You flip the racquet before warming up (which is the way it should be done), you make your choice to serve/receive/side/defer … but then, you change your mind. Can you?
Jack Moter writes, According to Friend at Court, “the coin toss should be done and choices made before the warmup. If the warm-up is stopped and the players leave the court, the original toss stands, but new choices may be made by both players/teams.”
However, during the warmup, if either player/team decides that they have made the wrong choice (possibly because of the sun or wind), may they change their choice before the first point is played?
Example: Before warmup, Team A won toss and elected to serve. Team B chose south side. Before first point is played, can Team B decide they want to start on the north side?
Like Playing Chess
This is a good question … and the situation has happened to me. My belief is that it is like playing chess/checkers… the move is not official as you are moving your piece and placing it down; but stands when you take your hand off the piece.
In my opinion, you cannot make your choice and then change your mind after you start warming up into the sun/wind; or change your mind after you choose “side” and your opponents surprise you and choose to receive. There is a brief time (two seconds? four seconds?) after you make your choice that you can say, “No, I mean ….” And then “correct” your call.
That is what I think. What do you think?
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