# Serving in double new rules

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In the new rule you only get one serve in doubles. I cant find out how you decide who is serving, where you serve from and who do you serve too. Thanks

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2. ### Ian Davies Regular Member

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Well from watching Grandstand the other week, I kind of get the feeling its like the following:

1'st serve = normal right-hand court to opposing right-hand.

If point/serve is lost(0-1), service goes to opponents 1'st serve (RH court) = 1-0.

If they lose the serve/point (1-1), the service returns to what would have been the second server (under old style).

Hope this is right and clear.

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Does you take it in turns to serve and do you have to serve to the opponent that didnt serve

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4. ### Trance Regular Member

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No. It will always be the right-hand court that serves first and then if you score a point you can then move to the left hand court with the same-server. Now, it may seem confusing at first, but you see, because of the rally-point and the fact that each team will gain a point on a rally, this accounts for that strange transition between servers.

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5. ### lindanfan Regular Member

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i understand, it's like when you play a conditioned doubles game where one pair only gets one serve. they would always start serving from the right hand court

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It depends on how many points you have when you gain the serve, if you have an even number the right hand player serves and if you have an odd number the left hand player serves.

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i was just saying that i understood what Trance said. i didn't actually know that was the ruling... so which one is correct?

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In doubles under the new system there is no such rule requiring you to serve from the RH. Only the old system requires that. Which half you serve from is exactly like in singles, i.e. you serve from the RH if your side's score is an even number, and from LH if odd. The same rule applies to singles under the new system. Therefore, the new system has one rule on where you serve from, whether it is singles, doubles, or mixed doubles. Not so the old system, which actually has a non-standard system of serving for doubles and mixed doubles.

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Wait... Would that mean that both players in doubles would keep the same position (i.e. player 1 on RH and player 2 on LH) throughout the game? (for service, I mean)

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No, they rotate as normal when they win a point. If they stayed in the same place they would serve to the same person every time.

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i can't really see how difficult it is to understand the new rules (not that i agree with them..)

the rules are simple. and there also some easy things to help remember.

okay
1. you only have one serve.
2. you score a point when you win the rally
3. if your score is even the person in the rh court serves, if your score is odd the person in the lh court serves
4. you only swap sides when your side is serving

okay. By some way of some clever deduction it turns out that players on the same side take turns serving (since when you lose serve the next time you get the serve you win a point and hence the person in the other court gets to serve)

So as long as you remember who served last time and what the score is you can figure out where the players on your side should be standing.

recievers however aren't so simple - but since you aren't changing sides unless you score it shouldn't be too difficult to remember.

Coops

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Hope this attachment helps......

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