March 7, 2022

International Table Tennis Federation – Oceania (ITTF-Oceania) is excited to announce that Australian table tennis player Heming Hu, was selected by World Table Tennis (WTT) and attended the WTT Grand Smash Singapore event. 

The WTT Grand Smash Singapore 2022 event was held from 7 – 20 March and is one of the four pillars on the WTT calendar, with each Grand Smash awarding equal World Championship points to players. There were 64 Men and 64 Women players, including the top 50 players in the world. 

Heming Hu is one of the best Australian table tennis players. He competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics as part of the Australian team in the men’s team event. Heming represented Australia at the 2014 & 2018 Commonwealth Games. He is the 2018 & and 2019 Oceania Cup Champion and qualified to represent Australia at the 2018 and 2019 Men’s World Cups.

Heming started playing table tennis with his family in the garage of his house when he was 6 years old. At first, he was a little curious about the sport and wanted to see what it was all about and why his family loved it so much. He was the worst player in the family. For the first 3 years, he didn’t enjoy playing table tennis, but his parents kept pushing him and they believed that table tennis was the best sport to avoid injuries. His parents got his brother to coach him which Heming believes doesn’t work! 

When he was 9 or 10 years old, his parents sent him to play at the local table tennis club. This is where everything started. The club coach made him think that table tennis is like a video game that never stops, and very soon Heming was training hard and participating in tournaments. Interestingly, after every tournament, his trainer praised him for improvements and for trying his hardest whether he won or lost. At the end of the month, there were always rewards. That is what made him addicted to training hard, seeing improvements for the next tournament, and persevering. He realised there were endless levels and subtleties in table tennis. 

When asked why he plays table tennis, Heming replied “The reason is that table tennis provides a sense of challenge but also an opportunity where I see myself doing great things and that is why I am addicted to table tennis.” 

Heming is still addicted to table tennis, but he sees it with more perspective after having achieved almost all his dreams such as: 

  • playing twice in the Olympics 
  • twice winning the Oceania Cup Men’s singles 
  • winning the Australian Men’s Singles Championship.

All of these achievements were very special in their own way. “Achieving every one of them came after so much hard work and so much sacrifice, and when it finally happened it was like a huge dopamine rush and other things in life don’t give me that. That’s the reason I play table tennis” said Heming Hu. 

Also, Heming spoke about his work career. He graduated from university as a secondary teacher, but now he is working as a Table Tennis Mentor. He works with athletes for 12 weeks at a time, finds where the players are struggling, where they have a problem, and what problems they want to be solved. Heming and his students go through the process of figuring out where they are at and how they will get to their desired destination and to see if it’s even possible. He helps people that want the results, and is not paid by the hour where they do not necessarily get what they want. 

When asked about his career, Heming was very excited to say that currently, he is looking to be a public speaker and talk about how sport helps our life, how to deal with pressure, to understand what pressure is, and how it helps you to grow as a human.

The reason he got in the WTT Grand Smash Singapore event, was because a player pulled out and his world ranking was high enough for him to be allocated the spot. For this WTT Grand Smash event, he doesn’t have any expectations, because he is also working full time as a table tennis coach, but he will do his best.

Heming is still arguably the best table tennis player in Australia, certainly the highest world ranked and the most experienced player in the country. He is training 3-4 times a week, probably not in the position to beat the best world players, but he is confident enough in his skills, his game, and his own strength. He says “you never know what will happen”.

After Singapore, there are some small events in Australia that he might play, depending on his work schedule. He takes his students to tournaments, coaches them there, teaches them how to deal with pressure and how to think during the matches. After the tournament, he sits with his students and analyses the footage. 

At this stage of his career, a priority for him is to play as many tournaments as he can. 

ITTF-Oceania wishes Heming the best of luck in Singapore!

Update: Heming Hu results at WTT Grand Smash Singapore event. 

Two-time Olympian Heming Hu returned to the international scene at the qualifying round of the 2022 World Table Tennis (WTT) Singapore Smash, where he competed in the Men’s Singles.

The event had a straight knock-out system, where with one loss the players are eliminated.

In Heming’s first round match, Heming came up against the strong Indian player Harmeet Desai, who is currently ranked 71 in the world. Heming tried hard, however was unable to win a game.

Heming Hu 5-11, 3-11,8-11 Harmeet Desai.