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Early Origins of Table Tennis - Part 1

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Photo of Table Tennis Board & Dice Game, by J.H.Singer of New York, circa 1884.

Table Tennis Board & Dice Game, by J.H.Singer of New York, circa 1884.

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Early Origins of Table Tennis/Ping-Pong - Part 1

  • 12th Century AD - The game of table tennis probably descended from the the game of "Royal Tennis" (also known as Real Tennis or Court Tennis), which was played in the medieval era.
  • 1880's - Some sources claim that the sport was once known as indoor tennis, and was played in the early 1880's by British army officers stationed in India and South Africa. These officers are supposed to have used cigar box lids as paddles, rounded wine bottle corks as balls, and books for an improvised net.
  • 1880's - The game had become fashionable among the upper classes in England.
  • 1887 - According to the ITTF website, the first use of the name "Table Tennis" appeared on a board and dice game made by J.H.Singer of New York.
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