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!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pongcast TV Episode 20 - 2012 Polish Open

It's Episode 20 with results and highlights from the 2012 Polish Open.  Plus a Jan-Ove Walnder TV commerical, more table tennis robots, playing ping-pong for a good cause, and the German national team gets a big prize!

  • Nero - Reaching Out (Fred Falke Remix)
  • Netsky feat. Jenna G - Moving With You
  • Ghostland Observatory - Sad Sad City
  • Chase & Status - No Problem

Pingis med Tiden

Robot plays Ping Pong

Kickoff to TopSpin 2012!

Ueda Jin Vs Marcos Freitas: Round 1 [Polish Open 2012]

Seiya Kishikawa Vs He Bai: Round 2 [Polish Open 2012]

Patrick Baum vs Achanta Sharath Kamal[Polish Open 2012]

Wang Hao vs Kenta Matsudaira[Polish Open 2012]

Polish Open: Zhou Yu-Wang Yang

Polish Open: Wang Hao-Jiang Tianyi

Polish Open: Zhou Yu-Chen Fen

Polish Open: Wang Hao-Zhou Yu

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pongcast TV Episode 19 - 2012 German Open

In this episode Zhang Jike is on a Chinese variety show, Adam Bobrow updates his victory dance, F1 driver Nico Rosberg shows his reaction time translates to table tennis, table tennis robots are the basis for Skynet, and Kevin Garnett plays Wang Hao!?!?  Plus highlights and results from the 2012 German Open!

Show notes:

  • Wild Flag - Romance
  • TC - Do You Rock?
  • BCee - Beyond Belief (Technimatic Remix)
  • Nero - Reaching Out (Fred Falke Remix)

Excessive Ping Pong Celebration Without Music (Adam Bobrow)

Gangnam Style Ping Pong (Adam Bobrow)

F1 2012 - Mercedes AMG - Nico Rosberg & the F1 driving seat

Nico Rosberg social TV Part II: Gangnam Ping Pong Champion 2012

Robot plays table tennis (vs Robot, vs Human)

A 7 DOF arm, ping pong robot playing with human, Zhejiang University

Towards Learning Robot Table Tennis

Zhang Jike on Day Day Up -- with Eng Sub(Annotation)

Kevin Garnett TV show in China--Play pingpang ball with World Champion Wang hao

Adrien Mattenet vs Stefan Fegerl[German Open 2012]

Kim Minseok vs Seiya Kishikawa[German Open 2012]

Bastian Steger vs Kim Minseok[ German Open 2012]

Timo Boll vs Koki Niwa[German Open 2012]

Timo Boll vs Gao Ning[German Open 2012]-360p

German Open: Dimitrij Ovtcharov-Chuan Chih Yuan

German Open: Dimitrij Ovtcharov-Timo Boll

Pongcast TV Episode 18 - 2012 European Championships

The latest highlights & results from the European Championships!  Plus speculation on the next crop of future European stars.  Serve controversies and service rules.  Timo Boll plays TT with pro golfer Rory McIlroy.  Susan Sarandon promotes the sport on the Katie Couric show.  And Dimitrij Ovtcharov & Timo Boll share some cool photos!


Alex Clare - Treading Water
Eagles of Death Metal - I Only Want You
Rusko - Everyday (Netsky Remix)
Pongcast TV - The Golden Hour


Quentin Robinot Vs Liam Pitchford: Qual. Group 25 [European Championship 2012]

Robert Gardos Vs Liam Pitchford: Round 1 [European Championship 2012]

Michael Maze Vs Stefan Fegerl: Round 1 [European Championship 2012]

European Championships: Dimitrij Ovtcharov-Tiago Apolonia

European Championships: Timo Boll-Andrej Gacina

Vladimir Samsonov vs Bastian Steger[European Championships 2012]

European Championships: Tan Ruiwu-Bastian Steger

European Championships: Timo Boll-Adrian Crisan

European Championships: Timo Boll-Tan Ruiwu

Friday, October 19, 2012

Pongcast TV Episode 17 - 2012 China National Championships & Chinese Super League

Table tennis is everywhere!  At PGA clubhouses, daytime talkshows, and reality gameshows!  Plus highlights from the 2012 China National Championships and the first round of matches in the 2012/13 Chinese Super League.


Yuksek - Break Ya
Pendulum - The Island, Part 1 (Pongcast Remix)


RYDER CUP: Mickelson EXCITED to get started

Table Tennis with a Twist

The Amazing Race - Dusted With a Clipboard

2012 China Nationals (Mxd-Final) Ma Long / Ding Ning Vs Zhai Yiming / Chang Chenchen[Short Form]

2012 China National Championships (Ms-Final) ZHOU Yu - FANG Bo [Full*/Short Form]

2012 China Super League: ZHANG Jike - MA Long [Full* Match/Short Form]

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pongcast TV Episode 16 - 2012 World Cup

It's a recap of all the great action at the 2012 World Cup!  I also share my thoughts on Ma Long, the lack of new European stars, and much more!

Matt & Kim - Daylight (Instrumental)
Miike Snow - Paddling Out
Bossanova - Blue Bossanova
Sub Focus ft. Alice Gold - Out The Blue
Technicolour - Half A Chance

Ma Long vs Chuang Chih Yuan[LIEBHERR 2012 Mens World Cup 2012]-360p

Vladimir Samsonov vs Xu Xin[LIEBHERR Men's World Cup 2012]

Adrien Mattenet Vs Oh Sang Eun: Group 3 [World Cup Liverpool 2012]

Adrien Mattenet Vs Jiang Tianyi: Group 3 [World Cup Liverpool 2012]

Timo Boll vs Adrien Mattenet[LIEBHERR Men's World Cup 2012]

Michael Maze Vs Dimitrij Ovtcharov: Group 4 [World Cup Liverpool 2012]

Joo Se Hyuk Vs Dimitrij Ovtcharov: Group 4 [World Cup Liverpool 2012]

Michael Maze Vs Joo Se Hyuk : Group 4 [World Cup Liverpool 2012]

World Cup: Vladimir Samsonov-Chuan Chih Yuan

World Cup: Timo Boll-Joo Se Hyuk

World Cup: Ma Long-Michael Maze

World Cup: Xu Xin-Jiang Tianyi

World Cup: Timo Boll-Vladimir Samsonov

World Cup: Ma Long-Xu Xin

Xu Xin Vs Vladimir Samsonov : 3rd Place [World Cup Liverpool 2012]

World Cup 2012: Ma Long-Timo Boll

Friday, September 28, 2012

Pongcast TV Episode 15 - 2012 World Cup Preview & Predictions

It's a special episode this time, as we preview the 2012 World Cup and I give you my predictions!


Kernkraft 400 - Zombie Nation
Adam F - Circles
Sensa & Haste - The Place

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pongcast TV Episode 14 - 2012 Russian Open, Bundesliga

Table tennis music videos, $200 table tennis balls...and the 2012 Russian Open plus some Bundesliga action.   Only 2 weeks after the fact but you'll still want to check it out.  Trust me!


Rusko - Everyday (Netsky Remix)
Netsky - Your Way
Jragon One - A Dangerous Affair



Orange Caramel(오렌지캬라멜) _ Lipstick(립스틱) MV

P.O.D. - Boom (Official Music Video) HQ

Air - Kelly Watch The Stars

Wang Xi vs Thomas Pavelka[German League 2012/2013]

João Monteiro - Koki Niwa (German League 2012/2013)

Adrian Crisan vs Christian Suss[German League 2012/2013]

Ryu Seung Min Vs Bojan Tokic: Match 5 [German League 2012/2013]

Xu Xin vs Yan An[Russia Open 2012]

Russian Open: Fang Bo-Kirill Skachkov

Russian Open: Mikhail Paykov-Aleksandar Karakasevic

Zhou Yu Vs Yuto Muramatsu :1/4 Final [Russia Open 2012]

Russia Open 2012: Zhou Yu-Mikhail Paykov

Russia Open 2012: Xu Xin-Fang Bo

Russian Open: Xu Xin-Zhou Yu

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pongcast TV Episode 13 - 2012 Czech Open, LA Open, NA Championships, Bundesliga

We're finally back after a long hiatus, and this time w/ a new format!  Please let me know what you think in the comments!  In this episode we highlight this very busy week in table tennis featuring the Czech Open, Los Angeles Open, North American Championships, the start of the 2012/13 Bundesliga Season, and another table tennis video that's gone viral!

The Virgins - Rich Girls (Le Castle Vania Remix)
Fred V & Grafix - One Of These Days


Czech Open: Christian Suss- Jeong Sang Eun

Dimitrij Ovtcharov practising with kids from Grace Lin TTC Part 2

Dimitrij Ovtcharov entertaining the crowd.

Oh Sang Eun vs Zhou Xin

Dimitrij Ovtcharov vs Liang Yonghui Open Quarterfinal

Dimitrij Ovtcharov vs Eugene Wang Open Semifinal

Dimitrij Ovtcharov vs Oh Sangeun Open Singles Final


Cary Cup 2012 sponge event - Jim Butler v current US Champ Peter Li

Tiago Apolonia Vs Bojan Tokic: Match 1 [German League 2012/2013]

Wang Xi Vs Aleksandar Karakasevic: Match 4 [German league 2012/2013]

David Wetherill with a fantastic shot at the London 2012 Paralympic Games for GB (with replay)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Pongcast TV Episode 12 - 2011/12 European Champions League

We return for the 2nd leg of the 2011/12 European Champions League semifinals to finally decide who moves on to the championship match!  Also, Dora Kurimay's new book on improving your mental game targeted towards table tennis players, President Obama's table tennis gift, and Susan Sarandon's plan for a table tennis movie!


Me ;)  Old stuff...


Pär Gerell-Dimitrij Ovtcharov [Champions League]

Gao Ning-Vladimir Samsonov [Champions League 2012]

Alexei Smirnov-Robert Gardos [Championsleague 2012]

Dimitrij Ovtcharov-Gao Ning [European Championsleague 2012]

Vladimir Samsonov-Par Gerell [Champions League 2012]

Joao Monteiro vs Hou Yingchao[ECL 20112012]

Bojan Tokic vs Alexander Shibaev[ECL 20112012]

Michael Maze vs Bastian Steger[ECL 20112012]

Monday, March 19, 2012

Pongcast TV Episode 11 - 2011/12 European Champions League

Highlights from the 1st leg of the semifinals of the 2011/12 European Champions League season. Saarbrucken vs UMMC & Chartres vs Orenburg. Some of the top players include Dimitrij Ovtcharov, Vladimir Samsonov, Michael Maze, and Gao Ning.  Also, a new segment with the latest updates from some of the best TT websites around the internet!

Around the 'Net:
  • (World Team Championships 2012)
  • (China prepare for WTTTC at WSA)
  • (Chinese Twitter - Weibo)
  • (USA Table Tennis at it's finest)
  • (Returning Serve)
  • (A few notes on serve & forehand looping)
  • (How I play "lower" players)

Jragon One - Trust In Me
Jragon One - Cloud 09
Jragon One - Horn Jam
Avicii & Sebastien Drums - My Feelings For You


20112012 ECL (SF) Saarbrücken-UMMC (game1) STEGER Bastian - SHIBAEV Alexander

20112012 ECL (SF) Saarbrücken-UMMC (game2) MONTEIRO Joao - HOU Yingchao

20112012 ECL (SF) Saarbrücken-UMMC (game3) TOKIC Bojan - MAZE Michael

Champions League Dimitrij Ovtcharov-Gao Ning

Champions League Par Gerell-Vladimir Samsonov

Champions League Alexei Smirnov-Robert Gardos

Champions League Gao Ning-Vladimir Samsonov

Champions League Dimitrij Ovtcharov-Par Gerell

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pongcast TV Episode 10 - 2012 Kuwait Open

Up next is the Kuwait Open.  The Chinese team is absent due to training camp, and some of the top Europeans had club obligations or took the weekend off.  That leaves the field wide open, led by top the Japanese and Korean teams in attendance.

We also spotlight the Werner Schlager Academy, a growing trend of using table tennis workouts for regular exercise, and Susan Sarandon's generous donation to help promote the sport.

On a side note, I apologize for the lack of episodes lately.  I've been pretty busy, but I hope to get back on schedule soon.  Also, my voiceover might sound over-compressed so I apologize for that as well.  Please let me know if it sounds distorted or not, as I seem to be having an audio difficulty lately.


Jragon One - I Need It
Smashing Pumpkins - Zero (Le Castle Vania Zero Machine Remix)
Technicolour - Half A Chance
Jragon One - You Release Me


Ryu Seung Min-Ahmed Ali Saleh [Kuwait 2012]

Kuwait Open 2012 Jun Mizutani-Leung Chu Yan

Kuwait Open Joo Se Hyuk-Zhan Jian

Kuwait Open Jun Mizutani-Kim Min Seok

Kuwait Open Ryu Seung Min-Joo Se Hyuk

Kuwait Open Jun Mizutani-Chuan Chih Yuan

Kuwait Open Jun Mizutani-Ryu Seung Min

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Pongcast TV Episode 9 - 2012 Slovenian Open

The second ITTF Tour event of the year is the Slovenian Open.  Some unexpected players from under represented countries make it deep into the draw, the world champion attempts to make a comeback, and Ma Long tries to make history by winning the most consecutive events in the world with a sixth win here!


Force of Nature - Sneak Chamber
Jragon One - Conversations on the Dance Floor
Brookes Brothers - Hard Knocks
Matrix & Futurebound - Sand Storm
LTJ Bukem - Orchestral Jam


Celebs Ping-Pong for a Cause


Kunal Nayyar on The Talk about TT on the set of the Big Bang Theory

US Open 2010 Kamal Sharath Achanta-Thomas Keinath

Amalraj at Hungarian Pro Tour

2012 Slovenian Open (ms-R32) GAUZY Simon - ZHANG Jike [Last three sets|Short Form]

Bojan Tokic-Ma Long [Slovenia 2012]

Slovenian Open 2012 Ma Long-Wang Eugene

Slovenian Open 2012 Ma Lin-Wang Hao

2012 Slovenian Open (ms-qf) XU Xin - JOO Se Hyuk [Full Match|Short Form]

Zhang Jike vs Mihai Bobocica[Slovenia Open 2012]

Slovenian Open 2012 Ma Long-Ma Lin

Slovenian Open 2012 Zhang Jike-Xu Xin

Slovenian Open 2012 Zhang Jike-Ma Long

Friday, January 27, 2012

Pongcast TV Episode 8 - 2012 Hungary Open

What a great tournament to start off the year!  There were plenty of big upsets and we manage to avoid another Ma Long vs Zhang Jike final (that should be a hint as to one of the upsets!).  But have no fear, the finals was still filled with suspense down to the end.  I also mention some celebrity and athlete connections to table tennis, and the spread of table tennis social clubs inspired by Spin!


Influx Datum - Back For More
Swedish House Mafia - Miami to Ibiza
LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
Ursula 1000 - Riviera Rendezvous
Groove Armada - Super Stylin'
Razorlight - Rip It Up


Budapest - Hungary at night

Drake - Headlines (Explicit)

Spin Toronto Social Club

Go wild in South Beach Miami


Wladimir Klitschko "desafia" Christian Süss

Highlights Energis Masters 2012

Simon Gauzy vs Kim Min Seok[Hungarian Open 2012]

Gao Ning-Romain Lorentz [Hungary 2012]

2012 Hungarian Open (ms-R32) MA Long - KREANGA Kalinikos [Full Match|Short Form]

João Monteiro vs Simon Gauzy[Hungarian Open 2012]

Zhang Jike-Bastian Steger [Hungary 2012]

2012 Hungarian Open (ms-qf) MA Long - CHEN Qi [Full Match|Short Form]

Xu Xin vs Ma Lin[Hungarian Open 2012]

Zhang Jike-Joo Se Hyuk [Hungary 2012]

2012 Hungarian Open (ms-sf) MA Long - XU Xin [Full Match|Short Form]

Joo Se Hyuk Vs Adrian Crisan Semi Final [Hungarian Open 2012].

Ma Long vs Joo Se Hyuk[Final Hungarian Open 2012]

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Vitali Klitschko: Ping-Pong Keeps Me Strong

Current world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko shares something most of us table tennis players already knew: it requires great reflexes!  In this article of the Daily Sun he says, "To help reflexes I work with catching ­table-tennis balls off a table and I enjoy playing ­ping-pong. I play every day and I like the game very much."  I wonder how hard he can hit though, maybe as hard as Ma Long?  ;)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Pongcast TV Episode 07 - 2011 Year In Review Part 2

It's the conclusion of the 2011 Year in Review!  We witness the emergence of Ma Long, the growing rivalry between him and teammate Zhang Jike, as well as my pick for the best finals of the year!

Show notes:

The music used includes:

Matrix & Futurebound - American Beauty (VIP)
Paul Keeley - Life Aquatic
Jragon One - The Great Escape
Huey Lewis & The News - Back In Time

US Open 2011 Thomas Keinath-Wang Zhen (Final)

Japan Open 2011: Seiya Kishikawa-Jun Mizutani

Morocco Open 2011: Vladimir Samsonov-Jean Michel Saive (Final)

Liebherr ITTF-Oceania Cup 2011 Mens Final (William Henzell vs. Robert Frank).mpg

Chile Open 2011: Chuang-Chih Yuan-Liu Song

Ma Long-Zhang Jike (Harmony China Open 2011 Final)

Austrian Open: Ma Long-Zhang Jike

2011 Asian Cup (men's final) MA Long - XU Xin [Full Match 4/4]

European Championships: Timo Boll-Patrick Baum

STTOL 2011 Final Set 6

Qatar Peace and Sport: Ryu Seung Min Kim Hyok Bong-Fan Yiyong Vlasov Grigory

Qatar Peace and Sport: Lily Zhang Anna Tikhomirova-Kim Kyung Ah Kim Hye Song

2011 European Super Cup (Final) MAZE Michael - OVTCHAROV Dimitrij [Full Match|Short Form]