03 Mar 2020

Already three months into 2020 but there's no time for slowing down as March promises to be another action-packed month of elite level table tennis.

Here's a quick peek at what's coming your way in March 2020:

by Simon Daish

2020 European Under 21 Championships

Varazdin, Croatia welcomes the European continent’s brightest up-and-coming talents from Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th March for the 2020 European Under 21 Championships.

Entering its fourth year since inception, the Under 21 Championships provides the perfect stepping stone for young stars looking to make the successful transition to the senior stage. Croatia’s very own Tomislav Pucar was a gold medallist at the 2017 event and has since gone on to become on of the continent’s most exciting players – which players will go on to enjoy a breakthrough display this time out?

2020 ITTF World Tour Platinum Qatar Open

At the same time as the sport’s next generation of superstars are battling it out in Varazdin, the senior pros head to Doha for the second Platinum Series event of the year with the world’s biggest stars taking to the stage for the 2020 ITTF World Tour Platinum Qatar Open from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th March.

The 25th edition of the event, Ma Long and Wang Manyu head to the Qatari capital looking to defend the respective men’s and women’s singles trophies they picked up last year while other Chinese stars including Fan Zhendong, Xu Xin, Chen Meng and Ding Ning will also be present.

Fresh from their ITTF World Tour success last month in Budapest, Japanese teenager sensations Tomokazu Harimoto and Mima Ito will also be hoping to add their names to the list of title contenders in what promises to be a thrilling show at the Aspire Academy.

2020 ITTF Challenge Plus Oman Open

March also plays to the second ITTF Challenge Plus tournament of 2020 as Muscat once again provides the destination for the 2020 ITTF Challenge Plus Oman Open from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th March.

Portugal’s Marcos Freitas and Romania’s Bernadette Szocs have been named top seeded in the two singles categories amongst a vast field of fierce competitors from across the world. The stakes are high with valuable world rankings points on the line – who will grab the opportunity with both arms?

Will Marcos Freitas live up to expectations as top seed in Muscat? (Photo: Rémy Gros)
2020 ITTF Challenge Gliwice Polish Open

A regular fixture on the international table tennis calendar, the 2020 ITTF Challenge Gliwice Polish Open will run in tandem with proceedings in Muscat with the action in Gliwice taking place from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th March.

Jakub Dyjas and Natalia Partyka are both highly seeded for the singles draws and will be aiming to lead the host nation to glory. So far we’ve seen a number of first-time title winners at 2020 ITTF Challenge Series events, could we be set to see more new names added to the list?

Full Schedule: March 2020
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