Harry shows off his table tennis skills at the Invictus Games


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he Duke of Sussex tried his hand at table tennis, showing skills that led his opponents to believe he may have had some tennis experience.

Harry joined three Düsseldorf-based Paralympic table tennis players at the Invictus Games in The Hague on Tuesday.

Thomas Schmidberger, 30, teamed up with Harry for the doubles and said he would rate the Duke’s performance as possibly a seven out of 10.

“I don’t think he plays very often but he’s a sportsman and sportsmen can do a little bit of everything,” he said.

Harry joined three Düsseldorf-based Paralympic table tennis players at the Invictus Games (Aaron Chown/PA) / PA wire

Mr Schmidberger, who plans to compete at the Invictus Games in Düsseldorf, Germany, said he thought the other team had won, joking: “I had a weak point in my team.”

One of Harry’s opponents, Valentin Baus, 26, said he thought the Duke was playing tennis because he could see a technique.

“You can see if someone plays tennis and plays table tennis, you can see the technique – ah, he’s a tennis guy,” he said.

Mr Baus said it was “a lot of fun”, adding: “It was easy. It was relaxed. It was good.”

Harry’s other opponent, Sandra Mikolaschek, 24, said she thought the Duke was “very talented”.

She said: “He probably played tennis much earlier. But it was fun to play with him.

“It’s good that he played with us. For us, it’s not usual to play with someone like that, so it was a lot of fun.

Ms Mikolaschek said Harry used tennis techniques such as slicing.

“Like in tennis when you play short ball,” she said.

The next Invictus Games will take place in Düsseldorf in 2023.

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