Two-on-One Doubles Tennis Is Very Sad Tennis (Video)

2-on-1 doubles tennis with only three people

Have you ever wondered what would happen in a doubles tennis match if one half of a duo got injured and had to retire?

Well I haven’t. But I guess I would have assumed the match would just be over.

Apparently, though, that is not the case. Apparently the remaining player can stay and try to finish the match alone if they want. And apparently, if that player chooses to do that, he or she must still stay on his or her side of the court while the other team is serving. And yes, that means they’d just have to watch while the other team served ace after ace to the teammate who is no longer there.

We know this now, thanks to the World Team Tennis eastern conference championship between the Washington Kastles and Philadelphia Freedoms. (It seems all the good sports names are already taken.)

When Philadelphia’s Taylor Townsend hit teammate Lizel Huber in the back of the head with a cross-court forehand, knocking her out of the game, she decided to stay on the court and do her best against Anastasia Rodionova and former world #1 Martina Hingis.

However, as you may or may not know, in doubles tennis, the players on the receiving team are not allowed to switch sides for serves, otherwise the best returner would just take all the returns. And apparently, just because your teammate is injured, that doesn’t mean you can just go on over to the other side of the court.

What that meant in this case was that every other serve from the Kastles was an ace.

At first, they still hit regular serves:

And Taylor bounced around and waved her arms trying to distract her opponent:

But it was no use, and eventually the Kastles just lobbed the ball over the net for the softest aces in tennis history:

And that’s just sad, isn’t it?

Hat Tip – [Next Impulse Sports]

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