Gavin began his world championship journey on Monday 29th May where he was drawn against Deepesh Bhagwani (Indonesia) and Sherwin Remata (Philippines) who is currently based in London. With an impressive 4-0 win over Remata, Bhagwani was the only barrier in the way from reaching the preliminary rounds.
An impressive start took Gavin to a 3-0 lead, only to then go on the defensive for 2 sets as the young Indonesian played with no fear and swung to take it back to 3-2. JoeJoe Britnells calm and tactical advice in the corner settled Gavins mind and with a clear head managed to overcome Bhagwani 4-2, setting up a preliminary encounter with Hungarian Nandor Ecseki.
Rumgays aggressive style and attitude from the offset dismantled the Hungarians confidence and put pressure on him early doors. The 4-2 score line doesn’t do justice to the level of skill and length of rallies seen by both players. The entertaining Scot wowed the crowd with his positive display and gritted determination.
Gavin said after the match, “It was important for me to try to unsettle him from the start, he was more powerful than me and was stronger both wings. My serves were a huge problem for him and my variation in the rallies kept him guessing throughout, allowing me to take the win”.
Gavin also said, “There is no way I should be beating these players who train every day in a good system, however clever tactics and intelligence is the key factor to winning”.
Gavin then partnered up with the current Swiss National Champion Lionel Weber in the mens doubles. Unfortunately the pair fell in the last qualification round vs a strong Nigerian pair. Gavin said that, “it was great to partner up with someone on a similar level as my game, we worked well together and hopefully the partnership could continue for future events”.
Gavin’s main draw opponent and final match of the Worlds was in the last 128 against none other than German legend and crowd favourite Timo Boll. The score line to the match was 4-0 and Gavin said, “Playing Timo was a completely different level up from Ecseki, playing Timo on centre court in Germany is something I won’t forget”.
An impressive display of table tennis and fight from Gavin in the World Championships.
Gavin now sits at 240 in the World Rankings following on from his impressive display in Dusseldorf.
Following on from the impressive run in the singles, Gavin went a step further than the rest of the players and entered the commentary box.
Teaming up with Adam Bobrow, Don Parker and Errol Creary, Gavin entered the team as an expert commentator.
Following on from the superb start by Gavin, commentating on players such as Timo Boll, Zhang Jike, Harimoto and Vladimir Samsanov. Gavin was given the go ahead to commentate on the highly anticipated men’s singles final on Monday 5th June that had an 8,000 sell out crowd!
Gavin said, “That was a huge honour for me to be trusted and respected by the team to commentate on the pinnacle match of the tournament”.
He went on to say, “Partnering up with Adam Bobrow for the final was great, we were working well with each other throughout the tournament, as well as the other lead commentators. The whole team have been a delight to work with and I hope to work with them again soon”.
Gavin’s next commentating role will be at the Platinum Pro Tour in Australia, be sure to tune in there.
If you have any questions you can catch Gavin on Twitter at @GavinRumgayTT and be sure to check out gavinrumgay.com for all the latest updates.