Fan Zhendong – table tennis player profile

Fan Zhendong – table tennis player profile

Fan Zhendong is an international Chinese table tennis player that is currently ranked one in the world for men’s singles in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and has a net worth of approximately $5 million as of 2022.

This promising table tennis player was born on 22 January 1997 in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China and is currently 25 years old. His height is 5 feet 8 inches or 173cm. Aside from table tennis, Zhendong’s hobbies are playing video games and swimming. Other details about his private life like the name of his parents, siblings, educational background, and marital status are unfortunately unknown to the public. 

Zhendong is a right-handed shake-hand grip table tennis player who became a professional in 2015. He then held the number two rank for 29 consecutive months from November 2015, thus becoming the youngest World Table Tennis Champion. 

His first WTTC was Paris 2013, wherein he lost to Zhang Jike in the third round. The second one was Suzhou 2015 when he was defeated by Ma Long (one of the world’s greatest table tennis players of all time). Zhendong said in an interview that he could really feel a huge difference between him and Ma Long in terms of preparation and leading. In 2017, just when he thought that his performance was near perfection, he encountered Ma Long again and lost during the finals. 


Years following that was a constant challenge for him, so aside from techniques, he also trained to be more focused and mentally stronger than before. His dream to make history was finally realized in September 2021 when he defeated Ma Long at the China National Games and then won the World Table Tennis Championships in Houston.


After that, a number of companies have signed sponsorship and endorsement contracts with him, such as the world-famous brand Stiga and the Japanese company Butterfly. Also, he is not only earning massive wealth from winning singles tournaments, but he has also accomplished this feat with multiple wins in men’s doubles world table tennis tournaments. 


He believes that life has no place for ‘if only’. If you didn’t handle a stroke or a point well that just shows you’re not there yet.