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# How many serve does each player get in table tennis?

Updated: 9/27/2023

Wiki User

9y ago

Well, if you are playing a game you rotate to each person after 2 serves in a 11 point match and rotate after every 5 serves for a 21 point match.

Esta McGlynn

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2y ago

Wiki User

14y ago

In competition, each serves twice until it's 10-10 (or deuce). Then each serves once until someone is two points ahead. No courtesy serves, loser serves, etc.
For more information on the correct rules, go to usatt.org (the official USA Table Tennis web site). Look for a link to access rules.
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Wiki User

13y ago

Each player has two serves.

Service alternates between opponents until one player scores 11 points, unless both players or pairs score 10 points (called deuce).

If both players reach 10 points, then service alternates after each point, until one player gains a two point lead.

When the rules of table tennis were changed in 2001 to make each game up to 11 points instead of 21 points, the number of serves that each player had was also changed.

Now, each player has two serves each, whereas in the old 21 point system, each player had five serves each.

Wiki User

12y ago

i think its 3 but im not certain, that's the way we play.

Wiki User

13y ago

Well, if you are playing a game you rotate to each person after 2 serves in a 11 point match and rotate after every 5 serves for a 21 point match.

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