The Latest News by Fremont TTA Owner Shashin Shodhan

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 …

19
Dec

2017 US Open-2 Days and 2 Medals!

Fremont Table Tennis Academy’s 4 students have 2 medals after 2 days of play! Rishi Gopalan narrowly lost his semifinal in the Under 2000 Division A to get the bronze. Arnav Khinvasara is in the semifinals of Under 1500 to be played tomorrow so he is assured of a medal as well but the color …

18
Dec

2017 US Open-Las Vegas-Day 1-One Student and One Medal!

Fremont Table Tennis Academy students have arrived in Las Vegas for the 2017 US Open featuring about 850 players from around the world. Four FTTA students are taking part, Pranav Tantravahi, Rishi Gopalan, Arnav Khinvasara, and Bhavesh Kumar and only Rishi played on the first day. He played in the Under 2000 Super Tiered Round …

15
Dec

2017 US Open-Fremont Table Tennis Academy

Fremont Table Tennis Academy is headed to the 2017 US Open this weekend in Las Vegas. Four students will be playing, Pranav Tantravahi, Rishikumar Gopalan, Arnav Khinvasara, and Bhavesh Kumar and I will be doing coaching and playing both. Pranav and Rishi will play the higher events from U2000 and up. Arnav and Bhavesh will …

15
Dec

Germany on Top-Ovtcharov , Rosskopf, Boll!

China dominates table-tennis right?! Look out China, German Dimitrij Ovtcharov is assured to be #1 in the world after winning his first match in the Grand Finals going on right now. German coach Jorg Rosskopf was just voted Coach of the Year. German legend Timo Boll just won the T2APAC league men’s title defeating Ovtcharov in the …

13
Dec

2017 Swedish Open Top 10 Points

The 2017 Swedish Open just finished with the Chinese dominating the event. However, Germans Timo Boll and Dimitrij Ovtcharov who have been in the recent World Cup and German Open finals by beating the top Chinese players, did not play. The 1999 Swedish Open generated my best international win as I defeated Olympian and Pan …

6
Dec

2017 Junior Worlds-A New Swedish Future Waldner?

The 2017 Junior World Championships just finished in Italy with China winning all golds. Xue Fei had a clean sweep of all boys titles defeating 15-year old Swedish sensation Truls Moregard in the boys singles final. Moregard seems to have the playing style of former World and European Champion Peter Karlsson. From practicing with and watching …

30
Nov

2017 German Open-Top 10 Points

Pictured in Germany in 1995 with (from left to right) legends Poland’s Andrzej Grubba (in Grenzau), Dusseldorf coach Mario Amizic, China’s World Champion Xu Zengcai (who was the best player I practiced with and the top player at Sontheim), and Belarus’ former World #1 Vladimir Samsonov (who was playing for Dusseldorf where the 2017 Worlds …

23
Nov

2017 West Coast Teams this weekend in Livermore!

About 30 teams will compete in the 2017 West Coast Teams in Livermore this Thanksgiving weekend. There will be a strong field with 20 players rated over 2,000 taking part. Teams will be separated into 4 divisions based on the average rating of the top two players. Teams can be promoted or relegated for the rest …

23
Nov

German Coach Jorg Rosskopf: China Remains #1

The table-tennis world has been shocked in the past month with Germany’s Timo Boll and Dimitrij Ovtcharov being in the past two major international finals, the Men’s World Cup and the German Open, where all top Chinese players were knocked out by them or others. Normally, it’s two Chinese playing in the finals of major …

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