Like other sports, table tennis was a “living room entertainment” for the upper class. Table tennis was officially born in the 1880s when tennis players on the field wanted to adjust the rules of the sport to be able to compete indoors in the winter.
Table tennis quickly became popular and around early 1901, a table tennis tournament took place with more than 300 participants. Ping-Pong Association was established but was later renamed Table Tennis Association in 1922.
In 1902, a Japanese professor brought table tennis back to Japan and introduced it to university students. Shortly thereafter, Edward Shires, a British salesman, introduced the sport to people in Vienna and Budapest. Today, table tennis has become popular all over the world.
In England, table tennis began to become widely known and is no longer a sport of the middle class. Tournaments also began to take place in remote towns like Sunderland and Plymouth. In 1922, the All England Cup was established, the Daily Mirror organized and sponsored a national tournament with more than 40,000 players competing.
The British table tennis association
Table tennis has its own position and on April 24, 1927, the British Table Tennis Association was established under the direction of Ivor Montagu, the son of Senator Ewatthling. Ivor Montagu is the creator of contemporary table tennis. At the time, the British Table Tennis Association was a member of 19 tournaments.
The first world table tennis tournament took place in 1927 and the winner was Jacobi from Hungary. This was also the beginning of the Hungarian dominance in this sport throughout the 1930s. The Hungarian coach is the legendary Viktor Barna. His talent and inspiration contributed greatly to the improvement. The high position of table tennis in the sports world.
The 1950s saw the reversal of table tennis by the introduction of a new type of racket material. These new types of racquets, introduced by the Japanese, have the ability to hit the ball very magically. The World Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) quickly came up with regulations to control this development.