Fan Zhendong

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Fan Zhendong
ITTF World Tour 2017 German Open Fan Zhendong 03.jpg
Fan Zhendong on ITTF World Tour 2017 German Open
Personal information
Native name樊振东
Born (1997-01-22) 22 January 1997 (age 22)
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China[1]
Playing styleRight-handed, Shakehand grip
Equipment(s)Butterfly Viscaria blade(with stiga infinity vps handle), DHS Hurricane 3 National (Blue Sponge) (FH, Black), Butterfly Dignics 05 (BH, Red)
Highest rankingNo. 1 (April 2018)[2]
Current rankingNo. 1 (May 2019)[2]
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[3]
Weight77 kg (170 lb)[3]

Fan Zhendong (Chinese: 樊振东; pinyin: Fán Zhèndōng; born 22 January 1997) is a Chinese professional table tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 3 for men's singles by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).[2] After joining the Chinese National Table Tennis Team in 2012 as the youngest member of the team, he went on to become the youngest ITTF World Tour Champion and the youngest World Table Tennis Champion.[4][5] He achieved the top spot in the world rankings after holding position No. 2 for 29 consecutive months, starting from November 2015.[6]

Fan's attacking style of play involves explosive footwork and powerful forehand loops.[7] His thick-set build has led fans and commentators to affectionately refer to him as "Little Fatty" (Chinese: 小胖; pinyin: Xiǎo Pàng). His continuous rise to becoming one of the top table tennis players in the world has garnered him a large fanbase worldwide, with over half a million followers on Chinese social media site Weibo. In 2016, he won the ITTF Star Point Award, and he was nominated for the Best Male Star Award every year between 2013 and 2016.[8]

Playing style and equipment[edit]

Fan is a Stiga sponsored athlete. However, he uses a Butterfly Viscaria blade but changed to a Stiga Infinity VPS V handle because of sponsoring Stiga. He uses a black DHS Hurricane 3 neo National Blue Sponge for forehand and a Red Tenergy 05 for backhand. During the 2019 world table tennis championships, he changed to the new Butterfly Dignics 05 on his backhand that had just been released on 1 April 2019.[9]

A right-handed shakehand-grip player, Fan plays an attacking style of table tennis using his explosive footwork and thunderous forehand loops to finish off his opponents. Emerging as a 16-year-old wonder kid, Fan's playing style is often compared to his senior compatriot Ma Long. In addition to being trained by national team coaches, he has been specially trained by both Wang Hao and Ma Lin. His encounters against senior players in the Chinese national team have drawn much speculation and anticipation. His fearlessness and technique allow him to challenge highly rated, experienced players, sometimes even beating top players in thrilling style.


Majors (Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup)
Year Event Location Type
Singles Doubles Team
2013 World Table Tennis Championships Paris, France Rd of 32
2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships Tokyo, Japan Winner
2015 Table Tennis World Cup (Team) Dubai, UAE Winner
World Table Tennis Championships Suzhou, China Semi-finals Runner-up (with Zhou Yu)
Table Tennis World Cup (Men's Singles) Halmstad, Sweden Runner-up
2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Winner
Table Tennis World Cup (Men's Singles) Saarbrücken, Germany Winner
2017 World Table Tennis Championships Düsseldorf, GermanyRunner-up Winner (with Xu Xin)
2018 Table Tennis World Cup (Team) London, England Winner
World Team Table Tennis Championships Halmstad, Sweden Winner
Table Tennis World Cup (Men's Singles) Paris, France Winner
2019 World Table Tennis Championships Budapest, Hungary Rd of 16 Semi-finals (with Ding Ning)
Asian Games, Asian Championships, Asian Cup
Year Event Location Type
Singles Doubles Team
2013 Asian Table Tennis Championships Busan, South Korea Quarter-finals Semi-finals (with Chen Meng) Winner
2014 Asian Cup Table Tennis Tournament Wuhan, China Runner-up
Asian Games Incheon, South Korea Runner-up Runner-up (with Xu Xin) Winner
2015 Asian Cup Table Tennis Tournament Jaipur, India Runner-up
Asian Table Tennis Championships Pattaya, Thailand Winner Winner (Male Doubles with Xu Xin) Winner
Winner (Mixed Doubles with Chen Meng)
2017 Asian Table Tennis Championships Wuxi, China Winner Winner (Male Doubles with Lin Gaoyuan) Winner
Asian Cup Table Tennis Tournament Ahmedabad, India Runner-up
2018 Asian Cup Table Tennis Tournament Yokohama, Japan Winner
Asian Games Jakarta, Indonesia Winner Winner
2019 Asian Cup Table Tennis Tournament Yokohama, Japan Winner
ITTF World Tour
Year Location Type
Singles Doubles
2013 Doha, Qatar Rd of 32 Rd of 16
Changchun, China Quarter-finals
Spała, Poland Winner Quarter-finals
Bremen, Germany Winner Quarter-finals
Stockholm, Sweden Runner-up Quarter-finals
2014 Dubai, UAE* Semi-finals
Kuwait City, Kuwait Winner Quarter-finals
Doha, Qatar Rd of 16 Semi-finals
Chengdu, China Semi-finals Winner
Stockholm, Sweden Winner Runner-up
2015 Kuwait City, Kuwait Semi-finals Semi-finals
Kobe, Japan Semi-finals Runner-up
Chengdu, China Semi-finals Winner
Warsaw, Poland Winner Rd of 16
Stockholm, Sweden Winner Runner-up
Lisbon, Portugal* Runner-up
2016 Kuwait City, Kuwait Semi-finals Semi-finals
Doha, Qatar Runner-up Winner
Tokyo, Japan Winner Semi-finals
Incheon, South Korea Semi-finals Semi-finals
Chengdu, China Winner Runner-up
Doha, Qatar* Runner-up
2017 Doha, Qatar Runner-up Quarter-finals
Tokyo, Japan Runner-up Semi-finals
Magdeburg, Germany Semi-finals Quarter-finals
Stockholm, Sweden Runner-up Winner
Astana, Kazakhstan* Winner
2018 Budapest, Hungary Winner Winner
Doha, Qatar Winner Winner
Shenzhen, China Runner-up Winner
Stockholm, Sweden Winner Rd of 16
Linz, Austria Semi-finals Quarter-finals
2019 Budapest, Hungary Semi-finals Runner-up

  *   ITTF World Tour Grand Finals


  1. ^ "Will Fan Zhendong be the Next Grand Slam Champion?". Team USA. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Player profile". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Athlete's Profile". 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee. Archived from the original on 3 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Fan Zhendong – Table Tennis' Rising Star". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Fan Zhendong set on the 2017 World Championships". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  6. ^ "April 2018 World Ranking Analysis: Fan Zhendong Tops the Chart". International Table Tennis Federation. 4 April 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  7. ^ "I haven't reached my best: Fan". DOHA Stadium Plus. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Fan Zhendong: I have not reached my best". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Fan Zhendong". TableTennis Reference. Retrieved 6 April 2018.

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