Originally Posted by Govnor
I don't really understand why this isn't the rule anyway. I might be in the minority here, but surely tennis at our level is about having competitive matches, not about "winning as a team"? It's actually laughable the amount of thought that seems to go into these things. Like it's the Davis Cup or something.
I'd think its because they don't want to deal with whining from players like the OP. SO they just say that all the lines are equal and to deal with it.
Maybe its to give captains a little more flexibility. If someone's line 1 singles player knew they were going to be late, letting them play #2 singles is a way to get more tennis in.
Personally I think it would be a good rule and would encourage teams to have all players at the same level.