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.
At the GTN, players can even submit their own scores. The ladders even check the scores for accuracy and compute ladder positions automatically. The GTN even sends an automatic email to a challenged player, letting them know they have a pending challege they need to accept or decline.
Ladders are a blast. They are a great way to meet new players and improve match playing skills. If you haven't played in a tennis ladder, then you have been missing out.