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U.S. Juniors and Cadets Excel in El Salvador

(By Steve Hopkins/Photo by ITTF) The 2019 El Salvador Junior & Cadet Open, an ITTF Junior Circuit Event, was held this week in San Salvador.  Eight players made the trip to represent the USA.  The tournament featured six junior events (Boys Singles, Girls Singles, Boys Doubles, Girls Doubles, Boys Team, Girls Team), six cadet events (Boys […]


(By Steve Hopkins) PongPlanet is a full-time table tennis club with a variety of programs for adults and juniors of all levels. The club is located in San Carlos, California, about half way between San Francisco and San Jose, just off the 101 on the West side of bay. PongPlanet has its roots in the Palo Alto […]

Bulgaria Open Recap: Harimoto’s First Win of 2019

(by Steve Hopkins/Photo by ITTF) The 2019 ITTF World Tour, ASAREL Bulgaria Open was played this week in Panagyurishte.  This was a good week for Butterfly player Tomokazu Harimoto.  Japan’s 16-year-old phenom entered the tournament as the top seed and did not disappoint.  He spread out three lost games over the four matches leading to […]

Tawny Banh Joins Butterfly

Tawny Banh Joins Butterfly (by Steve Hopkins) This week, Bowmar Sports announced that Tawny Banh, coach of Los Angeles Table Tennis Association, has again signed with the Bowmar Sports Butterfly Team.  Banh is a USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame member, Olympian, Pan Am Team Champion and has accumulated a series of Team, Doubles, and […]


2019 South Shore Butterfly Open  $10,000 in Prize Money!   November 16-17, 2019   Highland, IN (Chicago Area)         Hi Table Tennis Players,   The South Shore/Butterfly  and Wasserman Championships are scheduled on a new date this year. November 16/17 in Highland, Indiana.   The Marriott Courtyard and Fairfield hotels have a tournament rate […]

World Cup Invitations: Kanak Jha to Join World’s Best in Chengdu

(by Steve Hopkins/Photo by ITTF) The 2019 ITTF Men’s World Cup is one of the annual highlights of the ITTF calendar.  This year, the event will be held in Chengdu, China beginning on November 29th.  There are 20 players who are invited each year based upon qualifying events and the August World Rankings.  The current World Champions is […]

Ask The Experts: Nan Li, No. 267

Ask The Experts: Nan Li, No. 267 Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question: I’m looking to upgrade my bat. I’m currtly using a unknown blade with back hand butterfly sriver a and forehand yasaka mark v. for spin. Could you please recommend me in the right direction. Answer: This Ask the Experts question was […]

Ask The Experts: Brian Pace, No. 266

Ask The Experts: Brian Pace, No. 266 Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question: Hi I’m an attacking player on both wings currently ranked 20 in england I punch and block on the backhand and more of a top spin player on the forehand was thinking of changing backhand rubber to tenergy 80 as 64 […]

Ask The Experts: Cherry Zhao No. 265

Ask The Experts: Cherry Zhao No. 255 Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question: I am 63, have been playing 3 years 3 or 4 times a week and play in 2 local teams. I am still average standard but improving and often attend training sessions. My style is aggressive using a good range of […]

Coaching Tip Of The Week: Serving Short

Coaching Tip Of The Week: Serving Short (By Larry Hodges) One of the most fundamental rules of serving is that you have to be able to serve short. A deep serve may be effective against some players, and up to a certain level, it may always be, but if you cannot serve short, you will […]

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