The challenge ladder is a mechanism for ranking tennis players according to their skill levels. As members of the ladder play each other, their relative positions are adjusted to reflect the result of their play. The purpose of a tennis challenge ladder is to allow all tennis players, from the beginning novice to the serious, experienced player, to meet and play other tennis enthusiasts at their own skill level. Whether you play only occasionally, “just for fun,” or prefer to compete several times a week, you can meet others at your level. You will also have the opportunity to improve your play by challenging others who are slightly more advanced.
Operation of the Ladder
Every month, through the Whatsapp group, you will receive an updated list of members on the challenge ladder. The list will show the current ranking of players. It will also provide the results of the various matches played in the previous month which resulted in the adjustment to the ranking.
• Players may challenge up to 3 players above their rank. i.e. Player ranked No 10 can challenge up as far as player ranked No 7. If Player No 10 wins, that Player swaps places with Player No 7.
• Members are not required to accept more than one challenge per fortnight. Otherwise, members must accept valid challenges from other members, or accept a loss by default. Players are not required to accept a challenge from another player they have defeated within the past two weeks.
• Players may issue or accept more than one challenge at a time.
• Players will be removed from the Ladder if a month passes without a challenge being made. Any player removed from the Ladder may join again at any time but will be placed at the bottom of the ladder.
• A match should be completed within one week of the challenge, unless extenuating circumstances prevent it.
• The challenger is responsible for providing tennis balls, in good condition, for the match.
• The standard rules of tennis shall apply to ladder matches. The best of three sets, with a tie-break at the end of any set that reaches six games each. In the tie-break, the first to win seven points, with at least a two point advantage, wins the set.
• The winner of the match is responsible for reporting the results within 24 hours, by contacting Cathal – 087 9734582, Susan – 087 3177226 or Clare – 086 6043877 and providing the following information: Date of Match, Winners Name, Losers Name and Match Score.
• The ladder listing will be issued once a month with updated rankings.