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New Service Rule published

Comes into effect as of 1 September 2002

ITTF has published the official service rule that shall come into effect on 1 September 2002.

"The intent of the new service rule is to make the rule itself clear and easy to interpret. The new rule is designed to make the Service in table tennis an “OPEN” technique which is fully visible to the receiver at all times."

The rule:

2.6.4 From the start of service until it is struck, the ball shall be above the level of the playing surface and behind the server's end line, and it shall not be hidden from the receiver by any part of the body or clothing of the server or his doubles partner.

For more details please visit the rules page.

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