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Tennis, like cricket and rugby, originated in England and from there spread to
the world. It was created as an indoor replication of standard tennis and
first played by the Victorian aristocracy in 1880. The first games were
improvised with common household items but the popularity of the sport left
room for the development of specialized equipment.
Table Tennis, in the early days, was known by several names, including:
wiff-waff, ping-pong, and Gossima. Only ping pong, unhyphenated and sometimes
capitalized, is still in widespread use besides the official term of table
tennis. Ping-pong itself went through an evolution and devolution through
history. It was first a common name, then, in 1901, it was trademarked by J.
Jaques & Sons Ltd, who marketed an expensive and prestige set of equipment for
the game. When table tennis reached the United States, the rights to “ping
pong” were sold to gaming giant Parker Brothers and now today, it again is a
generalized word for the sport.
The first rackets were made of wooden frames with parchment affixed to them,
but in 1901 the modern racket was invented by E.C. Goode who attached a sheet
of pimpled rubber to a solid wooden paddle. Around the same time, during a
trip to the U.S., James Gibb found balls of celluloid plastic and adapted them
to table tennis. Because of its flammability, guitar picks are table tennis
balls, are a few of the only uses of celluloid today. The equipment did not
undergo another major change until the mid 1950s when a spongy layer was added
under the rubber on the racket. This has since been regulated, as has the use
of “speed glue” because the game was becoming too fast and hard to follow. In
2000, the rules and equipment were revised slightly to be more watchable on
television. The ball size was increased from 38 mm to 40 mm.
Organized table tennis began with an unofficial tournament in 1902 and by
1921, England had created the Table Tennis Association which was followed in
1926 with the International Table Tennis Federation. The first official table
tennis tournament was held in London in 1927 and featured players from several
countries. It was not until 1988 that it was allowed into the Olympics. Today
there are other international competitions such as the World Cup, World
Championship, Euro Top-12, and the Asian Games.
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