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The future is bright! How new rubber colours were decided...Now its the red and black rubber vs the colorful pink, violet, green and blue...

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The future is bright! How new rubber colours were decided...
Colourful racket coverings will arrive later this year. we finally have four new colours to choose from: pink, violet, green and blue.
Colours generally evoke many emotions in people. When this was analyzed reactions to the topic on social media over the past few months, the mood was mixed: one third were very happy, one third were totally against – and the rest simply didn’t mind.
 
At the ITTF Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2019, more than 75% of the world’s delegates voted in favour of extending the colours of coverings.
 
The choice of colours had two limitations from the very beginning: the colour of the balls and the black covering, which was to remain unchanged. Accordingly, the aim was to define new colours and shades that were clearly distinguishable from ball colours and black surfaces.
 
Finding the answer to such questions, proceeded in several steps.
 
On a first large set of samples, which included all colours with graded shades, which were able to visually determine which samples were certainly out of question and which ones were to be tested.
 
For each critical colour shade, samples were then produced in three different nuances, which had to be tested in action at the table. It was tested Once with natural daylight in the background and once in a professional showroom without daylight. This was also approached the professionals for feedback last year at the T2 tournament in Singapore and the response was positive.
 
After this test the four new colours: pink, violet, green and blue, as well as the permitted colour spaces in which the brands are now allowed to develop new products. In the middle of November the Board of Directors approved from 1st October, 2021 the new colours will be on the market.
 
The impression that many players find it important to customise their material and coloured rubbers will offer another opportunity to do so in the future.
 
Now its the red and black rubber vs the colorful pink, violet, green and blue...