World Championship of Ping Pong

The World Championship of Ping Pong, also known as WCPP, is an annual ping pong tournament that has been held since 2011. The current champion is Andrew Baggaley, who beat Alexander Flemming in the 2020 final to beat Maxim Shmyrev's record of winning three championships, and become the record-breaking four-time champion.

The tournament is promoted by the English sports impresario Barry Hearn, and is distinguished by its use of old-fashioned wooden paddles covered with sandpaper, which are intended to encourage slower ball movement and longer rallies for the entertainment of the live audience.[1]

FinalsEdit

The 2020 championship took place January 25-26, 2019, at Alexandra Palace for the eighth time.[2]

Year Champion Score Runner-up Venue
2011   Maxim Shmyrev 3-1   Ernesto Ebuen Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas  
2013   Maxim Shmyrev 3-2   Sule Olaleye Alexandra Palace, London  
2014[3]   Maxim Shmyrev 3-0   Ilija Lupulesku
2015 [4]   Andrew Baggaley 3-2   Alexander Flemming
2016 [5]   Andrew Baggaley 3-2   Maxim Shmyrev
2017 [6]   Yan Weihao 3-1   Alexander Flemming
2018 [7]   Wang Shibo 3-2   Huang Jungang
2019[8]   Andrew Baggaley 3-2   Wang Shibo
2020   Andrew Baggaley 3-2   Alexander Flemming

BroadcastersEdit

United Kingdom and IrelandEdit

The tournament is currently broadcast live on Sky Sports.[9]

InternationalEdit

The tournament is also broadcast live and free on Facebook.

Country/Region Broadcaster
  Australia Fox Sports
  Austria DAZN
  Brazil
  Canada
  Germany
  Italy
  Japan
  Spain
   Switzerland
  United States
  Czech Republic Nova Sport
  Slovakia
  New Zealand Sky Sport
NENT

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jim White, "Darts king Barry Hearn turns his global sights to table tennis", The Daily Telegraph, 4 January 2013.
  2. ^ "World Championship of Ping Pong is Back!". World Championship of Ping Pong. September 13, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Barry Hearn will bat table tennis in right direction, claims Scottish No 1", The Courier, 7 January 2014.
  4. ^ Chris Osborne, "Ping pong: Andrew Baggaley practised for a month to win $20k", BBC, 28 January 2015.
  5. ^ Phil Shepka, "Andrew Baggaley: UK's least well-known world champion?", BBC, 27 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Yan is New World Champion of Ping Pong". World Championship of Ping Pong. January 29, 2017. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "Wang is Met Coaches World Champion of Ping Pong". World Championship of Ping Pong. January 28, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "BAGGALEY IS BETVICTOR WORLD CHAMPION OF PING PONG FOR THIRD TIME • World Championship of Ping Pong". World Championship of Ping Pong. 2019-01-27. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  9. ^ "Watch Live • World Championship of Ping Pong". World Championship of Ping Pong. Retrieved 2019-01-26.

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