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Fast4 Tennis: The Fun & Fast Way to Play Tennis

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Nowadays tennis is becoming increasingly more difficult to fit into our busy schedules. Matches, and especially multi-day tournaments, simply take too long to complete. But, don't despair because there is a solution to this problem and it's called Fast4 Tennis. Fast4 Tennis is a shortened format of tennis that was launched ...
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Trevor Meier
I love this idea. We have now added Fast4 to our match formats. "Power Play!!!"
Monday, 11 September 2017 14:13
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Tennis Ladder Challenge Updates

To help make arranging a tennis ladder match easier, you can now propose up to 3 different date and times when submitting a challenge. The challenged team/player, can then choose any one of the proposals while accepting the challenge. We have also added the ability for the challenger to update an unplayed challenge. Th...
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Daniel Giraldi
Trevor, First of all thanks for the challenge update. What happen with the penalty when autodecline a challenge? Re-issue will can... Read More
Monday, 11 September 2017 11:05
Trevor Meier
Glad you like it Daniel! If you update a challenge, it is just like deleting the old challenge, and creating a new one. You can't ... Read More
Monday, 11 September 2017 11:12
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The Most Popular Days of the Week to Play Tennis

​Have you ever wondered what the most popular days of the week are to play tennis? We decided to take a look at all the ladder matches played in 2017. The results were surprising. ​The most surprising discovery, is that Saturday is the least popular day of the week to play a match, while Sunday is by far the most popular. How could t...
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Landon Meier
Life ought to never get too busy for tennis!
Friday, 01 September 2017 12:44
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Tennis Ladder Rules

At Global Tennis Network, we regularly get asked "what are the rules of a tennis ladder." There are actually no set rules to a tennis ladder. A tennis ladder is just a way of ranking players based on the matches they have played. The goal to to be at the top of the ladder. Think "king of the mountain". How players are ranked depends on what ranking system is used.

At Global Tennis Network, we allow you to create a tennis ladder, and choose the ranking system you want to use. The most common of which is the classic "Leap Frog" system.

On the Leap Frog system, if a lower ranked player on the ladder, beats a higher ranked player, then the lower ranked player jumps up on the ladder to the position of the higher ranked player, and the higher ranked player drops one position.

There are also ranking system that award points for each match played. The more points a player has, the better the player will be ranked on the ladder.

Along with the rankings system, you may need other tennis ladder rules. For example, how far up or down your players can challenge other players to a match. Or how to penalize players for being idle. You may even have penalties for declining a challenge.

Check out all the available ladder rules on this page where you would create a ladder:

https://www.globaltennisnetwork.com/tennis-ladders/start-a-tennis-ladder
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New Tennis Ladder Ranking System

We have a new tennis ladder ranking system. It is called the "Custom Points" system. It allows you to determine how many points will be awarded for winning a match, playing a match, and winning a set or game.

Using your points settings, points are calculated in real time as matches are submitted. There is nothing more you need to do. It is that simple.

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New Scheduling Tool for Tennis Ladders

We just released a new feature for the ladders. These feature allows you to schedule your ladder matches. Check out the video below to see it in action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3XthmJAZUk
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New Tennis Ladder Feature

I just completed a new feature that I know will help initiate more ladder matches. It is called "Looking to Play".

You will now see a new "Looking to Play" tab on the ladders. On this page, players can view and post listing of specific times they would like to play a match. For example, you could post a listing that you are looking to play a 4.0 player next Saturday morning at your local park.

The idea is, other players will see these listing, and initiate a match. 

Send me your comments and suggestions. I would love to know what you think.

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iphone app (TennisLadder) for GTN

The iphone app - TennisLadder (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tennisladder/id410769010?mt=8) -- is live at the iphone app store.

This app can perform the following tasks:

 

 

1.  Register with GTN; 

 

2.  View Statistics;

 

3.  View the list of Friends;

 

4.  Look at the list of all the Ladders that you are member of;

 

5.  Ladder Standings;

 

6.  Look at the list of user's teams in a Ladder;

 

7.  Issue Challenge;

 

8.  View/Accept/Decline Challenge;

 

9.  Submit Score.

 

 

Screen Shots:

 

 

 

 

Please download from http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tennisladder/id410769010?mt=8.

 

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Why Create a Tennis Ladder?

Many clubs around the world are using tennis ladders to manage their tennis leagues. A tennis ladders is simply a tool to keep track of match results and rank the players based on the matches they have played. The goal of a tennis ladder is to be at the top. Players can challenge one another to a match in order to climb the ladder. Different rankings systems can be used in order to compute a players position. The most common rankings system for a tennis ladder is the "Leap Frog" system. With this system, a players simply takes the position of the higher ranked player after winning a match against them.

A tennis ladder can also be a great tool for any school's tennis team tryouts. By setting your ladder to a round robin format, you can force all the players to play one another. After all the matches have completed, it will be easily apparent who the best and worse players are.

Global Tennis Network has made creating and managing a tennis ladder a breeze. You can determine the rules, ranking system, gender, playing levels, prizes and more. You can even accept an entry fee using PayPal and have your players added to the ladder automatically after a successful payment.

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Create a Tennis Ladder and Make Money

Managing a successful tennis ladder use to be a lot of work. Not anymore. The tennis ladders here at Global Tennis Network do all the work for you. Your players can sign up for your tennis ladder, challenge one another and submit their own scores. All you need to do is set up the tennis ladder and get people to sign up.

Getting people to sign up is easy. Just make some fliers and post them at your local tennis courts or clubs. You can also post some ads "Looking for Tennis Players" on craigslist.com. The ads are free to post and are very effective. Once you get people joining your tennis ladder and playing some matches, word of mouth will take over. You may want to consider allowing the first 5 people a free entry to get things rolling. To further entice people to join you tennis ladder, offer prizes to highest ranked player, and/or the player with the most matches played at the end of the ladder.

Accepting a payment for you ladders is easy. All you need is a PayPal account. Set your ladder up to require a entry fee and use PayPal to collect it for you. When a player tries to sign up for your tennis ladder, they will be taken to a payment page where they will pay the entry fee you specify. Once the payment has been completed, the player will automatically be entered into your ladder. It's that simple. 

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What is a Tennis Ladder

Most tennis players have heard of tennis ladders, but a lot of players still do not know exactly what a tennis ladder is, or how it works.

The concept of a tennis ladder is simple. Players are arrange much like the rungs of a ladder. The idea is to be at the top of the tennis ladder. It is a lot like king of the mountain. As you win, you move up the ladder. Winning players take the place of their higher ranked opponents, thus "leap-frogging" them.

Ladder matches can either be pre-arranged, or can be done using challenges. If the ladder uses challenges to arrange tennis matches, then players simply challenge each other to a match. Players then play when and where they would like to play.
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