The RULES of DOUBLES are the same as for the SINGLES game with the following alterations:



Sides shall consist of two players each.


At the request of either side, the referee shall allow to either side or to the two sides together, a period of five minutes, immediately prior to the start of the match for the purpose of a warm-up. The right to warm-up first shall be decided by the spin of a racket or coin.


Each side shall nominate its SERVER for the whole of a particular game, in any match, with the alternative player serving in the second and, if played, the fourth game. In the final game (3rd or 5th) when the first side's score reaches "five", the server shall change, with each team.


At the beginning of each game, each side shall designate one of its players to receive service in the right-hand service court and the other to receive service in the left-hand service court. Throughout the course of such game, the service must be received by the players so designated. Only the Receiver may be positioned in the service court opposite the Server's service court at the point of impact of the service. Until the ball has been touched or has hit the floor twice, it may be struck at any number of times by either or both players on a side, in rotation. (NB. The order of striking shall be: The Server, the Receiver, followed by the Server's partner, followed by the Receiver's partner).


If either player on the striking side is inadvertently hindered by either of their opponents from reaching or striking at the ball, a let shall be allowed.

Note to Referees: Under rule 12c, where interference has occurred and the player has made every effort to avoid causing it, a let shall be allowed and the Referee shall not consider whether a winning stroke has been prevented. This shall not affect the Referee's duties in awarding strokes, as otherwise required in Rule 12 of the "Singles Game".


If either player on the striking side is inadvertently hindered by either of their opponents from reaching or striking the ball, a LET shall be allowed. If, in the opinion of the Referee, interference to the striker is unnecessary or created, they shall stop play and award a STROKE to the hindered side. Unnecessary CROWDING shall also be penalised by a STROKE. If the ball, after being struck from a good service or a good return and before reaching the front wall, hits one of the striker's opponents or their racket or anything they wear or carries, it shall be a LET if the ball strikes the front wall fairly or would have done so but for such interference but if the return would not have been good, the striker's side shall lose the point. When a fairly struck ball hits the striker's PARTNER, it is a point to the other side.


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