Sathiyan Gnanasekaran Finds New Innovative Way To Train During The Coronavirus Lockdown

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India’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran has taken to new lengths to keep his quality of play at top level during lockdown in India.

Without a sparring partner, 27-year-old Sathiyan, currently placed 31st in the world, imported Butterfly’s new Amicus Prime table tennis robot from Germany to help him continue his training during the Coronavirus Lockdown. However, even with this new robot from Butterfly, Sathiyan acknowledges there is no true substitute for human training partners:

“The robot keeps me on my toes each day and I play with it for about one-and-half hours. With no practice partners available, this is the best I can do to keep myself in the game mode.” – Sathiyan Gnanasekaran

With that being said, Sathiyan has in fact noticed that there are some advantages to training with Amicus Prime over that of a real-life sparring partner, finding some aspects of his game actually improving thanks to the new robot:

“It can generate speeds and spin on the ball which no human can manage to. My receiving ability has improved and the flicks too have got better after playing with the robot.” – Sathiyan Gnanasekaran

Rapidly developing into one of the sport’s biggest forces, Sathiyan became only the second Indian player to land ITTF World Tour men’s singles gold at the 2016 Belgium Open before backing it up with the 2017 Belgium Open crown.

Sathiyan is now the second highest ranked male player from India in the ITTF World Rankings, coming in at No.32, one position below fellow countryman Sharath Kamal Achanta and has an exciting future ahead of him.

Source: Reuters

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