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Fan Zhendong
ITTF World Tour 2017 German Open Fan Zhendong 03.jpg
Fan Zhendong on ITTF World Tour 2017 German Open
Personal information
Native name 樊振东
Nationality Chinese
Born 22 January 1997 (1997-01-22) (age 24)
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Playing style Right-handed, Shakehand grip
Equipment(s) Stiga Infinity VPS with DHS Hurricane 3 National (Blue Sponge) (FH, Black), Butterfly Dignics 05 (BH, Red)
Highest ranking No. 1 (April 2018)
Current ranking No. 1 (July 2021)
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)

Fan Zhendong (Chinese: 樊振东; pinyin: Fán Zhèndōng; born 22 January 1997) is a Chinese professional table tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 for men's singles by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). After joining the Chinese National Table Tennis Team in 2012 as the youngest member of the team, he went on to become the youngest ITTF World Tour Champion and the youngest World Table Tennis Champion. He achieved the top spot in the world rankings after holding position No. 2 for 29 consecutive months, starting from November 2015.

Fan's attacking style of play involves explosive footwork and powerful forehand loops. His thick-set build has led fans and commentators to affectionately refer to him as "Little Fatty" (Chinese: 小胖; pinyin: Xiǎo Pàng). His continuous rise to becoming one of the top table tennis players in the world has garnered him a large fanbase worldwide, with over half a million followers on Chinese social media site Weibo. In 2016, he won the ITTF Star Point Award, and he was nominated for the Best Male Star Award every year between 2013 and 2016.

Playing style and equipment

Fan is a Stiga sponsored athlete. However, he uses a Butterfly Viscaria blade but changed to a Stiga Infinity VPS V handle because of sponsoring Stiga. He uses a black DHS Hurricane 3 neo National Blue Sponge for forehand and a Red Tenergy 05 for backhand. During the 2019 world table tennis championships, he changed to the new Butterfly Dignics 05 on his backhand that had just been released on 1 April 2019.

A right-handed shakehand-grip player, Fan plays an attacking style of table tennis using his explosive footwork and thunderous forehand loops to finish off his opponents. Emerging as a 16-year-old wonder kid, Fan's playing style is often compared to his senior compatriot Ma Long. In addition to being trained by national team coaches, he has been specially trained by both Wang Hao and Ma Lin. His encounters against senior players in the Chinese national team have drawn much speculation and anticipation. His fearlessness and technique allow him to challenge highly rated, experienced players, sometimes even beating top players in thrilling style.



In May, Fan played in the Chinese Olympic Scrimmages. He won all his group matches 3–0 and defeated 16-year-old break-out star Lin Shidong, who defeated Xu Xin in the group stage, 4–2 in the quarter-finals. Because of Lin's similarity to Fan, he received the nickname "Little Little Fatty" by Chinese netizens. Fan defeated Wang Chuqin in the semi-finals, but lost to the dark horse champion Zhou Qihao in the finals. Fan was selected alongside Ma Long to represent China in the men's singles event at the Tokyo Olympics. Fan won the second leg of the Chinese Olympic Scrimmage, coming back from down 8–4 and 3–1 in games to defeat Xu Xin in the finals. Fan noted that his selection onto the Olympic team helped him focus better on his training and play better in the second leg compared to the first leg. Zhou again upset Fan in a closed-door scrimmage in June.

Although Ma Long called Fan the favorite before their Olympic finals match-up, Ma ended up upsetting Fan 4-2 in the Olympic finals, giving Ma the gold medal and Fan the silver. Afterwards, Fan called Ma the greatest player of our generation.


Majors (Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup)
Year Event Location Type
Singles Doubles Team
2013 World Table Tennis Championships Paris, France Rd of 32
2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships Tokyo, Japan Winner
2015 Table Tennis World Cup (Team) Dubai, UAE Winner
World Table Tennis Championships Suzhou, China Semi-finals Runner-up (with Zhou Yu)
Table Tennis World Cup (Men's Singles) Halmstad, Sweden Runner-up
2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Winner
Table Tennis World Cup (Men's Singles) Saarbrücken, Germany Winner
2017 World Table Tennis Championships Düsseldorf, Germany Runner-up Winner (with Xu Xin)
2018 Table Tennis World Cup (Team) London, England Winner
World Team Table Tennis Championships Halmstad, Sweden Winner
Table Tennis World Cup (Men's Singles) Paris, France Winner
2019 World Table Tennis Championships Budapest, Hungary Rd of 16 Semi-finals (with Ding Ning)
Table Tennis World Cup (Team) Tokyo, Japan Winner
Table Tennis World Cup (Men's Singles) Chengdu, China Winner
2020 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan Runner-up Winner
Asian Games, Asian Championships, Asian Cup
Year Event Location Type
Men's Singles Men's Doubles Men's Team Mixed Doubles
2013 Asian Table Tennis Championships Busan, South Korea Quarter-finals Semi-finals (with Chen Meng) Winner
2014 Asian Cup Table Tennis Tournament Wuhan, China Runner-up
Asian Games Incheon, South Korea Runner-up Runner-up (with Xu Xin) Winner
2015 Asian Cup Table Tennis Tournament Jaipur, India Runner-up
Asian Table Tennis Championships Pattaya, Thailand Winner Winner (with Xu Xin) Winner Winner (Mixed Doubles with Chen Meng)
2017 Asian Table Tennis Championships Wuxi, China Winner Winner (with Lin Gaoyuan) Winner
Asian Cup Table Tennis Tournament Ahmedabad, India Runner-up
2018 Asian Cup Table Tennis Tournament Yokohama, Japan Winner
Asian Games Jakarta, Indonesia Winner Winner
2019 Asian Cup Table Tennis Tournament Yokohama, Japan Winner
Asian Table Tennis Championships Yogyakarta, Indonesia Semi-finals Runner-up (with Xu Xin) Winner
ITTF World Tour
Year Location Type
Men's Singles Men's Doubles Mixed Doubles
2013 Doha, Qatar Rd of 32 Rd of 16
Changchun, China Quarter-finals
Spała, Poland Winner Quarter-finals
Bremen, Germany Winner Quarter-finals
Stockholm, Sweden Runner-up Quarter-finals
2014 Dubai, UAE|bgcolor="#b8860b"|Semi-finals
Kuwait City, Kuwait Winner Quarter-finals
Doha, Qatar Rd of 16 Semi-finals
Chengdu, China Semi-finals Winner
Stockholm, Sweden Winner Runner-up
2015 Kuwait City, Kuwait Semi-finals Semi-finals
Kobe, Japan Semi-finals Runner-up
Chengdu, China Semi-finals Winner
Warsaw, Poland Winner Rd of 16
Stockholm, Sweden Winner Runner-up
Lisbon, Portugal|bgcolor="silver"|Runner-up
2016 Kuwait City, Kuwait Semi-finals Semi-finals
Doha, Qatar Runner-up Winner
Tokyo, Japan Winner Semi-finals
Incheon, South Korea Semi-finals Semi-finals
Chengdu, China Winner Runner-up
Doha, Qatar|bgcolor="silver"|Runner-up
2017 Doha, Qatar Runner-up Quarter-finals
Tokyo, Japan Runner-up Semi-finals
Magdeburg, Germany Semi-finals Quarter-finals
Stockholm, Sweden Runner-up Winner
Astana, Kazakhstan|bgcolor="Gold"|Winner
2018 Budapest, Hungary Winner Winner (with Yu Ziyang)
Doha, Qatar Winner Winner (with Xu Xin)
Shenzhen, China Runner-up Winner (with Lin Gaoyuan)
Stockholm, Sweden Winner Rd of 16 (with Liang Jingkun)
Linz, Austria Semi-finals Quarter-finals (with Wang Chuqin)
Incheon, South Korea|Quarter-finals
2019 Budapest, Hungary Semi-finals Runner-up (with Lin Gaoyuan)
Shenzhen, China Quarter-finals Prelim Rd 2 (with Ding Ning)
Sapporo, Japan Semi-finals Winner (with Xu Xin) Semi-finals (with Ding Ning)
Busan, South Korea Quarter-finals Winner (with Xu Xin)
Geelong, Australia Rd of 16 Semi-finals (with Xu Xin)
Stockholm, Sweden Semi-finals Winner (with Xu Xin)
Bremen, Germany Winner Semi-finals (with Lin Gaoyuan)
Linz, Austria Winner Rd of 16 (with Wang Chuqin)
Zhengzhou, China|bgcolor="Gold"|Winner Winner (with Xu Xin)

  *   ITTF World Tour Grand Finals

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