Tennis Rules on Choosing Ends and Who Serves

The choice of ends, and who serves, happens before the match begins. This is decided by a toss before the warm-up begins. The player (or team) who wins the coin toss (or spin of the racket) may choose one of the following options:

  1. To serve or be the receiver for the 1st game of the match, in which case the opponent gets to choose which end to play on.
  2. The end of the court for the 1st game of the match, in which case the opponent gets to choose whether to serve or receive.
  3. To require the opponent to make one of the above choices