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Challenge Rules for Singles and Doubles

  1. Men’s and women’s Ladder Forming Tournaments will be scheduled during the month of June each year.
  2. A challenge match is defined as a match consisting of a minimum of two out of three sets. The challenger must notify the challengee prior to the match of the challenge.
  3. A challenge match must be met within two weeks after being notified or it will be a default. NO EXCEPTION.
  4. Upon receipt of a challenge, the challengee must contact the challenger within 24 hours and set up the challenge match. Once the match has been set up, it must be played or defaulted. If a player or team defaults twice, they will automatically be dropped two places on the ladder. After a third default, they will be removed from the ladder.
  5. Defaults may be claimed if the opposing player or team fails to appear within fifteen (15) minutes after the scheduled time of the match.
  6. The challenger will furnish new Penn or Wilson balls and may keep them following the match.
  7. If a challenger wins, he/she takes the place of the person defeated and the defeated player and everyone below moves down one position.
  8. Members wishing to obtain a position on the ladder may challenge one or two different positions on the ladder. Challenger will be added to the bottom of the ladder after two losses. Members may request to be added to the bottom of the ladder without challenging for a position. A position may not be obtained by default.
  9. A player may challenge up to five positions above his/her present position.
  10. A person may have a maximum of two partners on the doubles ladder.
  11. USTA rules apply during challenge matches including a 12 point tie breaker at six games all.
  12. The ladder Chairperson will be responsible for updating the ladder on the Website.

12-Point Tiebreaker Rules Approved by ILTF

SINGLES: The tiebreaker comes into play if any set reaches six games all.

  1. The tiebreaker is the best of 12 points providing the winner has a margin of two. If the score reaches six points all, the tiebreak game shall continue until one has a two-point margin. The score of the set decided by a tiebreaker shall be recorded as 7-6, with the points of the tiebreaker in parenthesis.
  2. The player whose turn it is to serve shall put the ball into play for the first point of any tiebreak game. The opposing player serves the second and third points and service alternates after each two points thereafter.
  3. The first point shall be served from the right court and service shall alternate from left and right courts thereafter.
  4. Players change ends after every six points during the tiebreak without rest and at the end of the tiebreak game.
  5. The player who served first in the tiebreak game will receive service in the first game of the following set.

To illustrate: (Assuming A is playing B and A is serving the odd-numbered games.) A serves the first point (from right court); B serves points 2 and 3 (left and right); A serves points 4 and 5 (left and right); B serves points 6 (left) and, after they change ends, point 7 right); A serves points 8 and 9 (left and right); B serves points 10 and 11 (left and right) and serves point 2 (left). If points reach 6-all, players change ends and continue as before. A serves point 13 (right); B serves points 14 and 15 (left and right) etc., until one player establishes a margin of two points. Players change ends for one game to start the next set, player B to serve first.

DOUBLES: In doubles, the same procedure as in singles will apply. The player whose turn it is to serve will serve for the first point, then each player will serve in rotation for 2 points until the winners of the game and set have been decided. Please report results of mixed doubles challenges to: Mixed Report a Challenge The challenger must notify the challengee prior to the match of the challenge.