06 Jul 2020

What have the stars been getting up to over the past week? If that’s the question on your mind, then you have come to the right place with Player Watch bringing you all the latest developments surrounding the players.

Let’s dive straight into things – here are the week’s biggest stories from social media:

by Simon Daish

Season concludes in Hungarian and Portuguese leagues

Following the return of club activity in a number of countries across Europe, the race for domestic silverware wrapped up in Hungary and Portugal over the past week.

The Hungarian club campaign has officially drawn to a close with PTE PEAC Kalo-Méh I and SH-ITB Budaörs 2i SC taking home the respective men’s and women’s titles:


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🥇🏆❣️ #extraliga #finalfour #budaörs

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Over in Portugal the top honours once again went to Sporting CP, lifting the trophy for a fifth time in the club’s history:

Exploring the great outdoors

Away from the action, some of the stars have been soaking up the sights out and about in nature.

Jeoung Youngsik has been enjoying some quality family time, participating in a spot of fishing with his parents:


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휴가 부모님과 낚시😊#정영식#탁구#탁구국가대표#철원#낚시#힐링👍

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Giorgia Piccolin made the most out of coffee time with a wonderful backdrop to take in:


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While Omar Assar and Panagiotis Gionis also embraced the great outdoors:


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Going all out and sparring with the stars

The stars continue to go all out in their off-season training regime with plenty of fitness-related posts being uploaded during the week.

Leaving no stone unturned Cheng I-Ching has been working on her lower-body strength, showing off her mighty weighted-squat routine:

Elizabeta Samara also posted a progress update from the gym. I think it’s safe to say the Romanian is pumped for the action to return:


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Monday’s situation: one less gym session😇! #active #intervals #goforit

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Cedric Nuytinck is pushing himself hard, looking to reach peak condition ahead of the new season:

On the table Heming Hu has proven that the backhand isn’t always required, just a simple hand-switch will suffice:


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Using backhand is overrated 😅

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There is also an excellent opportunity to train with one of the pros as Britt Eerland is looking for a sparring partner – could you or someone you know be sparring with Britt sometime soon?

Many happy returns

Bringing us to a close in this week’s edition of Player Watch we have a couple of birthday celebrations to report.

First of all, Shin Yubin enjoyed her Sweet 16th on Sunday:

While Nigerian star and reigning African Games champion Olajide Omotayo celebrates his 25th today:


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I’m another year older,wiser,stronger and happier 🎂🎂🎂…. #loveyourself #cancer #birthday #rome #italy #auguri

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General News Omar Assar Cheng I-Ching Jeoung Youngsik Elizabeta Samara Panagiotis Gionis Olajide Omotayo Britt Eerland Shin Yubin Cedric Nuytinck Giorgia Piccolin Heming Hu