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3rd World Tour in August for Gavin!

3rd World Tour in August for Gavin!

Today sees Gavin on the road again, this time to the city of Olomouc in the Czech Republic for the next ITTF World Tour Event. He is hoping the form he showed in Nigeria returns after a standard showing in Bulgaria last week.

Gavin said, “ I felt really mentally positive going into last week’s Bulgarian Open but ironically lost a match where I was in the lead and poised to win. It just goes to show how important it is to have both mind and body at their peak when playing tournaments.”

Indeed, psychology plays a huge part in sport and table tennis is no different. In tennis and golf, many of the top players have their own Sports Psychologists to ensure they keep positive and in the right frame of mind. In individual sports you can feel very lonely out on the court when things aren’t going to plan. It’s key to have some mental triggers, which you can call upon to lift you up. That’s why Gavin and his team at GR Racket Sports include the subject in their Elite Coaching Programmes, whether its table tennis, tennis, badminton or golf. To win and win again, you have to have the right mental approach.

So, Gavin will be playing in the Czech Open this week and will be pushing for some good results. Once again, the opposition will be strong, as many of the World’s top players will be participating. England players, Liam Pitchford, Sam Walker and David McBeath will also be there. In Gavin's  group he has three tough opponents, Joao Geraldo from Portugal, Oleksandr Didukh from Ukraine and Olajide Omotayo from Nigeria.

To keep up to date on Gavin’s progress visit his Facebook and Twitter pages.

Good luck Gavin!



Picture with Toni Nadal (Rafas uncle & coach)Even with a busy summer of playing, commentating and coaching, Gavin ensures that he is continuously hands on with each of his individual clients and their families. During mid summer, Gavin Rumgay was heavily involved and was inspired by Spanish legend, the 10x French Open winner, Rafael Nadal during a summer training period for his young client at the Rafael Nadal Academy.

The Nadal Academy only newly opened in 2016, was the home for GR Racket Sports for one week, where all of the players were pushed, challenged and motivated to be their best selves on the tennis court.

Gavin said, "The Nadal Academy is an amazing and inspiring place where young players such as my client travel too, to get an edge over their opponents back home. The Academy is superbly organised and was a pleasure for my client to attend a tough weeks training before the start of the new season".

Gavin, now back to being a familiar face on the tennis tour will be looking to cement his client back into the winning folds to ensure a good finish to his summer tennis tournament calendar (again tailored to suite by GR himself).

Fresh of this incredibly training week, Gavin will be travelling to Barnet for a two day competition with his client. Gavin has said, "There is no pressure during this competition, after a tough training camp it's always good to see where your level is back on the UK tour. The youngster has been a pleasure to mentor and coach over the last year, so I can't wait to delve into the winter competition season and push on with some more great results".

The young GR client has continuously gone from strength to strength in the last year. Gavin expects good things from the youngster this season and both will continue to strive towards their goals alongside the continued and much needed support of the clients family.

Here at GR Racket Sports we wish Angelo continued success on the tennis court alongside Gavin. Keep up to date with the youngsters progress on twitter @GavinRumgayTT and also on


Picture with Toni Nadal
(Rafas uncle & coach)



Gavin Rumgay travelled out on August 7th to compete in the Nigerian Challenge Open in Lagos. Not many on the world stage would consider going to Nigeria due to the distance, but Gavin has never been someone that backs away from a challenge.

The entry named many top players, Quadri Aruna, Omar Assar, Antoine Hachard, Olah Benedek, Marton Szita to name only a few. Of course it would be a challenging feat for the Scottish man, playing in difficult conditions and in a crowd he has never experienced before, but as we have seen from Gavin time and time again, he of course rose to the challenge.

Gavin's first match in the last 64 was against a home favourite, S. Akomolafe. With the crowd fully backing the Nigerian local it caused Gavin unrest in the first couple of opening points. However coming to terms with the crowds energy, Gavin soon sent in some bigger serves and some bigger cho's to come out of the match as the 4-0 winner. In true Rumgay fashion he managed to gain the crowds support through his entertaining and infectious enthusiasm. This would prove crucial in the next couple of matches.

The last 32 match was always going to be slightly tougher than the previous match. The Russion A.Bukin was a strong two winged player, who had made the doubles final in Lagos back in 2016. Thus meaning he was more equipped with the conditions than Rumgay. However, with the crowd fully behind the Scotsman, Rumgay continuously unsettled his opponent and came out with another 4-0 victory. In true Rumgay style, the shorts were lifted and the crowd were treated to the #DoTheRumgay with applause rippling throughout the stadium.

Next up was top Egyptian player, Omar Assar, ranked no. 39 in the world and seeded no.2 in this competition. This match proved to be very competitive as both players sought to gain the initiative. Assar took the first game, 11-7, but Gavin quickly levelled, taking the second 11-8. The next game was pivotal in terms of the whole match and could have gone either way. In the end Assar won it 13-11. Assar also took the next game and so led the match 3-1. Typical of Gavin’s never-say-die mentality he won the fifth game 11-7 to bring the deficit back to just one game. Gavin needed to win the next game to stay in with a chance of progressing to the last eight. It was tight all the way but Assar just managed to pull away to win it, 11-7.

With top seed Quadri Aruna also being knocked out in the last sixteen, Assar continued his good form to go onto win the overall competition. So, Gavin was left to reflect on what could have been as he had his chances to beat Assar.

Gavin said afterwards; “Playing in Nigeria was a great experience with a fantastic atmosphere in the packed arena; although learning to play in such high humidity was tough. Assar is a very good player and recently signed up to play in the German League with Werder Bremen. I had my chances to beat him so I’m feeling very positive about my game at the moment.”

It’s a quick turnaround for Gavin as he now heads to Bulgaria for the next round of the ITTF Tour. As he did in Australia, as well as the singles, Gavin will also be playing in the doubles competition with England’s No.1, Paul Drinkhall. We wish them luck and look forward to updates from Gavin on his Facebook page.


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