I just watched most of a great documentary on BBC4 called ‘Planet Ping Pong’ about, well, table tennis. I missed the first 15 minutes (before 1949, roughly), unfortunately. If it comes to a channel near you soon (or YouTube or BitTorrent), check it out.
I’m very much out of practice and out of shape, but I used to love table tennis. It’s the short bursts of intensely focussed action. Rather like Mario vs Donkey Kong on the GBA.
Oh, and you could do worse than watching ピンポン, a Japanese film about high school table tennis.