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Difference between Table Tennis and Lawn Tennis

Difference between Table Tennis and Lawn Tennis

Table Tennis originated in Victorian England, where it was played among the upper-class or bourgeoisie as a parlor game. It has been assumed to have been developed by British military officers in India in around 1860s or 1870s who brought it back to England. Weather conditions were also a major factor in the formation of this game, which happened to be a sustainable indoor game.


However, Lawn Tennis is suggested to have been developed around 12th Century, and is played at all class levels within all age groups. The sport can also be played by Persons with Disabilities as long as they can hold a racket.

Lawn Tennis is often referred to as Tennis whereas Table Tennis has various names around the world!.

The modern game of tennis originated in Birmingham, England, in the late 19th century as lawn tennis.

No matter how related they sound, there are a few key differences between them some are quite obvious to viewers. Since table Tennis is expected to be the easier sports through observation, we will be comparing the differences between the two in this article!

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The Main Differences in their Structure are as follows-


  • Meanwhile, Table Tennis is played on a platform raised 76cm off the ground that is 274cm long and 152.5cm wide, with a 12.25cm high net.

  • Lawn Tennis is played on a large ground court 23.77m long, and 8.2m wide for singles games and 11m wide for doubles. and in Tennis, the net is 3ft at the centre of the court, and 3ft 6in at the posts.


  • Table Tennis is played with a much smaller ball, weighing just about 2.7gm and 40mm in diameter; while

  • Modern Lawn Tennis is played with a hollow ball made from treated vulcanized rubber with a felt coating for friction. Weighing about 56gm, with a diameter of roughly 68.58mm. Also, they are usually in the color optic yellow for enhanced visibility.

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  • In Table Tennis, points are counted as in 1, 2, 3 up to 11, with the first player to reach 11 points winning the game. It also requires a two-point lead to win, and players will keep playing after 11 points until one player is two points ahead. Matches are normally the best of five or seven games.

  • Lawn Tennis however, is won by the first player to win at least four points, but also have at least two more points than their opponent. in it we have love, 15, 30 and 40! If both players reach 40 points, then the game is declared deuce. If a player has one point more than their opponent and they are playing for the win, they are said to have the advantage. A set is a sequence of games played with alternating serves. However, if they fail to win their next game and end up at 6-6, the two-point rule no longer applies and the next player to win a game is the final winner. A match is determined by the best of three or five sets.

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  • Table Tennis ball travels at over 100 kmph, and travels over three meters, at a significantly faster rate compared to Lawn Tennis. Making it a game of high reflexes. Check out Speed comparison of ball speed of Table Tennis and Lawn Tennis.

  • Similarly, Lawn Tennis ball needs to travel more than twenty meters, even if it is at the speed of 200 kmph, covering a larger distance which helps the player’s hand to mind coordination to swing the racket, providing more time for reaction.


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Length of Match:

  • Most of the Table Tennis matches last around than 30 minutes to 1 hour. TT is a more concentrated sport. And while each match is much shorter than an average tennis match, that also allows more matches to take place in a day of competition.

  • Tennis matches are much longer in duration and take around 3 hours to even 11 hours!. Tennis is much more intense sport and require high level of fitness. In Tennis fitness is more important and injuries are quite common in the sport.


Both the sports are quite different with some similarities as both are amazing racket sports and are part of Olympics. Both are quite popular around the world and even though there are so many differences as we discussed in this article.

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