Nicknames of Professional TT Players

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Fouad Hafnium

Fouad Hafnium Asked 6 years ago

Hi dearest Olympians,

I was wondering, are there any pro table tennis players who are or have been referred to by nicknames? I see sometimes that Xu Xin is called the Cloudwalker on the net. Do you know of any others? What were/are they called?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Dieudo,

I don't know too many.

Perhaps we could start a list of Nicknames here for the Professional players.

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D K Posted 6 years ago

I heard many times that Waldner is widely known in China as "Evergreen Tree" because of his longevity.
I also read Jorgen Persson is called "Cobra" by a few people because of his backhand.

Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 6 years ago

Zhang Jike is often referred as "Tibetian Mastiff". I once saw a match with Marcos Freitas commented by Adam Bobrow, and Adam called Marcos the "Freight train", I don't know if it was his common nickname.

Fouad Hafnium

Fouad Hafnium Posted 6 years ago

Thanks guys for your answers. I suppose the 'Evergreen Tree' can apply to Samsonov as well now. I wonder if there's a nickname for Waldner that has to do with his perfect placement of the ball and his famous 'feel' for it.


D K Posted 6 years ago

He is also called "Mozart of table tennis" by some people

eugene lu

eugene lu Posted 6 years ago

Vladimir samsonov is also known as the Tai chi master to by the chinese because of his incredible ability to play defensively and offensively.

Fouad Hafnium

Fouad Hafnium Posted 6 years ago

Thanks for your replies. :-)

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