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Jha Kanak (USA) playing style and equipment

Jha Kanak, an Indian-American table tennis player, was born on June 19, 2000, in Milpitas, California. He has a modern playing style and Butterfly-sponsored equipment (blade and rubber).


Biography

One player is smiling, and the other two are not happy
One player is smiling, and the other two are not happy

Nationality: USA
Date of Birth: June 19, 2000
Hometown: Milpitas, California
Home Club: World Champions Table Tennis Academy (WCTTA)
Coach/es: Joerg Bitzigeio, Stefan Feth, Zhenshi Li
Playing Style: Right-handed, attacker, shakehand grip.
Highest ranking 22 (September 2019)
Current ranking 27 (December 2021)
Club: TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen
Height 172 cm
Weight 62 kg

 

Kanak Jha (@jhakanak)
Kanak Jha (@jhakanak)

His official Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/jhakanak/

Kanak Jha, table tennis athlete
? Butterfly Player
?? 2016/2020 Olympian
?Youth Olympic Games
?4x National Champion
World Championship Quarterfinalist


Jha Kanak equipment:

Based on Butterfly information, Jha is sponsored by this brand. The butterfly is one of the best brands in table tennis.

Blade: Butterfly Timo Boll ALC
FH Rubber: Butterfly Tenergy 19
BH Rubber: Butterfly Tenergy05

Butterfly tenergy 19
Butterfly tenergy 19
Tenergy 05 hard used by pro players
Tenergy 05 Hard used by pro players
ALC blade Timo Boll
ALC blade Timo Boll


Jha Kanak, USA team member

He represented the United States in the men’s singles and men’s team events at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. As for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics, Jha was a singles player who competed in the men’s singles and came away with a bronze medal.

Jha Kanak (USA table tennis player) (1)
Jha Kanak (USA table tennis player) (1)

He was a member of the United States team that won gold medals at the Pan American Games in 2019. The men’s solo and mixed double gold medalists also received bronze medals.


Proffesional teams

2017–2018 – TTC Ruhrstadt Herne (3. BL Nord)
2018–2019 – 1. FSV Mainz 05 (2. BL)
2019–2020 – TTC Zugbrücke Grenzau (BL)
2020– Now: TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen



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Career and Achievements

Most impressive table tennis development of Jha Kanak:

Meet Kanak Jha @ WCTTA
Meet Kanak Jha @ WCTTA

 

Qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

Competition Records

2020 US Olympic Team (Singles & Team)
2019 Pan American Games – Men’s Team Gold Medalist, Men’s Singles Bronze Medalist, Mixed Doubles Bronze Medalist
2019 US Nationals Championships – Men’s Singles Gold Medalist, Men’s Doubles Gold Medalist
2018 Pan American Championships – Mixed Doubles Silver Medalist
2018 Pan American Championships – Men’s Team Silver Medalist
2018 Pan American Championships – Men’s Singles Gold Medalist
2018 Summer Youth Olympics Games – Bronze Medalist
2018 ITTF Pan American Junior Championships – Junior Boys Singles Gold Medalist, Junior Boys Doubles Gold Medalist, Junior Mixed Doubles Silver Medalist, Junior Boys Teams Gold Medalist
2018 U.S. National Championships – Men’s Singles Champion, Men’s Doubles Champion, Mixed Doubles Champion, Junior Boys Champion
2017 ITTF Junior Circuit Finals – Boys Gold Medalist
2017 U.S. National Championships – Men’s Singles Champion
2017 Croatia Junior Open – Singles Champion
2017 Argentina Junior Open – Singles Champion
2017 North American Continental Qualification Tournament for
2018 Youth Olympic Games, Men’s Singles Winner
2017 ITTF Pan American Junior Championships – Junior Boys Singles Gold Medalist, Junior Boys Teams Gold Medalist, Boys Doubles Gold Medalist
2017 Argentina Junior Open – Junior Boys Singles Champion
2017 World Table Tennis Championships – Last 32 Men’s Singles
2017 US National Men’s Team
2017 US Men’s Singles National Champion
2016 US Men’s Singles National Champion
2016 US Men’s Youth Champion
2016 US Olympic Team (Singles & Team)
2016 US National & Junior Team
2015 US World & Pan American Team


Stefan Fet, his coach

Stefan Fet is Jha Kanak’s coach, a German personal trainer, was the one who saw and championed Jha Kanak. The World Champions Table Tennis Academy (WCTTA) in Santa Clara, California, is where they both trained. While at Halmstad with his older sister Prachi Jha (also a national player), Kanak decided to move to Sweden when he turned 14.

Kanak Jha Interview

 

 

In 2014, he made his international debut. For the first time, he was crowned North American Cup Champion. In addition, he qualified for his first men’s World Cup in Dusseldorf after a great showing at the World Cadet Challenge.

 

Jha Kanak and his coach
Jha Kanak and his coach

He was the tournament’s youngest participant ever at the age of 14. After defeating Adrian Crisan in the first round, he went on to lose the rest of the tournament.

 

After that, he competed in the men’s World Cup three times (2017, 2018, and 2019) and finished in the quarterfinals each time.


American born qualified for Olympics

To add to his accomplishments, he was the first American born in 2000 to qualify for the Olympics, as well as the youngest American athlete to compete in Rio de Janeiro. There he made it to 1/8 finals with the team but was eliminated in the first round of the solo competition.

Stefan Feth & Kanak Jha interview

 

While competing at the national level, his team was victorious in 2017. In singles, he advanced to the 1/16 finals at the World Championships in Dusseldorf before falling to Xu Xin. As for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics, Jha was a singles player who competed in the men’s singles and came away with a bronze medal.

Jha Kanak and his coach - new hope for USA
Jha Kanak and his coach – new hope for USA

With the team, he made it to the quarterfinals of the Team World Cup in 2019. Kanak Jha beat Wong Chun Ting of Hong Kong in this tournament, who was ranked sixth in the world. At the 2019 Pan American Games, Kanak and the rest of the United States women’s tennis team took home gold and bronze medals in the mixed doubles and singles competitions.

As if it wasn’t impressive enough, he won his fourth consecutive U.S. national title in 2019. When he’s not competing or working with the national team, he trains at the World Champions Table Tennis Academy.



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