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11 Questions with Allen Wang

By USATT | Sept. 29, 2015, 12 a.m. (ET)

 Allen Wang

USATT Insider poses 11 questions to US Doubles Champion Allen Wang

11 Questions with Allen Wang

1) Why do you play? 

When I first began to play, playing table tennis was just a hobby to keep me fit and to keep me busy for after school. As I progressed in level, I decided to play competitively and hopefully participate in Olympics someday. Now, as my schoolwork is piling up and my main focus is to get into a good college, I play only to train my sister Amy, who is full of potential. 

2) Which is your favorite tournament? 

My favorite tournament without a doubt is the North American Joola Teams Tournament. I love the format - every time I would be able to play 15-20 matches against players my level and better. It is a great practice for mental and physical toughness. 

3) Who is your primary nemesis? 

As of now, the best junior player in USA is probably Kanak Jha, so I consider him my nemesis. 

4) What is your favorite game tactic to score? 

Although I practice my forehand a lot, in a match, I am Much more comfortable of using my backhand. My favorite is to play a third ball attack beginning with my backhand loop. 

5) Thoughts on the Poly Ball. 

The poly ball definitely affected me quite a bit. It demands more power and physical level. I was used to the old ball and I generated much more power and spin with the old ball. 

6) Toughest Loss? 

My toughest loss occurred in the North America Trials for 2014 youth Olympic Games. In the semi final I played against Klement Yeung from Canada. I was leading 3-1 and lost deuce in the 7th. It was right after coming from Sweden and I definitely felt like I was in my prime, so not making the team definitely hurt. 

7) Greatest Win? 

Level wise, this wouldn't be my greatest win but it was definitely a turning point in my confidence while playing in the Swedish league. I had a 0-4 record and my first win was against a tough player - Viktor Fredriksson. I remember the joy of finally contributing to the team and it was a great feeling. 

8) How you prepare for a tournament? 

My preparation begins weeks and months before a tournament. I practice! 

9) When you see a new player at the club, what do you do?

In my opinion the best thing to do is to make the new player comfortable with the coaches and environment in the new club. Everyone was a new player once and we all experienced the awkwardness of entering a new club with new people. 

10) Player you would most like to play in a tournament? 

I've played Timothy about 4 times and I would love to play him again. He's the best in the country and I want to prove I can give the best a good match. 

11) If you had to face Jimmy Butler, Lily Zhang or Kanak Jha what would your game plan be?

I've never had the chance to play Jimmy before but his style is definitely interesting to watch. If I had to play Jimmy, my best chance would not be playing from afar but to play quick and close to the table. Jimmy is known for his ability to play away from the table so I would have to keep away from his strengths.

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