Tomokazu Harimoto -Table Tennis Player Profile

Tomokazu Harimoto -Table Tennis Player Profile: 

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Tomokazu Harimoto is a 19-year-old Japanese table tennis player who became the youngest player to win the ITTF World Tour men’s singles, ITTF World Tour Grand Finals, and Czech Open.  As of 1 August 2022, he ranked 4th in the ITTF table tennis world ranking.


He was born in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan on 27 June 2003.  In terms of height and weight, he measures 178 cm and weighs 64 kg. Tomokazu Harimoto was originally named Zhang Zhihe, but after becoming a Japanese citizen, he and his family changed their names. He is still single and currently not in a relationship.


Table tennis has been in his blood since birth, maybe because both his mother Zhang Ling and father Yu Harimoto were former professional players. At just two years old, Tomakazu began his table tennis training and has been playing ever since. It was in 2010 that he won his first competition, the All-Japan Table Tennis Championship Juniors, at the age of 7. He then continued his winning streak for his entire elementary years. 


In 2016, Tomokazu became the youngest player to ever win a men’s singles ITTF World Tour under-21 title by beating two professional players-Ho Kwan Kit and Hugo Calderano. Tomokazu has since set a lot of records in his career due to the fact that he’s such an incredible player at a young age. Currently, he’s the 4th best table tennis player in the world. Like many professionals he uses a ping pong robot to practice


Harimoto’s net worth consists primarily of tournament wins, which account for about a $250,000. He also has a sponsorship with Butterfly and Toyota. Interestingly, his paddle blade is something that he helped develop with Butterfly.