28 Sep 2020

Welcome back to another edition of Player Watch. This week we have an exclusive player interview, reasons to celebrate and more. Here’s the latest roundup from the world’s table tennis stars:

by Simon Daish

Ahmed Saleh interview

ITTF has another insightful player interview for you to enjoy with Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh taking the stage.

A stalwart for his country, Saleh, 40, is preparing for his seventh Men’s World Cup appearance and is more than ready for the challenge. Read the interview here.

Ahmed Saleh ready for #RESTART (Photo: Moez Fellah)
What have the stars been up to?

Curious to see how the stars have been keeping themselves busy in recent weeks? Don’t worry, there has been plenty of social activity from your favourite players.

Bruna Takahashi has been catching the rays in Portugal:


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Alguém traz o sol de volta pf☀️ #portugal

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Lim Jonghoon has been working on his multitasking skills, combining reading and walking, while promoting good Covid-19 prevention practice:


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#😷 #📸 #seoul #코엑스 #별마당도서관 #사진맛집 #마스크 #최대한자연스럽게

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If you are ever in need of a tree surgeon then Michael Maze could be the person for the job:


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Skovhuggerne 💪🏻🙋‍♂️☺️ @mikkel_kessler

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New club teammates Omar Assar and Sam Walker appear to have a mutual appreciation for the early morning run:


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Morning run with @samwalker_tt 🏃 @hennebont_tennis_de_table #controlwinsall

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While Paulina Vega and Yana Noskova have been busy scaling mountains:

Giving it 100%

There’s no time to rest in table tennis, you are always in the heart of the action and, just as you would expect, the stars continue to push themselves hard to find their peak performance:


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#필라테스그램 #필라테스동작 @pilates_s2_bbively @veracitepilates @wangeun.27

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。 Nice weather❤ 🌞☁💦

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💪🔥😃 @arobles_4

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Joyous occasions

Before we round things off, we have a couple of special occasions to draw your attention to.

Nigerian legend Segun Toriola has celebrated his 46th birthday:

Happy 46th birthday to Segun Toriola (Photo: Adewale Adeyemo)


While Germany’s Sabine Winter turned 28 on Sunday:

Sabine celebrated her 28th on the weekend (Photo: Richard Kalocsai)


And a special congratulations goes out to Tiago Apolonia and Zhenqi Barthel Apolonia on the birth of their second child Diogo:

General News Omar Assar Doo Hoi Kem Jeon Jihee Bruna Takahashi Segun TORIOLA Lim Jonghoon Tiago Apolonia Paulina Vega Sabine Winter Alvaro Robles Yana Noskova Cedric Nuytinck Michael Maze Marcos Madrid Kirill Skachkov Ahmed Saleh