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MIZUTANI Jun is officially retired

When it was announced that her Olympic Mixed Doubles partner Jun Mizutani will be retiring, Mima Ito had some kind words to share.

Mima Ito is so sad

Table Tennis legend Jun Mizutani has announced his retirement. Jun Mizutani, one of Japan’s greatest table tennis players, has announced his retirement from international competition. On February 10th, 2022, WTT confirmed this. Mizutani has long been regarded as one of the sport’s most popular players.

Mima Ito had some heartfelt things to say about her Olympic Mixed Doubles partner, Jun Mizutani’s retirement. Mima Ito is so sad. She said:

Mima Ito said about him
Mima Ito said about him

Problems with the Visual

For some time now, Mizutani has had vision problems, and he now wears glasses while competing in international tournaments. This is the main reason for his retirement.

Although I can see the ball, I can’t tell how it’s rotating because it’s glinting a little. This makes it impossible for me to accurately gauge the trajectory of the ball and, as a result, I often make unintentional errors when trying to receive it at the center of my racket. To be honest, I haven’t been able to find a solution to this problem. I just follow my senses!

Jun Mizutani said in the Olympic Games Interview.

Retirement due to eye problem
Retirement due to the eye problem

The retirement of Jun Mizutani

Mizutani hinted at retiring from table tennis after winning the gold medal at the Olympics in Tokyo. That was his last public appearance before he announced his retirement, though.

When asked if he had decided yet, “I’m leaning toward a complete break from table tennis.”

The Olympic Games have added Jun Mizutani to its official roster. WTT has stated that Jun Mizutani will retire from professional tennis at the end of the current season, which is scheduled to take place in February 2022.

Jun wearing sunglasses during matches - eye problem
Jun wearing sunglasses during matches – eye problem

Olympic gold in Tokyo in 2021

Mizutani and Mima Ito defeated China’s Liu Shiwen and Xu Xin in the mixed doubles finals at the Tokyo Olympic Games on July 26, 2021, to earn Olympic Gold in the mixed doubles. A non-Chinese table tennis team won gold for the first time since the 2004 Olympic Games.

Gold medal at Tokyo Olympics
Gold medal at Tokyo Olympics

Most Memorable Olympic Moments in Mizutani’s Career

One of Jun Mizutani’s most memorable singles table tennis matches occurred when he defeated Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus to win the Bronze at the World Championships.

Jun at Rio 2016
Jun at Rio 2016

He fell against Ma Long of China in the semi-finals of the Rio Olympics. Table tennis at the Olympics was made memorable by their performance.

Memorable table tennis rally from China star Ma Long

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Mizutani’s professional career

The 32-year-old Japanese man had a remarkable professional life. He was the youngest Japanese player to win the national title at the age of 17.

He has announced that he will retire after Tokyo 2020
He has announced that he will retire after Tokyo 2020

From 2007 to 2011, he won the national championship in each of those years. He competes in every type of table tennis available at the international level.

To date, Mizutani has held the record for the most Japan National Championships championships, with 10 victories at the event. He has proudly spearheaded his country’s international endeavors for more than a decade.

Full Men's Table Tennis Bronze Medal Match - Rio 2016 | Throwback Thursday

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Seven-time Men’s Singles champion on the ITTF World Tour, Mizutani was the first player from his country to lift the coveted ITTF World Tour Grand Finals trophy in 2010 and 2014. Additionally, Mizutani has represented Japan at the World Championships 15 times, winning seven medals in doubles and team competitions, including a silver medal in Kuala Lumpur at the World Team Championships in 2016.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Mizutani cemented his legacy as the first player from Japan to reach the Men’s Singles podium, taking home the bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro. A second first for Japan came in the Men’s Team event, where he was instrumental in the team’s silver medal finish.

Gold medallist Jun Mizutani has called time on his magical career
Gold medallist Jun Mizutani has called time on his magical career

The best mixed-double with Mima Ito

With Mima Ito, Jun Mizutani is considered one of the best Mixed Double in table tennis. They defeated Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen at the final match of Tokyo Olympics.

Mima Ito and Jun Mizutani - one of the best double
Mima Ito and Jun Mizutani – one of the best double

Goodbye Jun Mizutani

Please accept my sincere gratitude to Jun Mizutani for all the fantastic table tennis moments. Japanese table tennis needs more players like you in the future.

MIZUTANI Jun is competing at his fourth Olympic Games
MIZUTANI Jun is competing at his fourth Olympic Games

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