You probably know this yourself - table tennis is more of a recreational thing, isn't it? Sometimes a ping, sometimes a pong. Wrong thought! Did you know that the sport was invented in England at the end of the 19th century and has a lot more to offer? Here you can find out more :)
First of all, the basic rules:
- Table tennis consists of sets, i.e. a player has to win win 3 out of 5 sets to win the match.
- A set is considered won when the first player has reached 11 points . If both players have 10 points, the game continues until one of the two has a lead of 2 points and can thus decide the set in his favor.
- After each set there is a change of sides. In the 5th and final set, this happens when the first player has 5 points.
- The ball must be free on the open hand.
- The ball must be thrown behind the table and at least 16cm high.
- The ball must be played in such a way that it first lands on the player's own side and then on the opponent's side.
Each player has 2 serves, after which the right to serve changes.
Exception: If the set is extended at a score of 10:10, each player has only one serve each in turn.
- If the ball touches the net during the serve, it must be repeated.
- If the ball is not hit after being thrown up, this counts as a point for the opponent.
So now you know the basics for a real table tennis match!
What else do you need?
Well, 2 table tennis bats, a table tennis table and a table tennis ball! Of course you can find everything at KETTLER store ;)
The internationally recognized standard for table tennis tables is a measurement of 2.74 meters long and 1.525 meters wide. The table must also be 0.76 meters above the ground.
According to the rules, the net should be 15.25 centimeters high.
With a KETTLER table tennis table you can make sure that you have the right measurement and your table tennis tournament can start!
A little bit about the history of table tennis
As already mentioned, England is the motherland of table tennis. Here the sport developed from the "original tennis", which was moved indoors due to bad weather conditions (called room tennis). For this reason, the rules of tennis were adopted for table tennis. The first real table tennis club was founded in England in 1900.
The German Table Tennis Federation was founded in 1925. The very first table tennis world championship took place in London in 1926 and the first world champion ever was the Hungarian player Roland Jacobi.
However, table tennis did not become a sport at the Olympic Games until 1988. Of the total 37 gold medals that have been distributed so far, a full 32 were won by the Chinese. Due to China's dominance in the sport, a rule was even introduced in 2012 that only 2 participants from each country could qualify. Thus, all 3 medals could no longer go to the same country. Germany has not been able to record a gold medal in table tennis in the Olympics so far.
But what is not, can still become!
With the KETTLER table tennis tables, the new generation is in any case well equipped to perhaps later make a great table tennis career!