Timo reached 2nd place in the Men’s Doubles event at the World Table Tennis Championships in Shanghai. He faced Liu Guozheng from China in the fourth round of Men’s Singles at the tournament. In the final game, when Timo had a match point at 12-11, his opponent’s ball slightly grazed the table’s edge. Timo did not hesitate to tell the referee that the ball had hit the table, and he eventually lost the match. This play led to him winning the International Fair Play Award the following year. It was an event that showed Timo’s spirit of fair play.