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Seriously, anybody who knows anything about serious ping pong will tell you that most rallies in TT last 3 or less shots. And it's not about waiting for your opponent to make an error, 90% of the time it's about blasting them off the table as quickly as possible.

People who use the term 'ping pong tennis' to refer to baseline push-fests that go on for 20+ shots have no idea what they are talking about and are not only making themselves look like idiots but dissing a sport that has ironically become more about offense and shotmaking than tennis with the slowing down of courts and homogenization of racquet technology. In TT we still have pros playing with all kinds of different racquets that change the game entirely from match to match and give individual players unique play styles. Admittedly in the last few years, I've become more interested in watching and playing TT than tennis, a sport where aggressive and talented shotmakers are no longer rewarded and you wait for someone to make a mistake or a 'forced' error.
 

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I've never in my life heard the term being used in a serious discussion.
 

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I've heard and it is really non-descriptive.
Sadly there are some peeps out there who believe themselves as experts, even if they use such _bad_ terms.
 

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I guess it is derived from the computer game "Pong" which is actually different from Ping Pong (as Pong doesn't exactly have that big of an acceleration of speed I think in the game). I agree, ping pong is quite explosive compared to the other racket sports IMO. The term is sparingly used but it seems to be used in a wrong way.
 

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I guess it is derived from the computer game "Pong" which is actually different from Ping Pong (as Pong doesn't exactly have that big of an acceleration of speed I think in the game). I agree, ping pong is quite explosive compared to the other racket sports IMO. The term is sparingly used but it seems to be used in a wrong way.
Exactly. When talking about tennis I have always associated that term (not that I use it myself) with this (in which case it makes perfect sense because with enough practice it was possible to go on forever there without scoring any points) :lol:

 

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Nadal use ping pong tactics transferred onto the real tennis court, especially doing so on clay. The closer u are to the net the more vulnerable u are, defies logic but modern tennis is like this.

U can go behind the sponsor boards and retrieve in ping pong.
 

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Truth.

Table Tennis is all about offense. You cannot leave one ball sitting otherwise you will be crushed.

Although yes I usually think of the computer game "Pong" where its just defensively blocking the ball back
 

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Truth.

Table Tennis is all about offense. You cannot leave one ball sitting otherwise you will be crushed.

Although yes I usually think of the computer game "Pong" where its just defensively blocking the ball back
Both sets of players have same advantage, defensive and offensive.

u can be defensive table tennis player and retrieve until UE. Kinda like tennis ruled by Nadal. Nowadays he overturn, tennis used to favour shotmakers.
 

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But they are usually not as succesfull. If you look at the rankings, in top 20 there are 2 or 3 defenders, none in top 10.
 

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I've heard the term used once, I believe it was in the context that there is only one surface in table tennis.
 

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Both sets of players have same advantage, defensive and offensive.

u can be defensive table tennis player and retrieve until UE. Kinda like tennis ruled by Nadal. Nowadays he overturn, tennis used to favour shotmakers.
Usually, among players with similar rating, the attacker will beat the defender more often than not, though at the semi-elite level there are a lot of guys with little offensive skill but serious touch who toy around with inconsistent attackers.

Personally, I hear this term all the time by commentators during matches, particularly after long, exhausting rallies. i.e. "WOW, that was like a ping pong rally!" usually during a monfils, simon, and even during Murray, Djokovic and Nadal matches, but pretty much any time when there is a rally longer than 15 shots. It wouldn't be so annoying if it weren't absolutely the antithesis of what table tennis point construction actually is. Commentators on any professional sport just look silly when they clearly know very little about another sport, especially one that has the name of their own sport in the other sport.
 

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Usually, among players with similar rating, the attacker will beat the defender more often than not, though at the semi-elite level there are a lot of guys with little offensive skill but serious touch who toy around with inconsistent attackers.

Personally, I hear this term all the time by commentators during matches, particularly after long, exhausting rallies. i.e. "WOW, that was like a ping pong rally!" usually during a monfils, simon, and even during Murray, Djokovic and Nadal matches, but pretty much any time when there is a rally longer than 15 shots. It wouldn't be so annoying if it weren't absolutely the antithesis of what table tennis point construction actually is. Commentators on any professional sport just look silly when they clearly know very little about another sport, especially one that has the name of their own sport in the other sport.
I feel like I've heard this expression once or twice and I didn't think much about it. My guess is that by calling it "ping pong" they are referring to playing the game casually in ones basement,etc. However, even in that context I don't feel like the rallies are particularly long in most cases.

Calling the long rallies 'Virtua Tennis' after the video game would probably be more appropriate.
 

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I feel like I've heard this expression once or twice and I didn't think much about it. My guess is that by calling it "ping pong" they are referring to playing the game casually in ones basement,etc. However, even in that context I don't feel like the rallies are particularly long in most cases.

Calling the long rallies 'Virtua Tennis' after the video game would probably be more appropriate.
Not if you were playing against me!

:lol: That would be awesome.
 

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I agree that it is likely more related to the Pong game than to TT. However for me it has nothing to do with "pushing", but rather with 2 players hitting hard and sticking to the baseline (like the "racquets" in the videogame, which only move laterally). Del Potro - Djokovic in last year's Wimbledon was typical "ping pong tennis" to me.
 

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Never heard it used in such a way. Who exactly uses the term?
 
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