I would not speak about a change of guards. To say that is far too much.”
10 years,” the former German international said.
Boll confirmed to play until 2020. “When I stay fit, I have some more years to go. I still love this sport,” the Hessen-born athlete said.
Boll said he would retire “when you can hardly train or attend competitions without feeling any pain.” Boll said he is undergoing regular medical checks every two weeks and is keeping training and competition efforts in balance.
China’s problems to some extent would be caused by the new type of ball used in international competition. “The new ball is allowing less spin which makes it easier to return. I call the new ball less dangerous. You just have better control over ball and game,” Boll emphasized.
He has changed his game to gain more points through tactical variety and placing the ball more precisely. The new type of ball makes it easier for him to return and that leads to more confidence when returning a hard service.
Boll is convinced China’s top players are the favorites of the 2018 team World Cup.
“They will come up with something special for the World Championships and get back to an intense training effort. But clearly the Japanese, and we are the biggest opponents for China,” Boll said.
The German team is happy about closing the gap as the entire top of table tennis moved closer together. The German team is ready to win a medal at the 2018 team World Championship.
“We are happy to be within reach of the leading Chinese players. Table tennis competitions around the world are getting tighter now, and we see more surprishard who still thinks Chinese players remain the world’s best
ing results than before.”
Boll mentioned that Olympic Champion and World Champion Ma Long in his perspective is the World’s best player narrowly followed by Fan Zhendong.
“Ma Long was the strongest player over the last 3 to 4 years. He is