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    Posted: 03/26/2020 at 2:15pm
While most of us are not playing TT Cry  oh and working and much else really because of the issues which everyone is facing....

Thought I would ask if anyone would share some anecdotes on their best trophies won in competition or a tourney over the years..

Always good to hear about victories which lift spirits Clap

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Hmmm...good question.  I've won the State Open Doubles 2 times, and won the Class A Singles (U2300) in the past.  At the NA Teams I've been on a team that has won Division 3 (Class C) a couple of times, but probably my best performance was on a 3-man team that made it to the semifinals of Division 2.  There was only 3 of us that year, and our best player (approximately 2250-2300) dropped out just a couple of days before the tournament.  On 2 different occasions I had been on a team that was seeded as a Division 2 team, only to lose to a very tough under-rated Div 3 team, thereby knocking us down to Div 3 for the remainder of the tournament.  
Just once I wanted to make it to Division 2, and here I was again, about to lose to a Div 3 team because our best player had dropped out.  This time however it came down to the 9th match between us and the Div 3 team and I had to play the 9th.  I had to play against a player from South America that was 2150-2200.  The match went the distance but I pulled it out in the end and we made it to Div 2 with only 3 of us on the team.  We played so many matches and actually made it to the semifinals, only to lose to a very strong team from the Caribbean whose players were all around 2300.  
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Trophies would be 1982 (first time at a US Nationals at the Tropicana on the indoor tennis courts) was paired up with Leroy Yoder from either TX or CA if I recall in 2600 doubles and we won the event. In 1991 at Nationals again won the U1900. Lost in finals of 2200 Super Tiered group B in both 2017 and 2018 Nationals. 
Best (most memorable better description) 2018 US Nationals was down 2-1 10-7 to Daryl Tsao won 12-10 and in game 5 was down 0-5 and won deuce in 5th.


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It's nice when you get a win like that. Nice thanks for sharing.

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Chinatown Community Center U1800 Unrated event (2008 I think), the only 1st place I ever got, I still got the t-shirt. 

If 2nd place trophies count, then I can come up with a long list, I am 1st loser specialist! the quintessential last mile choker!!! 

What a nice name for a song, "last mile choker".
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Ha!  This is funny.  When I was a teenager I won the junior event at a tournament in Peoria, IL of all places.  They had an absolutely huge trophy.  Sounds great right?  Except that only four people were entered in that event so I only had to win two matches.  They'd already bought the trophies.

I won the A singles too.  That was much more of an accomplishment.  The trophy for that was by comparison pitiful.

I am pretty sure that I have never won a tournament since then, and it was 1974.  I had won a few before then but always in junior events  (U17).  I know for sure that I never won another tournament that had adults in it after that.
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I won the New Zealand Open Men's Doubles twice in 2017 and 2018, both incredibly special moments for me.

In 2014 I won bronze, losing from 2-1 up to the top seeds, 2015 me and my partner were the last NZ pair left with three pairs from Korea and lost in semifinal to get bronze, in 2016 I played with Adam Hugh and we lost the final to a former Chinese Super League and National Team player and a Chinese chopper.

After a bronze, bronze, silver I just really wanted to win. In 2017 I finally won with the same partner from 2015. We agreed that would be our last time playing the NZ Open together. 

The following year it was announced that the NZ Open would be held in the city where I grew up and started playing. It had not been there in over 40 years. I had not represented my home city since I was 13 years old.

I changed my affiliation and joined my home team again, fielding their strongest men's team in probably the last 20 years - we made the teams semifinal, and I twisted my doubles partners arm into going for it one last time.

I won the first gold medal in the big events for my region in decades and on home ground. Was really something special for me. 
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Lol I won my school tournament when I was 10 or so...it was quite funny because it was just fast serve and smash the 3rd ball using a shitty racket. 

I reckon if I played my 10 yr old self now I would win like 11-2 most of the time lmao...but of course it's way harder to win any competitions because everyone around me is just so good wtf...

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State men’s single Champion x 3
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Not table tennis, but a superstars competition.  In 1991 at the age of 46 I won a superstars competition against a bunch of 20 and 30 year old's.  I think I was the oldest competitor.  I won the sprints, soccer skills competition and the obstacle course,  Didn't do as well in the tug O war, swimming or basketball skills.


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Originally posted by chongqinghotpot chongqinghotpot wrote:

State men’s single Champion x 3

Thats a nice achievement 👍 
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Originally posted by mts388 mts388 wrote:

Not table tennis, but a superstars competition.  In 1991 at the age of 46 I won a superstars competition against a bunch of 20 and 30 year old's.  I think I was the oldest competitor.  I won the sprints, soccer skills competition and the obstacle course,  Didn't do as well in the tug O war, swimming or basketball skills.



Actually I remember those type of completion on the TV in the UK. Talk about a hidden talent my friend. 
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Something I've also realised having a look is sometimes..  the bigger the win.. the smaller the medal/Trophy 🏆 


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First some background. When my game just started to reach a respectable level, I went to an annual event in NYC Chinatown. I had no chance of going far in the singles, but my doubles partner and I had a good chance to go far. I noticed the trophy plates were printed in Chinese. I thought of how cool it would be to win a trophy in Chinese. We lost in the semifinals and I thought I blew my chance to ever win such a unique trophy.

Fast forward about 15 years later. I played a Chinese new year tournament in Chinatown, Boston. I was one of top seeds and I immediately checked out the trophies before my first match and sure enough, they had Chinese writing on the plates.  I won the tournament, redeeming myself from the failed quest long ago, with a huge Chinese trophy. Not only that, I got my photo taken, interviewed by a Chinese newspaper reporter, and appeared soon after in a page size article in the World Journal (Chinese) newspaper. 

Here's the headline part of the article (I can't read a word - hope it doesn't say anything bad)


 
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One first and four second places on local events in Denver. Angry
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The bottom says the name of the tournament and that you are the champion. 

Or does it?

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Mine isn't a trophy. I don't have any of those. But it's probably a certificate from a small local tournament I played last year. They hold it twice a year and I've participated in it about 6 or 7 times? Last year I won it playing in the finals against an American Japanese man who said he was ~1700.

This year I lost to an ~80 year old short pips forehand, long pips backhand pen user haha. He didn't play in the tournament previously. He ended up losing in the finals against one of my friends who is slightly better than me. I came third.


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Won many over the years, but pertinent to the OP, I won the Britannia top 16 invitation tournament twice playing him in the semis. No trophy, cash prize, but then got a speeding ticket on the long journey home, so it was a case of hard come, easy go.Cry



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That comp was always proper good fun and a great TT day 100% Thumbs Up. The only slight downside was I think the final being played when there was only a few people to see some cracking matches. sometimes felt a bit flat.

You must have won it a good few times?

Funny you say about the endings...we had a pretty bad car crash after I did pretty well in it one year... wrote off a very nice sports car after being hit by another car... kind of bitter sweet.. The £££'s Prize didn't cover the excess either Unhappy
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I won it twice, and lost in the final once to Ian Mclean at about 9pm, like you say most have gone by then and It was 100m plus for me to get home. The first time I won it I got the press headline 'Handy Andy cleans up with polish' 
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cracking tittle from papers..Smile I remember that final that was really late Disapprove. long long match that one and seemed to take forever inbetween each point.
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Originally posted by ghostzen ghostzen wrote:

cracking tittle from papers..Smile I remember that final that was really late Disapprove. long long match that one and seemed to take forever inbetween each point.
 Haha, we both know why that wasLOL
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Yep! thought that might bring a wry smile from you 😊
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when I was in debate camp in high school I won a tournament at KU. One girl came up to me after and said she liked my intensity when I play.

We hit it off that week, and I consider her my favorite trophy. Can't remember her name any more.
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Most memorable, in the funniest way, was my third MWR Trophy. So I say its funny because it was actually a pingpong tournament, 1 to 21 best of 3, most or should i say all the other players were garage players while i played decent. so to make it a bit challenging for me, i picked the worst racket in the box (pips all ripped and worn,  wood was cracked open and the bounce was very dull).and decided to  play defense the entire tournament.

There was this one guy in the tourney that was full of himself and was teaching everyone how to attack my defense. I did not mind him at first but as the tourney progressed, he would coach each person I played and would loudly coach that all they had to do was attack left and right since all I can do is play defense. Everyone tried, however i got lucky. Anyway, when it finally came up for me and that other guy to play the championship, everyone was surprised. I decided to play offense. having played with the worn out hobby bat all day gave me a good feel for it. Tournament ended with the guy losing bad. He had nothing to say about my game after, while everyone else was asking me why I did not play offense with them? I told them "so we can all have fun!".

On a different note, my most memorable game was during my senior year in college, I did not win my doubles championship match but we did win overall. :) after that day, pingpong became less competitive and more about having fun.

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I think tennis trophies are far more creative.  I don't like regular big trophies. In some countries they give certificates which I prefer. 

In tennis I have seen trophies that can be used as paper weights. I think they are great conversation starters to expose this little known sport here  to the clueless in places like your office cube. 
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Agreed some of the best titles have literally the worst medals. It would be cool like you say to have a talking point or use for them. 
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Originally posted by collins.latag collins.latag wrote:

Most memorable, in the funniest way, was my third MWR Trophy. So I say its funny because it was actually a pingpong tournament, 1 to 21 best of 3, most or should i say all the other players were garage players while i played decent. so to make it a bit challenging for me, i picked the worst racket in the box (pips all ripped and worn,  wood was cracked open and the bounce was very dull).and decided to  play defense the entire tournament.

There was this one guy in the tourney that was full of himself and was teaching everyone how to attack my defense. I did not mind him at first but as the tourney progressed, he would coach each person I played and would loudly coach that all they had to do was attack left and right since all I can do is play defense. Everyone tried, however i got lucky. Anyway, when it finally came up for me and that other guy to play the championship, everyone was surprised. I decided to play offense. having played with the worn out hobby bat all day gave me a good feel for it. Tournament ended with the guy losing bad. He had nothing to say about my game after, while everyone else was asking me why I did not play offense with them? I told them "so we can all have fun!".

On a different note, my most memorable game was during my senior year in college, I did not win my doubles championship match but we did win overall. :) after that day, pingpong became less competitive and more about having fun.

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Someone with TT knowledge using a crappy racket is not enough of a handicap when beating up garage pongers because in reality, everyone is using a crappy racket. You have to use your non-playing hand and if you are still ahead switch to penhold (if you are a shakehander).

Somewhat similar story - I was in a bar and they were having a ping pong tournament. Once I saw everyone hit, I knew I would be a POS if I tried to win playing normally. So I ditched my right handed shakehand play and tried my best Xu Xin impression. But everyone was pushing so I survived to get in the finals. I played this dude who was being cheered by his girlfriend. He wasn't talking trash but he was narrating plays to his GF after each point like "I put too much curve on that ball" or "I put too much arc on that slice". The girl was really into his explanations. I ended up losing because... well, I'm not Xu Xin. After winning, the guy was super happy, girl was ecstatic, the only thing missing was him kicking barriers and ripping his shirt off. I ended up talking with them both a little afterwards and told him how he had great touch and feel for the ball etc. They said they were from out of town and were huge baseball fans visiting for a game. He then explained how knowledge of baseball helped him win (brief mental eye roll on my part).

I sat at the bar later and he walked up to me and handed me his prize - a bottle of no name liquor. He then told me he knew I could play better. I asked what makes you say that. He said because I saw you play darts with your right hand earlier :) He then said he's taking his girl back to the hotel, gives me a wink and walks off. Always nice to be a wingman every now and then.
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Originally posted by collins.latag collins.latag wrote:

Most memorable, in the funniest way, was my third MWR Trophy. So I say its funny because it was actually a pingpong tournament, 1 to 21 best of 3, most or should i say all the other players were garage players while i played decent. so to make it a bit challenging for me, i picked the worst racket in the box (pips all ripped and worn,  wood was cracked open and the bounce was very dull).and decided to  play defense the entire tournament.

There was this one guy in the tourney that was full of himself and was teaching everyone how to attack my defense. I did not mind him at first but as the tourney progressed, he would coach each person I played and would loudly coach that all they had to do was attack left and right since all I can do is play defense. Everyone tried, however i got lucky. Anyway, when it finally came up for me and that other guy to play the championship, everyone was surprised. I decided to play offense. having played with the worn out hobby bat all day gave me a good feel for it. Tournament ended with the guy losing bad. He had nothing to say about my game after, while everyone else was asking me why I did not play offense with them? I told them "so we can all have fun!".

On a different note, my most memorable game was during my senior year in college, I did not win my doubles championship match but we did win overall. :) after that day, pingpong became less competitive and more about having fun.

Cheers, Collins


I've had something similar happen when I was at a seaside holiday camp once staying in a caravan where I was training for another type of event. Booked the place because of the chance to get some long hard runs in along the beach everyday and work on some fitness and also I really like the seaside and chillout.

At the Camp there were a load of events like friendly football, tennis and table tennis comps on during the week which I had mostly given a miss to be honest. I popped into the little arcade on the Wednesday night they had there to see a beaten up old table and hired some bats and a ball that had see better days to have a hit around with some of the people I had met in the afternoon.

We had a bit of a hit about for 1/2 Hour before a guy and his mate came in with full butterfly tracksuits on and their own rackets. They hired to next hour and had a hit. They were pretty good to be honest (but a tiny bit over the top..). good local league players really i guess.

I asked one of the guys if would mind giving me a hit after they had finished for a bit as I hadn't played that week and would be nice. He kind of said ....nah... not really mate I only play with proper players and you seem to play knock a bout with your mates... fair enough.

Everyone I was with kind of egged me on to play in the comp on the following day. So I caved a bit basically because one of the ladies in the group was rather nice..Wink

I grabbed my bat (Have bat will travel) popped in and entered in the morning.

The Butterfly guys turned up did their warmups and knocking and everything.

It's only a little comp say 30 people.

They smashed everyone in their groups to be honest in a not nice way. I was just having a laugh to be honest.

Got to Semi chilling and chatting and having a really nice time. Social TT always chills me out.

Played first butterfly guy who was a bit of a difficult character. My serves were illegal apparanty.. every serve... I mean every single backhand, forehand evething. He complained and complained.
He didn't even shake my hand at the end of the match..

Other guy in the semi smashed this nice lady in the other semi 2's and 3's

Final match

Better butterfly guy didn't compain too much to start then my serve was illegal because he couldn't get it back... always tricky that type of illegal ....

Anyways won the first leg comfy and second and then after a commment he made... last leg went flat out so won to 0. I had played the week before and was pretty sharp.

After I offered to buy the lads a pint and have a chat. They agreed and first thing they mentioned was my serves... Ouch

I said funny enough ......the week before when I was playing a match in Belgium... the official umpire who was umpiring the match didn't seem to mind them to be honest.... The look on their faces was a picture Cool

We ended up having a proper good drink together all night and funny enough still keep in touch with them from time to time. The morning after training run of 10 miles on the other hand was terrible! Hangover from hell!

Moral of the story I guess is ..It's about how you play, being humble and there will always be someone better whatever they look like  ... Smile




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