Protesting for unclear serve

Table Tennis Rules

Last updated 4 years ago

Jason Ferdinand

Jason Ferdinand Asked 4 years ago

Hi. If my opponent hide the ball while serving (do the unclear serve), can I catch the ball and protest to the umpire because it's a foul? Or I have to continue the rally and wait until the rally finished and than I can protest to the referee? Or how I have to do if my opponent do the unclear serve?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Jason,

If you think the serve is illegal you still need to play the point.  It is only the umpire that can call a fault.  You can ask the umpire after the point just to bring it to their attention and mention that you can't see the ball during the serve.

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D K Posted 4 years ago

And what to do when there is no umpire at the lower levels?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

That is always a problem. Then you need to talk to your opponent about it.

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