Mary Shannon and Hans Alsér in 1963
|Full name||Hans Edward Alsér|
23 January 1942|
|Died||15 January 1977
|Playing style||Shakehand, All-round Attacker|
Hans Alsér (23 January 1942 – 15 January 1977) was a Swedish table tennis player and later the head coach of West German (1971–1974) and Swedish (1974–1977) national teams. His nickname, Hasse (Alsér or Alser), was often used in media.
Hans Alsér was Swedish singles Champion six times. During the years 1960–1971 he played in the Swedish singles Championship final every year. The years when he did not become the Swedish singles Champion he was second placed. In 1967 he also became Swedish mixed double Champion with Eva Johansson.
His playing style was more all-round than most other players in the 1960s. He could attack close to the table but also defend far from the table. He mastered top-spin, chopping, looping and all other types of play.
Stiga (manufacturer of table tennis tables, rackets, rubber and balls) made a very popular racket with the Alsér-grip. It became thicker towards the end of the grip, decreasing the risk of the racket slipping out of the player's grip.
- Stiga Company History, Photo of Stellan Bengtsson, Kjell Johansson, Hans Alsér.
- Stiga Company History, the Hans Alsér racket.
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