Asking about opponents rubbers

Table Tennis Rules

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Josha Matthewman

Josha Matthewman Asked 9 years ago

Hi Jeff and Alois

I was in a league game recently and asked to see my opponents rubbers, as I thought he was using pimples, and he said that he doesnt have to tell me what he has on his bat. I was wondering, are you allowed to ask your opponent about their rubbers and do they have to tell you? 



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Josha,

Your opponent has to show you their bat before the match. Here is a copy of the rule that relates to this.

2.04.08 Before the start of a match and whenever he changes his racket during a match a player shall show his opponent and the umpire the racket he is about to use and shall allow them to examine it


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Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson Posted 9 years ago

To that question, so the opponent doesnt need to verbally say what rubbers they are using but what if the name of the rubbers are covered with tape or not readable? Are they obligated to say or show what they are using? Is it even legal to cover up the name of the rubbers?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

They are not allowed to cover up the name.  If it is the umpire can pull the tape off to show what type of rubbers they are.  The umpire needs to check that the rubbers are legal so they need the labels showing.

Tim B

Tim B Posted 9 years ago

In regards to checking opponent's rubbers, do I have the right to touch and feel their rubbers or am I only allowed to visually inspect it?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

You can touch the rubber as long as you are not effecting the rubber by wiping your fingers on it.


T K Posted 7 years ago

Bringing up an old question relating to inspecting your opponents bat.  Are you allowed to inspect or touch your opponents bat in-between games?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Hi Tony,

You can inspect it before the match but not during the match.

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