Panayotis Antonatos

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 11 years ago

Panayotis Antonatos

Panayotis Antonatos Asked 11 years ago

Hi Alois,

I have trouble returning my opponent's serve, which is long, cross-court, heavy on backspin AND sidespin.

Do you have any clue how I could return it?

Many thanks in advance,


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 11 years ago

Hi Panayotis,

If the ball is long then you need to topspin it.

Firstly make sure you are getting into a good position to hit the ball.  Look for the sidespin and allow for the curve of the ball.  Then you need to make a fast brushing action on the return.

By brushing the ball really fast yourself you will eliminate the spin that they have put on the ball.  You need to generate a lot of speed with your own racket to o this and brush the ball finely.

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