Four Tours, One Team: USA in Action Across the Globe

By Matt Hetherington | March 20, 2019, 11:09 a.m. (ET)

Today kicks off a special occurrence on the ITTF calendar, 4 world tour events will take place simultaneously around the world - but they all have one thing in common. TTTeamUSA will be present at all of them. In Oman it will be Wu Yue flying the Red, White and Blue. In Spain, Lily Zhang. The two adult tournaments also coincide with two ITTF World Junior Circuit events - the Zarehbin brothers compete in Chile, while the Sung sisters and Michael Tran contest Italy.

Wu Yue is one of the players to watch at the ITTF Challenge Plus event in Oman, she is the 10th seed in the women's singles, an event headlined by Chinese Taipei's Cheng I-Ching, and also by the likes of Bernadette Szocs, Petrissa Solja and Miu Hirano. The seeding position puts Wu straight into the round of 32, where if seedings remain true, she will meet 2016 World Cup Champion Miu Hirano in the round of 16.

Joining Wu in the 10th seed position, on the men's side however, is Kanak Jha. There are plenty of tough opposition in the men's draw, led by Sweden's Mattias Falck, and including the likes of Lin Yun Ju, Chuang Chih-Yuan and Sharath Achanta Kamal. Kanak is seeded directly into the round of 64 and is seeded to meet Italy's Niagol Stoyanov in the round of 32.

Lily Zhang sits just inside the top 16 seeded players at the ITTF Challenge Series Spanish Open. The seedings there led by Japan's Miyu Kato, the player which Zhang defeated to win Bronze at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. Second on the seeding list is Puerto Rico's Adriana Diaz, followed by the veteran Ni Xia Lian of Luxembourg. Plenty of tough opposition to face. 

Zhang enters the main draw in the round of 32 and is seeded into the quarterfinal block of Pan Am Cup Champion Adriana Diaz. 

On the men's side of the draw it will be Nick Tio representing the USA. He will compete in the qualification stages to fight for a main draw position.

The ITTF Junior Circuit Premium event in Lignano, Italy, has kicked off and Joanna Sung has already locked in her first victory in the Junior Girl's singles qualification in her first match, narrowly losing out in her second encounter in the clutches of the 5th game with her Serbian opposition. She has followed through to win her third match against the host nation's Italy.

Rachel Sung and Amy Wang are straight into the main draw, also partnered together in the girl's doubles event. Wang is the top seed in the Junior Girls Singles event. 

Michael Tran has also locked in his first two wins in the Junior Boy's singles, with a stunning 3-2 win over Silas Monteiro of Portugal. 

At the ITTF Junior Circuit event in Chile, the Zarehbin brothers are set to kick off their campaign with the Junior Boy's team event. The duo of Aziz and older brother Kai begin their matches this afternoon.

We wish all of our players the very best of luck and will do our best to keep up with all the results!