04 May 2020

We’re back with another exciting edition of Player Watch. Catch up with the latest goings on with the stars of the show and find out how they are keeping busy during these unprecedented times.

by Simon Daish

Kanak Jha joins TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen line-up

Always on the lookout for club transfer activity, we have some more news to bring from the German Bundesliga with leading US men’s player Kanak Jha confirming his move to TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen.

Just 19 years of age Jha is clearly a big talent and has proved he’s more than capable of competing in the league having enjoyed a strong second half to the 2019-2020 season with TTC Zugbrücke Grenzau. In making the move to Ochsenhausen, Jha joins fellow Pan American star Hugo Calderano as well as Frenchman Simon Gauzy.


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Excited to represent TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen in the upcoming season!

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Eric Jouti extends contract

Brazilian player Eric Jouti will compete in the French Pro A League for another season after signing a contract extension with Istres TT.

The news is welcoming for Istres with Jouti having played an important role for the club in the 2019-2020 campaign.

Staying sharp

Keeping busy during this period in time away from international action the pros are making sure they stay on top of things to the best of their abilities.

Marie Migot has been putting the medicine ball to good use:


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MM’s creativity. Day number…

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Here’s Sarah De Nutte working on her service placement:

Nima Alamian is keeping up with his multiball sessions:


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Some multiball and Stay active👍#butterflyofficial#ittfworldtour @ittfworld @butterfly_iran1367

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Can you replicate Alvaro Robles’ headstand?:


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Y así to la tarde🤸‍♂️

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Or how about going a round with Chuang Chih-Yuan?:


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Like #mannypacquio ? 帕奎奧? #boxing #training #chuangchihyuan#莊智淵#me#instagood

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Finally here’s Melissa Tapper taking the dog out for a walk, or is it the other way around?:


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An engagement to celebrate

We have some wonderful news to report regarding Jonathan Groth with the Danish star announcing his engagement to girlfriend, now fiancée, Anne-Sophie.

The ITTF sends congratulations to the happy couple!


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And she said………..yes🥰

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May the 4th be with you!

As this edition of Player Watch is going live on May 4th we couldn’t miss off one of the most important celebration’s of the year… International Star Wars Day!!!

Liam Pitchford, it would appear, has been hiding a very special talent of his all this time. Should we be calling him Jedi Master Liam from now on?:

General News Liam Pitchford Kanak Jha Jonathan Groth Chuang Chih-Yuan Melissa Tapper Alvaro Robles Sam walker Eric Jouti Sarah De Nutte Nima Alamian Marie Migot