My ping pong journey began when my brother, Connor, saw a ping pong table at someone’s home with my dad in 2004. My father was a U.S. player who reached a USATT rating of over 2200. He played from the 1970s until the 1990s when he started a family and took a break for a while. My brother, Connor, was a great athlete and insisted that he would beat my dad at ping pong when he saw this table! So my dad found a Stiga table, purchased it, and he brought it to the house with Connor to show him what the real sport was all about. My brother admitted he was not going to be able to win just yet, but my dad was such a good coach that Connor was able to beat him after only 3 years of training. I was 7 years old in 2004, and I started taking lessons with my dad every weekend after we got the table. Being the youngest player and having an older brother who was always better than me helped me progress so much, challenging me and pushing me to train. I was always the worst player because I was the youngest, but I believe that struggle early on led me to later success. After high school, I took over 1.5 years to train in Europe, and my biggest accomplishment earned from this was breaking over the 2400 USATT rating threshold, earning myself a top 50 ranking among U.S. men’s citizens in the country. It has been a long and crazy journey, and I’m grateful for all of it. It is my pleasure to be able to work at SPIN Boston and showcase this wonderful sport to everyone who is curious about it.