Today we are going to focus on the exciting 28-year-old German star, Patrick Franziska.
Patrick’s first big win was when he captured the Gold in the 2010 European Youth Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.
The young German was regularly coached by the great Timo Boll’s father. Patrick and Timo are now very good friends, on and off the table.
He has openly admitted the funniest player in the hall is Thomas Keinath and the hardest worker is Steffen Mengel.
Franziska is currently the #16 ranked player in the world, has been in the top 20 for over 2 years and has beaten the likes of Fan Zhendong, Dimitrij Ovtcharov, Jun Mizutani, and Lin Gaoyuan.
He has achieved a great deal in the game but perhaps his most notable success was in helping Germany win the European Team Gold in 2019 along with Boll, Ovtcharov, Duda and Filus.
Patrick uses an Apolonia ZLC Blade, Tenergy 05-F/H and Dignics 05-B/H
He admits he used to lack confidence in himself and used a mental coach in order to help with ‘acceptance’ in certain situations, a great tip for any young aspiring players.
Patrick Franziska is one of the good guys in Table Tennis, a player who will battle to the death but a genuinely nice guy off the Table. His favourite word is ‘sehr gerne’ which means ‘fantastic’ is very appropriate!
Also, don’t forget to check out our interview with Patrick!