The Best Ping Pong Player of Haarlem builds on the success of the previous edition

Last January was the very first edition of De Beste Pingponger in Haarlem. It was a great success with more than one hundred and thirty participants. Reason enough for the organization to continue building on this and to organize the second edition on 10, 11 and 12 January 2020. There are new additions and therefore it is time to discover what has changed.

"After the tournament, we conducted a survey among the participants and here are some ideas that we have put forward," said Ron Doevendans, organizer of De Beste Pingponger in Haarlem. Upcoming edition there will be two youth classes for the first time; the Hakim Sesame Street (8 to 11 years) and the Chef'Special class (12 to 15 years). Ron: "There was a lot of demand for a youth tournament. It is also very special that we have found the name givers willing to commit to the event.

Extra senior class

Another much sought-after point was the addition of an extra class in the group 16 years and older (seniors). The level difference was too great for the advanced table tennis class. The Ripperda class is hereby retained, but now for the advanced level 2nd class and higher. The Frans Hals class is added; this gives the advanced ping pongers an extra category (5th to 3rd class level) in which they play against players of their own level. The Kenauklasse remains for the other table tennis talents (non-table tennis players). The last edition represented by far the most participants in this last class.

Maarten Nouwen, one of the other organizers, adds: "The company teams were successful last year, so we will continue to do so this year. New is the possibility to register with a friend team. For the teams we strive for the same time block during qualification. In addition to the title of "Best Business Team of Haarlem", there is now also a battle for the title of "Best Friends Team of Haarlem".

The basis is retained

The tournament keeps the same approach; a fun, fun tournament for everyone who is born, lives, works or studies in Haarlem. On Friday evening or Saturday you play a two-hour qualifying round, whereby you can enforce qualification for the further grounds (final day) on Sunday. This year, table tennis club Oranje Zwart is the third playing location, in addition to the sports halls of TSTZ Haarlem and TTV Spaarne.

It promises to be a great edition again. For more information and registration, go to