TTX is fun, youthful and edgy and can be played on the beach, on the streets, in the city centre, or at your neighbourhood bar, literally anywhere with a table. With heavier balls, and no-spin rackets, hobby and non table tennis players can easily pick up a racket and start playing anytime, anywhere.
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) also launched a beta version of its TTX app at the event to complement the game play, keeping track of scoring and results. Players are able to set up their own avatars with their TTX nicknames and know their ranking on the global leaderboard amongst all TTX registered players around the world.
In front of the scenic view of the Rhine River and iconic city centre of Düsseldorf, the crowd had an ultimate TTXperience, grooving around to the pop music, drinks and fun table tennis action.
ITTF President Thomas WEIKERT stated “The Table Tennis Revolution is finally here and we are excited to have the first TTX event in my home country in Germany together with the biggest table tennis – the World Championships. The ITTF believes TTX is the next big thing and we look forward to releasing more information son about equipment and more events.”
“The ITTF strongly believes that TTX will complement our professional table tennis game, to reach out to hobby players and people who are currently not playing our sport. With simpler rules, and the bigger balls, we lower the barriers of entry into table tennis, and bring the sport closer to them.”
A mini tournament was played with 16 invited players, including Thomas WEIKERT, Commonwealth Champion Sharath Kamal ACHANTA, Romanian table tennis superstar Bernadette SZOCS, using the newly launched TTX app, where SZOCS, aka the Barbie Berni emerged Champion.
“Great TTXperience in Düsseldorf to win my first TTX title! Had a lot of fun to play my favourite sport outdoors in style!” shared the 22-year-old on her social media.
Fans can now download the TTX app on the Apple Store and Google Play Store to get their first hand experience with TTX and start challenging their friends. Tables and equipment will be still available at the Burgplatz today, 28 May, and at the Messe Düsseldorf from 29 May – 5 Jun 2017 during the Liebherr 2017 World Table Tennis Championships.