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Table Tennis Amidst the Pandemic

(By Angie Tan) In a time where a cough will attract hundreds of glares and a maskless face causes others to repel yards away from you, I managed to continue picking up my table tennis paddle and driving with all my might. Despite not being able to practice with my coaches for a period of […]

The life of a table tennis coach in Covid times

(By pingponged TV) In our third video we tackle a different subject: we talked to Ernesto Ebuen, a player born in the Philippines who migrated to the United States in 2007 where he has been able to build a career in table tennis: as a player, as a coach and as co-founder of PINGPOD: a […]

Open Doors: Texas Table Tennis Center (Houston)

(by Steve Hopkins) The Texas Table Tennis Center (TTT) opened last week in Houston, Texas.  Beginning Wednesday, May 18, the State of Texas allowed gyms to reopen and TTT opened for the first time two days later on May 20th. When they opened, they did so with reduced capacity. The tables were rearranged with mostly […]

Open Doors: San Antonio Table Tennis Club

(by Steve Hopkins) The San Antonio Table Tennis Club (SATTC) opened last week in San Antonio, Texas.  Beginning Monday, May 18, the State of Texas allowed gyms to reopen and SATTC followed the guidelines and opened their doors.  The rules initially allowed for gyms to open at 25% occupant capacity. As the club only has […]

Remote Coach: Brian Pace – Training at a Distance

(by Steve Hopkins) When Brian Pace started a video diary of his 2012 training in Romania, he had no idea it would eventually lead to remote training sessions.  In fact, at the time Brian was honing his own game for the Olympic Trials and turning his talents towards coaching was the furthest thing from his […]

“Quarantine” + “Ping Pong”

(by Steve Hopkins) Many in the sport say that table tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world.  That can be tough to quantify – especially when athletes in other sports earn more money and other pro leagues are so popular.  Perhaps the better arguments label table tennis as the most popular “participation sport” […]

A Table for One: Table Tennis and Isolation

(by Steve Hopkins) With schools and events closing, and many of us banished to our homes even for work, table tennis is one of the few sports that can survive in the limited spaces we have available in our basements and other spare spaces indoors.  When this storm has passed, our sport will be one of […]

ITTF Closed: Poland Cancels; Kamal Takes Title in Oman

(by Steve Hopkins/Photo by ITTF) In a week of cancellations and postponements unlike anything we’ve seen in the US since 9-11 and haven’t seen worldwide since perhaps WWII, there were two ITTF tour events planned. On March 13, the ITTF issued the following announcement: Following the declaration by the World Health Organization of COVID-19 as a […]

COVID-19 Affecting US Sports

(by Steve Hopkins) On Wednesday, USA Table Tennis announced that it would postpone the 2020 US Youth National Ranking Tournament which was to be held next month in California.  The reason for the postponement was to limit potential exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19).  This announcement joins a series of others that have included a suspension […]

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