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I watched your new video response about walking around the table or even standing on the table.
Like all of your videos it was both very interesting and funny.
However one aspect seems to be handled differently here in my home country Germany (homeland of Timo Boll :-) :
You said that it is OK to hit the ball even it has passed the net and it is already above the opponent’s table side. The guys I play table tennis with consider this an error - so I had a look at the international ITTF table tennis rules:
There in chapter 2.7.1 is stated that you have to hit the ball "so that it passes over or around the net assembly and touches the opponent's court".
If you hit the ball above the opponent’s side of the table neither of the two required aspects are fulfilled. The ball is not hit so that it’s passed "over the net" neither "around the net". The ball directly "touches the opponent's court". As a consequence such a shot is not valid and therefore the opponent scores a point (see chapter 22.214.171.124).
Of course I missed something here, because as an Olympic coach you know the rules better than I. Could you point out what my misinterpretation is?
Thanks and best wishes from Germany
I have consulted the expert, Graeme Ireland, because your question befuddled me as well.
Here is his response:
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