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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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

Allen Park

Ford End Road, Queens Park, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK4 04
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Bedford Park

Park Ave, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK4 02
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Mowsbury Park

Wentworth Drive, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 8BD
Tel: 01234 363227
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Russell Park

The Embankment, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3SA
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Southfield Tennis Courts

Southfields Road, Kempston, Bedfordshire, MK4
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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

"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

"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

"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

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

Jean-Paul Dowding

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Collapse AllBedford Singles - Round 18 | Thursday 23 February 2017 to Wednesday 19 April 2017 (Midpoint: Wednesday 22 March 2017)

Current Rankings:

  1. John Harrison 9.1 [W1, L2] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Faizel Ashfaq [W2] 4
  3. Richard Washbrook 9.2 [W1, L2] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Pasquale D'amelio 9.2 [W1, L1] 3
  5. Ricardas Lisovskis [W1] 2
  6. Joshua Hendrickson [L1]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Joshua Hendrickson (Mar 19) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "This match was played at Allen Park on a very windy and blustery Sunday morning. Although the wind provided some challenges in serving and predicting the trajectory of shots, the first set was very closely fought. Josh took the early momentum in set one, with John coming back with a late surge to just pip it. In the second the reverse occurred with John taking an early lead and Josh coming back....but on this occasion John was able to see it out. Overall an enjoyable and challenging match. "  -- John
Ricardas Lisovskis bt Richard Washbrook (Mar 18) 6-0, 6-3
Pasquale D'amelio bt John Harrison (Mar 12) 6-3, 6-1
Reveal CommentRichard Washbrook bt John Harrison (Mar 10) 5-7, 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "An epic first set, with the first 7 games going with serve. John finally got the first break. A few tense games followed and John took the set going on the attack and comfortably breaking me. Some great play and serving; a set nobody wanted to lose. The second looked like it was going the same way as the first at 2-2, I just got my nose ahead with a few games that could have gone either way. I kept my consistency with the momentum to edge it. A cracking few hours tennis, well played John."  -- Richard
Reveal CommentFaizel Ashfaq bt Pasquale D'amelio (Mar 4) 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 Pasquale D'amelio Retired

Player Comments:

  • "good start from Pasquale very strong first set he managed to hold in the first by winning on tie break but managed to get back in the second set but sadly opponent had to retire from tennis elbow injury not the way to win a match but thats how it worked out good luck in the round and hope you recover well Pasquale "  -- Faizel
Reveal CommentFaizel Ashfaq bt Richard Washbrook (Mar 1) 7-5, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "good start from Richard early lead 0f 3 -1 great service games but managed to find a way back and found my rhythm and take control during the match well played Richard "  -- Faizel

Current Rankings:

  1. Tony Fowkes 9.2 [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Ben Friman [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Krzysztof Partyka 10.2 [W2] 4
  4. Mark Standish [W1, L2] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Martin Copland [L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. David Bown 10.1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Mark Standish (Mar 21) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A testing match played in cool breezy sunshine. Much more even than the score suggests. Quite a few aces on both sides."  -- Ben
Reveal CommentMark Standish bt Martin Copland (Mar 19) 7-6 (7-4), 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A cracking match, with every game hard fought."  -- Mark
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Martin Copland (Mar 18) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A very tight match that started by going with serve and quickly became unpredictable. I did have an advantage over Martin as he had played another match earlier in the day. There was refreshing wind-blown drizzle but the court stayed reasonably grippy."  -- Ben
Reveal CommentTony Fowkes bt Martin Copland (Mar 18) 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A dramatic comeback , cat and mouse tactics , a gruelling 3 setter and a swirling , changeable wind all combined to make this a memorable match. All credit to Martin for fighting back to take the second set after Tony comfortably won the first. By the third set we were both feeling the pressure with knees throbbing and both fighting to maintain concentration levels and digging deep on stamina reserves. All matches should be this tight. Such pain , such pleasure , what a match. Thanks for a great game , Martin , well played indeed. "  -- Tony
Reveal CommentTony Fowkes bt Mark Standish (Mar 12) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Mark has just returned to playing after an injury so I had an advantage in that respect. Good conditions with light winds but dark grey clouds made the light questionable at times. A very enjoyable game played in good humour , we shared a few laughs during the hit. The 2 tarmac courts at Allen Park are excellent . Thank you Mark for a good game. Tony "  -- Tony
Reveal CommentKrzysztof Partyka bt Tony Fowkes (Mar 11) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "I played Tony last time almost one year ago in Round 14. He has improved his game so much since then and made me dig deep. I somehow managed to turn things around being down 1 set and 3-0 in set two but we had an equally good game lasting over 2 hours. Thanks again Tony. "  -- Krzysztof
Reveal CommentTony Fowkes bt Ben Friman (Mar 4) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "The result belies the closeness of the match. Ben and I are of a very similar standard , we make the same mistakes and have the same occasional flashes of brilliance. We had some laughs during the match too which was great. The match was particularly challenging due to the fluctuating wind which blew along the court. We constantly had to adjust our shots to allow for a head/tail/light/strong wind. Ben - thanks for a very enjoyable game. Tony "  -- Tony
Krzysztof Partyka bt Ben Friman (Feb 26) 6-4, 6-2

Current Rankings:

  1. Adriano Di Carlo 9.2 [W1] 2
  2. Peter Hedley 10.2 [L1]
  3. Deborah Moore
  4. Haydn Vanweenen
  5. Judy Hammond

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAdriano Di Carlo bt Peter Hedley (Mar 11) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "This was a close match, end to end, could have gone either way, good conditions to play the game in, good luck with the rest of your games peter"  -- Adriano

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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