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I know that when you start a match, you spin the racket or toss a coin and decide who serves first and who goes on what side. If you finish a set that's not a multiple of 4, say 6-3, does the person who served last now receives?

Example: Person A serves first on side 1. They keep on playing. Say A wins the set 6-3. A served in the last set on side 1. In th next set, do they swap sides and Person B serves on side 1 or does A serve again on side 1 like the start the first set?

I'm pretty sure it's the first option but when I play some people say you spin the racket again or start again like a new set. When they do it my way, they get confused when to swap sides because the rely on the number of games played, and they don't count the first set.

  • I think the premise of your question is flawed because you don't have your facts straight about the rules in tennis about changing sides. Players change sides after the first game played, and then every 2 games thereafter, so after every odd number of total games played. If the set happens to end on an odd total number of games (6-1, 6-3, of 7-6) then the players will switch sides at the end of the set. – jamauss Jul 28 '17 at 23:23
  • @jamauss I do know how the changing sides work, it's just that some people I play don't. They just count the number of games played in that set instead of counting the total number of games played. – cherryblossom Jul 29 '17 at 7:22
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    From the ITF Rules of Tennis Section 10: "The players shall change ends at the end of the first, third and every subsequent odd game of each set. The players shall also change ends at the end of each set unless the total number of games in that set is even, in which case the players change ends at the end of the first game of the next set." – jamauss Jul 29 '17 at 22:57
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Neither of your options are correct. From the ITF Rules of Tennis, section 10. CHANGE OF ENDS:

The players shall change ends at the end of the first, third and every subsequent odd game of each set. The players shall also change ends at the end of each set unless the total number of games in that set is even, in which case the players change ends at the end of the first game of the next set.

Also, section 14. ORDER OF SERVICE:

At the end of each standard game, the receiver shall become the server and the server shall become the receiver for the next game.

So in your example, the correct answer is: In the next set Player B will serve the first game from side 2, and they will change ends before the second game of the set.

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