While both Falcons TTC and Mavericks are equally poised with experience and youth in their ranks, RP-SG Mavericks will findA�local support, thanks to home-grown hero Sharath Kamal.
The anticipation to witness Indiaa��s first ever professional table tennis league ends asA�the inaugural edition of CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis is ready to roll on Thursday, July 13, at the Nehru Indoor StadiumA�in Chennai. The opening day will be graced by the Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand, Indiaa��s chess maestro,A�who will be present to watch the Falcons TTC lock horns with RP-SG Mavericks in what promises to be a nail-biting face-off.
While the Falcons TTC boasts of World No.11 among women Wu Yang in their line-up apart from Indian trailA�blazers in Sanil Shetty, Arjun Ghosh, Priyadarshini Das, Sutirtha Mukherjee and foreign recruits Ho Ching Lee,A�Par Gerell and Liam Pitchford, team RP-SG Mavericks will be heavily backed by Chennai audience as it featuresA�home-grown hero Sharath Kamal Achanta.
The team under the tutelage of Sachin Shetty and German PeterA�Engel features Birdie Boro, Archana Kamath and Amruthapushpak Shekhar as part of Indian contingent whileA�Tiago Apolonia, Stefan Fegerl, Sabine Winter and Sofia Polcanova form their foreign drafts.
Both teams are equally poised in terms of experience and youth but what will set them apart is their planningA�and strategizing to use different combinations that be will prove vital in determining the winner of theA�inaugural match. a�?The team has gelled well over the past few days and we are eager to start the league.A�Personally, I am very excited as I have not played in front of my home crowd for more than a decade. TheA�format is quite fast-paced and interesting and we obviously look forward to start on a winning note,a�?A�expressed Sharath Kamal.
The format is short and exciting where each team will play nine matches in a Tie with each match comprisingA�3 Games. Consequently, each Tie shall comprise 27 Games. Each game shall have players competing to scoreA�11 points first, meaning if scores are level at 10-all then the 11th point will be a Golden Point and shall decideA�the winner.
Whichever individual/pair scores 11 points and is termed as the winner of each Game shallA�receive one point towards the Teama��s total for each such game that is won. The winning team in a Tie shall beA�decided by the number of total games won i.e. total points won in the relevant Tie. The Team that wins 14 orA�more Games out of the 27 Games shall be the Winner of that respective Tie.
a�?The lead up to the UltimateA�Table Tennis has been a very enriching experience as most of us have got to interact with our idols in theA�sport and even play a couple of practice matches here in Chennai. We are all set for the first match and I canA�assure you it will be top class entertainment and action,a�? stated Sanil Shetty of Falcons TTC.
UTT is Indiaa��s newest franchise-based professional sports league which will see 24 foreign players and 24A�Indian players (both men and women) vie for six different franchises. A�While Chennai will host the first leg ofA�India’s first ever professional Table Tennis League, the second leg will be played in Delhi fromA�July 21 to JulyA�25.
The last and the final leg of the league will be held in Mumbai startingA�July 26A�with the Semi Finals andA�Final of the Ultimate Table Tennis to be played in Mumbai city at the NSCI.
The matches will be shown live fromA�7:30 PMA�on Star Sports Select 2 HD, Star Sports Select 2 and will be live streamed on Hotstar and JioTV.