Table Tennis Legend Headlines 2018 Vegas World Veteran Championship Entries

By Matt Hetherington | May 29, 2018, 10:42 p.m. (ET)

Jorgen Persson Sweden Table Tennis

Sweden' Table Tennis legend Jorgen Persson is one of a handful of headline competitors who will grace the tables at the 2018 World Veteran Table Tennis Championships. The event which is known as the biggest veteran sporting competition on the planet, has this year attracted over 4000 entries from a record 97 countries. The action kicks off on June 18th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

For table tennis fans in the US and around the world, the chance to see one of the sport's greats out on the table will be a true thrill. Persson is set to compete in the 50-55 Men's Singles event and is joined by Swedish Veteran Erik Lindh in the 50-55 Men's Doubles. 

Indeed Persson will put his best foot forward to become crowned World Champion in his age category, marking 27 years since he was crowned World Champion in Chiba, Japan in 1991. On that occasion he had defeated teammate Jan-Ove Waldner, largely recognized as the greatest table tennis player of all time. Indeed Persson has a long list of accolades across his playing career.

In his World Championship appearances he was 4-time World Team Champion, joined on 3 of those occasions ('89, '91 and '93) by Erik Lindh. The Swedish team in 2000 were the last team to defeat China to win the Men's Team crown at the World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. To see Lindh and Persson competing in Las Vegas will be an absolute treat for those who remember a time where China didn't hold such a perfect iron grip dominance on the sport. 

Persson won a total of 11 medals at the World Championships, as well as 13 at the European Championships (9 gold). He was crowned World Cup Champion in 1991 and became, along with Saive and Primorac, among the first table tennis players to compete at 7 Olympic Games. 

His career comebacks have been notable in displaying his longevity in the sport and his undying passion for competing in the game. He famously returned to the scene after retiring in 2005, to compete at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. At that tournament he was not among the top 16 seeded players, but succeeded in coming 4th place, losing only to Wang Hao and Wang Liqin of China. 

Persson was widely known for his heavy spin, long forehand looping strokes and his infamous signature backhand swat kill shot. 

We are excited to have Jorgen Persson joining us in Las Vegas and look forward to seeing him in action. Keep in the loop with the news on usatt.org as we cover more stories from legendary players and unique stories from the field of players!