Originally Posted by passingshotDTL
Question for people in the know: Are the benches pre-assigned, like "higher seed gets the bench to the left of the ump's chair, lower seed gets the bench to the right"? [Like who gets to enter the court first?] I.e., is Fed kinda dissing/disrespecting Novak's #1 seed by 'stealing' his bench?
Or is it more loosely applied, and it's not a big deal who sits where?
It seems that players' towels with their names on are put on the chair before the match starts. A person have more than 1000 wins should definitely know the rule.
As Novak's fan, I don't think it's a big problem that will affect the result, as long as RF feels the action match up to his classy image in the tour.