The Latest News by Fremont TTA Owner Shashin Shodhan

16
Oct

World Champions Waldner and Persson Having Fun!

Pictured with World Champions and legends Jan-Ove Waldner (right) and Jorgen Persson (left) in the 1990s. Jan-Ove Waldner is considered by many to the best server and player of all-time. Someone from Waldner’s home club in Sweden, Angby, told me his wrist is so flexible that he can put his hand flat on his forearm which may be a reason his …

13
Oct

Klay Thompson and Roger Federer Ping-Pong Challenge!

Warriors All-Star Guard Klay Thomspon won the Warriors team ping-pong tournament last year while talking lots of trash according to head coach Steve Kerr. The Warriors were in China recently for exhibition games and met tennis legend Roger Federer in Shanghai. Federer was asked questions by the Warriors and was asked by Klay Thompson how …

12
Oct

NBA Star Andrew Wiggins loves ping-pong

Former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Andrew Wiggins who is on one of the upcoming teams in the NBA, the Minnesota Timberwolves, loves playing ping-pong. He was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers and then immediately traded to the Timberwolves. If he was still on the Cavaliers, my guess is our home team, Golden State …

12
Oct

ITTF Sports Science Meeting

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has an annual sports science meeting and just had one in Japan. This is something that I have a lot of interest in hopefully attending one day and my interest has increased even more since taking the ITTF Level 1, 2, and 3 coaching courses. It touched on where …

12
Oct

Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna wins 2017 World Tour Polish Open

Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna just became the first Nigerian player to win a ITTF Challenge Series World Tour  when he won the World Tour Polish Open last weekend. Here are match highlights of the Polish Open final: Here are match highlights of his match with Olympic and World Champion Zhang Jike of China when he became the first African …

22
Sep

World Table Tennis Wrap-Continental Clashes!

There have been some major international tournaments in the world recently, especially for the continents such as the European Championships, Asian Cup, and the Pan Am Championships. In the European Championships, the German team led by Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Timo Boll, won the men’s team event. Romania won the women’s team event. Both Ovtcharov and Boll are …

22
Sep

Match with Rio Olympic Quarterfinalist Quadri Aruna

I went to the LA Open earlier this month and got to play Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna who sensationally reached the Olympic Men’s Singles quarterfinals at Rio last year. He beat 2012 London Olympic Men’s Singles Semi-finalist and World Doubles Champion Chuan Chih-Yuan and then Rio’s German flagbearer and former World #1 Timo Boll to become …

16
Sep

World’s Fastest Sport-Table-Tennis or Badminton?

Badminton is considered the world’s fastest sport based on the speed the birdie which can travel over 200 mph. Table-tennis ball speeds can reach 60-70 mph at highest due to the light weight of ball and air resistance but has a higher frequency of hits in the rallies due to the closer proximity of the players. …

12
Sep

Westchester Table Tennis Club Taking Paddle to Parkinson’s

The Westchester Table Tennis Club in Pleasantville, New York is one of the best clubs in the US with hundreds of members for open play and the nation’s best monthly tournaments. Westchester TTC is owned by Will Shortz who is the long-time crossword puzzle editor for the New York Times. They also have a therapeutic program for …

12
Sep

ITTF-Asian Cup in Ahmedabad, India-city of my birth!

The ITTF-Asian Cup will take place this coming weekend in Ahmedabad, India, the city where I was born and spent the first 6 years of my life before moving to Fremont. China’s Liu Shiwen is the only player to have won the title on 4 occasions and will be defending her title. No other player …

4
Sep

2017 Los Angeles Open

I went to the Los Angeles Open this weekend which is the biggest tournament in the US after the US Nationals, US Open, and Teams tournaments. I practiced some this week but am not able to find players my level to practice with. I was breathing really hard in most of my matches so I need …

3
Sep

2017 Czech Open-14-Year Old Harimoto Sets Another Record

The 2017 Czech Open World Tour featured 14-year old record-setting Tomokazu Harimoto defeating former World #1 Timo Boll in the final. Harimoto has the been the youngest ever player to set many records and he just set another record by being the youngest player to win a men’s singles title at a World Tour by …

3
Sep

2017 Chinese National Games Team Events

The 2017 Chinese National Games are going right now in Tianjin, China which is one of the biggest competitions for Chinese players. One interesting match was the rematch of the men’s singles final of the 2017 Worlds with Ma Long vs Fan Zhendong. Ma Long won that match 12-10 in the deciding 7th game which …

28
Aug

2017 Xiom August Open-Day 3-Sunday

Facebook Album of Day 3 | Full Results The final day of the 2017 Xiom August Open featured a half-day of play with 3 events, the Under 2300, Under 1900, and Under 1500. Srinjoy Dutta was the only player to reach two finals on the final day with a win in the Under 1900 and …

27
Aug

2017 Xiom August Open-Day 2-Saturday

Facebook Album of Day 2 | Full Results The 2017 Xiom August Open continued on Saturday with events from Under 700 to Under 2500. Sarthak Pradhan was the big winner of day 2 by winning the Under 900 and Under 700 events in exciting 3-2 finals by 3 points and 2 points, respectively, and winning …

27
Aug

2017 Xiom August Open-Day 1-Friday

Facebook Album of Day 1 | Full Results The 2017 Xiom August Open is going on right now with over 70 players throughout Northern California coming to Fremont Table Tennis Academy this weekend (August 25-27) for the tournament. It is a 2-star USA Table Tennis-sanctioned tournament with trophies and medals along with a total of …

25
Aug

2017 World Tour, Czech Open

After Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov won the 2017 Bulgarian Open last week, teammate Timo Boll is the top seed in the 2017 Czech Open going on right now. Boll is currently ranked #6 in the world and has been ranked #1 in the world. He is one of the only players in recent times to beat …

24
Aug

German legend Jorg Rosskopf Having Some Fun!

German legend Jorg Rosskopf is seen here playing table-tennis with a cooking pan, shovel, sword, and pizza! It looks like it is for a German TV show. When Rosskopf won the World Men’s Doubles title in Dortmund, Germany in 1989, Germany got a really big boost in table-tennis. The capacity crowd was going crazy during …

20
Aug

2017 Bulgaria Open-Ovtcharov and Ishikawa Win!

Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa won the men’s and women’s singles titles, respectively, at the 2017 Bulgaria Open that just completed today. Ovtcharov and Ishikawa are two of the biggest threats to China. Ovtcharov had a number of close matches and come-from-behind games en route to his title. He has arguably the best …

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