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Quadri Aruna is one of the best African table tennis player. He is famous for his forehand attack and his green rubber on the backhand side. So what is his main equipment?


Quadri Aruna performance at WTT

In the WTT Doha Star Challenge, Aruna defeated three Chinese national players (Liu Dingshuo, Zhao Zihao and Zhou Qihao) in a row. This is the first time, that a non-Chinese players has defeated the 3 Chinese players in a row in the WTT event.

Green rubber during the WTT event
Green rubber during the WTT event

 

Quadri Aruna is a top table tennis player from Nigeria. He played in the Olympics in 2012 and 2016. His huge forehand, which almost no one can handle, gets people excited. Quadri Aruna has been using the German brand Gewo since 2019.

You can watch some his matches here:

Quadri Aruna vs Zhou Qihao | MS | WTT Star Contender Doha 2022 (QF)


Watch this video.

 


Quadri Aruna’s equipment

Quadri Aruna’s equipment are provided by GEWO, because he is sponsored by GEWO. GEWO is a new table tennis brand, however they have many good products.

Aruna's equipment
Aruna’s equipment

Blade: Aruna Hinoki Carbon Off
Forehand rubber: Nexxus EL Pro 53 Hard max.
Backhand rubber: Nexxus EL Pro 53 Hard max.



Quadri Aruna - famous with Gewo green rubber
Quadri Aruna – famous with Gewo green rubber

About his blade: Aruna Hinoki Carbon Off

A very easy to play, offensive basic carbon blade that was developed in cooperation with the GEWO legend Quadri Aruna. For safe, powerful topspin variants, hard shots and precise block and counter hits. Ideal for offensively oriented players who rely on the offensive.

The blade used by Aruna
The blade used by Aruna
Blade signed by Aruna
Blade signed by Aruna

About his rubber: Nexxus EL Pro 53 Hard

It’s a rubber with excellent control and spin. GEWO has made an excellent rubber for players like to exert their own power.

GEWO - Nexus EL pro
GEWO – Nexus EL pro

When you hit hard, the speed is accelerated, and the more stable it is. It suits very well Aruna’s playing style. Due to the hard sponge, upper limit of power is very high. You can read the similarities between these rubbers and the Chinese rubbers here.

Viscaria and green rubber
Viscaria and green rubber


What is the green rubber of Quadri Aruna?

The green rubber that Quadri Aruna is using is the Nexxus EL Pro 53 Hard (max thickness).

Quadri Adruna - green rubber on backhand
Quadri Adruna – green rubber on backhand

 

Quadri Aruna with his famous green rubber
Quadri Aruna with his famous green rubber
Nexus EL Pro is a good rubber
Nexus EL Pro is a good rubber


Quadri Aruna’s playing style

Aruna is very famous for his powerful forehand. His forehand topspin is loaded with a lot of power and spin. Although his forehand technique is not common, he often hit the forehand over his head, which is sometimes seen as ugly.

GEWO player - 2014 world cup, 2016 Olympic games, 2021 World championships
GEWO player – 2014 world cup, 2016 Olympic games, 2021 World championships

However, his forehand is very consistent and fast. That’s his main strength and many top Chinese players afraid of his fast forehand attack.


Quadri Aruna’s profile

  • Nationality : Nigerian
  • Date of Birth : 09.08.1988
  • Marital status: married
  • Highest World Ranking: 10 (05/2022)
  • System of play: Offensive
  • Special stroke and favourite exercise: Forehand Smash and Topspin Backhand
  • Sponsored by GEWO
Quadri Aruna sponsored by GEWO
Quadri Aruna sponsored by GEWO

Current club: TTC Rhönsprudel Fulda-Maberzell (Germany)

Previous clubs:

Sporting Lissabon (Portugal)
B.I.P.C. Table Tennis Club (Iran)
Union Bank Sports Club Lagos (Nigeria)
Associacao Recreativa Novelense(Portugal)
Grupo Desportivo Toledos (Portugal)
Jura Morez (France)


Quadri Aruna best record

His best record is the ranking 10th on the WTT World ranking. He is the best African table tennis players because he is the only player who is ranked in the best top 10 players in the world.

World Ranking 13 Aruna
World Ranking 13 Aruna

Quadri Aruna is out of the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals after losing to Sweden’s Truls Moregard in the quarterfina. He became the first African in the history of the tournament to reach the quarterfinal.

Quadri Aruna with Cassin
Quadri Aruna with Cassin

“It’s very important to me, especially for Nigeria and all of Africa,” he said. Africa is making a lot of progress in table tennis. We now have a few players in the Top 100,” Aruna said.

Achievements:

One of the best forehand attacker in the world
One of the best forehand attacker in the world
  • 2021 ITTF World Championships – Quarterfinalist
  • 2018 Nigeria Open – Winner
  • Portuguese Super Cup, League Cup 2015 to 2018
  • 2017 ITTF African Cup – Winner
  • 2017 Nigeria Sportsman of the year
  • 2017 Polish Open – Winner
  • 2016 Rio Olympic Games – Quarterfinalist
  • 2016 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup – Winner
  • 2014 Men’s World Cup – Quarterfinalist (best result by an African player)


Aruna is very friendly

Quadri Aruna is very famous for his kindness. He talked to everyone. He also interact with fans. So he is very easy to access and talk to.

I have talked to him several times during his season in France (in Pro A).

Quadri Aruna and Dima

Quadri Aruna and Dima

Quadri Aruna is very friendly
Quadri Aruna is very friendly


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