15 Jul 2020

Welcome back to Player Watch where we bring you the latest thrills and spills from the professional table tennis stars.

Club news for two of the sport’s biggest names and a plenty of activity behind the scenes, here's what the players have been getting up to:

by Simon Daish

Samara extends KTS Enea Siarka Tarnobrzeg stay

First up this week we turn our attention to Elizabeta Samara with the Romanian committing to another year with Polish club side KTS Enea Siarka Tarnobrzeg.

The most recent champions of Europe with its Champions League triumph in the 2018-2019 season, KTS Enea Siarka Tarnobrzeg is regarded as one of the elite forces on the continent and securing Samara’s services for next season will go down well with the club’s fan base:

Quadri Aruna unveils new club destination

An influential figure in Sporting CP’s title success in the Portuguese league, as featured in last week’s edition of Player Watch, Quadri Aruna has announced he will be participating in the upcoming German Bundesliga campaign.

The Nigerian star will represent TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell for the 2020-2021 season alongside Ruwen Filus, Lam Siu Hang and Meng Fanbo.

Relaxation through tennis and animals

Some of the table tennis pros have been keeping themselves preoccupied with one of the sport’s closest relations: tennis.

Simon Gauzy and Alvaro Robles swapped their usual gear for larger rackets in a head-to-head duel:


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Great playing tennis with Rafa! 😃 🎾

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While Hana Matelova has also been busy on court:


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Perigne vibes💙 #jeparlefrançais #vacances

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Meanwhile, a few familiar faces found an even greater form of relaxation, hanging out with animals!

Here’s Giorgia Piccolin and Debora Vivarelli pictured with their adorable pets:


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“Could you cuddle me, please?” 🤍

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my two favorite things in life : my dog and ice cream.

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Then there is Cheng Hsien-Tzu, who made friends with a deer (make sure to scroll through the gallery to find a very entertaining video):


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我在墾丁天氣晴。 #墾丁 #鹿野

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Pumping iron!

There’s little time to rest when it comes to the professional scene, even during the off season and it doesn’t look as though players are taking their foot off the accelerator pedal anytime soon.

Natalia Partyka and Chen Szu-Yu have been carrying out some serious muscle work:


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#narobocie #weights #gym #workout #roadtotokyo #samosieniezrobi #workworkwork #teamCiti

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練體能使人快樂 大家同意嗎🙆 #請忽略我最後那句話🤣

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The exhausting battle rope exercise features courtesy of Eric Jouti:

Harmeet Desai has been showing off his best fly push up technique:

While Melissa Tapper couldn’t resist the appeal of the trampoline:

More to celebrate

We have a couple more birthdays to celebrate this week with Liam Pitchford and Sharath Kamal Achanta turning 27 and 38 respectively. Congratulations!

General News Quadri Aruna Simon Gauzy Elizabeta Samara Natalia Partyka Hana Matelova Melissa Tapper Eric Jouti Chen Szu-Yu Giorgia Piccolin Debora Vivarelli Cheng Hsien-Tzu