Table Tennis Question about Serving Rules

This question about table tennis serving rules was submitted by
John from Sudbury, UK

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My table tennis question relates to what the rules say regarding the service.

When you are serving, do you have to send the ball in between your opponent's corners of the table?


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

 By Martin Hughes
 Owner and Editor

Thanks for your question John.

No, you do not have to send the ball in between your opponent's corners of the table.

If you're playing singles, the ball can hit any part of your opponent's half of the table after passing over the net.

As long as the ball hits the playing surface, the service will be legal.

The white lines are part of the playing surface.

However, if the ball touches the net during service, before touching the playing surface, the service must be replayed.

But if you're playing doubles, the service must only touch the right half court.

The only instance where the ball must go between your opponents corners of the table is if the receiver is a wheelchair user, then the service must exit between the two corners on his side.

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Here are a few examples of the world's best players sending their serves off the side of the table...

NB. There is no sound on this video.


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More Information

You'll find lots more details on my web site on the following pages...

 

Details about the playing surface...

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

 

Details about the serve...

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

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

 

Details about the serve in doubles...

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

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