Tennis Ladders

Ladders give players the opportunity to play matches with a variety of players in a competitive, but friendly environment.

Wanless Park Tennis Club will follow the City of Toronto’s protocols in order to help keep our members, staff, and community safe and healthy when using our facility.

For the 2021 season we will offer the following ladders:

  • Men’s Singles
  • Women’s Singles
  • Mixed Doubles
  • Junior Singles

Due to the 55-minute play restriction and to ensure the Court Monitors can sanitize the courts before the next court booking, Ladder matches this season will consist of up to 12 games rather than up to 14 games where each game won is worth a single point. Everything else remains the same.

The Ladder Season will run:

  • Adults: from June 7 to the end of October.
  • Juniors: from June 16 to September 6.

Each Ladder entry costs:

  • Adults: $25 for the season.
  • Juniors: $10 for the season.

The cost is regardless of how many sessions are entered. The club will be donating all proceeds towards the Doug Philpott Inner-City Children’s Tennis Fund.

The type of Ladder played at Wanless Park Tennis is a box ladder. There will be 5 to 6 people/teams in a box. The intention is that you will play each person/team in the box once during each session. At the beginning of each session 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. Sessions for Singles Ladders are one month. Sessions for the Mixed Doubles Ladder is six weeks.

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.

At the end of each session, the Ladders 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.

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


All Ladder Matches are 55 minutes including the 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. Games are played with a three point deuce to maximize the number of games completed in 55 minutes. The receiving player/team has the option to decide whether to receive the serve on the deuce or ad side of the court on the 3rd deuce point. Should you run out of time the score recorded will be that at the end of the last completed game.

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

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


If you are playing a match and one player/team 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 for Player/Team A and Player/Team A retires, Player/Team B would win 7-5.

If a scheduled match is not played because one player/team does not show up, that player/team is considered to have defaulted the match and the score will be 12-0 in favor of the other player/team. 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/team cancels a scheduled match twice or more, the other player/team may request that the match be declared a “default”. If a player/team “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 Ladder in the following session.

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