World Table Tennis Contender Series: G. Sathiyan and Manika Batra among paddlers returning to action after Tokyo Olympics debacle – World Table Tennis (WTT), the new commercial wing of the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) is all set to conduct the WTT Contender Series tournament, the lowest tier of the WTT event structure, which is designed to allow up-and-coming professional players a chance to climb the rankings. The tournament sees the Indian paddlers will have the taste of International competition when the main draw begins on Tuesday.
World Table Tennis Contender Series: India’s G. Sathiyan and Manika Batra, seeded fourth and sixth respectively in the men’s and women’s singles respectively, will be hoping to have a good tournament after their Tokyo Olympics disappointment. The duo will be the contingent’s biggest raws following the withdrawal of Sharath Kamal. Sathiyan will take on France’s Can Akkuzu in the first round while Manika clashes with Sabine Winter of Germany.
World Table Tennis Contender Series: G. Sathiyan and Manika Batra among paddlers returning to action after Tokyo Olympics debacle
WTT is committed to hosting events around the world, and Hungary with its strong table tennis history, ensures Budapest is the perfect location to be hosting our first WTT Series event in Europe,” said WTT event strategy director Stephen Duckitt.
“We are extremely grateful to Roland Natran, President of Hungary Table Tennis Association (HTTA) and the excellent HTTA team for bringing this event to life amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and we look forward to welcoming players back to WTT action next month,” he added.