Server Advantage in Tennis Matches

I MacPhee, JC Rougier, G Pollard

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We show that the advantage that can accrue to the server in tennis does not necessarily imply that serving first changes the probability of winning the match. We demonstrate that the outcome of tie-breaks, sets and matches can be independent of who serves first. These are corollaries of a more general invariance result that we prove for n-point win-by-2 games. Our proofs are non-algebraic and self-contained.
Translated title of the contributionServer Advantage in Tennis Matches
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1182 - 1186
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Probability
Volume41 (4)
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004

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Publisher: Applied Probability Trust

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