Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) is a new and exciting professional league in India. Featuring some of the world’s best players, UTT is sure to be a hit with table tennis fans of all ages. Here’s everything you need to know about this new league.
Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT)
UTT is played between two teams of five players each, with each team nominating two men and two women to play in each match.
Each match comprises 18 sets, with nine sets played in men’s singles, women’s singles, and mixed doubles. The first team to reach nine points wins the match.
In the men’s and women’s singles sets, the first player to take eight points wins the set. If the score reaches 7-7, then the set is decided by a tiebreaker, which is played to 10 points.
In the mixed doubles sets, the first team to take six points wins the set. If the score reaches 5-5, then the set is decided by a tiebreaker, which is also played to 10 points.
Players can serve from anywhere behind their baseline, and they can direct the ball anywhere on their opponents’ half of the table. The ball can bounce once on their opponents’ half of the table before being returned.
Players can only hit the ball with one side of their paddle at a time, and they cannot hold on to or catch the ball at any point during play.
Points are scored when either an opponent fails to return the ball or returns it outside of their opponents’ playing area. Let serves are also awarded when an opponent commits a foul or hinders play in some way.
In addition, each set starts with one player serving from behind their baseline for two consecutive points.
After that, service alternates between teams until one team reaches either six or eight points (depending on which set is being played), at which point service passes to the other team.
The player who served at six or eight points continues serving until they lose a point, after which service passes back to their opponents.
Players can use any part of their bodies or clothing to return the ball, but they cannot touch or move any object on their opponents’ half of the table during play.
If a player does touch or move something on their opponents’ half of the table during play, then their opponents are awarded a point.
Likewise, if a player hits the ball twice in succession or hits it with both sides of their paddle simultaneously, then their opponents are also awarded a point.
Whether you’re a casual fan or a diehard table tennis enthusiast, UTT is sure to be entertaining league full of world-class athletes vying for victory.
With its fast-paced gameplay and exciting format, UTT is definitely one sporting event that you won’t want to miss!
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