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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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Club Venues

Pavenham Tennis Club

The Playing Fields, High Street, Pavenham, Bedfordshire, MK43 7PH
Tel: 07494534595
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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

"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

"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

"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 19 | Thursday 11 May 2017 to Wednesday 5 July 2017 (Midpoint: Wednesday 7 June 2017)

Current Rankings:

  1. Ricardas Lisovskis [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. John Harrison 9.1 [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Ed Ekanem [W2, L1] 4
  4. Pasquale D'amelio 9.2 [W2] 4
  5. Tony Fowkes 9.2 [W1, L3] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Nicholas Johnson 8.2 [L4] 1
  7. Artur Zielinski 9.1 withdrawn

Match Results:

Ricardas Lisovskis bt John Harrison (Jun 23) 6-3, 6-3
Reveal CommentTony Fowkes bt Nicholas Johnson (Jun 20) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Along with many others this week , I think we both felt the exceptionally warm temperatures tonight. Although I felt that I took the first set comfortably Nick moved up a gear and battled back , particularly in the second half of the second set. I was 6 - 2 up in the tie break and nearly gave it all away ! Nick - Many thanks for a very enjoyable game, I hope we play again before too long. Tony "  -- Tony
Reveal CommentEd Ekanem bt Nicholas Johnson (Jun 9) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Courts ok, but net system is in poor state."  -- Ed
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Nicholas Johnson (Jun 2) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A close game throughout with some long and varied rallies. "  -- John
Ricardas Lisovskis bt Tony Fowkes (Jun 2) 7-5, 6-0
Reveal CommentEd Ekanem bt John Harrison (May 28) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Not enough space to one end of the court, apart from that decent hard courts."  -- Ed
Pasquale D'amelio bt Tony Fowkes (May 28) 6-2, 7-5
Ricardas Lisovskis bt Ed Ekanem (May 27) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Tony Fowkes (May 26) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Played on a warm sunny evening with a welcome breeze providing a perfect setting for tennis; on the astro turf of Bedford Lawn Tennis Club. The tennis matched the weather with a number of close rallies with a good variation of shots and overall a very enjoyable game. "  -- John
Ricardas Lisovskis bt Nicholas Johnson (May 22) 6-3, 6-3
Pasquale D'amelio bt John Harrison (May 21) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)

Current Rankings:

  1. Tom Prothero [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Krzysztof Partyka 10.2 [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Ben Friman [W2, L3] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Tom Fuller [W3, L1] 6
  5. Thomas Watt 10.1 [W2, L1] 4
  6. Richard Lake 9.2 [W1, L2] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  7. John Finn [W1, L4] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Adriano Di Carlo 9.2 [L7] 3 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentThomas Watt bt Adriano Di Carlo (Jun 25) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "'An interesting match where we were both being beaten by very blustery conditions! It was hard enough to just keep the ball in. Hopefully next time conditions will be better but still an enjoyable game.' - Tom"  -- Thomas
Tom Fuller bt Adriano Di Carlo (Jun 23) 6-1, 6-0
Thomas Watt bt Ben Friman (Jun 20) 6-1, 6-3
Tom Prothero bt Tom Fuller (Jun 19) 6-2, 6-2
Tom Prothero bt Krzysztof Partyka (Jun 10) 6-4, 6-4
Tom Fuller bt John Finn (Jun 8) 6-1, 6-2
Tom Prothero bt Ben Friman (Jun 8) 6-3, 7-6 (9-7)
Reveal CommentRichard Lake bt Adriano Di Carlo (Jun 6) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "This was an enjoyable match, was really close throughout and managed to get it all done even with some showers"  -- Adriano
Reveal CommentKrzysztof Partyka bt Adriano Di Carlo (Jun 4) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable game despite the rain. Few good rallies and good shots. Thanks Adriano."  -- Krzysztof
John Finn bt Adriano Di Carlo (Jun 1) 4-6, 6-4, [10-8]
Tom Prothero bt John Finn (May 31) 6-1, 6-0
Tom Prothero bt Adriano Di Carlo (May 27) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentTom Fuller bt Ben Friman (May 25) 7-5, 4-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent, competitive match - thoroughly enjoyed it. "  -- Tom
Tom Prothero bt Richard Lake (May 25) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentKrzysztof Partyka bt Thomas Watt (May 23) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Tom's first serve can be very powerful and he had at least 8 aces tonight and with a little more consistency the score could be a little different. It was a good game and practice for both in perfect weather conditions. Thanks Tom"  -- Krzysztof
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt John Finn (May 23) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A fun match played mostly in sunshine and very warm. "  -- Ben
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Adriano Di Carlo (May 21) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Fun match with a few good rallies. We were well matched for rallying but a lot of points were won and lost from the service."  -- Ben
Krzysztof Partyka bt Richard Lake (May 20) 6-3, 6-2
Krzysztof Partyka bt John Finn (May 13) 6-0, 6-0

Current Rankings:

  1. Mark Standish [W3] withdrawn 6
  2. Calogero Catania 9.2 [W3, L1] 6
  3. Jat Bubbra 10.1 [W1, L3] 3
  4. Martin Copland [W1] 2
  5. Linzi Mills [W1, L3] 2
  6. David Bown 10.1 [W1, L3] 2
  7. Claire Higginson

Match Results:

Reveal CommentJat Bubbra bt Linzi Mills (Jun 25) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very close and enjoyable match with some really long rallies that could have gone either way. Hope to play you again some time. "  -- Jat
Calogero Catania bt David Bown (Jun 21) 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentCalogero Catania bt Linzi Mills (Jun 16) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thoroughly enjoyable match with plenty of rallies and lobs , just able to win more games but very close. "  -- Calogero
Reveal CommentMartin Copland bt David Bown (Jun 15) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "David and myself had a very enjoyable game in quite windy but sunny conditions. I feel that if David had got his serve firing on all cylinders the score would have been a lot closer as he has an excellent serve. Really enjoyed it and look forward to playing next time David."  -- Martin
Reveal CommentMark Standish bt Calogero Catania (Jun 10) 7-6 (7-1), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Cracking match, lasting nearly two hours, played in great spirit, could easily have gone either way. "  -- Mark
David Bown bt Jat Bubbra (Jun 10) 6-4, 6-4
Reveal CommentLinzi Mills bt David Bown (Jun 8) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable game played at Bedford Park though the weather provided a few surprises. We maintained some solid rallies and David placed several volleys with precision and control. Lovely games. "  -- Linzi
Reveal CommentMark Standish bt Jat Bubbra (May 30) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A really tight game, the scoreline not at all reflective. Both sets hard fought, played in a great spirit."  -- Mark
Reveal CommentMark Standish bt Linzi Mills (May 27) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "This was Linzi's first game in the league, and she played really well. She hit the best winners and served the only ace, but luckily she had been to the gym in the morning which helped to tire her out. It was a most enjoyable game, and the fact it lasted two hours for two sets says how close it was."  -- Mark
Reveal CommentCalogero Catania bt Jat Bubbra (May 21) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable match which took 2 hours to complete. Jat played well utilising all parts of the court with neat spins and effective precise corner base line shots. Close game could have gone either way "  -- Calogero

Current Rankings:

  1. Sohail Butt [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Deborah Moore [W3, L2] 6
  3. Jeanette Babb [W1, L2] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Benn Kirkham [W1, L2] 2
  5. Peter Hedley 10.2 [W1, L2] 2
  6. Judy Hammond [W1, L4] 2

Match Results:

Judy Hammond bt Benn Kirkham (Jun 24) Walkover
Reveal CommentDeborah Moore bt Judy Hammond (Jun 21) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Scorchio!"  -- Deborah
Reveal CommentDeborah Moore bt Peter Hedley (Jun 17) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Nice match in gorgeous sunshine."  -- Deborah
Sohail Butt bt Judy Hammond (Jun 11) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentBenn Kirkham bt Deborah Moore (Jun 8) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "A tight match in very blustery conditions!"  -- Deborah
Reveal CommentSohail Butt bt Peter Hedley (Jun 3) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Lots of nice rallies"  -- Sohail
Reveal CommentJeanette Babb bt Judy Hammond (Jun 1) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great game with Judy with some long games which could have either way"  -- Jeanette
Reveal CommentDeborah Moore bt Jeanette Babb (May 31) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Beautiful morning and some close games in the second set."  -- Deborah
Sohail Butt bt Jeanette Babb (May 30) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentSohail Butt bt Benn Kirkham (May 27) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Playing in the beautiful (blinding) sunshine, again the scoreline not indicative of the balance of the game. Enjoyable."  -- Sohail
Reveal CommentSohail Butt bt Deborah Moore (May 25) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable game, lots of rallies and deuces. "  -- Sohail
Reveal CommentPeter Hedley bt Judy Hammond (May 21) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really good match, plenty of long rallies."  -- Peter

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: 
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