Why did Fan Zhendong refuse to play in the WTT European Summer Series?
Ma Long but not Fan Zhendong
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The Chinese table tennis team today confirmed their roster for the WTT European Summer Series. Ma Long, Liang Jingkun, Wang Chuqin, Lin Gaoyuan, Yuan Licen, Liu Dingshuo; Chen Meng, Sun Yingsha, Wang Manyu, Wang Yidi, Liu Weishan, Fan Siqi, and other athletes will play together. World No. 1 Fan Zhendong will miss the series. The reporter connected to Fan Zhendong, who is currently training in a closed training camp in Weihai. He said that he made a prudent decision not to participate in the summer series after many considerations. A prudent decision.
Focus on closed training
Fan Zhendong explained:
“The most important competition in the second half of this year is the World Championships team competition, and the recently closed training is also the core of preparations. Combined with the objective situation of my current world ranking point advantage, and taking into account my medium and long-term career With the approval of the coaching staff, I decided to stay in China to actively prepare for the World Championships, and strive to improve my physical fitness and technique in an all-round way.”
Wang Hao, the head coach, believes, “At this stage, Fan Zhendong can take the initiative to think about himself. The overall planning and the rhythm of preparations, I think, are a kind of mature performance. In fact, each athlete has his own preparation rhythm at different stages.
After Xiaopang (the nickname of Fan Zhendong) and I reached an agreement through communication and research, they also got feedback from the coaching staff and the head coach. Agreed. I think I can make good use of the time of systematic training, pay attention to the details and fill in the gaps, and adjust to a better state in the team world championships.”
Facing the upcoming national table tennis team, the head coach of the men’s team Qin Zhijian felt, “First of all respect Fan Zhendong and the coach in charge plan the rhythm of preparations for the second half of the year. The Chengdu World Table Tennis Championships is the most important competition this year, and winning the Sversling Cup at home is also the biggest goal of the Chinese men’s team this year.
Fan Zhendong, who is currently ranked first in the world, hopes to use it. More systematic training to improve ourselves in all directions, and the coaching staff also understand.” Qin Zhijian said that despite Fan Zhendong’s absence, the goal of the National Table Tennis Men’s Team in the European Summer Series this time is still to go all out to compete for the championship.
Earlier, the World Table Tennis Federation issued an announcement that the WTT Budapest Grand Slam was postponed.
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