Its springtime, and with spring comes the beginning of a new tennis season. If you are a player determined to get back in the game but aren't quite ready for (or interested in) tournament play; joining a tennis ladder is a perfect way to get some competitive (and friendly) match play with a variety of players either for free or for a nominal fee.
There are many tennis ladders to choose from, first and foremost there is TennisMetro's tennis ladder; which I recommend everyone join. However, since there are numerous tennis players out there are yet to join our lovely community, there are other...dare I say it...other options out there.
You may ask: "Ronjini, how do I find tennis ladder?" I'm glad you asked. Most ladders that I have seen are generally divided into regions, but there are also some ladders that are specifically for men/women/ratings/etc. I have done some 'footwork' for you. Here are some tennis ladders I have reviewed and researched, that have the best options and a good amount of players.
The TennisLadder.com - This is a national ladder that allows you to join based on your preference of play (singles, doubles, mixed, etc.). Each ladder season is three months and you can join at ANY time. Public ladders are free, but you can also create private ladders on this site and keep track of everyone. Registration for this site is FREE! :)
TennisEngine.com - This Ladder is a little more USTA regulated seems like. Still great and seems to have quite a few east coast ladders. Looks like you can register for free here as well and it is broken down into specific regions and then by age, sex, singles/doubles, etc.
Tennis-League.com - This ladder doesn't look as exciting, but I thought I would include it because it IS another national ladder and is free to sign up, and we ALL like free!
And of course...there are local tennis ladders you can look up, respective to where you are location in the U.S. My local ladders:
LATennisLadder.com - Looks like a fun ladder for the greater Los Angeles area, its $20 for the year, but many local ladders are not generally free.
A tennis ladder is a great way to meet other players, get some significant match play and its a lot easier and cheaper than joining a tennis club. Happy Climbing!