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Matt Hetherington
08-25-2011, 01:20 PM
Another one for you all since you are enjoying them so much! Remember to keep a watchful eye on my blog and please do vote on the poll on the right hand side for my new competition idea, it's one for the boys ;) http://www.matthetherington.blogspot.com

Successor in the Wings for Germany's Top Spot

Another interview and another player who has cracked the world's top 20. Patrick Baum now ranked number 6 among European players and currently 23rd in the world, has made incredible grounds in the last few years and made his way into the German Men's team who succeeded in making the WTTC Teams Final against China in 2010 and of course made an astounding effort in coming 2nd at last years European Championships defeating former World Champion Werner Schlager of Austria and 3 time World Cup winner Vladimir Samsonov of Russia. It is an honour for me to present this interview to you all. Thanks so much Patrick!

Full Name: Patrick Timo Baum
Age: 24
Date Of Birth: 23.06.87
Nation represented: Germany
Highest World Ranking: 19

Equipment Used?

Blade: Baum Carrera Senso
FH Rubber: Acuda
BH Rubber: Acuda

http://www.oldeclwebsite.com/200910/images/squadre/BAUM_Patrick2.jpeg
Image Courtesy of the ETTU

Your Career

How long have you been playing table tennis for, when and how did you start?
I started at 6 years old. I started because my older brother also played table tennis and I wanted to do the same like him.

Who has been the biggest influence on your career so far?
My father had the biggest influence on me, he showed me how to play and coaches me until I was 20. Also today I am practising sometimes with him.

What has been the highlight of your table tennis career so far?
Last year, when I got Vice European Champion in Singles was the best result right now.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBiuCOe1mDw&feature=player_embedded
Patrick's amazing Semi Final match vs Vladimir Samsonov at the 2010 European Championships
Video by TTCountenance

What's does your training schedule for a week period involve?
I am playing about 4-5 hours table tennis every day and sometimes fitness.

What is your next big goal for table tennis?
I would like to come under the top 20 in world ranking again.

Who has been your biggest rival out on the table since you started playing?
I didn't have a big rival out of table tennis.

What do you think is the most important thing in table tennis for becoming a successful player on the international stage?
I think you have to start quite early with table tennis, that you can learn everything and be very safe.

Do you think Germany has what it takes to win the World Team Championships next year?
I think we had a little chance last time in Moscow in the final against china, but it is hard to come to the final and then we will see.

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Image Courtesy of ITTF

Off the Topic Questions

Favourite food?
Italian

What do you do when you aren't playing table tennis?
I like doing other sports, most of all football

Dream Car?
Audi R8

Ideal holiday destination?
Carribean

First thing you would do if you won $1million?
Change into euro

Your Team Mates
Boll,Süß,Jakab

Who’s the funniest player in the training hall?
Janos Jakab

Who trains the hardest in the training hall?
Many players are practising a lot every day

Who’s the funniest team player?
All of my team mates are very funny.

Who has the best nickname?
Bolle for Bojan Tokic

And Lastly


Would you like to add one last tip, or an inspirational message for other table tennis players looking to succeed?

I wish everybody all the best and a lot of fun with playing table tennis.

Thanks Patrick, best of luck at the China Open

Michal_Z
08-25-2011, 01:44 PM
First thing you would do if you won $1million?
Change into euro


:D :D :D

I have nothing else to say, loool!

Anyways, good one!

YosuaYosan
08-25-2011, 03:38 PM
Short answer but pulled very well
So his name is actually Timo !! Timo Boll and Timo Baum lol :D

And the euro thing lol !

susanoflondon
09-30-2011, 09:14 PM
I went to the Flanders Tournament, Belgium, with the London TTC that my grandson's club took part in. We won 2 gold and one silver medal. The highlight for me was watching the Master's Final (and Patrick Baum gave me his bouquet of flowers). I'm hooked on everything table tennis now!

olvarox
09-30-2011, 10:20 PM
Seems to me he didn't put his heart & soul into this interview. That's a pity...

Matt Hetherington
10-01-2011, 06:44 AM
They are all very busy players, it's a pity but it's better than nothing I think. :)

ttmonster
10-01-2011, 07:35 AM
Don't worry Matt ... you have more hits than misses .. and he answered ... also I don't think he is that comfortable in English ... case in point :
"Who has been your biggest rival out on the table since you started playing?
I didn't have a big rival out of table tennis. "

So , lets not judge him because he did not elaborate ... also you raised peoples expectations by interviewing "Bobrow" ... it was bound come down after that .... so thank you again and keep getting to us these gems .... it sure does helps in hearing from the top players...

Matt Hetherington
10-01-2011, 07:56 AM
Bobrow was my most recent interview :p

ttmonster
10-01-2011, 08:00 AM
Thats great then ! We are on an upward curve then ... the point is to take the positive out of the deal .. :P .. because the "glass is half full" view sucks .. does not it ?

Bobrow was my most recent interview :p

Matt Hetherington
10-01-2011, 01:35 PM
the glass is half empty is meant to be the worst, supposedly saying the glass is half full is meant to be optomistic. I prefer to see my glass as full to the brim with a nice mixed bag of atoms :P lol

ttmonster
10-01-2011, 03:44 PM
You are absolutely right matt , the fact of the matter was it was past midnight and I was sleepy ... so my witty replies were not so witty :( .. anyways
the glass is half empty is meant to be the worst, supposedly saying the glass is half full is meant to be optomistic. I prefer to see my glass as full to the brim with a nice mixed bag of atoms :P lol