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Topic: What is your best table tennis memory?
Posted By: stiltt
Subject: What is your best table tennis memory?
Date Posted: 01/22/2024 at 5:17pm
Since you've been playing table tennis, you have lived great moments. When remembering them, what is the one that warms your heart the most?

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Posted By: stiltt
Date Posted: 01/23/2024 at 12:16pm
One day after taking points in a USATT rated match from an loser who thinks so highly of himself and his arrogant ass twisted game, I made a T-shirt out of the row reported on the USATT website. It was a negative reaction but Oh my gosh! it felt so good LOL, Just kidding.

One of my best memories overall is the dinners at a Hong Kong style fast food with a menu longer than the bible, a table of 5 to 10 hungry people after 4 hours of open play insures a lot of fun! Very old people and their whole family came there all the time and my Chinese friends told me that's always a very good sign about the food quality.

When I started, some older players in their 1600-1800 were practicing with me when there were no challenge, they used to gently low lob at me to practice their smash retrieve and that's probably when I felt the best.


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Posted By: skv_lviv
Date Posted: 01/23/2024 at 12:59pm
I have a lot of memories, hard to choose one:
1) playing against my dad for about 1 week when I was 13. There was a big money problem in my family at those times, but somehow he managed to have a vacation in some resort. My Mother stayed home with my brother (don't remember why they couldn't go) . And I and my dad was playing tt whole day and swimming in a tiny river
2) I've been playing for my university team. We had mixed-double competitions. We were playing against another pair. It was very wet and Hot in a hall, a lot of my loops were landing in a net due to this. It was 2-2 and we were 0-5 Down, then we switched sides and won 11-7 and took 3rd place
3) first time I went to play in regional League, it was very exciting experience
4) winning twice against woman last weekend: she has noticably higher ranking than I have and I lost her 3-0 and something like 11-5 each set, literally not knowing what to do 2 years ago. Next time I lost 3-2 and 3-1 with in one tournament. Next time I somehow managed to win 3-1,but I had a feelings that it was a coincedence. And finally 3 days ago I won 3-2 and 3-1, she was swearing a lot, saying that I don't spin the ball, that I have bad techique, etc, etc, etc It was such a pleasure for me :)


Posted By: Vince64
Date Posted: 01/23/2024 at 3:05pm
Originally posted by stiltt stiltt wrote:

One day after taking points in a USATT rated match from an loser who thinks so highly of himself and his arrogant ass twisted game, I made a T-shirt out of the row reported on the USATT website. It was a negative reaction but Oh my gosh! it felt so good LOL, Just kidding.
I could probably guess who that player was if you actually did do that! 


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Posted By: dingyibvs
Date Posted: 01/23/2024 at 4:01pm
I started playing in Med School because there was a table in the lounge, and I was getting beat by literally everyone in school, including by some women.  I bought a DHS 4002 and started going to local clubs thereafter, and got much better.  Every year we'd have a series of matches against the Law School called Dean's Cup, including a variety of sports and games like soccer, basketball, foosball, TT, etc. and we'd kick their butt in TT every year at least when I was there.

During my last year in Med School, the Law students were extra confident.  Turns out they have the new intramural TT champion of the entire University on their team.  I couldn't participate in the intramural games due to my schedule, but I saw that he was a 1700's USATT tournament player.  I knew I could beat him, because they didn't know I was an 1800's rated player.  We played in the #1 seed match and I beat him in straight sets (we had old rules, played to 21, best 2 of 3).  I still remember the last points of the first set.  It was 19-19 tied and I was serving.  I knew he didn't want to tank a service receive into the net so I served 2 no-spins in a row, 3rd ball attacking each for winners.  He was deflated thereafter and I won the 2nd set easily, thus completing my journey from the bottom of my Med School class to defeating the champion of the University!  I think I remember that better than getting my diploma lol LOL


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Posted By: stiltt
Date Posted: 01/23/2024 at 4:02pm
Originally posted by Vince64 Vince64 wrote:

Originally posted by stiltt stiltt wrote:

One day after taking points in a USATT rated match from an loser who thinks so highly of himself and his arrogant ass twisted game, I made a T-shirt out of the row reported on the USATT website. It was a negative reaction but Oh my gosh! it felt so good LOL, Just kidding.
I could probably guess who that player was if you actually did do that! 
dang it! I missed my bet, I thought you would quote only that part after less than 10 minutes but it took over 2 hours and a half. I guess we are all getting slower.



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Posted By: NextLevel
Date Posted: 01/23/2024 at 4:19pm
I actually had an article in Korean written on my TT results at a church unsanctioned tournament once.  It is sad that I never took a picture of the thing as I have lost the original now.

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Posted By: Vince64
Date Posted: 01/23/2024 at 6:59pm
Originally posted by stiltt stiltt wrote:

Originally posted by Vince64 Vince64 wrote:

Originally posted by stiltt stiltt wrote:

One day after taking points in a USATT rated match from an loser who thinks so highly of himself and his arrogant ass twisted game, I made a T-shirt out of the row reported on the USATT website. It was a negative reaction but Oh my gosh! it felt so good LOL, Just kidding.
I could probably guess who that player was if you actually did do that! 
dang it! I missed my bet, I thought you would quote only that part after less than 10 minutes but it took over 2 hours and a half. I guess we are all getting slower.
It could have only been 1 of 2 people and the only thing twisted about that person is his mind. Tongue


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Posted By: dewnyc
Date Posted: 01/23/2024 at 10:15pm
Tough to choose. I would say these are the top ones for me, and I'm probably forgetting about some.

The 2000 US Open in Fort Lauderdale was my first time seeing the world's best players in person. Schlager beat Waldner and Samsonov in succession. Chiang Peng-Lung beat Kong Linghui and Schlager. Kim Taek Soo beat Ma Lin. Wang Liqin won a close match against Kim and saved 2 match points against Chiang in the final before winning it all. I got autographs from Kong and Wang Nan and others.
Also, Wang Tao (who I believe was there mainly for coaching) easily won the Over 30. I saw him toy with Derek May, including some smashes with his right hand. I reached the U2000 quarterfinals. I met a few people who I chatted with on the About.com forum, including Sean O'Neill.

In 1999, for the North American Teams in Baltimore, I reunited with an old buddy whose post I saw on the Team Finder. We won our division (8) and I went 18-0 in division play there, breaking 1900 for the first time. We also played together in 2000 and 2001. In 2000, we reached the semis of Division 7 and I broke 2000. In 2001, we were in Division 6 and I had a losing record but my rating went back over 2000.

In 1988, on the heels of seeing some of tt in the Olympics on tv, I attended my first tournament. It was at Princeton University, and I happened to read about it in a local newspaper. Eric Boggan, Danny Seemiller, and John Onifade (who I would play in a handicap event about a year later, winning 51-4 after being spotted 47 points) were among the best players there. I was hooked and started playing more seriously soon after. Prior to that, I played some at church but didn't know how to play. After a little bit of coaching and training, I was beating most of the people there fairly easily. Similarly with people I faced in my first few tournaments, who I thought hit the ball weirdly.

Honorable mentions include going to the 2007 World Championships in Croatia (my first time seeing Ovtcharov, where he faced Ma Lin) and watching tt at the 2012 Olympics in London (an early round session and a quarterfinal session where Dima made a comeback against Michael Maze). Also, helping out at lots of NCTTA nationals and watching the organization grow.


Posted By: liulin04
Date Posted: 01/24/2024 at 5:24am
being down 2-9 in the fifth, and came back to win the match.  Only happened 1 time.  Although I did give up many sets being up 9-2, or 8-1, or even throw away matches up from 10-4 to 10-6 in the fifth. these I prefer not to make them memorable. LOL

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Posted By: stiltt
Date Posted: 01/24/2024 at 11:19am
I like the free exercise biking brings to my life as a side effect of commuting or simply going from A to B without a car, I wouldn't do it as a sport. One summer night after playing hours with good wins (one of those good days we all have) and dinner with friends, I did the 18 miles home on the bike and from the top of a long street going down for almost a mile, the red lights all switched to green as I was approaching them, it was a total midnight urban spiritual experience, even though I knew about synchronization of those lights.

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Posted By: RDinTN
Date Posted: 01/25/2024 at 12:58pm
Millcreek Open @2003/2004..(don't remember the event) down 10-2 in the 5th. Got a net then a winner to wide BH. Guy missed a serve, I popped up my next return just to watch him whack it off his racket edge straight to my face! My short serve got pushed into the net and another aggressive serve return went long. ANOTHER missed serve!! weak serve let me yo yo him side to side until he flailed and missed. Deuce!! My side top serve got looped wiiiide to my fh.. ran it down and had to lob it back - hit the his fh side edge and kicked away from him. 2 let (top of the net) serves, then he just soft rolled the serve in and I cracked a winner through his bh. He calmly walked over, shook my hand then walked out into the lobby and smashed his racket into the wall. His wife apologized to me.. turns out he was a college psych professor.

Had @ 10 guys cheering the whole comeback.. think that was the reason for the racket destruction.


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Posted By: PingPongPom
Date Posted: 01/25/2024 at 3:41pm
I had a random dude on my social platforms message me and intro himself and where he was from and basically say he thought he would beat me in a match if we played (this happens every now and then and doesn't really phase me too much, I'm not Ma Long lol). Two years later I was playing the WTTC in Dusseldorf and the name of one of the group match players really rang a bell, and the country he was from. 

I won the match and later wondered if it was the same guy. I went back through my facebook page inbox and found the message from two years prior and low and behold it was indeed the same guy. 

Funny moment, but also it was a huge deal for me personally to win a match at a world championships given that I wasn't a full-time professional player and basically grew up teaching myself how to play the sport. 

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Posted By: bard romance
Date Posted: 01/25/2024 at 4:04pm
Originally posted by PingPongPom PingPongPom wrote:

I had a random dude on my social platforms message me and intro himself and where he was from and basically say he thought he would beat me in a match if we played (this happens every now and then and doesn't really phase me too much, I'm not Ma Long lol). Two years later I was playing the WTTC in Dusseldorf and the name of one of the group match players really rang a bell, and the country he was from. 

I won the match and later wondered if it was the same guy. I went back through my facebook page inbox and found the message from two years prior and low and behold it was indeed the same guy. 

Funny moment, but also it was a huge deal for me personally to win a match at a world championships given that I wasn't a full-time professional player and basically grew up teaching myself how to play the sport. 

Well that's embarrassing for Andi Kola from Albania.


Posted By: AcudaDave
Date Posted: 01/25/2024 at 4:15pm
Many years ago I played in the Baltimore Teams with 2 club mates of mine. We were seeded as a division 2 team but our #1 player (2300), dropped out a few days before the tournament because his girlfriend got hurt. 

So it was just us 3 of us without our best player. Without our best player we really weren't nearly as strong, and on the 1st day we had to play a very strong Div 3 team. This happened to me once before at the teams where we were seeded as a Div 2 team and lost to a Div 3 team to get knocked down to Div 3 after we lost.  We did go on to win Div 3, but we were still disappointed we didn't get to play in Div 2. 

So here I was again, faced with the possibility of my team getting knocked down a division if we lost. It came down to 4-4 in matches and I had to play the 9th match. I was glad it came down to me so I couldn't blame anyone else if we lost.  

I had to play a penhold player from Brazil (estimated 2200) that had a huge FH loop and we were playing to 21, best of 3 games. It came down to 19 all in the 3rd and I went on to win the next 2 points and we got to compete in Div 2. Since it was just 3 of us we never got to sit out against a team and we actually went on to make it to the semifinals before losing to a very good team from the Caribbean. Thats one of my best TT memories. 


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Posted By: haggisv
Date Posted: 01/26/2024 at 12:42am
Some of my fondest memories are from playing players that are no longer around. Some of these people were top players during their peak time, and although when I played them they were no longer as good and a lot slower, but I still got to experience some of their unique skills and had some great chats about table tennis in the old days. A little morbid perhaps, but I really cherish those memories.


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Posted By: dewnyc
Date Posted: 01/26/2024 at 12:46am
Originally posted by haggisv haggisv wrote:

Some of my fondest memories are from playing players that are no longer around. Some of these people were top players during their peak time, and although when I played them they were no longer as good and a lot slower, but I still got to experience some of their unique skills and had some great chats about table tennis in the old days. A little morbid perhaps, but I really cherish those memories.

George Braithwaite was almost my first win against a player over 2000


Posted By: yogi_bear
Date Posted: 01/28/2024 at 4:46pm
Seeing your players graduate in college thru table tennis scholarships and even a bonus seeing one go through an equivalent of US West Point Military school. 

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Posted By: aerial
Date Posted: 01/28/2024 at 4:55pm
Originally posted by dewnyc dewnyc wrote:

Originally posted by haggisv haggisv wrote:

Some of my fondest memories are from playing players that are no longer around. Some of these people were top players during their peak time, and although when I played them they were no longer as good and a lot slower, but I still got to experience some of their unique skills and had some great chats about table tennis in the old days. A little morbid perhaps, but I really cherish those memories.

George Braithwaite was almost my first win against a player over 2000
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Posted By: pgpg
Date Posted: 01/28/2024 at 8:46pm
Coming back from 2-10 in a game at US Open. I still lost the match 2-3, but that was memorable :)  

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Posted By: stiltt
Date Posted: 01/31/2024 at 10:11pm
The 1st time I won a rated match in the Nationals in LV against a 2k player, it felt really good, I thought I was on my way to much higher ratings at that time :)

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