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Hi, I know the game starts when someone toss the ball for serve. I remember the old rule of being able to serve again if you toss and it drops without hitting anything (where now you lose a point). I have searched the ittf rules in serve and cannot find the "new" rule. Can you please guide me to the correct ittf rules section. I am trying to convince a senior player that we now lose a point even if the ball drop without touching anything after toss. Thanks.
You are right that if you toss the ball up the ball is in play. In fact this has always been the rule. There are some players that play it differently, especially those with Tennis backgrounds where the rule is different.
The rule is implied in this section:
|2.06.01||Service shall start with the ball resting freely on the open palm of the server's stationary free hand.|
So that is the start of the service.
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