This weekend's sport sees the AFL starting to heat up, NRL action, ice hockey back in Melbourne, and even table tennis.
Many consider themselves to be a whiz on the table tennis court, but the real best in the world will be arriving down under this July. The ITTF World Tour Australian Open will take place at Geelong Arena from Tuesday 24 July, through to Sunday 29 July.
Tickets start as low as $6* for day 1, through to $32* for the final day. Alternatively, fans can purchase an all sessions pass for $125*. For those who’d like to attend in style, an all sessions VIP pass including a food and drinks package is available for only $417*.
With over 180 table tennis superstars expected to attend, there is a total of $400,000 in prize money on the line. The first two days of the tournament (24 and 25 July) will be used for qualification matches, before the main event takes place across the remaining four days (26 – 29 July). The tournament includes all of the singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches. The tournament carries even greater weight for players with vital qualification points up for grabs for the World Tour Finals (US$1 million).
Entrants in the tournament so far include current men’s world number 3, German Dimitrij Ovtcharov, who made it to number 1 earlier in the year. Melissa Tapper will also be competing, known for being the first Australian to ever compete in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games after representing Australia at the London 2012 Paralympics and the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic competitions. Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus will also be competing, who became the first ever player to win an ITTF World Tour event on each continent, after taking out the Australian Open on the Gold Coast in 2017.
There will be plenty of fun and games happening across the tournament, with fans given the chance to play games of their own, meet the players and get coaching tips from the pros. Admission to all of the fun day activities, held from 10:00am-12:00pm on 26 and 27 July, are free to attend.
So if you love your table tennis, come along and see just how good the world’s best are on the court. Just prepared to be amazed!