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Singles ladder 2017-18


Ladder standings


Ladder administration


The ladder run online using www.globaltennisnetwork.com. Every participant needs to register on this site in order to join the ladder. Using this online system means the ladder pretty much runs itself. The system manages contact details, challenges, unavailability due to injury, illness or vacation and will enforce penalties for not responding to challenges or staying idle and not playing any matches.


Joining the ladder


Anyone can join the ladder at any time provided they have a British Tennis number and an LTA rating. You can see a full description of how get a rating and how they work on the LTA website.

Joining the ladder is done by submitting a request by clicking here. If you haven't already got a personal account with Global Tennis Network then you will need to make one. The ladder administrator will check that you have a British Tennis number and rating and if so will add you to the ladder. If you are joining an already running ladder then you will be added at the bottom. However, note that as a new member of the ladder you get two wildcard challenges where you can play anyone on the ladder so that you can get yourself to a point appropriate to your playing standard. Make sure you use your wildcards wisely because if you lose them you'll then have to work your way slowly up the ladder from the bottom in the normal way.

Ratings


All ladder players are required to have a British Tennis rating. This is so we can submit match results to the LTA as ratings matches so that you can improve your LTA rating as a consequence of playing in the ladder. You can see a full description of how to get a rating and how they work on the LTA website. If you do not have a rating there is an online form you can complete to self-assess and obtain a rating: www3.lta.org.uk/Members-Area/Player/Ratings/Self-Assessment/

In addition when you make your profile on the online ladder system it will ask you for your Playing Level. The LTA's UK's British Tennis rating system uses a 10.2 to 1.1 scale based on match results, however the Playing Level is a reference the National Tennis Rating Programme (NTRP) number which is based on your skill level and works on a 1.0 to 7.0 scale. Check the definitions of playing levels by clicking here.

Making a challenge


Click here to see the full ladder. Choose who you want to challenge and then click the Challenge link next to their name.

Match format


By default matches are best of three sets. The first two sets are normal tiebreak sets ie a seven point tiebreak at six games all. If it gets to one set all then the third set is a championship tiebreak ie a long tiebreak to ten points by two clear points.

However, if BOTH players agree, you can play one of these longer and shorter formats:
  • Best of three FAST4 sets eg 4-1,3-4,4-1
  • Best of three FAST4 sets but with long FAST4 tiebreak instead of a third set eg 4-1,2-4,1-0
  • Best of three normal tiebreak sets eg 7-5,4-6,6-3
When submitting your score remember to select the scoring format you used as the software checks to make sure the score you enter matches the format you played.

Click here for info on FAST4 scoring.


Submitting a result


Results should be submitted by the winning player by clicking here. If there is a third set champions tiebreak then please enter the score as 1-0 to the winner of that tiebreak eg 4-6,6-4,1-0.

When submitting your score remember to select the scoring format you used as the software checks to make sure the score you enter matches the format you played.

Temporary suspension from the ladder


If you are unable to play for a short period due to illness, holiday, injury etc then that can be flagged by the ladder administration so that no one will be able to challenge you. If you would like to suspend yourself from the ladder then contact the ladder administrator supplying the dates you will be unable to play and the reason why.


Leaving the ladder


If you want to leave the ladder you can unregister by clicking here. When you unregister you will be removed from the ladder but all your results will remain listed so they can still be transferred to your profile on www.lta.org.uk to count for ratings. If you are unsure then contact the ladder administrator.