The Latest News by Fremont TTA Owner Shashin Shodhan

24
May

NBA Showdown-Warriors vs Houston Rockets and Ping-Pong

The Western Conference Finals are going on right now with arguably the two best teams in the NBA, our local Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, facing off. The series is tied 2-2 in a best of 7. It’s nice to be a Warriors fan as through all the decades of losing, we have a …

24
May

Serena Williams dominates beer pong at Royal Wedding!

Tennis legend Serena Williams channeled her tennis dominance in beer pong at the Royal Wedding! Many in the US have seen her ping-pong commercials with sister Venus for Apple and with local Warriors star Stephen Curry for Chase. CBS Sports | Harpers Bazaar | People  

23
May

Fremont TTA 11th Anniversary Party

Fremont Table Tennis Academy celebrated completing 11 years with its 11th anniversary party. There was pizza, cake, chips, drinks, pasta, and more. After dinner, there was a table-tennis themed game which was a mix between Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire. The 12 first-place team members and the 12 second-place team members all …

4
May

Sweden wins first World Team medal since golden generation!

The World Team Championships are going on right now in Halmstad, Sweden and Sweden has reached the Worlds Men’s Team semifinals by defeating England today 3-0 and will face mighty China tomorrow in the men’s team semifinals. This guarantees their first World team medal since Sweden’s golden generation led by Jan-Ove Waldner and Jorgen Persson …

2
May

Would Roger Federer have dominated in table-tennis?

Here’s an article focusing on whether Roger Federer would have dominated in table-tennis like he has done in tennis. The people asked include former Newgy robot expert Larry Thoman (who I have dealt with) and he doubts that Federer would have been the GOAT in table-tennis. To be the GOAT in table-tennis, you have to defeat the …

23
Apr

2018 Fremont April Open tournament

The 2018 Fremont April Open took place this past weekend (April 20-22) at the Fremont Table Tennis Academy. 87 players took part in the event including one player from Utah! There were events from Under 50 all the way up to Under 2500. Trophies were given out to the 1st/2nd place finishers in each event …

17
Apr

Arnav Khinvasara takes part in Hopes competition

12-year old Arnav Khinvasara took part in the Hopes competition this past weekend which is a selection for the best kids in the US and world for their age. It was a good chance for me to see him play in competition which I haven’t been able to do since he won 3 singles golds …

14
Mar

2018 Qatar Open-Brazil Challenging China?!

The 2018 Qatar Open was played this past weekend and it was the breakthrough tournament for Brazil’s Hugo Calderano. He was won many competitions in Pan America, had a great run to the final 16 in front of his raucous home crowd at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and has challenged many of the world’s best …

13
Mar

Arnold Classic/National Ranking Tournament in Ohio

  I recently went last weekend to the Arnold Classic tournament and national ranking tournament in Ohio. It was located in Columbus, Ohio where Arnold Schwarzenegger hosts his annual event which consists of many sports including table-tennis. My goal was to play in the national ranking tournament as I wanted to play the top US …

7
Feb

Ovtcharov and Boll: Kings of Germany, Europe, and the World!

World #1 Dimitrij Ovtcharov and German teammate and former World #1 Timo Boll met yet again in a major world final, the Europe Top 16 this past weekend. Ovtcharov had been winning most of their meetings in the major 2017 finals starting with the China Open and then also the World Cup and German Open. …

30
Jan

Bill Gates and Roger Federer Match for Africa in San Jose!

Microsoft founder Bill Gates and tennis legend Roger Federer are coming to San Jose for a charity tennis event to raise money for Roger Federer’s foundation. Bill Gates has been mainly into philanthropy in recent times and has his own foundation as well. I will likely go to watch the event. This is the first …

24
Jan

Table-Tennis at the 2017 US Open in Tennis

The Australian Open in tennis is going on right now so we need some tennis-table-tennis connection. Here is former top African player and Olympian, Atanda Musa, who is Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon’s personal table-tennis coach, playing ping-pong at the 2017 US Open last year in New York. Susan Sarandon has a series of ping-pong …

24
Jan

How Ping-Pong Affects the NFL Playoffs

Here is a Washington Post article about how ping-pong affects the NFL playoffs. Some teams have used ping-pong for team bonding including the San Francisco 49ers, last year’s Super Bowl team Atlanta Falcons, previous Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, and defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

17
Jan

Christian Laettner Challenging FanDuel Employees in ping-pong!

Here’s video of former college and NBA star Christian Laettner challenging FanDuel employees in ping-pong! He was an original member of the 1992 Dream Team where he would always beat Michael Jordan in ping-pong. Laettner said ping-pong is the thing he has done most in his life outside basketball. Here’s an earlier blog post about him.

7
Jan

Westchester Open in New York-2nd Place-Under 2500

I decided to play a tournament in Westchester, New York and won 2nd place in Under 2500. I beat the former Chinese professional player who I lost to in the final in the group stage of the Under 2500 (top 2 advance from the group stage). This Chinese player was good as had game points …

7
Jan

Top Points of 2017

Here are the top 10 points of 2017. Note how a number of these points happened at critical moments of the match as is often the case with highlight points. If you’ve seen the previous years’ highlights points between Par Gerell and Adrian Mattenet (90+ hits of lob and smash) and the point between Jun …

24
Dec

2017 US Open-Arnav Khinvasara wins 3 singles gold medals!

Fremont Table Tennis Academy’s 5 players ended up with 5 medals at the 2017 US Open, thanks in large part to 11-year old Arnav Khinvasara’s triple-gold performance as he won first place in Under 1500, Under 1200, and Under 1000!!! Fremont TTA students to play were Pranav Tantravahi, Rishi Gopalan, Arnav Khinvasara, and Bhavesh Kumar. …

20
Dec

2017 US Open-Arnav and Rishi with their medals!

    2017 US Open: Final Points of Arnav winning gold in U-1500 today!  Posted by Shashin Shodhan on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Final Points of Arnav Khinvasara winning the gold in the Under 1500 event after going undefeated in his 7 matches. He still has a chance to medal in the Under 1200 and Under …

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