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Tiebreaker Serving Order, etc.
by Anonymous

Q: what court do you start a tie breaker? add or deuce? and then so on.... I have several different opinions on how this rule is to be done, and I want to make sure for myself.

A: The first point of a regular tiebreaker is played in the deuce court, and is served by the player whose turn it is to serve, in the normal rotation. Each of the next 2 points are served by the next player due to serve in the normal rotation, and are started in the Ad court.

After each 6 points, change ends of the court, and serve the second of the 2 points to the Deuce court.

If you are playing a "Match Tiebreak" in lieu of a third set, serving is started in the Deuce court for the first point, and then the Ad court for the remaining points (same as above).

Differences for a Match Tiebreak are:

A 2-minute Set-Break is allowed. (No break before a Regular Tiebreak)

New balls are NOT used for the tiebreak. (No new balls for a Regular tiebreak, either)

If doubles, serving rotation and receiving positions, can be changed. (Regular Tiebreak, no changes are allowed)

A Match Tiebreak is first to 10, win by 2 (Regular Tiebreak is first to 7, win by 2)

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Jim Flood Jim Flood has been a USTA Professional Tennis Official for many years and has officiated at many of the biggest and most prestigious USTA professional tournaments, including the U.S. Open. He is also a computer instructor and multimedia specialist and also fills his spare time as a commercial actor and voiceover artist. Jim's motto is: "Play by the rules."

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