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# How often do players change ends during a tennis tie-breaker?

Updated: 9/27/2023

Wiki User

15y ago

Tennis players rotate around the net every odd game. That is they switch after the 1st game, 3rd game, 5th game, etc. For example, if the score is 1-0 they switch. If the score is 4-3, they switch. If the score is 6-5, they switch. They switch after they've played every off game.

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15y ago

Wiki User

12y ago

It depends upon how long the tiebreaker lasts. They switch after every six points are played.

First one to win 7 points wins the tiebreaker, but you have to win by at least 2, so the tiebreaker can actually go on for a long time, and as a result there can be many switches.

There's a minimum of one switch in a tiebreaker though because at least 7 points must be played.

Based on the amount of points played, here is the mathematical breakdown:

12 points or less played: 1 switch

13-18 total points played: 2 switches

19-24 total points played: 3 switches

25-30 total points played: 4 switches

31-36 total points played: 5 switches

This continues on in 6 point increments until somebody wins by 2.

In tennis historys most famous tiebreaker, McEnroe beat Borg 18-16 in the 4th set tiebreaker in Wimbledon.

Using the table above, there were 5 total switches in this historical tiebreaker.

Wiki User

15y ago

Players have 90 seconds between normal change of ends and 120 seconds between sets.

Wiki User

13y ago

Players change ends at the end of each game, and when one player has scored 5 points in the deciding game.

Wiki User

15y ago

Tennis players change ends after every six points during a tie-breaker. Refer to the USTA link, below, for further information.

Wiki User

13y ago

when the number of games are odd

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