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    1. Gao is amazing and has the heart of a lion,...

      Gao is amazing and has the heart of a lion, smart, too. If you take that Holiday to LA this year, come during the LA Open, the $36,000 tournament she's running this summer. :-)

      Alan
    2. Surprisingly, many people have been behind the...

      Surprisingly, many people have been behind the scenes and can still reliably report that its a total mess. :-)

      Just saying'.

      Alan
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      None, at the moment. It won't become a...

      None, at the moment. It won't become a statistical likelihood until membership numbers become much higher. :-)
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      Well, I think any discussion is better off when...

      Well, I think any discussion is better off when it is dealing with facts, and the tournament participation numbers that had been quoted were simply wrong, so I corrected them. Here's another way to...
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      Para players can be QUITE good. Losing to World...

      Para players can be QUITE good. Losing to World #1 is no disgrace, certainly. I am not mentally tough enough to employ the best tactics against players in chairs, which is to lob. :-/ Highly...
    6. I started playing in about 1970 and my Dad, who...

      I started playing in about 1970 and my Dad, who had played since 1948 bought a racket for me (a Butterfly Hans Alser!) and started taking me with him to the tables at our local college dormitories. ...
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      It's a smart promotion! I meant to post it to...

      It's a smart promotion! I meant to post it to the board a couple weeks ago, but I had less than 5 posts at that time and was not allowed to share the link! :-) Then I forgot to do it later. :-( But...
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      I was playing a rapidly improving loop-crazy...

      I was playing a rapidly improving loop-crazy junior at a US Nationals, I didn't feel too badly losing the first game 22-20, but he concluded the best of 3 to 21 by winning the second game 21-3. :-) ...
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      I wasn't aware of any arguing, and I for one like...

      I wasn't aware of any arguing, and I for one like to stick with facts, Richard. They are very convenient to have on your side in a discussion. :-) Nor do you or I get to decide who can or cannot...
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      Great perspective, Carl, and true. Our pipeline...

      Great perspective, Carl, and true. Our pipeline to World and Olympic greatness has historically had a kink in it. It is definitely at age 18 when a promising player must decide to either attend...
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      Thank you so much for sharing that! I had not...

      Thank you so much for sharing that! I had not seen it before. And two of my favorite players! Kreanga played in the North American Teams in Baltimore one year and it was phenomenal to see him in...
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      I'm sorry, but is that a typo? Did you mean to...

      I'm sorry, but is that a typo? Did you mean to say 'over the year(s)? There are nowhere near that many unique individuals playing sanctioned tournaments in the United States annually. 8000 is the...
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      It is no analysis. The guy finished first. To...

      It is no analysis. The guy finished first. To try to figure out a way to say he's not as good as the players he finished ahead of is nonsense. Ernesto is a very fine coach and he's been working...
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      Well stated. To phillpong: The prize money...

      Well stated.

      To phillpong: The prize money at the US Open is 'not bad' and the people of the host city are very welcoming and enthused about the players coming. I wasn't trying to throw down...
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      I admire you for your patriotism and the belief...

      I admire you for your patriotism and the belief you show in your young players. You know that this summer's US Open is an International tournament, yes? and that the ITTF has scheduled a Junior...
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      Sometimes I think I must miss your meaning...

      Sometimes I think I must miss your meaning entirely. Landers finished in first place in the Trials. In what way do you think that puts him a step below 'many of the players'? Should he have...
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      True. A couple of years ago the Sporting Goods...

      True. A couple of years ago the Sporting Goods Manufacturer's Association noted it as one of the fastest growing US sports, but that's based solely on sales of rackets and tables and such in...
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      A fantastic shot from one of the greatest players...

      A fantastic shot from one of the greatest players to ever live! That he has amazed us before is a silly reason to belittle this highlight. For any of the rest of us, the shot of a lifetime. :-) For...
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      The young man is Michael Landers. He will...

      The young man is Michael Landers. He will represent something in the future, he will represent the United States. He won his first Men's Singles title at 15. His coach is from the Phillipines, living...
    20. Amen. Because 2000 can be crossed in either...

      Amen. Because 2000 can be crossed in either direction. :-) There are plenty of former US National Team members with ratings now falling below 2000. Being over 70 will do that to you. :-) Their...
    21. Great answer, Carl! Have you done a lot of free...

      Great answer, Carl! Have you done a lot of free weight training? I found it interesting that the OP didn't ask how he could play like ZJ, but how he could get the same forearm definition. :-) ...
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      Granted, I am relying on the OP's description of...

      Granted, I am relying on the OP's description of the 'agitated hand waving'. which clearly goes past where a player's free hand flies while making their own shot. :-)

      The let portion is very...
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      Well, there's really no need to speculate, a dear...

      Well, there's really no need to speculate, a dear friend of mine who is an International Ref posted this response to a similar question earlier this year.

      Your opponent should win this point,...
    24. Wow, I am really sorry to learn that. This is a...

      Wow, I am really sorry to learn that. This is a criterion for all sports? Despite earning the invitation through the Oceania Qualifier? That's just stupid, imo. New Zealand is being very unfair...
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      A good many of the International names you'd...

      A good many of the International names you'd recognize smoke. No, it isn't good for them. Yes, smoking is common in China. No, it's not just chinese you can catch with a cigarette. No, I'm not...
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