Singapore’s endless summer makes it a fantastic place for women’s tennis leagues, and if you’re interested in participating, there are a couple of options for you to choose from. Each league has carved out it’s niche in the community, and as you can imagine, there are some significant differences. Make sure to take note of these as you read through our guide so you can determine which is the best fit for you.
Our aim at TQOTC.com is to be a comprehensive source of information for women’s tennis in Singapore, but to also give you our honest opinion on things. So below, you’ll also find our thoughts on the leagues and things we think are important to consider when joining a team.
TQOTC’s detailed guide to Women’s Tennis in Singapore click here.
Tennis Singapore (WITS)
- Doubles and Separate Singles Ladder
- Team size = 8-12 players
- 8 Divisions
- Best of 3 sets played weekly
- 2 seasons: Fall and Spring
August to November
and February to May
- Doubles only
- Team size = 6-8 players
- 3 Divisions
- 4 sets played weekly
- 2 seasons: Fall and spring
September to December
January to April
- Doubles only
- Team size = approx. 6 players
- 2 Divisions
- Best of 3 sets played weekly
- 1 Season: During the WITS and LTS Break (Dec to end of Jan,
but not over the holiday itself.)
New to TQOTC!!
LTS and WITS Results
for Spring 2018!
Many players actually play both WITS and LTS each season (and Team Tennis in the off season.) It’s not something we would recommend to a newer player, but if you’re already a die-hard player looking to be on court as much as possible, don’t worry, you’ll be in good company with the other “enthusiasts.”
Which one do we recommend if you’re planning on playing in just one league? Well, that depends on a few things.
How much do you want to be challenged?
If you are a player wanting to play with others at basically the same level as yourself, WITS would be a better fit. There are more players in WITS and breaking them into eight divisions means that you are more likely to find yourself playing against others at a similar skill level. LTS, with currently only three division, has women with a much wider range of abilities in each division. You could be playing someone far more (or less) experienced than yourself.
Having said that, if playing a variety of levels actually excites and challenges you, then LTS is a great option.
AWA Team Tennis is basically a mini league. It only runs in the off season, but it’s format is similar to WITS. This makes it very popular with players who are trying to stay in shape over the break. It’s also a great way to play with and against women you wouldn’t normally see in a regular season match. Because Team Tennis only has two divisions, you get to see a wider variety of skill levels. Again, you’ll have to decide if that’s a good thing or not.
How physically fit are you?
In LTS, you play four sets each week and some of those matches can go on for four+ hours. Speaking from experience, they can be brutal and take the rest of the afternoon to recover from. If you are managing an injury, or you’re already having issues adjusting to the Singapore heat and humidity, we would suggest playing in WITS. WITS is only the best of three sets each week, so you can finish a match much quicker. Also, keep in mind that a typical LTS team is only eight players and WITS is more like ten. You will likely have to play more often in LTS than you would in WITS.
If you’re in good health and know how to protect yourself from the heat and sun, LTS’ four sets are great! OK, great is exaggerating. I don’t know anyone who actually loves that last set, but you do build up stamina and it takes away the third set jitters (if you ever got them) when playing a normal match.
AWA Team Tennis is formatted just like WITS, so you’ll only play best of three sets. There’s no concern that you’ll be on court in the heat and humidity for four or more hours.
The finer details....
There is a general feeling that WITS is a more serious and competitive league than LTS. That’s not to say that you don’t have fun in WITS or that LTS isn’t competitive, but there is definitely a different vibe in WITS. It might stem from the fact that many LTS teams originally form out of WITS players who want more play time and to use LTS for more practice. The leauge isn’t as focused on winning as it is on camaraderie and sportsmanship. And on that note, it’s a good time to point out that LTS is the only league in which at the end of each match, teams give each other scores for sportsmanship that go towards the Sportsmanship Award at the end of the season.
Are you on a budget?
*We are not taking into account any of the basic costs that are incurred when simply playing tennis (ie., cost of shoes, restringing, grips, etc.)*
Singapore is an expensive city, and tennis in Singapore can really add up. This is especially true if you are training with a coach, booking courts, and playing in a league. If costs are not an issue, then disregard the rest of this section. However, if budget is something you need to keep an eye on, and you definitely wouldn’t be alone in that, LTS is probably a better choice for you.
The league registration fees split between their typical team sizes (LTS’ fee of S$280 divided by eight players and WITS’ fee of S$310 divided by the average 10 players) comes out to be almost the same. The issue basically comes down to training costs and uniforms.
We’re generalizing, but most WITS teams require team training, which means hiring a coach. This adds coaching fees (easily S$100/hour) and, depending on where they train, another set of court fees. It can really add up over a season, ie. a person can pay anywhere from S$500-S$800 a season just for coaching. However, there are quite a few LTS teams that have been formed from WITS players wanting more play time, so they don’t add another coaching session strictly for LTS. Also, some teams just get together for friendly matches amongst themselves and don’t worry about official team training. Either way, if you take coaching out of the equation, the overall costs drop significantly.
Team uniforms is the other major cost issue. Again, we’re going to generalize, but most WITS teams have an official uniform of some kind, and some teams go as far as having them custom made. This can get quite pricey depending on what the team has chosen. Even if it’s just matching skirts, you can be looking at upwards of S$50-S$100 depending on the brand – and that’s just for a skirt.
There are some LTS teams that have an official uniform, but more often than not, it’s a color scheme that they’ve chosen, so you are free to wear anything that fits the chosen colors. This frees you up to shop sales or pull things out of your tennis wardrobe you might already have.
There are some other expenses you might incur depending on the team you join. This would include things like coaches gifts, league awards lunches/dinners, captains gift, social outings, etc.
No matter if you’ve decided to play WITS or LTS, we highly recommend asking the team you want to join what they typically pay each season for coaching, uniforms and extras so you really have a good sense of what you are committing to if you join.