Wally Green - Celebrity | Pro Table Tennis Player, Coach, and Co-Founder of SPIN New York 23 - Table Tennis Themed Cafe in Manhattan. Wally has many fascinating stories making him the coolest figure in table tennis.
Episode 5 features Wally Green, a celebrity /pro table tennis player, coach, and co-founder of SPIN New York 23, a table tennis themed cafe on 23rd and Park Avenue in Manhattan.Wally talks to me about his rise from growing up under very challenging circumstances in a Brooklyn housing project to discovering table tennis at the age of 19 and subsequently training in Germany at a specialized school for table tennis players a then training with the highest level pro players of that nation.We discuss how Wally found his niche in the American table tennis scene by playing with a personality and street attitude that differentiated him from almost any other player. Wally's unique approach led to sponsorships and a collaboration with Rock Star Games to develop their Table Tennis video game. Wally went on to became a co-founder of SPIN New York 23, located in the Flatiron district of Manhattan. While at SPIN, Wally has played table tennis with pro tennis players such as Gael Monfils and Venus Williams while the world's tennis stars come to NY for the US Open...Green has even given Venus a table tennis lesson where he found that Venus' perfectionism and competitiveness carries over from racquet to paddle! Finally, we discussed Wally's trip to North Korea to play a tournament match where, although he lost, he won over both his opponent and the crowd.Wally Green generally can be found on social media at Wally Green NYC.Twitter:@wallygreennycSPIN New York 23 Website:https://wearespin.com/location/new-york/Have a suggestion for a Serve and Return Podcast guest? email Chris at firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite:http://serveandreturnpodcast.buzzsprout.comTwitter:@CTrieste2 OR @ serve_returnpod