The Official RULES
2.1 The Table
2.1.1 The upper surface of the table, known as the playing surface, shall be rectangular, 2.74 m long and 1.525 m wide, and shall lie in a horizontal plane 76 cm above the floor.
2.1.2 The playing surface shall not include the vertical sides of the tabletop.
2.1.3 The playing surface may be of any material and shall yield a uniform bounce of about 23 cm when a standard ball is dropped on to it from a height of 30 cm.
2.1.4 The playing surface shall be uniformly dark colored and matte, but with a white side line, 2 cm wide, along each 2.74 m edge and a white end line, 2 cm wide, along each 1.525 m edge.
2.1.5 The playing surface shall be divided into two equal courts by a vertical net running parallel with the end lines, and shall be continuous over the whole area of each court.
2.1.6 For doubles, each court shall be divided into two equal half-courts by a white center line, 3 mm wide, running parallel with the side lines; the center line shall be regarded as part of each right half-court.
2.2 The Net Assembly
2.2.1 The net assembly shall consist of the net, its suspension and the supporting posts, including the clamps attaching them to the table.
2.2.2 The net shall be suspended by a cord attached at each end to an upright post 15.25 cm high, the outside limits of the post being 15.25 cm outside the side line.
2.2.3 The top of the net, along its whole length, shall be 15.25 cm above the playing surface.
2.2.4 The bottom of the net, along its whole length, shall be as close as possible to the playing surface and the ends of the net shall be as close as possible to the supporting posts.
2.3 The Ball
2.3.1 The ball shall be spherical, with a diameter of 40 mm.
2.3.2 The ball shall weigh 2.7 g.
2.3.3 The ball shall be made of celluloid or similar plastics material and shall be white or orange, and matte.
2.4 The Racket
2.4.1 The racket may be of any size, shape or weight but the blade shall be flat and...