Today we are delighted to be sharing an interview with 34 year old Austrian star Daniel Habesohn.
Daniel is ranked #36 in the Men’s World rankings and has been as high as # 27. The Post SV Muhlhausen player has one of the most exciting styles in world Table Tennis and we are delighted to Learn more about him as a player and a person.
1. Who were your inspirations growing up and why?
My inspiration has always been my brother. He taught me always to give 100%!!
2. How often did you train as a Junior and did you always believe you could make it as a successful player?
When I was younger I played 4 times a week and I started to play every day from around 14 years old.
3. Your game is very aggressive and exciting to watch, did you always practice this type of style?
My B/H wasn’t very strong during my early career which was why I ran round to hit my F/H to win the point early! Today, my B/H is much improved but my style of play and my aggression has stayed the same!
4. Can you describe your experience during your 2008 ECL success alongside Schlager, Ryu Seung Min & Chen Weixing for SVS Niederosterreich? (What a team!!!)
I felt like a real amateur in a team with players like Schlager, Ryu and Chen Weixing. Even though I had beaten some top 10 players, I had so much respect for these 3 guys and what they had achieved. Also, I learnt a lot by listening to their experiences and opinions of Table Tennis.
5. You are currently world ranked #36 and have been in the top 100 for 10 years, what attributes have helped you achieve this incredible consistency?
Since I was young, my motivation is always to win medals and to be as high a ranked player as possible.
6. If you could choose one player to watch, who would it be and why?
I really love to watch Ma Long when he makes the game look so easy!
7. What are your 2 favourite drills?
I like to practice Free v B/H and also B/H v B/H Then Switch To F/H.
8.Can you give 2 tips to any young aspiring Table Tennis players out there?
Simply to always give 100% and that if you really want to be the best then you must practice harder than anyone else!!
Many thanks Daniel for taking the time to do our interview and providing us with great insight into your career!