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ou don’t have to go far for a good game of competitive table tennis. That doesn’t mean the Boston Table Tennis Center is easy to find, hidden as it is in the rear of a not particularly distinctive business block. Once you do find it, however, you can train with a coach, take lessons, or just play friendly games with other players. Open to the public the center boasts a 3,000-square-foot space dedicated solely to the game of table tennis. On tournament days, which attract people from as far away as New Jersey, you can see the aspiring pros play. Roh

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Table tennis originated not in Asia, as seems widely thought, but in England in the 19th century, where it was an after-dinner diversion for the bored aristocratic set.

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