Limit of points

Table Tennis Rules

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Kaustubh Kulkarni

Kaustubh Kulkarni Asked 6 years ago

If the match goes on continuously  with the scores like 10-10 11-11 12-12 ... and so on, then will the players continue to play forever?

And if a point continues and no one wins or loses the point, will the players continue to play the same point forever?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Kaustubh,

In theory both of those things can happen.

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Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 6 years ago

For question #2, according to the "Expedite rule", this could only happen in a game when at least 18 points have already been scored, or else such a point would be interrupted when 10 minutes after the game start would be reached, and all following points of the match would then be limited to 13 shots. I never thought about it, but this is kind of a loophole in the rule, although it is very rarely needed these days (maybe more so in the future with the said slower plastic ball? :o) )

Interesting summary of the introduction and evolution of the "Expedite rule" FYI here (over two hours for a single point in the 30s, how boring!!!):



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