## Hypothetical Tennis Question

### Hypothetical Tennis Question

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> If one opponent hit the ball and the other opponent let the ball go past
> him without attempting to hit it, the opponent who hit the ball scores a
> point, correct? I mean, as long as it is in bounds and all that stuff.

> What would prevent two players from doing this forever, or as long as
> their bodies could physically endure it? ?I mean, if matches are called
> off for darkness and resumed the next day, couldn't this continue for
> weeks or until someone threw an arm out of socket or something?

No.  Each set would go to tie breakers, which you have to win by two
points.  Because you serve twice in a row eventually somebody would
win by two points.

-Tom Enright

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### Hypothetical Tennis Question

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> > If one opponent hit the ball and the other opponent let the ball go past
> > him without attempting to hit it, the opponent who hit the ball scores a
> > point, correct? I mean, as long as it is in bounds and all that stuff.

> > What would prevent two players from doing this forever, or as long as
> > their bodies could physically endure it? ?I mean, if matches are called
> > off for darkness and resumed the next day, couldn't this continue for
> > weeks or until someone threw an arm out of socket or something?

> No. ?Each set would go to tie breakers, which you have to win by two
> points. ?Because you serve twice in a row eventually somebody would
> win by two points.

Not really.

One player starts by serving once, then it alternates every two.
Hypotetically, the tie breaker would never end.

Jon

### Hypothetical Tennis Question

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> On Thu, 24 Jun 2010 13:52:53 -0700 (PDT), Tom Enright

> >> If one opponent hit the ball and the other opponent let the ball go past
> >> him without attempting to hit it, the opponent who hit the ball scores a
> >> point, correct? I mean, as long as it is in bounds and all that stuff.

> >> What would prevent two players from doing this forever, or as long as
> >> their bodies could physically endure it? ?I mean, if matches are called
> >> off for darkness and resumed the next day, couldn't this continue for
> >> weeks or until someone threw an arm out of socket or something?
> >No. ?Each set would go to tie breakers, which you have to win by two
> >points. ?Because you serve twice in a row eventually somebody would
> >win by two points.
> Okay, I know nothing about tennis. ?Thanks.

Wait...I may be wrong...let's see

Tiebreaker:

A serves B          Score  1 - 0
B serves A          Score  1 - 1
B serves A          Score  1 - 2
A serves B          Score  2 - 2
A serves B          Score  3 - 3
B serves A          Score  3 - 4
B serves A          Score  4 - 4

No, I think you are correct.  Nobody would win.

-Tom Enright

### Hypothetical Tennis Question

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> > > If one opponent hit the ball and the other opponent let the ball go past
> > > him without attempting to hit it, the opponent who hit the ball scores a
> > > point, correct? I mean, as long as it is in bounds and all that stuff.

> > > What would prevent two players from doing this forever, or as long as
> > > their bodies could physically endure it? ?I mean, if matches are called
> > > off for darkness and resumed the next day, couldn't this continue for
> > > weeks or until someone threw an arm out of socket or something?

> > No. ?Each set would go to tie breakers, which you have to win by two
> > points. ?Because you serve twice in a row eventually somebody would
> > win by two points.
> Not really.

> One player starts by serving once, then it alternates every two.
> Hypotetically, the tie breaker would never end.

Shit, I was trying to get my post before some smart ass caught it.

-Tom Enright

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> Jon

### Hypothetical Tennis Question

Tom Enright sent the following on 6/24/2010 3:52 PM:

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>> If one opponent hit the ball and the other opponent let the ball go past
>> him without attempting to hit it, the opponent who hit the ball scores a
>> point, correct? I mean, as long as it is in bounds and all that stuff.

>> What would prevent two players from doing this forever, or as long as
>> their bodies could physically endure it?  I mean, if matches are called
>> off for darkness and resumed the next day, couldn't this continue for
>> weeks or until someone threw an arm out of socket or something?

> No.  Each set would go to tie breakers, which you have to win by two
> points.  Because you serve twice in a row eventually somebody would
> win by two points.

Not exactly.  If I'm understanding the question correctly, they'd never
have to get past the first game of the first set.

--
Jim Gysin
Waukesha, WI

### Hypothetical Tennis Question

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> Tom Enright sent the following on 6/24/2010 3:52 PM:

> >> If one opponent hit the ball and the other opponent let the ball go past
> >> him without attempting to hit it, the opponent who hit the ball scores a
> >> point, correct? I mean, as long as it is in bounds and all that stuff.

> >> What would prevent two players from doing this forever, or as long as
> >> their bodies could physically endure it? ?I mean, if matches are called
> >> off for darkness and resumed the next day, couldn't this continue for
> >> weeks or until someone threw an arm out of socket or something?

> > No. ?Each set would go to tie breakers, which you have to win by two
> > points. ?Because you serve twice in a row eventually somebody would
> > win by two points.

> Not exactly. ?If I'm understanding the question correctly, they'd never
> have to get past the first game of the first set.

that's correct.

### Hypothetical Tennis Question

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> > TomEnrightsent the following on 6/24/2010 3:52 PM:

> > >> If one opponent hit the ball and the other opponent let the ball go past
> > >> him without attempting to hit it, the opponent who hit the ball scores a
> > >> point, correct? I mean, as long as it is in bounds and all that stuff.

> > >> What would prevent two players from doing this forever, or as long as
> > >> their bodies could physically endure it? ?I mean, if matches are called
> > >> off for darkness and resumed the next day, couldn't this continue for
> > >> weeks or until someone threw an arm out of socket or something?

> > > No. ?Each set would go to tie breakers, which you have to win by two
> > > points. ?Because you serve twice in a row eventually somebody would
> > > win by two points.

> > Not exactly. ?If I'm understanding the question correctly, they'd never
> > have to get past the first game of the first set.
> that's correct.

Maybe I don't understand the question, but every point is won by the
server, in essence the entire match is all aces.

-Tom Enright

### Hypothetical Tennis Question

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> > > TomEnrightsent the following on 6/24/2010 3:52 PM:

> > > >> If one opponent hit the ball and the other opponent let the ball go past
> > > >> him without attempting to hit it, the opponent who hit the ball scores a
> > > >> point, correct? I mean, as long as it is in bounds and all that stuff.

> > > >> What would prevent two players from doing this forever, or as long as
> > > >> their bodies could physically endure it? ?I mean, if matches are called
> > > >> off for darkness and resumed the next day, couldn't this continue for
> > > >> weeks or until someone threw an arm out of socket or something?

> > > > No. ?Each set would go to tie breakers, which you have to win by two
> > > > points. ?Because you serve twice in a row eventually somebody would
> > > > win by two points.

> > > Not exactly. ?If I'm understanding the question correctly, they'd never
> > > have to get past the first game of the first set.
> > that's correct.

> Maybe I don't understand the question, but every point is won by the
> server, in essence the entire match is all aces.

So your match would go to 6-6 on 12 love games, and then the tie-
breaker would be an endless stream of set points saved.

Theoretically it's possible. Just like it's theoretically possible for
two basketball teams to agree never to take a shot, and thereby have
an endless game that is all shot clock violations.

Vijay R.