Tennis Server

Do You Want To Be A Better Tennis Player?

Then Sign Up For A Free Subscription to the Tennis Server INTERACTIVE
E-mail Newsletter!

Tom Veneziano You will join 13,000 other subscribers in receiving news of updates to the Tennis Server along with monthly tennis tips from tennis pro Tom Veneziano.
Best of all, it is free!

Tennis Features Icon TENNIS FEATURES:

TENNIS ANYONE? - USPTA Pro John Mills' quick player tip.
TENNIS WARRIOR - Tom Veneziano's Tennis Warrior archive.
TURBO TENNIS - Ron Waite turbocharges your tennis game with tennis tips, strategic considerations, training and practice regimens, and mental mindsets and exercises.
WILD CARDS - Each month a guest column by a new writer.
BETWEEN THE LINES - Ray Bowers takes an analytical and sometimes controversial look at the ATP/WTA professional tour.
PRO TENNIS SHOWCASE - Tennis match reports and photography from around the world.
TENNIS SET - Jani Macari Pallis, Ph.D. looks at tennis science, engineering and technology.
MORTAL TENNIS - Greg Moran's tennis archive on how regular humans can play better tennis.
HARDSCRABBLE SCRAMBLE - USPTA pro Mike Whittington's player tip archive.

Tennis Community Icon TENNIS COMMUNITY:

Tennis Book, DVD, and Video Index
Tennis Server Match Reports
Editor's Letter
Become a Tennis Server Sponsor

Explore The Tennis Net Icon EXPLORE THE TENNIS NET:

Tennis News and Live Tennis Scores
Tennis Links on the Web
TennisBiz Banner
Green Dot
Tennis Warehouse Logo
Green Dot

The Tennis Business Discussion Forum Archive

Re: tennis ladder

From: Kjell Petterson <>
Date: Mon 1 May 2000 10:02:00 -0400

I agree with what you say about the relative advantages of 'bump-ladders'
and 'point ladders'. There are situations where people prefer one over the
other, not always the latter over the former. I designed a computer program
for each of those two kinds of ladders.
I just wanted to make a point about placement of newcomers. When my
ACTIVE-LADDER program was new, I volunteered to run the men's singles ladder
at our club. We started with about 30 players in May, and ended up with 99
players at the end of the season in December.
We started by letting the head pro decide where newcomers should go into the
ladder. Since this ladder was growing fast, we started hearing complaints
from players, saying "I keep winning my matches, yet I am losing ground,
because you always put new people ahead of me".
This is a ladder where the system scheduled one match to be played by a
certain deadline date. In our case, we were running on two-week (almost)
cycles. The schedule was published every other Tuesday morning, and matches
had to be played by the second Sunday.
To solve the newcomer problem, we began to place all new players at the
bottom of the ladder, but we threw in rather frequent wild-card rounds,
where a 'ringer' could take gigantic steps. Another alternative had been to
arrange with off-line qualifying matches to determine where a newcomer
should come in.
There are many ways to skin that cat, obviously. One thing is certain; if
the administrator of the event really makes sure that the event is run in a
timely, well organized way, almost any system can be successful. On the
other hand, if the leader does a sloppy job, any system will fail!


Received on Mon May 01 2000 - 09:02:00 CDT

Subscribe to TennisBiz and Join the Discussion

Green DotGreen DotGreen Dot

nodot nodot
The Tennis Server
Ticket Exchange

Your Source for tickets to professional tennis & golf events.
US Open Tickets
Laver Cup Boston Tickets
BNP Paribas Open Tickets
World Team Tennis Indian Wells Tickets
2022 Miami Open Tennis Tickets
2022 Wimbledon Tickets


Popular Tennis books:
Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis-Lessons from a Master by Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison
The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance by Jeff Greenwald
The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
Most Recent Articles:
August 2021 Wild Cards: What is Thirty30 Tennis? by Mark Milne.
August 2021 Tennis Anyone: Adjust Constantly by John Mills.
July 2021 Tennis Anyone: You Don't Need A Gym by John Mills.




"Tennis Server" is a registered trademark and "Tennis Server INTERACTIVE" is a trademark of Tennis Server. All original material and graphics on the Tennis Server are copyrighted 1994 - by Tennis Server and its sponsors and contributors. Please do not reproduce without permission.

The Tennis Server receives a commission on all items sold through links to


Tennis Server
Cliff Kurtzman
791 Price Street #144
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Phone: (281) 480-6300
Online Contact Form
How to support Tennis Server as a Sponsor/Advertiser
Tennis Server Privacy Policy