Brief Interview with Popular Players V

Ignacio Cabrera

Ignacio Cabrera
Ignacio Cabrera

Rank 2004: Canada U-18 #3
Forehand Rubber: Innova Premium
Backhand Rubber: Clippa
Blade: Carbo 7.6
Glue: Energy

Idan Levi

Forehand Rubber: innova red 2.0 mm
Backhand Rubber: innova black 2.0 mm
Blade: Offensive Classic
Glue: Energy

Homayoun Kamkar

Former National Team,
Rank 2004: Canada #10
Forehand Rubber: Neos Sound, Red, maximum
Backhand Rubber: Mendo Energy, black, 2.0mm
Blade: Energy Wood, flared legend
Glue: Energy
Your style of play: Top spin, near the table, speed game, aggressive backhand block.
Why you chose the blade/rubber combo you did? I chose this combination because it gives me the speed that I want but at the same time being able to control the ball. My backhand rubber is always less thick that my forehand rubber because it helps me produce a heavy backhand block, often aggressive, “backhand clack”. Using Neos Sound in my forehand gives me the elasticity for the forehand top spin combined with the speed.

Gianbattista Casaschi

Born: 1984
Country: Italy
Family: mother, father, two brothers
Clubs: TT Torino
Material: STIGA
When did you start to play tabletennis? 1995
Best results? 16 Italian Youth Championship titles
Results in the league (wins/loses)? Wins 20/ Loses 8
What is your target in your tabletennis career? Play Olympic Game.
Who is the best table tennis player all time? Jan-Ove Waldner
What are your strengths as a player? Forehand
What would you like to improve? Backhand
How many hours do you practice each week: 12 hours
What are you doing when you are not playing? Study, listen to music
What music are you listening to right now? Dance

Funke Oshonaike

29 years old
Nigerian national player
4 times African Champion
Olympic Games participant in 1996, 2000, 2004

Frida Johansson

Town / Country: Älgarås / Sweden
Family: My mother and father and my little sister
Clubs: Hova BTK, Lindome and Råå BTK (Helsingborg – current club)
Material: Mendo MP 2,0
When did you start to play tabletennis? When I was eight years old.
Best results? Number one in Sweden championship in junior 17 2002, and number one for teams in Sweden 2003
Results in the league (wins/loses)? 19-19
What is your target in your tabletennis career? Top 12 in Europe
Who is the best table tennis player all time? Jan-Ove Waldner
What are your strengths as a player? Backhand topspin
Improvements? Everything but right now my forehand side.
How many hours do you practice each week: 16 hours
What are you doing when you are not playing? Spending time with my friends and go to school.
What music do you have in your CD-player right now? Anders Johansson from Fame Factory.

Fredrik Hakansson

Born: 1975
Family: single
Clubs: Falkenberg, Halmstad, Ochserhaussen, Ängby, Levallois, current – Halmstad
Lives: Halmstad Sweden
Play for: 2002/2003 Lavallois, 2003/2004 Halmstad
Material: STIGA Super Carbon + Mendo MP max
When did you start to play tabletennis? I started when I was 8 years old.
Best results? World Team Champion 2000, European Team Champion 2000 and 2002, 4 times Swedish Single Champion, Last 16 in World Single Championship 2003, 3 times semifinal in Pro Tour events.
What is your target in your tabletennis career? To win a big title!
Who is the best table tennis player all time? Jan-Ove Waldner
What are your strengths as a player? Forehand topspin
Improvements? Footwork and the short game
How many hours do you practise each week? about 20 hours
What are you doing when you are not playing? Playing golf
What music do you have on your CD player right now? Stereophonics

Eugenio Panzera

Born: 1984
Country: Italy
Family: mother, father, one brother
Clubs: TT Torino
Material: STIGA
When did you start to play tabletennis? 1995
Best results? 4 Italian Youth Championship titles, semifinals at the Italian Championship 2nd category
Results in the league (wins/loses)? Wins 18 Loses 6
What is your target in your tabletennis career? Play at World Championship.
Who is the best table tennis player all time? Mikael Appelgren
What are your strengths as a player? Forehand top spin
What would you like to improve? Backhand
How many hours do you practice each week: 16 hours
What are you doing when you are not playing? Study, listen to music
What music are you listening to right now? House music

Erik Åhman

Born: 1985
Lives: On my own, Falkenberg, Sweden
Family: Parents: Eva-Britt and Kent Åhman Brothers: Linus 24 years old and John 20 years old.
Clubs: Smålandsstenar Table tennis club, Långaryds IF, Hylte BTK, Boarps Btk, Falkenbergs Table tennis Club – current
Wins/loses in the league: 10-16 (Division 1)
Material: Clipper Wood, Mendo Mp max (bh) and Magna max (fh)
When did you start to play tabletennis? When I was 7
Best results? Junior Boys Team, Gold Medal in European Championship 2003.
What is your target in your tabletennis career? To be able to live on playing table tennis.
Who is the best table tennis player all time? J-O Waldner
What are your strengths as a player? forehand, serve and returns
Improvements? my backhand and top-spin
How many hours do you practice each week: 15 hours Monday – Friday
What are you doing when you are not playing? I go to school and meet my friends.
What music do you have in your CD-player? Pop and rock music, for example Matchbox Twenty.

Emmanuelle Lavoie

Born: 1991
Country: Canada
Clubs: Club Tops de Repentigny
Material: Forehand Rubber: Innova Ultra Light 2.0 red Backhand Rubber: Innova Ultra Light 2.0
black, Blade: Energy Wood, flared master Glue: Energy
When did you start to play tabletennis? October 2001
Best results? 2 bronze and 2 silver medals at the 2002 Canadian table tennis championship and 3 gold medals at the 2003 Quebec championship.
Rank 2004: Canada U-13 #2
Results, (wins/loses) in the league? My Canadian rank is 23th in the 15 years old and less category and first in the 12 years old and less.
What is your target in your tabletennis career? Mondial Champion
Who is the best table tennis player all time? I am too young.
What are your strengths as a player? My forehand.
What would you like to improve? My backhand and Chop shot.
How many hours do you practice each week: 6 hours
What are you doing when you are not playing? I play tennis, skateboard, ski, and I like to swim and read.
What music are you listening to right now? Avril Lavigne, Lorie, les Cowboys fringants.

Diego Ramirez

National Team Coach, Former National Team-Colombia
Forehand Rubber: Magna Max Red
Backhand Rubber: Magna Max Black
Blade: Titanium WRB ST
Glue: Energy

Come Vincent

National Team Coach, Former National Team member
Rank 2004: #1 Over 30
Forehand Rubber: Magna 2.0 red
Backhand Rubber: Innova Ultra Light 2.0 black
Blade:
Glue: Energy

Christopher Fradler

Born: 1984
Country: Austria
Family: My mum and Dad and me, that’s all.
Club: Don Bosco Graz
Material: Innova – STIGA Kevlar Wood
When did you start to play tabletennis? I started playing table tennis when I was 10 years old.
Results in the league (wins/loses)? Second league: 20/80.
Best results? Austrian ASVÖ Champion with the team of my province
What is your target in your tabletennis career? To play in the first leauge.
Who is the best table tennis player all time? The one and only Jan-Ove Waldner
What are your strengths as a player? backhand
Improvements? forehand
How many hours do you practise each week? 10-15 hours
What are you doing when you are not playing? I study technical chemistry and I like to meet friends.
What music are you listening to right now? Xavier Naidoo, Bryan Adams, Justin Timberlake

Christophe Bertin

Age: 18 years old
At what age did you start to play table tennis: 6 years old
Where do you live: Paris (France)
What kind of music do you like: R.n.B
What is your nearest goal in your career: to be in the French team
What is your dream as a table tennis player: to be World Champion or Olympic Champion
How many hours do you practice every day: 5-6 hours
Have you played any other sports: Judo, Swimming
Who do you think is the best player in the world right now: Wang Hao from China
Your biggest success in your career: European Youth Champion in Team
What do you need to improve as a table tennis player: serve and receive. The short game
Your favourite food: Pasta
What kind of films do you like: thrillers and romantics

Christoffer Dellstrand

Born: 1988
Town/Country: Gothenburg / Sweden
Family: My parents Marianne and Rune, My three brothers, Alexander 17, Christian 19, Andreas 23.
Clubs: Partille Club
Material: STIGA Allround Classic and Mendo – Magna 2,0 mm
When did you start to play tabletennis? 5 years old, 1993
Best results? I’ve won Safir int. and Ängby int.
Results in the league (wins/loses)? 19-12 (div.3 in Sweden with Partille)
What is your target in your tabletennis career? To become an elite player and reach the National team.
Who is the best table tennis player all time? Kalinikos Kreanga
What are your strengths as a player? The backhand side
Improvements? Balls wide out to forehand.
How many hours do you practice each week: 7-9 hours
What are you doing when you are not playing? I’m being with friends and I don’t mind to have some sleep too.
What music do you have in your CD-player right now? Melody club

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