One of Chinas’ biggest hopes for the future Fan Zhendong, has signed a long term agreement with STIGA! Fan Zhendong who has two years left as a junior teams up with superstar Xu Xin as a very strong STIGA team for the future.
Tahl Leibovitz first picked up a table tennis racket at the South Queens Boys Club when he was 14 years old, but his talent in the sport did not come easy. With benign bone tumors throughout most of his body – including his playing arm, it was difficult for Leibovitz to play. “Table tennis kept me out of trouble, and it had a strong mental component that I continue to enjoy.” Leibovitz says he will continue to play by this motto: “In order to succeed, one must dare to fail.”
Congratulations to Timothy Wang and Lily Zhang for their respective number 1 finishes at the US Team Trials in San Jose, CA. In her charge to the number one spot on the Women’s Team, Lily did not loss a single match, while Timothy finished as number one on the Men’s Team with just one match loss! With these impressive finishes the two US National Champions continue to show why they deserve to be at the top of US table tennis.
Congratulations to Zhou Xin who has been recognized by the USATT as its 2012 National Coach of the Year. Zhou coaches out of the ICC club and works with Lily Zhang and Timothy Wang among the many other oustanding players from that nationally recognized program.
Winner of the Men’s Singles title at the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Hangzhou in December 2012, China’s Xu Xin is the new World no.1. The devastating left handed pen-holder, who will celebrated his 23rd birthday on Tuesday 8th January 2013, replaces colleague Zhang Jike at the top of the Men’s World Rankings. On the lists published by the International Table Tennis Federation on Friday 4th January 2013, Zhang Jike, the reigning World champion in addition to being gold medallist at the London 2012 Olympic Games and top of the rankings since July 2012, falls one place to no.2.
Lily Zhang won the 2013 US Women’s Singles Championship after traveling from India, where she recorded a personal best finish in the quarters, at the World Junior Championships. Here she talks about the elements of the mental game and how important those elements are to achieving and sustaining a high performance level.