Today we are delighted to be sharing an interview with one of the upcoming stars of Table Tennis, 19 year old Meng Fanbo.
Meng was the runner up in the 2020 ITTF Spanish Open Under 21 Event and also reached the ¼ finals of the recent Dusseldorf Masters, defeating #5 seed Alberto Mino along the way.
The young German star was the man of the match for TT Rhonsprudel in their recent win over Bremen in which he sensationally defeated the World #9 and 2019 World Singles Championships Runner Mattias Falck.
1. Firstly, congratulations on your recent Bundesliga victory over Bremen, your singles win over World #9 Mattias Falck and the winning Doubles match, can you describe your feelings after this match?
Thank you! I was so happy after this match and also very shocked to beat Falck, nobody, including myself thought I could beat him! I still can’t quite believe it, it’s like a never ending dream!!
2. Can you tell us about your experience so far in playing for TTC Rhonsprudel with such great players like Filus, Aruna, Pucar etc?
I had a difficult first season in the TTBL but I learnt a great deal and gained invaluable experience. I also learnt how to lose matches and my teammates were really supportive and always give me a lot of their time. I really appreciated that, and to play with such good players, together in one team, I learnt a lot about tactics and techniques.
3. You seem to be a very humble and modest person, what do you think your qualities are as a person and a player?
I always give my best on the court and fight for every point. There is no forgiveness in this League and so I must try to win every point and set that I play. This is my best quality.
4. You seem to have a close relationship with your coach/es, which coaching style brings out the best in you?
Yes, I have a close relationship with my Coaches, if I didn’t then I wouldn’t play my best. I must feel that my Coaches only have my best interests at heart and that they will do all they can to help me reach my potential in Table Tennis. I don’t really have a preferred coaching style.
5. What are your favourite 2 drills?
I don’t have any favourite drills. I do the exercises that my Coach tells me to do because he knows my game better than anyone!
6. What are your short and long term goals in Table Tennis?
My short term goal is to have a great season this year, it is difficult with Coronavirus but I will try my best. My long term goal is to improve my World ranking and to play in the Olympics and the World Championships.
7. If you had to choose one player to watch, who would it be and why?
I always love to watch Jan-Ove Waldner, he is my role model. When I was younger I watched him play for Fulda for many years, he makes the game look so easy!
8. Finally, can you give 2 tips to any young aspiring Table Tennis players out there?
They must work hard as this is what pays off every time! I wasn’t the best cadet, but I didn’t give up, and yesterday I defeated the runner up in the 2019 World Championships!!
Many thanks Meng for taking the time to do our interview and providing us with great insight into your career!