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    • Vladimir Samsonov - Player Profile

      Name: Vladimir Samsonov

      Nationality: Belarus

      Date Of Birth: April 17, 1976


      Photo by: AFP/GETTY

      Current World Ranking: 12 (Since July 2013)
      July 2013 World Rankings found here.

      Career Update: Vladimir Samsonov is one of very few players to stay in the Top 10 World rankings for a period of 10 years! Back in 2002, Samsonov was in his peak by reaching ranked 3 in the world. However, over the last few months Vladimir has dropped out of the top 10 rankings.

      Playing Style: Vladimir Samsonov has one of the most unique styles in the game. He bought a new era to the game. It was belived the one who full out attacks the ball wins. However, Vlad is more of an all round complete player having the best of everything.

      China is the best nation for table tennis call Vladimir Samsonov the "Tai Chi Master" because of his incredible allround attacking and defensive play. Samsonov can soak up the pressure from any player around. Even when players play full out 100% with full attacking winning shots, Vladi will receive them with interest!

      His intelligent play is not only on the table but off aswell. Vladimir Samsonov can speak 4 different languages including English, Russian, Serbian and German.

      Greatest Results

      Click HERE to watch the match of Vladimir Samsonov most recent competition win.

      - Reached two Quarter finals of an Olympics in 1996, 2000
      - Samsonov is a record winner of 22 Mens Singles Pro Tour winner!

      Below are all the titles Vladi has won at the ITTF Pro Tour Events.

      - 1996 Ilalian Open
      - 1997 Swedish Open
      - 1998 Croatian Open
      - 1999 Croatian, Japan Open
      - 2000 Croatian Open
      - 2001 German Open
      - 2003 Qatar Open
      - 2004 Brazil Open
      - 2005 Croatian, Russian, German Open
      - 2006 Croatian, Chile Open
      - 2007 Chinese Taipei Open
      - 2008 Slovenian, Kuwait, Belarus Open
      - 2009 Morocco Open
      - 2010 Morocco, Korea, Polish Open
      - 3x World Cup winner in 1999, 2001 and 2009
      - 3x European Champion in 1998, 2003 and 2005
      - 4x Europe Top 12 Winner in 1998, 99, 2001, 07

      Equipment and sponsor: Vladimir Samsonov is sponsored by Tibah and has been the face of the equipment for a very long time now. Samsonov uses the Tibah Alpha Blade with the Nimbus VIP rubbers.

      Pictures of Samsonov's Equipment

      Club Represents

      Vladimir Samsonov is currently representing Fakel Gazproma Orenburg.
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      Comments 8 Comments
      1. Justchill's Avatar
        Justchill -
        I love this technique, thx for the share Dan
      1. YosuaYosan's Avatar
        YosuaYosan -
        Wow, he is one consistent guy.
        Staying on the top 10 for like 10 years :0
      1. dici's Avatar
        dici -
        His play style just looks like very relaxing. He seems like doesn't care about the match while playing, but if you notice the response on each of his unforced error, he does care >.>
      1. chughtai's Avatar
        chughtai -
        i want to copy his serve man
      1. YosuaYosan's Avatar
        YosuaYosan -
        Quote Originally Posted by chughtai View Post
        i want to copy his serve man
        The cleanest serve in the planet
      1. Charlie's Avatar
        Charlie -
        hes serve is by far one of the hardest to read because he only has to make the tiniest adjustments to change the spin
      1. YosuaYosan's Avatar
        YosuaYosan -
        True to that, but I rarely seen players having hard time returning his serve.
        But 1 thing for sure --> They cant attack outright
      1. amateurplayer's Avatar
        amateurplayer -
        His serve is one of the toughest to serve and to receive, as he can produce a variety of spins with almost identical movement.He is now in the top 10 and is ranked 9 in world and 3 in Europe behind Boll and Ovtcharov. He uses Tibhar Evolution MX-P rubber on both sides. Do you know what blade he uses?
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