Five years since Grand Slam, fans call for Zhang Jike Day
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Five years since Grand Slam, fans call for Zhang Jike Day

Five years since Grand Slam, fans call for Zhang Jike Day

Five years since Grand Slam, fans call for Zhang Jike Day

(by Wade Townsend)
Five years since Grand Slam, fans call for Zhang Jike Day
Do you want to see Zhang Jike Day a permanent addition to the calendar?

Today marks five years since Zhang Jike completed his Grand Slam, only the fourth male athlete to do so. The shoe kissing, shirt ripping superstar reached the milestone with flare, marching in to the history books in record time, achieving the feat in just 445 days.

He consecutively won the 2011 World Championships in Rotterdam, the 2011 World Cup in Paris, and then lastly the 2012 London Olympics.

To celebrate, fans around the world have proclaimed the 2nd of August as Zhang Jike Day.

While we shouldn’t expect a public holiday to be appearing on calendars any time soon, the day does give table tennis fans to reflect on the legacy the Chinese sportsman continues to build.

Not only has he secured medals and records, but also his style of play has defined the modern game. Zhang’s reverse serve and chiquita backhand flick are legendary, and have been copied and imitated in training halls in every corner of the globe.

While he has taken titles from table tennis, he has given back so much more.

The table tennis titan is quite simply larger than life, so how would you feel about meeting your idol in the flesh? Well ITTF gave two lucky Chinese fans the chance to meet their idol at the Liebherr 2017 World Championships. Checkout their experience below.

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