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After making its appearance in the 1988 Olympics, table tennis became a hit for viewers all over the world and now it’s a five-category sport at every summer Olympics. Athletes everywhere take to social media to share their athletic achievements and connect with users by showcasing what the popular sport means to them. Check out these table tennis players as they prepare for the upcoming summer Olympics in Paris.

Top table tennis players

Dimitrij Ovtcharov

As a Ukrainian-born German all-star athlete and tennis player, Dimitrij has worked his way to the top and has won multiple Olympic medals. The World Cup Champ and No. 1 ranked player worldwide has over 159K Instagram followers with whom he shares his latest matches.

Hugo Calderano

Hugo is a Brazilian table tennis star who is ranked No. 8 in the world. The athlete has won multiple Pan American Games medals, played at the Olympics twice, and aims to continue his success in Paris. His athletic achievements have led him to gain over 253K Instagram followers.

Manika Batra

As the top female table tennis player in India, Manika has made a name for herself and takes her followers along for the ride as she competes at the Olympics. The two-time Olympian shares her success with her 331K followers.

Adriana Diaz

Adriana is a renowned Puerto Rican table tennis star who made her first Olympic appearance at 15. She will compete in the Paris Games as well. Her athletic career has led her to partner with many brands, like Toyota and Universal, and she shares every stepping stone of her career with 243K followers on Instagram. 

Timo Boll

Timo is a table tennis athlete with over 141K Instagram followers with whom he shares his experiences competing for Borussia Düsseldorf. The German athlete is ranked in the top 50 players worldwide and shares his latest wins.

Kristian Karlsson

Currently sitting at the 36th spot on the worldwide rankings, Kristian is a world and European champion who shares his success with over 25.3K Instagram followers. In addition to his table tennis talents, Kristian is also a skilled video gamer on Twitch.

Lily Zhang 

As a sponsored world-ranked athlete, three-time Olympian, six-time national champion, and UC-Berkley graduate, Lily is an accomplished and well-rounded star. Her Instagram posts highlight her ability to dominate on the table and share her favorite moments in between competing.

Simon Gauzy

Simon is a French table tennis player who has represented his country twice at the Olympics and taken the title of Vice World Team Champion. The athlete shares his experiences dominating his components on Instagram and captures what makes table tennis truly exciting. 

Melanie Diaz

Melanie joins her sister, Adriana, as another incredibly talented Puerto Rican athlete who shares her success on the table. Melanie is a Pan American champion in the doubles and team categories as well as an Olympian. On Instagram, she has more than 76.7K followers and shares her interests in fashion and lifestyle content.

Jun Mizutani

After becoming the youngest Japanese national champion at the age of 17, Jun made a name for himself and has won consecutive singles titles throughout his career. The champion is the only person to win this event five times in a row, and over 34.4K followers on Instagram tune in to view how he did it.

Kanak Jha

Kanak is a two-time American Olympian and a four-time national title winner who takes to Instagram to share his athletic achievements with more than 24.1K followers. He shows his intense training, which has allowed him to climb his way to the top.

Jessica Yamada

Jessica is an empowering Brazilian table tennis player, Olympian, Pan American Games champion, and mom. Her success serves as an inspiration to her 15.2K followers on Instagram as she looks back on the incredible success she has had as an athlete. 

Patrick Franziska

Patrick is a German table tennis player who has competed in a variety of events at the Olympics, including mixed doubles. He is 16th-best player in the world and has grabbed the attention of over 35.3K Instagram followers.


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