Table Tennis World Cup: World Cup: Table tennis team without Boll, Ovtcharov and Franziska


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WM: Table tennis team without Boll, Ovtcharov and Franziska

Timo Boll (r) will not represent Germany at the World Cup due to injury.  Instead, Dang Qiu (l) is number 1 in Te

Timo Boll (r) will not represent Germany at the World Cup due to injury. Instead, Dang Qiu (l) is number 1 in the team. photo

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The German national table tennis team will compete in the Team World Championship at the end of the month without their three top players Timo Boll, Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Patrick Franziska.

The German table tennisnational team will compete in the Team World Championship at the end of the month without their three top players Timo Boll, Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Patrick Franziska.

boll (Borussia Düsseldorf) and Ovtcharov (TTC Neu-Ulm) were injured for a long time in the first half of the year, Franziska (1. FC Saarbrücken) just became a father for the first time. National coach Jörg Roßkopf nominated Dang Qiu from Borussia Düsseldorf as number one in his completely newly formed team. In recent months he has risen to become European champion in singles and top ten in the world rankings.

Benedikt Duda (TTC Schwalbe Bergneustadt), Ricardo Walther (ASV Grünwettersbach), Kay Stumper (Borussia Düsseldorf) and Fanbo Meng (TTC Fulda-Maberzell) are also part of the squad for the World Cup from September 30th to October 5th in Chengdu, China.

"You have to give the next generation of players responsibility at an early stage, because they have to learn how to deal with pressure situations in good time," said Roßkopf. At the European Team Championships last year, the Germans also won without Boll and Ovtcharov the title. At a World Cup, however, the competition from the strong Asian teams is significantly greater.

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