If you receive first and break, you are ahead of the game. But if your opponent(s) hold serve, they were supposed to. If there is a strong wind or blinding sun, choosing serve OR receive then puts the choice of side to start in the hands of your opponent. You can also choose to “Defer” and make them choose serve/receive and then you choose side.
Serve First. Advantages. Statement of intent/shows you are feeling confident; Your opponent won’t be fully alert yet; If you can hold serve then you create score board pressure that will last the whole set . Disadvantages. Your muscles won’t be fully warmed up so you won’t be able to serve at full power yet; If you get broke then your opponent
Well, tennis culture says that when you win the toss at the end of the warm up you should elect to serve. It’s the choice that says “I’m confident, I’m feeling good, I’m going to take charge of this match!”. Do yourself a favor and drop the macho pretense…
Serve order – Receive order (doubles & Singles): The first team/player who serves is determined by a coin toss. The winner of the toss has 3 choices: Choose an end (a court side), choose who serves first, or make the other team/player to choose. Note: Every 1 st point in a game is served from the deuce court (see positioning in: tennis serve rules)
One common misconception is that tennis players think the coin toss or racquet spin is simply to determine who serves first. However, this action actually determines who gets to choose from the list of options explained above (in bold). The winner has the choice to: 1. serve or receive first. 2. choose a side.
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Side or Serve? Now that the spinning (or coin toss) is out of the way, it has been decided who can choose side or serve. You can choose to serve, you can choose to receive, you can choose which side to start play on, or you can choose to have your opponent choose – but you can choose only one.
Benefit of Serving First: Serving first in a tennis match (tournament or friendly match) has its benefits and a couple of drawbacks. The benefits greatly outweigh the drawback, but ultimately it is up to the tennis player. Having the ability to serve first is a good start for those tennis players who get the pre match jitters, serving first allows you to take a crack at your first serve (even if it doesn’t go in), you know, to loosen up a little bit.
If you defer to your opponent, they get to make ONE decision not all of them. They can choose to either serve/receive or pick a side. They don’t get to choose both. (ITF Rule 9) For the "Friend at Court" handbook and more information on the rules of tennis, visit the rules and regulations homepage.