The next 5 weeks are going to be an exciting time for me and hopefully for the blog too. On Saturday I will be leaving New Jersey where I have been at the Lily Yip Table Tennis Center for the past several months (don't worry I'm coming back haha). So where exactly am I going and what will I be doing?
US Open 2015
My first stop is the amazing Las Vegas, one of my favourite places in America. Las Vegas will host the 2015 US Open and the World's Biggest Ping Pong Pool Party. I will be playing a handful of events and it will be a great opportunity to link up with players and create some great content for the blog, the likes of Adrian Crisan and Quadri Aruna who have both been very supportive of MHTableTennis!
The US Open has over 1000 entries so it promises to be a great competition!
Training in China: Zhengding
The morning of the US Open finals (yes I will be missing them, much to my disappointment), I will be jetting to Shanghai and then through to Zhengding. I will be training for 2 weeks at the National Training Center there with a handful of students and a couple of my fellow coaches from the Lily Yip Table Tennis Center. Hopefully I will be able to share some of my experiences there and do some blog posts and videos!
Training in China: Beijing
At the end of my 2 weeks of training in Zhengding, I will take the train to Beijing where I will be training at the new training center of, former World Number 1, Guo Yan. I will be spending 10 days there and again it will be a great opportunity to not only train but create a lot of content and hopefully get some more knowledge from the 2 time world cup champion.
ITTF World Tour China Open 2015
On the 4th August I will fly from Beijing to Chengdu, Sichuan and will be participating in the China Open. Granted the field is incredibly tough, I'm definitely more in this for the experience than any hopes of success in matches, regardless I will do my best and at least I will have strong preparation. The China Open will host a number of top players and it will be great to be on the ground at one of the biggest international events in the sport.
From Chengdu I fly back to Beijing and connect through to New Zealand with a one day stop in Sydney (which I will probably sleep through). I have some preparation time for a few tournaments and the New Zealand Open which is at the end of September. There are also team trials which I am hoping to be able to qualify for also.
So everything is exciting, it will be a very busy schedule over the 5 weeks. I'm looking forward to every second of it and it will be great to spend some time at home, which I'm sure I will really enjoy after such a busy month!