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Harimoto Innerforce ALC video

Developed with and used by Tomokazu Harimoto Similar to Innerforce Layer ALC with moderate speed and the “feeling of grasping the ball”, the blade size was designed slightly larger. It is a racket that supports aggressive forehand and backhand play. More information about the blade can be found here

Bulgaria Open Update: Xin, Harimoto, and Samsonov through to Quarters

Bulgaria Open Update: Xin, Harimoto, and Samsonov through to Quarters (by Steve Hopkins) The Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Asarel Bulgaria Open is down the final 8.  The knock out stages that were played on Thursday and Friday were not without drama.  The top seed, Dimitrij Ovtcharov, was eliminated by an unranked Chinese player named […]

Tomokazu Harimoto talks about TENERGY #4

Tomokazu Harimoto talks about TENERGY #4 (Courtesy of Table Tennis World) Reasoned equipment choice: Transition of equipment is a sign of his development Selecting equipment, rackets cannot be ignored, just the same as rubbers. Yu says “The concept is the same for both rackets and rubbers. I want him to have an easy-to-use racket because […]

Tomokazu Harimoto talks about TENERGY #3

Tomokazu Harimoto talks about TENERGY #3 (Courtesy of Table Tennis World) TENERGY 05 is easy-to-use rubber when power is gained Tomokazu changed the forehand rubber to TENERGY 05 in September 2016. He believed the nature of the rubber he had been unable to use one and a half years earlier was dramatically different; he felt […]

Tomokazu Harimoto talks about TENERGY #2

Tomokazu Harimoto talks about TENERGY #2 (Courtesy of Table Tennis World) Why was his first rubber not TENERGY 05? TENERGY 05, popular among many of the world’s top players with its high arched curve and the strong rotation to be imparted; Yu did not let his son use the top rubber. Of course, it does […]

Tomokazu Harimoto talks about TENERGY #1

Tomokazu Harimoto talks about TENERGY #1 (Courtesy of Table Tennis World) Prodigy with a promising future; father, Yu, selects equipment Roars of success, his trademark, respond throughout the hall. Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto responded vocally to every point won in Cape Town in 2016 to become the youngest ever World Junior champion. At that time he […]

China Open: Generation game, today’s talent prevails

(by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager) China Open: Generation game, today’s talent prevails The second year of the ITTF World Junior Circuit, in New Zealand a bright young 15 year old won the Boys’ Singles title; also in that year, a young man who in recent times has stunned the world with his incredible performances, […]

2018 Asian Cup Recap: An Early Knockdown Doesn’t Deter the Champ

(By Steve Hopkins) 2018 Asian Cup Recap: An Early Knockdown Doesn’t Deter the Champ The first day of the 2018 Asian Cup included a real shake-up of the top seeds as rising 14 year old Japanese star Tomakazu Harimoto upset World No.1 Fan Zhendong 3-1 in the round robins and Korea’s Sangsu Lee defeating China’s Gaoyuan […]

The youngest ever, Tomokazu Harimoto yet again

(by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor) The youngest ever, Tomokazu Harimoto yet again On Wednesday 7th December 2016; Tomokazu Harimoto, at 13 years and 163 days old, became the youngest ever player to win the Boys’ Singles title at a World Junior Championships when he succeeded in the Cape Town; last year on Sunday 27th […]

Harimoto keeps rewriting the records

(by Wade Townsend) Harimoto keeps rewriting the records 2017 saw Japan’s table tennis wonder kid continue to rewrite the record books. Tomokazu Harimoto closed out 2016 setting records. He became the youngest ever World Junior Champion, keeping his somewhat older peers in line. The table tennis sensation was making headlines around the world for his […]

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