Service sequence

  • Both players on the serving team have the opportunity to serve and score points until they commit a fault* (except for the first service sequence of each new game).
  • The first serve of each side-out is made from the right/even court.
  • If a point is scored, the server switches sides and the server initiates the next serve from the left/odd court.
  • As subsequent points are scored, the server continues switching back and forth until a fault is committed and the first server loses the serve.
  • After the first server loses the serve, the partner then serves from their correct side of the court (except for the first service sequence of a game*).
  • The second server continues serving until his/her team commits a fault and loses the serve to the opposing team.
  • Once the service goes to the opposition (at side out), the first serve is from the right/even court and both players on that team have the opportunity to serve and score points until their team commits two faults.
  • When playing singles, the server serves from the right/even court when his/her score is even and from the left/odd when the score is odd.

*At the beginning of each new game, only one partner on the serving team has the opportunity to serve before faulting, after which the service passes to receiving team (side out).