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Fail to Change Sides in Tiebreak
by SBGP Player

Q: A tiebreak is being played and the score is 9-9. No one remembers that this is a side change. I serve a ball that lands in, and the opponent subsequently calls a let because she figures out that we did not change sides. I believe we should have won that point because it was already in progress. Can the opponent call let for this reason after the ball was served ?

A: USTA Comment 27.1 states that "any such error (in this case, not changing ends) shall be rectified as soon as discovered but not while the ball is in play, and any points completed under the erroneous condition shall be counted." Your point.

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