June 26, 2018

Melissa Tapper looking fierce in action at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

In the lead-up to the 2018 Australian Open, we sat down with Melissa Tapper to get to know one of Australia’s leading ladies. 

Describe your style of table tennis in one word.

Grind!

You’ve had a huge year, winning gold at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. What was that experience like winning on home soil? 

An even better feeling then what I could have imagined. It was the first time having such support due to being a home games and those moments when you just need that little lift they are right there with you and are capable of helping to achieve some wins over opponents that may be considered ‘unwinable’. The best part was having my nephews and niece in the stands cheering me on!

Why should someone take up table tennis?

Why not take it up? Be cool like us! It’s fun, can be played by anyone of any age and ability and over time with improvement you will gain confidence, new skills and fitness. It’s a win, win situation really.

If you weren’t playing table tennis, what sport would you like to go pro in?

In another life I would like to give soccer a go, to see what the dynamics are like in a team based sport as well as have sweet skills with my feet and a ball.

How does it feel to have the best players in the world coming to play on your home turf for the Australian Open?

I’m excited for our sport in Australia, the opportunity to showcase how great the sport is to the home crowd as well as the level it is competed at.

For anyone who hasn’t seen table tennis live before, why should they come out and watch the Australian Open and what should they expect? 

If you have never seen table tennis played before, then it is a definite must to get there and watch. You can expect to have your mind blown by the speed, athleticism and mental strength of the athletes, maybe even hear a Maria Sharapova grunt or two!

Get your tickets for the Seamaster 2018 ITTF Platinum Australian Open here