What is Grand Slam in table tennis

Some players asked me:

Hi coach, what does it mean Grand Slam in table tennis.

What is Grand Slam?

In a previous article, who is the strongest player in table tennis, I’ve explained the meaning of the Grand Slam. It is called the Table Tennis Grand Slam if a player has earned all three major singles titles in the sport: Olympic, World Championship, and World Cup.

Grand Slam is the hardest achievement in table tennis that any athlete can dream of.

Note: To win the grand slam in table tennis you have to win the gold medal at the 3 most important events in table tennis:

These are the 3 toughest titles that one table tennis player can achieve.

So for me, the greatest table tennis player of all time must be a “Grand Slam”! No doubt!

In the 3 most important tournaments of table tennis, the Olympic Game is the hardest tournament. Each country can send only its best 2 players (for single events).

4 grand slams in table tennis, Ma Long is the 5th
4 grand slams in table tennis, Ma Long is the 5th Grand Slam


Who has won the Grand Slam title in table tennis?

Until now, there are only 10 players who can achieve the Grand Slam title. 9 of them are Chinese players.

The only foreign player who gets the Grand Slam title is Jan-Ove Waldner.


ding ning grand slam
Ding Ning grand slam

Men players Grand Slam

Until now, there are 5 Men Grand Slam players in table tennis:

  1. Jan-Ove Waldner
  2. Liu Guoliang
  3. Kong Linghui
  4. Zhang Jike
  5. Ma Long


Women players Grand Slam

There are 5 Women Grand Slam in table tennis:

  1. Deng Yaping
  2. Wang Nan
  3. Zhang Yining
  4. Li Xiaoxia
  5. Ding Ning

All of the Grand Slam players have retired. Recently, Ding Ning has retired due to her educational career path.


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