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Play The Ladders | Tennis



To get started, you'll need to first register your online account or sign into your existing account. From there, you can browse for open matches, propose a match, accept a match, and track your progress on the leaderboard. 


Learn the Rules

New to the game? Browse the Resources section to learn the rules of the game, familiarize yourself with point calculation, read the FAQ and access helpful links for more information. 


Find a Court

Ready to play? Visit our Find a Court section to locate a court near you and set up your next match against other Play the Ladders members and competitors. 



Rules of the Game



  • Scoring: Scores are to be reported online by the winning player or team within 24 hours of the completion of the match. The other player or team should confirm during this 24 hour period that the scores were accurately inputted into the system.


  • Serving/Side Selection: At the beginning of the match you and your opponent can spin your racket or flip a coin with the winner deciding whether they would like to serve or return first. Once this is decided, the other player or team gets to choose the side they want to start on.


  • Supplying Balls: Both players or teams bring a can of balls to the match. The player or team that proposes the match or challenges opens their can of balls and uses them for the match. The winning player or team leaves with the new can of balls and the other player or team leaves with the can of balls the match was played with.


  • USTA Rules: All USTA Rules will apply unless otherwise stated. (Note: These matches are set up for fun competitive play, so please use good sportsmanship and fair player discretion in all matches)


 To view a full list of the rules and guidelines set forth by the USTA,         please visit the following link



  • Forfeits: It is automatically considered a forfeit if you are more than 15 minutes late to your match or a “no show”. The player or team that is forfeiting receives zero points for the match. The opposing player or team receives all points and will be considered as the winner of that match. The match score will be entered as (6-0, 6-0). When entering the score, you will need to check the “Default” box on the match score screen. We understand there are emergencies and that things do happen unexpectedly. However, we must be fair and considerate of everyone’s time.

    If you need to cancel or reschedule a match, please contact your opponent right away (Call or Text is the best and quickest way to reach someone). Any cancellations within 24 hours of the match, your opponent has the right to declare a forfeit if they cannot reschedule. Any reports of a player or team regularly forfeiting, PTL may request that player or team to withdraw.

  • Retiring: If someone gets injured during the match and the match cannot be completed, the opposing player or team will complete the score by winning the rest of the games. To get credit for the game, you must enter the score for all games, this cannot be incomplete. If you still had two games to play, then the score for those games will be 6-0, 6-0. Do not check the “Default” box – this box is for forfeits only.

  • Inclement Weather or other uncontrollable factors: Any match interrupted by inclement weather, darkness or if you are bumped off a court, will need to be rescheduled as soon as possible. You will need to write down the score of the game at the time you had to stop. You will pick up the match where that score was left off. Be sure to write this information down (sending it in a TEXT message is best for your records) so there's no disputes and/or misunderstanding.

  • Adult League: This is an adult league. You must be 18 years of age or older to play.

  • Personal Information: Email addresses and phone numbers are supplied for Ladder play ONLY —contacting anyone for non-ladder purposes is strictly prohibited. 

  • Misconduct: Play the Ladders reserves the right to terminate, deny, rescind, or revoke any membership due to inappropriate or abusive behavior. This league is designed to be a fun and safe place for all. Any reports of abuse or misconduct will be taken seriously.

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