Manchester United team mates Rio Ferdinand and Robing Van Persie both opted for a different sport in ping pong as they took each other on when they were both chosen to star in a BT sport advert as they promote their new sport channel.
It was a closely fought battle between the two with Rio looking superior at the start but as the game went RVP stepped up his game and provided the goods as he does in football.
The two even argued about some of the points but it looked like Rio was going to win but RVP had different ideas as he come back and went on to win the game 11-9 and now has the bragging rights until next time.
The International Table Tennis Federation are looking to introduce new Poly balls from July 2014 with current balls being made from celluloid but will be changed by a plastic material.
Tests showed that players found the ball to move slower with a higher bounce compare to the other ball but this should increase the length of rally’s.
But one Olympian Andrew Baggaley thinks the change is absolutly ‘Bizzare’.
He said: “It’s really bizarre. I don’t know any other sport that has had as many changes,
“I don’t really understand the reasons for the change. I believe the pecking order in world table tennis will remain the same. I don’t think it will change anything dramatically, like the Chinese dominance in the sport.
“Players who have played with it tell me it’s less spin and it’s a little slower with a truer bounce. They also say the ball sounds like it’s broken,
“I hope they don’t change before the Commonwealths in Glasgow in 2014.”
Ex Chelsea duo Michael Essien and Ricardo Carvalho took on Luka modric and Sami Khedira in a 2V2 game of table tennis.
The game began friendly but as it went on you could see both teams wanted to win and their competitiveness that’s on the pitch came out onto the table.
At on point in the game their was an amazing rally which was ended by a Michael Essien back hand.
But it was Essien’s back hand that was the teams downfall as both sides reached 19 a piece. Essien let off a wild back hand that left the opposing team 20-19 up and and in the last game essien attempted another powerful back hand that hit into the net to give Luka modric and Sami Khedira the win.
London Olympic champion Zhang Jike beat the man who took Bronze at the same Olympics the German Ovtcharov Dimitrij 3-0 at the Asia – Europe Table Tennis All Stars Challenge on Sunday.
The first game was one 11-9 and the following games where won 11-2 and 11-9 to finish the game 3-0.
The Asian team managed to win seven matches out of ten over the two day event. Xiao Zhan, the coach of the Asian Team said: ”We won the series 7-3, but it didn’t represent that Asian table tennis lead Europe’s so much. You can see some matches are very tough,”
Quentin Robinot, 20 years old, won a game against Kiryl Barabanov of Belarus in extreme style after they rallied for a while and Quentin left Kiryl baffed after he one the game with a behind the back trick shot that stunned the crowed in the manor he done it, so cool and calm.
Kiryl began hitting back harder and Quentin just left his opponent flat footed and shocked.
After Kiryl came over the shock he gave his opponent plaudits and showed some respect to the trick shot that won him the game.