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The Coman Tiebreak Rotation is the same as the
present tiebreak (set or match), except that ends are changed
after the first point, then after every four points (i.e., after
the 5th, 9th, 13th, 17th points, etc.), and at the conclusion
of the tiebreak. The scoring in the Coman Tiebreak Rotation
is the same as a traditional set or match tiebreak, and the procedure
for playing the Coman Tiebreak Rotation is the same as a set
or match tiebreak. For example, if the Coman Tiebreak Rotation
when the set score is 6-6, the player whose turn it is to serve
shall serve the first point from the deuce court; after the first
point, the players shall change ends and the following two points
shall be served by the opponent(s) (in doubles, the player of
the opposing team due to serve next), starting with the ad court;
after this, each player/team shall serve alternately for two
consecutive points (starting with the ad court), changing ends
after every four points, until the end of the tiebreak game.
When will it be used?
The Coman Tiebreak Rotation will be used at all
USTA League Tennis Sectional and National Championships beginning
in the 2006 league year for all set and match tiebreaks. Use
Coman Tiebreak Rotation will therefore be used during local
Fairness – By changing ends more frequently, the effects
of the elements (sun, wind, etc.) are distributed more evenly
between the two opponents as opposed to playing six consecutive
points before changing ends.
2. In doubles, the server will always serve from the same end of the court,
rather than having to serve from both ends.