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Racket Insight's Quiz of the Year 2023

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2023 has been an incredible year for Racket Insight. We started writing table tennis content online in June 2021, and 2.5 years later we’re helping thousands of table tennis players every week. Here are a few stats from 2023:

 

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2023 was also the year that we launched our Newsletter, and wrote our first eBook “15 Tips to Master Table Tennis”, which you’ll receive for FREE if you enter our competition on this page. We’ve had such amazing feedback from people who’ve read the eBook on how it’s helped improve their games.

As we move into 2024, it’s an even more exciting time for Racket Insight as we have so many plans. From testing even more equipment, revolutionizing how equipment recommendations are made, adding many more practise exercises, and covering the Paris 2024 Olympics. It promises to be an amazing time, so follow along by signing up to our newsletter and staying in touch.

 – David & Álvaro

Quiz Answers

Question 1 - Fan Zhendong has been the undisputed World #1 in 2023. Only one other player has held the top ranking Men's Singles spot, for a total of 3 weeks. Who was it?

C, Wang Chuqin. This should have been an easy one to start with, Fan Zhendong had an incredible year, but so did Wang Chuqin. Ma Long isn’t playing (or winning) as many tournaments as he used to, and Harimoto is yet to reach the #1 spot.

Question 2 - Throughout 2023, ITTF Commentator & Youtuber Adam Bobrow "challenged" amateur players in 4 countries to beat him in his videos. Which country was NOT challenged in 2023?

D, China. After an easy first question, this one was tough! After writing the quiz, we had to change this question to clarify amateur players because he released a video with Xu Xin in China.

Indonesia

France 

Thailand

Question 3 - In February, Paris 2024 Olympic organizers revealed the Table Tennis pictogram. Which one is correct?

A. The Paris Olympic pictogram is a top-down view of a table tennis table, a departure from the last 3 Olympics (which were the other options).

Question 4 - Butterfly released a new range of rubbers on April 1st. Surprisingly not an April Fools joke, what are these rubbers called?

B, Glayzer. We have even reviewed Glayzer 09C already. I made all of the other names up, which was easy considering all of Butterfly’s ranges have nonsensical names.

Question 5 - In May, the ITTF Singles World Championship titles this year were won by Fan Zhendong and Sun Yingsha, but where was the event hosted?

A, Durban (South Africa). Yep, in 2023 the world championships were held in South Africa. Busan, Chengdu, and Nova Gorica have all held ITTF events in the last few years.

Question 6 - Sticking with the ITTF World Championship Finals, who did Sun Yingsha beat in the final of the Womens Singles event?

A, Chen Meng. She lost to Sun Yingsha in the final, having already knocked out Chen Xintong in the Semi Finals.

Question 7 - The worlds of table tennis and crypto collided with the announcement of a cryptocurrency firm sponsoring the World Table Tennis Championship. What was the name of the currency?

C, Floki. As with most things table tennis, we’re behind the curve here. Sponsored by a crypto firm in 2023? They must have been struggling to find anything else. At least it has a cute logo.

Question 8 - In June, Pongfinity hit 4M subscribers on YouTube - an AMAZING achievement. To celebrate, Miika and Otto played a best of 7 game match. What was the forfeit for the loser?

B, Skydiving. Go on, you want to watch them Skydive.

Question 9 - September saw the launch of Major League Table Tennis in the United States. 8 teams participated in the draft. Which of these teams is real?

B, Portland Paddlers. American’s love naming things with alliteration. I made all the other options up, but honestly they could have all been teams. Imagine being a “paddler” though, has some interesting connotations!

Question 10 - The Asian Games were also hosted in September, with the Mens Team event seeing one of the biggest upsets in recent Table Tennis history. Who stunned the world by beating Japan 3 - 0?

C, Iran.What an amazing result for Iran They pulled off this incredible upset despite Japan fielding a strong team. .

Question 11 - In November, WTT Champions Frankfurt saw Chinese players ranked #1, #2, #3, and #6 in the world enter. However, in a massive shock the event was won by World #11 Lin Yun-Ju. What nation does he represent?

C, Chinese Taipei. Also known as Taiwan. Lin Yun-Ju has proven himself a dark horse for the Olympics this year. It would be great to see him break China’s domination of Table Tennis.

Question 12 - As of November 30th, which of these nations has two brothers as their current #1 and #2 ranked players?

C, France. That would be the French pair of Felix and Alexis Lebrun!

Question 13 - By November 30th, 9 nations had qualified players for the Paris 2024 Olympics. Which nation has NOT yet booked any confirmed places?

D, Japan. This was a tough one. We’re tracking Olympic table tennis qualification, and it’s notable that Japan haven’t had any team or individual qualification yet. There’s no doubt they will though (and may have done by the time you’re reading this!).

Question 14 - December sees the ITTF Team World Cup, notable because it's the first time a World Cup is being hosted with mixed male and female teams. What else is interesting about the format?

B, The order of play starts with Mixed Doubles, and ends when a team wins 8 games. Predictably, the event was won by China.

B, The Controller. With modern table tennis players often playing an aggressive style with a dominant forehand loop and controlled backhand, it’s no surprise that The Controller makes up a majority of the players who take our player styles quiz.

Competition Winner

Congratulations to T. Chan from Oregon, USA who chose a Dignics 09C and Stiga DNA Platinum XH as their two prizes.

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