Whereas the World Championship of Ping Pong, which was presupposed to happen on the weekend of January 23 and 24 at Alexandra Palace, has been placed on maintain Matchroom Sport launch an invitation-type event that includes a few of the world’s best hardbat gamers.
They embody Stratford’s Gavin Rumgay.
Ping Pong sadly needed to shut its doorways to the general public at its conventional Wooden Inexperienced dwelling to arrange a a lot safer safe ‘bubble’ surroundings on the much-troubled Ricoh Enviornment in Coventry for the inaugural World Ping Pong Masters.
Andrew Baggaley, the world primary from Milton Keynes and former English table tennis champion, who twelve months in the past at Ally Pally claimed his fourth world; Russia’s three-time WCPP champion ‘Magic’ Maxim Shmyrev; final yr’s WCPP overwhelmed finalist from Germany Alexander ‘Flash’ Flemming; harmful floater Chris Doran; prime younger English prospect Ethan Walsh; Denmark’s Benjamin Sorensen; Ulsterman Paul McCreery; Spain’s Javier Benito-Rodriguez and twice German feminine doubles table tennis winner Sabine Winter be part of Scottish-born Rumgay in a £75,000 24-player subject straight knockout event with all final sixteen matches performed to best of 5 units.
Present world quantity 7 ping pong participant Rumgay, 35, is the 14-time Scottish table tennis champion and has given an enormous thumbs-up to Matchroom supremo Barry Hearn’s newest ping ping enterprise which he hopes will probably be a daily occasion on the calendar.
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“I say 64 gamers with 64 coaches is just too many however 24 gamers with 24 coaches I believe is nearly proper,” he stated.
“What’s extra vital financially, is there is a event with just a little bit extra money and that is good for all of the gamers. Twenty-four gamers within the subject, I like that. It is safer as properly.
“Within the event there’s in all probability anybody from eight gamers can win it so when you’ve bought a subject of 24 I believe that is honest to the gamers just a bit bit decrease down as properly that they’ve a crack at a few of the prime gamers.
“The Masters Snooker has bought it proper with being an elite subject of 16 so hopefully in future years Matchroom Sport will do the identical.
“This event in Coventry is like the snooker that occurred final week. Hopefully I will not do a Judd Trump and take a look at constructive!”
“The Rumdog”, who finally yr’s World Championship misplaced to Flemming within the final 4, believes the gamers are already used to buying and selling pictures with one another in a behind-closed-doors surroundings.
“You do all of your observe periods in entrance of no crowd,” he continues.
“It is simply normally what I can do then is that if there’s a crowd I will increase my recreation by one other two % which is the distinction of between profitable 15-14 and shedding 15-14. So I do not know. I hope having no crowd will not make an excessive amount of of a distinction.”