2017 U.S. National Table Tennis Team Trials

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The 2017 U.S. National Table Tennis Team Trials take place March 24-26 at the Triangle Table Tennis Center in Morrisville, NC.

Top table tennis athletes compete for seven fully-funded qualification spots to the 2017 ITTF Leibherr World Table Tennis Championships!

This intense competition features three Rio Olympians – Kanak Jha, Lily Zhang and Wu Yue along with 2008 Beijing Olympian Wang Chen.

The Men’s Trial Entries include: Adar Alguetti, Anil Godhwani, Chance Friend, Gal Alguetti, Gregg Robertshaw, Kanak Jha, Krishnateja Avvari, Kunal Chodri, Nathan Hsu, Nicholas Tio, Nikhil Kumar, Richard Perez, Richard Ciz, Roy Ke, Seth Pech, Sharon Alguetti, Shuja Jafar-Ali, T.J. Beebe, Victor Liu, Yu Shao.

The Women’s Trial Entries include: Amanda Malek, Amy Wang, Angela Guan, Crystal Wang, Grace Yang, Lily Zhang, Rachel Sung, Rachel Yang, Tiffany Ke, Wang Chen, Wu Yue.

Check out the live stream action, plus draws and results here.

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Table Tennis Tip ― Devastate the One-Wing Looper

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If your table tennis opponent’s primary shot is an extreme topspin attack, he is considered a looper. Loopers can play far from the ping pong table or close to the ping pong table; some loopers are penholders while others use the shakehands grip; some loop from both forehand and backhand and some just forehand.  In this article, I’m going to describe the table tennis opponent who loops with just his forehand.

If you have a chance to watch your opponent prior to your table tennis match, that’s perfect because you can have somewhat of an idea what he is going to do and you can think to yourself, “Ok this one-wing looper is looping with his forehand, so when I push deep to his backhand, he will just push back OR he will pivot and play a forehand OR he will try to smash with his backhand OR he might try to develop a backhand loop during the table tennis match and give it a try.”  As you can see, there are multiple ways to cover up a lack of strong backhand looping.  If you don’t have time to watch him prior to your match, then you might need to do some testing.  See what he does on all the shots.  If you immediately find some weaknesses, then pick on those weaknesses and use that to your advantage.  If you aren’t sure within the first few points, then you need to continue searching.  Here are some tips that apply to nearly all one-wing forehand loopers.

#1 Play Wide Angles

Interestingly, most one-wing loopers are very lopsided in all their strokes.  Your opponent might have a very high level forehand loop and almost no-backhand loop, a very high level backhand block and almost no forehand block, a very high level backhand push and almost no forehand push.  Regardless of what he prefers, playing angles will force him to use both sides.  For example, serve very sharp with your backhand to his short wide forehand, on the next ball try to push or loop to the extreme backhand side.  Anytime you use opposite angles, it will be tough for him to cover.

#2 Double-Up

Sometimes the one wing looper will understand your pattern of playing angle then the other angle and he will be anticipating the pattern.  In this situation, you need to double up with the same angle twice.  In general, is pattern play preferred?  It depends!  If the pattern is working in your favor, keep it.  If you opponent understands your pattern and is reading you like a book, then that particular pattern is bad.  So many club level players think patterns are bad because they want to be “unpredictable.”  However, if a pattern like short angled forehand then deep angled backhand is working, then why let your opponent off the hook?

#3 Play Long Rallies

The one-wing looper might have many weaknesses.  The longer the table tennis rally goes, the more likely that he will need to use his weaker stroke.  If you lengthen the rally and remain steady, then you will likely have a good opportunity.  For example, you push sharp to the wide backhand, your opponent steps around and loops with his forehand from the backhand side, next you block to the wide forehand, your opponent does the crossover step and loops the wide forehand, next you block to the backhand, your opponent lobs, and you smash for a winner.  Imagine if you had tried to counterloop his opening shot; it could have been good or it could have been wild.  When you chose to wait and lengthen out the point with a steady rally, then you had the opportunity.  Not “had” the opportunity, you CREATED the opportunity.  That is an important distinction.  When you are just looking for the opportunity, it implies that you are the passive one, just sitting back looking.  I prefer to use created because you created the chance with your well placed push and tactical blocking.

#4 Attack First

One-wing loopers know that they have weaknesses and know that they can’t play long rallies ― yes it isn’t a secret, they know it.  As a result of knowing it, they often will try to finish the point early with a very strong loop.  It is vitally important that you attack first with extreme angles and immediately put them on the defensive.

#5 Adjust to Variations

Because the one-wing looper is stronger is some areas and weaker in some areas, you must always be ready for variations.  For example, he might have the ability to push with his forehand and backhand; however, his forehand push is much quicker and much spinnier than his backhand.  In this case, you need to be ready to adjust when looping his forehand push vs looping his backhand push.

#6 Be Ready for Transitions

When playing table tennis against one-wing loopers, be ready to quickly transition from offense to defense and vice versa.  Maybe you are looping and he is blocking, suddenly he backs up and throws a massive counterloop into the mix.  In this situation, you might need to block controlled to the angle.  Maybe he is looping and you are blocking, after using great placement, he just rolls up a simple light-topspin ball; this is the one you have been waiting for, in this situation, go for the counterattack.

#7 Keep Track

The one-wing looper might seem a bit erratic.  However, he is likely limited in what he can do.  If he cannot do certain things well, be persistent at exposing those weaknesses.  If your push to the wide backhand continues to win points, be persistent at doing that shot.  Between points, step back and continue to evaluate and re-evaluate what he can and cannot do.

#8 Remember These Basic Rules

If this article seems overwhelming, remember these closing tips when playing table tennis against the one-wing looper:

  1. Attack First
  2. Serve Short Angled Serves
  3. Loop the Serve to the Extreme Angles
  4. Stay Close Throughout the Rally
  5. Work the Point and Play Long Rallies

By Samson Dubina, Professional Table Tennis Athlete and Coach

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2017 World Championship of Ping Pong - Results

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20 year-old Weihao Yan of China won the sixth annual World Championship of Ping Pong at the Alexandra Palace, London this past weekend, January 28-29, 2017!  Alexander Flemming of Germany is this year's runner-up.

Yan stated that he has actually only been playing sandpaper ping pong for six months and hasn't received any professional table tennis training.

More than 25 countries were represented with 64 table tennis players competing in this tournament.

This event attracted a large, excited crowd of 1,200 fans.

$100,000 total prize fund was up for grabs!

For complete tournament results, visit http://www.worldchampionshipofpingpong.net/knockout/.

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The 2017 World Championship of Ping Pong

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The sixth annual World Championship of Ping Pong will be held at Alexandra Palace, London, January 28-29, 2017.

This exciting event features traditional sandpaper table tennis rackets and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

The tournament format includes four sessions, with a double elimination group stage featuring eight groups played out on eight ping pong tables on Saturday afternoon, then the last 32 compete for the finals on Saturday evening.

Day 2 of the tournament on Sunday afternoon includes the last 16 while the evening session includes the four quarter-finals followed by the two semi-finals, then the final championship match.

All matches will be played best of three games and to 15 points, except the final which is best of five sets.

$100,000 total prize fund is up for grabs!

Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit http://www.worldchampionshipofpingpong.net/.

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The Top 5 Reasons Why Robo-Pong is the Perfect Holiday Gift

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#1.) Practically anyone can play ping pong with Robo-Pong – any age, gender, skill or athletic level.

#2.) Learn a new sport. Did you know table tennis is an Olympic Sport? If you already play, advance your table tennis skills and take your game to the next level with Robo-Pong.

#3.) Playing ping pong with Robo-Pong is a great workout, for both your body and your brain. You can really work up a sweat, burn lots of calories and help improve your hand-eye coordination and balance.

#4.) Robo-Pong is the perfect ping pong partner. No more searching for someone to play ping pong with or practice/train with! Robo-Pong is always ready to go and won’t ever get tired.

#5.) Most of all, it’s fun! Everyone in your family will enjoy playing ping pong with Robo-Pong – Mom, Dad, kids and teenagers; even Grandma and Grandpa will love it, too!

BONUS: The Robo-Pong table tennis robot is available in five different models, so there’e one for everyone’s budget and level of play. It’s also user-friendly and easy to set up, take down, store and transport.

This holiday season, you can’t go wrong… with Robo-Pong!

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FIT Newgy Open Table Tennis Championships

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The 26th FIT Newgy Open Table Tennis Championships is set for November 12-13, 2016 at the Fashion Institute of Technology – Building A – 7th Avenue at 27th Street, New York, New York 10001-5992.

Almost $3000 in prize money is up for grabs at this popular 2-star USATT sanctioned table tennis tournament.

This tournament features 18 events for all ages and playing levels, ranging from Junior, Seniors, College Open, Under 1050, Under 2050 and many more. The format will be Round Robin, with three or four players per group. The player with the best record in the group will advance to the single elimination draw. All matches are best 3 out of 5 games.

Click here for more information.

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2016 Alabama Middle/High School Table Tennis Club Team Championships

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(Duke Stogner, Operations Manager of BumperNets)

The 2016 Alabama Middle/High School Table Tennis Club Team Championships were at the Trussville Parks & Recreation Center Red Gym on Friday, October, 14, 2016.

Participating Schools9 high schools: Baker in Mobile; Hewitt in Trussville; McAdory in McAdory; Mtn. Brook in Mtn. Brook; Oak Mtn. in Birmingham; Oneonta in Oneonta; Pinson Valley in Pinson; Spain Park in Spain Park; Sumiton in Sumiton.  5 middle schools: Berry in Hoover; Hewitt; Oak Mtn; Simmons in Hoover; Oneonta in Oneonta; Simmons in Hoover.

Participating Students: 81

ResultsHigh School: A-Division1st. pl: Spain Park; 2nd. pl: Hewitt; B-Division1st. pl: Spain Park; 2nd. pl: Hewitt.  Middle School: A-Division: 1st. pl: Berry; 2nd. pl: Oak Mtn; B-Division: 1st. pl: Berry; 2nd. pl:Hewitt.

MVP: High School: Ben Hartwiger;  Middle School: Luke Smith

In Addition:  This table tennis event started in 2011, so this is the 6th consecutive year as it keeps getting bigger.

Until the time comes when there are enough girls to have their own table tennis team (three per team), this is a co-ed event for now.  This is the second consecutive year girls have been on a team.  Last year, Caroline Cox, an 8th grader, made the Hewitt Middle School team, making her the first girl to take part.  This year, there were two; Kyle Wilson, another 8th grader from Oneonta Middle School and Lexi McGrew, a 7th grader from Simmons Middle School.

Final Results

HIGH SCHOOL  A
1ST-SPHS
2ND-HEWITT
3RD-MCADORY
4TH-OAK MTN
5TH-BAKER
6TH-SUMITON
7TH-MTN BROOK
8TH-ONEONTA
9TH-PINSON
 
HIGH SCHOOL B
1ST-SPHS
2ND-HEWITT
3RD- BAKER
4TH-MCADORY
5TH-OAK MTN
6TH-ONEONTA
7TH-MTN BROOK
8TH- PINSON
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL A
1ST-BERRY
2ND-OAK MTN
3RD- HEWITT
4TH-ONEONTA
5TH- SIMMONS
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL B
1ST-BERRY
2ND-HEWITT
3RD-OAK MTN
4TH-SIMMONS
5TH-ONEONTA

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2016 U.S. Open Table Tennis Championships

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The 2016 U.S. Open Table Tennis Championships are set for December 12-17, 2016 at the Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada!

This 5 Star tournament includes 94 different table tennis events including Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men’s and Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Junior Teams, Cadet, Sandpaper, Hardbat, Recreational and many more.

The 2016 U.S. Open Table Tennis Championship is open to all members of the USATT and to members of ITTFaffiliated associations.

The previous year’s event drew more than 1,100 table tennis players from all around the world.

The Linq and The Flamingo are this year’s official tournament hotels.

The entry deadline is Nov. 20, with Early Bird entry available through Nov. 6.

Online entry is now available. Click here to for more information and to register.

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2016 Edgeball Chicago International Table Tennis Open

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The 2016 Edgeball Chicago International Table Tennis Open will be held October 29-30, 2016 at the Libertyville Sports Complex in Libertyville, Illinois.

This 4-Star USATT sanctioned table tennis tournament attracts world class table tennis players including Jorgen Persson of Sweden, a former world champion, Chen Weixing (World #55), Lucjan Blaszczyk of Poland and Thiago Monteiro of Brazil.

This exciting table tennis festival will kick off with the Friday night warm-up on Oct. 28 and will include music, games, entertainment and a chance to meet, play and take pictures with the international table tennis players. The semi-finals and finals will include performances by magician Brent Allan and the Glenview Cheerleaders. The event is hosted by comedian Brett Walkow.

Over $12,500 in cash prizes is up for grabs!

More than 300 table tennis players are already registered to compete so sign up now to reserve your spot before the deadline of Monday, Oct. 24. You can register online at omnipong.com or visit EdgeballTableTennis.com for more details.

Newgy is proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2016 Edgeball Chicago International Table Tennis Open, along with Joola, GO2 Logistics and Edgeball Table Tennis Corp.

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2014 Transplant Games of America – Table Tennis

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The 2014 Transplant Games of America were held July 11-15 in Houston, Texas.  The multi-sport festival event promotes the need for Organ and Tissue donation. Eligible athletes have received a life-saving transplant. The competition includes 18 different sports and games including table tennis, bowling, basketball, cycling, trivia challenge and more.

The Table Tennis Tournament included Men’s and Women’s divisions, ages 11-70+.

Congrats to our friend Gay Eisen of Nashville, Tennessee, who won the Silver in her age group. She practices on her Robo-Pong ping pong robot and has trained with Newgy’s Coach Roger Dickson for several years at the Newgy Table Tennis Center.

For complete tournament results, click here

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