The T2APAC (Asia – Pacific) League is a new type of table tennis competition that offers an astonishing prize pool of 1.75 million dollars. It features a unique set of rules(in detail below) that promises to make the sport more exciting and bring in a new wave of fans.
The matches are held in The Pinewood Studios in Johor Malaysia in custom built cavern slash match arena that gives the event a very fresh and unique look.
You can watch the event live on TV in various parts of China, live on the internet, or view it on Youtube whenever you desire.
The teams and league structure
Each team is named after their coach. There are 4 teams, each made up of 3 men players and 3 women players. 6 players per team, 24 in total. There will be 3 types of games played: Men’s single, women’s single and mixed team. The league will take place over 7 rounds from June to December 2017.
Here are the teams and the coaches:
Team Jörgen PERSSON
Mattias KARLSSON, Sweden
Jun MIZUTANI, Japan
JOO Se-Hyuk, Korea
DING Ning, China
Suthasini SAWETTABUT, Thailand
Bernadette, SZÕCS, Romania
Team Michael MAZE
Timo BOLL, Germany
FENG Tianwei, Singapore
Aleksandr SHIBAEV, Russia
Hina HIYATA, Japan
CHEN Chien-An, Taiwan
YANG Haenun, Korea
Team JIANG Jialiang
Vladimir SAMSONOV, Belarus
WU Yang, China
Tomokazu HARIMOTO, Japan
JEON Jihee, Korea
CHUANG Chih-Yuan, Taiwan
Matilda EKHOLM, Sweden
Dimitrij OVTCHAROV, Germany
Paul DRINKHALL England
Elisabeta SAMARA, Romania
Georgina POTA, Hungary
CHENG I-Ching, Taiwan
Official T2APAC Teaser Trailer
So what are the rules?
The first and most important thing about the T2APAC is that the matches are time-based. The players must win as many matches as they can within a 24-minute time limit.
Here are the other rules:
- There is no deuce. The first player to reach 11 wins (you win at 11 – 10).
- If a game has started within the last 2 minutes of the match the first player to reach 5 points wins (called a Kill zone game)
- If a game has started before the last 2 minutes and is still in progress when the timer stops, the player with the most points wins.
- Each game won is added to the team’s total
- Only one time out per match is allowed
- Every two games the players have a one minute break and switch sides
T2APAC is a refreshing new take on table tennis. Its time-based format that is so popular with other sports like football of basketball is perfect for broadcasting on TV. This, coupled with the celebrity player lineup will popularize the sport as a whole and appeal to the younger generation of fans.
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Interesting format, wonder if it will take.
One question: why aren’t there any (male) Chinese players ?