Adult Tennis Ladders

5263ladderLadders give players the opportunity to play matches with a variety of players in a competitive, but friendly environment. For 2020 Wanless Tennis will offer singles ladders for Men and Women.



In line with the City of Toronto’s recommended guidelines and protocols to aid in keeping our members, staff, and community safe and healthy when using our facility, we are allowing the start-up of our Adult Singles Ladder only as of June 15th. Because of the 55-minute play restriction we have instituted to ensure the Court Monitors can sanitize the courts in between play, the Ladder match this season will consist of up to 12 games rather than 14 games; with each game won being worth a single point. Everything else remains the same. Enjoy play!

The Ladder Season will run from June 15 to the end of October.

Each Ladder entry costs $25 for the season. The club will be donating all proceeds towards the Doug Philpott Inner-City Children’s Tennis Fund.

The type of Ladder that we are playing is a Box Ladder. There will be 5 to 6 people (or teams) in a box. The intention is that you will play each person in the box once during each month. At the beginning of the month you can view your Ladder by clicking the Gametime Ladder option and arrange matches with your box opponents. All scores will be entered by the participants directly on Gametime which will keep track of the standings.

You can join a ladder at any time during the season, however new entrants will only begin play at the beginning of the following session. At the end of each one month session, the Ladder will be shuffled. The top 2 players will move up a box, the bottom 2 players will move down a box, and any new players will be added. To ensure active participation in the ladder, players who have not played any ladder matches at the end of the month will be removed from the ladder and will need to re-register to participate the following month.

When you begin play, you will be placed in a box with players of similar skill levels. A Ladder is meant to give everyone a competitive match, so identifying your current skill level is important. The following page will help you to identify your skill level.

Note that to keep boxes balanced, and to accommodate new entrants and people dropping out, shuffles and box sizes may vary slightly from the formula posted above.


All Ladder Matches are 55 minutes including warm-up. Scoring is similar to House League. The Ladder match consists of up to 12 games with each game won being worth a single point. A 3 point deuce should be played at 40 – 40. Should you run out of time the score recorded will be that at the end of the last completed game.

For example Player A defeats Player B by a score of 8-4. Player A gets 8 points and Player B gets 4 points.

If you need info on ladders in Gametime see this post.


If you are playing a match and one player has to withdraw because of injury, the other player/team will get all the remaining points available. For instance if the score is 5-4 and player A retires, player B would win 7-5.

If scheduled match(es) aren’t played due to no-shows, the score will be 12-0 in favor of the other player. Gametime indicates a default as 1-0, but any scores will be edited to give 11 additional points to the “winner”.

If both players or teams cannot schedule a match after an honest attempt to play, the match score will be 0-0.

If a player cancels a scheduled match twice or more, the other player may request that the match be declared a “default” and be awarded 12 points.

If a player “defaults” in this manner more than once in session, they may be dropped from the following session.

If you do not play any matches in a session you may be dropped from the following session.

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