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Incorrect service order in tiebreaker.
by Anonymous

Q: During a tiebreaker, our opponent served in the incorrect order. We caught the error after the first point of the tie-break (they lost the point). They tried to claim a let. We had them serve in the correct order and let the point stand. Were we correct?

A: No let. The point stands and the service order of your opponents should remain as altered for the rest of the tie-break. Regarding order of service, the Rules of Tennis state, "If a player has completed his turn of service the order of service shall remain as altered. If the error is discovered before a player has completed his turn of service the order shall be corrected immediately and any points already played shall count." A "turn of service" in the tie-break is the first point, and each two points thereafter.

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