T2APAC League (Asia – Pacific) is a new Table Tennis competition where you can participate to win handsome prize money.
There’s a pool of USD 1.75 million that is to be shared among the winners.
This custom event is held in Malaysia and Singapore each year in custom-built arenas in The Pinewood Studios to give it a unique feel.
The live matches are also broadcasted on TV, and sometimes on YouTube.
T2APAC League Structure
Four teams participate in the T2APAC competition.
There are 3 male and 3 female players in each team so there’s a total of 24 players in the tournament. The teams are named after their coach.
Mixed team, men’s singles, and women’s singles matches are played.
Here are the four teams:
- Team Michael MAZE
- Team Jorgen PERSSON
- Team ROSSKOPF
- Team JIANG Jialiang
Here’s a short T2APAC trailer video:
Rules in T2APAC
T2APAC is a very unique competition and so are the league rules.
Unlike most tournaments, everything in this competition is time-based. There’s a 24 minute time-limit, and the more you can win as a participant, the better.
It’s a breath of fresh air, and the aim is to increase viewership and make the most a bit more appealing to the audience.
Here are a few more rules (unique to the competition):
- There’s no deuce, whoever gets to 11 points first wins.
- If the match has just begun and 2 minutes have elapsed, whoever gets to 5 points first will be declared the winner.
- If you win a game, it will contribute to your team’s total
- If you can’t beat the clock (and the timer stops), the player who’s ahead in terms of points will win.
- There’s only one time out per match (unlike ITTF games)
- After two games, you’ll switch sides after a brief 1 minute break.
Teams (and Players)
Here are the four teams in the tournament (and the players):
Team Michael MAZE
- Timo BOLL (Germany)
- Aleksandr SHIBAEV (Russia)
- FENG Tianwei (Singapore)
- YANG Haenun (Korea)
- CHEN Chien-An (Taiwan)
- Hina HIYATA (Japan)
Team Jorgen PERSSON
- Jun MIZUTANI (Japan)
- Mattias KARLSSON (Sweden)
- JOO Se-Hyuk (Korea)
- Bernadette, SZÕCS (Romania)
- Suthasini SAWETTABUT (Thailand)
- DING Ning (China)
- Dimitrij OVTCHAROV (Germany)
- Georgina POTA (Hungary)
- Paul DRINKHALL (England)
- CHENG I-Ching (Taiwan)
- SHANG Kun (China)
- Elisabeta SAMARA (Romania)
Team JIANG Jialiang
- Vladimir SAMSONOV (Belarus)
- Matilda EKHOLM (Sweden)
- Tomokazu HARIMOTO (Japan)
- WU Yang (China)
- JEON Jihee (Korea)
- CHUANG Chih-Yuan (Taiwan)