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Darko Jorgic (born July 30, 1998, in Hrastnik, Slovenia) is a Slovenian table tennis player who competes internationally. He represent his country at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which will take place in 2020. He is considered one of the best backhand players in table tennis.

Recently, he is the European champion in 2022 (Europe Top 16).


Tibhar sponsored player

Darko Jorgic is a Tibhar sponsored player. His equipment is provided by Tibhar table tennis.

Darko Jorgić Instagram
Darko Jorgić Instagram


Darko Jorgic equipment

Darko Jorgic is using the Tibhar equipment.

His blade is: Tibhar Dynamic JS

Forehand rubber: Tibhar MX-P

Backhand rubber: Tibhar MX-P

Tibhar Blade Dynamic JC
Tibhar Blade Dynamic JC

 

In 2021, Darko Jorgic was using a Butterfly blade. He was using the Timo Boll ALC blade.

Darko Jorgic blade with MX-P rubber
Darko Jorgic blade with MX-P rubber
Jorgic at Top 16 - He was using Timo Boll ALC
Jorgic at Top 16 – He was using Timo Boll ALC

 



Darko Jorgic at Champion League 2021 - Tihbar blade
Darko Jorgic at Champion League 2021 – Tihbar blade

 

Jorgic was using Timo Boll ALC
Jorgic was using Timo Boll ALC


Good performance at Tokyo Olympics

As part of the Tokyo Olympics’ men’s singles qualifying tournament, Jorgic defeated Liam Pitchford in a close 4-2 match (the final four games were all decided by two points) in the round of 32.

Darko Jorgic made a great performance in Tokyo Olympics (1)
Darko Jorgic made a great performance in Tokyo Olympics (1)

Jorgic pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament when he defeated Tomokazu Harimoto in the round of 16 to advance to the quarter-finals of the tournament.


Playing style

A distinctive feature of Jorgic’s serve is that he prefers to deliver it with his backhand from the far forehand corner. Using this strategy, he can give wide angles to his opponent’s short forehand while setting up his powerful backhand for the third ball.


Best backhand player

Darko Jorgic is considered one of the best backhand players in table tennis. His backhand shot is very powerful. He also used some variations of backhand serve.

Darko - the new king of Europe table tennis
Darko – the new king of Europe table tennis


Champion at Europe’s top 16

Recently, he defeated Truls Moregard in the final to claim the Champion of Europe Top 16 (2022).

2022 Europe Top 16
2022 Europe Top 16

Darko JORGIC of Slovenia and HAN Ying of Germany won gold medals in the 2022 CCB Europe Top 16 Cup Men’s and Women’s Events, respectively, after thrilling finals. The battles in Montreux had come to a fantastic conclusion.

Darko JORGIC came back from a 3:1 deficit in the semifinals to defeat Truls MOREGARDH of Sweden, who had just defeated Timo BOLL a few hours before.

“For his service and first strokes, I couldn’t find the game. “It took a long time for me to get my forehand deep enough to push him,” JORGIC explained.

Darko JORGIC of Slovenia and Han Ying of Germany clinched the gold medals
Darko JORGIC of Slovenia and Han Ying of Germany clinched the gold medals

Darko JORGIC is making his third appearance and second final (2020), while MOREGARDH is competing for the first time. A substitute player competed in the 2021 World Championships final. oHe is ranked No. 7 in Europe, but he was up against two Swedish countrymen and only got his chance when Matias FALCK had to withdraw.

Darko Jorgic at Europe top 16 (6)
Darko Jorgic at Europe top 16 (6)

JORGIC is the first Slovenian to take first place in this competition. Since the two players have only been together for 43 years, he won the youngest final in the history of the Top12/Top16.

Darko Jorgic at Europe top 16 (1)
Darko Jorgic at Europe top 16 (1)

Truls Möregardh is the youngest finalist in the history of the competition. Jan Ove WALDNER (18), the youngest finalist in 1984, was also the youngest winner. Jörgen PERSSON (19), who was coaching Truls MOREHARDH at the time, was the second-youngest winner in 1986.

Truls Moregard at Europe Top 16
Truls Moregard at Europe Top 16

 

Note: Photo courtesy of ETTU.


Darko Jorgic career

Darko Jorgic visits his parents’ house in Trbovlje, a town of 15,000 people in central Slovenia, as we speak. That’s where he grew up, and it’s where he began playing table tennis with his friend Nathan Urh, who was the same age as him, shortly before his fifth birthday.

His parents were both former top players in old Yugoslavia and TT coaches. Darko’s talent was recognized by his father and coach, Joze Urh, who quit basketball, the sport of his older brother and mother, after winning a medal in his first tournament, while his father played soccer.

“At first, I trained four nights a week and competed frequently on weekends. I’ve been playing almost every day since I was about 12 years old. I trained twice a day when I was 15 and left home to attend high school and live at the national training center in Novo Mesto, in the South East.”
Darko won 10 medals in total at the European Championships for U-15, U-18, and U-21 in singles, doubles, mixed doubles, and team.

Darko went abroad after graduating from high school. He first went to Carrarra in Italy, where he stayed for a year, then to Bad Königshofen in Bavaria, and finally to Saarland, where he will stay for at least another two years with FC Saarbrücken. Possibly even longer.

Jorgic has climbed to 27th place in the world rankings so far. He is the world’s number four at his age, having been born in 1998 or later. He is only ahead of Harimoto, Lin Yun-ju, and Wang Chuqin. When asked how he went from the top 200 in 2016, to the top 100 in 2017, and the top 50 in 2019, to the top 30, he cites a lot of training on the one hand, but also the importance of staying clean and training smart on the other.

He said:

“You must understand precisely what you need to improve and how to get there.” Another crucial consideration is the importance of being in the right place at the right time in order to develop appropriately.



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