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

Kevin Jones

"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

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

Jean-Paul Dowding

"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

"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

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Collapse AllBedford Singles - Round 27 | Thursday 14 February 2019 to Wednesday 10 April 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 13 March 2019)

Current Rankings:

  1. Pasquale D'amelio 8.1 [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points
  2. John Harrison 8.2 [W1, L3] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Ian Holoweckyj [W2] 4
  4. Darren Kent [W1, L1] 3
  5. Sara Levorato [W1, L1] 2
  6. David Smith [L1]
  7. John Finn [L4]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentDarren Kent bt John Harrison (Mar 17) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Far from ideal conditions today but a great game. Had to battle back a few times but just managed to get the win. Til next time John "  -- Darren
Pasquale D'amelio bt John Finn (Mar 17) 6-2, 6-0
Sara Levorato bt John Finn (Mar 14) 6-1, 6-2
Reveal CommentJohn Harrison bt John Finn (Mar 10) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "This game was played on one of the most gusty/windy days both players had ever experienced and unfortunately made it more guess where the ball will move rather than tennis. Hopefully for our next games the weather will be better and we can concentrate on the tennis."  -- John
Pasquale D'amelio bt David Smith (Mar 9) 6-4, 6-0
Reveal CommentIan Holoweckyj bt John Finn (Mar 9) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Pleasure to meet and play John; blustery conditions didn't aid our play, but did wonders for raising our frustration levels! Best of luck in future matches John"  -- Ian
Pasquale D'amelio bt Sara Levorato (Mar 2) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentIan Holoweckyj bt John Harrison (Mar 1) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "My first serve was even going in....! lady luck and all her friends were on my side this evening in a match which seems one-sided, but wasn't. We enjoyed good rallies and plenty of deuce games. Always a pleasure John."  -- Ian
Pasquale D'amelio bt John Harrison (Feb 24) 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
Pasquale D'amelio bt Darren Kent (Feb 17) 6-1, 5-7, 6-2

Current Rankings:

  1. Ben Friman [W2, L1] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Tim Johns [W2] 4
  3. Peter Hedley 10.2 [L1]
  4. Malachi Lalite [L2]
  5. David Bown 10.1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Peter Hedley (Mar 11) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "We played in bright sunshine and a brisk wind. The first game went to deuce about 8 times but thereafter there were few long games. "  -- Ben
Reveal CommentTim Johns bt Ben Friman (Feb 24) 1-6, 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "It was a match of two halves! In the past we've been pretty equal throughout but this one really swung one way then the other. A pleasure - especially in the incredible warm February sun."  -- Tim
Reveal CommentBen Friman bt Malachi Lalite (Feb 22) 6-4, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great fun. Bright sunshine. Some very close games even in the second set."  -- Ben
Reveal CommentTim Johns bt Malachi Lalite (Feb 16) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "It was clear from the first (very long) game it was going to be a close one. Which it was! Great match, thanks Malachi."  -- Tim

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)