Nittaku ITTF Monthly Pongcast - September 2015

Another action packed month with FIVE world tour opens, headlined by the Austrian Open! Plus 2 major continental tournaments, 3 Junior and Cadet Opens, plus exciting new videos by the ITTF!

September Update!

The latest Nittaku Monthly Pongcast and Top 10's! Watch on the web or on TV!

Nittaku ITTF Monthly Pongcast - January 2015 + 2 New Top 10's!

The World Team Cup takes center stage in the January Pongcast, plus the Top 10 shots from the Europe Top 16 and Kuwait Open!

Happy 2015! A long awaited update!

We've been busier than ever, but unfortunately that meant we couldn't give this site the attention it needed over the past few months...until now!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Pongcast TV Episode 06 - 2011 Year in Review Part 1

It's the end to another great year of table tennis!  We recap all the major tournaments in this look back on 2011.  With so many events to cover, this episode focuses on the first half of the year.  Stay tuned for part two!

Show notes:

The music used includes:

Run DMC vs Jason Nevins - It's Like That
White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
A Tribe Called Quest - Award Tour
Subfocus - Airplane
808 State - Pacific '98
Tamba Trio - Mas Que Nada
Jragon One - Hyper Orchestra

Best Table Tennis Shots of 2011 (Xmas Edition)

Check out the Table Tennis Daily forum thread and voting for it here:

Xu Xin vs Zhang Jike - Slovenia Open 2011
English Open 2011 Chen Qi-Ma Lin

Qatar Open Xu Xin-Timo Boll

UAE Open 2011 Wang Hao-Ma Long

2011 GERMAN Open (ms-f) BOLL Timo vs ZHANG Jike [Full Match|Short Form]

Polish Open 2011: Lee Sang Su-Alexander Shibaev

Copa Latino-Americana 2011 Gustavo Tsuboi x Marcelo Aguirre (PAR)

VW Cup 2011: Wang Hao-Timo Boll

Pierre-Luc HINSE vs Pradeeban PETER-PAUL 3

Spanish Open 2011: Oh Sang Eun-Vladimir Samsonov

Champions League 2011 Timo Boll-Alexei Smirnov

Champions League 2011: Patrick Baum-Dimitrij Ovtcharov


Brazil Open 2011 Dimitrij Ovtcharov-Marcos Freitas

China Open 2011 Ma Lin-Ma Long

Korean Open 2011: Dimitrij Ovtcharov-Lee Sang Su

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The NBA meets table tennis

NBA superstar Blake Griffin faces off against professional model AND table tennis player Soo Yeon Lee, thanks to Red Bull!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pongcast TV Episode 05 - 2011 ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals

It's coverage of the 2011 ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals, the last major ITTF event to cap off the year!  I also mention info about Timo Boll's new book and a health segment about the benefits of playing table tennis.

Show notes:

The music used includes all artists from England:

The Clash - London Calling
Cinnamon Chasers - Luv Deluxe
Pendulum - Slam
Sub Focus - X-Ray
Klute - Crosby
The Prodigy - Breathe

The original source video clips:

ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals Media Morning

The Ping Pong Workout

Timo Boll Book
2011 China Super League @CCTV BOLL Timo - FANG Bo [Full Match 33]

2011 China Super League @CCTV BOLL Timo - ZHANG Jike [Full Match1set*|Short Form]

2011 Grand Finals (ms-R16) MA Long - OH Sang Eun [Full Match|Short Form]

2011 Grand Finals (ms-R16) CHUANG Chih Yuan - MIZUTANI Jun [Full Match|Short Form]
2011 Grand Finals (ms-R16) RYU Seung Min - OVTCHAROV Dimitrij [Full Match|Short Form]

2011 Grand Finals (ms-R16) KISHIKAWA Seiya - ZHANG Jike [Full Match|Short Form]

Ma Long vs Chuang-Chih Yuan[ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals 2011]

2011 Grand Finals (ms-qf) WANG Hao - XU Xin [Full Match|Short Form]

Ryu Seung Min vs Gao Ning[ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals 2011]

2011 Grand Finals (ms-qf) WANG Liqin - ZHANG Jike [Full Match|Short Form]

2011 Grand Finals (ms-sf) MA Long - WANG Hao [Full Match|Short Form]

Zhang Jike vs Gao Ning[ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals 2011]
2011 Grand Finals (ms-f) MA Long - ZHANG Jike [Full Match|Short Form]

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pongcast TV Episode 04 - 2011 World Cup

Sorry for the late release!  I actually finished most of this ahead of time, expecting it to be my earliest release, but I suddenly became incredibly busy and couldn't finish it until now.  It's the 2011 World Cup singles, loaded with some of the best matches of the entire year!  Check out the highlights, and try to watch the full matches if you have the time, you won't regret it!

Show notes:

The music in the episode references France or are from French artists due to the event taking place in Paris, France:

Sash - Encore une Fois
Stereolab - Ping-Pong
Kraftwerk - Tour de France
Daft Punk - Derezzed
St. Germain - Rose Rouge
Etienne de Crecy - Welcome
St. Germain - So Flute

The original source video clips:

Paris in France - Amazing City - Exclusive video - part 2

World Cup Special - 2012 Olympics William Henzells Journey 7

The Power of Service(NEW)

What type of serve is Par Gerell doing

European Championships Par Gerell-Werner Schlager
Wang Hao-Joo Se Hyuk [World Cup]

2011 Mens World Cup ZHANG Jike - OVTCHAROV Dimitrij [Full Match|Short Form]

Timo Boll vs Seiya Kishikawa[Mens World Cup 2011]

Timo Boll-Oh Sang Eun [World Cup]
Ko Lai Chak-Timo Boll [World Cup]
Jun Mizutani vs Chuang Chih-Yuan[Mens World Cup 2011]

Adrien Mattenet vs Vladimir Samsonov[Mens World Cup 2011]

Adrien Mattenet-Chuan Chih-Yuan [World Cup]

2011 Mens World Cup MIZUTANI Jun - MATTENET Andrien [Full Match|Short Form]

World Cup Wang Hao-Dimitrij Ovtcharov

2011 Men's World Cup (ms-qf) OH Sang Eun - MIZUTANI Jun [Full Match|Short Form]

World Cup Joo Se Hyuk-Timo Boll

World Cup Zhang Jike-Adrien Mattenet

World Cup Wang Hao-Jun Mizutani

World Cup Zhang Jike Joo Se Hyuk

2011 Mens World Cup (ms-f) WANG Hao - ZHANG Jike [Full Match|Short Form]

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pongcast TV Episode 03 - 2011 World Team Cup

It's episode three of Pongcast TV!  We cover the 2011 World Team Cup, and include segments on comedy & table tennis, as well as video diaries by two top players as they work towards making their respective Olympic teams.

Show notes:

Here's the music used, starting with a famous stadium song, a humorous reference (whom Bobrow did charity work with as well) and then songs with titles that related to teamwork ;)

Zombie Nation - Kernkraft 400
LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem (instrumental)
Go! Team - Huddle Formation
Calvin Harris - I'm Not Alone (Deadmaus5 Remix)
Logistics - Together

And here's all the original video clips:

Excessive Ping Pong Celebration Without Music (Adam Bobrow)
Excessive Ping Pong Celebration (Adam Bobrow)

The Office Intro Season 2

Heroes of Dwight K. Shrute

Third Ball Attack []

Japanese Crazy Table Tennnis Stuff !!! (HD)

BP Reloaded 2011 - Episode 9

2012 Olympics - Williams Journey 1

WTTTC-2010. Final. 30 May. Women SINGAPORE vs CHINA Feng vs Liu

Ma Long vs Alexei Smirnov[World Team Cup 2011]

Kirill Skachkov-Ma Lin [World Team Cup]

2011 World Team Cup [CHN-GER] (m1) XU Xin - BAUM Patrick [Full Match|Short Form]

World Team Cup 2011 Dimitrij Ovtcharov-Wang Hao

World Team Cup: Wang Hao - Dimitrij Ovtcharov

Xu Xin vs Bastian Steger[World Team Cup 2011]

2011 World Team Cup [CHN-GER] (m4) XU Xin - STEGER Bastian [Full Match]

World Team Cup Joo Se Hyuk-Kenta Matsudaira

World Team Cup Oh Sang Eun-Kaii Yoshida

World Team Cup Koki Niwa Kenta Matsudaira-Oh Sang Eun Ryu Seung Min

World Team Cup Ryu Seung Min-Kaii Yoshida

World Team Cup Ma Long-Ryu Seung Min

World Team Cup Xu Xin-Kim Min Seok

World Team Cup Wang Hao Ma Long-Oh Sang Eun Kim Min Seok

Friday, November 4, 2011

Pongcast TV Episode 02 - Extra!

I took the week off, but here's a Pongcast TV Extra mini-episode to hold you over until next week.  This time it's highlights from rising French junior Quentin Robinot's stunning upset victory over Chinese star Ma Lin!  I've also tried a different presentation of the match highlights so please let me know if you think it's any better or worse (or the same).  Stay tuned next week when we cover the World Cup team championships!

Show Notes:

Music used:
KISS - Detroit Rock City
Swedish House Mafia - One (Netsky Remix)

The Power of Side Spin(NEW)

Fierce ping pong competition erupts outside Red Wings locker room
Open de Suède Quentin Robinot - Ma Lin 1ère partie
Open de Suède Quentin Robinot - Ma Lin 2ème partie

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pongcast TV Episode 02 - 2011 Swedish Open

It's the 2nd episode of Pongcast TV!  We cover the Swedish Open, as well as some news on celebrities who are avid table tennis players and extravagant tables just in time for the holidays!  I'm still experimenting with the format.  Hopefully the audio overall is a little better this time around, but it ran a lot longer than I would have liked.  Enjoy the show and please let me know your thoughts!

Show Notes:

I used all Swedish artists' music in honor of the Swedish Open, here's the tracklisting in case you're interested:

Koop - Summer Sun
Peter, Bjorn, & John - Young Folks
The Hives - Told You So
Eric Prydz - Call On me (Eric Prydz vs Retarded Funk Mix)
Swedish House Mafia - One (Netsky Remix)

Listed below are links to all the videos used in the show, where you can watch them in their entirety.  You can also watch the show on the original YouTube page where you can expand it to full screen, 
leave a comment, and more at Pongcast TV Episode 2 on YouTube.

Tom Burr's $45k table @ Neiman Marcus

Seven Year old Chinese Table Tennis Prodigy Xin-Xue Feng on Ellen (22-11-09)

The Big Bang Theory - Sheldon Trains Penny

Kaley Cuoco on Pix II playing ping-pong with John Muller.avi

Entourage Season 7 - Ping Pong Training w Kevin Dillon John Stamos (HBO)

Frank TV promos - Frank Caliendos TV show - Starts Nov 20
2011 US Open - Table Tennis - Milwaukee
Comedian Frank Caliendo plays Table Tennis Ping Pong

Judah Friedlander
The Egos Ping Pong Tournament at SPiN NYC
30 Rock - Gay For Jamie

Xi Enting - Kjell Johansson, Part 1 1973
Xi Enting - Kjell Johansson, Part 2 1973
Xi Enting - Kjell Johansson, Part 3 1973

SOC 2011 Jörgen Persson.m2t

Simon Gauzy vs Jung Hwa Seo[Swedish Open 2011]

Wang Liqin vs Kenji Matsudaira[Swedish Open 2011]

Kirill Skachkov vs Simon Gauzy[Swedish Open 2011]

Swedish Open 2011 Wang Hao-Yan An

Wang Hao vs Jun Mizutani[Swedish Open 2011]

Ma Long vs Seiya Kishikawa[Swedish Open 2011]

Wang Liqin-Wang Hao [Sweden 2011]

Swedish Open 2011 Ma Long-Wang Hao

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pongcast TV Episode 01 - 2011 European Championships

So here it is!  The first episode of Pongcast TV!  I discuss some table tennis related news and cover the men's team event at the 2011 European Championships.  Due to time constraints I couldn't cover the women's side, but hopefully as I get the hang of doing these shows I can manage the show time better.  I hope you enjoy it and please let me know what you think!

Pongcast TV Episode 01

Listed below are links to all the videos used in the show, where you can watch them in their entirety.  You can also watch the show on the original YouTube page where you can expand it to full screen, 
leave a comment, and more at Pongcast TV Episode 01 on YouTube.

Show Notes:

News & Notables

Spin Toronto grand opening

William Henzell match analysis by ttEdge

Fastest serve ever Japanese wonderkid Asuka Sakai

Robot plays table tennis

European Table Tennis Championships

round robin groups

Liam Pitchford vs Vladimir Samsonov

Werner Schlager vs Adrian Crisan

Kalinikos Kreanga vs Adrien Mattenet

QF Greece vs Germany

Panagiotis Gionis vs Bastian Steger

Timo Boll vs Kalinikos Kreanga

Kalinikos Kreanga vs Dimitrij Ovtcharov

QF Sweden vs Russia

Jorgen Persson vs Alexander Shibaev

SF Germany vs Portugal

Tiago Apolonia vs Bastian Steger

Timo Boll vs Joao Monteiro

Timo Boll vs Tiago Apolonia

SF Austria vs Sweden

European Championships Robert Gardos-Jorgen Persson

European Championships Par Gerell-Werner Schlager

European Championships Jorgen Persson-Werner Schlager

Finals Germany vs Sweden

Timo Boll vs Jorgen Persson

Dimitrij Ovtcharov vs Par Gerell

Patrick Baum vs Jens Lundqvist

Table Tennis News & Discussion Podcast

Finally!?!?  Sorry for the delay, but here's another episode I did with Jackson Meyn at covering table tennis news & discussion.  We talked about the Austrian Open, European Champions League, and lots of other topics!  I haven't had time to edit or format at it, so I'll refer you to his great website where you can listen to it!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Pongcast 010 - Dora Kurimay

An interview with Dora Kurimay. She is a former Hungarian national team member who ventured into sports psychology. Besides consulting, she now plays and coaches in the U.S.

We discuss her background and experiences in Hungary, to moving to the U.S., and her views on the differences between the respective table tennis scenes. She also offers a lot of great advice on improving the mental aspect of playing table tennis and what you can work on to improve it.

Download here.

Show notes:
Dora Kurimay's website
Dora Kurimay on Twitter
Harmony China Open men's finals

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sean O'Neill Teaching the Fundamentals

Here's a nice YouTube video, reviewing some fundamental tips by Sean O'Neill. I think there is some great advice even for experienced players who may sometimes slip back into bad habits from time to time. I'll be checking to make sure I've been following these techniques when I play tonight!

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Pongcast 009 - Sean O'Neill

An interview with Sean O'Neill, USATT Hall of Famer, former top US player, and coach.

We discuss his training as a junior to becoming one of the top players in the US and his experiences at the elite level. We also talk about his transition to coaching as well as his other responsibilities he holds, ranging from TV commentator to webmaster. With his great experience and knowledge in table tennis he shares insight on the state of the sport from when he started, up until today, and what he sees for the future.

Download here.

Show notes:
The official USATT website
USA Table Tennis website, in collaboration with the US Olympic committee
Ratings Central, an alternative rating system widely used around the world, a resource for TT news around the world
The Ping! tour in England promoting table tennis
Australian tournament held in a shopping mall, won by William Henzell

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Table Tennis Points

Another great compilation video on YouTube by Calcutta75.

Aside from a great selection of points, I like how the camera angles are all from the corner, instead of the typical overhead, straight forward angles. It's a much better way to see how fast the shots are and how difficult they are to pull off. ITTF TV, I hope you're taking notes!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Pongcast 008 - Filmmakers Mina T. Son, Sara Newens, and their upcoming documentary Top Spin

An interview with Mina T. Son and Sara Newens, the filmmakers behind the table tennis documentary Top Spin. We discuss how this project came about, their experiences so far, and their upcoming work in making this feature film come to fruition.

They also have a fundraising page at where you can help donate money but time is running out! The deadline is July 20 so check it out now. You can help two filmmakers bring their vision to reality, promote table tennis, and maybe even get some cool gifts, so it's a win-win for everybody!

Download here.

Show notes:
Top Spin official website
Top Spin fundraising page at
NCTTA looking for regional directors
ITTF commentator contest

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Pongcast 006 - Brian Pace from Dynamic Table Tennis, Part 1

Part 1 of an interview with Brian Pace, former top US player and current creator of Dynamic Table Tennis.  We cover Brian's career in table tennis, from how he started playing, to training with other top US players, insight on the mental side of the game, and how table tennis led to his encounters with famous people inside and outside the sport. Along the way we see how those experiences led to helping other players through Dynamic Table Tennis.

Also an update on some exciting, tentatively scheduled interviews in the near future, and how you can get involved!

Download here.

Show notes:
Dynamic Table Tennis
Video of Brian Pace giving lessons to Dallas Mavericks head coach, Rick Carlisle
Table Tennista - A great resource for TT news
Video of Timo Boll's debut match in the Chinese Super League
Behind the scenes video of the shakehand vs penhold charity event
Fundraising for Top Spin, a table tennis documentary, at

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Pongcast 005 - Table Tennis News in Review

Table tennis news in review w/ co-host Jackson Meyn from Prime Time Ping Pong.

We catch up on our personal table tennis games which leads to a discussion on the similarities and differences between US and Australian table tennis. A brief talk about an interesting ITTF website fact and what it might say about the state of TT now and for the future. And we cover the results from the Brazilian Open, Chinese Super League, and upcoming events.

Download here.

Show notes:
- ITTF website stats

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Pongcast 004 - 2011 World Table Tennis Championships Wrapup Part 2

Part 2 of a wrapup of the 2011 World Table Tennis Championships with guest co-host Jackson Meyn from

Download here.

Show Notes:
- European Table Tennis Union
- North American Table Tennis (Eastern Open)
- Kong Linghui's trouble with the law
- Zhang Jike's backhand technique
- Zhang Jike's celebration

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Pongcast 003 - 2011 World Table Tennis Championship Wrapup Part 1

Part 1 of a wrapup of the 2011 World Table Tennis Championships with guest co-host Jackson Meyn from

Download here.

Show Notes:
- WTTC shot of the tournament by Samsonov

Sunday, May 15, 2011

2011 World Table Tennis Championship Wrapup

Looks like my pick for Men's Singles was right, congratulations to Zhang Jike!

I'd like to do a casual, fan driven, roundtable disussion wrapping up the WTTC for the next episode. Kind of like what ESPN would do after a Sunday of NFL football. But they won't cover it, so why not us?

If you or anyone you know would like to join in, please email me.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Pongcast 002 - William Henzell at the 2011 World Table Tennis Championships

An interview with William Henzell, top Australian men's player, at the 2011 World Table Tennis Championships right before a match! Also a recap of US players' results at the WTTC.

Make sure to check out William Henzell's coaching website at Get expert advice from William himself!

Also hear more from William from another great table tennis podcast at Prime Time Ping Pong, hosted by Jackson Meyn. There's many other great interviews there as well!

Download here.

Show Notes:
- William Henzell's backhand technique at ttEdge
- Adrien Mattenet vs Kalinikos Kreanga

Monday, May 9, 2011

Podcast Alley

In case you use Podcast Alley, you can also hear the podcast there now.

My Podcast Alley feed! {pca-2a32477da71d570c718b6a8739407927}

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Your pick for the 2011 men's World Championship singles title

Leave your comments here and let me know who you think will take the men's title at the World Championships, May 8 - 15 with the poll on the right side of the page.

I'd like to see Wang Liqin end his career with a bang, but realistically Wang Hao and Ma Long look the strongest lately. I'm actually going to pick Zhang Jike to surprise everyone though.

The Pongcast 001 - The NCTTA and the 2011 NCTTA Championships

An interview with Willy Leparulo, president of the NCTTA. We discuss college table tennis, the NCTTA, and the NCTTA championships.

Download here.

Show Notes:
- NCTTA Home Page
- 2011 NCTTA Men's Singles Final: Mark Hazinski vs Pierre-Luc Hinse