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Table Tennis in Europe: the Best European Players in the Sport

Table tennis, also known as Ping-Pong, is a popular sports game. The game was invented in 1890 by an Englishman named David Foster. He supposedly created the game as a post-dinner alternative to lawn tennis.

However, the game has risen in popularity in the past century, boasting over 850 million fans worldwide. In 2021 alone, it was reported that Colorado citizens spent approximately $10.9 million on table tennis betting, making the game the fourth-most bet on sports in the State.

Aladar Kollar, an expert tipster, says, „Az utóbbi időben az asztalitenisz óriási népszerűségnek kezd örvendeni a szerencsejátékok világában, mivel sok fogadó figyel oda erre a sportra. Jelenleg az asztalitenisz fogadás különféle fajtái közül választhatnak a fogadók, többek között olimpiai asztalitenisz, asztalitenisz ligák, ITF rendezvények közül. Az asztaliteniszezőknek éles észjárásukra és gyors reflexeikre kell hagyatkozniuk a hatékony játékhoz, és az ezekkel az egyedülálló képességekkel rendelkező játékosokra érdemes fogadni. Mivel az asztalitenisz nem olyan népszerű, mint más sportágak, a szemfüles fogadóknak hasznos tippeket, elemzéseket és jóslatokat kell beszerezniük a játékkal kapcsolatban olyan neves webhelyekről, mint a Mighty Tips, hogy növeljék a siker esélyeit és maximalizálják a profitot.”

Best Table Tennis Players In Europe

Some players have contributed to the ever-growing popularity of table tennis in Europe with their talents. These athletes have played to the best of their performance to ensure their team’s success and careers.

Some of the best table tennis players in Europe are:

1. Jan Ove Waldner 

Jan Waldner is a Swedish professional table tennis player. As one of the first non-Chinese players to show great promise in the sport, the public was interested in Jan, and that worked quite well to his advantage. He was the only player to win Olympics gold medals for a non-Asian country.

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He was born into a family of table tennis players on 3rd October 1965. Waldner started playing indoor and outdoor table tennis at the age of five.

Since the addition of table tennis to the Olympics Games in 1988, Jan Over Waldner was one of the seven table tennis players that competed at the first five Olympic table tennis tournaments. He won a gold medal in 1992 and a silver medal in the 2000 Olympics Games.

In 1996, he won three gold medals competing in the European team, doubles, and singles tournaments. Waldner had one of the longest careers in the history of table tennis, and he was one of the popular choices of bettors regarding table tennis betting.

Waldner was nicknamed the “Evergreen Tree” because of his long-lasting career in the sport. He was also popularly called The Mozart of Table Tennis.

In his free time, Jan likes to get away and spend time with his family. Like everyone else, he likes to hang out on YouTube, where he also looks at competitors’ videos and analyzes their performances.

2. Falck Mattias

The Swedish professional table tennis player was born on 7th September 1991. Falck Mattias was awarded two medals at the 2016 European Table Tennis Championships. He won a silver medal in mixed doubles alongside Matilda Ekholm that same year. He won many awards as a member of the National Swedish Team.

In 2019, Falck competed in the men’s singles tournament at the World Table Tennis Championships in Budapest, where he was awarded a silver medal. He won a gold medal alongside Kristian Karlsson in the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships men’s doubles.

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Falck’s style of playing is an intriguing one. His techniques and smashing style is supposedly his strength. He is currently ranked 17th on the IITF World Ranking Board.

He competed against Ma Long in the 2019 World Table Tennis Championships. Although he did not win the match, Falck would be the first Swedish player to compete in a men’s singles final since Jan Ove Waldner.

3. Kristian Karlsson

Kristian Karlsson won a gold medal at the World Table Tennis Championships by defeating Falck Mattias. Kristian Karlssen is a former Swedish player that played for Borussia Düsseldorf.

He was born on 6th August 1991. The left-handed table tennis player has won many awards in his career. He won a bronze medal at the 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships as a member of the Swedish National Team. Kristian became the best European player at the World Cup Tournament when he finished in 4th position.

Kristian Karlsson and Falck Mattias were awarded gold medals in the men’s doubles tournament at the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships. Kristian and Falck became the first Swedish players to win gold medals since Jan Ove Waldner in 1991. On 12th April 2022, Kristian is ranked 29th on the ITTF World Rankings.

4. Timo Boll

Timo Boll is a German professional table tennis player born on 8th March 1981. He plays for Borussia Düsseldorf, a table tennis club in Germany. Bill is ranked No.2 in the German Table Tennis National League, and he is considered one of the best German Table tennis players. He ranked number 10 in the IITF rankings. He also ranked Number 1 in German Table tennis in 2003, 2011, and 2018.

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Timo Boll won three gold medals from competing in the European Youth Table tennis Championships in 1995. Back problems restricted Boll from bagging a gold medal in 2008 in China and the 2009 World Table tennis Championships in Japan.

Timo Boll also won eight titles at the outdoor 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2018 Table Tennis European Championships. He is ranked No. 9 on the ITTF World Ranking Board.

However, winning a gold medal at the Olympics Table Tennis Games is a feat the graceful athlete has not achieved yet.

Final Notes

Table tennis has been attracting more interest from fans all over Europe in recent years. Thanks to the exploits of players like Mattias, Timo Boll, and others raising the European flag high in the sport, table tennis is fast becoming a top of the ladder sport, and its stock is expected to continue to rise among fans and bettors in the coming years.