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Table tennis latest sport in Germany to recommence

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Timo Boll first beat Sweden’s Kristian Karlsson and then fellow German Steffen Mengel to win a table tennis exhibition tournament in Dusseldorf, Germany on Tuesday.

Table tennis thus became the latest sport to recommence in Germany, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Boll, a seven-time European singles champion and three-time Olympic team event medallist, was the star of the two-day Dusseldorf Masters.

He featured alongside 16 players who all live or train in the western German city.

With all regular action and championships suspended or postponed, the Masters was the brainchild of German national team coach Joerg Rosskopf, a former doubles world champion.

He brought in the local Borussia Dusseldorf club who provided the facility and are five-time European champions, and the club’s foreign players were also invited to fill the ranks.

Local authorities approved their strict safety and hygiene concept with no spectators, no change of ends, no post-match handshakes, and a frequent change of balls which were all disinfected.

It follows similar small events in tennis in the country where the Bundesliga was the first major football league to resume action.

The basketball top flight is also to follow on the weekend.

“With this series, we are a pioneer for table tennis around the world,” Borussia Dusseldorf general manager Andreas Preuss said.

Rosskopf said that he wants to give his players some additional motivation as uncertainty remains when regular tournaments can be played again.

“The lads are physically fit. But to do nothing else but training is mentally too demanding in the long run,” Rosskopf said.

Boll said he was happy to play as it “was about time I got some adrenaline going again.”

The tournament in Dusseldorf continues every week for the next three months.

But players could change, although most of them are in the national team or play in or near the city.
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