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Harmeet Desai Biography: His Journey to Table Tennis Stardom

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Harmeet Desai, the 30-year-old man from Gujarat, in the last 3-4 years has taken Indian Table Tennis to the next level. You take the name of a Table Tennis event in the previous few years, and he does feature in the winners’ list of most of them. Be it the South Asian Game, Asian Games, Asian Championship or the Commonwealth Games, Harmeet has won many accolades and has fluttered the Indian Flag at the highest of the levels.

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Harmeet Desai Biography

NameHarmeet Desai
ProfessionIndian Table Tennis Player
Date of Birth19th July 1993 (Age-30)
Place of BirthDumas, Gujarat
Height1.66 meter
Weight63 Kg
Ultimate Table Tennis League TeamGoa Challengers

Harmeet Desai: Early Days

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Harmeet Desai was born on 19th July 1993 in Dumas, Surat, Gujarat. At an extremely young age, he was introduced to Table Tennis by his Father Rajul Desai. Harmeet used to play with his father during the early days.

The point of breakthrough came when he started to train under the world-renowned Table Tennis player Peter Karlsson under the Olympic Solidarity Program. That’s where he got the boost he needed to excel as a top-level table tennis player.

Harmeet dominated the junior-level tournaments under the coaching, guidance and mentorship of Peter Karlsson. This young prodigy decided to move to Rajasthan when he decided that he would pursue a full-fledged career as a Table Tennis Player. He joined Petroleum Table Tennis Academy where he was trained under Yin Wei, a Table Tennis Coach from China.

Harmeet Desai: Kicking off a Glorious Career

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Right from the age group, Harmeet is a master when it comes to finishing on the podium. During the World Junior Circuit Taiyuan Open, he won his first international medal, which was a Bronze. The tournament was of the U-15 Category held in China.

Harmeet went a notch higher winning the silver medal in the U-18 singles category at the Taiyuan International Junior and Cadet Open. This was in 2009. A year later, in 2010, Harmeet finished in the 2nd spot in the Junior Singles at the South Asian Federation Games. A few months later, Harmeet won gold as a Team and silver playing the singles match in the South Asian Junior TT Championships in Dehradun.

In 2012, he won the Fajr Cup in Tehran, Iran. In 2013, at the Lusofonia Games in Goa, Harmeet once again helped his team to win bronze and achieved a 3rd place finish in the Singles event.

During the 2015 ITTF Challenge Australian Open, he won silver in the men’s double. Two years later in 2017, at the Zagreb Challenge in Croatia, he won the gold medal in the singles event.

A meteoric rise to become an India’s sports icon

The year 2012 gave Harmeet a national recognition. This paddler from Gujarat won the ITTF World Tour Brazil Open Title. With this win, he became the only 2nd Indian to achieve this feat.

In 2013, He won Bronze at the Brazil Open Table Tennis Championship in Santos, Brazil. In 2019, he became the National Champion at the National Table Tennis Championship. 

Most notably, Harmeet was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2019 for his fantastic performances all over the globe.


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Harmeet Desai: Major Achievements

Gold Medals

EventLocation of EventType of Game
2019 South Asian GamesKathmanduMen’s Team
2019 South Asian GamesKathmanduMen’s Double
2019 South Asian GamesKathmanduMixed Doubles
2018 Commonwealth GamesGold CoastMen’s Team

 Silver Medals

EventLocation of EventType of Game
2019 South Asian GameKathmanduMen’ Single

Bronze Medals

EventLocation of EventType of Game
2019 Commonwealth GamesGold CoastMen’ Double
2018 Asian GamesJakartaMen’s Team
2021 Asian ChampionshipDohaMen’s Team
2021 Asian ChampionshipDohaMen’s Doubles
2023 Asian ChampionshipPyeongchangMen’s Team

Harmeet Desai: Playing Style

Harmeet is regarded as one of the most attacking-minded players in the current pool of Indian Table Tennis Players. His aggression with a Table Tennis Racket in hand is accompanied by top quality and fast footwork and an amazingly powerful forehand.

He is a master when it comes to winning important points using deceptive shots. Yes, his playing style is aggressive, but naturally, he is a calm-minded person, which perhaps helps him to make bold and aggressive decisions with higher accuracy and better execution.

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Harmeet Desai: Ultimate Table Tennis League

Harmeet Desai plays for Goa Challengers in the Ultimate Table Tennis League. He led the Goa Challengers to their maiden UTT Title in 2023.

UTT or Ultimate Table Tennis League is the professional Table Tennis League organized by TTFI where the six franchises battle against each other to become the crown champions of UTT.

Harmeet Desai Social Media

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