Table Tennis Doubles
Is table tennis doubles played the same way as in a singles game or are there any differences in the rules?
Lets find out here…
Doubles game in table tennis involves two players on each sides of the table, making four players altogether.
The doubles game is played the same way as singles game but there are some differences in the rules of the game.
In a doubles game a line is drawn along the axis of the table dividing it into two equal half courts, 3 mm wide which runs parallel with the side lines.
Some of the rules for doubles table tennis is different from the rules for playing the singles table tennis game.
Table Tennis Doubles Rules
So what are the difference between a doubles games and singles game in table tennis?
There are differences in the order of play and in the serving rules from a singles game.
(1) The Order of Play
The first difference is that players must alternate shots. If one player of a doubles team plays the ball two times in a row, the team will lose a point.
This means that if in a match where there is player A and C versus player B and D, A is the server and B is the receiver.
The order of play will be Player A serves to Player B, Player B returns to Player C and Player C returns to player D. The rally will continue until a point is scored by either side.
(2) The Order of Serving
The serving sequence in doubles game is different from singles game.
In the order of service, after each 2 serve the previous receiver will become the server and the previous server will become the receiver.
If the order of play is A to Serve B and B to return C and C to return to D, the order of play after the change of service will now be B serve to Player C and C returns to player D and D returns to Player A.
In the doubles game the team that have the right to serve first decides among themselves which of them will serve, but this can only happen in the first game of the match.
The first receiver becomes the first server in the second match, that is if player A serves to player B in the first game, player B will now be the first to serve in the second game of the match.
(3) Changing Sides
The pairs change sides when they reaches 5 points in the final game of the match and the team that receives changes receiver.
This means that, if the order of play before the pair scores 5 point in the final game of the match is A to serve B and B returns to player C and C returns to player D, the order of play after 5 points in final game of the match will now be, A serves to player D and D returns to player C and player C returns to player B.
However table tennis doubles rules is a little bit different for wheelchair players; After the return of a serve any of the players can return the ball unlike in normal doubles game, but the players remain in the positions on the side of the table because if they don’t they will lose the point.
I hope that I have been able to explain the table tennis rules for doubles to you the way that you will understand, but if you are still not satisfied you can contact me and ask any questions and i will get back to you ASAP.
You can also read the ITTF official table tennis rules specify in the laws of table tennis handbook.
If you play in a table tennis club you can find a partner to practice and master the doubles game. I hope that one day you will become an olympic medalists table tennis doubles champion.
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