Suburbs a hub for table tennis talent

  • Spenser Lam, of Schaumburg, practices table tennis at the Schaumburg Park District, where he also coaches part-time. Lam is one of the top-ranked table tennis players in the United States, and competed in last weekend's U.S. Table Tennis Open.

      Spenser Lam, of Schaumburg, practices table tennis at the Schaumburg Park District, where he also coaches part-time. Lam is one of the top-ranked table tennis players in the United States, and competed in last weekend's U.S. Table Tennis Open. Samantha Bowden | Staff Photographer

  • Arcot Naresh, of Lisle, left, and Spenser Lam, of Schaumburg, practice table tennis at the Schaumburg Park District. The sport is gaining popularity in the suburbs, players say.

      Arcot Naresh, of Lisle, left, and Spenser Lam, of Schaumburg, practice table tennis at the Schaumburg Park District. The sport is gaining popularity in the suburbs, players say. Samantha Bowden | Staff Photographer

  • Arcot Naresh, of Lisle, left, and Spenser Lam, of Schaumburg, practice table tennis at the Schaumburg Park District. They're among dozens of suburban players competing with top players from around the world.

      Arcot Naresh, of Lisle, left, and Spenser Lam, of Schaumburg, practice table tennis at the Schaumburg Park District. They're among dozens of suburban players competing with top players from around the world. Samantha Bowden | Staff Photographer

  • Arcot Naresh, if Lisle, practices table tennis at the Schaumburg Park District. Naresh is one of dozens of suburban players who competed in the U.S. Table Tennis Open last weekend in Milwaukee.

      Arcot Naresh, if Lisle, practices table tennis at the Schaumburg Park District. Naresh is one of dozens of suburban players who competed in the U.S. Table Tennis Open last weekend in Milwaukee. Samantha Bowden | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 7/6/2011 10:14 AM

Table tennis is more popular in countries like China and India, but in recent years the Olympic sport has steadily grown in popularity, and suburban park district clubs report an influx of players.

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