Saturday, March 2, 2013

All about Table Tennis

As table tennis is my favorite game, I thought of writing something about it. So here is my post on the game I love and live for..:)

Table Tennis A brief I Intro

Table tennis, also known as ping-pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth using table tennis rackets. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. It's an Olympic game which is played indoors.

Origins of table tennis

The origins of table tennis go back to the 1880s when game makers tried to emulate the popularity of Lawn Tennis by developing indoor versions of the game.

The modern game of table tennis started in the early 1900s in Europe.

Table tennis table

Table tennis is played on a hard table measuring...

9 feet (2.74m) long,
5 feet (1.525m) wide and
2 feet 6 inches (76cm) high

... and the net is

6 feet (1.83m) long and
6 inches (15.25 cm) high.

Size dimensions of a table tennis table

The object of the game

The object of the game is to score 11 points before your opponent.

If the score becomes tied at 10 points each, the first player or pair to establish a two point lead will win.

A match consists of winning the best of any odd number of games - usually 3, 5 or 7 games.

Players hit the ball back and forth over the net and must only allow a ball played towards them to bounce once on their side of the table and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side.

Points are scored when a player fails to return the ball in accordance with the rules of table tennis.

A point commences with a player serving in accordance with the official table tennis rules.

Each player has two serves.

After each two points have been scored, the receiving player or pair becomes the serving player or pair, and so on until the end of the game, unless both players or pairs have scored 10 points.

If the score is tied at 10 points each, each player shall serve for only 1 point in turn.

Play is fast and demands quick reactions. 

It's all about spin

A skilled player can impart several varieties of spin to the ball, altering its trajectory and limiting an opponent's options to great advantage.
There are mainly 4 types of spin
3. Side Spin 

Types of Stroke

There are mainly 2 types of strokes


If you're going to be playing table tennis, it's useful to know some table tennis terminology.

A rally is the period during which the ball is in play. (The ball is in play from the moment a player intentionally starts his service, until the rally is decided as a let or a point).

A let is a rally of which the result is not scored.

A point is a rally of which the result is scored.

International Table Tennis Federation

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), founded in 1926, controls the sport of table tennis.

The ITTF headquarters are located in Switzerland.


Table tennis is popular in Asia and Europe and has been gaining attention in the United States.The most important international competitions are the World Table Tennis Championships, the Table Tennis World Cup, the Olympics and the ITTF Pro Tour. Continental competitions include the European Championships, Europe Top-12, the Asian Championships and the Asian Games.

Best Players of the Game

An official hall of fame exists at the ITTF Museum.A Grand Slam is earned by a player who wins singles crowns at Olympic Games, World Championships, and World Cup.
The number of table tennis players throughout the world is said to be around 300 million, so I'd guess there's a pretty good chance that you either play table tennis yourself or you know someone who does.

And some people have the nerve to call it a minority sport!

Of course, the standard of those 300 million players varies considerably ... from the occasional fun players, through club players and serious amateurs, right up to the professional 

The professional game has changed significantly over the years.

From the early days of table tennis ... with stars like Victor Barna and Richard Bergmann who played with hard bats (rackets) in the 1930s and 1940s ... right through to the modern day sponge racket players like Jan-Ove Waldner and the current World Champion Zhang Jike.

Jan-Ove Waldner of Sweden first completed the grand slam at 1992 Olympic Games. Deng Yaping of China is the first female recorded at the inaugural Women's World Cup in 1996.

Best Male players

    ZHANG Jike
    MA Long
    XU Xin
    WANG Hao
    BOLL Timo
    MA Lin
    WANG Li Qin
    HYUK Joo Se

Best Women Players

    DING Ning
    LIU Shiwen
    LI Xiaoxia
    GUO Yan
    KIM Kyung Ah
    FENG Tianwei
    SHEN Yanfei
    WU Yang
    GUO Yue
    FENG Yalan

To Enjoy the beauty of the game here is a video

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