Fei Ming Tong, a former table tennis star from Taiwan, allegedly berated her daughter's Orthodox Jewish doubles partner at the US Table Tennis Championships earlier this month.

Ex-Olympic table tennis star causes a stir with brag about daughter’s Orthodox Jewish partner

The former Olympic table tennis star caused a stir at a national competition earlier this month when she berated her daughter’s Orthodox Jewish doubles partner.

Fei Ming Tong, who represented ninth in the 2000 Olympics Taiwanhe is said to have called Estee Ackerman, the 20-year-old ping pong prodigy, ‘ugly’ and a ‘piece of s***’ at the US National Table Tennis Championships.

She also reportedly dropped F-bombs and said Ackerman’s conservative dress style was “unprofessional” and “disgusting,” Ackerman’s father said New York Postbefore pulling her daughter Lucy Chen out of the competition, leaving Ackerman without a partner.

The argument brought Ackerman to tears, she said.

“That was discrimination,” Glenn Ackerman said, noting that Tong and her daughter, as well as the Ackermans, live on Long Island — and Tong once even coached his daughter because he knew she was Jewish.

It remains unclear what led to the confrontation, and the Ackermans insist her outfit did not hinder her performance at nationals, where she even won silver in the old-school hard-hitting competition, which is played with a paddle.

USA Table Tennis is now investigating the incident, CEO Virginia Sung told the Post, but she could not comment on the matter.

Fei Ming Tong, a former table tennis star from Taiwan, allegedly berated her daughter's Orthodox Jewish doubles partner at the US Table Tennis Championships earlier this month.

Fei Ming Tong, a former table tennis star from Taiwan, allegedly berated her daughter’s Orthodox Jewish doubles partner at the US Table Tennis Championships earlier this month.

Estee Ackerman, a 20-year-old ping pong prodigy, wears shirts with elbow-covering flared sleeves along with skirts and leggings whenever she competes, in keeping with her religion.

Estee Ackerman, a 20-year-old ping pong prodigy, wears shirts with elbow-covering flared sleeves along with skirts and leggings whenever she competes, in keeping with her religion.

Ackerman, now a senior at New York’s Stern College for Women, has been playing table tennis since she was 8 at the urging of her father, who taught both of his children to play in hopes it would help develop their hand-eye coordination. , according to Long Island Herald.

At the age of 11, she beat tennis star Rafael Nadal and tried out for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

She has won multiple gold medals at the US Table Tennis Championships, but was forced to skip the 2020 Olympic trials because some tournaments would require her to play during the Jewish Sabbath, which lasts from sundown on Fridays. until Saturday sunset.

After the argument, Tong is said to have pulled her daughter Lucy Chen (right) out of the doubles tournament, leaving Ackerman without a partner.

After the argument, Tong is said to have pulled her daughter Lucy Chen (right) out of the doubles tournament, leaving Ackerman without a partner.

Ackerman has played ping pong since she was 8, and her father said Tong even once coached Ackerman because she knew she was Jewish.

Ackerman has played ping pong since she was 8, and her father said Tong even once coached Ackerman because she knew she was Jewish.

She tried her hand at the Olympics and even beat tennis pro Rafael Nadal once in a match

She tried her hand at the Olympics and even beat tennis pro Rafael Nadal once in a match

In all competitions, her father said, Ackerman wears shirts with flared sleeves that cover the elbows, along with skirts and leggings.

She wore one of those outfits to a national competition earlier this month, her father said, when the only clothing requirement was that participants not wear white because it would conflict with the ball.

“It’s not like my dress is at all a hindrance to my level of competition,” Ackerman told the Post. “That is definitely not the case.

In fact, after Tong pulled her daughter from the competition, Ackerman was able to compete in other events – and saw her overall ranking improve during the competition.

Tong, meanwhile, told the New York Post that she was not aware of any problems between herself and Ackerman.

She said Ackerman was one of her ‘best and favorite’ students and wished her ‘all the best for her bright future.’

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