Doubles Ladder

RLTC runs a doubles ladder for members to play competitive intraclub doubles tennis. 

The current round start is 1 May 2019 and end date is 30 September 2019.

Just like the summer tournament, you can enter with a partner or if you don’t have a partner we can allocate you one at random. You can enter Men’s Doubles or Women’s doubles, and you can also enter mixed doubles with a different partner.

You must register on the Global Tennis Network to join the RLTC 2019 Doubles Ladder.  You and your partner can join anytime but your team will not be able to challenge or record scores until you both have registered.  Registration to the GTN Network requires approval. 

Once approved, you can then join the Doubles League and choose your partner (once they have also joined the league).  Be sure to update your profile and your teams availability.

Any questions, email the Doubles Ladder Organizers: Bob Andreini, Amanda Kean, Joe Cripps, Laura Ritchie, Iain Ure .

Please note, by submitting your (and your partners) details you are (both) consenting that we can forward them to others entering this league so they can contact you.

Format and rules

How the ladder works:

A ladder system is based on challenges (match invitations):

  • Teams can challenge up to 5 rungs above their current position.
  • Each team has 2 wildcard challenges which allow a challenge at any point on the ladder.
  • Teams have 7 days to accept or decline a challenge before it is automatically declined.
  • Teams have 10 days to play an accepted challenge before it expires.
  • The default match format to be used is the same as for the singles box league:
    - Best of 3 sets first to 4 games in each set.
    - However, any format can be used if agreed by both teams.
  • You are not required to challenge before playing and recording a score.  
    - Even if the outcome does not change the rankings, plesae record your score.

Climbing the ladder:

Movement on the ladder depends on the results of adder matches and follows the Leap Frog system. 

  • If the lower ranked team wins, they “leap frog” over the higher ranked team they beat and take their rung on the ladder, pushing the losing team (and all other teams in between) down one spot.
  • If the higher ranked team wins, there is no change in ladder placing.
  • After the match, the winner will submit the score.

Starting position on the ladder:

  • Starting position on the ladder will be determined on a first come first served basis.
  • The starting position is not hugely significant due to the wildcard system.
  • Within a few matches players should end up in a section of the ladder that suits their ability and should be playing against well matched opponents