Tony's father was born December 24. In Canada, the cut-off birthday is January 1 so Andis spent his life being the youngest in his class.
Like father, like son!
Tony's father remembers reading somewhere on the Internet that in Canada, all the good hockey players are usually born in January or February because of a cut-off date for levels being again January 1. January or February born hockey players having greater physical maturity have more success which means more ice-time and other training advantages that their later-born-in-the-year teammates and opponents lack.
Tony will have the same problems, his father assumes, with becoming a great ping-pong player.