All About Table Tennis

As with most sports, table tennis began as a simple "parlor game" that was open to all who had access to a table, paddle, and a ball. In the 1880s, lawn tennis players began to adapt their game for indoor play during winter.

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It quickly became popular and tournaments with more than 300 players were held as early as 1901. The Ping-Pong Association was founded, but it was renamed The Table Tennis Association (in 1922).

A visiting Japanese university professor brought the game back to Japan in 1902. He introduced it to Japanese students. Soon after, Edward Shires, a British salesman introduced the game to Budapest and Vienna. The seeds were planted for a sport that is now very popular all around the globe. Table tennis in Britain had begun to expand beyond the strict middle-class boundaries of London. 

Leagues were formed in towns far away from London such as Sunderland or Plymouth. The All England Club was founded in 1922. It featured prominent names such as Jack Hobbs, the cricketer, and other notable figures from the sports world at the time. A nationwide tournament was organized by the Daily Mirror, which sponsored it. It attracted 40,000 participants.

Table tennis was on the rise and the English Table Tennis Association was founded under the leadership and direction of Ivor Montague (son of Lord Ewatthling). He would not only be the architect of modern table tennis but also received critical acclaim for his work as a director and producer. The ETTA was comprised of 19 leagues at the time. Today, it has more than 300 leagues and around 75,000 players.