August 16, 2019 (Colorado Springs, CO) – USA Table Tennis (USATT), Nittaku, and Paddle Palace jointly announced today the extension as the Official Ball of USATT through 2024.
The Nittaku 3-Star Premium 40+ will be the Official Ball of the US Open, US National Championships, US National Team Ranking Events, US Pan Am Games Trials, and US Olympic Trials. Nittaku will also provide additional balls for TTTeamUSA Training Camps, and US Hopes Programs/Camps. Nittaku has been the Official Ball of USATT since 1980.
“Nittaku and Paddle Palace have been partners of USA Table Tennis for almost 40 years, and we are thrilled to extend our strong working relationship for the next five years,” commented Virginia Sung, CEO of USATT. “Nittaku Balls have been the gold standard for their bounce, roundness, hardness, and consistency. We want the best for our members and Nittaku/Paddle Palace continue to provide it.”
“Nittaku Balls have been used at the Olympic Games, World Championships and have been used in more international competitions than any balls since its first World Championships in 1971,” continued Sung. “Nittaku balls will be added to our national ranking events/training camps for our national team and hopefuls as part of this new and expansive agreement.”
“Paddle Palace and Nittaku are fully committed to USA Table Tennis,” added Judy Hoarfrost, President and CEO of Paddle Palace. “We see continued growth with USATT Clubs, Tournaments, and Programs. While there have been changes to the ball over the past few years, one thing has been consistent, Nittaku sets the standard that all others try to emulate. Nittaku and Paddle Palace are ready to serve USATT Members at all levels of play!”
About USA Table Tennis
USA Table Tennis is organized under the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of table tennis in the United States. As a member service organization, it promotes table tennis by creating opportunities for athletes and coaches of all backgrounds to participate in the sport through more than 200 clubs and over 300 tournaments across the nation annually. USA Table Tennis is a member of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Para & Pan American Games and Paralympic & Olympic Games. For more information on USA Table Tennis visit www.usatt.org.
About Paddle Palace
Paddle Palace Table Tennis is the leading supplier of table tennis products in North America. Since the 1970’s Paddle Palace has been dedicated to serving the equipment needs of players, as well as to promoting and growing the sport. Paddle Palace is owned by a former member of the US Team and US Champion and is staffed by table tennis experts and enthusiasts. For more information on Paddle Palace, visit www.paddlepalace.com or their world-class club at www.paddlepalaceclub.com in Portland, Oregon.
Nittaku (Nippon Takkyu Co., Ltd.) was established in 1920 in Tokyo, Japan, and is a world leader in the sport of table tennis. Nittaku produces a complete range of quality table tennis products. They are famous for their Nittaku ball which was first selected for the World Championships in 1971, and they continue to be dedicated to producing the finest table tennis balls in the world. For more information on Nittaku, contact Paddle Palace, their sole North American Distributor, or visit www.paddlepalace.com/Nittaku.asp