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ITTF World Tour Grand Finals: Ma Long Wins Sixth

(by Steve Hopkins) The final RESTART Event, the 2020 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals, has finished in Zhengzhou, China.   The Sixteen best Men and Women were narrowed down to the final two for Sunday’s Final – and two the most celebrated players of recent years closed out this very strange year on top. THE FINAL: […]

ITTF World Tour Grand Finals: A Fan/Ma Final Repeat

(by Steve Hopkins) The final RESTART Event, the 2020 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals has advanced to the Final.  The ITTF’s China Bubble moved to Zhengzhou, bringing sixteen of the world’s best Men and Women. UPDATE 2: Fan Zhendong and Ma Long Repeat The Saturday Semifinals saw Fan Zhendong and Ma Long advance – this […]

PongNow: Tahl Leibovitz

(by Steve Hopkins) PongNow is an interview series talking table tennis with some of the best players and personalities in the sport. The guest this week is Tahl Leibovitz, among the most decorated American table tennis players ever.  Tahl has over 50 international para championships, won a Paralympic Gold Medal, has won 13 Para Pan […]

ITTF World Tour Grand Finals: Another Day, Another Woojin Surprise

(by Steve Hopkins) The ITTF’s China Bubble has moved to Zhengzhou for the third and final RESTART Event, the 2020 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals. Sixteen of the world’s best are competing – based upon accumulated point totals from previous tour events. UPDATE 1: Another Day, Another Woojin Surprise The headline of the first day […]

ITTF World Tour Grand Finals: Day 1

(by Steve Hopkins) The ITTF’s China Bubble has moved to Zhengzhou for the third and final RESTART Event, the 2020 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals. Sixteen of the world’s best are competing – based upon accumulated point totals from previous tour events. The participating Men are: Fan Zhendong, Xu Xin, Ma Long, Harimoto, Lin Gaoyuan, […]

ITTF Announcement: Continued Effects of COVID on Tokyo

(by Steve Hopkins) COVID-19 continues to cause disruptions in the table tennis world as different areas experience travel restrictions.  Like other sports, table tennis has managed to use the “bubble” model to create safe environments for select events.  Unfortunately, many of the Continental Federation qualifying events for the Olympic Games were unable to occur earlier this […]

Coaching Tip of the Week: Use Both Sides of the Body When Forehand Looping

(By Larry Hodges) Most players think of forehand looping as a shot done from their playing side. So a right-handed player might think of rotating his right side around as he loops his forehand. However, this will limit your power as well as throw off your balance. You should use your other side as well. […]

Behind the Curtain: Life in the ITTF Bubble with Joerg and Kanak

(by Steve Hopkins) The World Cup ended on Sunday (click here for the Butterfly article about the Semifinals and Finals) with Fan Zhendong securing the title in an All-Chinese Final. Some of the matches were amazing – a side effect of having a tournament filled with the best players in the world – but there […]

WAB CLUB FEATURE: Sunny Culture & Sports Center

(by Steve Hopkins) Sunny Culture & Sports Center is located at Scarborough, Sheppard, and Brimley Street in Scarborough – a city within the greater Toronto Metropolitan area.  The club is just off of the Ontario 401 Express, about 25 kilometers to the North of the Toronto city center and easily accessible via public transportation. The […]

Men’s World Cup: Fan Tops Final Day

(by Steve Hopkins, photo ITTFWorld) The Knock-out Rounds of the Dishang 2020 ITTF Men’s World Cup came to a close Sunday.  Of the 21 elite players who qualified, othe final four were Fan Zhendong,  Jang Woojin, Tomokazu Harimoto, and Ma Long. The first Semifinal was Harimoto and Ma Long.  Ma Long started fast, logging the […]

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