Tennis Ladder Rules


The basic rules for each Tennis Ladder are:

And it is a rule to have fun!

More About the Rules

Match Formats

The following match formats are accepted:

  • Standard match. Best 2 out of 3 sets.
  • Best 2 out of 3 sets with 10 point tiebreak in lieu of third set.
  • 8 game pro set, win by 2 games. A 7-point tiebreaker may be played if at 8-8 or higher and short on time.
  • If a player retires, you may still report the score at TennisLadders.NET.
Scoring and Rankings
  • New players start at the bottom of the ladder.
  • If the winner is higher ranked, he receives 20 points added to his previous point value.
  • If the winner is lower ranked, his previous point value is replaced by the value of his opponent's points - plus 20 points, thus "leap-frogging" his opponent.
  • The loser receives 1 point for each game that he wins.
  • This ladder design includes the most important feature of a traditional ladder, when you beat a player you move into a position above him. But unlike a traditional ladder, the loser receives a reward for his effort that is proportional to the performance of that effort. Conceivably, the loser may earn 19 points by losing a three set match in tiebreakers (7-6, 6-7, 7-6).
  • Ladder rankings are determined entirely by performance, while stimulating play in two important ways. A strong player can move to the top in one match but will surely be passed by others if he doesn't keep active. This prevents stagnation in the ladder. A losing effort gets rewarded for performance, but not enough to allow a player to maintain a high position simply by playing a lot of matches, often a problem in point accrual systems. Every losing effort also produces a higher-ranked winner. Winning is rewarded considerably more than just participating.
  • This ladder system gives a good credible ranking in a flexible and dynamic format. Anyone on the ladder can challenge anyone else, up or down, providing motivation for all players to participate. Anyone can rise as high in the rankings as performance justifies, yet no one can sit on the top without playing to maintain their position.
  • Each Tennis Ladder is automatically updated every time a match is entered.
Setting up Matches
  • Matches are setup between players at mutually agreed times and locations.
  • Both players must make a best attempt to find a time and location that work.
  • Both players should bring a can of balls to the match. The winner keeps the unopened can.
  • The winner is responsible for reporting the score within 24 hours. However, the loser may report the score if agreed upon by both players.
  • Any player may challenge any other player.
  • Challenges can be made by email, phone, trough the Quick Challenge button located next to each players name on the rankings page, or by using the Find Me A Match feature, where TennisLadders.NET will search for match on your behalf an email you when one is found.
  • Monthly match ups are provided to help with the scheduling and promote match play.
  • Both players should make a best effort to find an agreeable time and location for a match.

A default occurs when:

  • A player cancels a match within 2 hours of the agreed upon start time.
  • A player is more than 15 minutes late for a match.
Resolving Disputes

Players should use their best judgment and respect the etiquite of the game.

  • If a shot is too close to tell if it was in or out, it should be called in.
  • If a dispute cannot be resolved by the players, contact the league administrator to resolve the dispute.
  • Tennis reveals CHARACTER, please play accordingly.