Want to know who’s the Best Tennis Player on the #1 World Ranking?
There is one governing body called ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) who decides the ranking and arranges the player accordingly. But what are the parameters taken into consideration? How does the ITTF operate? Read on to find out.
Best Table Tennis Player in the World
ITTF was founded in the year 1926 by William Henry Lawes, along with the 9 founding members including Austria, Denmark, England, Sweden, India, Wales, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Germany. The first international tournament happened in January 1926, Berlin while the World Table Tennis Championship was carried out the same year in December in London.
It’s the ITTF which sets and modifies the game rules. They analyze the game rules, techniques and then checks if any changes could be done for the betterment.
There are different categories for players like Men’s General, Women’s General, Men U21, Women U21, and similarly for U18 and U15.
All the categories have a Men and Women set different, therefore we will list the Best player for both the sets. The Best Table Tennis Players as per the ITTF rankings are given below-
This category players don’t fall in any age group though, that’s why it is called the General group.
Fan Zhendong from China is currently the Number 1 player in the Men’s Single Category, as per ITTF ratings. He is leading all the players with a total of 17001pt. He was the youngest player among all when he joined the Chinese Table Tennis Team in 2012. You won’t believe this, that he held the No. 2 position for 29 consecutive months. You can follow his official account on the Weibo application.
He is the STIGA sponsored athlete, and he is currently using the Stiga Infinity VPS V Blade. He is a right-handed firm-grip player and has an attacking style of play.
It’s another Chinese player who is holding the No.1 position in the Women’s General Set. I am talking about Zhu Yuling, born in Mianyang and she started playing the Ping Pong game at a mere age of 5!
Then she and her mother moved out of the city so that she could get better training, and at the age of 12 she made the provincial team and by the age of 15 she made up to the national team. She practices for 9 hours a day along with her academic studies. This is why she gets to spend very less time with her family.
U21 – Under 21
There is some immensely talented player in the Under 21 group that we shall find out.
Lin Yun-Ju holds the No. 1 position in the U-21 Men’s group. His native is Taipei, in China and was the center of attraction during the qualification tournament which was held for the Men’s Singles 2018 at the Seamaster World Tour Platinum Open.
This 16-years old champion won against Portugal’s João Monteiro and got placed in the first place on the ITTF rankings. He has a total point collection of 12,150pt. You can check out how Lin Yun-Ju attracts the audience during the Ping-Pong match, and also get the complete overview about the match.
Chen Ke got the title in the U-21 Women’s game organized by the ITTF. It was during the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour German Open, where Chen Ke won the Women’s title alongside Xue Fei receiving the Men’s title.
She holds the World Rank of #53 after she won the World Tour Hong Kong Open held on 24th May 2018. The game was against Wang Yidi of China. This 21-years old has already broken many records, awaiting more achievements on Chen’s way.
Other Players on the Top 5 World Rankings
This section also shows the General Category players who are on the TOP 5 category. These are the players who are on their way to make their positions on #1 or those who already had.
LIU is a Chinese Player, and she has won 4 times World Cup, 4 times Asian Cup Champion, 3 times the World Tour Grand Finale. Also, she held the No. 1 position for 9 consecutive months from Jan to September 2010. Currently, she is on the #2 rank among the Women’s Singles players. There is a bit of confusion with the rankings, yet she is not on a rank less than the 3rd position.
Again it’s a Chinese Table Tennis Player XU Xin who is currently the No.2 player on the World Rankings. He is a STIGA sponsored athlete, and he is using the Stiga Intensity NCT as the main blade for all his games. He falls among those few pen-hold tennis players, even though he belongs to a place where most of the younger generation players follow the shake-hand style.
He is 28 years old and is a left-handed player with an amazing tennis playing form.
Chen Meng is the Winner of the 2011 World Junior Table Tennis Championship which was carried out for the Girl’s Singles. She was successful in all the 2017 Seasmaster ITTF World Tour games, which was held in Australia, Qatar, and Germany. The Seamaster win in Astana led Chen Meng to rise to the Top World Rankings.
Boll started playing the game at the age of 4 and was coached by his father during initial days. He ranks second on the German Table Tennis League and is on the No. 3 in the World rankings by the ITTF. When he was 8 years old, Helmut Hampel discovered his talent and agreed to provide him with more training on the game.
During the first half of 2004, Tim faced issues related to back pain problem but nevertheless contributed to the game in the best way he could by winning a silver medal.
Lin is a Chinese Ping Pong Player, and he was the Asian Cup Champion of 2017. He is a left-handed tennis player who follows an attacking style of playing with the shakehand grip on the paddle. Also, he was part of the Chinese Team that won Gold Medals at the 2018 World Cup and 2018 World Team Championships.
Dedication and Consistent hard work are the things which go into shaping the lives of a Sports Player. Their lives remain a total inspiration for us.
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