Timo Boll

German table tennis player

Timo Boll (* March 8, 1981 in Erbach) is a German table tennis player[1]. He is the best German table tennis player and is in China one of the popularest table tennis players in the history. He is a lefthanded-player and uses the Shakehand-grip. At the World Championships 2011 in Rotterdam Boll won a bronzemedal in the singles[2]. He is a wonder in the table tennis world and got 11 times the German National Championships.

Timo Boll
Porträt (Timo Boll)
ClubsBorussia Düsseldorf
Team membersGermany
Olympicvice-champion (2008), bronze (2012, 2016)
World Championshipsvice-champion with the team (2010, 2012, 2014, 2018)

Sporting careerEdit

Young years (1981-1997)Edit

Timo began to play table tennis at the age of four[3] with his father in their old cellar. His father bought an table tennis table. His talent was quickly spotted. With seven years Timo Boll was discovered from the Hessian National coach Helmut Hampl who promoted him. He also trained in the Table tennis centre Pfundstadt, 1995 he was so strong that he played in the Oberleague with the adults. In the team he was at position 5. To daily trained with him, the team moved to his homeplace. In that year (1995) he took part in the European Championships for children (pupil) in Den Haag, where Timo won three goldmedals. In 1997 Boll played his first country game against Polands table tennis players Piotr Skierski and Lucjan Bļaszczyk, who they won against. The school he ends with the real school graduation.

Career as a pro-player (2002-2012)Edit

2002 Boll took part in the Europe-Top-16, where he won the singles category. For that power, he overtook the best German table tennis player Jörg Rosskopf, so he became best German table tennis player. At the European Championships 2002- where he played the adult class- he won gold in the singles and doubles, the German team lost in the final to Sweden. With winning at the World Cup 2002 in Jinan, he became no. one in the world. At the European Championships 2003, Timo Boll lost already in the 2nd round against Vladimir Samsonov- of course that he lost the 1st place in the world ranking.

2004 he had very strong back problems- that wasn't good for preparing to the Olympics, but he took part in that. In a strong play against Jan-Ove Waldner he lost in the Quarterfinals against him[4]. Before that, he beat Werner Schlager in the Round of 16. 2005 Boll reached the silvermedal at the World Championships in the doubles with Christian Süss- in the singles he doesn't won a medal. He also won the goldmedal at the World Cup again. 2006 he won the Europe-Top-16 again. In this year he played in the Chinese Superleague.

In December 2006 he was nominated for the German table tennis club Borussia Düsseldorf. There he played to today (2018) very well. 2007 he won all three medals at the European Championships and became so champion. In the Chinese Superleague he played again. At the Olympic Games 2008 he reached after winning over Croatia, Australia and Japan the final, where the German team lost to China[5]. In the singles he lost again very close. At the World Championships 2008 and 2009 he doesn't took part. At the World Cup in Belgium he won silver. Because of that performances, he became world number one again. With the German team he won the silvermedal at the World Champonships 2010 in Moscow- the German selection lost to China again[6].

2011 Boll took part in the World Championships, after expose 2008 and 2009. There he won the bronzemedal, after strong play against the top-player Chen Qi. In the semifinal Zhang Jike was too strong than. In the same year he won the Volkswagen Cup. At the Olympic Games 2012 in London he won with the team bronze, after losing China in the semifinal, but he won his match against Zhang Jike. In the singles he lost again. Boll also took part in the World Cup, where he won for the first time the silvermedal, after losing to Ma Long in an strong final. He won his 6th European Championships title.

More Achievements (2013- 2018)Edit

2013 he took part in his 5th World Championships in Paris. He doesn't won a medal for the second time- in the Quarterfinals he lost to Ma Long. The World Cup 2014 he finished with the 3rd place. At the World Championships 2014 he won silver with the team again, after losing China again. Because of playing very inactiv he fell back to place 10 in the world ranking system. 2015 he became for the 10th time German champion and took part in the World Championships in Suzhou, China. In the singles he lost in the Quarterfinals to a Chinese top-player, again- this time Fan Zhendong. In the doubles Boll played for the first time with Ma Long, but they had bad luck with the playing- already in the 2nd round they met the duo Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin. In that year he doesn't played another events. In 2016 he took part in the Olympics, where Timo won bronze with the team again (after London 2012), in the singles he lost already again, against Quadri Aruna. At the European Championships he doesn't played around the title, but reached the semifinal and got so bronze. Because of inactiv the last months, he got on place 12 in the world ranings. At the Europe-Top-16 he got the 5th place. 2017 he won for the 11th time the German National Championships, he also took part in the WTTC (World Championships), where he reached the Quarterfinals in the singles, his oponnent was Ma Long again. In the doubles, where he took part with Ma Long again, they reached the 2nd round, again. At the China Open he won silver. In 2018 he won the silvermedal at the WTTC again.


World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018- Team silver
  • 2011- Singles bronze
  • 2013, 2015, 2017- Singles quarterfinals

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 2008- Team silver
  • 2012, 2016- Team bronze
  • 2004, 2008- Singles quarterfinals

World CupEdit

  • 2002, 2005- Gold
  • 2011, 2012, 2017- Silver
  • 2014- Bronze

Technique and playing styleEdit

Boll is an lefthanded-player and attacker. He uses on both sides of his table tennis racket the Butterfly Tenergy 05.

Strengthen: Topspin with lots of swerve, blocking

Weaknesses: Defensive, Backhand (Power)- Topspin

Sources or ReferencesEdit

  1. "Timo Boll - tischtennis.de". www.tischtennis.de (in German). Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  2. "WM-Bronze für Timo Boll". Der Tagesspiegel Online (in German). 2011-05-15. ISSN 1865-2263. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  3. "Nachgefragt: Was ist das optimale Einstiegsalter? | Buntes | Panorama | myTischtennis.de". www.mytischtennis.de. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  4. "Tischtennis: Legende Waldner entzaubert Boll". Spiegel Online. 2004-08-20. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  5. Online, FOCUS. "Nicht Gold verloren, sondern Silber gewonnen". FOCUS Online (in German). Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  6. dpa. "Boll und Co. verlieren Finale gegen China" (in German). Retrieved 2018-05-22.