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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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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.

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

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

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

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when the number of games are odd

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