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Winter Ladder

During the autumn and winter months many of the adults play a Winter Ladder on Wednesday evenings.


  • The ladder is mixed sex and is open to senior, intermediate, country and student members of the club.
  • The ladder is generally played from the beginning of October through to the end of March.
  • Matches are played on Wednesday evenings, starting at 6:30 and 8:00 when more than two divisions are playing, or at 7.00 if two or fewer divisions are playing that week.
  • At least one court will be left free for social play from 6:30 onwards and at least two courts left free after 8:00.
  • The ladder can accomodate up to forty players in up to ten divisions of four players. If more than forty players wish to play, names will be chosen by lottery.
  • There is an entry fee of £1.50 per round, which covers the cost of lighting and must be paid before playing.
  • Each round consists of three one-set doubles matches, with each player in a division playing one match with each of the other players in the division as a partner.
  • Each match is played as a normal set with a tie-break at 5-5 and traditional deuce/advantage points.
  • Each player adds together the games he or she won in the three matches. The player winning the most games gets promoted to a higher division. The player winning the fewest games gets demoted to a lower division.
  • If there is a tie, the promotion or demotion is decided by lottery.
  • If a player cannot play one week, he or she may nominate a substitute player. Substituted players cannot be promoted, but can stay in the division or be demoted. Substitute players should not be playing more than three divisions higher than the players being replaced.
  • If a player fails to turn up for play, he or she will be demoted.