My partner was receiving at 15-15. After we managed to win a very long point, the server stepped to the line, announced “30-15,” and served. It was a fault, at which point I said, “Hold on, it’s 15-30.” A debate ensued, and we started to recount the points, until my partner said since he had already served, the score stood. Is that right?
— John Buzinkai, Chattanooga, TN
Nope. Reconstruct the previous points and, if you can agree on the score, proceed from there. The server is going to get a first serve if the score was announced correctly. If it was incorrect, you’ll probably grant a first serve because you’re good sports, but it could be argued that it’s a second serve because the delay was caused by the server’s error (The Code, Item 30).
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