Doubles receiving position with left hander

Table Tennis Match Strategy

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Roy J

Roy J Asked 5 years ago

On a recent you tube video, I spotted a correctly delivered serve, diagonal etc, but in the receiving team the player on the left returned the short ball, presumably because he was nearer the table than his partner who was standing back for the longer serve. Is this legal? The video was a pro vid at one of the olympics....


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Roy,

The team would have had a left hander in it who was standing on the right hand side.  It would have been the right handers turn to receive no matter where the ball landed, short or long.  If you have a left handed partner they should always stand on your right hand side to make it easier for both of you to move into position for the next ball.


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Roy J

Roy J Posted 5 years ago

sorry Alonis, I misled you with the question title. I wanted you to explain how in doubles the left hand receiver plays the ball first. Look right at the start of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzYtFLpJrQU

 

Roy


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

The left hander will receive from a similar position but will stand closer to the table and the right hander will attend a little to the left.


Roy J

Roy J Posted 5 years ago

I think One of us has missed the point in my question which was not about a lefty at all.


Nigel C

Nigel C Posted 5 years ago

I think Roy is referring to the positioning of the receiver not which hand they use. 

The player standing further back in the utube clip is not the receiver and cannot play the service no matter how long it is. They stand there to get a better view of the table. In doubles only one person can be the receiver and they will receive two services and then rotate so that their partner will have to receive two services. You can stand where ever you wish.

Hope that is what you were asking.


Roy J

Roy J Posted 5 years ago

Thanks Nigel, my fault for not explaining the question properly. Also I bet Alonis is really short of time. Thanks again.

Roy



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