How hard is it to be a professional

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Last updated 5 years ago

Dima Shevchenko

Dima Shevchenko Asked 5 years ago


I wonder how hard it is to achieve professional table tennis player that earns so you can live full-time job. As I know alot of professional table tennis players start when they are 6-8 years old in club. And I think I started table tennis pretty late in club. I am 12 years old and started 11 years old. And I believe it's harder concurrens in Sweden.

So thanks for a reply

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Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Dima,

Well done on having this goal.

It is possible to become a professional player if you have stated at 11.  It is now a matter of how well you train and how often.  Make sure you are playing regularly in a club and working towards the path of improving your game each time you are on the table.

It is not an easy road but it is worth giving it a try.

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Dima Shevchenko

Dima Shevchenko Posted 5 years ago

I am do play 4 hours 15 min per week in the club. And in school we have a table too so I play on every break. Sometimes when there are camps like 4 days a week 6 hours day I always go if I can. One thing my coach said when I was playing matches (in club) that I should go really hard and improve instead of playing carefully and the same. Is that right?

Thanks for the help!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

HI Dima,

That is a good amount of training.

It is important to develop control but it is also important to allow yourself to play your strokes.

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