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01 Oct 2012

Time To Say Goodbye

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It Goodbye

Frank Herbert said, “There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

If curiosity has stricken your mind to why I have begun this blog with a quote about endings, it is because After Dark Ping Pong are announcing our closing down of the site and it’s content.

It has been a truly eye opening experience for ADPP to be a part of a fast growing sport, especially during the best summers of sport of our time, The London 2012 Olympics. However, our time for this particular project is over, but for Table Tennis it is only the beginning.

A new club is opening in London called BOUNCE and the recent World Championships have just been in Liverpool Echo Arena.

To Note: Our site and all it’s content will remain until December.

On behalf of ADPP, Thank you to all our followers and readers for your support and passion for the game that we love. It has been much appreciated and we hope you keep the same enthusiasm the sport needs to continue growing.

Thank you so much for taking us in to your sport and accepting us as one of the leading blogs out there for social and professional sport. We have met some awesome people along the way and been to some incredible events that we wont forget, thanks for having us.

“There’s a trick to the ‘graceful exit.’ It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, or a relationship is over — and let it go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its validity or its past importance to our lives. It involves a sense of future, a belief that every exit line is an entry, that we are moving up, rather than out.” (Ellen Goodman)

A final signing off from ADPP’s Founder and Head Editor,

Jojo Regan and Conor Haynes.

One of our favourites

05 Sep 2012

David Wetherill’s “Superman diving forehand winner!”

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I am sure you have all seen the shot already, but if this is not worth blogging about than I don’t know what is!! In this Class 6 Group A WETHERILL David (Great Britain) versus KUSIAK Thomas (Germany), the Brit is down 2 sets to 1 and is 4-3 down in this crucial set. Click the image at the top to begin playing the video.

The German puts Dave on his back foot with a body shot that the Brit just manages to return with some fast reactions, then the German sends a cross court backhand shot deep into the corner of Dave’s side of the table and in the blink of an eye the shot of the tournament happens, I wont even try to describe it, just watch for yourself!

The video has been watched around the world almost 3 million times and is as viral as it gets at the moment. Watch out Justin Bieber, you “baby” video is under threat as the most watched thing on Youtube!! Follow David on Twitter at @Wetherill89. He has seen his twitter followers rocket up into the thousands and is at over 3,500!

You can also watch the full match on the video below, the amazing moment happens at 37minutes, so there is a lot of top class table tennis to watch before that point! And make sure you let us know what you think of the video in the comments section below!!

04 Sep 2012

Dimitrij Ovtcharov Goes Old School at LA Open

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Check out the video above, it features Dimitrij Ovtcharov at the LA Open after his afternoon practice with Jeff Huang. He was asked to play a game using a wood blade (no rubber) shaped an an oversized meat cleaver and, although it took some time to get used to the new blade, he didn’t do to bad!

Apparently he was really having fun and the crowd was loving it. It is clear that he is becoming a fan favourite after he has really shot into the frontline of the professional game since his incredible performances at the Olympic Games in London.

He has been out in LA for the LA Open, see the video below for action in his game Vs Eugene Wang in the Semi Finals.

IF you are not already, make sure you follow his Facebook and Twitter, he is always updating them with funny images and videos! Credit for the video goes to “gfrontosa” from his Youtube page which you can check out Click here he has lots of great videos up. Thanks to Table Tennis Daily for sharing the Video originally.

Have you every tried using a bat like this? And let us know what you think about Dimitrij’s tekkers with it in the comment box below!


03 Sep 2012

Gold Medal favourite Will Bayley grabs a sensational Silver Medal at the Paralympics 2012!

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Bayley was up against Jochen Wollmert in the S7 Men’s Table Tennis Final at the Excel Arena.

Wollmert on his quest to grab his place in the final caused upset to the Chinese world No. 1 after beating him in the semi finals.

Wollmert beat Bayley in a 3-1 battle with the scores going 11-8, 4-11, 11-5, 11-4 in a match lasting 40 minutes in front of a sellout crowd.

Wollmert has won an outstanding 9 Paralympic medals since his first appearance at the Barcelona 1992 Games

After his defeat Will said, “I’m a fighter – I’ve shown that all my life, and I’ll be back”.

Will’s story is incredible and he has proved he is a “fighter” countless times.

Will was born with Arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder affecting the joints of the hands and feet, he was in and out of hospitals undergoing operations until he was 18 and when he was 7, he was also diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a blood cancer. After intense chemotherapy Bayley left the hospital and discovered his passion for table tennis.

Congratulations Will on your Medal, A true inspiration!

Conor Haynes

What did you think?

What did you think of Will’s Incredible performance? Let us know in the comments section below and make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with all the action!