Congrats on your Gold in the recent European Youth top 10 event in Tours, France, which parts of your game pleased you the most?
Thank you very much! I feel like my serve receive game was good throughout the tournament which got me good opportunity to dominate the game, especially with my forehand. My physical form was good so I could be in good shape in all the matches and hold a good level of concentration, which I think is especially important in a tournament like this where you have to play nine long matches no matter if you lose or win.
How do you ensure you get the best out of a training session, and how many hours do you train in a normal week?
It’s very important for me to get the most out of the hours I train. So I try to always prepare for the practise and always remind myself of how important each practise is even though it’s just a few hours, when it adds up it’s a huge amount of time. After practise I try to reflect on the practise to see if I could have done anything differently or something that was really good.In a normal week I practise around 22 hours.
Can you give us some insight to what it’s like competing with such a great crop of young players like Truls, Stumper, Movileanu, the Le Bruns etc?
This generation is very tough and has a lot good players. For me I think it creates a good environment where it’s big competition and personally it’s very motivating.
What are your favourite 2 drills?
My two favourite drills would be free against backhand and service free.
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Can you tell us any methods you use to cope with pressure?
The feeling of knowing I’m well prepared helps me since I know I have done all I can to be ready. Also not thinking about results and having more focus on each point, it’s easy to start thinking I have won or lost the match while your playing and it can harm your focus a lot. If I feel nervous in a match I try to take a bit of time to breathe and think about the right things.
Finally, what do you enjoy the most from your profession in Table Tennis?
The feeling of improvement and winning something I really enjoy. Also getting to travel a lot and living of what I love to do is a great blessing.