Singles Ladder

This year one of our members has volunteered to manage a singles ladder.  The ladder is open to all members and it is a great way to meet other members.
There is no extra charge and members will use their regular points to book courts to play. If you are interested in joining the ladder or want more information please email Steve Butt at
The initial ladder started with over 35 players on November 1st.  You can still join, please see rules for details.
Ladder Rules
Administrators: Steve Butt
The ladder will use a modified leap-frog format – see example below.
Ranked players can challenge anyone up to 5 spots above them or accept challenges from anyone 5 spots below.
If the lower ranked player wins the ladder match they claim the rank of their opponent and everyone below moves down one spot (including the loser of the match). If they lose they stay at the same rank as before the match
Ranking box
      1.  Novak
      2.  Roger
      3. Rafael
      4.   Stan
      5.  David
      6.  Kei
      7.  Tomas
      8.  Marin
      9.  Milos
    10.  Andy
    11.  Grigor
    12.  Jo-Wilfried
    13.  Ernests
    14.  Feliciano
Since Feliciano is ranked #14 he can challenge everyone above him up to 5 places in this case being #9 Milos.  If he challenges and beats Milos then he claims the #9 ranking, Milos then becomes #10 and everyone else below that moves down one spot.
If you are challenged by someone you have up to 2 weeks to complete the match.  Failure to do so will result in a default win for the challenger.
Having said that I would rather have the match completed so please respond to requests from challengers and try to work out a time that is convenient for both players.
A ladder match will be an 8 game pro-set with tiebreakers played at 7-7.
Players who are injured or are away for a period of 2 weeks or longer will drop down to a Challenge Box.  Players in this box, upon their return from injury etc… may challenge anyone in the ranking box except players ranked 1-5 in order to return into the ranking box.
If your court time is up before the completion of the pro-set then the winner will be the player who is leading at that time provided 8 total games have been played.  If less than 8 games have been played and one player is leading by more than 3 games it will count as a win. (e.g. 4-0,5-1, or 6-1). If this is not the case then the match will not count as an official result. Ties will not count.
Every effort should be made to complete the 8-game pro-set.  For example if the buzzer goes indicating that the hour booking is up the ladder match should continue until the next booking’s players come onto the court.
Players that wish to join the ladder should email the ladder administrator at and include their full name, self-rating, email and phone contact info. New players are welcome to join the ladder at anytime during the season.
Players that join the ladder before the ladder start date (November 1st) will be placed in the ranking box and will be ranked according to their ability.  In subsequent years we can use the previous years results to determine the ranking. As this is the first year, I will do my best to rank everyone appropriately.  As matches get played the ladder will sort itself out in respect to players rankings.
Players joining the ladder after the November 1st start date will be placed in the Challenge Box.
Once you play someone in either box you cannot play them again for a period of 1 month.
If you are in the Ranking Box but have no activity for a one-month period, you will be moved to the Challenge Box.
For a ladder match both players should bring a new can of tennis balls. The winner takes the unopened can and the loser keeps the used can. Good quality balls such as Wilson US Open/Penn/Dunlop Grand Prix or balls of equal value should be used.
The result and date of the match must be emailed to for timely update. It should be agreed after the match who will report the score.
The boxes and rankings will be updated after every reported match score as specified by the ladder administrator.  New rankings with results will be emailed out to participants as often as possible.
If the ladder administrators receives complaints from three different participants that you are (1) not responding to phone calls/e-mails or (2) unwilling to play, they reserve the right to remove you from the ladder.
Remember the the main goal of this ladder is to have fun.  So please be fair and use proper etiquette while on court.
I look forward to seeing everybody on the court.