Online Champion's Ladder Rules

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General Information

Activity is the key to the ladder. You must play seven matches during the ladder season in order to participate in the Tournament. Players are responsible for arranging their own matches. You may challenge any player on the ladder regardless of ranking. All challenges must be accepted and played within three weeks. One of the challenge option dates must include a weekend or night unless both participants waive this right. A rematch cannot occur unless you have played three others on the ladder.

Challenge matches do not have to be played at Cary Tennis Park. All Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources courts (Annie Jones Park, Dunham Park, Godbold Park, and Middle Creek Park) are available and free on a walk-up basis. Cary Tennis Park court reservations may be made up to two days in advance.


The tournament will be played over the course of one weekend. The top eight players who have completed seven matches during the ladder season will be entered into the Champions Tournament. The Champion will be presented with an award and their name will be placed on the Cary Tennis Park Wall of Champions.


You must be 18 or older to play, unless you play in the open divisions and/or have been approved by CTP.

Match Rules

All matches must be the best two out of three sets. A "12 point" tie-breaker (won by the first player to get at least 7 points and lead by at least 2 points) is normally used to decide a set when games are 6-6.

Court Reservations

The challenger is responsible for making court reservation for play at sites requiring a reservation. Cary Tennis Park court reservations may be made up to two days in advance. Cary Tennis Park court reservations will be held under the challenger’s last name. Cary Tennis Park annual pass holders will not be charged court fees. However, court fees are not included in the cost of the program and non-pass holders will be charged court fees for Challenge Ladder matches.

Match Balls

For singles, each player is responsible for bringing a new can of balls to the match. One can is opened for the match, and the winner will take home the unopened can. For doubles, the challenging team provides the balls.

Reporting Scores

The winner of the match is responsible for submitting the scores on the Challenge Ladder Website at

Interruptions or No Shows

Play is continuous unless interrupted by weather, darkness, or the expiration of court time. If the interruption occurs before one set is completed, keep the partial scores, and the match may be restarted at another time. A “no show,” or a match unilaterally interrupted by one player (due to illness, injury, broken equipment, or a player leaving the match, etc.) is a win by default for the other player.


Rankings are calculated using the following formula:


Max difference in rank:


Points for challenger:


Max points for loser:


Points for winner if lower-ranked:


Points for winner if tied in rank:


Points for winner if higher-ranked:


The points awarded for a match depend largely on the scores.

Winner Points (WP)

If lower-ranked:  15 + ((Difference in games in sets won * Difference in rankings up to 4) / 2)
If tied or consecutively-ranked: 20 + Difference in games in sets won
If higher-ranked: 10 + Difference in games in sets won

Loser Points (LP)
Games won, up to 10

Scoring Example: The number of points received by either player for a match is rounded up to the nearest whole number. As an example, suppose Ted, ranked 9, challenges and defeats Bill, ranked 5, with a score of 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 during week seven of the ladder. Ted would receive 15 points for the upset, and (5 x 4) / 2 = 10 bonus points for games won, for a total of 25 points. Bill would receive 10 points for playing, since the cap is 10 by default. The rankings would not include the match results until the end of week seven.