The lack of major sports worldwide has made sports betting (and viewing) fans expand beyond their usual horizon. Today, that brings us to table tennis!
I’ll be honest, I haven’t picked up a paddle since playing ping pong in my high school gym. Table tennis is no ping pong. These athletes (yeah, I said it) rely on swift movement, instincts, and a knowledge of physics to excel at their sport. As Max Kellerman would say their “twitchies” are on point.
There are several tournaments happening around the world right now, but many are very little known leagues with little in terms of notoriety and an internet presence. Thankfully, the Challenger Series A). has a website and B). updates it! You have no idea how thankful I am for that after searching the ends of the internet to find out what and where some of these tournaments are.
Without further ado, I present to you the Challenger Series.
The Challenger Series is a professional table tennis tournament that features some of the future stars of the sport. Below is some important information about how the tournament works.
- Weekly international tournament series on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
- Eight players per series play over the course of two to three days.
- The tournament is open to top-level players from around the world
- There is no fee to enter.
- All matches are live streamed on the Challenger Series official website.
- The 8 best players throughout the tournament will meet in the final tournament at the end of the year.
- In order to qualify for the final tournament, players must compete in at least eight Challenger Series tournaments.
There are matches taking place several times per week.
Dauud Cheaib, a righty from Lebanon, who plays an aggressive style sits atop the rankings with 352 points over eight tournaments. He leads the second-place David Reitspies from the Czech Republic who has scored 288 points over five tournaments. Sweden’s Viktor Brodd rounds out the top three with 256 points in five tournaments. There’s a big drop-off in points after the Swede.
You’ll also see odds for the Moscow Liga Pro, Setka Cup, TT Cup Ukraine, and more. Just don’t ask me about them!