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TableTennisDaily
12-29-2015, 04:35 PM
What’s going on everyone, this is the 5th episode of the TableTennisDaily podcast with current world number 34 and French National Team player Simon Gauzy. Simon currently represents Ochsenhausen in the top division in the German League where he trains and competes full time. Simon is only 21 years old and already has a French national men's singles title to his name as well as a European Mens Team Medal. We look into many different aspects of his game such as his current training methods, competitions, greatest achievements and much more.

We would like to thank Simon for giving us the time out of his busy schedule to talk to us. Hope you guys enjoy and be sure to like and share this episode and subscribe on YouTube and iTunes. We would also love to hear your feedback on what you enjoyed about this episode and any ideas you might have for episodes in the future.

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Breakdown of the podcast

00:40 How it all started.
02:30 How important is it to start table tennis at a young age?
03:46 How good Simon was when he was very young.
04:35 Simons thoughts on talent.
06:35 How playing tennis at a young age helps with table tennis.
07:30 Thomas compares himself to Simon Gauzy ????
08:13 Playing in Ochenhausen.
09:45 Rivalries.
10:26 How much training Simon does.
11:55 Backhand Banana flick and Simon's famous trick shot.
13:55 Playing against Xu Xin and how Xu Xin makes him feel like a "small kid".
15:00 How are the Chinese so good?
16:00 Chinese national team hurricane that no one else has access to.
17:10 Multi-ball.
20:20 Simons thoughts on the plastic ball and how there are too many variations at the moment.
23:10 Strength and conditioning, squats and deadlifts.
25:15 Playing matches.
27:15 Thinking too much about ranking is bad.
28:45 Differences between playing for club vs reprinting country.
30:00 Coping with nerves.
31:58 Music before matches.
33:00 Best career moment so far.
34:16 Serve practise.
36:37 Simons current goals.
38:35 Instagram questions from TableTennisDaily followers.

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Thanks for listening!

SquareBall
12-29-2015, 05:20 PM
Since the discussion went to the talent topic, I suggest you watch this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC0Iz4at0Dk There is also a reference to table tennis. Thumbs up for the podcast and thanks Simon Gauzy for this !

jedimasterplk
12-29-2015, 06:59 PM
Brill podcast!

violoniste18
12-29-2015, 11:39 PM
great interview, i am used to hear simon in french, it's the first time i am listening to him in english, he speaks very well.

jedimasterplk
12-30-2015, 12:36 AM
He does indeed.

Table Tennis Reborn
12-30-2015, 09:23 AM
Absolutely amazing podcast. Great in depth interview covering every thing in great detail. I particular like the discussion on talent v hard work an effort. Dan questioning and easy going interview style make the conversation flow. What an amazingpodcast.

TTHopeful
12-30-2015, 10:30 AM
Just listened to it as I woke up. Really good, Simon sounds very hard working and a fun person. Good job ttd

violoniste18
12-30-2015, 11:51 AM
I saw simon the first time as he was eleven, he was already detected as a future champion, with a lot of hopes about, and so it's very difficult ! I often see matchs of simon, he's a master with tactic.

I am of course a fan and in France, i hope he will perform at the most in rio 2016 !!

FloKing
12-30-2015, 12:37 PM
Great podcast, thanks TTD!
I did not fully get Simon's reply on the level to reach to play tt for a living. "Hundred..."?

Giangt
12-30-2015, 01:51 PM
Good job, Dan! The podcasts are amazing to listen and they are giving insight in what the pro's are focusing on in their training. Also interesting to hear how Simon is feeling set back when he's playing against Xu Xin. Great stuff!

TTLondon2012
12-30-2015, 05:54 PM
Thanks for asking the question if Simon Gauzy watches my videos! Nice podcast TTD keep them coming!

Dan
12-30-2015, 10:53 PM
Thumbs up for the podcast and thanks Simon Gauzy for this !

Thanks SquareBall, glad you liked the podcast. I find it very interesting talking to the players about talent and hard work.


great interview, i am used to hear simon in french, it's the first time i am listening to him in english, he speaks very well.

Thanks :) He sure does speak well, I was very impressed, he has very good humor to.


Absolutely amazing podcast. Great in depth interview covering every thing in great detail. I particular like the discussion on talent v hard work an effort. Dan questioning and easy going interview style make the conversation flow. What an amazingpodcast.

Hi TTR, thanks very much for the comments, stay tuned for the next one in a few weeks :)


I saw simon the first time as he was eleven, he was already detected as a future champion, with a lot of hopes about, and so it's very difficult ! I often see matchs of simon, he's a master with tactic.

I am of course a fan and in France, i hope he will perform at the most in rio 2016 !!

I remember when I was younger I grew up in the same generation as Paul Drinkhall. When Paul Drinkhall was 11 he was unstoppable defeating some top senior players in the UK. I can imagine this is how Simon was at this age. Rio is going to be great!


Great podcast, thanks TTD!
I did not fully get Simon's reply on the level to reach to play tt for a living. "Hundred..."?

Thanks Floking! He said around 180 ranking.


Good job, Dan! The podcasts are amazing to listen and they are giving insight in what the pro's are focusing on in their training. Also interesting to hear how Simon is feeling set back when he's playing against Xu Xin. Great stuff!

Hi Giang, thanks! Agreed I couldn't believe it when he said it felt like Xu Xin was putting in 10% effort. Scary!


Thanks for asking the question if Simon Gauzy watches my videos! Nice podcast TTD keep them coming!

No worries TTLondon2012, I am sure you are happy with his response :)

violoniste18
12-31-2015, 11:46 AM
I was impressed too with humour of simon in english, it's difficult with a foreign language, I still can't ...

I think Simon will probably perform in intellectual activity after his TT career !

I heard you were a very good player, Dan, you have a video to see you playing ?

Dan
01-03-2016, 12:10 AM
I was impressed too with humour of simon in english, it's difficult with a foreign language, I still can't ...

I think Simon will probably perform in intellectual activity after his TT career !

I heard you were a very good player, Dan, you have a video to see you playing ?

Yeah I can imagine, Simon did it very well indeed and spoke great. I noticed when I was at the Swedish Open, Simon was talking to most of the players in English and was always joking around having fun. He is probably talking English a lot with many different players and enjoys what he does :)

I am okay, I use to play in France in National 2 league, I watched Simon play in a French tournament when I was younger to. Erm I don't have any videos when I was younger I am afraid but you can see me playing in many different equipment reviews: http://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/equipment/reviews/user/1

violoniste18
01-03-2016, 03:33 PM
I just see one video equipment review where you are playing with paul Drinkall. I saw Paul Drinkall rightly 2 weeks ago in Paris, where he plays with Boulogne Billancourt, a great match against Morez.

You are a good player Dan, at least number 400 in France, nice technique.

Ilia Minkin
01-04-2016, 01:18 AM
It is so fascinating to learn what is going on in the heads of those top players. The amount of insights the podcasts reveal is just unbelievable.

Dan
01-04-2016, 08:43 AM
I just see one video equipment review where you are playing with paul Drinkall. I saw Paul Drinkall rightly 2 weeks ago in Paris, where he plays with Boulogne Billancourt, a great match against Morez.

You are a good player Dan, at least number 400 in France, nice technique.

Yeah Paul is playing for Boulogne and really enjoying it. When I was in France in 2009 I reached a ranking of around 700. Maybe I could of got a bit higher. The league in France is so strong :)


It is so fascinating to learn what is going on in the heads of those top players. The amount of insights the podcasts reveal is just unbelievable.

Totally agree Ilia, really interesting to know what they think and do. Glad your enjoying them :)

anchorschmidt
01-14-2016, 11:18 AM
Really interesting to hear that the Chinese even have a special glue.

TableTennisDaily
01-15-2016, 09:51 AM
For those who have not had time to listen to the podcast and excerpt has been added below the podcast.

Suga D
01-15-2016, 12:54 PM
For those who have not had time to listen to the podcast and excerpt has been added below the podcast.

Thanks a lot. I will hopefully find some time on the weekend. But meanwhile i can have a good read.

Suga D
04-07-2016, 11:06 PM
I've finally found the time to listen to this amazing interview. Outstanding job. Very insightful. Thanks a lot.
Kinda interesting that everybody's complaining about the Hurricane rubbers though. I mean if people would have started playing with Hurricane from the beginning then there wouldn't be a reason for complaints. So why not blame the coach who taught them to play with Euro/Japanese Rubbers instead of blaming the Chinese for using chinese rubbers. I mean: c'mon...
But the other points of the interview are very interesting. Especially the one about playing tennis, since tabletennis has become more athletic.
Thanks again. Great job.