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Table and net

The top edge of the net is 15.25 centimeters (6 inches) above the playing surface along its entire length, and the bottom edge is as close as possible to the playing surface. The outside edge of the posts holding the net are 15.25 cm (6 inches) from the outside edge of the table.  Thus the net is 6 feet long.

The playing surface is 76 cm (30 inches) above the floor, 274 centimeters (9 feet) long, and 152.5 cm (5 feet) wide. It is dark colored and matte. A standard ball dropped from a height of 30 cm (12 inches) above the surface must bounce to a height of about 23 cm (8¾ inches).

White lines 2 centimeters (¾ inch) wide are painted along each edge, and a center line 3 mm (1/8 inch) wide parallel to the side lines divides the playing surface in half.

Racket

It may be any size, shape, or weight. Of the total thickness, 85% must be natural wood.

In international play, one side must be black and the other bright red.

If the surface of the racket is covered with dimpled rubber, which is usual, the layer of rubber must be no more than 2 mm thick. If a layer of foam rubber is used beneath the dimpled rubber, the combined thickness of both layers may be no more than 4 mm.

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