Switching Ends

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by Gimmick, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Gimmick

    Gimmick Semi-Pro

    May 16, 2007
    In a recreational match my opponent and I finished a set and accidentally switched ends because our waters were on the opposite sides (6-4 no switch needed). We played the first game on the wrong side and then realized the mistake. Do we now rotate following the usual order because it's a new set or do we stay on the same sides for two more games (three total) to restore the order of the first set?

    Question 2: Should either play get excited about which of these it is in a recreational match?
  2. SweetH2O

    SweetH2O Rookie

    May 11, 2010
    Powder Springs, GA
    I think you stay on the same side for two more games (three total). The game played in good faith but on the wrong side stands. Then you play on the side you should be on for the 2nd and 3rd games after the mistake is realized.

    I see it as similar to if you served from the ad-court at 30-all in a game by mistake for some reason and realized it after the point was over. You would serve the next point again from the ad side to get in the proper rotation.

    And no, I'd say it's nothing to get excited about. If my opponent in a rec match insisted on doing it differently I would just go along with it. I guess sun or wind could give an advantage to one side in some cases, but it's still not something that matters enough to make an otherwise friendly match unfriendly to me.

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