Scoring Procedure: Doubles

The previous example showed how to use the scoresheet in a singles match. These principles still apply in doubles, and as such, this section will focus on illustrating the key differences in using the scoresheet in a doubles match.
The first obvious difference is that because this is a men’s doubles match, there are now two names rather than one on each side. The umpire will still need to mark “L” and “R” after the toss, as specified in the previous example.

In doubles, it will be necessary to know not only which pair will serve, but which member of the pair. It is next to that player’s name that the “S” should be placed. In this example, Tan Wee Kiong will serve, and so the “0” for the score will go on his line. In the previous example of the singles match, it was not necessary to indicate who would receive, as with only two players on court, this was obvious. However, with doubles, the initial receiver should be indicated with an “R”. Because Mathias Boe will receive, the “0” score will go on his line, as below.

Now that the initial server and receiver are recorded, and will start in their respective right service courts, this will help the umpire keep the sequence of the points and positions throughout the game.

In singles, all the points were recorded on the same line (the line with the player’s name). However, in doubles, both lines will be used, which will help show who should be serving (and receiving). For example, at the start of this first game, Tan Wee Kiong will serve to Mathias Boe. If the Malaysian pair win the rally, Tan Wee Kiong will serve again (but from the left service court this time), and the umpire will write the point in the box on his line, as can be seen below.

It is important to keep in mind that it does not matter which of the partners hits the winner – just that the pair won the rally and that the same player will continue to serve. Along those lines, if the Malaysian pair win two more rallies, the sequence will look like this:

If the Danish pair then win the next rally (again, regardless of who hit the winner), the point should be recorded on the line of the player who will serve. Because they have not rotated positions, Carsten Mogensen is still on the left, and as the score is an odd number, he will serve. As such, the score will be recorded as below:

If the Danish pair win the next rally, the point will still be recorded on the same line, as such:

Then the Malaysians win the next rally, so with an even score of 4, the partner on the right will serve. Because Tan Wee Kiong served on the left last time, this means that Goh V Shem will serve, and the score will be recorded as such:

The Danes win the following rally, giving them a total of 3 points, meaning that Mathias Boe will serve, and the scoresheet will look like this:

It’s time for the next challenge, so continue to mark the scoresheet for the following sequence of points and then check your results.

The Danes score three more points, and then the Malaysians win the next two rallies. The Danes win the following rally, the Malaysians win the next three, and the Danes win one more.

What is the score, and who (player, not just pair) is serving? Check your scoresheet against the
next page.

Once again, it is easy for the umpire to see, at a glance, not only which pair is serving (based on the entry farthest to the right), but also which side each of the players should be on. For example, Mathias Boe is about to serve with 8 points, so he should be on the right. Because Goh V Shem had previously served from the left at 9 points, that means Tan Wee Kiong should be on the right, and he will receive.