Remembering Chester Barnes: The King Of Table Tennis

(Photo: The Guardian)

Table tennis lost a true icon on 18th March 2021 with the passing of legendary figure Chester Barnes at the age of 74.

A household name in British table tennis history, Chester Barnes won five English Championships titles from 1963 to 1974 before retiring from competitive action aged 28.

Perhaps best remembered for his maverick bahaviour on the table, refusing to shake his opponent’s hand and ranting to the press about his rank being lower than he believed it should have been, but Barnes’ popularity and fame skyrocketed nonetheless and was viewed as a refreshing take on the somewhat more diplomatic athletes many had become accustomed to over the years.

Chester Barnes was one of the sporting greats and will be sorely missed by the international table tennis family.

Read more about Chester Barnes’ incredible story from the perspective of The Guardian.

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