RUMGAY AND DRINKHALL PARTNER FOR AUSTRALIAN PRO TOUR
Gavin Rumgay began his Australian Platinum Pro Tour journey by being drawn against Littler (Australia) and Desai (India) WR79. A challenging feat for the Scottish man ranked 2nd in the group.
This was a tough group for Gavin, he won convincingly against Littler in his opening match with a 4-0 scoreline, setting up a face off against Desai to top the group. The Scot got off to a rocky start. Before the match began Gavin had a small twinge in the warm up requiring physio treatment. Not at his best, Rumgay still rose to the challenge of playing only to fall to the WR79 4-0, meaning he finished 2nd in the group and unfortunately did not move on to the opening stages.
After his group Gavin said, "The style of Desai is tough for me in normal conditions, but having a slight problem before the match forced me to lose focus, and therefore I played within my capabilities. Fortunately, I bounced back for the doubles match which was a highlight for me to play with Paul Drinkhall. Playing with a partner at such a high level and being able to play at the level I want is amazing".
Gavin teamed up with English no.1 Paul Drinkhall in the mens doubles next, putting on an impressive display vs Ueda/Yoshimura narrowly losing 3-2. The Japanese doubles pair had just recently been crowned mens doubles champions in the China Open only a few weeks ago, it would have been a nice scalp to have for the British pair.
Paul Drinkhall, Gavins doubles partner for the event tremendously reached the semi finals of the mens singles before he eventually lost out to Belarus legend Vladimir Samsanov. Paul fought hard but his opponent was too good in a 4-1 (11-8, 11-4, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7) scoreline.
On his way to the semi final Paul came through Alexandr Shibaev WR34, Tristan Flore WR62 and Yuya Oshima WR19. A tremendous display of talent and grit by the English no.1.
Paul said to the ittf, "I’m enjoying myself out there. Recently that’s what I have managed to do the last couple of years, spending a little more time with family and remembering how fun it is to play table tennis; I managed to show that in the match today. I was told when I was seven that you can’t play well if you’re not having fun; I’m only just remembering it now".
Watching Paul in the closing stages of the tournament, Gavin remarked, "Paul really is the standout player in Britain. The level he produced at this tournament was phenomenal and a pleasure to watch".
At GR Racket Sports we want to congratulate Paul on a tremendous tournament and wish him every success at the second round of the T2 league.
Now Gavin looks forward to heading back to Malaysia for the second round of the new and exciting T2 league to enter into the role of league commentator. Keep up to date with Gavin on twitter on @GavinRumgayTT.