11 Questions with Eric Pattison

By USATT | June 13, 2016, 12 a.m. (ET)

Eric Pattison 

USATT Insider poses 11 questions to para star Eric Pattison

1) Why do you play?
Table tennis is like a blank tile in Scrabble. It’s customizable, exciting, and once you get it, you begin to realize it symbolizes various endless possibilities.

2) Which is your favorite tournament?
I like Nationals. It’s great to see so many familiar faces – sans blistering summer heat in Vegas.

3) Who is your primary nemesis?
Myself.

4)What is your favorite game tactic to score?
Tomahawk blocks. Anything tomahawk really.

5) Thoughts on the Poly Ball.
Bounce is different. Has some spin. Seems round. At least your opponent has to use it, too.

6) Toughest Loss?
Last year in Romanian Open against Cherng-Haw Chang, saved eight match points and won third game 12-10. Lost next game 9-11. Oh well…

7) Greatest Win?
Unsure.

8) How you prepare for a tournament?
Talk strategy, strategy, strategy. Then just play.

9) When you see a new player at the club, what do you do?
Welcome them, let them know they are the reason we exist, and that we are so excited to have them.

10)  Player you would most like to play in a tournament?
Ryan Chan of Seattle, WA.

11)  If you had to face Lily Zhang or Kanak Jha what would your game plan be?
Reminder to self – just go for it. Good things happen when you say, “yes I can” to yourself. Give it a try.