# Doubles 12-point Tiebreaker Question

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Bud, Aug 5, 2010.

1. ### BudBionic Poster

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The scenario:

A and B are team 1
C and D are team 2

1st set:

Team 1 wins the toss and A elects to serve first
A has also chosen to play the deuce court for team 1
D has chosen to play the deuce court for team 2 (and will serve first for team 2)

So, this is the setup for set #1: (small grey number indicates serving order)

A1 | B3 ..(team 1 serving)
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C4 | D2 ..(team 2 receiving)

** Score is now 6-6 and a TB shall be played **

1st set TB:

It's now A's turn to serve the 1st TB point (13th game)

Normally, A would serve the first point to D (as D played the deuce court in set #1)

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Question:

Must D receive the first point in the 1st set TB (since D played the deuce court during set #1)?

or can C and D switch court positions before the 1st set TB commences?

In other words, below would be the 1st set TB point configuration if C and D switched court positions: (small grey number indicates serving order)

A1 | B3
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D2 | C4

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2. ### justsomeguyRookie

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Wow, that is a lot to take in. I think this is what you are asking about.

USTAComment 15.2: May a doubles team switch its receiving
order at the beginning of any set or Match Tiebreak?

Yes. There is no requirement that any doubles team retain the same receiving order for a new set or Match Tiebreak.

3. ### BudBionic Poster

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So, then you must retain the same receiving order for a set TB, correct?

If D was the initial receiver for team 2 (during set #1)... then, during the set #1 TB, D must receive every point of the TB on the deuce side (from both A and B).

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4. ### slice bh complimentG.O.A.T.

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Yes. Since the TB is a part of that set, receivers must stick to their sides until the next set.

5. ### mikelerModerator

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Yep, since you indicated the question was for the 1st set then this is correct. Like somebody said above, a Match tiebreak is different because it is considered a new set so the other team could switch receiving positions in that case.