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Table Tennis Question about a Good Return

by Gerald Smith
(Calahoo, Alberta, Canada)

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Is the opponent allowed to have their racket on your side of the table (hit the ball on your side of the net)?

This could happen if I were to hit the ball high in the air and close to the net with backspin.

It could hit their side of the table and then go back over to my side.

They would have to reach over the net to hit the ball.

I think I saw somewhere that players are not allowed to move their racket over the net or in an upwards line above the net.

Some of our players say it is OK to pass over the net and its line to hit the ball, but I don't think it is so.


----- Martin's Reply -----


Thanks for your question.

It is OK to reach over the net to hit the ball.

It would be a good return.

The player and his racket can be anywhere they like when they hit the ball.


(There has never been any rule in table tennis which stopped you from hitting the ball on your opponent's side of the net, but there used to be a rule in tennis which said your racket could not pass over the net).


You'll also find further details of what constitutes a good return here ...

www.allabouttabletennis.com/basic-table-tennis-rules.html




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