Will Shortz to Hit 1,000 Consecutive Days of Table Tennis

Unless he is kidnapped or something, next Tuesday, June 30, will be Will Shortz's 1,000th consecutive day of playing table tennis. There will be a party at his club (Westchester Table Tennis Club) from 7:00 to 11:00 pm, with food, drink, film and special guests. The event is free for WTTC members, $10 otherwise. - Learn More


As of April 2015, will has played table tennis at 199 clubs in 49 states plus Puerto Rico during his time playing the sport. - View the List of Clubs Where Will Has Played


For Directions and more information, check out the WTTC website.


For more information on Will's table tennis journey, check out this article from January 2015 courtesy of the Billings (MT) Gazette: Have Paddle, Will Travel

US Open Kicks Off in Less than Two Weeks!

(USATT) The 2015 US Open will begin in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday, July 6 and concludes on Saturday, July 11. This year's US Open promises to be the best one yet, so here's a refresher on some of the event highlights! - Visit Event Page 


World's Biggest Ping Pong Pool Party Open on Friday, July 10!Learn More


Amazing  Amenities Package with Caesars Palace and The LINQ - Learn More


Star Power: Top 50 Worldwide, Quadri Aruna to Play in US OpenRead More


Cost-Effective Transportation from McCarron Airport to your Hotel! - Learn More

Leibovitz Shines at Para Table Tennis Spanish Open

(USATT) Tahl Leibovitz was one of nine representatives from the United States participating at the 2015 Para Table Tennis Spanish Open from June 18-22 in El Prat de Llobregat, Spain. 


Leibovitz starred for the United States, earning a bronze medal finish in the Class 9 Singles event. He also teamed up with Max Van Amerongen (NED) to win gold in the Class 9 Team event. To see pictures and learn more, visit the USATT Event page.


Help Tahl Leibovitz and Other USATT Athletes!

Do you want to help USATT athletes like Tahl Leibovitz accomplish their goals? Go to the Friends with Paddles page and make a donation today. 100% of your donation will go directly to USATT National Team Programming. - Visit page and Donate Today!

An American in China: Two Weeks of Training with the Pros

(Jeff Pepper for USATTHave you ever wondered what it would be like to tell someone you play table tennis and not get that "oh, you mean like Forrest Gump" response? 

No problem. Just go to China!


I've been here for two weeks now, training at the Zhending Table Tennis Training Base (ZDTTB) located on the outskirts of the industrial city of Shiziazhuang, and about 200 miles southwest of Beijing. I'm hot, I'm tired, and I'm having a great time.


Table tennis is the national sport here, and players like Ma Long and Zhang Jike gets as much respect as Peyton Manning or LeBron James get in the U.S.  And so it's no surprise that the top players in China are really, really good.  Chinese men hold all of the top four positions in the ITTF world rankings, while the top American... Read More 

11 Questions With... Tim Boggan, USATT Historian

Q: Why do you play?

A: To win at something.

Q: Which is your favorite tournament? 

A: Any World Championship that I personally report on.

Q: Who is your primary Nemesis?

A: Myself, for I make so many errors-meaning those I'm aware of.

Q: What is your favorite game tactic to score?

A: My "No Look" forehand. That term tees me off a little. Does a golfer look down the fairway as he strikes the ball?

Q: Thoughts on the Poly Ball.

A: Poly Ball. Sounds to me like Volleyball, and so my t.t. thoughts go to volleying

Q: Toughest Loss? - Read More

Gold for Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Li Jiao at First European Games
(Butterfly Table TennisGermany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Netherlands' Li Jiao claimed gold medals today at the Baku 2015 European Games in Men's Singles and Women's Singles, respectively.

Dimitrij Ovtcharov defeated Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus 4-3 (10-12, 7-11, 11-9, 11-3, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8) in the Men's Singles final.  In the bronze medal match, Great Britain's Paul Drinkhall lost to Kou Lei of Ukraine 2-4 (11-5, 7-11, 7-11, 5-11, 11-5, 20-22).


The Women's Singles final was all Netherlands. Li Jiao defeated Li Jie 4-0 (13-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-5). Turkey's Hu Melek secured the bronze medal against  Eva Odorova of Slovak Republic  4-1 (12-10, 12-10, 11-8, 11-13, 11-7). Watch some highlights from the men's match, as well as the entire women's match by clicking here.

Ball Placement Tips

(Han Xiao for Butterfly Table TennisI was watching some intermediate players play last week and among the points there were some very long and exciting rallies where both players were keeping the ball on the table quite well but nobody was gaining any sort of advantage. The reason was because nobody was using ball placement to their advantage; both players were content to place the ball near the middle of the table or straight to their opponent's forehand or backhand corner, as if it were some kind of training exercise. This reminded me of a time when a junior player who had just returned from his first international competition came home and told me that the number one difference he noticed was the ball placement of his opponents. He said that he never realized how uncomfortable a slow opening could make him... Read More


More Tips: Making Renovations to Your Game (Samson Dubina)Read More

New York Table Tennis League
(Mauricio Vergara for USATT) A new date of the NYTTL was Sunday June 14 at the New York Indoor Sport Club in Flushing, NY.  The new club Atlanta International Table Tennis Academy (AITTA) played the first matches in the league.

In the opening AITTA faced Spin New York, in one of the best matches in the league so far. The experienced players: Tahl Leibovitz,  De Tran and Paul ... Read More

More TT in the U.S.: 2015 National Senior Games Learn More

More TT in the U.S..: World Police and Fire Games (June 27-29)Learn More

More TT in the U.S.: USATT Boys Under 18 rankingsView Here
NCTTA Selects Round Rock, Texas to Host 2016 Championships
(NCTTABilled as the Sports Capital of Texas, Round Rock will serve as the host city for the 2016 TMS College Table Tennis Championships.

A thriving high-tech city of 100,000 residents, Round Rock is the choice of the NCTTA Board of Directors with the selection announced on Friday June 5.


Located 15 miles north of Austin, home of the University of Texas, Round Rock beat out two other city bidders, Spokane, Washington, and Hampton, Virginia. The lively three-day tournament attracts about 250 of the best collegiate table tennis players from campuses across the USA and Canada.


"The NCTTA is delighted to be going back to Texas where we have... Read More

Ping-Pong on the Chappy Ferry

(Martha's Vineyard Times) This past Sunday, Martha's Vineyard Table Tennis Club players confronted a new challenge: keeping the ball in play while riding the moving Chappy ferry.


Regular team members Alina Wen, Rod Backus, Rae Carter, and club president Bob O'Rourke gave puzzled dockside viewers an admirable demonstration of singles and doubles matches as the ferry motored along to several points on the short route between the Edgartown dock and Chappaquiddick. Ferry owner Peter Wells was most cooperative, and directed the ferry by intercom - with tennis table in situ on the boat - to detour from its usual route so that the game could be... Read More


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Hop 21: A New Table Tennis Social Club in Minneapolis
(City Pages) Max Vinogradov isn't saying he's good at table tennis. "You never say you're good, because inevitably someone is gonna show up who's better." But still, he had to be avid enough to come up with the idea that playing in a rec center is fun, but playing in a bar is better. So he opened Hop21, which now occupies the space that used to be the basement of the Eagle Bar (the two businesses are not affiliated) and features a full bar and simple menu of panini, "which are surprisingly delicious," he says.

He hopes to expand the menu as much as they can, though they don't have a full kitchen. "But we had a lot of fun naming the food and drinks after table tennis." The Drop Shot is avocado, tomato, red onion, arugula, mozz, and roasted red peppers. Pair it with a "Paddle Master," an Absolut Citron gimlet, and you're halfway to a perfect game. The place is decked out with seven tables, couches for onlookers and... Read More
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