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When I serve, it is mandatory that I always keep my racket, my racket hand and my free hand above the table?
You don't need to keep the racket above the table but you do need to keep the ball above the playing surface. Once you have thrown the ball up you can move your free hand below the table.
You used to have to keep the racket above the table but this rule has been removed. It was useful mainly in the days of the having the same colour on both sides of the racket so that your opponent could tell which side of the racket you were hitting the ball with. Now with two colours the rule is irrelevant.
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