Our Head Coach Mario Genovese is headed to Texas next week to compete in the exclusive Classic Hardbat World Championship 2021. Mario was invited by Steve Claflin, the event organiser, to be among the 38 players taking part in this prestigious event.
Mario will be playing his matches between November 20th and 21st – two days before the World Table Tennis Championships begin in Houston. Mario will also attending local community events created by sponsors.
The format of the tournament consists of a Round Robin stage. Two players from each group will then advance to a Single Elimination stage. With 2,400 total ranking points obtained from his past successes in Ping Pong competitions, Mario is among the top 12 participants in this highly expected hardbat tournament.
Mario’s participation was announced by Steve Claflin on his Facebook group. We wish Mario every success in this new and exciting challenge!
But what is Hardbat table tennis?
Hardbat table tennis is a resurgence of the original game that was popular before the1950s (before the advent of sponge rubber). In this type of table tennis game, only wood blades are allowed. These need to be covered by approved racket coverings (AHRC). These coverings have no sponge, and have short outward pips.
These racket characteristics result in a slower game and reduced spin compared to modern rackets. However, it promotes a more strategic game.