October 18, 2017

Tip of the Week
Top Twelve Tactical Rallying Mistakes.

Table Tennis North America Submits Letter of Interest To Host 2020 ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships
Here’s the article. “Table Tennis North America, a partnership which includes USA Table Tennis (USATT) and Table Tennis Canada (TTCAN), today announced that the group has submitted a Letter of Interest to host the 2020 ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships in San Jose, CA.”

So, when was the last time the World Championships were held in U.S., or North America, or even South America? Answer: NEVER!!! So this would be a first. USATT has been doing a lot of that in recent times – last year we held the first World Women’s Cup in the U.S., and next year we’ll have the first World Veterans Championships in the U.S. since 1990. (As the article says, other than the 1939 Worlds in Cairo, Egypt – practically a suburb of Europe! – the Worlds has always been held in Europe or Asia.

To quote USATT CEO Gordon Kaye from the article above, “With table tennis exploding across North America, we felt strongly that now was the time to bring a World Championship event to our continent. With the success of last year’s Seamaster Women’s World Cup in Philadelphia and the much-anticipated Uncle Pop’s Women’s World Cup presented by Polar Naturals in Toronto later this month, there is absolutely a strong interest in North America for world-class table tennis.”

Want to be a volunteer at these events? Why not volunteer for the 2018 World Veterans? For one thing, it’ll put you on track to be an experienced pro at this when you volunteer for the 2020 Worlds! (I’m already a volunteer at the World Veterans – I’ll be doing daily coverage.)

Mastering the Flip
Here’s the article by Brian Pace, with links to numerous videos.

New Articles and Videos from EmRatThich

National Collegiate Table Tennis Newsletter
Here’s the October issue.

The Secret to Returning Illegal Table Tennis Serves
Here’s the video (4:04).

Adoni Maropis Has a Web Page
Here’s the page. He’s won numerous hardbat and sandpaper singles titles at the U.S. Open and Nationals, but is perhaps best known as the evil Fayed from the TV show “24” (where he nuked Valencia, CA) and as the flamboyant evil sorcerer, Quan Chi, in the TV show “Mortal Kombat Conquest.”

Matt Hetherington Wins New Zealand Men’s Doubles Championship
Here’s the picture. (Here’s the non-Facebook version.) Matt (the technocrat in the hat, who’s not fat, with no bat, who’s not sat, and has come back from his New Zealand flat) is USATT’s Digital & Social Media Manager. If I weren’t sick with a cold I’d come up with better rhymes. (With apologies to Dr. Seuss.)

Senior Table Tennis Champs Share Love of the Game and Each Other
Here’s the article featuring Si Wasserman and Patty Martinez.

Triangle Table Tennis to Host 4-Star Southeastern Open (Giant RR)
Here’s the article by Barbara Wei.

Successful Premier Capital Plastics Butterfly Youth Championships Held in California
Here’s the article by Kevin Yu.

Sarah Jalli Training Video
Here’s the video (2:52) from Samson Dubina. Sarah, 11, is rated 2108.

Junior Training Session
Here’s the video (2:31) of a junior training session in France.

Roger Federer Challenges Klay Thompson to Ping-Pong Game
Here’s the article about the possible challenge match between the tennis and NBA stars.

Puppy Pong!
Here’s the picture. (Here’s the non-Facebook version.)

Tiger and Lily, Standing at a Table, S-M-A-S-H-I-N-G!
Here’s the video (3 sec) of Tiger Woods smashing in a winner as he plays doubles with Olympian and 3-time U.S. Women’s Singles Champion Lily Zhang.

Non-Looking, Watch-Watching, Waving-to-Crowd Short Exhibition
Here’s the hilarious video (10 sec)!

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