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Players shall not choose ping pong balls in the playing area. Whenever possible players shall be given the opportunity to choose one or more table tennis balls before coming to the playing area. The match shall be played with one of these table tennis balls, taken at random by the umpire. If a table tennis ball has not been chosen before players come to the playing area, the match shall be played with a ball taken at random by the umpire from a box of those specified for the competition. If a ball has to be replaced during a match, the replacement shall be provided according to the procedures of Rules. Unless otherwise authorized by the umpire, players shall leave their ping pong racquets on the table during intervals.