The season will run until the 31st October 2019.
Standard rules of tennis will apply.
Full tennis rules can be found here – https://www.itftennis.com/media/298557/298557.pdf
This is not Wimbledon – You are not Sharapova or Kyrgios
Treat your Opponent with Respect
The object of the ladder is to get as high a ranking as possible by the end of the season, the overall winner will be the person at the top of the ladder at the end of the season, as this is a mixed ladder there will be both a ladies and mens winner.
If a player is not able to call a shot out with 100% certainty, then it is deemed to be in and must be played, ‘lets’ can be played when mutually agreed.
Matches will be over 2 sets of standard tennis, first to 6 (with 2 clear games), tie break at 6 all, if after two sets it is 1 set each then a tie break first to 10 (2 clear) will decide the winner.
Players can by mutual agreement play a third full set to decide the winner but this must be agreed before the match has started.
Challenges & Rankings
Players move up the ladder by challenging higher ranked players and winning the match, in this case they move immediately above them in the rankings, if they loose then both players simply stay where they are.
Players are required to play a minimum of one match every two weeks (holidays etc may be the exception to this rule), there is no maximum other than what players schedules allow.
Players can have up to two pending outgoing challenges before they can make any more, this includes outgoing challenges that have been accepted but not played.
Players can have up to two incoming challenges before they cannot accept a new challenge, this includes incoming challenges that have been accepted but not yet played.
Players must accept a challenge unless the above rule applies.
Players must respond to a challenge within 48hrs by phone or text to discuss and set an agreeable time for the match to take place, discussions can be ongoing there after.
Failure to respond may result in a win for the challenger, holidays etc are an exception to this rule.
In the case where a challenger loses a match they must challenge two other players before challenging the same player for a rematch, unless in the top four then it changes to one other challenge before a rematch, in the event that places have not changed.
Players ranked up to 15th can challenge players a max of 4 places above
Players ranked 14th – 5th can challenge players a max of 3 places above
Players ranked 4th – 1st can challenge players a max of 2 places above
Players will have two WildCard challenges each, which allows a player to challenge a player much higher ranked than the normal rules allow.
Any new players joining the ladder will be placed at the bottom but they will also have two WildCard challenges.
If a player has not played a single match within a four week period this may result in them dropping one place. Holidays etc are an exception to this rule.
Match Warm Up
We have a guide to match warm ups here.
Posting Challenges & Match Results
Challenges are to be posted on the Summer Ladder 2019 WhatsApp group.
Results are to be posted on the Summer Ladder 2019 WhatsApp group and a club committee member will update the ladder as soon as possible.
– Challengers –
Do Not Forget To Book Your Court On The Booking System
Players are requested to play in a sporting and fair manner at all times.
Remember Tennis Reveals Character, Please Play Accordingly
The Committee reserve the right to add/alter the Club Ladder Rules as the competition progresses.