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Gavin completed a memorable double today claiming the men's singles and doubles titles in style at Bell's Sports centre, Perth.
In claiming his 10th national title, Gavin produced a near perfect display, disposing of Calum Main 3-0 in the quarter finals, followed by Colin Dalgleish 3-0 in the semi finals. In the final Gavin faced Craig Howieson who had earlier swept aside no3 seed Chris Wheeler. Gavin began the final in scintillating fashion, roaring through the opening two games 11-1, 11-3. Gavin led 5-1 in the third game before Craig was able to put his mark on the match and despite Craig holding a game point at 11-10, Gavin moved into a 3-0 lead clinching the game 13-11. Craig continued to put up a fight winning the fourth and fifth games 11-8 however Gavin was not to be denied a 10th national title securing the sixth game 11-4 cueing trade mark celebrations.
In the mens doubles, Gavin and Craig Howieson won a tight five set encounter against Niall Cameron and Sean Doherty in the semi finals before triumphing in straight sets against Chris Wheeler and Calum Main in the final making it men's doubles title no6 for Gavin.
Gavin's 10th title now equals the 10 titles won by David Hannah between 1981 and 1990 and is closing in on all time record holder Euan Walker who has won the National Singles title 12 times.
Gavin's current manager Miles Ross, the brother of Jonathan Ross also acts as Gavin's assistant in some of his sessions. More information on Miles can be found here: Miles Ross
Gavin's Swiss Club UGS-Chenois will make the Play-Offs in 2014/2015 season starting from April.
Also, Gavin is going for his 10th Scottish National Title in his home town of Perth (Bells Sports centre) on Saturday 7th March from 10am.
1st Ever Scottish Men's Table Tennis Player to win a Commonwealth Medal
25 Times British Grand Prix Winner
Played Internationally now for 15 years
Highest British Ranking 2
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Beaten Andy Murray 5 times as a junior
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Gavin began his 2015 World Championships of Ping Pong title bid with a 2-0 win over Viktoria Lucenkova of Malta. In what can be described as the group of death, Gavin stands just one game away from qualifying for the knock out stages. Gavin will next face Jimmy Butler from the USA who earlier beat Marko Habijanec of Croatia by 2-0.
Gavin followed up his opening win against Lucenkova with a 2-0 win over USA's Jimmy Butler therefore securing safe passage to the knockout draw. In the last 32, Gavin faced the defensive player Syzmanski from Poland who had earlier taken the defending champion Shmyrev to the deciding game. After a cautious opening few points, Gavin stepped up his level to run out a 15-11, 15-6 winner. Gavin will face Holland's Groenewold in tomorrow's last 16 encounter.
Gavin enjoyed an unbeaten weekend winning 6/6 matches in the Swiss League. Gavin's highlight was a win against former German Top 12 winner David Daus who was previously ranked top 70 in the world rankings. Gavin has now won 12/14 matches this season, which has placed him second in the individual averages and his team UGS Chenois also lie second in the Swiss Premier league.
Gavin made it 25 wins today on the British Grand Prix circuit with a five set win over Chris Doran in Bristol. Gavin clinched a tight first game 11-9 before the next two games were shared 13-11 a piece. Doran pulled away in the fourth to level the match at 2-2 and Gavin won a rollercoaster fifth game 12-10 to clinch the title.
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Gavin is second on the all time Grand Prix honour's list with Ryan Jenkins (50) leading the way.
Scottish tennis sensation Andy Murray has hinted on his twitter page that he may 'Do the Rumgay' at the US Open next week. This would be well worth viewing!
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Read the article 'Leaving a legacy' by ITTF editor Ian Marshall and download the song 'Do the Rumgay' by Keith Meisner.
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Gavin is delighted to have signed a sponsorship deal with 'table tennis 365' for the upcoming British Grand Prix season.
The season begins this weekend at the Wavertree Tennis Centre in Liverpool where Gavin will hope to match the legendary Victor Barna's record of five men's successes between 1933 and 1949.
Gavin was beaten in his last 16 match against William Henzell of Australia this morning ending his participation in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Henzell got off to a flying start in the opening game, establishing a 7-1 lead before eventually winning 11-7. In the second set Gavin edged ahead and immediately bounced back to win the game 11-7. Throughout the remainder of the match, Henzell was able to establish leads in each game and despite spirited fight backs in each set from Gavin, Henzell was able to close out the contest 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8, 15-13 in a match that lasted 51 minutes.
Gavin would like to thank everyone for helping him in this amazing table tennis journey!
Gavin edges past Andre Ho in last 32 to set up intriguing Henzell contest.
Gavin will be relieved to have won 4-1 tonight against Canada's Andre Ho having come through a tricky encounter. Gavin won the first two games 11-8 before coming back from 9-5 in the third to take a 3-0 lead. Ho won the fourth game 13-11 and made Rumgay work for his victory as Gavin again found himself 4 points behind in the 5th at 4-8 before fighting back to take the 5th game 15-13 to seal a 4-1 triumph.
Gavin will be looking forward to his next match against Australian William Henzell, of which he will start as underdog. Henzell boasts a world ranking of 115 compared to Gavin's 248. The match will start at 10:10am tomorrow morning.
Gavin and Craig were outplayed in this morning's doubles fixture against Nigerian paring Aruna & Toriola. It was always going to be a big ask against the Commonwealth Bronze Medallists and the Nigerians didn't disappoint as they won in straight sets 11-4, 11-7, 11-7.
Gavin's focus now turns to the men's singles where he will play Andre Ho of Canada in the second round. Gavin will fancy his chances after beating Andre Ho in straight sets in the team event.
Gavin and partner Craig Howieson advanced to the last 32 this evening after a bye and then a 3-2 win over Sri Lankan pairing Deshappriya & Sirisena. The Sri Lankans levelled the match twice at 1-1 and 2-2 before the Scottish pairing eventually broke away to clinch the decisive game 11-6 to win in 36 minutes.
< Gavin celebrates match point in trademark style
Next up for the Scots will be a tough match against bronze medallists in the team event Aruna and Toriola of Nigeria. Aruna has won 11/11 matches played so far, including wins against Singapore's WR34 Jian Zang, WR115 Henzell of Austrialia and WR155 Desai of India.
The last 32 match will be played at 11:15am tomorrow.
In the Singles Gavin will play a qualifier at 7:30pm tomorrow evening having received a bye to the second round. Gavin faces a potential encounter against Henzell if both players win their second round ties.
Scotland's fine run in the Commonwealth Games team event came to an end today after losing to a strong Indian side 3-0. It was always going to be a tough ask with all four members of the Indian team ranked in the world's top 200. Gavin's current ranking is 248.
In the match itself, played in front of a fantastic crowd, Gavin faced Soumyajit Ghosh, the world number 129 and struggled to make much of an impact with Ghosh returning serve extremely well. The Indian ran out an 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 winner.
The second rubber featured Howieson against world no44 Kamal Achanta. Unfortunately for the Scot, Achanta also won in three straight games.
The contest was brought to an end following a loss in the doubles from Howieson and Doherty to Desai in Ghosh 11-7, 11-8, 11-6.
Despite the obvious disappointment, Gavin's focus now turns to the individual event which begins on 29th July and is excited at the prospect of showcasing his new celebration.
Following Gavin's unique and unusual celebration at the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow - Keith Meisner, a singer/songwriter has released this song:
Do the Rumgay by Keith Meisner
Scotland continue to impress as Gavin records a fifth sucessive victory. Gavin won the opening rubber 3-0 against Rohan Sirisena 14-12, 11-7, 12-10 before Howieson won in straight sets against Deshappriya. The reliable partnership of Howieson and Doherty concluded the contest with a 3-1 win against Ranasingha and Sirisena.
The win sets up a quarter final contest tomorrow against third seeds India at 6:30pm. Gavin will be relishing the opportunity to cause a major upset as all members of India's team are currently higher ranked than Gavin.
Scotland concluded the preliminary pool stages with victory against Tanzania to secure top spot and a last 16 place at 6:30pm tonight.
Gavin continued is fine form, winning in straight sets against Yahya Mungilwa.
Scotland went on to beat Tanzania 3-0 with victory for Craig Howieson in the second rubber followed by victory for Craig and Sean Doherty in the doubles.
Scotland will go into the last 16 tie high in confidence. Their opponents will be announced shortly.
Epic win from Gavin sparks wild celebrations - Scotland beat 5th seeds Canada 3-1
Gavin sparked wild celebrations for the Scottish contingent late last night after coming from two sets down in the fourth rubber to seal a dramatic come back win against Canadian left hander Pierre-Luc Theriault.
Gavin had been completely outplayed in the opening two sets by his 20 year old opponent - the Canadian playing near flawless table tennis.
Having lost the opening two games 11-6, 11-4, Gavin somehow managed to find another level to clinch the third and fourth games by the narrowest of margins 11-9, 12-10 before completely reversing the tide to run away with the deciding game 11-2 sparking wild celebrations!
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Other victories in the tie came from Gavin's opening win against Andrew Ho in straight sets 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 and another dramtic victory in the doubles for Craig Howieson and Sean Doherty who beat Theriault and Ho 11-9 in the deciding set.
The win against Canada gives the Scotland team a fantastic chance in topping their qualification group, with a more favourable draw awaiting in the last 16.
Scotland play their final group match against Tanzania at 12:50pm today.
Gavin and Scotland off to fast start after 3-0 win against Uganda.
Gavin begins his 2014 Commonwealth Games campaign with a 3-0 win against Uganda's Kevin Evans Mafabi. Gavin used his serve effectively throughout as he won in straight sets 11-6, 11-7, 11-1.
Meanwhile team mate Craig Howieson won the second match comfortably against Paul Mutambuze 11-2, 11-2, 11-6 and Scotland secured victory in their opening fixture after Sean Doherty & Craig Howieson teamed up to win the doubles 11-2, 11-4, 11-7 against Chelibe & Mafabi.
Scotland's evening match against Canada at 7:20pm is likely to provide a sterner test.
Gavin's Scotland team begin their campaign today against Uganda at approximately 11:20am followed by a match this evening against Canada at 7:20pm.
Just three days remain until the start of the Men's Team event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow. Gavin having recently completed a two week preparation camp with the Scotland team at Stirling University has now relocated to the Athletes' Village where he will be based for the duration of the games.
For regular updates on Gavin's progress during the Commonwealth Games, stay tuned to his website.
Gavin at the preparation camp at Stirling University with long time friends David and Lesley Atkins
Gavin claimed his ninth national title today after triumphing 4-1 in the final against Edinburgh's Craig Howieson. The win puts Gavin one win shy from equalling David Hannah's record of 10 Scottish National Championships and only three short of Euan Walker's record of 12 titles.
It has already been a fantastic return to Gavin's home town of Perth, where earlier today, Gavin teamed up with finalist Craig Howieson to win the Men's Doubles title, an event that has eluded Gavin for a number of years.
Enroute to the singles final, Gavin enjoyed success against Chris Main in the quarter final before triumphing over Sean Doherty in the semi final.
In the final, Gavin faced team mate Craig Howieson and although Craig won their contest in the West of Scotland Grand Prix last month, Gavin was never going to be denied this time around as he ran out a 4-1 winner.
Gavin produced a great performance at this year's World Championships of Ping Pong progressing to the quarter finals before losing out in the deciding game to World Champion Maxim Shmyrev of Russia.
The tournament, played over 2 days at the Ally Pally arena was showcased live on Sky Sports with $100,000 up for grabs.
Gavin began his conquest on Saturday against Louie Pineda of the Philippines and got off to a great start winning in straight sets 2-0.
Off the mark, Gavin followed up his opening victory with a second win, this time against Russian Ksenia Tulenkova also in straight games to progress through to the knock-out stages and guaranteed prize money of $1500.
Saturday's final match for Gavin was a last 32 encounter with Englishman Ashley Stokes. After clinching the first game 15-12, Gavin, with momentum on his side, secured the second game 15-7 and a place in the last 16.
In 2013, Gavin's run came to an end to Nigeria's Sule Olaleye. One year later, Gavin faced another Nigerian in the last 16, his opponent this time around Kazeem Adeleke. Poised at 14-14 in the opening game, Gavin clinched the all important sudden death point to take a 1-0 advantage. In a tight second game, Gavin also emerged victorious, this time by 15-13 setting up scenes of celebration.
Gavin's reward for his last 16 triumph was a match up against two time world champion Maxim Shmyrev. The Scot entering unchartered territory was relishing his opportunity against the seasoned pro Shmyrev. As expected, the Russian won the opening game 15-11 and it looked like it would be a routine victory until Gavin came roaring back to win the second game 15-12. With a potential upset on the cards, Shmyrev showed us all why he is a two time World Champion and produced his best performance in the deciding game to eventually run away 15-5.
Despite the defeat, Gavin can be pleased with his efforts, producing plenty of fighting spirit and quality shot making on court with $3000 being a reward for his efforts.
Let's hope Gavin can qualify yet again next year and go even further next time around.
Gavin Rumgay will be hoping for another good run in World Championship of Ping Pong this weekend at Alexandra Palace.
He rubber-stamped his return to Ally Pally after winning the Scottish Qualifier in Glasgow back in September after defeating Terry McLernon 2-0 in the final.
In the opening round Double Elimination stage Rumgay, who is hoping to appear in next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, is grouped with four-time Olympian and former world veteran champion from China Ding Yi, Philippines Louie Pineda, Dutchman Lars Adema, Ksenia Tulenkova of Russia, Austrian Stefan Leitgeb, France’s current top hardbat player Jean-Michel Carquin and Kit Jeerapaet from Thailand.
‘Magic’ Maxim Shmyrev will be looking to make it three in a row by Sunday evening. The 42-year-old from Moscow, Russia retained his title at last year’s event after defeating Nigerian Olaleye in a pulsating five-set thriller.
Shmyrev has held the WCPP since its inauguration of the classic sandpaper hard bat tournament back in 2001.
The event also sees the return of American Hollywood Hollywood actor Adoni Maropis and one of the legendary names of English table tennis 69-year-old Denis Neale, the oldest competitor in the 64-player event.
The 18-time national champion from Middleborough, who qualified back in July, reached the last 32 twelve months ago and is in a group that features 1988 Olympic Silver medallist at Men’s doubles event Ilija Lupulesku.
Event promoter Matchroom Sport and Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn believes anyone who attends WCPP this weekend are in for a real treat.
“We need to get the place absolutely banged out,” he said.
“We had decent crowds last year so we want that to grow and almost turn this into the next darts because I think it’s capable of producing drama on the table and they’re characters that play the game.
“I will say to people to come along and see. You may be surprised with the level of entertainment that is on show.
“Admire the people what they do, come along and be entertained, that’s the message – you won’t regret it.”
Tickets, priced at £10 and £15, are available at the venue or via www.WorldChampionshipOfPingPong.net, otherwise catch all the action on Sky Sports.
Gavin has been short listed for the prestigious Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year Award 2013. The results of which will be available on Thursday 30th January 2014.
Gavin had to settle for second place in his latest Grand Prix adventure in Nottingham. Seeded 2, Gavin duly reached the final with wins against Danny Lawrence and Damian Nicholls 3-0 before producing an incredible come back in the semi final against Richard Andrews to over-turn a 2-0 deficit and a match point to eventually triumph in five pulsating games. In the final, Gavin faced an unlikely opponent in Tom Maynard. Tom had a great win against Matt Ware in the quarter finals and then produced a five sets win against Helshan Weerasinghe in the semi, who had earlier caused one of the shocks of the tournament by knocking out number 1 seed Ryan Jenkins. In the final, it was to be Tom's day as he held off a late fight back from Gavin to secure a 3-1 win and a maiden Grand Prix title. Well done Tom!
After surviving a count back in his qualifying group, Gavin progressed to the main draw of the Swedish Pro Tour courtesy of a 4-0 win against Anders Eriksson of the host nation.
In the first round, Gavin faced Turkish player Bora Vang WR90. Despite Gavin having recorded an incredible win against Vang at the World Championships back in 2010, it was the Turkish player who emerged victorious in straight sets 10, 6, 10, 6.
Gavin will be making a return to the Ally Pally arena in January after winning the Scottish Qualifier held at Glasgow this weekend. The event, using sandpaper rackets is a throwback to the early days of table tennis and aims to catapult Ping Pong into the big league and onto the international stage.
This weekend saw Gavin claim the sole qualification spot from an initial start of 24 players. Having progressed through the group stages and initial knock-out rounds, Gavin won 2-0 against Craig Hardie in the semi finals before triumphing 2-0 against Terry McLernon in the final.
Gavin will now relish his return to Alexandra Palace where there is a prize fund of $100,000 and a winner's cheque of $20,000. Having reached the quarter final stages last year, Gavin will be hoping to go further this time round.
'That's Massive!' To read an in depth article on the etta website, please visit the link: http://etta.co.uk/news/inspired-rumgay-reigns-at-bribar-london-gp/
Gavin has added the Bribar London Grand Prix title to his growing list of domestic successes after an inspired performance saw him clinch his 24th Grand Prix Title.
In the Quarter Finals, Gavin came through in straight sets against Irishman Paul McCreery to set up a semi final encounter with Pole Artur Daniel WR262. In a titanic tussle, Gavin triumphed in this match by the narrowest of margins, facing a match point to eventually win and set up a final show down with English Number 5 Chris Doran.
In another match that went the full distance, Gavin clinched the opening game before falling 2-1 behind. Gavin's fighting spirit, which has been exceptional of late proved to be the difference yet again as he was able to wear down his opponent and eventually claim the fourth and fifth games 11-8, 11-7.
It has been yet another successful weekend for the flying scotsman and there will be further congratulations in stall for Gavin as he celebrates his 'stag do' in a couple weeks time before getting married to his Fiancee Jane in August.
Gavin bows out of the world championships after a fascinating contest with world number 16 Gao Ning. Despite a significant gulf in the world rankings, Gavin pushed the Singapore number 1 deep into the 6th game before Gao Ning managed to eventually wrap up the match.
Gavin started very brightly and clinched the opening game 11-9. Gao Ning fought back to win the next game 11-8 and after also securing the third game 11-6, the momentum appeared to shift in the Singaporean's favour.
However, Gavin had different ideas and won a titanic fourth set 14-12 to restore parity. With a potential upset on the cards, Gao Ning made use of his vast wealth of experience to move back ahead by winning the fifth game 11-7. From that point on, the world number 16 did not look back as he also secured the sixth game 11-7 to win the last 128 match by 4 games to 2.
Despite exiting the world championships in the first round of the main draw, Gavin can draw from many positives from the last couple weeks. A bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games was backed up by a solid display in Paris, with four victories recorded before even qualifying for the main draw. Gavin's opponent Gao Ning would have been a very relieved man to eventually progress through to the next round.
Incidentally, the Singapore player eventually reached the last 16 of the World Championships before losing out to top Chinese star Wang Hao.
For the remainder of the tournament, Gavin took seat in the commentary box, providing expert commentary on many high quality matches that included the all German last 16 encounter between Ovtcharov and Baum and Gao Ning's battle against Wang Hao.
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Above: Gavin celebrates after winning match point against Ajetunmobi in the main arena
Two wins successfully negotiated in the preliminary rounds today has set up a mouth watering contest with Singapore's no1 player and world no16 Gao Ning.
Gavin began today where he left off yesterday with a 4-0 win over Brazil's Eric Jouti. The South American world ranked 426 had no answer as Gavin ran out a 7, 7, 10, 8 winner.
In the following preliminary round Gavin faced Nigeria's Seun Ajetunmobi WR326. Although Gavin dropped his first sets of the championships, it was nevertheless another victory recorded, this time by scores of -9, 7, 8, 5, -7, 10.
Gavin will face Gao Ning at 16:30 local time tomorrow, a win will undoubtly be his biggest triumph to date.
A perfect start for Gavin on Day 1 saw him win both his singles matches 4-0 in the qualifying group stages of the World Championships.
In Gavin's first match he was successful against Malta's Edward Baldacchino 5, 5, 6, 6 and in his second singles match he accounted for Moldova's Andrei Putuntica 4, 4, 6, 8.
Partnering Gillian Edwards in the mixed doubles, the Scots also progressed with wins against Laos' Kongphet and Soulinda 8, 3, 7 and Peru's Blas and Mori - W/O.
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The travelling continues - a brief stop at New Dehli, India is followed by another massive event of the year, this time the World Table Tennis Individual Championships in Paris, France. The truly breathtaking venue at Bercy, Paris will host all the best table tennis players in the world.
Below: The breathtaking venue of the World Table Tennis Championships - Paris, France
Gavin's preparations have been somewhat hampered by falling victim of a sickess bug in Dehli over the last couple days. Despite the adverse circumstances and long hours travelling, Gavin will be relishing the opportunity to play against the world's best and despite his unfortunate withdrawal from the Commonwealth Singles Championships a couple days ago, Gavin will be entering the World Championships in decent form having lost only one of his nine singles matches in last week's team event.
The Championships take place between 13-20th May and during the event, Gavin will also be providing his expert analysis from the commentary box over a three day period. To stay tuned visit the ITTF website for live videos and commentary and for updates on Gavin's results and performance, follow this website.
Below: Gavin at a training hall in Paris with a t-shirt advertising his Racket Sport's Company and a link to this website
Above - Gavin in action against Singapore's Chen Feng
Although Scotland lost out to favourites Singapore 3-1 in the semi finals of the Commonwealth Games team championships in New Delhi, India - Gavin completed a successful team event campaign by beating world top 100 player Chen Feng in three straight games! Gavin's opponent who has been in the world's top 100 since December last year and who was a recent semi finalist at the Polish Pro Tour was beaten 13-11, 12-10, 11-8.
Unfortunately in the Singles Event Gavin had to pull out of the tournament due to a sickness bug. In the doubles Gavin and partner Craig Howieson won 3-0 against a New Zealand paring before similarly having to retire through sickness.
Gavin's Team event record:
Gavin Rumgay beat Imesh Ranasingha (Sri Lanka - WR?) 6, 7, 5
Gavin Rumgay beat Ryan Jenkins (Wales - WR280) -6, 10, 9, 8
Gavin Rumgay beat Stephen Jenkins (Wales - WR686) 5, 4, 5
Gavin Rumgay beat Dunley Foo (Malaysia - WR847) 8, 9, 10
Gavin Rumgay beat Muhad Shakirin Ibrahim (Malaysia - WR389) 3, 6, -8, 10
Soumyajit Ghosh (India - WR189) beat Gavin Rumgay 5, 5, 8
Gavin Rumgay beat Ashley Robinson (Northern Ireland - WR1041) 9, -9, 12, 8
Gavin Rumgay beat Paul McCreery (Nortern Ireland - WR551) -11, 5, -9, 4, 11
Gavin Rumgay beat Chen Feng (Singapore - WR100) 11, 10, 8
Gavin (far left) - the backbone of the Scottish Team receiving a bronze medal in the team event
Scotland have achieved one of their greatest ever accolades in recent years by securing at least a Bronze medal in the Commonwealth Table Tennis Team Championships, New Dehli, India.
The mens team can make it to the final if they beat a strong Singaporean side in tomorrow's last four encounter.
Enroute, Scotland were victorious against Sri Lanka and Wales, where Gavin remained undefeated and also enjoyed a fine victory over long term nemisis Ryan Jenkins.
In the second stage, Scotland began with a decent 3-1 win over Malaysia with Gavin twice victorious but the winning run then came to a halt as Scotland crashed to a 3-0 defeat to title favourite's India. Despite the loss, Scotland knew that a win in the final group match against Northern Ireland would secure a semi-final spot with Singapore in the morning.
Against Northern Ireland, Scotland fell 1-0 behind. Gavin restored parity with a 3-1 win over Ashley Robinson and then for the first time Scotland moved ahead with Sean Doherty getting the better of Keith Knox in three straight games. At 2-1, Gavin faced Paul McCreery in an extremely tense encounter, the latter had earlier accounted for Craig Howieson in the opening fixture of the tie. Gavin lost the first set, but came roaring back to claim the second. But again, Gavin found himself behind with Paul winning the third set by the narrowest of margins 11-9. The drama would not end there as the Scottish coach received a red card to add to the tension! As Gavin so often does, he forced the tie into a decider with a dominant fourth game performance and so in the fifth, Gavin began strongly, leading 3-1 before finding himself 5-3 down at the change of ends. Another point in Paul's favour extended the Northern Irishman's lead to three points and at 5-8 it looked like the match might be slipping away. But, with a nick name 'Braveheart' Gavin would never go down without a fight. The flying Scotsman reeled off three consecutive points to level 8-8. Paul re-composed himself and found himself with a match point at 11-10 but with fantastic fighting spirit, Gavin managed to win the biggest points of his career to claim the set 13-11 to send the Scottish camp into jubilation!
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Gavin's wins against European No1 Juniors or U21s
Gavin's wins v British No1s
Commmenwealth Championships - 2007 - Jaipur, India
Gavin became the closest player to equal Richard Yule's record of acheiving a Commonwealth Medal in 2007. Gavin reached the Quarter Final of the Commonwealths after notable wins against (Gavin Evans 4/2 in Round of 32) & (Soumayadeep Roy 4/3 in Round of 16). Gavin then lost out in a final game decider 4/3 to Yang Zi of Singapore (World Raned 33 at the time) to agonisingly miss out on at least commonwealth bronze.
However in 2013, Gavin managed to equal one of Richard Yule's records in acheiveing eight Scottish National Championship Titles. At the age of 28, Gavin could still break a couple records in the coming years.
Gavin playing in his first Racketlon tournament in over a decade returned to the sport with a bang, surging to the title in emphatic fashion. With over 60 entries at the event in Redbridge, a record for a tournament of this stature, the usual 21up format was scrapped and reduced to 11up to enable all matches to be played on time.
In the final, Gavin strolled to victory in what could possibly be the most one sided final in Racketlon history. Gavin led Oliver Oxland 11-1, 11-1, 3-2 - which gave Gavin an unassailable lead. To read the full article please visit the link: http://www.englishracketlon.org/news/1-latest-news/531-easter-racketlon-review-2013.html
A video of the final can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TFD4acfB2lo
Gavin will take part in his first Racketlon tournament in over 10 years, which takes place on Monday 1st April at the Redbridge Sports Centre in London.
Racketlon which comprises of table tennis, squash, badminton and tennis is a very physically demanding sport where all four racket sports are challenged against the same opponent. A match contains four sets, one in each sport and is played up to 21 points. The winner of a racketlon match is not the one that wins the most sets but the one that scores the most points in total.
Gavin took part in the very first Racketlon tournament held outside of Scandanavia in 2002 when he entered The Scottish Open in Dundee.
Gavin has been selected from an Elite commentating pool inside the ITTF to commentate for three days at the World Table Tennis Championships in Paris in May. This follows on from his successful trips to China and Russia where Gavin has made a positive start to his commentating career.
Gavin could become the first Scotsman to play in the French Pro A league after securing a double victory in tonights match against Fontenay. Gavin's side PPC Villeneuve have a four point cushion over Nice Cavigal at the top of Pro B and a very satisfied Gavin has now won 5 consecutive matches.
In tonight's match Gavin won 3-1 against Omri Ben Ari and 3-1 against Mehdi Bouloussa, the latter of the two beating Jorgen Persson only last month.
The 4-1 win tonight against Fontenay follows a tremendous 4-0 win over second place Nice Cavigal as PPC Villeneuve edge ever closer to promotion.
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Gavin claimed his 8th National Title at Glasgow yesterday after a 4-1 win over Craig Howieson in the final and now moves another step closer to Euan Walker's all time record of 12 National titles. Gavin produced an assured performance throughout the day, having recorded straight set victories over Scott Barton in the Quarter Finals and Sean Doherty in the Semi Finals. In the final Gavin won the first game 11-6 and although Craig levelled the scores by winning the second game 11-7, Gavin won the 'big' points in the remaining games to triumph 11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10.
Interview for the National Championships can been seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Gavin has continued his blistering form of late by winning his last five tournaments in England.
At the Woolwell Open on 28/29th December, Gavin claimed the £1000 top prize by beating Niall Cameron 3-1 in the Quarter Finals and followed this up with further 3-1 victories over Matt Ware and Darius Knight in the Semi Final and Final respectively.
At the Brittania Suffolk GP on the 30th December, Gavin won without dropping a set the whole day. In the final he beat Andy Warner 3-0.
Gavin was in imperious form claiming yet another Grand Prix title last weekend, this time the Bribar Bristol Grand Prix. To reach the final Gavin beat Ed Slot, Shaun Hall and Denis Bernhard 3-0 before completing a remarkable turnaround against Chris Doran in the semi-finals.
After losing the opening two games 11-4 and 14-12, Gavin saved two match points in the third to eventually win it 12-10. Gavin then squared the contest with an 11-8 fourth game win and despite throwing away a 5-1 lead in game five, Gav powered home to win it 11-7 and reach the final.
In the final Gavin was a convincing 3-0 winner against Mike O'Driscoll. 11-5, 11-2, 11-7, who had earlier upset Darius Knight in the other semi final.
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Gavin has added yet another title to his vast collection with victory at the Sussex Senior Open. Having come into the tournament in decent form with a win over WR208 Andre Silva in the European Championships and a narrow decisive game loss to Daniel Zwickl WR94, Gavin over came Craig Bryant 3-0 in the semi finals before triumphing against Chris Doran 3-2 in the final.
Gavin picked up a deserved winners cheque for £300 and was presented with a brand new £3500 trophy. The final itself was recorded and will be shown on youtube soon and with both players being announced into the hall to music, the well run tournament gave the spectators some extra value entertainment!
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Gavin couldn't have hoped for a better start to his career at PPC Villeneuve, with two wins from two against ALCL GD Quev. 1. With the team score finely poised at 1-1, Gavin overcame Konstantinos Lagogianis WR251 in four sets, winning 7, 2, -6, 9 and completed the team's 4-1 (click for full scores) victory with a straight sets win over Si Tang 4, 10, 8 who only a fortnight ago beat Nigerian International Monday Merotohun. Before tonight, Tang was undefeated in his previous nine matches this season, but will walk away from tonight's match empty handed as he also suffered a straight sets defeat to Gavin's team mate Kou Lei.
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Gavin has continued to rack up the Grand Prix titles of late with victoryat the Britannia Suffolk Grand Prix. In a devastating display Gavin completed the day without the loss of a single game. In the semi-final Gavin overcame Rory Scott before triumphing against Chinese player Nicholas Leung in the final.
In a bid to make the final four of the Olympic squad Gavin will travel to China for one month on Sunday and he will take part in the Pro Tour in Shanghai. Following the tournament Gavin will continue his intensive training in Beijing.
Gavin has put pen to paper, agreeing a one year deal with French Club PPC Villeneuvois. The french team based in the South West of France, play in the French professional B league. Gavin will team up alongside Kou Lei WR122, Jeremy Petiot WR240 and Stephane Quaiche WR280.
From looking at the talent in Gavin's own team, there promises to be plenty of high quality matches to look forward to as Gavin continues to show that he wants to make an impact on the international stage.
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Gavin has added another Grand Prix success to last month's victory at Ipswich with a triumph at the Cardiff Grand Prix.
In the quarter finals, Gavin overcame a Korean opponent before beating Richard Andrews 3-1 in the semi finals. In the final Gavin secured a 3-2 win against David McBeath to continue a fine run of form of late.
Gavin qualified for the last 32 of the Spanish Pro Tour for the first time, producing the upset of the day by over-coming Singapore's Chen Feng WR121 in the last 64. Gavin won in impressive fashon 4-1 with scores of 7, -5, 4, 6, 7.
In the following round, Gavin came up against an in-form Vladimir Samsonov losing out 4-0.
Gavin is through to the main draw after winning both his matches in the qualification group stages of the Spanish Pro Tour in Almeria. Gavin triumphed 4-0 against WR:848 Vilchez before over-coming Turkish player Gencay Menge WR:367, 4-1 to seal top spot in the group. Gavin beat Menge 9, -8, 6, 12, 7.
Gavin claimed his 20th Grand Prix victory in emphatic fashion at the Satellite Suffolk Grand Prix at Ipswich with a 3-0 win over Ryan Collins in the final. Earlier in the semi-final, Gavin battled hard to over-come his Chinese opponent 3-2. Gavin dedicates the win to his late Grandmother.
Three wins for Gavin in opening two days play
Playing in the 2nd Division of the World Championships, Scotland face Brazil, Italy, Iran, Holland and Bosnia in their initial group stage.
Scotland began their campaign against Italy and despite Gavin taking the opening match 3-1 against Marco Rech Daldosso, Scotland eventually went down 3-1 overall.
In the second match Scotland had a decent win over the Netherlands with all three players winning to secure a 3-0 win over the Dutch. Gavin won his match in straight sets against Jonah Kahn by 7, 7, 8.
In the third match against Bosnia, Scotland also went down 3-1. Like Italy, Gavin got the Scots off to the perfect start winning the opening rubber in straight sets against Hasanovic 5, 6, 9 but ultimately no futher successes were added.
Today (27/03/12) Scotland face Iran at noon (BST) before a final group game against Brazil the following day.
Gavin is National Champion for 7th time!
Gavin claimed his seventh national title today at the Scotstoun Leisure Centre in Glasgow when he came from one set down to win 4-1 against Craig Howieson in the final. Having lost a tight first set 11-9, Gavin clawed his way back into the match winning the second set also 11-9. From then on, Gavin upped his game and cruised through the remainder sets 4, 3 & 7 to seal a comfortable 4-1 victory.
En-route to the final, Gavin enjoyed a straight games success against Chris Main in the last 16, followed by another 3-0 win over Terry McLernon in the Quarter Finals and a 3-0 win over Stewart Crawford in the semi finals.
Gavin lost out to Chris Doran in a tight final - deuce in the 5th having led 2-1 earlier in the match. It was however an encouraging display with Gavin having struggled against his opponent in recent times.
On the way to the final, Gavin enjoyed success against a French professional in the group stages, followed by a 3-1 win over Tom Maynard (winner of band 1), a 3-0 win over Sean Cullen in the quarters and a 3-2 win over Craig Howieson in the semis.
Gavin has been shortlisted for the British Team at the London Olympics 2012. Gavin joins a squad of six, alongside Drinkhall, Baggeley, Pitchford, Knight and Reed.
Gavin is delighted with his progress through 2011. In February 2012, the 8 strong British Olympic squad will be cut to 4 or 5. However, Gavin finds himself at a career high ranking of 221 on the January 2012 Rankings. This will bode well for his inclusion in the short-list of players named on 1st February.
2011 has seen Gavin focus on three important tournaments.
1. World Individual Championships in Holland (May)
2. European Individual Championships in Poland (October)
3. Switzerland World Open (November)
Gavin reached the Main Draw in the Worlds having to win four consecutive matches to get there. The highlight was a 4-2 win over WR200 Ivan Katkov of Ukraine. Gavin eventually bowed out to former World No1 Jean Michel Saive by 4-2.
In October Gavin reached the last 32 of the European Championships, an incredible feat, before losing out to former world no1 Jorgen Persson by 4/2.
Finally in November, Gavin played in his first Swiss Open in Lausanne. He exceeded expectations again reaching the quarter finals. Along the way, Gavin overcame talented French Junior Antoine Hachard. Gavin battled to a 4/3 win before setting up a rematch with Jorgen Persson, with the Swedish legend coming out on top 4/1.
January - defeated Xu Hui of China (no8 Senior)
January - defeated Kristian Karlsson of Sweden (wr230)
February - defeated Mattias karlsson of Sweden (wr135) - winner of the Finland Open the prior month
March - defeated Sun Jian of China (no15 Senior)
2012 PLANS FOR GAVIN
China training camp for three weeks in Janurary and February 2012. It is important to improve before the World Team Championships in Germany in March. This fantastic camp will provide Gavin with practise he needs to move into the worlds top 200.
Additionally there will be an Olympic Qualification Event in Luxembourg (April 2012) followed hopefully by Gavin's inclusion in the Olympic Team! (August 2012)
Gavin finished as runner-up in the Munster Open losing out to Ryan Jenkins in the final 3-1.
End of the road for Gavin at Swiss Open
Gavin was unable to change the outcome of his re-match with former world champion Jorgen Persson. After getting back on level terms at 1-1, the Swedish maestro pulled away to secure the match 4-1 with scores of 6, -8, 3, 6, 8.
Meanwhile, in the other quarter finals, Oh Sang Eun WR13 won in straight sets against Michel Martinez WR188. Prokopcov WR67 came back from 3-0 down to triumph 12-10 in the 7th set against Liu Song WR93 and finally WR14 - Chih-Yuan Chuang beat Lin Jun WR101 4-2.
Gavin through to Quarter Finals and guaranteed prize money of 625 Euros!
Gavin is relishing a re-match with table tennis legend Jorgen Persson after winning his way through to the quarter final stage of the second Swiss Open. Gavin who received a walkover against Ryan Jenkins who unfortunately had to withdraw due to an ankle injury beat Swiss player Lionel Weber 4-0 to set up a fascinating contest with French player Antoine Hachard in the last 16. Hachard who had earlier accounted for Russia's WR96 player Liventsov (Liventsov beat Ma Lin at the China Open in August) was involved in an epic battle with Gavin, with Gavin emerging victorious by 11-9 in the decisive 7th end. It was a tremendous victory for Gavin who now has a re-run of his European second round encounter with Persson for a place in the semi final.
Gavin jets off to Switzerland today to take part in the 2nd Swiss Open this weekend. The 34 man format features ten groups of three, with the winners of each group qualifying for the knock out stages. There are four players that qualify directly to the main draw, with the top two going straight through to the quarter finals. The top four players are: Oh Sang Eun WR13, Chuang Chih Yuan WR14, Jorgen Persson WR42 and Dimitri Prokopkov WR67.
Gavin who has been kindly sponsored by 'Stand & Deliver' for this event is the 12th ranked player in the field. The draw will be posted shortly and regular updates will be recorded over the weekend.
Gavin's European campaign ends at the hands of Jorgen Persson
Gavin put up a brave fight, as the former world champion fought back from behind to claim a 4-2 win. Gavin started off brightly against the current WR36 taking the opening game 12-10 before Persson levelled matters by claiming the second game 11-5. However, the Scot continued to pile on the pressure and was rewarded by taking the third set 11-9. With Persson needing to up his game to stay in the championships, he duly responding and claimed the following three sets 6, 7, 6 and the match 4-2. It was an encouraging display from Gavin, having taken the experienced Swede far closer than many people would have anticipated.
Gavin through to last 32 as Ruiwu Tan retires!
Gavin is one of three Brits through to the last 32 following the retirement of Ruiwu Tan in their second round encounter. Gavin will now face Jorgen Persson WR36 for a place in the last 16. Gavin is joined by English duo Darius Knight and Liam Pitchford.
Easy Start for Gavin in Round 1 of European Championships
There were no problems for Gavin in his first round match against Estonia's Toomas Libene. Gavin won in four straight games 6, 5, 5, 8. Gavin faces a much tougher task in round 2 with a match up against Croatia's Ruiwu Tan WR74. Tan saw of Welshman Ryan Jenkins in his first round encounter with a comfortable scoreline of 4, 5, 4, 7.
Gavin win play Estonia's Toomas Libene WR1214 in the first round of the European Championships on Thursday afternoon (13/10/11).
In the doubles the Scottish pairing of Gavin Rumgay and Craig Howieson lost out to Slovakia's Pistej WR134 and Illas WR192 in four sets. After capturing a tight opening game 11-9, the Scottish pair unfortunately went down in the following three games -9, -6, -7.
Youngsters from the Arsenal Community Table Tennis Club were given a professional masterclass last week when British number three, Gavin Rumgay dropped into the William Ellis School in Camden to showcase his skills and provide coaching expertise.
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Gavin, seeded two in the Men's Singles was beaten in the final by worthy winner Paul Drinkhall the no1 seed. With the absense of Ryan Jenkins through injury, Drinkhall had an easier path than anticpated to get to the final. Gavin had a decent 3-0 win over Hung Kei Li in the quarter finals before beating Gavin Evans in four games in the semi final. In the final, the first game was nip and tuck with Gavin holding three set points. Unfortunately for Gavin he was unable to capitalise as Drinkhall took the opening game 14-12. The final two games also went the way of Drinkhall as he was able to build on the momentum gained from winning the first set. As a result Drinkhall claimed the title in straight sets and was a deserved winner having been the best player on the day.
There will be a strong entry at this year's Newcastle GP with England no1 Paul Drinkhall heading the line up with Gavin seeded at no2 and Ryan Jenkins no3. Gavin Evans takes the 4th spot and if all goes to plan, Gavin will face Evans in the semies before most likely facing Drinkhall or Jenkins in the final.
Gavin is thankful for the support shown by 'Stand and deliver' - a business management and development training company that have provided help and assistance in Gavin's goal for the London 2012 Olympics. Gavin greatly appreciates the support received and will continue his hard work to ensure he has the best possible chance to make the GB Olympic team.
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As part of the Grand Opening of The Morpeth (London) Community Table Tennis club, Gavin took on former English no1 and Commonwealth Champion Matthew Syed in a challenge match. To the delight of the spectators, they were treated to a whole host of ridiculous rallies with Gavin emerging as a straight sets winner!
This Thursday, Gavin will take part in a demonstration match against former English no1 and Commonwealth Champion Matthew Syed. For further details please visit the link below:http://updates.etta.tv/london/2011/09/19/grand-opening-of-morpeth-community-london-tt-club/
After a promising start Gavin is out of the mens singles after losing out to Michael Bardon WR165. The match itself was a tight affair, with Gavin taking an early 2-1 lead. Bardon, however, drew level at 2-2 and at 10-10 in the following game it could have gone either way. Unfortunately it was the Slovakian who won 12-10 before running out comfortably in the 6th end (-3, 7, 8, -5, -10, -4).
In the doubles, Gavin teamed up with Andrew Baggaley of England and had a decent 3-0 qualifying win over Olivares and Rodrigues of Chile. In the following round, the partnership came to an end as they lost out to Samsonov WR8 and Platonov WR164 by 3-0 (-9, -3, -7).
Gavin has begun his Austrian Pro Tour campaign with a 4-1 (8,8,7,-6,4) win over Frantisek Obeslo of the Czech Republic. Although Obeslo is ranked lowly at 727, Gavin will be pleased to make a positive start. His next match in the group stages will be a much tougher contest against Slovakia's Michael Bardon WR165.
Gavin paid the perfect tribute to his late grandfather Jonny by claiming his first Grand Prix win of the 2011-2012 campaign. Jonny who passed away last week had been an inspirational figure for Gavin and he would have been very proud of his grandson's latest achievement. Gavin exclaimed afterwards 'I tried that extra bit harder so that I could dedicate this win to him'.
Gavin faced his toughest match of the tournament in the last 16, where he was drawn against Japanese defender Aki Tsuji. Although Gavin won in three straight games, he was made to work hard for the win, with lengthy rallies in abundance.
The quarter finals proved more straightforward with a straight sets win over Damien Nicholls, before moving into the final with a 3-1 win over Matt Ware.
In the final Gavin faced Paul McCreery of Ireland who had caused an upset by beating Darius Knight in the other semi final. Gavin used all his experience and fighting spirit to come through this encounter, to triumph in four sets to claim the mens singles title.
Gavin will head the field at next weekend's Bristol Grand Prix. The event is the second Grand Prix of the 2011-2012 campaign and Gavin will be looking to go one better, having reached the final of the Liverpool Grand Prix in August.
Gavin's potential opponents enroute to the final include Gav McGuire, Damien Nicolls and Matt Ware, with Darius Knight seeded to meet Gavin in the final.
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Gavin has been selected to represent Great Britain in a four man team to take on the Allstars. The GB team comprising of Gavin Rumgay, Paul Drinkhall, Andrew Baggaley & Liam Pitchford will take on an 'Allstar team' which is still to be confirmed. The event will take place on November 25th at the Olympic Venue.
Gavin has made the long list for the Olympic Games in London next year and will be working extremely hard to ensure he has the best possible chance to earn his ticket to represent the UK.
The list as follows in world ranking order as of August 2011:
1. Paul Drinkhall WR130
2. Andrew Baggaley WR156
3. Gavin Rumgay WR230
4. Darius Knight WR254
5. Liam Pitchford WR275
6. Danny Reed WR282
7. Chris Doran WR443
8. Gavin Evans WR571
Gavin will be entering the Liverpool GP on 20/08/11 - an event he has enjoyed considerable success in the past winning the title from 2006-2009. Gavin will be looking to re-claim the title in just over two weeks time having lost out in the final last year.
The next Pro Tour on Gavin's schedule will be the Austrian Pro Tour held from the 21st to 25th of September. Gavin will be looking to qualify through to the main draw and pick up valuable ranking points as he bids to make the Olympic team next year.
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