Old wine in a new bottle... Inspired by the table tennis rackets used by world champions Bergmann and Vana, we have sought to recreate that experience for you. The Valor Champion offers the most control of any table tennis blade made by us today. When used with Valor Premier rubber* the combination will give you a feeling of playing hardbat as it was meant to be. Carlos Ko used a Valor Champion with Valor Premier rubber to win the 2010 U.S. Open Hardbat Championship, and second place in the 2011 U.S. Open Hardbat Championship. * Valor Premier rubber is sold separately. Free racket assembly upon request. Made in U.S.A.