Important message to EJs: equipment is soooo important that some pros don’t even know and don’t care what they’re playing with. [emoji3166]
This is a serious problem. Many refs hesitate to enforce the service rules because they don't want to stir shit and draw attention to themselves. Personally, I disagree with the lawbook (it's too strict, and in places, downright ridiculous), but I didn't write it. People who don't know the first thing about table tennis, sports, and common sense in general did.Whether or not the call is technically correct doesn't matter when the same standard is not enforced across different matches/competitions.