Table Tennis Question about crossing the net to play a shot

This question about crossing the net to play a shot was submitted by Gerald Smith from 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's OK to pass over the net and its line to hit the ball, but I don't think it is.


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

 By Martin Hughes
 Owner and Editor

Gerald,

Thanks for your question.

It's OK to reach over the net to hit the ball.

It would be a good return.

A player and their 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 I understand that there used to be a rule in tennis which said your racket could not pass over the net).

 

Let's see this in action...


Example

This video clip shows an example of how a player is allowed to play their stroke from anywhere.

Zhu Yuling of China (pink shirt) mis-hits her shot and it causes the ball to go high into the air.

The ball travels over the net onto her opponent's side of the table, but the mis-hit has imparted backspin onto the ball and it travels back towards her.

However, her opponent Mo Zhang of Canada (black shirt), is perfectly entitled to move forwards and play the ball from a position beyond the net.

Mo Zhang wins the point.

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More Information

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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