Xu Xin Takes Over the World No. 1 Spot Using His STIGA Rosewood NCT V Blade


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.

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Grant Li: College Life With Table Tennis Brings Great Rewards

Overall, I’ve learned an important lesson. I’ve learned that the decision to continue playing is yours. Regardless of the environment or playing conditions, if you want to keep playing table tennis, then you will. It’s easy to come up with excuses to not practice. You could say that you’re too busy and that you should focus on school or try out new things. But the reality is that playing a couple hours every week won’t take away much of your free time, and if you hadn’t practiced, you probably wouldn’t be spending that time meaningfully anyway.

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