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In tennis you hear grunting all the time but I never hear it in table tennis, when playing my offensive forehands I feel the need to make a quiet grunt. Is this allowed in table tennis or would it count as distracting?
Interesting… Because you are so close to the opponent it would be a bit intimidating. You aren’t allowed to make a noise that would deliberately distract your opponent, so maybe it comes under that category.
In the Handbook for Match Officials it says:
An example of behaviour which might justify action by the umpire is shouting during play, in annoyance or elation, but in deciding how to react the umpire should take account of the environment in which it occurs. If the general noise level is so high that the player’s shouting is hardly noticeable, it is more sensible not to stop play but to wait until the end of the rally before speaking to the offending player.
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