History:

The history of table tennis descends from the game "Royal Tennis". This game was first played by British army Officers in India and South Africa. Some people claim they used cigarette lids as paddles, bottle corks as balls, and books for the net. Soon, the game became famous in the upper classes of Europe and the earliest existing evidence is a set made by David Foster in England. By now, many people had patented their own version of table tennis-type games. Many started making their own table tennis kits and James Gibb was credited for bringing hollow celluloid balls to Europe and he gave the nickname to table tennis as Ping Pong. In 1901, the Table Tennis Association was formed in England. Soon, many other associations started forming in the U.S.A. and Europe. Now, table tennis is played all around the world.

 

The Object of the Game, Scoring, and The Rules of the Game:

The object of the game is similar to tennis. First, you serve the ball and the opponent must hit the ball back and then you until someone misses the ball, hits their side of the net, or hits the ball off the board. When one player reaches 6 points, then other player must serve for game point, if the player who served scores, he keeps serving. When the score gets to 6-6, The player must win by 2 additional points. The scoring is very simple, the scoring goes as follows when a player scores: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Game Point. The next point wins. The score can go as far as it wants, but using 6 and 7 it keeps it short.

For an official set of rules, use the website at the bottom.

Important Records:

Deng Yaping (China) has won a record four Olympic titles: the women's singles and doubles (with Qiao Hang) in both 1992 and 1996. The men's record is two, by Lui Guoliang (China): the singles and doubles (with Kong Linhui) in 1996.

For More Records, Use the Website at the Bottom.

Some Famous players:

1. Jean-Philippe Gatien (France)
2. Jean-Michel Saive (Belgium)
3. Zoran Primorac (Croatia)
4. Jan-Ove Waldner (Sweden)
5. Chiang Peng-lung (Chinese Taipei)
6. Johnny Huang (Canada)
7. Wang Tao (China)
8. Kong Linghui (China)
9. Andrzej Grubba (Poland)
10. Jorg Rosskopf (Germany)
11. Peter Karlsson (Sweden)
12. Cheng Yinghua (USA)
13. Ashraf Helmy (Egypt)
14. Hugo Hoyama (Brazil)
15. Paul Langley (Australia)
16. Wu Wen-Chia (Chinese Taipei)

Websites:

Letts, Greg. "A Brief History of Table Tennis/Ping-Pong." Table Tennis / Ping-Pong. 2008. The New York Times Company. 3 Dec. 2007 <http://tabletennis.about.com/od/beginnersguide/a/history_of_tt.htm>.

"Famous Ping-Pong Players." Ping-Pong/Famous Players. Oracle. 13 Dec. 2007 <http://library.thinkquest.org/5392/Playerscontents.htm>.

"The International Table Tennis Federation." How to Play Table Tennis. 2002. Zippy Links. 13 Dec. 2007 <http://www.trymysport.co.uk/how_to_play_table_tennis.htm>.

"Most Olympic Table Tennis Golds." Olympic Records. 15 July 2005. 4to40. 13 Dec. 2007 <http://www.4to40.com/recordbook/index.asp?id=437&category=human>.