Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT), world’s most popular professional competition for table tennis, is back for its third season with new teams and a revitalised format to ensure more entertaining and engaging action for the fans.
The Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi will be the hub of elite table tennis action for three consecutive weeks between July 25 and August 11 as six franchisee-owned professional clubs vie for top honours.
UTT deviating from its professional club competition structure adopted for the first two seasons, this year is being contested between six city-based, franchisee-owned teams – Chennai Lions, Dabang Delhi TTC, Goa Challengers, Puneri Paltan, RP-SG Mavericks Kolkata and U Mumba TT.
Manika Batra, seasoned pro Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai are the top Indian attraction in fray. Greman Benedikt Duda is among other overseas star attractions.
Indian film star Aamir Khan is the brand ambassador of UTT Season 3. He has also featured in a TVC “Level Alag Hai” promote the event.
All the action from the Thyagaraj Stadium will be broadcast LIVE on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Select and Star Sports 1 Select HD. The action will also be streamed live on Star Sports VOD platform Hotstar and Reliance-owned JioTV.
25 July: Dabang Delhi vs Puneri Paltan
26 July: Chennai Lions vs U Mumba
27 July: Mavericks Kolkata vs Goa Challengers
28 July: Chennai Lions vs Puneri Paltan
29 July: Dabang Delhi vs U Mumba
30 July: Mavericks Kolkata vs Puneri Paltan
31 July: Chennai Lions vs Goa Challengers
1 August: Mavericks Kolkata vs U Mumba
2 August: Dabang Delhi vs Goa Challengers
3 August: Puneri Paltan vs U Mumba
4 August: Dabang Delhi vs Mavericks Kolkata
5 August: U Mumba vs Goa Challengers
6 August: Chennai Lions vs Mavericks Kolkata
7 August: Puneri Paltan vs Goa Challengers
8 August: Chennai Lions vs Dabang Delhi
9 August: Semifinal
10 August: Semifinal
11 August: Final.
Dabang Delhi: Sathiyan G. (India), Bernadette Szocs (Romania), Jon Persson (Sweden), Parth Virmani (India), Naina (India), Krittwika Sinha Roy (India)
Puneri Paltan: Chuang Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei), Harmeet Desai (India), Ayhika Mukherjee (India), Selena Selvakumar (India), Ronit Bhanja (India), Sabine Winter (Germany)
Chennai Lions: Sharath Kamal (India), Petrissa Solja (Germany), Tiago Apolonia (Portugal), Madhurika Patkar (India), Yashini Sivasankar (India), Anirban Ghosh (India)
Mavericks Kolkata: Manika Batra (India), Benedikt Duda (Germany), Matilda Ekholm (Sweden), Manush Shah (India), Prapti Sen (India), Sanil Shetty (India)
U Mumba: Doo Hoi Kem (Hong Kong), Manav Thakkar (India), Sutirtha Mukherjee (India), Kirill Gerassimenko (Kazakhstan), Jeet Chandra (India), Moumita Dutta (India)
Goa Challengers: Cheng I-Ching (Chinese Taipei), Archana Kamath (India), Amalraj Anthony (India), Siddhesh Pande (India), Shruti Amrute (India), Alvaro Robles (Spain).
Prize Money: Total Rs 2 crore (winners: Rs 75 lakh, Runners-up: Rs 50 lakh, Loser of each semi-final: Rs 25 lakh, other individual award winner (Total Purse): Rs 25 lakh)