After a 75 year lull, competitive ping-pong is hoping to stage a local comeback. The New York City Open Table Tennis Tournament was held at Columbia University over the weekend, bringing together some of the sport's biggest names from across the continent. Tournament organizer Ben Nisbet says with the advent of TV, table tennis lost its American following.
NISBET: But internationally now, table tennis is huge. And we're trying to bring back the elements that they had in the 30s, with the hard bat era, where it was very popular, it was played in a lot of the clubs. We're bringing that element back, with the internationalism.
REPORTER: In the finals, Canadian Pradeeban Peter-Paul defeated his countryman, Homayoun Kamkar-Parsi to take the $1,500 first prize. Also seen competing was crossword puzzle-master Will Shortz.