Grassroots: Ellis set for World Championships

Murrayfield Table Tennis Club's Charlie Ellis
Murrayfield Table Tennis Club's Charlie Ellis
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Murrayfield Table Tennis Club’s Charlie Ellis is preparing to fly the flag for Scotland in the annual world championship of ping pong which will be shown live on Sky Sports from Alexandra Palace, London, on January 24-25.

Charlie earned his place in the finals of a tournament featuring retro-style sandpaper-covered bats after winning the Edinburgh qualification event at the Royal High School and then the Scottish qualifier at Drumchapel.

Charlie, who also plays cricket for Holy Cross, says: “A slightly different technique is required and I got into ‘ping pong’ because Murrayfield TTC have held a hardbat night for the last six years. I managed to win it this year.

“I’m fully aware that the general level at Alexandra Palace will be very high with most of the players either professional or semi-pro table tennis players.

“But that means I can relax and go for my shots. One of the semi-pro players is Scottish No.1 Gavin Rumgay who made it to the quarter-final last year before losing to the winner, Maxim Shmyrev of Russia.

“Gavin qualified automatically and he and myself will be the Scottish representatives. Between now and the tournament I hope to get some practice in with other Murrayfield players including John Hannah, the runner-up in the Scottish qualifier.”

The event is organised by Matchroom Sport, the company behind PDC darts and World Snooker.

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