State’s Only Table Tennis Venue Opens to EV | Company
Table Tennis and More, the only venue in the state dedicated exclusively to sports, opened its doors in Gilbert.
Owner Matthew Winkler, the state’s No. 1 table tennis player, moved his club from Phoenix in part because “a lot of my students were from Gilbert.”
Winkler also took into consideration that he and his wife had a baby this year, noting, “Gilbert’s neighborhoods are so much nicer than Phoenix, so I wanted to move my family to the nicest parks and the best places. schools.”
For the uninitiated, table tennis is the correct name of the game because Ping Pong is a registered trademark.
Winkler, one of the few USA Table Tennis Association-certified national coaches in the country, has operated Table Tennis and More, or TT&M, since 2015 out of an 1,800 square foot building behind his home in Phoenix. The club was started by his father, Len, in 1997.
Winkler’s new venue is 6,000 square feet and houses 10 tables, compared to four at his old digs.
“There aren’t a lot of full-time clubs, we’re the only one in Arizona,” he said, noting that other clubs in the state use senior centers and community centers.
Although Winkler currently coaches around 25-30 students between the ages of 7 and 80, he also wants Table Tennis and More to be a venue for players of all skill levels.
“I want people to have fun,” he said, adding that the venue is for “people who want to do it for exercise, people who want to play in a tournament, and people who train to improve but not to pay in tournaments.
“I want to eventually take a team to the US Nationals and the US Open across the country and play.”
Winkler started playing the sport when she was 8 years old and won her first state championship in 2009.
Along with nine other state championships and other titles he’s won, he’s been into practice and racing tournaments for the past 20 years.
The facility is open six days a week and offers open games, group training, private lessons, leagues and tournaments.
TT&M also sells professional equipment such as tables, ping pong robots, paddles and blades with brands such as Butterfly, Xiom, Donic and Gambler.
The company also organizes corporate tournaments, table tennis-themed birthday parties, table tennis charity fundraisers or any other related event, bringing the tables, paddles, balls and knowledge of table tennis.
Although pickleball has grown in popularity with courts in Gilbert and the Valley, table tennis actually ranks 8th in the world with an estimated 300 million people playing it, according to Topend Sports.
Learn more: tabletennisandmore.com/phx/tabletennisandmore.