It's "Hello, me old China" at English Open table tennis championships
Monday, 24 January 2011
More than a third of the tickets sold have been snapped up by the local Chinese community and finals weekend at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) is almost a sell-out.
"Finals weekend is always the big attraction, but to be virtually sold out a week in advance is a really big bonus," said tournament director Mike Holt, who spearheaded the last English Open in 2009 which was voted the best ITTF Pro Tour that year.
"At least a third of all tickets sold have been to the local Chinese community.
"They are keen followers of the sport and with their heroes in town they clearly didn't want to miss the opportunity of seeing them close at hand."
The ITTF Pro Tour English Open runs at the EIS from January 26-30.
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