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!

Close matches, close by.

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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If you notice any of our venue information is out of date, missing court costs or opening hours please let us know.

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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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"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

"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

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

Jean-Paul Dowding

"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

"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

"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 28 | Thursday 2 May 2019 to Wednesday 26 June 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 29 May 2019)

Current Rankings:

  1. John Harrison 8.2 [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Pasquale D'amelio 8.1 [W2] 4
  3. Darren Kent [W2] 4
  4. Krzysztof Partyka 9.1 [W1] 2
  5. Ben Friman [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Sara Levorato [L1]
  7. Ricardas Lisovskis 8.2

Match Results:

Pasquale D'amelio bt John Harrison (May 25) 6-3, 6-2
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Sara Levorato (May 19) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A very close match played at Riverside on a warm spring afternoon. Sara played a very good game with a solid serve and great winners. If Sara had punished me when she had the chance this match would have easily swung the other way. Best of luck Sara in your remaining games. "  -- John
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt Ben Friman (May 17) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very close games throughout and Ben utilised a number of very crafty spin shots to keep me on my toes. Very enjoyable game to start the weekend."  -- John
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt Ben Friman (May 12) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely weather on a packed Bedford park court Not much rythem but some good shots from both of us Nice to meet you Ben "  -- Darren
Reveal CommentKrzysztof Partyka bt Ben Friman (May 7) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "It was good to see and play Ben after almost 2 years since we have played in the Bedford League. "  -- Krzysztof
Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt John Harrison (May 5) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "A great battle today with John Some good rallies and hitting by both of us. John definitely made me dig deep for the win "  -- Darren
Pasquale D'amelio bt Ben Friman (May 4) 6-3, 6-2

Current Rankings:

  1. Tim Johns [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. John Finn [W3, L1] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Adriano Di Carlo 9.2 [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Calogero Catania 9.2 [L2]
  5. Peter Hedley 10.2 [L2]
  6. Linzi Mills [L2]
  7. Deborah Moore

Match Results:

Reveal CommentTim Johns bt Linzi Mills (May 20) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Usually environmental hazards might be low sun, high wind, dodgy tree roots or broken nets. But today the little girl on the scooter who kept whizzing across our court was the main challenge! The joys of Bedford Park... After a few games Linzi found her forehand and I had to battle to stay on top. A lovely evening in Bedford Park and nice to meet you Linzi."  -- Tim
John Finn bt Calogero Catania (May 16) 6-2, 6-0
Reveal CommentTim Johns bt Calogero Catania (May 14) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "We played in glorious sunshine at Bedford Park. Gerry had to deal with a few 'environmental' hazards such as my trick shot off a tree root under the court and a surprise 'super-slow' serve when I was blinded by the sun. Those didn't phase him much but I was hitting well which took me to a solid win. Nice to meet you Gerry!"  -- Tim
Reveal CommentAdriano Di Carlo bt Peter Hedley (May 11) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "This was really close throughout, could have gone either way, felt sorry for peter at the end, he deserved something after this match, good luck with your other matches"  -- Adriano
Reveal CommentTim Johns bt John Finn (May 11) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "The tennis was as unpredictable as the weather! I was having a pretty good day and we had a lot of close games but John let me clinch it with a couple too many unforced errors."  -- Tim
John Finn bt Peter Hedley (May 9) 6-3, 6-1
Reveal CommentAdriano Di Carlo bt Linzi Mills (May 6) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "This was a close game throughout, could have gone either way, the courts at addison are much better now after being done up, good luck with your other games linzi"  -- Adriano
Reveal CommentTim Johns bt Adriano Di Carlo (May 5) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good fun and the weather was kind. We had some great rallies but Adriano never quite turned leads or break points into games. Thanks for the match."  -- Tim
John Finn bt Adriano Di Carlo (May 4) 6-3, 6-1

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)