Table Tennis | Ping-Pong

Table Tennis | Ping-Pong

Description
Description

Table tennis, commonly known as ping pong, is a fast-paced racket sport played on a small rectangular table divided by a net. It can be played individually (singles) or in pairs (doubles). Players hit a lightweight, hollow ball back and forth using small rackets. Points are scored when a player fails to return the ball within the rules. A match is typically played best of five or seven games, with each game won by the first player to reach 11 points with a minimum lead of two points.

Key skills in table tennis include quick reflexes, precise hand-eye coordination, agility, and strategic shot placement. Advanced techniques involve various spin and speed variations.

Table tennis is particularly popular in Asian countries, notably China, Japan, and South Korea, which dominate international competitions. It's also prevalent in Europe, with Germany and Sweden being strong contenders. Major leagues and tournaments include the ITTF World Championships, the World Cup, and the Olympic Games, showcasing top global talent in the sport.

History
History

Table tennis began as a Victorian-era parlor game in England in the late 19th century, often played after dinner on a dining table with improvised equipment like books for nets and golf balls for the ball. It evolved into a more serious sport with standardized equipment by the early 20th century. The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) was founded in 1926, formalizing rules and organizing international competitions. The sport saw significant developments in playing styles, equipment technology, and global popularity, especially in Asia. It became an Olympic sport in 1988, further elevating its status and bringing together top players from around the world.

Future
Future

Table tennis is evolving with advancements in technology and a growing global audience. Expect to see more sophisticated equipment, like high-tech rackets and balls designed to enhance play. Data analytics and AI-driven training methods will likely become more prevalent, aiding player strategy and skill development.

The sport's global appeal is set to increase, with rising popularity in regions beyond traditional powerhouses like China and Europe. Grassroots initiatives and youth programs are expanding, nurturing new talent. Also, the integration of virtual reality and online streaming platforms is making table tennis more accessible and engaging for fans, ensuring its continued growth as a dynamic and internationally beloved sport.

Common Questions
Common Questions
Who invented ping pong?

Ping Pong (table tennis) was invented as a parlor game trademarked by the English firm of J. Jacques and Son in the 1880s. The game quickly grew in popularity and spread to the United States, Europe, and Asia over the next few decades.

How do you play ping pong?

Ping pong (table tennis) is played by first serving the ball across the net while bouncing it once on the service side of the table. Points are scored when a player fails to return the ball across the net after only one bounce on their side of the table. Service alternates between players after every two points. Ping pong games are commonly played to 21 or 11 points.

How do you score ping pong?

Ping pong (table tennis) games are played to either 21 points in casual games, or 11 points in competitive games. Games must be won by two points.

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5’5” | 1.65 m
January 15, 1994
Chen Meng
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2500
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Chen Meng
5’7” | 1.70 m
June 20, 1990
Ding Ning
170.000
1990.00
4500
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Ding Ning
5’10” | 1.78 m
October 3, 1965
Jan-Ove Waldner
178.000
1965.00
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Jan-Ove Waldner
5’3” | 1.60 m
April 12, 1991
Liu Shiwen
160.000
1991.00
4600
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Ma Long
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5’9” | 1.75 m
October 20, 1988
Ma Long
175.000
1988.00
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Ma Long
1.57” | 40 mm (Diameter)
.095 oz | 2.7 g
Ping-Pong Ball
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Ping-Pong Ball3D model of a Ping-Pong Ball (Table Tennis Ball) viewed in perspective3D model of a Ping-Pong Ball (Table Tennis Ball) viewed in perspective
5.9” | 15 cm
.85”-.91” | 21.8-23 mm
9.45”-10.25” | 24-26 cm
2.47-3.53 oz | 70-100 g
Ping-Pong Paddle
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Ping-Pong PaddlePerspective view of a 3D model of a Ping-Pong Paddle (Table Tennis Racket)Perspective view of a 3D model of a Ping-Pong Paddle (Table Tennis Racket)
Table Tennis Tables
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Table Tennis Tables3D model of the Woolsey Ping Pong Table viewed in perspective3D model of the Woolsey Ping Pong Table viewed in perspective
Xu Xin
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5’11” | 1.80 m
January 8, 1990
Xu Xin
180.000
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Ma Long
Scaled height comparison illustration of Ma Long in relation to other Table Tennis professionals

World and Olympic champion and Chinese National Table Tennis Men's Team captain, Ma Long has several accomplishments under his belt. Aside from being a world champion, he is number three in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) with twenty-eight ITTF World Tour titles and five ITTF World Tour tournaments and the only male table tennis player to hold the number one position for over five years. Long is also among those who have a career Grand Slam (World Champions, Olympics, and World Cup). Besides, he is the first male player to win every singles title in a table tennis game, making him the greatest player alive.

Ma Long has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Set of illustrations of Ma Long in various table tennis poses measured with overall height
World and Olympic champion and Chinese National Table Tennis Men's Team captain, Ma Long has several accomplishments under his belt. Aside from being a world champion, he is number three in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) with 28 ITTF World Tour titles.

Ma Long has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Set of illustrations of Ma Long in various table tennis poses measured with overall height
Ma Long
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Nationality: China

Years Active: 2006—

Birthday
October 20, 1988

Drawings include:
Ma Long standing, swinging, stance

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Table Tennis Tables
Plan drawing of a standard regulation Table Tennis | Ping Pong Table with dimensions for width and length

Table tennis tables are regulated playing surfaces designed specifically for the game of table tennis (ping-pong). Table tennis tables measure 9’ | 2.74 m long by 5’ | 1.525 m in wide. The playing surface of a ping-pong table must be set at a height of 2.5’ | 76 cm and is equipped with a center net that is 6” | 15.25 cm high and stretches 6” | 15.25 cm beyond the width of the table.

Tables can be constructed out of a variety of materials ranging from common designs using plywood and/or particle-board to more exotic variants made of concrete, metal, plastic or fiber-glass. The materiality of a table tennis table is a matter of preference, but the bounce of the ball on the surface should be uniform at a height of 9.1” | 23 cm when dropped at a height of 11.8” | 30 cm.

Elevation drawings with dimensions of a Table Tennis | Ping-Pong Table measuring length, height, and net height with players
Table tennis tables are regulated playing surfaces designed specifically for the game of table tennis (ping-pong). Table tennis tables measure 9’ | 2.74 m long by 5’ | 1.525 m in wide. The playing surface of a ping-pong table must be set at a height of 2.5’ | 76 cm.

Elevation drawings with dimensions of a Table Tennis | Ping-Pong Table measuring length, height, and net height with players
Table Tennis Tables
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Length: 9’ | 2.74 m
Width: 5’ | 1.525 m
Height (Surface): 2.5’ | 76 cm
Height (Net): 6” | 15.25 cm
Net Width Overhang: 6” | 15.25 cm
Height (Bounce): 9.1” | 23 cm from 11.8” | 30 cm
Materials: Plywood, particle-board, concrete, metal, plastic, fiber-glass

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Table Tennis | Ping-Pong Table side elevation, side (players), front, front (players), plan

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Jan-Ove Waldner
Series of scaled illustrations comparing the height of Jan-Ove Waldner with other related Table Tennis players

Jan-Ove Waldner is probably the most famous European and Swedish athlete in China because of his table tennis prowess. The former table tennis player was nicknamed "the Mozart of table tennis" and "Old Walder," drawn from his competitiveness and longevity. Waldner holds a career grand slam (World Cup, World Champion, and Olympic gold medal) and has been on top of the table tennis charts for over two decades, proving that China is not the only country dominating the table tennis field. His image has been depicted in both Chinese and Swedish postage stamps because of his table tennis successes. He owns over twenty-three gold medals, thirteen silver medals, and five bronze medals.

Jan-Ove Waldner has a height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Jan-Ove Waldner in table tennis positions measured with overall height
Jan-Ove Waldner is probably the most famous European and Swedish athlete in China because of his table tennis prowess. The former table tennis player was nicknamed "the Mozart of table tennis" and "Old Walder," drawn from his competitiveness and longevity. Waldner holds a career grand slam.

Jan-Ove Waldner has a height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Jan-Ove Waldner in table tennis positions measured with overall height
Jan-Ove Waldner
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5’10” | 1.78 m
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Nationality: Sweden

Years Active: 1989-2016

Birthday
October 3, 1965

Drawings include:
Jan-Ove Waldner standing, swinging, stance

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Table Tennis Clearances
Drawing with dimensions for the minimum side and end clearances required around a Table Tennis | Ping Pong Table

Table Tennis | Ping Pong tables require varying minimum additional amounts of clearance space around the table depending on the play style and venue. Ranging from minimum casual clearances to recreational, local, national, and international settings, table tennis clearances are established to avoid distractions and obstacles and to accommodate player movement. Minimum clearances for table tennis tables are set at an additional 5’ | 1.53 m from the end, 3’ | .9 m from the sides, and result in overall clearance dimensions of 19’x11’ | 5.8 m x 3.4 m (209 ft2 | 19.4 m2). Recreational style venues should have overall clearances of 28’x13’ | 8.5 m x 4 m (364 ft2 | 33.8 m2). International tournaments are regulated at minimum overall clearances of 46’x23’ | 14 m x 7 m (1,058 ft2 | 98.3 m2).

Illustration of various required side and end clearances and room sizes required for Table Tennis | Ping Pong
Table Tennis | Ping Pong tables require varying minimum clearance spaces around the table to accommodate player movement. Minimum clearances for tables are set at 5’ | 1.53 m from the end, 3’ | .9 m from the sides, and result in overall dimensions of 19’ x 11’ | 5.8 m x 3.4 m (209 ft2 | 19.4 m2).

Illustration of various required side and end clearances and room sizes required for Table Tennis | Ping Pong
Table Tennis Clearances
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Minimum:
End Clearance: 5’ | 1.53 m
Side Clearance: 3’ | .9 m
Overall Length: 19’ | 5.8 m
Overall Width: 11’ | 3.4 m
Overall Area: 209 ft2 | 19.4 m2

Recreational Play:
Overall Length: 28’ | 8.5 m
Overall Width: 13’ | 4 m
Overall Area: 364 ft2 | 33.8 m2

International Tournament:
Overall Length: 46’ | 14 m
Overall Width: 23’ | 7 m

Overall Area: 1,058 ft2 | 98.3 m2

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Table Tennis | Ping Pong Clearances plan (minimum), plan (recreational), plan (tournament)

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Chen Meng
Height comparison diagram of Chen Meng compared to other Table Tennis players

Chinese table tennis player Chen Meng has proven that age is just a number in table tennis. Chen is world number one and considered this generation youngster in table tennis. Cheng is a three-time International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour Grand Finalist, a gold and silver medalist of Women's singles, a fourteen-time ITTF World Tour champion, and the current ITTF Women's World Cup champion. She prefers the right-hand or shakehand grip play style. Chen came to the limelight by winning the World Junior Table Tennis Championship in 2011 in the Girls' Singles event.

Chen Meng has a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Collection of drawings of Chen Meng measured with overall height
Chinese table tennis player Chen Meng has proven that age is just a number in table tennis. Chen is world number one and considered this generation youngster in table tennis. Cheng is a three-time International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour Grand Finalist.

Chen Meng has a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Collection of drawings of Chen Meng measured with overall height
Chen Meng
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5’5” | 1.65 m
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Nationality: China

Years Active: 2012—

Birthday
January 15, 1994

Drawings include:
Chen Meng standing, swinging, stance

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