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Medal record
Men's table tennis
Competitor for  Germany
Olympic Games
Silver 2008 Beijing Team
World Championships
Silver 2004 Doha Team
Silver 2005 Shanghai Doubles
Bronze 2006 Bremen Team
World Cup
Gold 2002 Singles
Gold 2005 Singles
Silver 2008 Singles
European Championships
Gold 2002 Zagreb Singles
Gold 2002 Zagreb Doubles
Gold 2007 Belgrade Singles
Gold 2007 Belgrade Doubles
Gold 2008 St. Petersburg Singles
Gold 2008 St. Petersburg Doubles
Gold 2009 Stuttgart Doubles

Timo Boll (born March 8, 1981 in Erbach im Odenwald, Germany) is a German professional table tennis player who currently plays with Borussia Düsseldorf and is the German No.1 of the German Table Tennis National League. He is No.4 in the World Rankings as of January, 2010.

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Childhood

Already at the age of four years Timo Boll was playing table tennis and at that time was coached by his father. In 1986 he became a member of the TSV Höchst and played there at association level. At the age of eight years he was discovered by a Hessian trainer who promoted him. In 1990, he started to train at the training centre Pfungstadt and four years later changed to FTG Frankfurt with which he took part in the second division, at which time other associations became attentive of him. TTV Gönnern hired him in 1995. Timo Boll was put in position five on the team but, nevertheless, lost only one match in the whole season and thus contributed to the rise of the team in table tennis national league. In 2007, Timo Boll went to the German table tennis champion team Borussia Düsseldorf.

Career

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National league and international junior results

At age 14, Timo Boll took together with Frank Klitzsch the title of the youngest player of the national league. Timo Boll celebrated his first international results during the student European championships in Den Haag 1995, where he won three gold medals. After a second place finish in his first junior European Championship 1996, he won during the following two years the title in the singles, in the doubles and with the team. He finished school with a secondary school level I certificate.

International results

In 2002, Timo Boll joined the ranks of the world top-10 players with his Europe-Top-12-Tournament victory against Vladimir Samsonov. He reached final of the European Table Tennis Championships in Zagreb in the singles, and in doubles with Zoltan Fejer-Konnerth the gold medal. The German team was defeated in the finale by a score of 2–3, by the Swedish team. With his victory in the Chinese world cup in Jinan (he beat the world champion Wang Liqin and the Olympic champion Kong Linghui clearly), Timo Boll finished the year at first position in the world rankings in January, 2003. During the European-Championship 2003, Vladimir Samsonov led the Belorussian team to the final victory against the German. He was too strong for Timo Boll. After his elimination in the singles world championship in the second round, he lost the rank of the world's number one table tennis player.

Injury and comeback

Back problems hampered Boll during the first half of 2004. These problems handicapped his preparation for the 2004 Summer Olympics, in which he retired in the quarterfinal against Jan-Ove Waldner. After a period marked by public criticism, Timo Boll registered tournament victories in Poland, Austria and Germany. He also reached the semifinal of the Pro Tour in Peking, where he was edged out 3-4 in games by Ma Lin. Early in the 2005 season, Boll's back problems struck again; nevertheless, he won the silver medal in doubles with Christian Süss at the World Championship. After correcting a referee's wrong decision in favour of his opponent in the singles round of sixteen (in which he was defeated), he received from the ITTF the Fair Play Award. The year ended well as he won the Champions League with TTV RE-BAU Gönnern, and the world cup tournament in Liège in Belgium, in which he defeated all three Chinese first-class players. In 2007, he won the European Championship in singles, doubles, and in the team competition.

Draft to Borussia Düsseldorf

In December 2006, Timo Boll signed a 3 year contract with Borussia Dusseldorf. Apart from the financial weakness of his old team and various other considerations, Timo Boll moved for the good training possibilities, in view of the upcoming Olympic Games 2008 and because of the possibility to be able to train there with his doubles partner Christian Süss.

During the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing he participated again with the German national team. After victories over Croatia, Canada, Singapore and Japan in preliminary rounds and the semi-final, the team lost 0–3 against the host Chinese team. As the first-seeded player in 2008, Boll defended his three European Champion titles from the year before.

Technique

Timo Boll is a left-handed player whose best weapon is his forehand topspin drive but is also noted for his extremely quick backhand loop. His racket is the ""Timo Boll Blade Series ALC". His present double partner is Christian Süss.

Contract

On the 1st of July, 2007, his three-year contract began with Borussia Dusseldorf.

Private

Timo Boll was married on 31 December 2003.

Awards

  • 1997 Table Tennis Junior Player of the Year
  • 1998 German Tabel Tennis player of the Year
  • 2005 Bambi Sport
  • 2005 German Sportsmen of the Year 3rd position
  • 2006 Sportsmen of the Year in Hessen
  • 2007 Fair-Play-Award of Minister (Secretary) of the Interior

Home Secretary

  • 2007 German Sportsmen of the Year 2nd position
  • 2008 Sportsmen of the Year in Hessen

Titles

  • World Cup 2002 and 2005
  • Single European Champion 2002, 2007 and 2008
  • Team European Champion 2007, 2008
  • Europe Top-12 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008
  • European Super Cup 2007, 2008, 2009
  • ITTF Pro Tour (13): Brasil 2001, Austria 2002, Japan 2003, Poland, Germany and Austria 2004, Japan, Sweden and Grand Finals 2005, Denmark, China, Germany and Poland 2006
  • Double: European Championship 2002 (together with Zoltan Fejer-Konnerth), 2007 and 2008 (together with Christian Süß), Japan Open 2005 and Pro Tour Grand Final 2006 (together with Christian Süß)
  • Double: 2nd position World Championship 2005, 3rd position European Championship 2005 together with Christian Süß
  • Team: 2nd position European Championship 2000, 2002, 2003, 2nd position World Championship 2004, 3rd position World Championship 2006, 2nd position Olympic Games 2008
  • German Championship: 9-times Single-Winner (1998, 2001–2007,2009), 3-times Double-Winner (1999 together with Lars Hielscher, 2005 and 2007 together with Christian Süß
  • Champions League: Winner 2005 and 2006 with TTV RE-BAU Gönnern
  • 3rd position Qatar and Kuwait Open Single 2007
  • 3rd position World Championship Single 2003, 2006
  • As the first German number one of the world table tennis rankings (January 2003)

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