Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016

Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016

Table Tennis, also known as ping pong is one of the most popular indoor games in the world that can be played between 2 or 4 players. Often considered as one of the toughest games in the world, it requires lightness of feet, extreme concentration, focus, agility, survive a tough training regimen and skill to excel at this game along with constant fitness and health, so it’s pretty obvious how demanding the game is. Though the game is played all over the world, it’s especially popular in south-east Asia. Here we countdown the Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016.

Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016

10. Timo Boll

Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016

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At number 10 in Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016 is Timo Boll from Germany. Currently ranked 10 in the world by ITTF, he is a left handed player known for his top-spin drive and quick backhand loop which are his trump cards in a match. He has been the Singles European Champion six times in 2002, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and has won the World Cup twice in 2002 and 2005.

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9. Samsonov Vladimir

Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016

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At number 9 in Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016 is Samsonov Vladimir from Belarus. Currently ranked 9th in the world by ITTF, Vladimir is known in China as “Tai Chi Master” due his awesome all-round style (both defensive and offensive). He is also known as Mr.ECL (European Champions League) having participated in the tournament for more than 15 years straight and 9 ECL titles. He also has the most ITTF ProTour gold medals (26).

8.Fang Bo

Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016

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At number 8 in Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016 is Fang Bo from China. Currently ranked 8th in the world by ITTF, he rose to prominence when he won four individual titles in the 2009 World Junior Championship. His another major feat in recent times is when he reached the finals of World Championships in 2015 by defeating the second seeded Xu Xin and the defending champion Zhang Jike.

 

7. Chih-Yuan

Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016

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At number 7 in Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016 is Chuang Chih-Yuan from Taiwan. Currently ranked 7th in the world by ITTF, he came from a family with a table tennis background with his dad being a national doubles champion and his mother a member of Taiwan national team. He has achieved his highest career ranking of World Number 3 back in 2003 when he won the Brazil Open. Chih has won IITF Would Tour titles thrice in 2003 Brazil Open, 2011 Chile Open and 2012 Spanish Open. He was also winner of IITF World Tour Grand Finals in 2002.

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6. Mizutani Jun

Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016

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At number 6 in Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016 is Mizutani Jun from Japan. Currently ranked 6th in the world by IITF, he became the Japanese national champion at just 17 and thus is the youngest player to do so. He has already won IITF World Tour four times and they are Korea Open 2009, Hungarian Open 2010, Kuwait Open and Japan Open in 2012 and also reached the IITF World Tour Grand Finals in 2010. He still has a long career ahead and is sure to add many other laurels on the way.

5. Dimitrij Ovtcharov

Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016

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At number 5 in the list of Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016 is Dimitrij Ovtcharov from Germany. Currently ranked 5th worldwide by ITTF, Dimitrij followed in his father’s footsteps to become a table tennis player. His father was a former USSR Nation Champion winner. Dimitrij is known for his unique serving style that was included as one of the top 50 innovations of 2008 by TIME. He is immensely talented and has won bronze medals in both single and team events at the 2012 Summer Olympics a part of the German national team.

4. Zhang Jike

Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016

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At number 4 in the list is Zhang Jike from China. Currently ranked 4th worldwide by IITF, he was named after the Brazilian soccer player Zico. He is a tough and resilient player who has the ability to score points in major competitions under intense pressure of expectations. He is the fourth make player in the table tennis history to achieve career grand slam so that already puts him in a league of his own. His quick topspin drive attacks and loops are feared by his opponents.

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3. Xu Xin

Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016

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At number 3 in the list is Xu Xin from China. Currently ranked 3rd in the whole world by ITTF, he is one of the few players to have a penhold grip and not the more mainstream shakehand grip. He is one of the best players in the game right now and he has proved it by reaching number one spot in World Ranking back in January 2013 and has defended his position in ITTF World Tour Finals in 2013 and 2014.

2. Fan Zhendong

Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016

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At number 2 we have Fan Zhendong from China. Currently ranked 2nd in worldwide ranking by ITTF, Zhendong is known for his attacking plays combined with fast footwork. He won the China National Table Tennis Championship in men’s singles event and won the doubles titles in the same event next year.

1. Ma Long

Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016

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At number 1 in the list of Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016 we have Ma Long from China. The current top ranked player in the world is a beast of a talent having won a record five ITTF Pro Tour Tournaments in a row and a 35 sets winning streak in a row, also regarded as the best two-winged looper in history of the game. He is often considered to lack the mental toughness needed to win under pressure but other than that he is one of the most talented players to have ever played the game.

 Their explosive and innovative plays have elevated the game to another level and audience all around the world enjoy the high speed duel of Table Tennis Players.

Top 10 Male Table Tennis Players 2016

1. Ma Long
2. Fan Zhendong
3. Xu Xin
4. Zhang Jike
5. Dimitrij Ovtcharov
6. Mizutani Jun
7. Chih-Yuan
8.Fang Bo
9. Samsonov Vladimir
10. Timo Boll