Ultimate Table Tennis 2023 will begin on Thursday at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune. It gives returns after four years. The last edition of the tournament was played in 2019, after which it was canceled multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ultimate Table Tennis 2023 will see four of the six teams, Bengaluru Smashers, Chennai Lions, Dabang Delhi TTC, Goa Challengers, Puneri Paltan Table Tennis and U Mumba TT compete for the TT trophy. Each team will have six players, four Indian and two foreign players.
Meanwhile, Chennai Lions is led by Commonwealth Games champion Sharath Kamal and they are the defending champions. Puneri Paltan has world number 22 Omar Assar of Egypt. The Bengaluru Smash includes India's number one women's singles player Manika Batra. U Mumba is led by Nigeria's Aruna Quadri, who is ranked No. 18 in the world.
At the same time, Dabang Delhi are the 2018 champions, with top-order players like Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and national champion Sreeja Akula. Asian Games and Commonwealth Games medalist Anthony Amalraj is also in the team.
Ultimate Table Tennis 2023 will be a single-legged round-robin league format tournament. The final will be played on 30 July. Each team will play five ties in the league stage. The top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals. Live streaming and telecast will be available in India.
The Ultimate Table Tennis 2023 will be telecast live on Sports 18 TV channel in India. Live streaming of UTT 2023 will be available on the Jio Cinema.
All matches start at 7:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).