Fan Zhendong went to become the youngest ITTF World Tour Champion and the youngest World Table Tennis Champion. He achieved the top spot in the world rankings after holding position No. 2 for 29 consecutive months, starting from November 2015.
Fan Zhendong is a Butterfly sponsored player
Since November 1, 2021, Fan Zhendong is currently sponsored by Butterfly. Previously, he was an athlete sponsored by Stiga, Fan Zhandong is no stranger to the spotlight.
Fan Zhendong, a former Chinese national team player and current adviser to Butterfly, has agreed to serve as a model player to the company.
A member of the Chinese National Team, Fan Zhendong has been the world’s number one player since April 2020. At this year’s 2021 World Table Tennis Championships in Houston, he won his first title World championship with aggressive banana flick receives and powerful forehand or backspins produced by his exceptional physical strength.
‘I am delighted to have signed a contract with Butterfly,’ Fan Zhendong said upon his signing. I’m confident that our collaboration with the world’s top table tennis brand will be beneficial to both of us. It is my hope that we can work together seriously and achieve great things together.
Fan Zhendong has joined the Butterfly family!
Fan Zhendong Biography/ Profile
- Native name: 樊振东
- DOB: January 22, 1997
- Nationality: Chinese
- Born: 22 January 1997, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
- Playing-style: Right-handed, Shakehand grip
- Highest Ranking: #1
- Height: 1.73m
- Weight: 77 kg
Fan Zhendong Playing Style
With his lightning-fast footwork and devastating forehand looping, Fan Zhendong is able to finish off his opponents in a table tennis match.
As a rising star, Fan Zhendong’s game is frequently compared to that of his more experienced colleague Ma Long.
Both Wang Hao and Ma Lin have personally trained him in addition to the national team coaches.
Many people are looking forward to seeing him face off against some of China’s best players. His confidence and skill enable him to take on highly regarded and experienced opponents, and he has even beaten some of the world’s best players.
Fan Zhendong equipment 2021
Since November 1, 2021, Fan Zhendong is a Butterfly-sponsored player.
His equipment is confirmed by Butterfly!
Fan Zhendong’s blade
Despite this, he has switched to a Stiga Infinity VPS V handle from a Butterfly Viscaria blade due to Stiga’s sponsorship.
Fan Zhendong is using Viscaria blade
His blade is the Butterfly Viscaria blade (with a custom handle). He is only using a Viscaria FL with a Stiga handle. I’ve never seen a Stiga Infinity blade with carbon.
Yes, that’s an arylate carbon layer, infinity VPS V doesn’t have it, but then manufacturers create custom rackets for their players so maybe Stiga made one for him, they even make custom rubbers that aren’t available in the market, so it can’t be verified if its a Viscaria or Timo boll ALC.
Fan Zhendong’s forehand rubber
His forehand is a black DHS Hurricane 3 neo National Blue Sponge.
It’s worth noting that the plastic ball has made most Chinese national players utilize one degree harder than they did previously.
- Sponge color: Blue
- Sponge thickness: 2.1mm
- Rubber color: Black
- Hardness: 41.5 degree
Fan Zhendong’s backhand rubber
His backhand is a Red Tenergy 05.
On his backhand, he used the new Butterfly Dignics 05, which had just been launched on April 1st, 2019, during the 2019 World Table Tennis Championships.
Fan Zhendong previous equipment with Stiga
In the period of 2017-2021, Fan Zhendong was still a Stiga-sponsored player.
What is Fan Zhendong’s racket configuration? In fact, Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin are sponsored by Stiga. While Zhang Jike is sponsored by Butterfly. Double Happiness DHS sponsors Ma Long.
This is the latest Fan Zhendong equipment. The photo is taken at the ITTF Seamaster World Tour Grand Final 2017.
- Fan Zhendong’s racket: Viscaria with the Stiga Infinity Master handle. Proof: Look at the ALC outer ply of Viscaria. You can call this racket “Visfinity” 🙂 (Viscaria with Inifinity handle). Why Infinity handle? Because he is sponsored by Stiga. Sometimes Fan Zhendong also used DHS W968. But it’s just a testing blade. In the real major competition, Fan Zhendong uses Butterfly Viscaria, which fits best his playing style (attack and counter-attack at 2 sides closed-to mid-distance).
- Fan Zhendong’s forehand rubber: It’s the national blue sponge DHS Hurricane 3. Hardness 40.5 Chinese scale. Thickness 2.15 mm.
- Backhand rubber: Professional version Butterfly Tenergy 05 (harder version 38-39 degree ESN scale). Thickness 2.20 mm.
Fan Zhendong childhood
The living conditions of Fan Zhendong’s parents, who emigrated from Hunan to Guangzhou to find work, were appalling when the youngster was growing up. The grandma of Qidong’s hometown raised him. Fan Zhendong’s parents, hearing that the elementary school had a sports team and that students who joined the squad might receive a discount on their school fees, encouraged their 5-year-old son to take up the sport as a hobby in 2002.
Fan Zhendong was able to join the elementary school table tennis team after entering elementary school because of his strong foundation in the Children’s Palace. No matter how glad his parents were that he joined the school team in order to get a discount on his tuition, Fan Zhendong’s competitive nature made him believe that he could never lose to his classmates.
Fan Zhendong, a 7-year-old boy from the Haizhu District Children’s Palace, won the men’s seedling group at the Guangzhou City competition in 2004. Guangzhou Weilun Sports School had a soft spot for him. That’s when Fan Zhendong started attending classes in the morning and going out in the afternoons. Training at a sports facility.
Fan Zhendong’s performance improved dramatically after he enrolled in the city’s sports school, and he now frequently represents the city at events and has had success. A number of table tennis clubs recognized Fan Zhendong’s talent while he was just 11 years old in 2008. There were numerous clubs that wanted to have Fan Zhendong as a member. Fan Zhendong’s parents decided to allow their son to join the eighth-grade table tennis team after much deliberation and dialogue with Fan Zhendong.
In the eighth final of the 2012 national championship, Fan Zhendong, a 15-year-old from Beijing, upset world champion Wang Liqin. He made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the men’s singles tournament. He was in the national championship game, even though he lost in the quarterfinals. The capacity to achieve such achievements in the most “tough to play” table tennis championship in the world also grabbed the attention of the national table tennis coaching team.
Fan Zhendong major achievements
Fan Zhendong achieved every major title in table tennis, but not the Olympics gold medal.
Fan’s biggest achievement is being ranked #1 in the ITTF world rankings. For the past seven months, he has fought ferociously to reclaim the crown. As of September 2021, he has been ranked #1 in table tennis for 30 straight months. Only Ma Long had a lengthier reign at the top, spending 34 months at the leadership.
|2021||World Table Tennis Championships Finals
Men’s Champion Olympics Games (Team)
Men’s Singles Silver
|2020||Men’s World Cup
Singles Runner-up Qatar Open
Men’s Singles Runner-up
|2019||ITTF World Tour Grand Final
Men’s Singles Runner-up Men’s World Cup
Singles Runner-up Austrian Open
Men’s Singles Runner-up German Open
Men’s Singles Runner-up Asian Cup
Men’s Singles Winner
Fan Zhendong ranking
Fan Zhendong is currently ranked as the World number 1.
Fan Zhendong forehand
Fan Zhendong has a super-fast forehand, not as consistent as Ma Long’s forehand. However, Fan Zhendong’s forehand is very powerful.
Here is the video of Fan Zhendong’s forehand technique.
In table tennis, this is the sound of a perfectly executed maximum power loop. This forehand is mind-blowing in its speed and power.
Fan Zhendong can speak Cantonese
Both Fan Zhendong and Zhou Qihao come from the Guangdong province team. So Fan Zhendong can speak fluently Cantonese.
Here is the interview of Fan Zhendong.
Fan Zhendong net worth
Fan Zhendong has a very high net worth, which is similar to Ma Long’s income.
Since Fan Zhendong is now the leader of the China Team, he has gained more net worth. Recently, Fan Zhendong won the Houston World Table Tennis Championship 2021.
Fan Zhendong is the world champion of table tennis, with an estimated net worth of $3 million in 2021. Notably, Fan Zhendong is at the pinnacle of his fame. After reaching the final in Tokyo Olympics 2020, his net worth has increased a lot, just after Ma Long’s net worth.
Nonetheless, the International Table Tennis Federation has Fan Zhendong as No. 1 in men’s singles (ITTF World ranking).
Moreover, Fan Zhendong earns thousands of dollars per year as of 2021. He also won numerous tournaments in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Then he won three WTT cups in Germany, Austria, and China. Winning a men’s single tournament apparently nets him $1,000,000! He also earned a lot in the Chinese Super League.
For example, in 2019, he won $100,000 after reaching the final in Sweden. He also won the ITTF World Tour. According to the source, he won $150,000 in prizes.
Fan Zhendong’s Wife
Fan Zhendong, a professional table tennis player, is not married. As we all know, Ma Long has a wife and a son. Ma Long’s wife is Xia Lu.
Zhang Jike is not married yet. Zhang Jike’s girlfriend is an actress.
Fan Zhendong has kept his girlfriend private.
Fan Zhendong’s nickname
Fan Zhendong’s nickname is “XiaoPang”. In English, “Xiaopang” is a little chubby.
Here is the video, I have talked about the nickname of Fan Zhendong.
[Fan Zhendong] Congratulations to Xiaopang for winning the championship
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