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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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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"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

"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

"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

"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 26 | Thursday 15 November 2018 to Wednesday 23 January 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 12 December 2018)

Current Rankings:

  1. Darren Kent [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points
  2. John Harrison 8.2 [W6, L1] 14 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Cem Cakir [W5, L2] 12 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Sara Levorato [W3, L4] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Malachi Lalite [W2, L5] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Tim Johns [W2, L5] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  7. John Finn [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  8. David Bown 10.1 [L6] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt John Finn (Jan 13) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Not much rythem on either side today but always good to play someone new "  -- Darren
Reveal CommentCem Cakir bt Sara Levorato (Jan 9) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Sara is a great player, very clean shots. I enjoyed it a lot. "  -- Cem
Reveal CommentTim Johns bt Sara Levorato (Jan 6) 6-3, 1-6, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "As the scores suggest we both had our ups and our downs and it was anyone's game! Great fun, thanks for the match Sara."  -- Tim
Cem Cakir bt David Bown (Dec 22) 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt David Bown (Dec 17) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Nice game on an ideal afternoon for tennis. I didn’t start great but picked it up from there. Was nice to meet David "  -- Darren
Sara Levorato bt Malachi Lalite (Dec 14) 6-4, 6-4
Cem Cakir bt John Finn (Dec 12) 7-5, 6-4
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt John Harrison (Dec 9) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Always fun to play John. It was bit of a damp morning at Mosbury but there was some decent rallies "  -- Darren
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt Sara Levorato (Dec 9) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A really good match played in the dome at riverside tennis club. Sara has a very solid game and hits some great shots and serves. We had some great rallies, really enjoyable. Made me work hard for the win. Good luck Sara in your other matches "  -- Darren
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt Cem Cakir (Dec 8) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Close game with some tight points. Low sun played its part. Was a good match, cheers "  -- Darren
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Cem Cakir (Dec 7) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A game played on the AstroTurf in Allen Park under floodlights, with a strong cross court breeze and cold conditions, but nonetheless we managed to play a good competitive game. Cem brought a range of good shots including deft dropshots and a whipping serve. Overall a very enjoyable game."  -- John
Sara Levorato bt John Finn (Dec 4) 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Tim Johns (Dec 2) 6-1, 5-7, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Overall a very good and competitive match played in testing conditions including a very low sun; as well as winds building up throughout the match. This did mean that both players had to try to manage the conditions as well as the tennis....but that said we both agreed we appreciated a bit of sun this late in the year. The match swung in the second set back to Tim, when he came back from being 5-2 down. From that point the game was very close and I just managed to squeak the win. Overall played in good spirit and certainly a good way to get some exercise on a Sunday morning. Good luck Tim in your coming games."  -- John
John Finn bt Malachi Lalite (Dec 2) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3
John Finn bt Tim Johns (Nov 30) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3)
John Harrison bt David Bown (Nov 30) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt John Finn (Nov 25) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "In the games we have played in the past our matches have been very close, but in this match John just had an off day and lacked his normal consistency, while I seemed to get the rub of the green. Good luck John in your future games!"  -- John
Cem Cakir bt Malachi Lalite (Nov 25) 3-6, 6-0, 6-4
Sara Levorato bt David Bown (Nov 25) 6-2, 6-4
Reveal CommentTim Johns bt David Bown (Nov 25) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "The first set was a bit of a guessing game for us both with the sun so blindingly low! With more cloud came more rallies - thanks for the match David!"  -- Tim
Malachi Lalite bt David Bown (Nov 24) 6-1, 6-4
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Sara Levorato (Nov 23) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very competitive game played under the dome at Riverside tennis club. This was Sara’s first game in the league and she is a certainly a great addition bringing a range of excellent ground strokes making all games very close. Best of luck in your other matches John."  -- John
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt Malachi Lalite (Nov 23) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Nice game on a damp court. Hope to play you again soon and good luck for your other matches "  -- Darren
Reveal CommentCem Cakir bt Tim Johns (Nov 21) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "It was a tough match as Tim played very well and made some incredible passing shots! I enjoyed it very much. "  -- Cem
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt Tim Johns (Nov 18) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play Tim Great courts on a sunny afternoon. Really enjoyed the rallies. Keep playing Tim and those shots will earn yourself a lot of points. Good luck in the rest of your matches "  -- Darren
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Malachi Lalite (Nov 18) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Played in bright sunny conditions with the low sun causing some missed shots for both, but overall a great game. Malachi ran for everything and got some great winning shots back, when I thought the point was already won. Best of luck Malachi for your future games."  -- John
Malachi Lalite bt Tim Johns (Nov 16) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)

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)