18 May 2020

Curious to find out what the table tennis stars have been up to? Then you have come to the right place with Player Watch showcasing the latest goings on surrounding some of the sport’s biggest names.

Here’s a quick review of the week’s social media highlights:

by Simon Daish

Rainbow face mask for GOSH

British Paralympic hero Will Bayley deserves a huge shoutout this week after unveiling a new initiative to help Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Rio 2016 class 7 champion, who has a very personal connection with GOSH, is hoping to raise money for the children’s hospital through sales of a very special rainbow themed face mask.

Gustavo Tsuboi and TTC OE Bad Homburg agree deal

For the second consecutive week we bring you transfer news in relation to a Brazilian player with Gustavo Tsuboi taking centre stage this time.

On duty for TTC Neu-Ulm last season, Tsuboi is extending his stay in German Bundesliga.1 for the 2020-2021 season but will don new colours after agreeing terms with newcomers TTC OE Bad Homburg.

New chapter ahead for Gustavo Tsuboi (Photo: José Hudo Castañer)
Outdoor activities

Restrictions in a number of countries have been lifting at a steady pace with outdoor time gradually becoming a more regular occurrence and some of the stars have been topping up on some much needed fresh air.

Hunor Szocs has been surrounding himself with nature:


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Here’s Natalia Partyka enjoying coffee time by a river in Ostrava:


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☕️ #coffeetime #saturday #coffee #freeday #restday #ostrava #vans

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It’s also great to see Sofia Polcanova out and about after her recent hip surgery:

Return to the table

More and more players across the world have been returning to training over the past couple of weeks, an encouraging sign for the weeks and months ahead.

Lily Zhang seems happy to be behind the table once again:

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran is working hard on his dual-racquet technique:

Over in Sweden there was a special exhibition match for us all to enjoy:

While Finnish star Benedek Olah has been… well, words cannot really describe:

General News Sathiyan Gnanasekaran Lily Zhang Natalia Partyka Sofia Polcanova Gustavo Tsuboi Will Bayley Benedek Olah Hunor Szocs