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Table Tennis - Rules

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A server must hit the ball onto the table on both the server and the receiver's side of the net

A game begins when one player serves the ball to the other, ensuring that the ball hits the table on both the server and the receiver's side. If the ball hits the net and falls back into the server's side, then the receiver wins the point. If it hits the net and rolls into the receiver's side, then a "let" is played.

If the service is "good," then the opponent must return the ball before it bounces a second time. Serves alternate every two points until a player wins with a two-point lead.

Should each player reach 10 points, a "deuce" game, with players alternating serve comes into effect until one player builds up a two-point lead.

In doubles, service alternates every two points between sides, but also rotates between players on the same team so that no team has an unfair advantage.

After each game, players switch sides of the table and in the deciding "match" game, players switch sides when the first player scores five points, regardless of whose turn it is to serve. In competition play, matches are typically best of five or seven games.

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