Wheelchair and mixed pair doubles

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D K Asked 8 years ago

Hi PingSkills Team

Firstly,i apologize if I am asking too much questions :(

I just have another two questions:

1)What rules are applied in a mixed double,when one player is on the wheelchair and the second one is a highly mobile player?

2)also-any advice how to play a wheelchair player, while he simply will not loop at me, he knows just pushing with spin variation and short blocking, thus preventing both looping and defense, because he keeps the ball low, half-short, but does not play really passively but also he does not actively attack even the highest balls.

How to deal with such a player?
(I have lost with a half of a player recently)



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi DK,

Here is an answer to the first rule which is in the ITTF Handbook for Match Officials. http://www.ittf.com/URC/PDF/HMO_15th_edition.pdf


14.1.4 When a doubles pair comprises two players who are in wheelchairs due to a physical disability, the server first makes a service and the receiver makes a return, but thereafter either player of the disabled pair may make a return. However if any part of a player’s wheelchair protrudes beyond the imaginary extension of the centre line of the table, the umpire will award a point to the opposing pair. 


This also applies when a “mixed” pair (one standing and one wheelchair) are playing together. Either player may return the ball (after initial service and return), but each player has to remain in his or her own half of the court. No part of the player’s wheelchair can cross the imaginary extension of the centre line and the standing player cannot put a foot over this line either.

You need to serve the ball so that it would go off the endline of the table but after that you can use angles to make it more difficult.

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D K Posted 8 years ago

Thus,all double wheelchair rules are applied on wheel+standing doubles?


and how to play them (strategy?)

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Play more to the weaker player.


D K Posted 8 years ago

Oh..I forgot to tell:I meant a strategy in singles

Against a player who does not use power,but has immense control and speed.

Said wheelchair player has a very fast hand (he was a boxer) and does not attack,but keeps the ball half-long thus preventing easy attacking but keeping them dead to prevent active defense.

He uses Tackiness Chop and OX Neubauer longpips

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Try to use the angles when you get the opportunity.


D K Posted 8 years ago

OK,I will try

I hope it will work well,as when I do not aim for the middle of the table,I usually miss

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