

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

Comments:
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