Play table tennis day or night with friend or ‘robot’

DO you love a good game of table tennis but can’t find a friend to play with?

Sydney’s first dedicated, purpose-built venue, PingPong HQ, has you sorted with a ‘robot’ who can help take your game to the next level through many customisable options to boost skill or get your heart racing.
Opened by enthusiast John Sayegh earlier this year, the centre – next to Kingsgrove Station above Woolworths – is available to people of all ages and skill levels.
John says PingPong HQ aims to provide a safe and comfortable space for all people to play table tennis, from veterans to young families, covering social play, tournaments, coaching or even an event or party, with local schools already booking in students for PE and sport.
After feeling frustrated attending tables at clubs and only able to play for 15 minutes, John said he was determined to create a facility where people could play for as long as they liked, with a fee of $9.90 an hour from 7am till late, seven days a week, or $15 to take part in the social competition from 5-7.30pm on Saturdays, with all bookings online.
Coaching costs $60 an hour and is performed by three accomplished players who John says are among the world’s best.
“The premises are air-conditioned and boasts Olympic standard flooring and lighting, with a cafe and vending machine for late-hour matches,” he said.
“We are a member of Table Tennis NSW and the venue is fully accessible; we have a few who play on wheelchairs.”
John said it was great that over 1,000 enthusiasts had already played at the venue in a few short months.
“I’ve also been getting inquiries from nursing homes since table tennis is excellent to lift cognitive ability,” he said.
“You don’t get hurt like in other sports, it’s easy on the knees, you’re always improving and it’s fun.”