Who is Serving?
It was a mid-day, bright sun day and I was teamed with a strong server, Dave Hull. We had him start serving the match for our team (on the shady end of the court) and I took the sunny side. We won the first set 6-4 and were to start serving from the side where the sun was in its worst position.
I asked Dave if he could deal with the sun and start serving the second set. He said “Sure.” But when he went to the baseline and tossed the ball to serve, he couldn’t see anything; so we switched and I continued to serve into the sun.
It was a non-league match and our opponents let us do it; but suggested that we would not be allowed to in a sanctioned match. Full disclosure… Dave did not “test toss” the ball; he tossed in order to hit his first serve, but caught it instead.
So, what’s the ruling? We think he didn’t swing; so he didn’t put the ball in play and we could switch.
Related to that “changing your mind,” after you toss the racquet for serve/receive/side choice, can the deciders change their mind after making their decision? Or is it like playing chess/checkers: once you take your hand off the piece, that is your move?
I have several times faced opponents who make the serve/receive choice and then within a minute or two say, “No, we change our mind and want to…”
Kosher? I think that once you make your declaration, that it stands and you cannot change your mind.
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