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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.

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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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Pavenham Tennis Club

The Playing Fields, High Street, Pavenham, Bedfordshire, MK43 7PH
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Langford Tennis Club

Mill Lane, Langford, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9QB
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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."

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

Ninety percent of matches were played in the round (indeed Group One played them all) so many thanks to you all for your commitment. Hope you can all play again in the autumn round!

Group Summary:

An absolutely fantastic group and with so many matches played there are numerous stories that could be told! But to feature just one, this was the round where a reigning group champ was dethroned by a newcomer. Simon took to the league like a duck to water, scheduling and playing all his matches and (like all this time) earning bonus points. He came through some very tough battles too. So what would happen when he caught up with Ricardas? On this occasion, Simon had the answers but we suspect a friendly rivalry is born. Well done to both of them and everyone in a group that played ALL their matches!

Final Rankings:

  1. Simon Thomas 7.2 [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Ricardas Lisovskis 8.1 [W6, L1] 14 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Stephen Stewart 8.2 [W5, L2] 14 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Darren Kent [W3, L4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Krzysztof Partyka 8.2 [W3, L4] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  6. John Harrison 8.2 [W3, L4] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Tim Johns [W1, L6] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Joshua Zwetsloot [L7] 3 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt Krzysztof Partyka (Sep 8) 7-6 (9-7), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Always a great battle with Kryz. Tight first set which both of us had previous opportunities to win but luckily I battled back from set points and took it. Great rallies, poor serving on my side but overall a great game "  -- Darren
Ricardas Lisovskis bt Joshua Zwetsloot (Sep 5) 6-1, 6-2
Ricardas Lisovskis bt Krzysztof Partyka (Sep 4) 6-3, 6-2
Ricardas Lisovskis bt John Harrison (Aug 30) 6-2, 6-2

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentSimon Thomas bt Ricardas Lisovskis (Aug 23) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "It was a very competitive game that I just edged, played in glorious sunshine. Hopefully play you again soon Ricardas"  -- Simon
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Joshua Zwetsloot (Aug 23) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play Josh for the first time on a perfect evening for tennis. A close game with some long games."  -- John
Reveal CommentSimon Thomas bt Krzysztof Partyka (Aug 21) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "The score flattered me a bit. We had some great rallies with big forehand. Best of luck for the rest of your games Krzysztof"  -- Simon
Reveal CommentSimon Thomas bt Joshua Zwetsloot (Aug 19) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "The match was closer than the score reflects. Josh's first service game must of had at least 15 juices. Best of luck for the rest of your games Josh."  -- Simon
Reveal CommentSimon Thomas bt John Harrison (Aug 18) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It was great to meet and play John today. The weather was challenging but we had lots of tight games."  -- Simon
Reveal CommentRicardas Lisovskis bt Stephen Stewart (Aug 13) 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "It was very close match with lots of rallies. Thank you very much Stephen for a good game."  -- Ricardas
Reveal CommentStephen Stewart bt Joshua Zwetsloot (Aug 11) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Played in very blustery conditions. It was great to meet Josh. Some very close games and very long rallies. Best of luck for the rest of your matches Josh !"  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Tim Johns (Aug 11) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A close competitive game played in Bedford Park to try to avoid the high winds...which was only partially successful as the game was increasing impacted by strong cross winds with the background noise of creaking trees!"  -- John
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt Tim Johns (Aug 9) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Played on a nice summers evening... not!! Bad rain before start of the match made the courts very slippy and there was lots of wind. Tim played well and won the first then I came back and won the next 2. As with the other games I haven’t played very well but just did enough today to get the win. Tim has greatly improved since our last match . "  -- Darren
Reveal CommentKrzysztof Partyka bt Joshua Zwetsloot (Aug 9) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "It was good to meet Joshua and play at his local club. Second set was very close and competitive with many winners on both ends. Thanks Josh and good luck with other games."  -- Krzysztof
Reveal CommentSimon Thomas bt Tim Johns (Aug 7) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "It was a good game played in a very bad wind. The net cord was definitely a friend of mine today, apologies again.Best of luck for the rest of your games Tim."  -- Simon
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Darren Kent (Aug 4) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Played on a windless morning under perfect British summer weather. This was a close fought match in which I had to rely on some defensive consistency. Darren didn’t quite bring his A-game today, so I needed to take advantage this time. Overall very enjoyable game."  -- John
Reveal CommentKrzysztof Partyka bt Tim Johns (Aug 4) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "It was great to meet and play Tim for the first time in Bedford League.The game was closer than the score suggest and we had some good rallies. Cheers Tim."  -- Krzysztof
Reveal CommentStephen Stewart bt Tim Johns (Aug 1) 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • "Very exciting match on a very damp and slippery service , both players had little mobility. Tim played really well and saved a lot of match points bringing the second set to a close fought tie break. On another day it could have been a very different outcome. Well played Tim. "  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentSimon Thomas bt Darren Kent (Jul 31) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "It was a cracking game tonight, that ebbed and flowed and was very tight.I have never had so many winners hit against me. Hopefully we can have another game soon."  -- Simon
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt Joshua Zwetsloot (Jul 29) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play josh. I hit the lines well today but we had some great rallies. Keep playing josh and we can rematch next time Good luck for your remaining matches "  -- Darren
Reveal CommentStephen Stewart bt John Harrison (Jul 28) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure playing John. The first set was a tight battle and could have gone either way. The second set luck was on my side. Very damp and wet conditions definitely played a factor. "  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentStephen Stewart bt Krzysztof Partyka (Jul 26) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Another epic match with Krys. Krys kept me on my toes for the entire match and on a different day the score line could have been very different. Well played Krys. "  -- Stephen
Reveal CommentSimon Thomas bt Stephen Stewart (Jul 25) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "It was an epic game played in blistering heat. Lots of great rallies and close games."  -- Simon
Ricardas Lisovskis bt Tim Johns (Jul 23) 6-2, 6-0
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

Group Summary:

A triumphant return to the league for Ciaran who tops the table with an undefeated run of four wins. Sara did well to take a set off the champ, but closest in the table, with three wins of his own, is runner up John. Indeed, by bagging bonus points he matches Ciaran's points total, but Ciaran won their head-to-head and with it, the group.

Final Rankings:

  1. Ciaran McCarthy [W4] 8 WINNER
  2. John Finn [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Sara Levorato [W2, L1] 5
  4. Adriano Di Carlo 9.2 [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Linzi Mills [W1, L1] 2
  6. Peter Hedley 10.2 [L5] 1

Match Results:

Ciaran McCarthy bt Peter Hedley (Sep 5) 6-0, 6-1
Sara Levorato bt Peter Hedley (Sep 2) 6-1, 6-1

Match of the Group:

Ciaran McCarthy bt Sara Levorato (Sep 1) 3-6, 6-2, [10-8]
Linzi Mills bt Peter Hedley (Aug 31) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
Ciaran McCarthy bt Adriano Di Carlo (Aug 17) 6-0, 6-3
John Finn bt Peter Hedley (Aug 16) 6-4, 6-2
Ciaran McCarthy bt John Finn (Aug 13) 7-5, 6-4
John Finn bt Adriano Di Carlo (Aug 12) 6-4, 6-2
John Finn bt Linzi Mills (Aug 11) 6-4, 6-2
Reveal CommentAdriano Di Carlo bt Peter Hedley (Aug 3) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "The match results doesn't reflect how close it was in a lot of games, I really enjoyed this throughout, good luck to peter in your games"  -- Adriano
Reveal CommentSara Levorato bt Adriano Di Carlo (Jul 22) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "This was a really good match throughout on a humid evening, the addison park courts are in really good condition now, good luck with your other games"  -- Adriano

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:
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