Thursday, July 7, 2005

Don’t Call Table Tennis ‘Ping-Pong’

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Don’t call table tennis ping-pong: The game’s players take it as a slap in the face.

One such player is fiftysomething Steve Federico – who has competed in hundreds of tournaments in his 40 plus years of playing.

He says the “ping-pong” name “irritates” both pros and amateurs.

Even though they prefer to be called table tennis players, most aren’t exactly Andre Agassi on the court.

Federico – the owner of a tennis shop in Florida – says the majority of professional table tennis players aren’t any good on the hardcourt, including himself.

He says “They are two totally different things” and figures the better you are at table tennis, the worse you’ll be at the real thing.

Federico will be among nearly 600 table tennis players that will compete today (Jul. 7) through Sunday (Jul. 10) during the 2005 Liebherr U.S. Open, which Federico says is the “biggest table tennis tournament of the year in the U.S.”

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