Timo Boll is a German professional table tennis player. He is currently playing for Borussia Düsseldorf. Previously, he has played for TSV Höchst (1986 to 1994), FTG Frankfurt (1994 to 1995) and for TTV Gönnern (1995 to 2007). On 1 July 2007, his three-year contract began with Borussia Düsseldorf. He is ranked second in the German Table Tennis National League, and tenth in the ITTF world rankings as of July 2021. He ranks among the best German table tennis players of all time, having ranked world No. 1 in 2003, 2011, and in March 2018. His current ranking is #14 as of August 2022. He is regarded as one of the greatest Table tennis players of this generation.
What is Timo Boll Famous For?
- Being a German professional tennis player.
- Playing for the club, Borussia Düsseldorf, a table tennis Bundesliga team from the North Rhine-Westphalian state capital of Düsseldorf.
Who are Timo Boll Parents?
Timo Boll took birth on 8th March 1981 which makes him the present age of 41 as of 2022. He is from Erbach, Germany. He is German by nationality and his ethnicity is German-White. His father, Wolfgang Boll is a businessman and a coach whereas his mother’s name is Gudrun Boll. He is the only child of his parents. He was very passionate about table tennis from an early age. When he was just 4, his father started coaching his table tennis and he became one of the bright players in his group. He impressed everyone with his table tennis performance when he was just six due to which he was selected at the association level to play for TSV Hochst. When he was 10, a popular Hessen scout Helmut Hampel discovered him and started coaching him at Pfungstadt training center. Boll changed his team four years later FTG Frankfurt and immediately started participating in tournaments in the second division. He finished school with a secondary school level I certificate.
Timo Boll Career Timeline
- Timo Boll, during his junior career, held the title of the youngest player in the national league (A title he shared with Frank Klitzsch).
- He won his first international success during the Table Tennis European Youth Championships in The Hague in 1995, where he won three gold medals.
- He was a runner-up in the Junior Boys Singles in 1996. Later, he went on to win the singles title in 1997 and 1998, as well as the doubles title in 1998.
- His first senior campaign started in 2002 when he became the first German to win Europe Top 12 tournament. He defeated Vladimir Samsonov in the final to fully change his lifestyle as a top German Table tennis player. During this time he became the first German Table Tennis player to rank number 1 in ITTF Rankings.
- Next, he won the singles tournament of the European Table Tennis Championship and also won the doubles championship with Zoltan Fenner-Konnerth.
- He also defeated Olympic Champion Kong LInghui and World Champion Wang Liqin to win the Table Tennis World Cup held in Japan in 2002. In 2003, he alongside his German team lost to Vladimir Samsonov and the Bulgarian team and eventually lost his no 1 spot on ITTF rankings.
- Back problems troubled Boll during the first half of 2004, which hindered his preparation for the 2004 Summer Olympics.
- During his 2005 season, his back problems struck again; nevertheless, he won the silver medal in doubles at the World Championship, playing with Christian Süß.
- The year ended with Boll winning the Champions League with TTV RE-BAU Gönnern [de], and the Table Tennis World Cup in Liège in Belgium, in which he defeated all three Chinese first-class players.
- In December 2006, Timo Boll signed a 3-year contract with Borussia Düsseldorf. His contract was later extended until 2022.
- In 2007, he won the European Championship in singles, doubles, and in team competitions.
- During the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, he participated again with the German national team.
- At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Boll lost in the last 16 to Adrian Crisan but the German team won the bronze medal in the men’s team event, losing to China in the semi-finals but beating Hong Kong in the bronze medal deciding match.
- Back problems led Boll to not participate in the 2008 and 2009 World Championships in China and Japan.
- At the 2008 World Cup in Liège, he scored a semi-final victory over Ma Long but lost out in the final against Wang Hao, winning a silver medal.
- At the 2011 World Table Tennis Championships in Rotterdam, he won his first singles medal in that competition, a bronze medal, after being beaten 4:1 by the world champion, Zhang Jike.
- Playing for the German national team, he received silver medals at both the Team World Championships 2010 in Moscow and the 2012 championships in Dortmund, losing out both times to the Chinese team.
- Due to a knee injury in 2015, he opted for an operation to pre-empt a more serious injury.
- After resting from the surgery, Boll qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
- He won the silver medal at the 2017 World Cup, defeating Lin Gaoyuan in the quarterfinals, and Ma Long in the semi-finals but losing to teammate Dimitrij Ovtcharov in the finals.
- He won the silver medal in the following World Cup in 2018, losing to Fan Zhendong in the finals.
- Later, he won another eight titles at the European Table Tennis Championships in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2018.
- He represented Germany in the men’s singles event at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. In July, two weeks before the Tokyo Olympics, he withdrew from an internal German Olympic Scrimmage due to a hip injury. He lost to Jeoung Youngsik in the round of 16 in the men’s singles event at the Tokyo Olympics. China ended up winning 3–0.
Awards, Achievements, and Titles
- 1997 Table Tennis Junior Player of the Year
- 1998 German Table Tennis player of the Year
- 2005 Bambi Sport
- 2005 German Sports personality of the year – 3rd position
- 2006 Sportsman of the Year in Hessen
- 2007 Fair-Play-Award of Minister (Secretary) of the Interior Home Secretary
- 2007 German Sportsmen of the Year 2nd position
- 2008 Sportsman of the Year in Hessen
- 2010 Sportsman of the Year in Hessen
- 2010 German Sports personality of the year – 2nd position
- 2017 ITTF Male Table Tennis Star
- World Cup 2002 and 2005, silver 2008, 2012, 2017 and 2018, bronze 2010 and 2014
- Single European Champion 2002, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2018 and 2021
- Team European Champion 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2017 and 2019
- Europe Top-16 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2018 and 2020
- European Super Cup 2007, 2008 and 2009
- ITTF World Tour/Pro Tour (19) and Grand Finals (1): Brasil 2001, Austria 2002, Japan 2003, Poland, Germany and Austria 2004, Japan, Sweden and Grand Finals 2005, China, Germany and Poland 2006, Austria, Germany and Poland 2008, Qatar, Germany, and Poland 2009, Japan 2010, Korea 2017.
- Double: European Championship 2002 (together with Zoltan Fejer-Konnerth), 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 (together with Christian Süß), Japan Open 2005, Pro Tour Grand Final 2005, 2009 (together with Christian Süß)
- Double: 2nd position World Championship 2005, 3rd position European Championship 2005 together with Christian Süß
- Team: 2nd position Olympic Games 2008; 3rd position Olympic Games 2012, 2016; 2nd position European Championship 2000, 2002, 2003, 2014, 2nd position World Championship 2004, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018; 3rd position World Championship 2006.
- German Championship: 13-times Single-Winner (1998, 2001–2007, 2009, 2015, 2017–2019), 3-times Double-Winner (1999 together with Lars Hielscher, 2005 and 2007 together with Christian Süß)
- Champions League: Winner 2005 and 2006 with TTV RE-BAU Gönnern [de], 2009, 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021 with Borussia Düsseldorf
- 3rd position Qatar and Kuwait Open Single 2007
- 3rd position World Championship Single 2011
- As the first German number one of the world table tennis rankings (January 2003)
How much is Timo Boll Net Worth?
Timo Boll is a professional tennis player from Germany with a net worth of $7 Million as of 2022. His salary is $16,000 per match (approx.). He has been no 1 Table tennis player in the world multiple times and has won over 10 major trophies in his career. His main source of wealth comes from his tennis career and he is living a lavish lifestyle. He has been sponsored by Butterfly table tennis since 1993. In May 2007 he extended his sponsorship until 2015 and is still playing Butterfly to this day. He has gone on to say that he is most satisfied with the agreement. he has his own racquet series with the company.
Who is Timo Boll Wife?
Timo Boll is a married man to his long-time girlfriend, Rodelia Jacobi. The couple tied the knot on December 31, 2002, after 4 years of their dating relationship. They are also the proud parents of a daughter namely Zoey Malaya (born on 4th December 2013). They are living very happily together. His sexual orientation is straight.
How tall is Timo Boll?
Timo Boll is a handsome tennis player with a standing height of 1.81 m of 5 ft 11 in. His body weight consists of 159 lbs or 72 KG. His body type is athletic. His hair color is dark brown and his eye color is brown. He frequently does exercise to keep his body fit and fine. He has got a healthy body at present.