Jacques Secretin as we remember him (Photo: Malcolm Anderson) It is with great sadness that the passing of Jacques Secretin is announced; he died on Tuesday 24th November; he was 71 years old. He will be most remembered for winning the men’s singles title at the 1976 European Championships in Prague and one year later in Birmingham the mixed doubles in partnership with Claude Bergeret at the 1977 World Championships Born on Friday 18th March 1949 in Carvin, located in the department of Pas-de-Calais, in the north east of the country bordering the English Channel, Jacques Secretin started to play in an era when the basis of the racket used today was established. In fact, until he was 12 years old he
An appreciative smile from Eva Jeler (Photo: ITTF) A retirement from the post of Germany national coach on Monday 31st July, having in various capacities worked for a period of 37 years for the German Table Tennis Association (DTTB), a new venture now beckons for Eva Jeler. On Monday 23rd November it was announced that she will assume the role of National Coach – Performance Pathway (Able-Bodied) for Table Tennis Australia. She will work alongside John Murphy, National Head Coach (Able-Bodied) and Simon Gerada, National Performance Pathway Manager (Able-Bodied). “Eva is a world-renowned coach of the highest order. She has directly influenced the development of many world class players such as Jörg Rosskopf, Steffen Fetzner, Dimitrij Ovtcharov, Ruwen Filus, Christian Süss and Petrissa Solja.
Gus Kennedy at the 1974 United States Open (Photo: Malcolm Anderson) Colleen and Roger Kennedy extend an invitation for a virtual memorial to acknowledge the life of Gus Kennedy who passed away on Monday 5th October at the Abbott Northwest Hospital in Minneapolis suffering from pancreatic cancer. A Zoom meeting will be held on Friday 4th December at 4.30 pm (Pacific Time). Pacific Time is eight hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)In order to receive the email with the event link, kindly register by 12.00 noon on Thursday 3rd December. Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvf-yhpjMjH9LeONRmj13eTnQdC3dspyUx After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing this link to join.
The calendar for veteran tournaments has been updated; unfortunately owing to the COVID-19, there are several cancellations. 2020 Saturday 31st October - Sunday 1st November 42nd Ifo Veteran Open, Gothenburg, Swedenn - Cancelled Thursday 12th - Sunday 15th November World Veteran Tour Istanbul, Turkey - Cancelled Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th November Vetts Eastern Masters Norwich, England - Cancelled Thursday 19th - Sunday 22nd November World Veteran Tour Aalborg, Denmark - Cancelled Wednesday 2nd - Sunday 6th December World Veterans Tour, Vancouver, Canada - Cancelled 2021 Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th February Vetts Southern Masters Crawley, England Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday 12th - Sunday 14th February Aarhus Veteran Open Aarhus, Denmark Contact: email@example.com Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st March Vetts North West Masters, Preston, England Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday