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This is a hypothetical question -- the situation hasn't come up.
Suppose I'm about to play my first opponent in a tournament, and examine his rubber. The red side is conventional inverted rubber, the black side is some kind of pips, of a brand I'm unfamiliar with. In the warm-up, we hit forehand to forehand and he uses the red side. Then we hit backhand to backhand, and he uses the red side again. It appears that he doesn't want me to get a preview of what those mysterious pips do!
Normally in the brief warmup before a match we exchange forehand to forehand (assuming both players have the same handedness), then backhand to backhand, then begin play. In this case am I justified in mixing up my shots, left and right, to try to force my opponent to use the black side, so I can get a feel for the effect of that rubber?
What are the rules and etiquette for warmup?
There are no rules of the warm up but the etiquette is to hit 1 minutes on the forehand diagonal and one minute on the backhand diagonal. It is common for pips players to use their forehand rubber when hitting on the backhand diagonal. It is difficult to get the ball to their pips side in the warm up but sending a fe balls astray can work.
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