It is the start of a ten-point Match Tie Breaker; so whose serve is it and what other choices can be made? This was done incorrectly by a veteran tournament player…
Like a New Set
The unnamed veteran tournament player had just had his serve broken and lost the second set 6-4. As they got ready to start the ten-pointer, he said to his singles opponent, “You started serving the set; so I start the tie breaker.” Wrong!
It would have been correct if it were a SET tie-breaker; but starting the Match Tie Breaker is like starting a new set. Since our vet had just served the last game of the second set, his opponent should have started the breaker.
In addition to that, the other choices that are made…
- Since the set score was even (6-4), they stay on the same side of the court as they were.
- If this were a doubles match, the team serving could choose which of their players served first in the tie breaker.
- Again if doubles, the receiving team could actually change which side of the court (deuce/ad) they were returning from.
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