International Class Table Tennis Match to Feature at Sunshine Coast Closed Tournament
Locals will get a chance to see absolute top class table tennis in our own backyard when an exhibition match between two top international players is played as a feature at the 20th Sunshine Coast Table Tennis Closed Tournament on Saturday October 17. The adversaries on the day will be Patrick Wuertz and Bruno Levis. This match starts at 10.00am.
As a present resident of the Sunshine Coast, Patrick is eligible to play in the Tournament main draw. This he did last year beating Dan Ettel in the final. The coast is very lucky having Patrick living here on the coast as he is one of Australia’s top coaches and players.
Indeed Patrick previously worked for the largest German state table tennis federation, developing and implementing training concepts for high performance players as well as conducting coaching courses. More recently, Patrick has been the Director of Coaching and High Performance for Table Tennis Queensland, as well as the TTA National Squad Coach and Coaching Education Project Officer.
Patrick was a semi professional player in Germany before coming to Australia in 2009 as a backpacker and then again in 2015 as a permanent resident. One of the first things he did on settling in Australia was to win the 2015 Western Australian Open, beating Alvin Jiang.
While Patrick’s main focus since being in Australia has been coaching, he has still managed to compete winning the Bundaberg Open, the UQ Open, the Wynnum Open, and also being the champion at the Australian University Games.
Patrick’s opponent, Bruno Levis, started playing table tennis at the age of 11 in Chile, South America. From age 13 Bruno won his first national title in his age category. From then on until leaving Chile in 2010 Bruno was progressively ranked number 1 in under 15, under 18, under 21 and eventually adults / open. Bruno has won multiple Chilean titles in singles, doubles and teams events.
Throughout his career Bruno has beaten 3 of the top 10 German Players and also Jindrick Pansky, a former world number 2.
In a previous encounter between Patrick and Bruno, Bruno hung on for a close 4-2 win but, whatever the outcome this time, it should be magic table tennis.
Members of the public are welcome to watch the match and strict COVID protocols will be in place. The venue is the Sports Stadium at Maroochydore SHS (Jubilee Hall). A gold coin donation is encouraged.
Patrick and Bruno playing in the final of the Moreton Bay Open 2016