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12 July 1993 |
|Playing style||Shakehand, Offensive|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||58 kg (9.1 st; 128 lb)|
Pitchford began playing table tennis when he was 8 years old. He won the British Home Countries Championship in 2009, and two Commonwealth Games medals in 2010 (Silver in Team and Bronze in Doubles).
In the summer of 2011, he transferred to German club TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen in the top division, the Bundesliga, having played for second division club FC Tegernheim the previous season. From 2009 to 2010 Pitchford played for Aarhus BTK in the best Danish league. In the fall of 2011, he beats World number nine Vladimir Samsonov and World junior number three Wu Jiaji in international competitions, paving his route to becoming number one in the English rankings in November 2011. He finished the year with a career-high World ranking of 171 to become the third highest-ranked British player on the ITTF World Ranking list, entering the Olympic period as one of the favourites to represent Great Britain at the upcoming Games on home soil.
- http://d2010results.thecgf.com/en/Comp.mvc/DetailedScheduleByDate?sportCode=TT&day=09-10-2010&expandAll=False Commonwealth Games Results (Retrieved 24 January 2012).
- "Liam Pitchford". Retrieved 2012-06-21.
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/table_tennis/16008264.stm BBC Sport - London 2012 (Retrieved 24 January 2012).