N.Y. Twins May Be The Venus And Serena of Ping-Pong

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From The New York Times

In the birthplace of Michael Jordan, where basketball is king, Brooklyn’s Brad and Brandon Belle are virtually unknown.

Yet the Belle brothers, 14-year-old identical twins and table tennis prodigies whose stellar play has opponents doing double takes, have quickly become the Venus and Serena Williams of their sport.

“They have captured the attention of everyone who knows the game,” said Philip Garnett, a table tennis coach who trains the twins three days a week at the Brownsville Recreational Center in Brooklyn.

“They are rated very high for players their age, and if they keep up their dedication and commitment, it is quite possible they will have a chance to compete in the next Olympics.”

On a recent afternoon at John Wilson Intermediate School 211 in Canarsie, where the twins attend eighth grade, they spent a short recess period sharpening their skills.

As they slammed a small white ball back and forth across a Ping-Pong table, they chatted calmly about the game they love, and their dreams of making it to London in 2012.

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