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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"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

"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

"Thoroughly enjoying it so far... didn't know I was so unfit. Can't wait for the next game," 

Kevin Jones

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

Jean-Paul Dowding

"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

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Collapse AllBedford Singles - Round 32 | Thursday 4 June 2020 to Wednesday 29 July 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 1 July 2020)

Current Rankings:

  1. Ricardas Lisovskis 8.1 [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Ryan Chandhar 7.2 [W4, L3] 11 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Ciaran McCarthy [W3, L4] 11 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Youssef Lahbabi [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Darren Kent 8.1 [W4, L2] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  6. John Harrison 8.2 [W2, L5] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Gytis Lenkauskas [W1, L3] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Dainius Lenkauskas [W1, L3] 3
  9. Jean-Paul Dowding 9.1 [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Ricardas Lisovskis bt Jean-Paul Dowding (Jul 10) 6-4, 6-2
Reveal CommentRicardas Lisovskis bt Ryan Chandhar (Jul 8) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "It was an enjoyable match. Ryan has got a good serve what I liked. Also, I should add that even though Ryan has already played few matches but I think he is still rusty. During the match I could see some quality under that rust. Best of luck in your next matches."  -- Ricardas
Youssef Lahbabi bt Dainius Lenkauskas (Jul 6) 6-1, 6-1
Gytis Lenkauskas bt Ryan Chandhar (Jul 6) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Reveal CommentRyan Chandhar bt Dainius Lenkauskas (Jul 3) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "This match was so closely thought and played over 2 days due to rain. Dainius really pushed me all the way and played with some really nice ground strokes. I have found it really hard to find some form in my last couple of matches and thankfully today I served really well. Thanks again Dainius, i hope to play you again!"  -- Ryan
Youssef Lahbabi bt Ciaran McCarthy (Jul 1) 6-0, 6-7 (3-7), 6-0
Youssef Lahbabi bt Ryan Chandhar (Jun 29) 6-2, 6-4
Youssef Lahbabi bt John Harrison (Jun 28) 6-4, 6-2
Ricardas Lisovskis bt Youssef Lahbabi (Jun 27) 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentRicardas Lisovskis bt Darren Kent (Jun 26) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "The match was better than the score represents it. We had few strong rallies and overall games were enjoyable. Good luck Darren in your remaining matches"  -- Ricardas
Reveal CommentCiaran McCarthy bt Dainius Lenkauskas (Jun 25) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "We played in very hot conditions and we played well but we have fatigue so we are continuing to play. Dainties done really well especially for his brilliant first serve which he showed his consistency and we are still finding it hard to play rhythm particularly when during the heat. Thank you for playing and hope to play you soon!"  -- Ciaran
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Gytis Lenkauskas (Jun 25) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Good competitive game with some long rallies played on one of the hottest days of the year"  -- John
Reveal CommentRyan Chandhar bt John Harrison (Jun 22) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A Really enjoyable game with some great rallies. I played really well today and John really upped his game in the second set, serving a lot bigger! John also made some great returns for winners. Thanks again John, I look forward to playing you again soon"  -- Ryan
Reveal CommentRicardas Lisovskis bt Ciaran McCarthy (Jun 20) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "It was really good match. We had few long rallies and some point construction on both sides were just brilliant. Thank you Ciaran for the match and best of luck in your remaining matches."  -- Ricardas
Reveal CommentDainius Lenkauskas bt Jean-Paul Dowding (Jun 20) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Competitive match with a lot of nice rallies. Jean-Paul was struggling to find rhythm returning my serve in the first set but improved in the second one and managed to break back when down 1-3. In the end serving to stay in the match at 4-5 he was unlucky to hit 2 double faults because of sun. Thanks for a match and hope to play you again soon."  -- Dainius
Reveal CommentCiaran McCarthy bt John Harrison (Jun 19) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Played in an excellent weather conditions! Less wind, less humid and sun shines out there. We’ve enjoyed our game and John has given some excellent shot and giving me a good game! Thank you for playing John! "  -- Ciaran
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt Gytis Lenkauskas (Jun 18) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Tough match. Neither of us served particularly well and both of us hit the net a lot to end the point but overall a good work out with some decent long rallies! "  -- Darren
Reveal CommentRyan Chandhar bt Darren Kent (Jun 16) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "I always enjoy playing against Darren, one of my favourite players to play against. Really glad to pull out the win today because last time we played outside of the league, Darren beat me so I know how good he is. Not the best from either of us today however but some greats shots coming from both ends of the court. Thanks again Darren "  -- Ryan
Reveal CommentCiaran McCarthy bt Gytis Lenkauskas (Jun 14) 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • "Gytis did not deserve to lose the match! We made a lot of good rallies and I am struggling to find consistency during the match as I made too many mistakes. Despite gytis just played tennis for 2 years, he is still talented tennis player and keep it up! Thanks for the game "  -- Ciaran
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Jean-Paul Dowding (Jun 14) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Last time JP and I played in the league; we were 5 years younger, but glad to say the match was just as enjoyable and competitive. All games were close and swung on the odd point!"  -- John
Reveal CommentRicardas Lisovskis bt John Harrison (Jun 12) 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks John for the match. See you next time. "  -- Ricardas
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt Ciaran McCarthy (Jun 11) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Started to drizzle a little and made the courts a bit slippy but we had a decent game still. My serve was working well from the first game, something which has deserted me for a few years ! Good game cheers Cirian "  -- Darren
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt Jean-Paul Dowding (Jun 9) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "After driving round Bedford trying to find a court! We had a good game, score line is a bit harsh but I was hitting the ball very well. We had some really good rallies and JP maybe was a bit rusty. Good luck with the rest of your games "  -- Darren
Reveal CommentRyan Chandhar bt Ciaran McCarthy (Jun 8) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "What a match! This could have really gone either way and was high quality from us both from start to finish. This was a match I was desperate to win, I have played Ciaran twice previously and on both occasions he has defeated me. Playing Ciaran is like playing against a brick wall and he negates my strengths very well. It took my best today and thankfully I brought it. Well played Ciaran, I am looking forward to playing you again soon! "  -- Ryan
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt John Harrison (Jun 5) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Always a good game against John on the Astro at Allen park. Windy conditions were tricky but we managed to have some good rallies. See you next time John "  -- Darren

Current Rankings:

  1. Tim Johns [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Joshua Zwetsloot [W3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Ben Friman [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Pawel Papierz [W1, L3] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Martin Copland [L1]
  6. Peter Hedley 10.2 [L3]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentTim Johns bt Peter Hedley (Jul 10) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Some fun rallies and good deuce games, thanks Peter"  -- Tim
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Pawel Papierz (Jul 1) 6-7 (5-7), 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A long match with some lengthy rallies. The first set was incredibly tight but then I don't know what happened in the second. I thought that Pawel had run out of energy but he seemed to be saving all for a tight third set."  -- Ben
  • ''Again great match that was my first time when I was playing three sets. Its was very exhaustive match for my but I enjoy play with Ben. I can't wait for next game.'' -- Pawel
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Martin Copland (Jun 24) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Cracking day! It's good that it was arranged so early in the morning. Normally, Martin and I are roughly evenly matched but this time, the points went mostly in one direction. That's probably more down to luck than skill."  -- Ben
Reveal CommentTim Johns bt Pawel Papierz (Jun 21) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great match! An incredibly close and tiring first set which went to the wire. In the second set as exhaustion started to set in, I found a few better shots and Pawel gave a handful more away. Thanks Pav good fun."  -- Tim
  • "Great game against Tim!!! Another experience for me. It was pleasure to meet you and I can't wait for next game!!" -- Pawel
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Peter Hedley (Jun 18) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "About an hour after the rain had stopped we were lucky to get a court with a net but no puddle. We both played pretty badly at the start but the accuracy picked up as the match progressed, with a few great rallies. Luckily, my serving was having a good day and that was really the decisive factor."  -- Ben
Reveal CommentTim Johns bt Ben Friman (Jun 16) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "Always good fun against Ben. Normally it's horribly close and although we had a lot of deuce games throughout he let me have this one. Thanks Ben!"  -- Tim
Reveal CommentPawel Papierz bt Peter Hedley (Jun 16) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "It was goot expirence, good fun!! It was pleasure to meet and play with Peter. Good luck in your next matches mate!! "  -- Pawel
Reveal CommentJoshua Zwetsloot bt Ben Friman (Jun 9) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • "Great game against Ben! Thought I had it in the bag at 3-0 up in the second but he fought back really well to force the tie-break and had me really worried. Some great rallies and a few great lobs from Ben. Look forward to the next match!"  -- Joshua
Reveal CommentJoshua Zwetsloot bt Tim Johns (Jun 7) 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match against Tim! 3-set thriller with a really close 2nd set. Once Tim got back into the swing of it, it could have gone either way. Look forward to the next one! "  -- Joshua
Reveal CommentJoshua Zwetsloot bt Pawel Papierz (Jun 6) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game against Pav! He's relatively new to tennis, and was making some really nice shots. Once his consistency has improved he'll be difficult to beat. Looking forward to the next match!"  -- Joshua

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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