Table tennis, as we know it today, originated in the late 1880s in England. The creators of the games tried to imitate the popular type of tennis on the grass and developed a version of small rooms for . The first species had different names, which was explained by different developers of conditions. These names included Indoor Tennis, Gossima, Whiff-Waff and Ping Pong. However, the first game we know took place in 1890.
In the 1920s, the owners of the "Ping Pong" trademark began threatening legal action against anyone who used their brand without approval. Therefore, an alternative name was needed. It was decided to assign the official name "table tennis"
At first, the balls were made of cork and almost did not bounce off the surface. Then they were replaced with rubber ones, but expectations were not justified. Even the cloth-covered balls were very heavy and bounced too much.
However, the greatest step in history was made by the Briton James W. Gibb. He proposed in 1901 to replace rubber shells with celluloid ones.
From 1930 to 1950 in the Soviet Union, this sport was banned because the authorities associated it with various eye diseases. After 1950, the ban was lifted.